Championship Standings: 1 Lewis Hamilton 291
2 Nico Rosberg 274
3 Daniel Ricciardo 199
4 Valtteri Bottas 145
5 Sebastian Vettel 143
6 Fernando Alonso 141
7 Jenson Button 94
8 Nico Hulkenberg 76
9 Felipe Massa 71
10 Kevin Magnussen 49
11 Sergio Perez 47
12 Kimi Räikkönen 47
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 21
14 Romain Grosjean 8
15 Daniil Kvyat 8
16 Jules Bianchi 2
17 Adrian Sutil0
18 Marcus Ericsson 0
19 Pastor Maldonado 0
20 Esteban Gutierrez 0
21 Max Chilton 0
22 Kamui Kobayashi 0
23 Andre Lotterer 0
To round-off Lewis Hamiltonâ€™s glorious winning season, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedesâ€™ Technology Partner, ExxonMobil, presented him a final challenge: to design the ultimate â€˜Supercircuitâ€™. This fantasy race track is a combination of the toughest corners, chicanes and straights from Hamiltonâ€™s favorite circuits around the world. It is also a fascinating insight into where adrenaline levels are at their highest, and the levels of performance that are required by the car, engine and race lubricant.
by Mark J. Cipolloni In the most exciting finish to an F1 championship fight ever, Felipe Massa did what he had to do by scoring the win in his Ferrari in very difficult weather conditions. Lewis Hamilton appeared to be choking once again but luck came his way and he passed Timo Glock with just two corners to go to move up to 5th place and win the World Drivers Championship by just a single point over Massa. Quotes | Press Conference
F1 Felipe Massa (1st): "It was an exciting day. We did everything to perfection and we almost managed to pull it off. Then, as I crossed the line, Rob told me that Hamilton had finished fifth and therefore he took the title by one point. Sport is like this and one has to accept that. Congratulations to Lewis: whoever gets the most points deserves the title. I am very proud of the whole team and how much support they have given me during this fantastic season. Now we must be happy with what have done, namely bringing home the Constructors' title which I know is so important for the team. It was a season of highs and lows and we have learned a lot, from the good moments and from our mistakes. I can leave Interlagos with my head held high because once again I have won in front of my home crowd and because this is an unforgettable day. Now I want to celebrate with my family, my friends and my team. We deserve it!"
by Mark J. Cipolloni Felipe Massa took a crucial pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix, as championship leader Lewis Hamilton could only muster fourth fastest time behind Jarno Trulli and Kimi Raikkonen. While Massa dominated the crucial part of qualifying Hamilton appeared to be choking under pressure and it was only in the closing moments was he able to move up to the 2nd row. Press Conference | Quotes
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (1st, 1:12.368): "It's fantastic to have taken a third consecutive pole on this track and it's an incredible emotion to see everyone celebrating in the grandstands. I got a great lap on my first run in Q3 and I could have even not bothered to finish the second one, but you never know what might happen: I was the first to take the checkered flag and I would have looked stupid if someone had improved on my time. Anyway, I know I can count on a good strategy for tomorrow. The car is working very well and now I'm in the best possible position for the start. I will try and win: that is my aim. I'm not thinking about the rest, because it doesn't just depend on me or even on the team. I feel calm: there is so much expectation around me, but all this attention gives me a very positive energy which I will try and exploit tomorrow."
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (2nd, 1:12.353): "It might only be Friday, but it's important to get off to a good start on such an important weekend. We found a good set-up for the car, which seemed to be well balanced in both sessions. The track here offers a lot of grip and so, even with today's low temperatures, that was not a problem, especially given the tires we have available to us here. My aim? To be in front of everyone, both tomorrow and on Sunday. Then we can do the maths when it's over. Racing at home, with the crowd on your side is a great motivation for me: it's a fantastic feeling, but difficult to put it into words."
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton heads to Interlagos for the second time this weekend in an almost identical position to last year, leading the championship as he bids for his maiden Formula One crown. There are a couple of differences 12 months on though, the first being that Ferrari's Felipe Massa is the only rival still close enough to deny the McLaren-Mercedes man the title, and the second that Hamilton's overall lead is also greater.
Ferrari mystified as to why McLaren better in Shanghai
Ferrari Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali admitted to being mystified after team drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen were beaten into second and third places by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in today's Chinese Grand Prix on the outskirts of Shanghai. He said there was a lot to understand before going to the final round of the World Championship at Sao Paulo, Brazil, in two weeks time, with Massa seven points behind Hamilton.
Formula 1 McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton put his stamp on the world driving title by controlling the Chinese GP from start to finish, while his title rival Felipe Massa could not match his pace and had to rely on Ferrari team orders to secure a distant second place ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton will take a seven-point lead into the final round of the world championship in Brazil. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton (1st): "Everything just went right this weekend: our car has been simply phenomenal, I made one of my best-ever starts and had perfect balance during the race. I owe so much of that to the guys in the team - both at the track and back home; they did an amazing job so a big thanks to them. I've got a seven-point lead in the world championship, but that doesn't allow me to take anything for granted. It might be another step towards my dream but we've still got to stay calm and keep our heads. I just hope we can pull through."
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton (1st, 1:36.303): "I got a bit out of shape during my first run in Q3; I ran a bit wide at Turn Eight and over-steered onto the marbles, which put me on the wrong line for Turn Nine and left me cleaning my tires for the rest of the lap. But I pulled it all together for my final attempt - and it was as close as I could get to a perfect lap. Our whole weekend has gone well, I can really feel the support from the team and my family and we'll give it our best shot in the race tomorrow."
by Mark J. Cipolloni The front row of the grid for tomorrow's penultimate round of the Formula 1 World Championship is a carbon copy of last Sunday's race in Fuji. Lewis Hamilton beat back the challenge of his two chief world championship challengers by grabbing pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix with a 1m36.303 lap. Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen will join Hamilton on the front row. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 To even a casual observer, it is clear a Formula 1 car would be largely useless without tires, a chassis or an engine - but what about electronics? Electronics in a Formula 1 car can be roughly divided into two categories; those that control aspects of the car, and those that monitor the car's behavior.
