Williams has hired long-time McLaren tester Gary Paffett to be its new simulator driver.
All three to test the same drivers as they did last year.
McLaren has announced Gary Paffett will remain the team’s reserve driver in 2012.
All the lap time, sector time and speed trap data from the first Pirelli tyre test.
Felipe Massa was fastest as the teams tried out Pirelli’s tyres for the first time.
Daniel Ricciardo did the fastest ever lap of the Yas Marina circuit during the second young drivers’ test day.
McLaren will run British drivers Oliver Turvey and Gary Paffett in the young drivers’ test in Abu Dhabi next week.
David Coulthard finished 13th in his first race for Mercedes in the DTM. He started 17th on the grid behind fellow ex-F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, who’s in his third year in the German touring car series. Schumacher finished tenth in the season-opener at the Hockenheimring behind another former F1 driver, Markus Winkelhock, also in an … Continue reading Coulthard 13th on DTM debut
Most people expected the stewards to get involved after the DTM’s annual visit to the Norisring. But to the surprise of many it was fifth placed man Gary Paffett, not winner Jamie Green, who was penalised. Paffett was disqualified from the final results. Did the stewards get the wrong British driver?
Nine F1 teams tested at the Circuit de Catalunya last week – Force India were absent from the test. Each day’s running saw a little rain, but not very much, and the cars typically completed around 80 laps each. Here’s what they were doing and how they go on:
Ferrari and Toyota stayed away from this week’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya, and with Super Aguri still absent that left eight teams testing at the track near Barcelona. The test was marred by ugly scenes as some of the spectators that showed up hurled racist taunts and abuse at Lewis Hamilton. And for … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 5
This week saw the final four days of testing of 2007. Although much was made of the opportunity to compare Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton on track at the same time, in reality the diversity of testing programmes being run meant that no worthwhile comparison was possible. Teams ran a mixture of grooved and slick … Continue reading 2008 testing round-up 2
The 2008 winter testing got under way at Barcelona this week as the teams prepared for the first race without traction control since 2001. This was the first of two tests before the break, the second at Jerez next month. Here’s what the teams were all up to.
The news that Prodrive will not be using McLaren’s chassis next year raises more questions about who will be racing in F1 in 2008. Ralf Schumacher is leaving Toyota but his F1 career may not yet be over. Alexander Wurz’s departure opens up a space at Williams. And of course there is the unresolved question … Continue reading Alonso and Prodrive central to 2008 driver market
The driver market for 2008 is settling down – although everyone is still watching to see if Fernando Alonso will storm out of McLaren (and away from Lewis Hamilton), to join his old team Renault. Several teams have now confirmed their 2008 line ups and are sticking with their current drivers – with the notable … Continue reading 2008 driver line-up almost set
McLaren has reportedly told Alonso he is free to leave the team at the end of the year if he wishes. Speculation has linked him with a return to Renault for 2008, and it remains to be seen who will drive for new 2008 entrants Prodrive.
Mika Hakkinen took his second DTM victory of the year – but this time there’ll be no question of him being given half-points as he was at the Lausitzring. In fact he probably deserve double points after cunning strategy propelled him into a lead which he narrowly held over Mattias Ekstrom in the dying stages. … Continue reading DTM Mugello: Hakkinen wins from 15th
There’s no F1 race this weekend but there’s tons of other motor racing action going on around the world. My pick for this week is the Indy Racing League – but there’s plenty of other races for those of you who don’t like ovals…
Who will be driving for the top teams in 2008? Last year saw enormous changes in the driver market. Next year we’re likely to see most of the top drivers remaining where they are. But with BMW and Red Bull getting ever more competitive we could be in for a few surprises. And what about … Continue reading F1 driver line-up changes for 2008
Bernd Schneider gave a typically virtuoso performance to win at Brands Hatch under intense pressure from the Audis of Martin Tomcyk and Mattias Ekstrom. Schneider took the lead through some canny strategy and by being one of few drivers to successfully execute any passes. It saved him valuable time in traffic around the short Brands … Continue reading DTM Brands Hatch: Champion’s drive by Schneider