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.
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
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.
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?
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
For whatever reasons, Renault decided to put their Renaultsport F1 badge on the new Dacia Sandero and Logan everybody seems to be a bit upset with the fact that it doesn’t delivers as expected. Dacia is in fact, Renault’s division for budget oriented cars, so I wouldn’t have expected to see a budget oriented RS from them, but looks like it’s going to happen and the new (tiny) beast will be presented in Brazil, at the Sao Paulo auto show. We’ll get more specs then … via AutoBlog.com
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
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 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
photo by The_Eternity