Formula 1 Championship pressures began to show today in Fuji as the Japanese Grand Prix got off to a chaotic start as the championship's closest rivals, Ferrari and McLaren, ended up being too close for comfort on more than one occasion. In the end, the Prancing Horse came off better than the Silver Arrows, as Kimi Raikkonen finished third and Felipe Massa seventh to bring home enough points to retake the lead in the Constructors' championship, while McLaren failed to score. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Fernando Alonso (1st): "It's still difficult to believe what we have done today! Winning in Singapore was unexpected, but we benefited from special conditions. Today we won again on a circuit that was not supposed to suit us. The team has really done a remarkable job to fight back this season and we are now the third strongest team. It's unbelievable and I am extremely happy this evening."
Japanese GP: Hamilton puts himself in pole position
by Mark J. Cipolloni Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start Sundayâ€™s Japanese Grand Prix from pole position after setting a time of 1m18.404 in the final moments of Saturdayâ€™s thrilling qualifying session. Todayâ€™s result marked Lewisâ€™s 12th time on the pole, the seventh for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes this year. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton (1st, 1:18.404): "Usually, on a heavy fuel load, the car can be quite tough to drive on the limit, but I managed to pull all the sectors together and drove a pretty good lap. It wasn't perfect - I made a small mistake in the final corner, where I lost a tenth - but we had a good session. The team has done a phenomenal job all weekend, and Heikki's and my pace today really underlines that. We think we've got a good strategy for tomorrow and we want to finish at the front."
KERS Regenerative braking is an integral part of every hybrid electric vehicle. Here, deceleration and braking energy is converted to electrical energy to keep batteries charged. Hydraulic hybrid trucks and buses recoup energy by pressurizing a hydraulic fluid thatâ€™s stored in an accumulator, and then use this energy when extra power is needed. There is third type of regenerative braking where recouped energy is stored in a flywheel revved up at high rpms.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Fernando Alonso put himself and Renault back in the winners column by winning the first ever Formula 1 race run at night in the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. After topping the time sheets in two of three practice sessions, but then having car failure in qualifying, Alonso showed Sunday that when horsepower is not an issue he and Renault can beat the best of them. Nico Rosberg was second for Williams and Lewis Hamilton came home third for McLaren to widen his point lead over Felipe Massa whose race was ruined by a pit mistake after dominating early. Quotes | Press Conf.
Formula 1 Fernando Alonso (1st): "This is a fantastic result - my first podium of the season; my first victory and I'm very happy, although I think it will take several days for me to realize what we have achieved. Wining a Grand Prix here just seemed to be impossible because we missed our chance yesterday in qualifying, but we were very fortunate today and it's a superb result for the team. We chose a very aggressive strategy and we had a bit of luck, but we had the pace and the car was fantastic throughout the weekend."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Before over 150,000 fans Felipe Massa took pole for Formula One's first ever night race by a whopping 6/10ths of a second over title rival Lewis Hamilton in qualifying under the lights on the streets of beautiful Singapore. Despite a major wobble Kimi Raikkonen was third in the second Ferrari. Robert Kubica claimed fourth for BMW, ahead of Heikki Kovalainen in the second McLaren, with BMW's Nick Heidfeld completing the top six.
Formula 1 Formula One went nocturnal tonight as the F1 teams took to the floodlit streets of Singapore for the opening practice sessions of the Singapore Grand Prix. Drivers got their first taste of the new Marina Bay Street Circuit at 1900 local time during the first official night practice in F1 history. Fernando Alonso drove his Renault round to the fastest time of the second session.
Monza: Sebastian Vettel and Toro Rosso slay F1 giants
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel and his tiny Toro Rosso Ferrari team defeated the giants of F1 Sunday in Monza, Italy by dominating the Italian Grand Prix on a soaked race track from start to finish. It was an historic first win for 21-year old Vettel (the youngest winner in F1 history) and for his Toro Rosso (formerly Minardi) team. Heikki Kovalainen was 2nd and Robert Kubica 3rd. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Sebastian Vettel (1st): "A fantastic race, a fantastic weekend with pole as well and a fantastic strategy this afternoon. As for the podium ceremony it was unbelievable and this is the best day of my life. I will never forget these feelings. It is so unbelievable. It is better than I had ever expected. A big thank you to everyone in the team for their great work. After a poor start to the season, we got better and better. Maybe in today's conditions, we could close the gap with a bit more effort or by staying on the throttle a bit longer. I'm speechless. As for the race, we were very fast in a straight line because we didn't go for high downforce as we thought it might be dry, so we stayed on the dry level. Being out in front with no visibility problems was the key and I could build up a solid gap to Heikki straightaway. Then I was pushing very hard, maybe going over the limit sometimes and I nearly lost the car. In the last stint I was in a very good position on the intermediate tire. I couldn't believe it when it kept saying "P1" on my board. But I kept my focus and kept pushing so as not to lose concentration. A perfect weekend."
Formula 1 Heikki Kovalainen (2nd, 1:37.631): "A really close session; I missed pole by just .076 seconds. My first attempt in Q3 wasn't perfect and further rain later in the session made it almost impossible to improve. On my final run, I gave it everything but there wasn't enough grip to beat Sebastian Vettel. But congratulations to him on his first pole. Nevertheless, second on the grid is still a good basis for tomorrow; our car has shown good pace in both the wet and the dry so I'm feeling confident."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Even though the Ferrari team failed miserably, Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel gave the Italian fans (tifosi) something to cheer about when he won the pole position in a wet qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Vettel became the youngest driver in Formula One history to secure a pole position. Heikki Kovalainen was 2nd and Mark Webber 3rd. Quotes | Press Conference
Ferrari admits challenge KERS brings The European part of the 2008 Formula 1 season comes to a close this weekend with Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's home grand prix at the Monza circuit. Ferrari should benefit from the boost of racing in front of a big crowd of its home fans and, as is now traditional, the staff of the Gestione Sportiva, who will watch from their reserved grandstand.
