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Hamilton echoes MP4-26 concerns

March 9, 2011

A day after the 2009 World Champion talks about the lack of pace in the MP4-26, his team mate, the 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton echoes his team mates concerns over the cars speed. Hamilton said the 2011 chalanger car is far from ready to be at the front, let alone chalange a title hunt. Since the cars unveiling last month, it has struck many issues. Hamilton told BBC "Do I believe I have a car to win the world championship at the moment? I don't. No, But that doesn't mean it won't become a world championship-winning car." Button was 0.366 seconds behind Red Bull driver Mark Webber's best time in testing at Barcelona but his time was limited in the morning session because of exhaust problems. Hamilton was fourth behind world champion Sebastian Vettel on Wednesday's second day after reliability issues confined him to spells in the garage.

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Button: Im not exactly optomistic

March 8, 2011

The 2009 F1 Word Champion Jenson Button, has admitted he is'nt very  'optomistic' over this years MP4-26 car. Button was 0.366 seconds behind Mark Webber's top time of 1:22.544 seconds for Red Bull at testing today. The '09 World Champion told BBC: "I'd be surprised if we can match Red Bull and Ferrari when we get to Melbourne. It's a big ask. To be on their pace is going to be tricky." After a lack of spare parts during their first outing in Jerez - where they launched the MP4-26 - and more reliability problems at the last Barcelona test, another protracted spell in the garage was not what McLaren or Button needed. However, Button's running was limited in the morning because of exhaust problems and the 31-year-old had to wait until after lunch to close down Webber's leading time on a single-lap run.

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Final testing lineup:

March 7, 2011

Below is the official confirmed testing lineup for Barcelona :-

Team 8th (Tue) 9th (Wed) 10th (Thu) 11th (Fri) 12th (Sat)
Red Bull Webber Vettel Webber Vettel -
McLaren Button Hamilton - Button Hamilton
Ferrari - Massa Massa Alonso Alonso
Mercedes - Rosberg Schumacher Schumacher Rosberg
Renault  Heidfeld Petrov Petrov Heidfeld -
Williams

-

Maldonado Barrichello Barrichello Maldonado
Force India

Hulkenberg

di Resta

di Resta Sutil

Sutil

di Resta

-
Sauber Perez Kobayashi Perez Kobayashi -
Toro Rosso Buemi Buemi Alguersuari Alguersuari -
Lotus

Valsecchi

Razia

Trulli

Trulli

Trulli

Kovalainen

Kovalainen -
HTR TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC
Virgin d'Ambrosio d'Ambrosio d'Ambrosio d'Ambrosio -

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Vettel: I havent changed since my title

March 6, 2011

Formula One's (F1)  youngest ever World Champion, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, has said that he doesn’t think he has changed that much since his title win. He said "although I may have the number 1 on my car, I will treat this season like any other, I will try my hardest [to win the title] and I don’t see why I shouldn’t succeed. The car seems quick this year, and I have had a good winter. I have no advantage by having the number 1 on my car, as Hamilton proved in 2009, but I will work hard and driver to my limits to defend my title"

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Alonso is complaining again, this time about tyres...

February 28, 2011

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is now complaining yet again. But this time it is not over a 'slow' russian, its over 1 of the best tyre makers in the world apparently making rubbish tyres. He says their tyre duribility is poor, and will affect major teams. I personally think it is a good thing that poor tyre duribility is a good thing, and will improve racing. Alonso said "From what we have seen so far, degradation is very significant, which means we will have races with lots of pitstops. I'm not keen on that because I think this increased uncertainty does not favour the strongest teams.It's as if in football, it was decided to have a penalty per team each half hour in which case Barcelona and Real Madrid would not be jumping for joy.However, the situation is the same for everyone: it will be important to be fastest because I don't think we can make one stop less than our main rivals."

