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Friday, July 30, 2010

Vettel Keeps Red Bull On top again in Hungary's FP2

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull round 12th


Clash of the Titans [Blu-ray]

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:20.087

2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:20.584 0.497
3 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:20.597 0.510
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.986 0.899
5 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:21.195 1.108
6 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.308 1.221
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:21.375 1.288
8 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:21.623 1.536
9 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.730 1.643
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:21.773 1.686
11 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:21.809 1.722
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:21.844 1.757
13 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:22.039 1.952
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.212 2.125
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:22.469 2.382
16 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.507 2.420
17 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:22.602 2.515
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.138 3.051
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.553 4.466
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.376 5.289
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.669 5.582
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:26.745 6.658
23 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:26.798 6.711
24 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:27.705 7.618

Red Bulls Dominate First Practice in Hungary's FP1

Webber Red Bull



Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:20.976
2 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:21.106
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:22.072
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.444
5 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:22.601
6 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.764
7 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.772
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:22.777
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:22.792
10 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.966
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:23.003
12 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.007
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:23.249
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.327
15 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:23.520
16 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:23.780
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:23.868
18 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.075
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.032
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.210
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.990
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.686
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:26.990
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:28.157

Hungary Preview - Alonso on a mission to silence critics

Alonso-Hockenhiem 2010
Completely unmoved by the barrage of criticism that came his way after the manner in which he won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim last weekend, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is determined to repeat the feat this time out at the Hungaroring.

The Spaniard is convinced that the circuit will suit the Ferrari F10, and believes that he can kick start his world championship challenge with a third victory of the season.

"All wins are special," he said this week. "Winning is a great feeling and that was the case in Hockenheim, especially when I think of the huge workload undertaken by everyone at Maranello to achieve this fantastic one-two finish. No one ever gave up and I know how pleased they were to see two Ferraris cross the line ahead of all our rivals. For over a month now we have been saying that we had to get back to winning at least once before the summer break and finally, we did it.

"The win does not change my approach to the rest of the season. We knew full well before Hockenheim that our car was much more competitive and that was what made me so confident. Now we must continue in this direction, starting this coming weekend in Budapest."

Despite his disappointment in Hockenheim, and what happened in Budapest just over a year ago, Felipe Massa also believes that he can have a strong race this weekend.

"In Germany we produced a great team result and if people were asking why Ferrari kept saying for several weeks before that the F10 had improved a lot, they got the answer in Hockenheim," he said.

"But that does not mean we are sitting on our hands, because there will be even more updates coming this weekend and the result last weekend is motivation for everyone in the team to keep pushing even harder to keep the momentum going, improving race by race.”

The Brazilian is also optimistic because Bridgestone are bringing their super-soft and medium compound tyres to this relatively tight, high-downforce track; it is the harder compound with which he has previously struggled this season to generate optimum operational temperatures.

"Personally, I have never had a good result at this circuit, but that has simply been down to circumstances,” Massa says. “I do enjoying driving here a lot and, in 2008 for example, the last time I actually raced here, I led for 60 laps until my engine failed. So all in all, there are many reasons why I am really looking forward to going back to Budapest. It will be a very special weekend for me, for reasons which you can all appreciate.

"My first meeting when I arrive at the Hungaroring circuit will be with all the marshals and medical staff who did such a very good job of carefully getting me out of the cockpit. I want to thank these people, with whom I now feel a special bond. I had to stay in hospital for a week after the accident and I got to know the staff, who all treated me so well. One unusual result of the whole unfortunate episode is that I know I now have a lot more fans in Hungary."Vettel Red Bull Hockenhiem 2010

While Red Bull are confident that their RB6 package has the aerodynamic excellence to wrest back the advantage from Ferrari, McLaren are being more circumspect, even though Jenson Button has won there previously (in 2006, with Honda) and Lewis Hamilton in 2007 and 2009 for them.

“While we’re under no illusions that our pace relative to our rivals waMcLaren Hamilton And Button 2010 hockenhiems lacking at Hockenheim, the MP4-25 should perform better in a more dedicated high-downforce configuration,” team principal Martin Whitmarsh says. “More encouragingly, we’ve now got one race with the blown diffuser under our belts, and this has already given us lots of data with which to take the concept forwards.”

Another close battle can be expected between Mercedes GP and Renault as they chase fourth spot in the constructors’ standings, while just behind them Force India and Williams will both be looking to get back on track after disappointing race results at Hockenheim. Scotsman Paul di Resta will be back in the car for Force India in Friday Practice One, while further down the grid at HRT, Sakon Yamamoto gets another race outing in place of Karun Chandhok.

