Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso are among the F1 drivers testing today. See below for more information on today’s F1 tests and share your thoughts on testing as it progresses throughout the day. Update: Video and pictures from today’s test added.
F1 Fanatic guest writer Andrew Tsvyk looks back at a time when the F1 season started on January 1st.
The 2009 Technical Regulations Analysed ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ Part 1 Changes To The 2009 Technical Regulations (Part 2) Alianora begins a huge dissection of the 2009 F1 rules – essential reading. It was the biggest challenge since 1982 – Symonds “It?óÔé¼Ôäós more extreme than the changes we made in 1994, when we added the plank and cut … Continue reading F1 links: New technical rules analysed
BMW’s F1.09 is the last new F1 car we’ll see this month. Here’s a look at the car BMW hope to challenge for the championships with up alongside the other 2009 models.
The same six teams were in action today as yesterday, plus BMW who shook down their new F1.09 at Valencia in Spain. Here’s a recap of the day’s activity plus pictures from the 2009 tests so far. Update: video from the test added below.
BMW’s F1.09 is the car Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld hope will transform their team from race-winners in 2008 to championship-contenders in 2009. Pictures of the BMW F1.09, the sixth 2009 F1 car to get its launch, are below.
Alonso pays tribute to Dennis Fernando Alonso: “I think we are not best friends, but I think there is respect from each other. We didn’t have a perfect end to our relationship but we know how much he has done for Formula One. When I was young I remember McLaren and I had great respect … Continue reading F1 links: Fernando Alonso on Ron Dennis
Six F1 teams were in action at two different circuits today. Ferrari made a last-minute decision not to appear at the group test in Portugal and instead worked on the F60 at its home circuit, Mugello. Here are notes and pictures from the tests.
Half of the 2009 F1 grid has now been launched providing us with some insight into the different design directions taken by likely front-runners of 2009. Here’s how the freshly-launched Renault R29 and Williams FW31 compare to the Ferrari, McLaren and Toyota that appeared last week.
Renault launched its R29 F1 car for 2009 today to more howls of revulsion about what they’ve done with their livery. But Renault’s bizarre front nose arrangement also drew some concerned glances. Its bulbous shape and low-hanging vertical strips look unwieldy compared to most of its rivals. In the comments thread Luke and PrateekF1 unearthed … Continue reading Is this how the Renault R29 was supposed to look?
Renault’s 2009 F1 car has broken cover. The R29 is the car they hope will improve on the performance of the R28 (two wins last year) and propel Fernando Alonso into contention for the drivers’ championship. The first pictures of the new Renault R29 are below. Alonso starts his sixth season for Renault alongside Nelson … Continue reading Renault R29 revealed in Portugal – pictures (2009 F1 car launches)
Williams has revealed its 2009 F1 car â€“ the FW31. The team go into 2009 with Toyota engines for the third year in a row. The FW31 has been presented in an interim livery. Its final paint scheme for the 2009 F1 season will be revealed next month. Pictures of the new Williams below. Drivers … Continue reading Williams FW31 introduced in interim livery
As we’re in the thick of the F1 launch season there’s much discussion about the look of the cars. Do the new wings make them look stupid? Are the teams’ liveries too boring? Bruno Mantovani has designed alternative liveries for Ferrari (above), McLaren, BMW and Toyota’s 2009 which you can see on his website. How … Continue reading Can you make 2009 F1 cars look good?
Pictures of the Renault R29’s bodywork have appeared on the internet ahead of the car’s official launch later today. The pictures of Renault’s 2009 F1 car appear to show a revised livery with more use of yellow and orange and less blue. Dutch website F1today.nl claims the team will carry Total branding in additional to … Continue reading Renault R29 pictures leak out early
A parade and memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Mike Hawthorn will be held in Surrey on Sunday 25th January. Hawthorn won the world championship in 1958, becoming the first British driver to do so. He retired from the sport after that victory, but was killed in a road accident … Continue reading Mike Hawthorn memorial this Sunday
I was at a stag party last night so no time to do the links round-up. Here’s a bumper weekend collection of F1 reading instead! BMW Sauber F1.09 – The countdown is on. Part 1/3. Video teaser for the 2009 BMW launch on Tuesday. New-look Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 makes debut in Portugal “After a … Continue reading F1 links: BMW F1.09 teaser video
Earlier this week the FIA published the list of official team and driver entries for the 2009 season. Pitpass* found it surprising that Robert Kubica had been elevated to number five, giving him a lower number than Nick Heidfeld, which wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót the case last year. I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót find that remarkable in the slightest. What caught … Continue reading Massa?óÔé¼Ôäós number four and Kubica?óÔé¼Ôäós number five ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but who’s number 13?
F1 Fanatic guest writer John Beamer concludes his review of changes in the 2009 F1 rules designed to allow cars to follow each other more closely and encourage overtaking.
With McLaren’s MP2-24 unveiled yesterday we can now see how the first three 2009 F1 cars to be launched compare. Here’s some close-up comparisons of the new McLaren alongside the Ferrari F60 and Toyota TF109.
Felipe Massa and Luca Badoer joined in the ice karting race at Ferrari’s annual Madonna di Campiglio ‘Wrooom’ ski event in Italy. But both the F1 drivers were beaten to victory by Ducati MotoGP star Casey Stoner, who passed Massa one lap before the chequered flag. See below for some great pictures from the kart … Continue reading Massa in Ferrari ice kart race (Pictures)