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Horner "its a sqeeze"

February 25, 2011

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said this year's race calendar "is a bit of a squeeze" and that it may be hard to re-schedule the ex-season opening event (Bahrain). The race was set to take place on the 13th of March, but due to riots over political reasons, the FOM (Formula One Management) and race organisers both decided it would be best to cancel/postpone the race. "It will certainly be a challenge to accommodate. But nothing is ever impossible," Horner told BBC Sport. "It's a very busy calendar this year. Already now, at the end of November, we'll have finished 19 races. It was the right decision," he said. "Obviously the country's got bigger issues than a Formula 1 race at the moment. It was only right and appropriate to postpone. It was Bernie [Ecclestone's] decision, along with the Crown Prince. It's not down to the teams to decide which races we go to or not, and ultimately we trusted in Bernie's judgement. It's a great circuit, and a great country to race in, and we've always been made to feel very welcome there. Hopefully we'll be back there with F1 cars before long. For us it's not too bad logistically to accommodate the switch. The cars hadn't left for Bahrain that was the critical point."

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The final test dates have been changed

February 25, 2011

The final Formula 1 test of the winter has changed dates - moving from 8-11th to 9-12th March. The additional test at the Catalunya circuit (in Barcelona)  fills the gap left by the cancellation of the planned 3-6 March test and 11-13 March grand prix in Bahrain, both of which were called off following riots  in the country, though the race may yet be rescheduled for later in the year.The championship now begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 25-27 March.

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Williams prdeict that they will be..

February 24, 2011

Williams have predicted that they should be competitive this year. They announced this during their new livery unveiling earlier today. The British team finished 6th overall last year, and they say their unique rear design of their FW33 should give them the advantage that they need. They said that their testing times have been good and if they keep up with their updates, they should be on the road to success. All teams this year have had to re-think their car designs, and Williams have said that the new regulations have suited them. Amongst the new regulations is the ban on the f-duct, movable front wing and double diffuser, while the KERS (Kinetic energy recovery system) has been brought back. Also, the movable rear wing is a new system, this allows the drivers to push a button on a straight and make the rear wing flat. Williams say that their design suites all of these regulations. A Williams spokesman told BBC "Teams have had to take much bigger risks [this year]" Also he said "There's the Williams gearbox, the Red Bull exhaust system and the way it blows the diffuser, the Renault [forward-facing] exhaust system and the way it blows the front of the diffuser and the Toro Rosso double floor. Those four things are the ones that stand out."

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Kubica is getting better!!!

February 23, 2011

Renault (Renault-Louts) F1 driver Robert Kubica is on the road to recovery after his horrific crash earlier this month. He has now left the intensive care unit at the Santa Corona Hospital, and has now bee sent to the rehabilitation department as he is continuing to get better.  His doctors have announced that considering what he has been through his condition is remarkably good and is very positive. He can move all of his fingers slightly, and has a bit of sensitivity already. Even though the Polish driver is on the road to improvement, he still needs to remain in hospital for at least another 2 weeks (reports say it will probably be longer). The doctors say the want to monitor his condition, and that is why they wish to keep him in. During this time there is still a chance of infection and other complications so he will have the dressing on his hand changed every few days. After the 2 weeks he will be assessed to see what the next move will be. Kubica is expected to miss the whole 2011 F1 season, his replacement will be Nick Heidfeld, Kubica’s former team mate.

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BAHRAIN IS CANCELLED!

February 21, 2011

Today F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has announced that the FOM (Formula One Management) have decided to cancel the Bahrain after the civil-unrest in the country during the last week. As protesters demanded yesterday that the Grand Prix to be cancelled, today the FOM agreed and added that they wish to re-schedule the event for later this year. FOM official have said "This Grand Prix has been on the calendar since 2004 and it would be a great shame to loose it, but we have to think of the safety of the teams and the drivers, and more than anything, the fans" Also since the GP is now cancelled, the testing which was meant to be next week has now been cancelled. But the FOTA (Formula One Teams Association) have announced that they will have the next testing in Barcelona for a second time this year but at a later date than was organised for the Bahrain testing.

