Actually, 2009 F1 testing began months ago – we know Honda and BMW have already tested their KERS, and Williams ran a car with a 2009-spec rear wing on several weeks ago. But today most of the teams were in action in Barcelona and all were preparing for next year. Some ran new aero (BMW … Continue reading 2009 Formula 1 testing begins (Pictures)
“Unworkable demands” blamed
22,000 tickets sold in a week
Force India?óÔé¼Ôäós technical tie-up with McLaren-Mercedes, which was rumoured for several weeks, was announced today. Having used Ferrari engines in 2006 (as Spyker) and 2007, Force India is embarking on an ambitious project which will see them use the same gearbox, KERS, Mercedes engine and other parts as McLaren. How will this massive acquisition of … Continue reading Will Force India make a leap forward in 2009 after their McLaren deal?
The FIA is to introduce a series of changes to how its rules are enforced during F1 weekends. In a significant change the FIA will ensure all video evidence relating to controversial moments is made available to the public via its and FOM’s websites. It did so following the questionable penalties given to Lewis Hamilton, … Continue reading FIA to provide video evidence and improve stewarding of incidents in 2009
Fernando Alonso has committed his future to Renault, ending speculation over a possible move to Ferrari.
The FIA has published an updated 2009 F1 calendar. The Chinese Grand Prix is now the third round instead of the 15th, and will be held in April. This means F1 will have visited the circuit twice within seven months, and next year’s Grand Prix may see different climactic conditions to what we have been … Continue reading 2009 F1 calendar shortened
As the 2008 F1 season ends on a high we now look forward to what should be one of the most fascinating off-seasons for many years. With radical changes to the technical rules, fraught political tension between the rule-makers and the teams, and two holes suddenly appearing in the calendar, these are the questions that … Continue reading F1 2009: 10 questions for the off-season
Ferrari lose 1 to McLaren
Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix will be the final F1 broadcast by ITV. Since taking over from the BBC as the UK’s F1 broadcaster at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix, ITV will bow out having covered 206 grands prix. But because they interrupt races with adverts they have missed over 31 races’ worth of live action … Continue reading ITV F1: goodbye or good riddance?
During the Chinese Grand prix weekend F1 teams were shown pictures of the new venue that will host the first ever Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – the Yas Island Marina circuit. It will hold the final round of the 2009 F1 season. Here are 33 high-resolution pictures showing the track design, layout, construction work and … Continue reading Abu Dhabi Grand Prix launch pictures
This will be the fourth season that the F1 season has ended in Interlagos – and may be the last time it does so for the foreseeable future. In 2009 the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the new Yas Island circuit will round off the season. Whether by fair means or foul, it has landed … Continue reading The last F1 season finale at Interlagos
Indian tipped for test role
Details are emerging about the agreement reached between the FIA and FOTA, representing the F1 teams, following their meeting at Geneva today. A joint statement from the two declared “significant cost savings for 2009 and 2010” had been agreed but added no further detail. However Autosport has published details of some points of the agreement … Continue reading FIA-FOTA agreement: Teams’ proposals accepted as Mosley backs down on KERS
Fisichella and Sutil remain for 2009
McLaren, Ferrari, BMW, Williams and Red Bull have their driver line-ups set for 2009. With a few informed guesses we can probably make a decent guess at what the official 2009 F1 driver line-up will look like. Here’s my thoughts, share yours below:
The French Grand Prix has been cancelled for 2009 in a surprise move by the event organisers, the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile. The FFSA issued the following statement: After examining the economic situation, the FFSA renounces to be the financial promoters of a Formula One Grand Prix. As a result, and as long as … Continue reading 2009 French Grand Prix cancelled
DTM star linked to Force India for 2009
Rubens Barrichello became the most experienced F1 driver of all time earlier this year. But that, his nine Grand Prix wins and a well-deserved podium in the rain at Silverstone this year may not be enough to earn him a place on the 2009 grid. Should Honda keep Barrichello?
Santander to put Alonso in a Ferrari?