The 4.381 kilometre (2.722 mile) Hungaroring is unchanged and the 2010 race, which begins at 1400 hours local time (two hours ahead of GMT) and will be run over 70 laps or 306.630 kilometres (190.553 miles). Initial forecasts suggest predominantly dry conditions, but with temperatures in the low to mid 30s Celsius and an associated risk of thunderstorms.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

FOA announces new Monaco Grand Prix deal

Bernard Ecclestone and Michel Boeri met today in London and have agreed to extend the contract between Formula One Administration Limited and Automobile Club de Monaco for a further 10 years.

The next Monaco Grand Prix will take place on May 29, 2011.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ferrari fined, referred to WMSC over team order allegations

Following their controversial one-two result at the German Grand Prix, Ferrari have been fined US$100,000 by the FIA after race stewards deemed they had breached sporting regulations. The case has also been referred to the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, who had been leading the Hockenheim race, moved aside to allow team mate Fernando Alonso past on Lap 49. A few moments before, Massa’s race engineer Rob Smedley had told the Brazilian "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?"

Although Ferrari maintained this did not constitute a team order, the stewards decided the Italian team contravened Article 39.1 of the sporting regulations, which regulates against team orders, and Article 151 (c) of the 2010 FIA International Sporting Code, which relates to bringing the sport into disrepute.

The decision will also be forwarded to the WMSC for its consideration, meaning Ferrari could in theory face further sanctions.

Fernando Alonso leads Ferrari’s one two in Germany

Fernando Alonso wins the German Grand Prix ahead of teammate Felipe Massa who led most of the race and gave Alonso the lead 15 laps before the finish, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel finished third.

Ferrari finished in one two for the second time this season, Sebastian Vettel didn’t got a good start and tried to fend off Fernando Alonso and thereafter he got passed by both Ferraris, also Lewis Hamilton passed Mark Webber in the first lap and was behind Vettel.

Felipe Massa’s pace on the softer tyres was good and was able to keep a small gap to Alonso but they were both faster than Red Bull’s Vettel.

Hamilton could not keep up with the Red Bulls and the Ferraris McLaren did not have the pace this weekend.

In the pit stops Vettel was the first to pit and was followed by Fernando Alonso in the next lap but they both kept they positions, Massa stopped after them and got back behind Button who was the latest man to stop from the top six and was able to jump Mark Webber’s Red Bull.

In the second long stint Massa seemed to struggle on the harder tyres and Alonso was right behind him and kept pushing on him, while Massa was lapping the Virgin’s Cars Alonso got a chance to slipstream Massa but was not able to pass him.

The race continued in the same routine with Alonso close to Massa but not able to pass him until Massa got a team radio “Alonso Faster then you” and a lap later he gave Alonso the lead.

Webber in sixth place was having problems in his car but hi kept the race in sixth place.

Massa was slower then Alonso but Alonso was never able to pass him unless he made a mistake, Massa said nothing in the press conference after the race about the incident, and said he was playing for the good of the team.


Provisional Results
18Fernando AlonsoFerrari67Winner
27Felipe MassaFerrari67+4.1 secs
35Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault67+5.1 secs
42Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes67+26.8 secs
51Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes67+29.4 secs
66Mark WebberRBR-Renault67+43.6 secs
711Robert KubicaRenault66+1 Lap
84Nico RosbergMercedes GP66+1 Lap
93Michael SchumacherMercedes GP66+1 Lap
1012Vitaly PetrovRenault66+1 Lap
1123Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari66+1 Lap
129Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth66+1 Lap
1310Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth66+1 Lap
1422Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari66+1 Lap
1517Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari66+1 Lap
1615Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes65+2 Laps
1714Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes65+2 Laps
1824Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth64+3 Laps
1921Bruno SennaHRT-Cosworth63+4 Laps
Ret19Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth56+11 Laps
Ret25Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth50+17 Laps
Ret20Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth19+48 Laps
Ret18Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth3+64 Laps
Ret16Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1+66 Laps

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Vettel edges Alonso for German Pole

Vettel edges Alonso for German Pole

Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the German grand prix From Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, teammate Mark Webber will start from fourth on the grid.


Ferrari’s Felipe Massa sets the fastest lap in Q1 whlie Force India’s Luizzi crashed at the final corner that put him out and will start from 22nd on the grid.

Timo Glock looked fast and on course to beat the Lotus but they both were faster at the end of the session


In Q2 the Ferrari’s looked very fast with Fernando Alonso setting a lap of 1:14.6 and then Massa set a lap of 1:14.4 at the start of the session, both Mercedes were in the out zone but they both set a 1:15 dead that put them 9th and 10th with Rosberg and Shumacher, a late lap from Nico Hulkenberg put Shumacher out of Q3.


