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Sebastien Loeb Thinks of Joining Formula 1

Published by on Dec 11th, 2008, 2 Comments

Multiple WRC champion, 34-year old Sebastien Loeb is considering driving a Formula 1 car starting from 2010. At the moment Citroen is pressing the winner of the last five world rally titles to compete with them again in the 2009 championship, but Leob might be interesting in an F1 testing programme for 2009, which would send him on the grid in 2010. “The team bosses think I am too old, but mentally I am not: age would not be an obstacle for me,” he said in an interview. Do you think he has the skills to compete with renowned players on Formula One tracks, because drifting with the Sport C4 is a bit different.

Honda Pulls Out from Formula One

Published by on Dec 5th, 2008, 2 Comments

It’s official, Honda‘s CEO Takeo Fukui confirmed today that they’re withdrawing from Formula One ahead of the 2009 season. But what caused them to pull out? Apparently the economic downturn and the fact that they’re trying to reduce spendings and protect the main core instead. And considering that last month Honda saw a decline of more than 30 per cent in its biggest market, the US, the reason is pretty good. More to the whole deal, Honda also said that they’re not even going to supply other teams with engines, which may have interesting consequences. Meanwhile, we’ve been briefed that there are interested buyers who’d like to take over. – via Autosport

Fernando Alonso to Ditch F1 if Rules Apply

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2008, No Comments

Two time world F1 champion is mulling over calling it a day by 2010 if the F1 authorities and Bernie and his gang bring in the rule of standardizing engines. While one might be wondering why Alonso is taking such a harsh stand on the issue, it is understandable when you think of the sport as a race between teams and not just the test of individual drivers. The F1 bosses have in recent times pulled back car development in the sport by reverting back to V8s from V10s and even standardizing the car tyre manufacturer. The proposal is to do the same with engine and if that happens, it will not just be Alonso but even teams like Ferrari that could disappear from the grid.

Bernie Ecclestone's Wife, Slavica, Wants a Divorce

Published by on Nov 25th, 2008, No Comments

Slavica and Bernie Ecclestone have been together for the last 24 years, but unfortunately that doesn’t make a marriage last.

During Brazil’s championship, Mrs. Ecclestone (50) – a former Armani model, has moved out of their Kensington (UK) home and we have the confirmation that she has already filed for a divorce in November. “It is formally announced that Mrs Slavica Ecclestone has filed for divorce,” a statement released by her PR agency Borkowski read.

Meanwhile, I suppose Bernie is trying to see what can be “saved” because for tax reasons, most of the wealth is on his wife’s name. Bernie was pretty surprised when he found out that Slavica is divorcing him.

I wonder what’s going to happen with all those money, don’t you?

FIA May Bring Standard Engines in F1 : Toyota & Ferrari to Leave

Published by on Oct 29th, 2008, No Comments

Those jerks guys at FIA are trying to push a new regulation starting with the 2010 F1 championship and that is standard engines for all teams. I’m not going to ramble on why I think that’s a very very very bad decision because you probably feel the same. However, I plan on telling you that hearing rumors that such a major rule might be in place from next year, Ferrari and Toyota already made up their minds. They’re going to pull out unless those brainless guys that rule F1 change their minds. I’m hoping for an alternative solution to spiraling costs associated with engine development, because standard engines is not yet a viable one. – via F1-live

Lewis Hamilton Wins Monaco Grand Prix

Published by on May 26th, 2008, No Comments

This year’s 2008 Monaco Grand Prix was a real challenge as bad weather continued to change the race. Even the winner Lewis Hamilton and Mclaren were dominated by the weather on lap 5 when Hamilton’s Mclaren hit a barrier puncturing his right-rear tyre forcing him into an early pit stop. He managed to come back and win the shortened event, after his 76th lap, BMW’s Kubica coming in 2nd and Ferrari’s Massa 3rd..

Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco Grand Prix

The race was wet at the start and saw many mistakes and errors take place, however these conditions did not continue and we saw the track start to dry, the weather kept looking like it was going to rain but it just never happened. As the drivers and manufacturers didn’t have the privilege of time, travel they had to decide what tires to use, intermediate or dry. Most drivers went with dry tyres and this decision ended up paying off.

Because Lewis had an early pit stop it meant he had enough fuel to gain the lead while the others had to have pit stops during the middle of the race. Eventually he had a good 40 second lead, which was all undone by Nico Rosberg’s bad crash on lap 61. The safety car came out for a few laps and then the race continued. On lap 69 Kimi Raikkonen ran into the back of Adrian Satu who was sitting in comfortable fourth and then disqualified. This is being looked into. The race was then continued with Lewis Hamilton and Mclaren taking the win. This was a great race to watch! Can’t wait till the Canadian Grand Prix starts!

Felipe Massa, Ferrari's New Sultan

Published by on May 12th, 2008, No Comments

Felipe Massa wins the Turkish Grand Prix

Brazilian pilot Felipe Massa won the Istanbul Grand Prix, for the third time in a row and managed to send Ferrari in the first place for constructors consolidating their leadership, while he is second in pilots championship. The podium was completed with Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) who was 3.7 seconds slower and then followed by the other Ferrari pilot, world champion, Kimi Raikkonen just half a second behind Hamilton.

Massa was in pole-position at the start and finished first when the checkered flag was waved. Istanbul is the first grand prix ever won by the Brazilian pilot, so it’s obvious why he ended up with a passion for Turkey.

Here are the results of the Turkish Grand Prix:

1. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1 hr 26 min 49.451 secs
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren +00:03.779
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:04.271
4. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 00:21.945
5. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 00:38.741
6. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 00:53.724
7. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 01:04.229
8. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams – Toyota 01:11.406
9. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull – Renault 01:15.270
10. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 01:16.344
11. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1 lap
12. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) McLaren 1 lap
13. Timo Glock (Germany) Toyota 1 lap
14. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1 lap
15. Nelson Piquet (Brazil) Renault 1 lap
16. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India – Ferrari 1 lap
17. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1 lap
r. Sebastien Bourdais (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 34 laps
r. Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) Williams – Toyota 57 laps
r. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Force India – Ferrari 58 laps
(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)

16-year-old Will Stevens, is the next Lewis Hamilton

Published by on Apr 16th, 2008, 1 Comment

Will Stevens Honda F1

No Formula One race the weekend that just passed but we still have some news. Honda Racing F1 Team decided to sign a contract with Will Stevens, a 16 year old, just like McLaren did years ago with Lewis Hamilton. The guy is not even out of high school but he has a signed piece of paper with Ross Brawn and Nick Fry’s signatures, that will probably put him in the big league of F1 racing in the next few years.

Is it just me or it’s becoming a trend to recruit young fellas with badass driving instincts? Could this be the winning recipe.

Will Stevens, has the FIA-CIK KF2 European and Asia-Pacific, International Open Masters KF2, WSK Junior ICA and MSA British Junior titles to his name and five national championships. When did he got the time?

via AutoBlog

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