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Teams announce they will 'Back FOM'

February 18, 2011

The formula 1 teams have announced that they will back the FOM (Formula One Management) decision on whether the first race of 2001 in Bahrain will be cancelled. As the race is schedueled for the 13th of March, due to a recent uprise in rioting in the contry, the GP2 race which was meant to be last weekend had to be canceled. Now the FOM are deciding on whether the testing and season opening race in Bahrain should go ahed. Red Bull principal Christian Horner said  "It's obviously a really difficult situation in Bahrain, but we have complete trust in Bernie, FOM and the FIA to make the right decision. They will only send us there if it is safe." He added "It would be a great shame to lose the race, but it's not the teams' decision - it's down to the promoter. Bernie and the FIA will have much more information than us and we will trust their decisions."

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Barcelona Test - Day 1

February 18, 2011

In the opening day of what could be the final testing weekend if Bahrain is canceled, Vettel snaches the lead from the local hero Fernando Alonso. As the day started damp, The track soon dried out as the 2011 cars took the track, as Red Bull take the opertunity to try out the new Pirelli intermidiate tyres.

 

Pos. Driver Team Time
01 Sebastian Vettel  Red Bull  1:24.374
02 Fernando Alonso  Ferrari  1:25.485
03  Jaime Alguersuari  Toro Rosso  1:25.638
04  Kamui Koboyashi  Sauber  1:25.641
05  Jenson Button  McLaren  1:26.365
06  Paul di Resta  Force India  1:26.575
07  Rubens Barrichello  Williams  1:26.912
08  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes  1:27.512
09  Narain Karthikeyan  HTR  1:28.393
10  Heikki Kovalainen  Lotus  1:30.065
11  Jerome d'Ambrrosio  Virgin  1:30.950
12  Vitaly Petrov  Renault  1:35.174
13  Nick Heidfeld Renault   1:44.324

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Bahrain 'may be cancelled' !!!

February 17, 2011

F1 supremo has announced that the 2011 season opening Grand Prix in Bahrain may be cancelled! This decision has been made due to the unrest in the country over the last week. The 80 year old F1 supremo has said he will make a decision early next week. He told the BBC "If things stay as they are today, the answer is no. If it's not quietened down by Wednesday, I think we will have to cancel probably." This would then make the Australian GP in Melbourne on the 25 - 27th of March the first GP of the season. The riots in Bahrain are so bad that this weekends GP2 Asia Grand Prix has been cancelled after the amount of unrest in that part of the country. The GP" teams are now worrying how they are going to get themselves and their equipment out of the country safely. Also, if the Bahrain GP is cancelled, that means that the final test in Bahrain (3-6th of March) will also be cancelled meaning that the test this week in Barcelona (18th-22nd of March) will be the final test of 2011!!

UPDATE COMING SOON!

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Jerez Testing - Day 3

February 13, 2011

Today, Nick Heidfel takes the lead in his Renault debut! Renault say that even though they wish Kubica was in the car, that they are very happy with the speed of Nick.

 

Pos. Driver Team Time
01 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:20.361
02 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:20.493
03 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:21.054
04 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:21.099
05 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:21.242
06 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:21.574
07 Sebastian Buemi Toro Rosso 1:21.681
08 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1:21.711
09 Rubens Barichello Williams 1:22.227
10 Paul di Resta Force India 1:22.945
11 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin 1:25.471

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Jerez Testing - Day 2

February 11, 2011

Today, Mercedes take the lead of the second day of testing in Jerez. Ferrari are still up there as they take second, and McLaren take third.