With Ferrari and Red Bull looking set for pole Alonso was the first driver to get bellow 1:14 with 1:13.9, Vettel then came very close to him within a tenth in his first attempt Hamilton was third, in the second attempt Vettel beat Alonso with a lap of 1:13.791 and took pole Alonso did 1:13.793 only two tenth of a thousand separated them.

Massa took third ahead of Webber to show Ferrari’s improvement with the McLaren’s of Button and Hamilton fifth and sixth ahead of Renault’s Robert Kubica.


15Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault1:15.1521:14.2491:13.791
28Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:14.8081:14.0811:13.793
37Felipe MassaFerrari1:15.2161:14.4781:14.290
46Mark WebberRBR-Renault1:15.3341:14.3401:14.347
51Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:15.8231:14.7161:14.427
62Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:15.5051:14.4881:14.566
711Robert KubicaRenault1:15.7361:14.8351:15.079
89Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:16.3981:14.6981:15.109
94Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:16.1781:15.0181:15.179
1010Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:16.3871:14.9431:15.339
113Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:16.0841:15.026
1223Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:15.9511:15.084
1312Vitaly PetrovRenault1:16.5211:15.307
1414Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:16.2201:15.467
1522Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:16.4501:15.550
1617Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari1:16.6641:15.588
1716Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1:16.0291:15.974
1818Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1:17.583
1919Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1:18.300
2024Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:18.343
2121Bruno SennaHRT-Cosworth1:18.592
2215Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1:18.952
2320Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1:19.844
2425Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth


Red Bull Ferrari in the hunt for Pole in FP3

Red Bull Ferrari Red Bull Ferrari in the last practice before qualifying, the session started in wet and dried out, With Red Bull and Ferrari fast in every tyre...Full Result


15Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault1:15.103
28Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:15.387
36Mark WebberRBR-Renault1:15.708
47Felipe MassaFerrari1:15.854
54Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:16.046
62Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:16.207
73Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:16.473
89Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:16.481
911Robert KubicaRenault1:16.646
1010Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:16.743
1123Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:16.882
1216Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1:16.990
131Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:17.037
1412Vitaly PetrovRenault1:17.148
1522Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:17.220
1617Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari1:17.341
1715Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1:17.538
1819Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1:19.193
1918Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1:19.607
2021Bruno SennaHRT-Cosworth1:20.533
2120Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1:21.538
2225Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1:23.444
2324Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:23.873
2414Adrian SutilForce India-MercedesNo time

Friday, July 23, 2010

German Practice Two: Alonso Put Ferrari on Top


18Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:16.265
25Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault1:16.2940.029
37Felipe MassaFerrari1:16.4380.173
46Mark WebberRBR-Renault1:16.5850.320
54Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:16.8270.562
63Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:16.9710.706
72Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:17.0040.739
811Robert KubicaRenault1:17.0090.744
99Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:17.0560.791
1010Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:17.2040.939
1123Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:17.3361.071
1212Vitaly PetrovRenault1:17.5471.282
1322Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:17.5731.308
1414Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:17.7011.436
151Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:17.7391.474
1615Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1:17.8711.606
1716Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1:18.1471.882
1817Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari1:19.3273.062
1924Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:19.5533.288
2018Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1:20.0083.743
2125Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1:20.1063.841
2219Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1:20.3774.112
2321Bruno SennaHRT-Cosworth1:21.9885.723
2420Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1:23.0666.801

Germany Practice one: Sutil leads rainy session


114Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:25.701 20
27Felipe MassaFerrari1:26.8501.149  27
31Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:26.9361.235 16
49Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:26.9471.246 21
512Vitaly PetrovRenault1:26.9481.247 21
64Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:27.4481.747 20
716Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1:28.1142.413 31
810Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:28.1932.492 24
915Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1:28.3002.599 19
1022Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:28.4862.785 23
115Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault1:28.7353.034 21
1224Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:28.7353.034 21
1311Robert KubicaRenault1:28.9033.202 20
146Mark WebberRBR-Renault1:29.0483.347 13
1518Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1:29.2803.579 17
1617Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari1:29.3663.665 34
172Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:29.4293.728 8
1825Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1:29.5003.799 19
198Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:29.6843.983 15
2023Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:29.6903.989 17
2119Fairuz FauzyLotus-Cosworth1:30.9385.237 27
2221Bruno SennaHRT-Cosworth1:31.7206.019 23
233Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:32.4506.749 13
2420Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1:32.7917.090 26

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

German Grand Prix Preview: Ferrari’s important race

The German grand prix is the round eleven of the FIA Formula1 World Championship and point to the start of the second half of the season, with McLaren and Red Bull very close at the top of the ranking Ferrari should finish ahead of them both in this race to keep their championship hopes alive in both championships.