Formula 1 1. Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren Mercedes), 1h22m44.933s (Later penalized 25 seconds and demoted to third place.) 2. Felipe MASSA (Ferrari), 1h22m59.394s 3. Nick HEIDFELD (BMW Sauber), 1h23m08.777s
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (1st): "This was a very strange race, with the start and finish taking place in rather difficult conditions. After the start I thought Eau Rouge might be wetter and so I was a bit cautious. Kimi attacked and managed to get by. From then on I realized it would be hard to pass the two guys ahead of me, even if the lap times were quite similar. I tried to manage the situation, especially towards the end. When it started to rain, I had a pretty good margin over my closest pursuers and I preferred not to take any risks, especially given what was going on in front of me. Today the car wasn't perfectly balanced. On Saturday morning, we had slightly reduced the aerodynamic downforce, as you usually do for the race here, but today's track conditions definitely did not suit this choice. The hard tires? They were definitely slower than the soft ones and lacked grip, which made the car a bit inconsistent in terms of balance."
by Mark J. Cipolloni UPDATE: Lewis Hamilton has lost his victory at the Belgian Grand Prix after he was given a penalty for cutting a chicane when fighting with Kimi Raikkonen. The stewards gave Hamilton a drive-through penalty after the race had ended, meaning 25 seconds were added to his time. Rain on the last two laps at the almost always wet Spa, resulted in one of the most exciting F1 finishes in recent memory. Quotes | Press Conference
by Mark J. Cipolloni Another epic McLaren Vs. Ferrari battle was set up for Sunday's Belgium GP at Spa when Lewis Hamilton nipped Ferrari's Felipe Massa on his last qualifying lap to take pole position. The 2nd row is also McLaren vs. Ferrari with Heikki Kovalainen slotted in third ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. BMW's Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top-5.
Formula 1 Fernando Alonso (1st, 1:48.454): "We were able to make some good progress today with the set-up of the car, but the track conditions did not allow us to complete our programme. This is not too significant because the situation is the same for all the teams and we still have the final practice session tomorrow morning to prepare for qualifying, so I'm not too concerned."
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (1st): "It's fantastic having won this race, especially after the disappointment of Budapest. The team did an amazing job in preparing for this Grand Prix and the benefits of that could be seen right from the very first day. Yesterday, I got pole and today the win, with the race fastest lap as the icing on the cake. You cannot ask for more especially at my one hundredth grand prix with every single one of them powered by a Ferrari engine. I got a good start and I pushed to the maximum right from the early laps. In the second part of the race, the car was exceptional, but also in the final stint, when I had the softer tires, I could do the lap times easily. This is an important moment in my career and I must continue to work in this way. I am sorry for what happened to Kimi: we have to look very carefully at our reliability. I am confident the team knows which countermeasures to take to react to this issue, as it has always done in the past."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ferrari's Felipe Massa repeated his performance two weeks ago in Hungary by dominating the weekend, but this time his Ferrari engine did not blow up and he won the European Grand Prix F1 race in Valencia, Spain comfortably over McLaren's Lewis Hamilton. Massa took off from pole and never looked back, controlling the pace at will. BMW's Robert Kubica finished where he started, third. Quotes | Press Conference
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ferrari's Felipe Massa has won the pole position for the inaugural Grand Prix of Valencia, Spain street race in his Ferrari, his 4th pole of the year. On a track slightly damp with moisture hanging in the air, Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren came closest to Massa's fast time but came up just short. Robert Kubica put his BMW 3rd on the grid with Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari rounding out row 2. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (1st, 1:38.989): "It's great to be on pole position, especially after the great disappointment of Budapest, but I'm well aware the race is tomorrow and so there is still a long way to go. My first run in Q3 was very good and on the second I made a good improvement in the first sector and that's where pole came from. Today, the track was still very slippery, partly because of last night's rain. After this morning's free practice, I thought the harder tires would be the most competitive in qualifying, but at the start of the session, I didn't feel as comfortable anymore and so we went for the softer compound. The team did a great job in preparing for this event and I want to thank them for giving me such a strong car. I hope we can have a good race tomorrow."
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (1st, 1:39.477): "I like driving this track: it is different to other street circuits we have known. Yesterday, when I walked the track, I thought it would be fun and today confirmed that impression. There are some very quick parts and almost everywhere there's a lot of room, maybe similar to some of the North American circuits used in the past. They have really done a good job. Today, our weekend got off to a good start, but obviously it is far too early to say where we are compared to the opposition. Overtaking? It will be difficult, as always: I hope I don't need to by getting the best position in qualifying. The set-up we have found today is not bad, but there is still plenty of room for improvement."
Formula 1 In the weeks leading up to this weekend, the brand new Valencia street circuit has been compared to Monaco and Canada and the first day of practice did indeed highlight some similarities: the harbor setting of the Principality, the dusty track conditions of Montreal, but one unexpected factor was that the heat and humidity in the pit garages approached that usually experienced at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 The European Grand Prix has been a fixture on the Formula 1 calendar since 1983 but this weekend's race has a fresh twist, with a completely new street circuit on the streets of Valencia in Spain playing host. In the vibrant city of Valencia will be a new experience on the stunning 5.419km street circuit, which combines a glamorous location and a technical challenge.
