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Mclaren looses points and fined $100m

Published by on Sep 14th, 2007, 1 Comment

Following the nine hour hearing at the FIA headquarters in Paris, the World Motor Sport Council have changed their original verdict and now find McLaren guilty of the charges of industrial espionage. The Working-based team have had their points stripped away and excluded from the 2007 campaign, and they have also been fined an unprecedented $100m (the largest ever imposed in motor sport history). The news comes as a shock to Formula One fans the world over, and of course also means that Ferrari have just about become the 2007 constructors champions, even though four races are still to run.

The WMSC has stripped Vodafone McLaren Mercedes of all constructor points in the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship and the team can score no points for the remainder of the season.

Furthermore, the team will pay a fine equal to $100m, less the FOM income lost as a result of the points deduction.

However, due to the exceptional circumstances in which the FIA gave the team’s drivers an immunity in return for providing evidence, there is no penalty in regard to drivers’ points.

McLaren team members under active criminal investigation

Published by on Sep 11th, 2007, No Comments

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Italian law enforcement authorities paid an unannounced visit to the McLaren pits on Saturday, as the team prepared for the Italian Grand Prix the following day. They informed McLaren team manager Ron Dennis that he was under investigation and also informed six other members of the McLaren team that they were being investigated. The investigation centers on Team McLaren’s possession of 780 pages of confidential documents stolen from Ferrari. (more…)

Alonso's Monza masterclass

Published by on Sep 9th, 2007, 1 Comment

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Fernando Alonso trimmed McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s title advantage to just three points by delivering a Monza masterclass in the Italian Grand Prix.

The world champion stamped his authority on the race from the off and was never challenged en route to his first win at the historic venue and his fourth victory of 2007.

Hamilton was unable to match Alonso’s pace but protected his points lead by putting a bold pass on Kimi Raikkonen after the Ferrari driver used a one-stop strategy to leapfrog the rookie following his second pit visit.

The 1-2 result was the best possible tonic for the beleaguered McLaren team on a traumatic weekend in which the latest developments in the spying controversy threatened to reduce the race to a mere sideshow. Results after the jump..

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Formula 1 Grand Prix in Istanbul

Published by on Aug 28th, 2007, No Comments

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This was another great F1 race on Sunday, unfortunately not a good outcome for the Mclaren team, finishing on third and fifth place. The Scuderia team took places one and two right at the beginning and never really looked back at the trailing Hamilton, which ended up on fifth place after an incident with his tire, but fortunately Alonso was able to capture that last podium place with a bit of skill and a lot of luck.

The start: For the fifth time this year, Lewis and Fernando had qualified second and fourth respectively. At the start, Lewis dropped to third behind the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen whilst Fernando was sixth at the end of the opening lap.

The race: Fernando got stuck behind Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber). When Heidfeld’s team mate Robert Kubica pitted on lap 12 Fernando improved to fifth. On lap 17, also Heidfeld came in and Fernando was fourth.

Fernando made his first routine stop on lap 18 (9.1sec) together with Räikkönen, whilst Massa came in on lap 19 and Lewis on lap 20 (9.4sec). After that, Massa went back into the lead ahead of Räikkönen and Lewis; Fernando passed both BMW Saubers during his pitstop and was fourth.

Feud between Alonso and Hamilton?!

Published by on Aug 12th, 2007, 2 Comments

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It is being reported that Alonso and Hamilton are in some kind of a feud, after a couple incidents that caused, the already bitter rivals, to stop talking to each other. No doubt that it was not just the work of yesterday’s incident, but a long standing problem between Alonso and Hamilton. What yesterday and on Saturday happened was very childish and irresponsible by both of the Mclaren Mercedes drivers. In Saturday’s qualifying, Alonso was found guilty of blocking or hindering Hamilton in the pit lane from doing another run at Alonso’s best time. Alonso was thereafter penalized for his actions and pushed back to the sixth starting position, losing his pole position he actually qualified for.

Hamilton has said that he respects Alonso, but it seems to him that after the race in Hungary, Alonso has stopped talking to him.

Another potential reason for Alonso’s frustration is that he has not been guaranteed the number 1 title in the Mclaren team, thanks to Ron Dennis’ principal of equality.