Ferrari is 113 points behind McLaren in the constructors standing and Fernando Alonso is 47 points down on Lewis Hamilton’s lead.

The characteristics the track should suit the cars of Ferrari and McLaren but the MP4_25 seemed to have struggle to put the new updates on it, while Ferrari were the closest team to Red Bull in a track which was expected to play in the favor of the RB6s.

Ferrari should stay out of troubles and bad luck that cost them very much in last our races, and both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa should stay out of troubles, if they both started from the first or the second row they should be fine.

Meanwhile Red Bull’s RB6 is surely the fastest car of the season on every circuit even in Canada were the didn’t scored a good result it was down to bad strategy, they will be very fast this weekend, but again they should make Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber give each other a room in the race, as they are losing a lot points in every race.

McLaren added the “blown diffuser exhaust” which did not worked well for them in Silverstone and in the race they only raced it on Lewis Hamilton’s car, if they got it right this time they should be fighting with the Red Bulls and the Ferraris.

Mercedes will be strong in their home race and with Nico Rosberg podium in Silverstone he will have a boost in his home race:

“I love the track itself as it's quite challenging with some good overtaking opportunities and the races here can often be quite exciting. Going into one of the team's home weekends with the podium finish from Silverstone is a real boost for us, and we will be working hard to continue our improvement in performance and have a strong weekend.”

Nico Rosberg.

Micheal Shumacher needs a good result and in his home race and for the first time racing with a German car he will try his best to get a podium:

“There is one thing for sure; no matter how long you are around, it is always something special to race in front of your home crowd. At Hockenheim, I will definitely try my best for my fans who give me such a lot of support, especially over the race weekend.”

Micheal Shumacher

We should not write Renault of this weekend as their R30 is fast in low speed corners.

With the cars very close this weekend the Qualifying in Q2 and Q3 will very interesting.

Williams has been fast in the last few races and the must keep the momentum with Nico Hulkenberg home race too, and Williams is closing on Force India in the standings, the battle between these two teams will be interesting.

Sauber and Toro Rosso are both close and Sauber passed Toro Rosso with their latest good results, Pedro De La Rosa is qualifying well but his race pace is not good for a points.

Who do you think will win the German Grand Prix? Have your thoughts on the comments.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

McLaren expected to race new diffuser in Germany

Martin Whitmarsh said he expects McLaren to race their exhaust-blown diffusers in Germany this weekend. It brought to the British Grand Prix but removed them after Friday practice.

Speaking during the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in Whitmarsh said:

We’re working on the premise that we’ll have blown diffusers on both cars to start with. In Silverstone Lewis wanted to keep the blown diffuser on on Friday night. But we made the decision there to switch them both back to the old diffuser.

We could end up dividing the drivers if there was a preference from one side of the garage to the other. If I can I will avoid that but we’ll do it if we think it’s the right way to perform.

There are advantages to running one car in one configuration and one in the other. But provided that in so doing you don’t end up rightly or wrongly accused of treating the two drivers differently.

Martin Whitmarsh

He pointed out that it was difficult to conduct side-by-side tests of the cars in different configurations because of the time it takes to change the floors:
One of the challenges is that whereas flaps, wings and various aerodynamic appendages are fairly quickly changed on a car, and you can do a back-to-back during a session, the blown diffuser is completely different floor, different heat management components and of course a different exhaust. Therefore it’s not possible to perform an in-session back-to-back. It’s quite difficult to do it even between sessions.

So we will have to rely on the data we previously collected. There will be modifications to the blown diffuser which will probably change between the cars or from one car to another. There is a compromise – in the old days we’d go testing and have two cars run alongside each other. We can’t do that, so we’re torn between the priorities of develop the car for long term improvement versus using the very limited track time the drivers get to understand that particular event, that race circuit and prepare for Saturday qualifying.

So it’s not easy, but it’s the same challenge for everyone.

Martin Whitmarsh

He explained that part of the decision not to run the new part at Silverstone was because of other challenges presented by the circuit:
Our priority was get as much data as possible and make sure we were treating the drivers as equally as we could. I don’t regret taking it and I don’t regret running it on the Friday.

I think at the time there were a number of things happening at the circuit. The new track had some entertaining bumps in the new section and on the old sections of the circuit, presumably from construction traffic – not a feature that you normally have to deal with at Silverstone.

It was also gusty. And clearly we can’t test before races so I think we got some good information.

There were some views within team by Sunday that we could have left it on the cars but we were conscious of the need to score as many points as possible in the British Grand Prix.