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (17th, Engine): "It happened completely without warning, without giving the slightest indication. I was managing the race, because I had a good advantage over second place after Hamilton was delayed with a problem and I was taking no risks whatsoever. I am very frustrated at the moment, because today we had a great car and we had done everything perfectly until just a few kilometers from the finish. Unfortunately, racing can be a cruel sport. We had given it our all, but these things can happen. Now we must not give up, but instead we must react quickly. There are seven races to go and 70 points up for grabs, which means there is plenty of time to make up ground. Our rivals are strong but we have shown we are at their level."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Race leader Felipe Massa's Ferrari engine blew up with 3 laps to go while comfortably in the lead and McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen came through to score his first ever F1 win. Massa took the lead in the first turn at the start and controlled the race until his engine expired. Press Conference | Quotes
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton (1st, 1:20.899): "The team has done a fantastic job of continually improving the car over the past few weeks, so I'm really proud of what we've achieved today. It's great to have locked out the front row with Heikki - we've been threatening to do it for a number of races, so to achieve it at a track where it's tricky to pass is really satisfying. There's a great harmony within the team at the moment and we really deserved this. I couldn't ask to be in a better position, we've both got good strategies for tomorrow and we'll be challenging for the win."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton clinched his fourth pole position of the year after dominating the final phase of qualifying in Hungary Saturday. Already quickest after the first runs had been completed, the McLaren driver improved his time on his final run by almost a tenth to guarantee pole. Press Conference | Quotes
by Mark J. Cipolloni In another great drive by the young Brit, Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim today in his McLaren-Mercedes by 5.5 sec over Nelson Piquet in his Renault in second, and Felipe Massa in his Ferrari in third. Nick Heidfeld in his BMW Sauber finished fourth, followed by Heikki Kovalainen in fifth. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton (1st): "I nailed it this afternoon: when the team told me I had to build a 23-second gap in just seven laps, I knew I had to drive over the limit - and I did. But I knew we had the best car this weekend and felt comfortable pushing hard to make up the gap. In the final stint, I had to work for today's win - when the Safety Car came out, I questioned whether I should pit but I trusted the team to make the best decision on strategy. It didn't quite work out - but I knew we had the pace in the car to keep pushing and want to say a big thank-you to Heikki, who realized I was quicker. I was able to slipstream past Felipe and then thought my work was done; then I had to do it all again to get past Nelson. But I made a couple of textbook moves to get past them both. Everybody in this team has worked so hard to make this victory happen. We mustn't grow complacent but must feel assured that our efforts are being rewarded. We couldn't have asked for more today."
by Mark J. Cipolloni In one of the best F1 qualifying sessions we have seen in quite some time, Lewis Hamilton topped Felipe Massa for pole position in Sunday's German Grand Prix after a stirring battle between the pair throughout qualifying. Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso round out the top-5. Kimi Raikkonen was 6th in his Ferrari, a very disappointing effort for the Finn who has been outpaced recently by his teammate.
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton (1st, 1:15.025): "The car felt quite different this afternoon compared to this morning's running. Maybe the wind had picked up, or changed direction, but the car didn't feel as stable. But by the end of the session, however, the car felt a lot more consistent - we found a good direction with the tires and the set-up and so things look positive for tomorrow."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton dominated the British GP at a very wet Silverstone today, taking the win in his McLaren-Mercedes by a whopping 1m8.5 seconds over Nick Heidfeld in his BMW Sauber. Rubens Barrichello finished another 13.6 seconds behind in his Honda by using great pit strategy. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished in fourth place, 1 lap down. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 The following is the complete transcript of the post-race press conference from the British Grand Prix. The press conference was attended by the top three drivers from the race, a race which saw Britonâ€™s Lewis Hamilton win his home Grand Prix at a sold out and very soggy Silverstone.
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (4th): "I am disappointed, but I am equally aware that things could have been much worse. We had the possibility to win the race but we made a mistake at the first pit stop, keeping the same set of tires, because we expected the track conditions to improve. It was a joint decision: we are a team and we win or lose together. Things are not going too well for me at the moment, given all that happened in the last few races, but I am leading the championship, even if it is on equal terms with Felipe and Lewis. We know we have a great potential, but we have to put everything in place to get the most out of it."
Formula 1 While his highly touted teammate Lewis Hamilton choked in front of his home crowd, McLaren Mercedes' Heikki Kovalainen won the pole position for Sunday's British GP at Silverstone. Mark Webber was a surprise 2nd in his Red Bull Ferrari ahead of Ferrari ace Kimi Raikkonen. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (3rd, 1:21.706): "Third is not the result we were hoping for, but it's not to be sneezed at, as we always have to take into consideration that the final score only comes tomorrow, when we have worked out what fuel loads the other drivers have. Compared to yesterday, the situation is definitely better. We worked a lot on the car set-up and, especially in Q3 the balance wasn't bad. There was a lot of wind, which made it hard to fully understand the track because the conditions were changing all the time. In race trim, we have a good car and I think tomorrow I can get a good result. The rain? We saw this morning that we are also competitive in the wet, so we are ready for any eventuality. Well done to Heikki for his first pole position."
