2008 F1 testing round-up 12: Paul Ricard

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The ten remaining Formula 1 teams spent Wednesday to Friday testing at Paul Ricard, former home of the French Grand Prix. It was very much a test in two parts, with the teams testing high-downforce configurations for the Monaco Grand Prix, the next round of the championship, and low-downforce settings for the Canadian Grand Prix … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 12: Paul Ricard

2008 F1 testing round-up 9: Circuit de Catalunya & Valencia

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Most of the teams tested at the Circuit de Catalunya this week, with BMW decamping to Valencia for a private test, and the beleaguered Super Aguri team cancelling their planned test amid continue doubt over their 2008 entry. The highly anticipated sight of Ferrari resuming testing alongside the rest of their rivals was dampened – … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 9: Circuit de Catalunya & Valencia

F1 2008 testing round-up 8: Jerez

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All the teams bar Ferrari and Toyota tested at Jerez this week. McLaren looked fast, but Williams and Red Bull impressed with their speed as well. Next week should provide the first opportunity for several weeks to compare the expected 2008 front runners – McLaren and Ferrari. However teams are expecting rain at the Circuit … Continue reading F1 2008 testing round-up 8: Jerez

How much does an F1 driver cost? And why…

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Max Mosley has approved increases in the cost of F1 drivers’ superlicences that will net the FIA an extra ??1.1m* (??818,000). F1 drivers have seen the cost of their licences increase by up to 479%. The top drivers will pay the most but it’s not as if they’re impoverished to begin with – Lewis Hamilton … Continue reading How much does an F1 driver cost? And why…

Video: F1 testing in Valencia (part 1)

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I came across a series of excellent videos covering last week’s F1 test in Valencia on Youtube today. The footage includes the debut appearances of two new 2008 F1 cars – the Williams-Toyota FW30 and Renault’s new R28, the latter driven by Fernando Alonso. See below for over half an hour of footage from the … Continue reading Video: F1 testing in Valencia (part 1)

Timo Glock finally confirmed at Toyota for 2008

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Timo Glock has been confirmed as Jarno Trulli’s team mate at Toyota in 2008 following a lengthy dispute with BMW. Glock, who won the GP2 championship this year, was BMW’s test driver and the Munich marque became involved in a tug-of-love for Glock’s services with Cologne-based Toyota. The Contracts Recognition Board ruled last week that … Continue reading Timo Glock finally confirmed at Toyota for 2008

Debate: A1 Grand Prix

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The third season of the A1 Grand Prix ‘World Cup of Motorsport’ starts this weekend at the former Grand Prix circuit Zandvoort. Will you be watching? Started in late 2005 amid much fanfare, A1GP pits drivers from different countries against each other in identical, but fairly low-powered cars. Former F1 racers Ralph Firman, Narain Karthikeyan, … Continue reading Debate: A1 Grand Prix

This weekend’s F1 alternative: WTCC Brands Hatch

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The World Touring Car Championship makes a rare foray to a decent racing circuit this weekend. Having taken the FIA’s premier tin-top series to a preposterous street track in Portugal and put on some lousy races at Brno and Valencia – neither of which are well suited to touring cars – the series heads for … Continue reading This weekend’s F1 alternative: WTCC Brands Hatch

F3 Euro Nurburgring 2: Schlegelmilch snatches win

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Harald Schlegelmilch became the latest reverse grid hero in the F3 Euroseries. He started from pole having finished eighth in yesterday’s race and kept the field at bay with an excellent display of defensive driving. Title duellists Grosjean and Buemi could do nothing to unseat the Latvian – who hadn’t even scored a point before … Continue reading F3 Euro Nurburgring 2: Schlegelmilch snatches win

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