So a decision was taken on Friday to eliminate some of the variables. We couldn’t eliminate the gusts or the bumps but we could eliminate [the new package].

I think it was the right decision. We then had a back-to-back in a sense – on Saturday we ran without the blown diffuser and that was useful to compare with the data we generated from the day before.

I think we did the right thing and I’m comfortable with it.

Martin Whitmarsh

Ferrari Need a good result in Germany

Ferrari are aiming for a substantial point haul in the German Grand Prix this weekend.

The Italian team has scored just four points since introducing its exhaust-driven diffuser package at Valencia two races ago. It will have further changes to its diffuser for this weekend’s race.

They expect the F10 will work well on the Hockenheimring and allow them to challenge Red Bull:

"The circuit characteristics, on paper at least, are more likely than recently visited venues to play to the strengths of the Ferrari F10, although it is fair to say that for a variety of reasons, the fact that the car has improved dramatically in recent races has been masked by a series of unfortunate and unlucky incidents, that have kept it out of the top places.

Nevertheless, on the stop-start track in Montreal and the higher speed street circuit in Valencia, it proved competitive and even if it could not match the Red Bull benchmark at Silverstone, here too at the English circuit with its high downforce, fast corner characteristics, the car was good enough for the second row of the grid.

The engineering team at Maranello has not eased up at all and there are further updates on the car this weekend, with changes to the diffuser and therefore everything points to another competitive weekend for Ferrari.

No matter how much progress has been made in terms of car development, there are no points awarded for technical excellence and it is clear that, this weekend and at the race in Budapest just seven days later, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro must bring home a big points haul if it intends to be fully in the hunt for the championship title.

Ferrari are 113 points behind constructors’ championship leaders McLaren, with a maximum of 387 left to be won this year."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Buemi and Alguersuari to stay at Toro Rosso for 2011

Team principal Franz Tost has revealed Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi will continue to drive for Toro Rosso next season. Buemi has been racing with the Italian squad since the start of 2009, while Alguersuari replaced Sebastien Bourdais at the team in July last year.
“I believe our drivers will be well prepared for 2011, which is why they are both confirmed for next year,” explained Tost. “It is also logical, because one key role of Scuderia Toro Rosso is to bring on young drivers from the Red Bull Young Driver programme and at the ages of 21 and 20 respectively, both Seb and Jaime certainly still meet the right criteria.”

Buemi was Red Bull Racing's reserve driver in 2008 and has been supported by the Austrian drinks company as a member of its Young Driver programme since 2005. He first tested for Red Bull in 2007, whilst racing in the Formula Three Euroseries. In 2006, he competed in Formula Three, Formula Renault and the F3 Euroseries, while in 2005 he raced in the Formula BMW series, finishing the season second overall after winning seven events.
Barcelona-born Alguersuari also made his way through the ranks of Red Bull’s Young Driver programme. He clinched the British Formula Three championship in 2008 and was competing in the World Series by Renault when he landed his Formula One drive last season. When he took to the track at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, he became the youngest-ever driver in the history of the Formula One world championship.
Buemi is currently 14th in the drivers’ standings with a tally of seven points, while Alguersuari is 16th with three points.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Villeneuve in running for F1 return with own team

Jacques Villeneuve is reportedly bidding to return to Formula One next year with his own team.

Germany's authoritative Auto Motor und Sport magazine said 'Villeneuve Racing' is one of the three candidates for the 13th and final place in pitlane.

The 1997 world champion and now 39-year-old French Canadian wanted to return to the cockpit this year with Stefan GP, but the Serbian outfit was not granted an entry.

The report said almost ten candidates originally made applications to race next year, but now there are only three in the running; with Villeneuve Racing and Cypher Group among them.

Auto Motor und Sport said the third name could be Spain's Epsilon Euskadi or the former GP2 team Durango, after Nicolas Todt's ART failed at the hurdle proving finance for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

The magazine said Villeneuve Racing has cleared all the hurdles so far, including proving an existing infrastructure for a team based in England.

The report said it is rumoured that Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds may be involved, as might be a crew made up of former Arrows and Super Aguri staff.

