Chinese GP team-by-team: Williams

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Another weekend to forget for Williams who failed to score in Shanghai. Rubens Barrichello Nico H???lkenberg Qualifying position 11 16 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’35.748 (-0.899) 1’36.647 Race position 12 15 Average race lap 1’55.461 (-2.385) 1’57.846 Laps 56/56 55/56 Pit stops 4 6 Rubens Barrichello Nearly made it into Q3 at the expense of … Continue reading Chinese GP team-by-team: Williams

Malaysian GP team-by-team: Williams

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Fifth and seventh on the grid turned into tenth and 12th at the flag in a disappointing weekend for Williams. Rubens Barrichello Nico H???lkenberg Qualifying position 7 5 Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’51.511 (+0.51) 1’51.001 Race position 12 10 Average race lap 1’43.096 (+1.278) 1’41.818 Laps 55/56 56/56 Pit stops 2 1 Rubens Barrichello A … Continue reading Malaysian GP team-by-team: Williams

Drivers report high wear on intermediates

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Bridgestone’s new intermediate tyres are proving a challenge for F1 drivers who are reporting high levels of wear on the wet-weather rubber. Nico H???lkenberg said the tyres were wearing out quickly in yesterday’s wet session at Jerez: Even though we were picking up a lot of water on the track they still seemed too soft. … Continue reading Drivers report high wear on intermediates

First Qatari drives for Williams at Losail

2009 F1 season

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His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar became the first Qatari to drive an F1 car in a publicity event for Williams at Losail International Circuit. He drove five laps of the circuit in a 2009-specification FW31 and enthused about the experience afterwards: The Williams FW31 is a remarkable vehicle, unlike any other … Continue reading First Qatari drives for Williams at Losail

F1 rookies test: Guide to the drivers

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The in-season testing ban may have caused some problems but it has given us one thing to look forward to: tomorrow a three-day F1 test session exclusively for rookie drivers begins at Jerez. Already most of the teams have announced their drivers which include a host of champions plus several drivers from nations not currently … Continue reading F1 rookies test: Guide to the drivers

Video: Williams F1 cars at Silverstone

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Here’s a video from a Williams activity day for their sponsors which was held last month at Silverstone. Among the machinery on display was Keke Rosberg’s 1982 championship-winning Williams-Cosworth FW08B. Appropriately, Williams will be using Cosworth power once again next year, though Keke’s son Nico will not be driving for the team any more. Nico … Continue reading Video: Williams F1 cars at Silverstone

F1 car and driver highlights at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Formula 1 cars from at least 14 different constructors will be demonstrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. They include a special tribute to Williams, Lewis Hamilton in one of Ayrton Senna’s old McLarens, the largest collection of Silver Arrows and, of course, plenty of modern F1 cars. Here’s a run-down of the … Continue reading F1 car and driver highlights at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Which of this year’s GP2 drivers – and teams – could be in Formula 1 soon?

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The GP2 championship kicks off at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend with 26 drivers hoping to follow the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock and Nico Rosberg into Formula 1. But it’s not just the drivers who are looking for places in F1 – several of the teams are eyeing a step up under … Continue reading Which of this year’s GP2 drivers – and teams – could be in Formula 1 soon?

Two future F1 winners named by you

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Last month we discussed which junior racing drivers have what it takes to become winners in F1. I suggested Romain Grosjean, Earl Bamber, Jaime Alguersuari and Paul di Resta, and a host of other names were put forward in the comments. Two particularly compelling suggestions were Nico H???lkenberg and Karol Basz. Here’s more about those … Continue reading Two future F1 winners named by you