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Posted on 08/05/2009 7:57:45 PM PDT by Chode
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They don't call it the Silly Season for nothing
F1 and these teams sound like they’re a bunch of lawyers scared of their shadows for cryin’ out loud. May God bless Peter Windsor in trying to sell this sport to Mericans.
I hope Massa recovers 100% and performs well.
I have enjoyed the sport since seeing the German GP in 1970, at Hockenheimring, Germany. We spent the night before, with campers in the forest next to the track, drinking wine with folks from all over Europe.
Jochen Rindt won the race, and won the title that year, posthumously. A few weeks later Jochen Rindt died at Monza, during practice for the Italian GP.
We were driving from Germany to Italy the day he died.
Since then, I have attended (non F1) races at Long Beach, old Riverside and Laguna Seca. I want F1 back in the states, with one race on the West coast; Long Beach would be great, Laguna Seca equally fine.
Perhaps best would be the Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) using the Sports Car configuration. Entire race course visible from stands.
Now I watch F1 and ALMS as much as possible on TV.
Finally I am a longtime German car enthusiast. Would like to see Button win this year, for Brawn.
Renault are planning to reintroduce the Kers system onto their car for the Italian Grand Prix on 13 September.
Only McLaren and Ferrari are using the Kers energy storage and power-boost system after Renault dropped it following early-season difficulties.
But the French team plan to employ the system again at Monza as part of a raft of new updates planned for their car.
Giancarlo Fisichella will drive for Ferrari for the rest of the 2009 Formula 1 season before taking a new role as their reserve driver in 2010.
The Italian, 36, will replace Luca Badoer as stand-in for the injured Felipe Massa for the final five races.
"It has always been an ambition," said Fisichella, who has been released from his contract with Force India.
Force India are yet to name a replacement for Fisichella with reserve driver Vitantonio Liuzzi the favourite.
Fisichella, who formerly raced for Minardi, Jordan, Benetton, Renault and Sauber, will begin his Ferrari career on home soil at the Italian Grand Prix on 13 September.
I’m shocked! *snort* Badoer was woeful, and after the Spa showing, you knew Fisi was going to get the ride. Good for him.
He seems to have proven that a driver who collects telemetry is distinctly different from a racer who collects points
Ferrari's next announcement may well be regarding Alonso's turn to drive for the Red team
He was asked if he always wanted to drive for Ferrari ... he was ambivalent and said he always wanted to drive formula one and there are lots of teams for which he would be happy to drive .. odd answer in an interview on a Ferrari special
Kimi will be fine wherever .... hard to feel sorry for a guy who gets to drive for the Red team and get caught in bed with 3 supermodels at a time
I remember when his Ferrari died in Monaco a few years back and he got out of the car stepped over the barricade and jumped on the back a a boat with two ladies instead of going back to the pit
Pretty cool that iceman
I call Kimi ‘the mumbler’.
He’s an awesome driver, but as an F1 personality he is a stick in the mud. For sure not my favorite driver in interviews, but I enjoy his racing.
I’m not sure what team he would fit in. I guess if Alonso goes to Ferrari, maybe Renault, though he might clash with Flavio. Certainly not Maclaren (can’t see him playing second fiddle to Hamilton).
Formula One's governing body has summoned Renault to a hearing to answer charges that they fixed the outcome of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
The French team are accused of plotting with driver Nelson Piquet Jr to crash in the race to deploy the safety car.
The incident aided Piquet's team-mate Fernando Alonso, with the Spaniard going on to claim victory.
If found guilty, the team face severe sanctions which could include expulsion from the current F1 world championship.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
Rats, you beat me to it. I was going to say something similar. I would have replace “woman” with backmarker.
Spanning the globe
By land, sea and air, the IndyCar Series is en route to Japan for the Sept. 19 Indy Japan 300.
The 13,000-mile round-trip adventure has been a action point atop Bill van de Sandt's day planner since soon after joining the Indy Racing League in January as director of operations. The IndyCar Series will compete at Twin Ring Motegi for the eighth consecutive year.
i still would like to see Indy have FOUR races a year...