The FIA's decision about the 13th team is expected in late July.
Villeneuve last raced in F1 with BMW-Sauber in 2006, losing the seat to Robert Kubica mid-season.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Formula1 British Grand Prix review

Red Bull clearly had the fastest car on the grid Mark Webber did win the race but Red Bull lost a sure one two finish.
The race started good but as the cars lapped the race became a bit booring.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was unlucky with his puncture but without it he would finish second behind his teammate, if Red Bull can get it right in the remaining races they should be untouchable.
McLaren got the most out of their cars Hamilton made a good start and passed Alonso, and then was demoted to second with Vettel’s puncture, Button started well as he moved to eight behind Micheal Shumacher, and starting with the harder compound he made a good progress and was fourth before the safety car.
Hamilton tried to keep up with Webber at the start of the race and the restart but the Red Bull were simply too fast.
Ferrari lost out badly this weekend but again they had a good car and a race pace that would be very close to the Red Bulls, But with Alonso’s bad start due to a clutch problem and later in the race a drive through penalty put him at the back of the pack.
Massa got a good start but while trying to bass his teammate he made contact with him and then got a puncture, he passed the new teams and then got stuck behind Sebastian Buemi which he passed at the restart, Sebastian Vettel passed him later in the race and that stoped his progress.
Stefano Domenicali said that the team is cursed at the moment:
“We seem to be really cursed at the moment, when everything that could go wrong, does. We are not happy, but we must not feel sorry for ourselves. Instead, we have to react calmly, remaining focussed and continuing to work in the way we did over the past few weeks.”
Mercedes scored a great podium with Nico Rosberg he drove a good race but the Mercedes need to work harder as Renault were faster with Robert Kubica but could not overtook him due to his problems.
Shumacher’s race was very normal nothing big he made it to seventh at the start but lost a place in the pit stops and was passed with Vettel in the end of he race.
Williams are making a great performance Barrichello fifth and Hulkenberg tenth their Blown Diffuser is working good for them, as well as Sauber with Pedro De La Rosa’s best Qualifying of the yeat with eight, But he couldn’t converted into a points due to a hit he got from Sutil in the race.
Adrian Sutil scored points again for Force India with a great drive he kept Sebastian Vettel for almost five laps before he passed when both drivers made contact but no damage happened.
Ferrari scored their worst finish since 1978, and they need to stay out of troubles in the next few races.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Webber wins Silverstone epic race

Webber wins Silverstone epic race from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg, this is Webber’s third win of the season and Red Bull’s fifth win.

Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel made a bad start which put Mark Webber in first place behind them Fernando Alonso got a bad start as well to slip back to 5th, Vettel got a puncture when run off the circuit while trying to get back the lead.

Massa got a puncture as well when he made contact with teammate Fernando Alonso both Vettel and Massa changed tyres and were last by the nd of the first lap.

Lewis Hamilton tried to keep up with the Red Bull but the Red Bull was untouchable today, behind Alonso was trying to made up his lost positions with an attempts to overtake Renault’s Robert Kubica but he cut the chicane and got a drive through penalty.

The safety car was deployed when one of the Force India drivers was trying to pass Pedro De La Rosa and made contact with the rear wing of the Sauber and broke some parts of it.

Alonso did his drive through penalty and came in last place, meanwhile Vettel closed on Massa and passed him and then passed Petrov, Buime,Liuzzi,Shumacher and Sutil to finish in seventh place after all.

Button starting from 14th on the grid finished 4th with his long first stint on the hard tyres and could have finished forth without his fuel problems.

Robert Kubica retired with differential problem from fifth place.

With Mark Webber’s win Lewis Hamilton now leading the driver’s standings with 145 point ahead of teammate Button 133.

In the constructors standings McLaren leads with 278 from Red Bulls 249.

16Mark WebberRBR-Renault52Winner225
22Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes52+1.3 secs418
34Nico RosbergMercedes GP52+21.3 secs515
41Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes52+21.9 secs1412
59Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth52+31.4 secs810
623Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari52+32.1 secs128
75Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault52+36.7 secs16
814Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes52+40.9 secs114
93Michael SchumacherMercedes GP52+41.5 secs102
1010Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth52+42.0 secs131
1115Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes52+42.4 secs20
1216Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari52+47.6 secs16
1312Vitaly PetrovRenault52+59.3 secs15
148Fernando AlonsoFerrari52+62.3 secs3
157Felipe MassaFerrari52+67.4 secs7
1618Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth51+1 Lap21
1719Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth51+1 Lap18
1824Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth50+2 Lap19
1920Karun ChandhokHRT-Cosworth50+2 Lap23
2021Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth50+2 Lap24
Ret17Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari54+8 Lap17
Ret22Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari29+23 Laps9
Ret11Robert KubicaRenault19+33 Laps6
Ret25Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth9+43 Laps22

Silverstone Qualifying analysis: Red Bull’s one two to lose

Vettel Webber and Alonso formula1 round 10 british grand prix
Red Bull should only fear from technical problems or them selves from losing the British grand prix, As their closest rival Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is seven tenth slower than them, but maybe Ferrari’s race pace could give Red Bull something to think of.

