Jenson Button made it two pole positions in a row as he beat Jarno Trulli by less than a tenth of a second in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. But Felipe Massa will start from 16th after he and Ferrari made a disastrous mistake early in the session.
Ferrari got their 2009 season off to a terrible start in Melbourne. Felipe Massa retired late in the race and Kimi Raikkonen lost a points finish after spinning into the barriers.
1. Jenson Button 2. Rubens Barrichello 3. Jarno Trulli* 4. Timo Glock 5. Fernando Alonso 6. Nico Rosberg 7. Sebastien Buemi 8. Sebastien Bourdais 9. Adrian Sutil 10. Nick Heidfeld 11. Giancarlo Fisichella 12. Mark Webber 13. Sebastian Vettel 14. Robert Kubica 15. Kimi Raikkonen Disqualified: Lewis Hamilton** Did not finish Felipe Massa Nelson Piquet … Continue reading Australian Grand Prix result
Williams has withdrawn a protest against Ferrari and Red Bull Racing “in the interests of the sport”. It had protested that the pod wings on the front of the F60 and RB5 contravened the rules. After cancelling the protest it issued a statement saying (emphasis added):
A few weeks ago we had never heard of Brawn GP. Now the team that rose from the dead has sensationally locked out the front row of the grid for the Australian Grand Prix. [retrompubrawn01]Jenson Button took pole position – his first for three years – from Rubens Barrichello. Sebastien Vettel claimed third on the … Continue reading Jenson Button leads Brawn GP 1-2
The first practice sessions at Melbourne gave us a chance to see the new F1 cars being driven in anger for the first time. Here’s a selection of pictures of each of the drivers getting to grips with the tricky new cars and the slippery Albert Park circuit this morning. If you’re in Melbourne for … Continue reading Australian GP Pictures: Practice
Last week I invited you to rank the F1 teams to see who everyone thought would be fighting for victory in the Australian Grand Prix next weekend. Ferrari were the team that came out on top but everyone seems puzzled over just how quick McLaren are. Here’s the results in full.
With the value of winning races such an explosive issue at the moment I thought it would be a good idea to revise a post I first did two years ago. Heading into the 2007, I thought it would be interesting to see how long ago it was since each driver on the grid last … Continue reading F1 2009: When they last won a race
I’ve been updating the information for the ten 2009 F1 teams and you can find links to each of their pages below. As well as basic information on each team there’s also a run-down of key members of staff, maps of where their team headquarters are, and more. Here’s the pages for each of the … Continue reading 2009 F1 teams information
The last full group test ahead of the new season finished yesterday. Two weeks from today, the 2009 F1 cars will be driven in anger for the first time in practice for the Australian Grand Prix. Based on what we?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen so far, how accurately can we predict the form of each of the teams … Continue reading Who looks good for ’09? Rank the teams
In the ongoing discussion over how fast – or not – the McLaren MP4-24 is, this video shot at the Barcelona test session earlier this week has attracted a lot of attention: It shows Heikki Kovalainen in the McLaren and Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari doing simulated starts together. Although Raikkonen starts behind the McLaren … Continue reading McLaren vs Ferrari start video
It’s the final official test day at the Circuit de Catalunya before the 2009 F1 season gets started in Australia. There’s a huge amount of speculation about what’s going on at McLaren. Compiling all the best times from the Barcelona test sees the MP4-24 down in 16th and 19th. But what about the other teams? … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: March 12th (update: pictures and video added)
The F1 rules get a radical shake-up this year. History tells us that when that happens, one team usually nails the new rules better than anyone else and dominates at least the early part of the season. But F1 testing so far suggests that the top teams are actually quite close on performance, and the … Continue reading How close will the F1 field be in 2009?
It’s all change at Barcelona today as most of the teams swap their drivers around for the last two days of official testing before the 2009 season gets started. Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Robert Kubica are among those joining the test today.
BMW flexed their muscles in testing yesterday with Nick Heidfeld half a second faster around the Circuit de Catalunya than anyone else. They almost certainly don’t have that great an advantage over their rivals – and nor should McLaren be quite as slow as Heikki Kovalainen’s time yesterday suggests. But an impression is growing that … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: March 10th (Updated: pictures added)
It’s beauty contest time. The 2009 F1 cars are a strange looking bunch but there’s no mistaking some are better looking than others. Which is the fairest of them all? Vote and check out pictures of each of the cars below.
As the start of the 2009 F1 season draws tantalisingly close, today sees the beginning of the final major test before the Australian Grand Prix. Scuderia Toro Rosso will reveal their STR4 which we expect to be very similar to the Red Bull RB5, but with a Ferrari engine. And we’ll have our first chance … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: March 9th (Update: pictures and video added)
It’s the final day of F1 testing at Jerez this week although Renault have packed up and left the test already after Fernando Alonso went fastest yesterday. Force India have done the same. Much of yesterday’s discussion surrounded exactly what McLaren are up to and whether their continued use of a 2008-spec rear wing hints … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: 5th March (Update: pictures added)
With the Formula 1 teams?óÔé¼Ôäó association set to announce its plans for the future of F1 (more on that later) Felipe Massa has served up a side show to the main event with some entertainingly barmy suggestions of his own. He wants F1 races to be shorter: ?óÔé¼?ôbecause in the last 15 laps nobody cares … Continue reading Massa wants shorter F1 races
Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen join in the testing action at Jerez today. McLaren have been using their 2008-spec rear wing again recently, prompting speculation over whether they are having problems with their MP4-24. Timo Glock has been fastest for Toyota over the past two days. Will Jarno Trulli keep the team on top as … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: March 4th (Update: pictures added)