Indy cars on BOTH courses and F1 on BOTH courses.
No flames here; I live in Indy and have been going to the track for over 40 years. I’d love to see F1 return; it was without doubt the best event there. I don’t blame Tony George for its discontinuation. I think he did everything he could to accommodate that greedy little pervert ecclestone (dont ask how I really feel about him.)
I don’t think F1 should race on the oval; it’s not their game.
I’m ambivalent about a 2nd Indy race on the road course.
As for F1, I do have a scheduling idea that makes sense. F1 should not have more than 18 events per year. What they should do is have 24 sanctioned tracks, and do a four year rotation where each track gets a race 3 of every 4 years.
Clark's 1965 win was the first win for a rear-engined car at the Indianapolis 500. No front-engined car has won the race since.
The Canadian Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar next year after organisers reached an agreement with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
The Canadian GP, which had been part of the F1 World Championship since 1967, was dropped for this season as a result of a financial disagreement.
The Montreal race has been provisionally agreed for 6 June 2010.
wait there's more...
Piquet 'now unemployable in F1'
Formula 1 is nervously awaiting the outcome of the inquiry into Nelson Piquet Jr's claim to have crashed intentionally under instructions during last year's Singapore Grand Prix in order to help his Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso's race.
We will have an answer around 21 September and before the next GP in Singapore, ironically where all the troubles began last year.
The word in the paddock is that team boss Flavio Briatore will step away from F1 - possibly even before the hearing.
Briatore and director of engineering Pat Symonds deny the allegations that they asked Piquet to crash and Renault have stated that they have initiated a criminal case against the Piquets for extortion and attempted blackmail. Heavy stuff.
So does addition of Montreal Candian GP preclude adding a US GP?
BTW Cosworth is back in business of supplying F1 engines, for 2010.
good for Cosworth.
The nasty nelsons have become quite a soap opera ... LOL
I think Flavio has too much ego to just walk away ... I think .. for what that's worth
Flav Briatore leaves Renault, and they aren’t gonna dispute charges of cheating at Singapore last year. Wow.
Renault F1 have announced that team principal Flavio Briatore and engineering chief Pat Symonds have left the team and that they will "not dispute" the allegations of race-fixing when they appear before the FIAs World Motor Sport Council on Monday.
Read in full the evidence assembled by the FIA in its investigation into Renault F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jnr's crash at last year's Singapore Grand Prix.
And now he's settled down and married
He should relax and do some cialis advertisements
and shes smokin...
It was also announced that Lotus would return to F1 in 2010 for the first time since 1994. The Malaysia-backed entry will use Cosworth engines and have Mike Gascoyne as technical director.
A most interesting development.
Too bad they will be stuck in totally predictable no fuel stop races.
Oh, that was sweeeeeeet...
WOW- goodbye Renault.....
didn’t he marry elisabeta????
one’s gotta wonder when the axe will fall on Alonso- he got off scott free for most of that McClaren mess and now he’s the center of focus again...and I like Freddie....
he admitted knowing about the Ferrari plans handed over by Stepny two years ago and nothing happened to him- never mind the incident in qually at the Hungaroring that year when he got a slap on the wrist...
yes- but someone asked “whose he dating”...I think he married her- some great nude shots available of her on the web ;)
first Ralph Schumacher and his gorgeous wife now flavio...oh the humanity!!!
The future of the Renault Formula 1 team will be decided by the sport's governing body at a hearing on Monday.
The FIA could permanently exclude the team, who will not contest charges that they ordered Brazilian Nelson Piquet to crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
However, it is thought more likely that Renault will be issued with a heavy fine or suspended ban.
Piquet has immunity from prosecution and former team-mate Fernando Alonso is unlikely to face punishment.
The FIA agreed not to pursue action against the Brazilian for his role in uncovering the details of the scandal, while the organisation has said it has no reason to suspect Alonso knew anything of the plot apparently agreed between the team's two bosses and Piquet.
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