In the start Mark Webber will be starting from the dirty side of the track so maybe Alonso can make a jump on him, also Rosberg could make McLaren’s problem worse if he overtake Hamilton at the start.

Ferrari's Alonso and Massa silverstone round ten
Felipe Massa should make a great start if he wants to finish on a higher position as he got the pace to challenge the cars in front, McLaren’s Jenson Button will have a hard race tomorrow starting from the seventh row he need a great luck to finish higher in the points.

Button McLaren silverstone 2010
As for tyres all the top ten as usual will be starting with the softer tyre, and with tyre degradation high this may benefit the Ferrari’s as they look after their tyres very good, with no chance of rain we could see a normal race like we’ve had in Turkey with normal strategies.

The track’s new section is very bumpy so expect mistakes from the drivers.

Will Red Bull finish one two tomorrow? Have your say in the comments.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

'No manipulation' as Vettel takes Webber's wing - boss

Christian Horner on Saturday fended off claims that Sebastian Vettel is being crudely favoured over his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

The RB6 is the runaway dominant car at Silverstone, but in morning practice one of two examples of a new front wing specification broke on Vettel's car.

The other new wing was fitted to Webber's car, so - based on "championship position and the performance in FP3" - it was taken away from the Australian and given to Vettel, team boss Horner explained whilst surrounded by reporters after qualifying.

23-year-old Vettel, 12 points ahead of Webber in the championship but trailing the lead of the McLaren drivers, went on to secure pole position with the wing.

Within memory of the team's handling of the teammates' Istanbul crash, Webber was visibly furious on Saturday afternoon, surmising that "the team is happy with the result".

Horner said the 33-year-old should not be angry.
"He knows there was no malice in the decision, no manipulation.
"Unfortunately we found ourselves in a situation with only one front wing of a certain specification.

"There was not really a laptime difference between the (new and old) specifications, but there was a slight difference in characteristics, with one driver expressing a slight preference for those characteristics," said the Briton.

Horner confirmed that Vettel preferred the new wing, but admitted that the decision might make it appear that the young German is being favoured.

"You don't always want to, but sometimes you have to take a difficult decision, and today that decision went with Sebastian," he said.

Red Bull fly into Siverstone one two Qualifying

As expected Red Bull dominated qualifying in Silverstone with the closest man to them was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with seven tenth slower then the Red Bull Drivers.


Sebastian Vettel was the fastest man in Q1 but less than a tenth between him and teammate Webber, Ferrari was close with Fernando Alonso And Felipe Massa .

The battle in the back was interesting between Virgin’s Glock and Lotus Drivers, Heikki Kovalainen was the fastest after all, Jaime Alguersuari took the 18th place.


It all seemed that the McLaren’s were off the pace with their lap times far from Red Bull’s times, in Q2 things got worse for them as Jenson Button could not make it into Q3 and will start the race tomorrow from 14th on the grid, both Force India did not make it into Q3 with Adrian Sutil losing to Robert Kubica with less than a tenth, the times in Q2 were very close apart from the Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso.


In Q3 it looked sure that Red Bull will take the pole position but with who, Mark Webber did a lap of 1:29.758 and it was the first lap bellow the 1:30s but then teammate Sebastian Vettel improved first by half a tenth and then took another half tenth with another try to take pole with 1:29.615, Fernando Alonso was the closest one to the Red Bull with 1:30.4, Hamilton did a great lap with a McLaren that seemed off the pace to lap with 1:30.5 ahead of Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa was sixth as he could not improve his Q2 lap.

Full Result:

15Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault1:30.8411:30.4801:29.61518
26Mark WebberRBR-Renault1:30.8581:30.1141:29.75818
38Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:30.9971:30.7001:30.42623
42Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:31.2971:31.1181:30.55617
54Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:31.6261:31.0851:30.62523
611Robert KubicaRenault1:31.6801:31.3441:31.04022
77Felipe MassaFerrari1:31.3131:31.0101:31.17226
89Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:31.4241:31.1261:31.17520
922Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:31.5331:31.3271:31.27416
103Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:32.0581:31.0221:31.43020
1114Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:31.1091:31.39915
1223Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:31.8511:31.42114
1310Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:32.1441:31.63517
141Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:31.4351:31.69917
1515Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1:32.2261:31.70814
1612Vitaly PetrovRenault1:31.6381:31.79614
1716Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1:31.9011:32.01214
1817Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari1:32.4307
1919Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1:34.4059
2024Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:34.77510
2118Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1:34.86410
2225Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1:35.21210
2320Karun ChandhokHRT-Cosworth1:36.5767
2421Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1:36.9689