Formula 1 Heikki Kovalainen topped the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, as McLaren and Red Bull occupied the top four positions instead of the usual Ferrari and McLaren. The McLaren-Mercedes cars were among the pacesetters throughout practice, but it was Heikki Kovalainen rather than local hero Lewis Hamilton - who had a notable grassy moment - leading the way. "We shouldn't get carried away with being fastest on Friday afternoon, but we've got a good basis for Sunday," Kovalainen said.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Felipe Massa led a Ferrari 1-2 in the French GP today at Magny-Cours beating his teammate Kimi Raikkonen by 17.9 seconds back. Third place went to Jarno Trulli in the Toyota, 28.2 seconds behind the leader. Massa was lucky in that his faster teammate, Raikkonen, had exhaust problems. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (1st): "A great race, a fantastic result. The win came my way because Kimi had a problem with his car and at the pace he was running, it would have been hard for me to beat him on the track. I would have been happy with second place but of course, the win makes me even happier. I want to thank the whole team and our partners, especially Shell. I am leading the championship and that's a nice feeling, but I am well aware it means nothing because I am aiming for the title and to do that, there is still a long way to go. In the first part of the race I was struggling a bit to stay in touch with Kimi, then when his exhaust broke, I managed to get by. In the second part, I thought of managing the situation, making sure I made no mistakes, especially when there were a few drops of rain. We have to continue working this way, race after race, right to the end of the championship."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari their record 200th Formula One pole in French Grand Prix qualifying, leading teammate Felipe Massa in an all-Ferrari front row sweep. Lewis Hamilton was third fastest for McLaren, but will be demoted to 13th on the grid due to his penalty for hitting Raikkonen in the pit lane in Montreal two weeks ago. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (1st, 1:16.449): "I am very happy with this result, not just for myself but above all for the team. It is a pleasure to have taken Ferrari's two hundredth pole even if, at the moment, I have only played a small part in the history of Scuderia. So far, the weekend is going really well but of course we have yet to tackle the most important part which is the race, where anything could happen. The car has always been well balanced and, at least as far as the first lap is concerned, the performance of the two tires is pretty similar, while the harder compound seems to do better over a long distance. If I was not to win, I would obviously be a bit disappointed, but the most important thing is to finish and bring home the maximum number of points, because we really need them."
Tops Friday practice at Magny Cours Fernando Alonso topped the second Magny-Cours practice session using soft Bridgestone tires and brought smiles to the fans and home team Renault. It was also the fastest lap of the day. Felipe Massa, who set fast time in the morning practice had to settle for second in his Ferrari, ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton. Press Conference | Quotes
Formula 1 DRIVERS: Fernando ALONSO (Renault), Sebastien BOURDAIS (Toro Rosso), Timo GLOCK (Toyota), Nico ROSBERG (Williams)
Q: Sebastien, if I can start with you. Tell us about the progress you have made with the new car. You made the debut in Monaco and then we went to Canada, so finally you've had a test session. How has that manifested itself since then?
Felipe Massa (2nd, 1:15.854): "It was a good day, apart from a slightly tight neck which I began to feel this morning: so as not to take any risks, I chose to avoid doing too many runs of several laps. I therefore concentrated on the car's set-up, working with both types of tire. On the softer ones, it seems to be a little bit harder to find the right balance, but we must take into account that today, as usual on a Friday, the track is still dirty. Everyone suffered a bit with graining on the front tires, but tomorrow the situation should improve. We must study all the data we have gathered to prepare as well as possible for qualifying and the race."
Formula 1 Robert Kubica (1st): "I'm very happy at having won the first race for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. I'm also happy for Poland and all my fans. It was a very difficult race for me. I started on the dirty side of the track and Kimi Raikkonen was nearly able to pass me, but I just managed to keep him behind. The timing of the Safety Car was unlucky for me, because I wanted to pit, but then the yellow light went on just about three seconds too early, so I had to continue. When the pitlane was open, almost everybody pitted together. I stopped at the exit because the light was still red. Kimi stopped beside me, and then I heard the noise when Hamilton crashed into his car. I have to be grateful to Lewis as he chose Kimi and not myself. After this pit stop I was stuck behind the one-stoppers and lost a lot of time. Timo Glock was the last one of them to stop, and only then could I push. I had just eight laps to increase the gap to 21 seconds, which was a huge challenge. I finally managed to get a 24 second lead, which meant I was able to stay ahead of Nick. From this moment on I took it a bit easier, but even then it's very easy to make a mistake, particularly because of the tarmac that was destroyed in some places. But it all worked out and I'm just happy!"
As boneheaded move by Hamilton ruins race Robert Kubica from Poland won Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, the first-ever win for both he and his BMW team. It was also the first-ever F1 win for a driver from Poland. Nick Heidfeld made it a BMW 1-2. Polesitter Lewis Hamilton ran up the back of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen while the Ferrari was sitting stationary for a red light at pit exit, ending the race for both drivers. David Coulthard was third in his Red Bull Ferrari. Press Conf. | Quotes
F1 McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton took pole position here in Montreal this afternoon, by an amazing six tenths of a second on Robert Kubica, who will join the young Brit on the first row of tomorrowâ€™s grid. Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso will share the second row while Rosberg will start from row three, alongside Felipe Massa, who finished a disappointing sixth.
Formula One MCLAREN-MERCEDES After a slow start in the damp morning conditions, Lewis Hamilton set two times late in the afternoon good enough for P1, with Heikki Kovalainen half a second adrift in P4. "It's still too early to judge where we are compared with our competitors," said a cautious team boss Ron Dennis.
Formula 1 McLaren's Lewis Hamilton overcame a mistake early in the race when he hit the Armco and deflated his right rear tire to win the Monaco GP over Robert Kubica and Felipe Massa. Rain caused almost all the drivers to make mistakes on the tight confines of the famous street circuit. Quotes | Post-Race Press Conference
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (3rd): "A shame to have ended up third because of a series of events that did not go in our favor, which can easily happen in these conditions and on this track. At the start, I was very quick and the car was perfect, but then I made a mistake at the first corner, braking on the yellow line and I lost a place to Robert. But after just a few laps I was right behind him and I knew I could push harder. We decided to switch strategies thinking the rain was going to return, but this turned out to be the wrong choice. On full tanks and on a drying track, the standard rain tires did not have the same grip as the ones my nearest rivals were using. On top of that, there was a radio blackout between the car and the pits for part of the race. Given everything that happened, these six points are still important in light of the championship: we have only got through the first third of the season and there is still a long way to go."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ferrari's Felipe Massa, hot on the heels of his convincing victory in Turkey two weeks ago, won the coveted pole position for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix. His teammate Kimi Raikkonen will line up 2nd ahead of the two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen. Robert Kubica's BMW will line up 5th. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (1st, 1:15.787): "Incredible! I have got pole on a track where I have always struggled. Now I am beginning to like it a bit more... I managed to do a perfect lap with a great car: this result shows that, if you work hard and with attention to detail, you can do it everywhere. After finishing the lap, nobody said anything to me on the radio and then, unexpectedly, Rob (Smedley, Felipe's race engineer) screamed, "incredible, you're on pole!" and I was laughing all the way around my in lap as I just couldn't stop. Now we have to maintain our concentration for the race tomorrow, which will be a very difficult one. It could rain which would complicate things even more. Starting at the front means I have the best possible conditions, but we will have to do everything perfectly. We worked a lot on the set-up to improve on the situation compared to past years and I think this decision has paid off."
