Romain Grosjean arrives in F1 (pictures)

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Another race, another rookie. Last time it was Jaime Alguersuari, and at Valencia we have Romain Grosjean making his Formula 1 debut. While team mate Fernando Alonso topped the times in the final session, Grosjean was 13th, 1.3s adrift. But how close will he be tomorrow? Here’s the first pictures of Grosjean competing in an … Continue reading Romain Grosjean arrives in F1 (pictures)

F1 2010 rules: A return to proper qualifying and real Grand Prix racing

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Surely the best news in the 2010 F1 rules is the confirmed return of low-fuel qualifying and a ban on in-race refuelling: 29.1 b) Refuelling during a race is forbidden. 2010 F1 Sporting Reguations The needless and uninteresting complication of fuel strategy and and tedious race-fuel qualifying are being swept away. This is a return … Continue reading F1 2010 rules: A return to proper qualifying and real Grand Prix racing

Whitmarsh wants Hamilton and Kovalainen to have equal equipment

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Nelson Piquet’s attack on Flavio Briatore for not giving him and Fernando Alonso equal equipment has once again cast a spotlight on how teams treat their drivers. McLaren’s policy of driver equality was a subject of furious debate during the 2007 season (not least on this site), when Alonso and Lewis Hamilton fell out spectacularly. … Continue reading Whitmarsh wants Hamilton and Kovalainen to have equal equipment

Sebastian Vettel’s career in video (Part 1)

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F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer looks at how Sebastian Vettel got into F1 and what he’s done since then in the first of a two-part video guide to the young driver’s career. Michael Schumacher has decided to abort his comeback bid, but many feel that the next Schumi is already on the grid. Sebastian Vettel … Continue reading Sebastian Vettel’s career in video (Part 1)

Kimi Raikkonen for 2010 Fiat WRC team?

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An article in the Financial Times claims Fiat could enter the World Rally Championship in 2010: Two car manufacturers, believed to be Fiat and Volkswagen, are on the verge of joining Citro??n and Ford in the World Rally Championship (WRC), says its chief executive. Fiat currently races in the rival Intercontinental Rally Challenge. As SJ … Continue reading Kimi Raikkonen for 2010 Fiat WRC team?

Do the punishments fit the crimes?

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It’s highly unusual to see the FIA’s international court of appeal soften a penalty that’s been handed down to a team. But that’s exactly what happened to Renault yesterday as their one-race ban was withdrawn and they were given just a $50,000 fine. In recent years we’ve seen multi-race bans, championship exclusions and $100m fines … Continue reading Do the punishments fit the crimes?

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