Today saw all eight of the 2009-specification F1 cars launched so far on track together for the first time at Jerez in Spain. Sebastian Vettel was comfortably fastest in the Red Bull, over 1.3s quicker than Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.
The dispute over F1 drivers’ superlicences has come to an end as the drivers have agreed to pay their fees. Max Mosley had demanded the drivers pay an new fee for 2008 which would increase the FIA’s income from superlicences in that year from ?óÔÇÜ?¼330,000 (?é?ú293,000) to ?óÔÇÜ?¼1.5m (?é?ú1.33m). After initially refusing to pay it … Continue reading F1 drivers’ superlicence dispute over
Testing continues at Bahrain and Jerez today with eight teams putting more miles on their 2009 cars. Among the many things to keep an eye on today is the planned return of Mark Webber to the cockpit, 82 days after breaking a leg in a cycling accident. He was seen limping during the Red Bull … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: February 11th (Update: pictures added)
BMW’s F1.09 is the car Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld hope will transform their team from race-winners in 2008 to championship-contenders in 2009. Pictures of the BMW F1.09, the sixth 2009 F1 car to get its launch, are below.
Earlier this week the FIA published the list of official team and driver entries for the 2009 season. Pitpass* found it surprising that Robert Kubica had been elevated to number five, giving him a lower number than Nick Heidfeld, which wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót the case last year. I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót find that remarkable in the slightest. What caught … Continue reading Massa?óÔé¼Ôäós number four and Kubica?óÔé¼Ôäós number five ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but who’s number 13?
Doctorvee writes the F1 blog Vee8, helps moderate the F1 Fanatic Live Blogs and has written many comment for F1 Fanatic. In this guest article he asks whether Ferrari are happy with their current drivers – and who might replace them. I just can’t get over the way this championship has unfolded. Maybe I was … Continue reading Who will drive for Ferrari next?
Robert Kubica: he’s just won his first Grand Prix, he’s a megastar in his native Poland, and he’s still only 13 points off the world championship lead. Whether or not he’s world championship-winning material hardly seems to be a debate any more. But who will he driving for in the future, and what is his … Continue reading Robert Kubica: the driver debates
Yesterday I gained a new appreciation of just how popular Robert Kubica is in his native Poland. Monday’s poll on “Which F1 drivers do you like?” was picked up by several major Polish sports sites. Robert Kubica, who had been leading comfortably with a few hundred votes, suddenly rocketed to over 10,000. Poland is a … Continue reading Time for a Polish Grand Prix?
Robert Kubica has become the first Polish driver to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix after taking victory in today’s Canadian Grand Prix. Kubica was followed home by team mate Nick Heidfeld giving BMW both their first victory and first one-two as a full Formula 1 constructor.
Last year Nick Heidfeld scored BMW?óÔé¼Ôäós best result of the season at Montreal ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and 12 months on he badly needs a repeat of that form. Heidfeld generally held the upper hand over his highly rated team mate Robert Kubica last year. But Kubica has turned things around with a string of consistent points finishes … Continue reading 2008 Canadian GP preview: BMW
The biggest surprise of qualifying for me was how quick the BMWs are. Robert Kubica was just 0.155s off Lewis Hamilton’s pole position time and Nick Heidfeld back him up in fifth with a 1’27.236. During the discussion of qualifying here last night one or two people raised the possibility that the two drivers are … Continue reading So just how fast are BMW?
Sebastian Vettel will make his Grand Prix debut in the United States Grand Prix this weekend.