Formula 1 McLaren's Lewis Hamilton lagged Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen's morning pace, but his afternoon showing - when the Briton described his car as "great" - made him easily Thursday's fastest. Raikkonen's quickest morning time had become a nearly half-second deficit to Hamilton by the end of the day, and team boss Stefano Domenicali admitted that the F2008 is struggling to match McLaren's qualifying pace, particularly with the softest tire.
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (3rd, 1:15.572): "I would say this was a normal day of free practice. We went quite well, especially on used tires in the morning. But we struggled a bit to do a time on new tires in the second session and now we have to look at the data carefully to understand how to improve. There is plenty of time to do that and so I am not particularly worried, at least at the moment. A wet race? It would make matters complicated but it would be the same for everyone."
Formula 1 Having asked the Senate to call an Extraordinary General Assembly on 3 June, I feel I owe you a letter of explanation. Firstly, I should like to say that I am very sorry that publication of details of my private life, which I have always intended should remain entirely private, has caused so much trouble and embarrassment. Despite a press campaign against me, I gave only one interview myself. This was to the UK Sunday Telegraph four weeks ago. We could send you a copy with translations if you wish.
Fisichella to reach motorsport milestone in Monaco
Force India driver Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella will celebrate his 200th Grand Prix start in Monaco, becoming only the ninth driver in history to reach that milestone. By the end of this season he will have moved up to fifth overall in the rankings of all-time starts. To mark the event, Giancarlo will start the Monaco race in a new set of Alpinestars overalls and a helmet commissioned from Arai bearing a '200' logo.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ferrari's Felipe Massa won his third consecutive Turkish Grand Prix from pole in Istanbul Sunday. Lewis Hamilton, who tried a three-stop strategy passed Massa for the lead before half-distance, but he couldn't pull out enough of an advantage to beat the Brazilian after his additional stop, so had to settle for second place. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (1st): "It's fantastic to have got the hat trick here in Istanbul: it might really almost be worth asking for a Turkish passport! It was a very tough race but the team work magnificently, giving me a great car. When Hamilton came underneath me at an incredible pace, I preferred not to take too many risks: the pit wall informed me that he was clearly running a lighter fuel load even if we were not certain he was on a three stop strategy. When that became clear, we were calmer, knowing we had everything in place to go for the win.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ferrari's Felipe Massa put his Ferrari on pole for the Grand Prix of Turkey for the third straight year. His run late in the session knocked McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen off the pole. Kovalainen, once again outpaced his much heralded teammate Lewis Hamilton, who will start 3rd another 1/10th of a second back. Massa's teammate Kimi Raikkonen will start fourth. Saturday Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (1st, 1:27.617): "I am very happy to have taken a third consecutive pole at this circuit: it is really motivating and it would be fantastic to do the same again tomorrow in the race. Driving this track is nice and fun, with Turn 8 being exceptional, although there are others that are also very tough. Today, the car was great and I got the most out of it. Tomorrow I will have to watch out for all those who are around me on the grid. It will be important to work out the best way to manage the tires in the light of how the track will evolve and how the temperature changes. In Q2, I had a bit of traffic, but in Q3 I was able to do two completely trouble free laps."
Formula 1 FERRARI Felipe Massa topped the morning session despite a flurry of spins, while Kimi Raikkonen was stranded in the pits with a gearbox problem. Raikkonen then headed the afternoon time sheet, but his fastest lap was a couple of tenths shy of Massa's morning best, and only fractionally faster than Lewis Hamilton's McLaren. "I struggled a bit to find the right settings," the championship leader said.
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (1st, 1:27.543): "Not the best of Fridays. This morning, I only managed one timed lap before a gearbox problem meant I could not go out for the rest of the session. In the afternoon, I struggled a bit to find the right settings on the car. One of the main problems today was getting the tires up to the correct temperature, but I think that tomorrow, partly as the grip level on the track improves and partly as we work to improve the set-up, it will be a different situation."
Formula 1 Drivers participating in today's F1 press conference from Istanbul, Turkey ahead of this weekend's grand prix were Jenson Button (Honda), Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren Mercedes), Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber), Kazuki Nakajima (Williams). What follows is a full transcript of what they had to say.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Polesitter Kimi Raikkonen drove his Ferrari to a convincing win in today's Spanish Grand Prix, leading from the start. His Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa was 2nd, 3.2 seconds behind the Finn. Massa held off third place McLaren ace Lewis Hamilton by 0.9 seconds. Robert Kubica was 4th in his BMW.Press Conference | Post-Race Quotes
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (1st): "It would be hard to do better than this! Yesterday pole, today the win, rounded off with a second place for Felipe. We are leading both championships which I'm happy about. The whole weekend went well and we managed to get the result we came here for. It was not an easy win, but what matters is the ten points, not the lead you have when you cross the line. I did not get a perfect start, but it was enough to keep the lead and then we tried to control the situation.
Formula 1 Much to the chagrin of the Spanish fans, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen narrowly beat Spanish hero Fernando Alonso to capture the pole position for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix. Felipe Massa had to settle for third on the grid in the second Ferrari after holding provisional pole following the early laps in qualifying session 3. Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were fifth and sixth. Press Conference | Quotes
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (1st, 1:21.813): "I've been chasing pole for a while now, but for one reason or another, it always escaped me. But today I got it. There is no better place to start so I will try and make the most of that tomorrow. It will be important to get off the line well, getting through the first corner without any problems. Then it will be down to exploiting the car's potential and that is definitely good. The race is what matters and tomorrow I want to bring home a nice result. So maybe it was not too bad doing so few laps in the dry in last week's test, as we were able to work on set-up with a different approach. On my first run in Q3, I lost a bit of grip in the final sector, but then on the second set of tires everything went well. The perfect lap? You can always do better."
