"Today the car is running at Vairano, a straight line aerodynamic test facility, with Marc Gene and new parts which convert wind-tunnel figures into reality will appear on the car next week in Spain. Different front and rear wings are being tried."
Ferrari's Aldo Costa: "We used a standard configuration for the aerodynamics here in Bahrain, with just some minor updates. The complete one we'll see at the next tests in Jerez and Barcelona."
'Nico Rosberg said: "The rule changes are a fantastic thing for us, definitely. A really good thing for us. There's no copying to do, nothing. It's just your own ideas. You start from zero, from scratch, like every other team. You have this set of rules and you need to make the best possible car for it."'
"If you know what’s good for you: keep away from Adria." Have STR crossed the line between playfulness and actually being threatening? Hmm…
"One interesting undercurrent I picked up was that there is some muttering about the Renault engine. They were down on power last season and were allowed by the other teams to bring their motor up to speed with the others. This was done on trust through a FOTA agreement, whereby each manufacturer presented its power curve and they all agreed what Renault should be allowed to increase by. The implication is that perhaps the power curve they demonstrated at the start was a little lower than the reality….and so they may actually be a little ahead of the others now! This would also help Red Bull as they use the Renault motor." I heard the same thing from someone else in F1 recently.
Renault practising pit stops indoors.
'As ever, Stewart chooses his words carefully. He doesn’t state that the reigning World Champion is the equal, and certainly not better than his much-loved old friend. But he has no hesitation in making it clear what Lewis might become – that he “could be another Jim Clark”. Wow.'
Nico Hülkenberg on Willi Weber: "Really, I just think he sees a young driver with potential who could secure his pension."
Nick Heidfeld: "I had expected that the new regulations would result in bigger gaps between the teams. On the other hand, we neither know what the other teams have been working on nor how much fuel they had aboard. Nonetheless, the teams seem to be clocking similar lap times right from the start this year."
"All we do know is that at approximately 180mph, the rear wing on Elio’s Brabham gave way while the Italian was thundering though the Verrerie curves – the high speed left-right kink at the end of the main straight. The BT55 cartwheeled over the barrier, landing upside down and trapping Elio inside. Unable to free himself, Elio sat there as his back began to burn from the smouldering wreck."
Dubai F1X theme park reportedly shelved.
The worst thing about BBC's F1 weekend coverage.
Williams CEO Adam Parr: "What you have to think about is this – when I came into the sport a few years ago, I was sitting across from people (in team principals' meetings) who said money does not matter to us. Now, we don't have discussions like that any more. In order for Williams to be competitive and be in the frame for the past two or three years, we have had to spend beyond our means. For the next two years we will not do that, and we will be paying off a significant chunk of debt. We are (now) seeing a scenario where our means are not dissimilar to the rest of F1."
"I just wanted to answer the question about EJ's number changing to 13. EJ has always liked the number 13 and therefore asked to change it; it also reflects his Italian heritage (it is a lucky number in Italy). Simple as that." Glad to see that some drivers aren't afraid of the "cursed" number 13.
Lewis Hamilton beatboxing (video)
Irritatingly spread across multiple pages and multiple parts, but worth a read.
"Although we will sign an engine supply deal in the next few months, that supply deal will not begin until Jan 1, 2010, which means no testing in 09 and a conventional time frame in which to design and build the car. In the next few months our engineers will work from rented premises, finalizing drawings and detailed production plans, and in mid-09 we will move into our new headquarters."
"We will be a lean and mean operation and will viciously control the head count. We always said that we would officially go public once we started to hire people. That moment has arrived."
"Today ist the 1st anniversary of Paul Frére’s passing and what better way to remember the Belgian, than a snapshot from one of his 11 Grands Prix starts."
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