Siverstone Final Practice: Red Bull set for pole


15Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault1:30.95814
26Mark WebberRBR-Renault1:30.9920.03415
38Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:31.1010.14310
44Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:31.1880.23015
57Felipe MassaFerrari1:31.2400.28216
611Robert KubicaRenault1:31.5190.56118
72Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:31.5490.59116
83Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:31.5550.59714
922Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:31.5590.60118
109Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:31.5810.62316
1112Vitaly PetrovRenault1:31.6980.74017
121Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:31.7030.74516
1310Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:31.8670.90917
1423Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:31.9470.98916
1514Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:31.9941.03613
1616Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1:32.2351.27718
1717Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari1:32.3311.37320
1815Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1:32.7231.76518
1919Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1:34.3393.38120
2025Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1:35.4794.52117
2118Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1:36.0985.14011
2220Karun ChandhokHRT-Cosworth1:36.2865.32816
2324Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:36.6405.6826
2421Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1:37.1786.22018

Friday, July 9, 2010

Silverstone Friday analysis:Red Bull ahead and it’s very close behind

2010 formula1 British grand prix wallpapers

As expected Red Bulls were fast in Silverstone but the other teams are not far behind, McLaren seemed to have hidden their true pace or maybe the ‘Blown Diffuser exhaust’ not working well for them.

Red Bull were fast I the morning with Sebastian Vettel and in the afternoon Mark Webber was the fastest, the RB6 seemed very fast on different fuel loads and in the top speed they were up there as well which means their F-DUCT is working well as well.

ferrari formula1 2010 british grand friday
Ferrari were off the pace in the morning maybe they were testing the car for the race or doing some development to the car as team boss Stefano Domenicali said:

With in-season testing banned, Fridays take on a dual function - preparing the cars for qualifying and the race and the development of new solutions for the short and medium term - and today we completed both phases.

Stefano Domenicali

In the afternoon Ferrari were fast through the session with Alonso in second place and Massa fourth, Ferrari thinks the updated F10 from Valencia and the new parts they added to this race made the car fast. And both drivers aid the handling was improved.

Lewis Hamilton Mclaren friday second practice
McLaren were fast in the morning up with the Red Bull but in the afternoon their speed was gone, and we saw a lot of run off moments for Lewis Hamilton in the second session.

But McLaren definitely are hiding their true pace as their MP4_25 was very close to Red Bull’s RB6 in Turkey which is very close Silverstone in terms of Performance needs:

We spent both sessions running with the new components. I definitely feel we’ve made a step forward from the last race. This circuit is a bit like Barcelona, where we were one second behind Red Bull - I don’t think we’ll be seeing that sort of gap tomorrow though, hopefully.

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes might be faster than Renault in this track as both Micheal Shumacher and Nico Rosberg were fast today, Mercedes might be up with Ferrari and McLaren in this race.

Red Bull on top again in Siverstone with Webber


16Mark WebberRBR-Renault1:31.234
28Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:31.6260.392
35Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault1:31.8750.641
47Felipe MassaFerrari1:32.0990.865
54Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:32.1660.932
63Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:32.6601.426
712Vitaly PetrovRenault1:32.7451.511
82Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:32.7571.523
914Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:32.7871.553
109Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:32.9671.733
1111Robert KubicaRenault1:33.0191.785
1210Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:33.1641.930
131Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:33.2001.966
1423Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:33.4022.168
1515Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1:33.7282.494
1616Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1:33.8362.602
1722Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:34.0512.817
1817Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari1:34.6433.409
1919Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1:35.4654.231
2025Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1:36.2375.003
2124Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:36.5535.319
2220Karun ChandhokHRT-Cosworth1:37.0195.785
2321Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1:38.3037.069
2418Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1:42.90111.667

British Grand Prix Pictures

Vettel Fastest in Siverstone First Practice


15Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault1:32.28022
22Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:32.6140.33416
311Robert KubicaRenault1:32.7250.44521
46Mark WebberRBR-Renault1:32.7470.46723
514Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:32.9680.68818
64Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:33.3181.03821
710Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:33.3771.09719
81Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:33.5191.23920
93Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:33.9551.67518
109Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:34.0161.73617
1116Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1:34.1321.85221
1212Vitaly PetrovRenault1:34.3652.08522
138Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:34.4902.21020
1415Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:34.5802.30022
1523Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:34.7102.43016
1622Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:34.9012.62117
177Felipe MassaFerrari1:35.0372.75721
1817Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari1:35.3183.03827
1919Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1:36.7474.46716
2024Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:37.3305.05011
2125Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1:37.5185.23815
2220Karun ChandhokHRT-Cosworth1:38.7356.45521
2318Fairuz FauzyLotus-Cosworth1:39.5107.23011
2421Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1:39.6737.39327