Formula 1 One week after a four day test session at the Circuit de Catalunya, for the 11 F1 teams practice began for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, Round 4 of the Formula 1 World Championship. In the morning, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa were first and second respectively, the Brazilian surviving two "interesting" spins along the way. At the end of the second ninety minute session, Raikkonen maintained his place at the top of the time sheet
by Mark J. Cipolloni Felipe Massa responded to Italian media pressure calling for his replacement in the best way by winning the Grand Prix of Bahrain in commanding style by over 3 seconds ahead of his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Massa got the jump on polesitter Robert Kubica going into turn 1 at the start and was never headed. Kubica finished 3rd with his BMW teammate Nick Heidfeld 4th and McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen rounded out the top-5. Quotes | Team-By-Team Summary | Press Conference
Felipe Massa (1st): "Sensational! Finally, after a start to the championship under dark clouds, I can see the sunshine again. We kept our concentration all weekend long and this is the result. We knew we could count on a great car and that certainly proved to be the case, given that I never had to push to the maximum once I was in the lead. I made a good start, managing to overtake Robert. Then, there were a few difficult laps because of oil on track between Turns 5 and 8, but I was always in control. Clearly, I always had in mind what happened in Malaysia and so I tried to pay attention all the time, to ensure I brought the car home. It is nice to be back in the winner's position here in Sakhir, a track I have always liked."
Formula 1 FERRARI Felipe Massa, after two disastrous opening races and under intense pressure to finally perform, snatched the lead from Robert Kubica before the first corner, and the dominant Brazilian was never challenged as he opened his 2008 points account on a circuit he also won on last year. Kimi Raikkonen, in contrast, has looked off-color all weekend, but the margin to Massa at the end was just a few seconds, and he leaves the Kingdom with the championship lead.
Formula 1 Robert Kubica won the first pole position of his Formula One career for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. For the first time since the race in China in October 2006, a Ferrari or McLaren missed out on pole, as BMW Sauber star Kubica again proved that this season will not be a two-horse affair. Team-By-Team Summary | Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 BMW-SAUBER Robert Kubica and BMW-Sauber's first pole earned even the personal congratulations of Bernie Ecclestone as the team celebrated in the paddock, although many believe the deadpan Pole is carrying less fuel than his nearest rivals. Team boss Mario Theissen - albeit delighted - admits that Ferrari "still has the faster car". Teammate Nick Heidfeld is sixth, having struggled all weekend with the balance of his car, particularly on single laps. "Obviously I'm not where I want to be," he said.
Felipe Massa (2nd, 1:33.123): "All things considered, I am still confident after this qualifying. We know we can count on a really good car, as we have seen so far here in Sakhir. In Q3, I always had a bit of traffic, but these things happen. We must remain concentrated and do the best job we can, making the most of all our resources. Congratulations to Robert, who really drove very well."
by Mark J. Cipolloni On a sweltering hot day in Sepang, Malaysia, defending World Champion Kimi Raikkonen froze the field in his tracks by winning the Malaysian GP by over twenty seconds. For the Finnish Ferrari driver it was the first victory of the season and makes up for the disastrous race the team had in Melbourne. BMW driver Robert Kubica was second, who in turn was almost twenty seconds ahead of third place Heikki Kovalainen. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (1st): "I am very happy with this win, for me and for the team. It's a shame that Felipe was unable to let us bring home a result that was within our grasp. At the start I came alongside Felipe, but I did not take any risks, knowing I was stopping one lap later than him at the end of the first stint. When that time came, I pushed to the maximum and I managed to come out of my pit stop ahead of him. From then on, with a clear track ahead of me, the car was perfect I was able to control the situation without having to stress the car or the tires. We are struggling a little bit in qualifying, but in the race we have a very high potential. We have had a very complicated start to the season, but I have certainly not lost faith in the team: we can still do better."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Both Ferraris will start the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit from the front row Sunday. Felipe Massa set the best time in Q3 and alongside him on the grid will be Kimi Raikkonen. Jarno Trulli and Robert Kubica fill the 2nd row after both McLaren drivers were penalized 5 grid positions. Quotes | Press Conference
Formula 1 Felipe Massa (1st, 1:35.748): "I am very happy! In the final part of qualifying, I managed to put together two really good laps after struggling a bit in Q2. Right at the end there were a few drops of rain, but it had no effect whatsoever on the performance. It is very important to start from the front and I hope I can have a good race. We know our car is very competitive over a long run, but it is also clear we face a long tough race. All the same, we can only be confident about tomorrow."
Formula 1 The F1 grid has just seven days to recover from a chaotic Australian Grand Prix and back-up for the year's second race in Sepang, Malaysia. So much happened on Sunday, that it was almost impossible to digest but one thing is clear, Lewis Hamilton is the man to beat in 2008. The superbly-talented Brit has taken it up a step this season and got himself in the best position in Melbourne, out in front and away from the carnage.
Bourdais robbed of 4th on debut Lewis Hamilton dominated the Australian Grand Prix in his McLaren-Mercedes, leading all but 5 laps, to take the first race of the 2008 season, while a chaotic race ensued behind the young British driver. Nick Heidfeld was second in his BMW Sauber and Nico Rosberg was third in his Williams-Toyota.
Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen (8th, Engine): "It's really disappointing not to finish the race, but at least the point is better than nothing. I had an engine problem, the reason for which now needs to be analyzed. The car was good and I had a good pace when I found a free track ahead of me. I spun a couple of times trying to pass those ahead of me, but the first time, with Glock, I put a wheel on the grass and the second time, with Kovalainen, I was a bit too optimistic. This result is obviously not the best start to the season but it is a very long one and we are well aware that we are capable of recovering from far worse situations than this. We have to put everything in place and then we will be really competitive."
