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Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix: Massa did it

Published by on Apr 7th, 2008, 1 Comment

Massa managed to get his first points in this year’s championship, after returning to one of his favorite race tracks and winning the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix. He won it in 2007 and came back for another medal after big issues in the first two races this year, when he retired. “I love this circuit. I’ve always been very, very strong here. We knew we could count on a great car and that certainly proved to be the case,” Massa said. These are his first 10 points after failing to finish in Australia and Malaysia.

Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

Second place, Kimi Raikkonen, wasn’t that happy (“It’s not bad” he said) for his second place, 3 seconds behind Massa, but the fact that he’s now the leader of the world championship brings satisfaction.

BMW did good, with Kubica in the third place Nick Heidfeld taking the fourth, 4.9 seconds behind the winner and respectively 8.4 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton made a mess of the race. Started third, inexplicably hit Fernando Alonso of Renault in the back and headed to the pits for repairs. He finished on the 13th spot.

Kovalainen of McLaren on fifth and Jarno Trulli from Toyota finished the top6.

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Ferarri dominates Malaysia, Raikkonen back in business

Published by on Mar 26th, 2008, 1 Comment

The Formula One race of Malaysia has ended. The big winner was Kimi Raikkonen that managed to lead Ferrari on top over the three days of the Grand Prix and if it wasn’t for Felipe Massa to spin out on lap 30, Scuderia was probably going to win the first and the second places. But it happened and Kubica from BMW went on 2nd place.

McLaren managed to secure the 3rd place with Kovalainen and the 5th place with Lewis Hamilton that had to start the race from the 9th spot in Malaysia. Here are the results:

Malaysia F1 results

1 Kimi Räikkönen
2 Robert Kubica
3 Heikki Kovalainen
4 Jarno Trulli     Toyota
5 Lewis Hamilton
6 Nick Heidfeld

Team classification

1. McLaren-Mercedes      24
2. BMW     19
3. Ferrari     11
4. Williams-Toyota     9
5. Renault     6
6. Toyota     5
7. Red Bull-Renault     2
8. STR-Ferrari     2
9. Honda     0
10. Force India-Ferrari     0
11. Super Aguri-Honda     0

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 Australian Grand Prix

Published by on Mar 17th, 2008, 4 Comments

Lewis Hamilton Australian GrandPrix

Lewis Hamilton managed to lead from start to the end, in a race that only eight drivers managed to finish.  “Coming into a new season, turning over a new leaf, we really wanted to get off on the right foot” he said right after. The race was a catastrophe for Ferrari. Massa had an accident with Coulthard and retired during the 26th lap while Raikkonen suffered an engine failure, but still ranked 8th place and got 1 pt. Barrichello managed to get himself disqualified for exiting the pit lane while the red flag was waved.

Here are the official results of the 2008 Australian Grand Prix

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:34:50.616
2. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber +00:05.478
3. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams – Toyota 00:08.163
4. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 00:17.181
5. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) McLaren 00:18.014
6. Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) Williams – Toyota 1 lap
7r. Sebastien Bourdais (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 3 laps
8r. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 5 laps
r. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 11 laps
r. Timo Glock (Germany) Toyota 15 laps
r. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri – Honda 26 laps
r. Nelsinho Piquet (Brazil) Renault 28 laps
r. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 29 laps
r. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull – Renault 33 laps
r. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 39 laps
r. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India – Ferrari 50 laps
r. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 56 laps
r. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 57 laps
r. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri – Honda 57 laps
r. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 58 laps
r. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Force India – Ferrari 58 laps
DSQ Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda +00:52.453

note: r = retired, dsq = disqualified

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Sydney says yes to a F1 night race

Published by on Mar 13th, 2008, No Comments

Formula 1 Melbourne Grand Prix race

Last month I told you that Bernie Ecclestone, the owner of Formula One, is very upset because Melbourne organizers are not meeting his demands for a Formula One night race and he would like move it to Russia. The reasons for a night race in Australia was that for European viewers it’s not easy to watch it, considering the hours they broadcast.

News came in the other day and apparently Sydney is ready to take over. They accepted to host a Formula 1 night race and New South Wales state premier Morris Iemma told the Herald Sun “It’s not a blank cheque, but it could be held at a place like Eastern Creek, obviously with modifications. […] If Formula One is looking for a night race then Eastern Creek could be converted to suit them“.

If Sydney will hold the new Australian Grand Prix do you think they’ll be just as successful at getting crowds at the race?


New F1 Safety Car by AMG

Published by on Mar 12th, 2008, No Comments

AMG has built supoprt vehicles for Formula 1 races since 1996 and last week in Geneva, they’ve announced that this year’s F1 Championship will use a new Safety and Medical Car.

The new safety car is a Mercedes SL 63 AMG, while the medical car is a C63 AMG Tourer. Both models use a (highly) modified 6.3 liter V8 engine to sport 525 hp that can reach 100km/h in just about 4.6 seconds. I call that performance.

New F1 Safety Car
New F1 Safety Car

New F1 Medical Car
New F1 Medical Car


Jarno Trulli predicted that Ferrari will win 2008 F1 title

Published by on Feb 20th, 2008, No Comments

Ferrari F2008
Ferrari F2008

Three weeks before the start of the 2008 Formula One Championship and Jarno Trulli just announced that he thinks Ferarri is going to win it this year. He doesn’t give other any chances and says “the championship already looks over to me before it has started”. The guy tested Toyota and Ferrari cars in Bahrein and is very happy with what the new F2008 is offering being noticeable quicker (half a second quicker).

On the other hand, Trulli said that for Toyota’s TF108 is “unrealistic to talk about podiums.”

Toyota TF108

Toyota TF108

F1 from Australia to Russia

Published by on Feb 12th, 2008, 1 Comment

F1I’ve just heard that the Australian Grand Prix from Melbourne might be canned, because Bernie Ecclestone, the owner of Formula One might have a deal in Russia. Last weekend he had talks with Government officials in St. Petersburg that included a new circuit to be used for a Russian Grand Prix. Rumors say that the Australian organizers refused to become a night race circuit and this may be the reason why Bernie won’t renew their contracts beyond 2010.

India is going to debut in F1 in 2010 and if Russia replaces Australia then Formula One could be dominated by Asian Grand Prix events by the end of the decade.

McLaren and Ferarri presenting their 2008 F1 season cars

Published by on Jan 8th, 2008, 2 Comments

Ferarri just unveiled their latest F1 Championship car for 2008, it’s the 54th so far, and changes totally the aerodynamics with Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa giving it the thumbs up. The main competitors will be McLaren and BMW, the pilots said, but they are confident that even if the car will be more complex to drive, to win.

2008 brings a lot of changes when it comes to safety, materials and others so everyone had to change.

Just hours, after Ferarri, McLaren unveiled their MP4-23 (Hamilton is 23 years old) which will be powered by the Mercedes-Benz FO 108V engine, based on the 2007 FO 108T that never failed in the last season. It’s a 2.4L 8-cylinder engine, that goes up to 19,000 rpm on the 7-speed sequential gearbox and the two pilots, Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are both excited about the car.

McLaren Mercedes MP4-23 2008

Formula 1 in 2008 will bring a nice addition. Night racing in Singapore.
Let’s wait for Sydney in March before we know who’s better.