The rumors are that Alonso may leave the Mclaren team and go back to his daddy – Flavio. I think he is just a sore loser and can’t handle the fact that a newcomer and his teammate may take his title away.

Jenson Button might call it quits

Published by on Jul 23rd, 2007, No Comments

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Dogged by dismal performances, Jenson Button has announced that he may quit F1 if his Honda outfit doesn’t get its act together. Button has denied rumors that he is looking to join another team.

Honda’s latest RA 107 has earned just one point in nine races. That must hurt this talented racer, given the fact that he finished third in world drivers’ championship in 2004 and beat every driver in the field in the last six races of 2006.

This year hasn’t gone well for button. He has been able to start inside the top ten only once, and has a single point with eighth place in Magny-Cours. Definitely not the way Button had expected his racing career to go.

Button said:

There will come a time when I get bored of finishing eighth. I’m in this sport to win and I won’t want to keep on finishing eighth at best, which is what I’ve achieved this season with Honda. To be honest, I’d find it too tough to handle. If this continues then maybe in a couple of years I’ll just call it a day and go and find something else to do.

His Japanese outfit is trying to set things right and has apparently sprung into action. Honda has intensified its recruitment drive. After taking aerodynamicist Loic Bigois from the Williams camp, Honda has also lured Jorg Zander back into the team as deputy technical director.

Hopefully, Honda will be able to solve this problem and send Button back to the top. It’s a treat to watch button on the track. I don’t want to see him go, and I’m sure many people will support me on this.

[Via: Crash.net]

Start to finish Hamilton dominates

Published by on Jun 18th, 2007, No Comments

_43059309_lewis270.jpgLewis Hamilton produced yet another incredible performance to claim his second successive F1 win in a McLaren one-two at the US Grand Prix.

The victory, in his first-ever race in Indianapolis, saw the Briton extend his lead over team-mate Fernando Alonso in the title race to 10 points. Hamilton held off an attempted pass from Alonso on lap 39 but after that the pair did not race each other again. The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen took third and fourth place.

Just seven days after claiming a maiden Grand Prix win in Canada, Hamilton delivered another assured drive at the famous Motor Speedway circuit.

Results from the United States Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1hr 31min 09.965 2. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren +00:01.518
3. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 00:12.842
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:15.422
5. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 00:41.402
6. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 01:06.703
7. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull-Renault 01:07.331
8. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) BMW Sauber 01:07.783
9. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 1 lap
10. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams-Toyota 1 lap
11. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri-Honda 1 lap
12. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1 lap
13. Scott Speed (U.S.) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2 laps
14. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker-Ferrari 2 laps
15. Christijan Albers (Netherlands) Spyker-Ferrari 3 laps
16. retired Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams-Toyota 5 laps
17. retired Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5 laps
R Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 18 laps
R Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri-Honda 60 laps
R David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull-Renault 73 laps
R Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 73 laps
R Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota 73 laps

Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen, 1:13.117 on lap 49.

R = retired

Lewis Hamilton wins the Montreal Grandprix

Published by on Jun 11th, 2007, 1 Comment

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Lewis Hamilton,the big surprize of this season, wins the Montreal Grandprix.

As Hamilton resumed the lead, Heidfeld got the jump on Alonso, who just kept Felipe Massa at bay. The Brazilian had been assaulted lightly by team mate Kimi Raikkonen in the melee, and lost a place to Nico Rosberg.

The first safety-car came when Spyker’s Adrian Sutil smacked a wall out the back of the circuit on lap 22, the lap on which Hamilton first refuelled. Alonso and Williams’ Nico Rosberg came in on lap 23, before the pit lane was officially opened, and would subsequently drop down the order after serving their resulting stop-and-go penalties.

After the track went clear again, Kubica had a horrible crash in the very quick left-hander prior to the hairpin on lap 27, his BMW Sauber hitting the outside wall and then rolling all the way down to the hairpin entry. As the safety car came out again the Pole was released from the wreckage, mercifully conscious and lucid, and was hospitalised with a suspected broken ankle.

It was a chaotic race, but Hamilton’s finely judged victory and set him back in the lead of the world championship, with eight points over Alonso, and 15 clear of the disgruntled Massa. In the constructors’, McLaren extended their lead over Ferrari to 28 points, 88 to 60.

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