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Henry Surtees killed in Formula 2 accident at Brands Hatch.

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Tragedy struck in Sunday’s Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch racing circuit in Kent, England, claiming the life of English driver Henry Surtees.

Henry, son of John Surtees, the 1964 Formula 1 World Champion for Ferrari and seven times World Motorcycle Champion, was hit on the head by a wheel and tire from the car of Jack Clarke, who had spun and crashed into the wall exiting Westfield Bend on his own. The 18-year old driver, who had finished on the podium in Saturday’s race, was knocked unconscious, and flown to a London hospital.

Henry Surtees followed in his father’s footsteps and entered his first kart race at the age of eight in 1999. He won the 2000 Club Winter Championship at Rye House. In 2005 he won the Junior Gearbox Championship.

In 2006, Henry graduated into motor racing in the British Ginetta GT Junior Championship, scoring three wins and six podiums to finish third overall. The following season he stepped into single seaters competing in both Formula BMW and Renault series.

In 2007, he scored a win with Carlin Motorsport and finished seventh overall and second in the rookie standing in Formula BMW UK. Last year he raced in Formula Renault UK, finishing 12th in the championship. In the Winter series he was placed second with one victory and three podiums from four races.
 

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Our sincere condolences to the Surtees family, and Henry’s friends and fans.

www.henrysurtees.com
 

Ferrari looses.

 

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Ferrari has lost its legal bid to lodge an injunction against the FIA.

New F1 teams: Lola, USF1, Wirth Research, Epsilon Euskadi, RML, Formtech, Campos Racing and iSport.

Ferrari commenting on new F1 teams for 2010… Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to call it Formula GP3?"

Red Bull’s Christian Horner is ready to declare Vettel as their number 1 driver.

More Brawn domination expected in Monaco.

 

 

Arrivederci Ferrari.


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Arrivederci Ferrari

The mythical and magical name, the essence of Formula 1 and Motor
Racing, Scuderia Ferrari, is threatening to leave the big show.

By Nasir Hameed

Mention motor racing or red cars to any racing aficionado, or the prancing horse, it only means one thing – – Ferrari. The blood of Italy, and dream that flows in every young driver aspiring to be world champion. The legacy and legend left behind by a man who endured the triumphs and tragedies of the sport in his “terrible joys”.

Those were the days

Scuderia Ferrari takes pride in competing in the FIA world championship since the beginning, 1950. A little piercing of history books will show the prancing horse failed to gallop to the inaugural round at Silverstone that year.

But the history books will also reveal the success of this team is unmatched. When the curtain came down on the 1958 season in Casablanca, Ferrari had powered the first British world champion in Mike Hawthorn. Three years later it would take Phil Hill to the top of the world as the first American world champion. The second American world champion, Mario Andretti, drove a Lotus in his glory year, 1978, but seven years earlier his first taste of F1 victory came in a Ferrari at Kyalami.

 

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Each and every round of the 1950 season, excluding the Indianapolis 500, was won by Enzo Ferrari’s ex-employer and then arch rival from Milano, Alfa Romeo.

In round five of the second season, July 14th. is the day that will remain in Ferrari-famy. It was “Pampas Bull” from Argentina, Jose Froilan Gonzales, who gave prancing horse its first Formula 1 victory in the 1951 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

“That day I felt like I stabbed my own mother”, such was the impact of this victory on Enzo Ferrari. One has to wonder how he felt when his own fellow Italian, Alberto Ascari, gave him back to back championships in 1952 & ’53.

Fury & the future

The halls of FIA head office are not immune from financial meltdown the world is enduring these days. The sport’s governing body has decreed budget caps for next season, teams that comply with this will have greater technical freedom than those who wish to spend what they deem is necessary for their operation.

This two-tier Championship has shades of turbo and non-turbo cars era.

Luca di Montezemolo, man in charge of the most symbolic of F1 teams and history, has lashed out against new regulations and wasted no time in proclaiming Ferrari will leave Formula 1. He has the support of his team’s board of directors.
Piero Ferrari, Enzo’s flesh and blood, has also come out and spoken in support of his team’s decision to depart from the top league. He told the British newspaper The Guardian: “This is not a war of press releases”. The Scuderia maintains it’s not possible to control budget cap.
The younger Ferrari continued, “They’re not acceptable at all. Everybody on the grid has to start with the same rules, otherwise there’s no competition and it’s somebody else deciding who’s going to win."
Flavio Briatore, the colorful team boss at Renault, was very clear where he stood on the matter, “Our aim is to reduce costs while maintaining the high standards that make Formula One one of the most prestigious brands on the market.
"We want to achieve this in a co-coordinated manner with the regulatory and commercial bodies, and we refuse to accept unilateral governance handed out by the FIA”.
John Howett of Toyota and Red Bull billionaire, Dietrich Mateschitz has also taken a stand against Max Mosley’s idea of cost control. Their anger stem from Max’s modus operandi where the participants in the billion dollar show have no say in how the stage is set.

BMW’s Dr. Mario Theissen also feels FIA’s ruling is not healthy for the sport.

