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Sebastian Loeb takes win # 50



With the victory in Cyprus Loeb reaches his 50th WRC win.

Fernando Alonso ends Brawn domination in Jerez.

FIA voting on new  points system 12-9-7-5-4-3-2-1

Schumacher may not renew his contract with Ferrari.

Todays test times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Alonso Renault (B) 1:18.343 103
2. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:18.398 62
3. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:18.892 12
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:19.513 85
5. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:19.783 123

F1weekly podcast # 332

str_4_profile_9602Charge of the Red Bull: Stampede of the Adrian Newey-designed cars is set to commence in land down under at the end of this month. Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne is the season opener. German wunderkind, Sebastian Vettel, fresh from his victory in Monza last year with Toro Rosso, has now been promoted to the flagship Red Bull team. This makes teammate Webber a Mark-ed man. The Australian made his Grand Prix debut in home country in 2002 and is still searching for that elusive maiden win. The team is powered by Renault engines.

Junior team Toro Rosso pranced away with Ferrari power plant to an historic win and several impressive showings last year, mainly due to the efforts of Vettel. He leaves his name behind on both Toro Rosso race cars for the 2009 season. His replacement is Sebastien Buemi, the Swiss racer has been a Red Bull Driver for some years now and last year raced in GP2. His teammate is Sebastien Bourdais, who continues with the team for a second year.

Flins-Les Mureaux, north east of Paris given the nod as the French authorities’ preferred option for the return of the Grand Prix de France by 2011

Rubens Barrichello tops the times sheets in the new BGP001

Fernando Alonso says Renault have more work to do.

Charlie Whiting taking a close look at the diffusers in question.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed

Special interview with F1weekly listener and Kart racer Carlos Calderon.

Final day of testing times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:18.926 110 two legged
2. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:19.774 120
3. Glock Toyota (B) 1:20.091 128
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:20.576 83
5. Alonso Renault (B) 1:20.664 64
6. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:20.677 92
7. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.740 134
8. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:20.869 70
9. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.013 62
10. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:21.045 141
11. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.629 27



McLaren are they falling behind?


Many believe McLaren are hard at work trying to solve a major problem.

Piquet says he understands why Alonso gets more testing.

Kimi Räikkönen not concerned with counting calories.

Brendon Hartley reserve driver for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso this year.

Today’s times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:19.127 124
2. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:20.168 109
3. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:20.217 109
4. Glock Toyota TF109 (B) 1:20.410 99
5. Alonso Renault R29 (B) 1:20.863 107
6. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:21.165 102
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:21.324 89
8. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:21.545 97
9. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.569 140
10. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.657 82



Toyota will be at the front in 2009…Trulli



Jarno Trulli believes the TF109 is the best car Toyota have produced.

Brawn GP may leave Force India in the dust.

McLaren’ new floor causing concern through out the paddock.

Nick Heidfeld reaches his lowest weight ever!

Today’s times:

1. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:20.314 55
2. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:20.907 66
3. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:20.966 111
4. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:21.182 121
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:21.347 66
6. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:21.615 127
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:21.834 82
8. Alonso Renault (B) 1:21.937 111
9. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.991 88
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:23.039 14
11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) no time 6


The new Toro Rosso STR4



Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4 launches at Barcelona.

Ascanelli : team’s new STR4 is not a rebadged Red Bull Racing RB5.

Greg Mansell will compete in the World Series by Renault.

All ten F1 Teams testing today at circuit de Catalunya.


Today’s times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.339 92
2. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:20.908 80
3. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:20.937 118
4. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:21.140 82
5. Piquet Renault (B) 1:21.662 124
6. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:22.158 96
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:22.246 115
8. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:22.452 127
9. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:22.813 111
10. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:22.948 87

Honda says goodbye.


We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for your unwavering support over the exciting and eventful years of the Honda racing F1 team’s history and wish you a fond farewell.

We will always have happy memories of podium celebrations and, of course, Jenson’s victory at Hungary in 2006. Thank you for sharing these moments with us, whether from the grandstands or at home.

Honda’s motor sport activities will continue in other categories and we hope you continue to enjoy the pursuit of the dreams that motor sport can inspire."

With our sincere best wishes,

Honda Racing F1 Team"

これまで長年にわたりHonda Racing F1 Team にご声援をいただき、心より御礼申し上げます。

2000年にF1レース活動を再開し、2006年から はワークスチームとして戦ってまいり ました。その年のハンガリーGPで、ジェンソン・ バトン選手が初勝利した瞬間 を、多くのファンの 皆様と喜びを分かち合えたことが最高の思い出と なりました。世界中の皆様からいただきました、 私たちへの熱い想いは決して忘れません。ありが とうございました。

しかしながらHondaのモータースポーツ活動での チャレンジは終わりません。私たち はこれからも 「夢と感動」を、多くの皆様に提供し続けたいと 考えております。

今後とも引き続きHondaへの声援をお願いいたし ます。

Honda Racing F1 Team"