A front-row lockout by Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari their best chance of breaking their six-year losing streak at Monaco. The red team seemed just as surprised to be on the front row of the grid as Lewis Hamilton did at being bumped back to third. A mere 0.052s covered the top three … Continue reading 2008 Monaco GP qualifying: Ferrari shock McLaren with front row lock-out
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
Something odd is going on with the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association at the moment. There have been stories going around since last year about some of its members being unhappy that certain drivers haven’t joined what is effectively the drivers’ union. The driver mentioned most often has been Lewis Hamilton, who over the weekend denied … Continue reading Has the FIA superlicence price hike caused a split within the GPDA?
Felipe Massa remains the man to beat at Istanbul after his third win from pole position at the track in as many years.
Felipe Massa’s love affair with the Istanbul Park circuit goes on. He took his third pole position in a row at the circuit where he scored his first in 2006. It leaves him perfectly poised to turn the trick again in the race tomorrow. Joining him on the front row is McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen. He … Continue reading 2008 Turkish Grand Prix qualifying: Hat-trick of poles for Felipe Massa
Thanks to D Winn and David Watkins who sent in further analysis of how each team’s drivers compare against each other in each part of qualifying, in response to yesterday’s comparison of team mates so far this year. If you want to contribute an article to F1Fanatic, have a look at the guest post section. … Continue reading Analysis: F1 team mates in qualifying
There are three drivers who have beaten their team mates in each qualifying session and race so far this year. So is that because they’re much better than their team mates – or some other reason? Here’s a look at the side-by-side comparisons of the F1 drivers so far this year.
It’s early days, but Luca di Montezemolo’s comments last week about Ferrari not needing Fernando Alonso started me thinking about which drivers might be on the move for 2009. On the face of it Montezemolo doesn’t seem to want to change his pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. And after three driver changes in … Continue reading 2009 F1 drivers – early predictions
Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa’s winning margin of 0.9s over Lewis Hamilton suggests the Spanish Grand Prix was a close run thing. It was anything but.
The big question after qualifying is this: how much fuel does Fernando Alonso have in his Renault? The Spanish driver in his home race sent the crowd into rapture by snatching provisional pole position, only to lose it at the last to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
With three teams likely to be in the hunt for the victory this weekend the battle to be best of the rest could decide who takes home the points for seventh and eighth positions – assuming the Ferraris, McLarens and BMWs all come home in one piece. So who from Renault, Williams, Red Bull, Toyota … Continue reading 2008 Spanish GP preview: The midfield
Robert Kubica took his and BMW’s first pole position in a surprisingly close qualifying session at Bahrain. The Ferraris had looked imperious in practice but Kubica’s BMW – possible thanks to a low fuel load – nicked pole position in the dying minutes of the qualifying session. Lewis Hamilton grabbed third for McLaren ahead of … Continue reading Insert Pole-on-pole joke here
Lewis Hamilton shrugged off the disappointment of losing the 2007 championship at the final round and started the new season back at the front of the title race.
There have been a few changes to the grid ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, with Timo Glock falling ten places and Adrian Sutil opting to start from the pits. Who will be in the lead going into the first corner? Here are my thoughts on the grid:
Nick Heidfeld has publicly praised a system he claims McLaren have to make their starts more effective. He told Sport Bild: McLaren have a starting system that allows [Lewis] Hamilton and [Heikki] Kovalainen to pull away with only 9,000 revs. On the other hand, we [BMW] need to use much higher speeds when we begin … Continue reading Heidfeld reveals McLaren start system
A lot of mixed messages have been coming out of Toyota this winter. First boss John Howett back-tracked on reported remarks that the team had to become successful within two years: The rumours about us leaving the sport have always been groundless. Having signed the Concorde Agreement, we are in it at least until 2012. … Continue reading 2008: Toyota
Being a sucker for stats I wanted to take a look at what milestones were coming up in 2008. There’s already been some discussion about Rubens Barrichello being poised to break Riccardo Patrese’s 15-year record as the most experienced driver in Formula 1 – but exactly when will he pass the mark? McLaren have one … Continue reading 2008: The year ahead in numbers
Drivers don’t pay compliments to other drivers or other teams very often. On the face of it, Jarno Trulli seems to think Kimi Raikkonen should start clearing a place on his mantlepiece for the 2008 FIA F1 World Drivers’ Championship trophy: When you watch Ferrari’s performance on the track your arms drop [in amazement]. They … Continue reading Is Jarno Trulli complimenting or complaining about Ferrari?
Toyota has revealed the car it hopes will achieve the team’s first race victory in its seventh year of competing in F1.
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