The missing link is the power behind the current world champion and championship leader, Mercedes-Benz. The Star of Stuttgart has been tarnished in the past two season by shenanigans by their F1 partner, McLaren and both only recently escaped multiple race ban following the
“lie-gate” episode in Australia.

McLaren’s silence may be golden for Max and his group. A united front from FOTA (Formula One Teams Association) members will force his hand to agree to their terms and conditions.


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Will prancing horse leave the barn?

Bernie Ecclestone was right on the money, as he always is on such matters, when he said Ferrari and Formula 1 is a marriage made in heaven. Can anyone even imagine the separation of Vince Lombardi and NFL, Mohammed Ali and Boxing?

Ferrari enjoys the same stature when you hear the sound of racing engines.
It will be a sad, sad day when the sound of these magnificent machines from Maranello is no longer heard going into Parabolica at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, or dive into Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps.

Luca can look into sports car racing and re-visit the glory days of Le Mans 24-hour race. Then there is always the last hope, the lucrative American market where Tony George would give Luca a princely welcome to the pagoda.

Boys will be boys. Let’s hope they grow up by the May 29, 2009, the deadline for entering the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
 

 

Brawn GP on pole.

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Jenson Button with a second remaining takes pole with a terrific final lap.

Sebastian Vettel continues to pressure Jenson with a front row start.

Rubens Barrichello keeps the Brawn domination alive with P3.

Kimi Raikkonen out in Q1 due to more Ferrari mistakes.

Toyota leaning towards leaving Formula One in 2010.

Lewis clearly not happy with McLaren upgrades for Barcelona.

 

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:20.707 1:20.192 1:20.527
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:20.715 1:20.220 1:20.660
3. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:20.808 1:19.954 1:20.762
4. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:20.484 1:20.149 1:20.934
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:20.689 1:20.007 1:21.049
6. Glock Toyota (B) 1:20.877 1:20.107 1:21.247
7. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:21.189 1:20.420 1:21.254
8. Alonso Renault (B) 1:21.186 1:20.509 1:21.392
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:20.745 1:20.256 1:22.558
10. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.931 1:20.408 1:22.685
11. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:20.818 1:20.531
12. Piquet Renault (B) 1:21.128 1:20.604
13. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:21.095 1:20.676
14. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:20.991 1:20.805
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.033 1:21.067
16. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:21.291
17. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.300
18. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.675
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:21.742
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:22.204

 

 Pos Driver Team Weight (kg)
1. Jenson Button Brawn Mercedes 646.0
2. Sebastian Vettel RBR Renault 651.5
3. Rubens Barrichello Brawn Mercedes 649.5
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 655.0
5. Mark Webber RBR Renault 651.5
6. Timo Glock Toyota 646.5
7. Jarno Trulli Toyota 655.5
8. Fernando Alonso Renault 645.0
9. Nico Rosberg Williams Toyota 668.0
10. Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 660.0
11. Kazuki Nakajima Williams Toyota 676.6*
12. Nelson Piquet Renault 677.4*
13. Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 676.3*
14. Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 683.0*
15. Sébastien Buemi STR Ferrari 678.0*
16. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 673.0*
17. Sébastien Bourdais STR Ferrari 669.0*
18. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren Mercedes 657.0*
19. Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 675.0*
20. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India Mercedes 656.0*

Renault F1 in the desert.

 

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Desert Frog: The Renault Road Show reaches Dubai. The glitz, glamour and financial capital of UAE, the United Arab Emirates. Test driver Romain Grosjean and demo driver Adam Khan raced their Renault R28s across the Arabian desert, another first for the globe trotting world of Formula 1.

Grosjean commented: “Racing in the desert was obviously different to anything I’ve experienced, but it was great to come here and do something that hasn’t been done before.” The sands of time may soon shift in Grosjean’s favor if team’s number two driver, Nelsinho Piquet, continues to get blown away by Fernando Alonso.

The demo driver, Adam Khan, born and raised in England had raced with A1GP Team Pakistan, birthplace of his papito. He was excited to participate in his first road show and said, “I can’t think of a better place to start than Dubai. The road in the desert was a bit dusty but it was smooth and flat so we got up into top gear. Overall it was a lot of fun!”

Local Lord Mohamed Ben Sulayem, FIA’s Vice President for Sport and 14-time Middle East Rally Champion provided quote of the day, “I’m lucky to have many supercars of my own, but nothing compares to this Formula One”.

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DeHarde & Softee: F1 weekly faithful listener, Chris DeHarde, scores big in this 2007 photo with Milka Duno. The sizzle in her smile caused the twinkle in his eyes. Happy weekend!
 

F1Weekly Podcast #337

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Podcast number 337 Malaysian Grand Prix recap.

They (the drivers) said it’s impossible, they’re dreaming, we can’t race.

Bernie Ecclestone refuses to budge on twilight races.

Ferrari admit the stupid mistakes will cost them the championship.

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen proud of quick nick.

Heidfeld’s second place in Malaysia was the first time a car not featuring a double diffuser had been on the podium this season.

Max Mosley revealed plans for a "world engine" for 2013 capable of powering FIA categories Formula One, World Rally Championship and Formula Two.

Tonio Liuzzi is to drive in the A1GP series with the Italian squad in Portugal next weekend.