Round two of the 2009 F1 season began today with practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Here’s a selection of pictures of all the teams and drivers.
Radio conversations have shown that in the moments after Lewis Hamilton overtook Jarno Trulli in the Australian Grand Prix McLaren’s first concern was to ensure they had not broken any rules. The responsibility for the controversy that ensued lies as much with the FIA and the stewards as it does McLaren.
Lewis Hamilton has apologised for his role in the Australian Grand Prix controversy after being vilified in the British and international press this morning. What will be the consequences for Hamilton’s reputation and the team’s? Will it have any repercussions for Hamilton’s career? And how has it affected the fans’ view of him?
McLaren have confirmed the suspension of sporting director Dave Ryan following Lewis Hamilton’s exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix. Ryan was present at both the hearings following the Malaysian Grand Prix into the Hamilton-Trulli incident. According to BBC Radio, Ryan was seen being summoned down from the pit wall during free practice at Sepang this … Continue reading McLaren suspend Ryan over exclusion
Lewis Hamilton has lost his third place in the Australian Grand Prix following a new investigation by the FIA stewards.
Lewis Hamilton may have thought that Toyota’s press release announcing it would not appeal Jarno Trulli’s 25 second penalty was the end of the matter. But according to a report in Auto Motor und Sport (translation here) Hamilton could still lose the third place he inherited from Trulli at Australia – and potentially a lot … Continue reading Hamilton’s third place under threat again (Update: FIA opening new investigation)
After Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel’s controversial crash in the dying stages of the Australian Grand Prix, Mario Theissen claimed Robert Kubica would have won had he got past Vettel cleanly and been able to chase after leader Jenson Button. But the lap times don’t seem to support what Mario Theissen says. Here’s a look … Continue reading Why Kubica probably wouldn’t have won (Australian Grand Prix analysis)
The late afternoon start for this year’s Australian Grand Prix gave a striking colour to photographs from the race. Here’s a selection of pictures from the opening round of 2009. More pictures from the Australian Grand Prix Australian GP pictures: Qualifying Australian GP Pictures: Practice F1 arrives at Melbourne (pictures) More F1 pictures
Lewis Hamilton has been promoted to third place in the Australian Grand Prix after Jarno Trulli was handed a 25-second penalty by the stewards. Trulli’s penalty, for overtaking Hamilton during the final safety car period, relegates him from third to 12th.
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
With a new team on the front row and some fast cars at the back of the grid the 2009 F1 season looks set to get off to a thrilling start at Melbourne tomorrow. Will we see a first-corner pile-up? Will the KERS drivers have an advantage at the start? How many drivers will lose … Continue reading Australian GP: thoughts on the start
Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello dominated qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Here’s a selection of pictures of all the teams and drivers during today’s qualifying session. If you’re in Melbourne for the Grand Prix this weekend you can share your pictures with us by uploading them to the F1 Fanatic drop.io.
More bad news for Brawn GP’s rivals: as well as having locked out the front row of the grid, they are also carrying more fuel than anyone Q1 apart from Timo Glock. Robert Kubica’s strong qualifying position appears to have been partly fuel-assisted as he is the lightest driver on the grid. Before his exclusion, … Continue reading Australian GP grid and race weights
Even when McLaren admitted their MP4-24 wasn’t on the pace there was still a suspicion that maybe, just maybe, they were having us on. But qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix proved not only that the new car is slow – it’s unreliable too. A disastrous combination for defending world champion Lewis Hamilton. The question … Continue reading McLaren are slow – and unreliable too
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
Drivers: Fernando Alonso (Renault), S?â?®bastien Burmi (Toro Rosso), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes), Mark Webber (Red Bull) Q: How have the first official practice sessions been for you? Mark, can you give a rough run down of how it has been? Mark WEBBER: It didn?óÔé¼Ôäót go that well in the first session. We didn?óÔé¼Ôäót get that … Continue reading Australian GP press conference: Friday
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
Several British newspapers are running stories this morning claiming Lewis Hamilton has said he might leave McLaren. Hamilton has a contract with the team up to 2012 and has previously said he wants to spend his whole career with the team.
The final F1 test session has finished and we’re just one week away from the start of the new season. Here’s a look back at the preparations for the 2009 season with a selection of over 100 pictures of all the teams, most of which have not been published here before.
Lewis Hamilton will drive the McLaren-Honda that Ayrton Senna won his first world championship in at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Earl of March announced today that Hamilton will be making his third visit to the festival and will drive a 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4-4. Senna scored his first of three world championships in … Continue reading Hamilton to drive Senna’s McLaren