Pos. Driver Team Time
01 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:20.352
02 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.413
03 Jenson Button McLaren 1:21.009
04 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:21.214
05 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:21.613
06 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:21.780
07 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:21.857
08 Timo Glock Virgin 1:22.208
09 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:22.493
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:22.591
11 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1:23.216

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Jerez Testing - Day 1 Results

February 10, 2011

Today was the first day of testing in Jerez. Massa tops the time sheets as all teams apart from HTR (who plan to test at Monza from 14-18 of febuary, the ocward gits) Red Bull's Mark Webber take 3rd ahead of Red Bull test driver Daniel Ricciardo (who drove for Toro Rosso today)

Pos. Driver Team Time
01 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.709
02 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:21.483
03 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:21.522
04 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:21.755
05 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:21.914
06 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:22.689
07 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:23.472
08 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:23.504
09 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.963
10 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1:24.458
11 Timo Glock Virgin 1:25.086
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:34.968

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Kubica condition update...

February 7, 2011

Renault officials have reported a massive improvment in the pole's condition today after the 26 year old had a significant accident early yesterday. After spending the night under constant observation, he was briefly woken up by the doctors of the Santa Corona Hospital  this morning. The Lotus Renault GP driver was then able to talk to his relatives. He was also able to move his fingers, which is encouraging for the rest of his recovery process.
Professor Mario Igor Rossello, Director for the Regional Centre of Hand Surgery at San Paolo Hospital in Savona, did not notice any swelling or infection on his right forearm, and this is another good sign, although it will be several days before it is known if the operation has been 100% successful. And to avoid any physical stress, doctors have put Robetr under gentle medication to make him sleep for the next 24 hours at least. While he is under the medication, Doctors will decide a plan of action on how to treat his other frctures
 

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Robert Kubica has sufferd.....

February 6, 2011

Renault driver Robert Kubica has suffered fractures in his leg, arm and hand in a rally in Italy accident early today. The pole hit a church wall at high speed and had to be air-lifted to hospital by helicopter. His team (Renault) have announced that the 26-year old is conscious but have said they will give a full statement after further medical treatment. It now looks unlikely that Kubica will be ready for the season opening race in Bahrain on the 13th of March. If this is the case, it looks likely that the Renault reserve driver Bruno Senna may take the race seat on a temporary basis. It is believed that Kubica injuries are not life threatening, but after he had surgery to put titanium bolts in his arm in 2003 after a car crash, there are now doubts that Kubica will be able to continue his carrier in the sport.

More news on this story coming soon.........

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Valencia Test - Day 3 Results

February 3, 2011

Today, Renault take the lead in an action filled day at the Valencia circuit. And as Ferrari took the lead yesterday in the second day of testting, today they ran into problems as Massa spun on oil and his ferrari then caught on fire! this happend early this morning, and prevented Ferrari getting back out until late in the day. These are the times :-

Pos. Driver Team Time
01 Robert Kubice Renault 1:13.144
02 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:13.201
03 Jenson Button McLaren 1:13.553
04 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:13.936
05 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:14.017
06 Timo Glock Virgin 1:14.207
07 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:14.299
08 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:14.458
09 Michael Schumacher  Mercedes 1:14.537
10 Sebastian Buemi Torro Rosso 1:14.801
11 Narain Karthikeyan HTR 1:16.535
12 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1:31.477

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Valencia Test - Day 2 results

February 2, 2011

Today, Ferrari emerge the fastest in the second day of testing in 2011. But red Bull didnt lie down and take it, as Vettel was a close second place behind the Ferrari. These were the day's results :-

Pos. Driver Team Time
01 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:13.307
02 Sebastin Vettel Red Bull 1:13.614
03 Paul Di Resta Force India 1:13.844
04 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:14.353
05 Robert Kubica Renault 1:14.412
06 Narain Karthikeyan HTR 1:14.472
07 Nico Rossberg Mercedes GP 1:14.645
08 Timo Glock Virgin 1:15.408
09 Rubens Barichello Williams 1:16.023
10 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:16.198
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:16.266
12 Sebastin Buemi Torro Rosso 1:16.359
13 Jaime Alguersuari Torro Rosso 1:16.474
14 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:17.365
15 Heiki Kovalainen Lotus 1:20.649

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