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton got his 2008 F1 title hopes off to an ideal start by taking pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Last yearâ€™s championship runner-up set the pace in two of the three qualifying sessions but he got a real scare in Q3 from BMW Sauberâ€™s Robert Kubica. The Pole will line up alongside Hamilton on the front row and if not for a slight mistake on his quick lap may have been on pole. Quotes | Press Conference | Team-by-Team Summary
Formula 1 BMW's Robert Kubica only lost pole with a mistake, but Lewis Hamilton's fastest time and Heikki Kovalainen in third represents a strong start to McLaren's season, despite a close call with an overnight repair job on Kovalainen's gearbox. "Hopefully today's result represents our performance for the future," said boss Ron Dennis.
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton (1st, 1:26.714): "I couldn't have wished for a better start to the season, and it's great to see Heikki and my friend Robert doing well, and the team has done a super job in getting all the necessary parts ready in time. During Q1 I was held up in traffic, but everything just came together when it mattered in Q3. The track conditions were a bit easier today compared to yesterday as it wasn't as hot. I think the start will be interesting tomorrow due to the change in regulations. Last year it was relatively easy where as now it's dependent on the driver, so I want to get that right. Fortunately I am starting from the clean side of the track for once, and hopefully that will help a bit, but it will be a long and tough race."
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton blitzed the field by nearly a second in the 2nd practice session for Sundayâ€™s Australian GP in Melbourne. However, his major rivals failed to show their hands as everyone worked on their race setups and tire choices. Mark Webber was second fastest in his Red Bull-Renault, ahead of Felipe Massa's Ferrari. Friday Quotes Press Conference | Team-By-Team Summary
F1 FERRARI Kimi Raikkonen's morning time remained the fastest of the day, but he struggled with the setup in the second session. Felipe Massa was third in both 90 minute sessions but was lucky to avoid contact in a high speed lose.
Felipe Massa (3rd, 1:27.640): "All in all, I am happy with this start to the season. We were able to work towards the race and I think I will be able to run at a good pace on a long run. Because of going off the track, I was unable to try the last set of soft tires available to me, but that's certainly not a big problem. The harder tires are very consistent, while the other compound gives more grip on the first lap, but then suffers from greater degradation."
Kimi Raikkonen (6th, 1:28.208): "I am not very happy with the way practice went. This morning we found some good settings for the car, but in the afternoon, we struggled and our lap times reflect that. We must look carefully at the data to work out how to improve the car. We have seen that if we manage to find the right set-up, we have the potential to be competitive."
Formula 1 Today in Barcelona, the Force India Formula One Team's new 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship challenger, the VJM01, made its track debut. The VJM01, a name in tribute to the team's owners, Dr. Vijay Mallya and Jan and Michiel Mol, is based on the B-spec F8-VII that Force India's predecessor, the Spyker Formula One Team, launched at the 2007 Italian Grand Prix.
Teamwork is the name of the game for F1 in schools F1 in Schools is revving up for the 2008 World Championships to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in just one monthâ€™s time. School children from 17 countries across the world have battled their way through regional and national finals, and competed against over 7 million students, to win the chance to represent their countries in the fourth annual World Championships.
Formula 1 The Force India Formula One Team today launched its 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship Car and unveiled its new livery against the backdrop of the historic Gateway of India in Mumbai. Force India presented its new challenger, the VJM01, in its striking new livery of gold, tungsten and white.
Formula 1 Renault launched their 2008 season on Thursday with an official unveiling ceremony for their new car, the R28, and their revised driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jr. Itâ€™s a combination the former champions hope will return them to the sharp end of the grid this year after a disappointing 2007.
Formula 1 The official presentation of the Honda Racing F1 Team's 2008 challenger took place today at the team's operational headquarters in Brackley, UK. The launch followed an initial shakedown period with the all-new RA108 in Valencia last week, in which the team's race driver line-up of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button put evaluation mileage on the car in preparation for the start of its pre-season testing program later this week.
Formula 1 The AT&T Williams teamâ€™s 2008 season race car, the Williams Toyota FW30, took to the track at the Valencia circuit in Southern Spain this morning for a shakedown prior to starting its winter testing in earnest tomorrow. The teamâ€™s newly recruited test driver, Nico Hulkenberg, was at the wheel.
Formula 1 Red Bull Racingâ€™s bid to build on the success of 2007 was launched at Jerez today. The RB4, designed by chief technical officer Adrian Newey, was shown to the press for the very first time at a (rather wet) Spanish circuit this morning. DC was the teamâ€™s first driver to put the car through its paces today.
Formula 1 Computational Fluid Dynamics is the unsung hero of the Formula One world. While the gargantuan, squillion dollar wind tunnels capture the public imagination, the murky world of CFD barely warrants a mention. But in an era of highly sophisticated aerodynamics, itâ€™s one of the fastest growth areas in Grand Prix racing.
Formula 1 The sound basis provided by last yearâ€™s F1.07 has allowed BMW Sauberâ€™s engineers to channel their energies into innovative developments for this yearâ€™s F1.08. Thatâ€™s according to technical director Willy Rampf, who was on hand to explain the changes to the teamâ€™s new car as it was unveiled in Munich on Monday.
Formula 1 The BMW Sauber F1 Team has unveiled their 2008 contender today at BMW Welt in Munich. The F1.08 is described as a completely different car than the F1.07. The BMW Sauber F1.08 has been built on high-class foundations, its predecessor â€“ the F1.07 â€“ having comfortably lived up to everything expected of it. The designers, therefore, enjoyed a sound basis on which to build, and were under no pressure to take any major risks.
Behind the Scenes - At the Track with the Toyota F1 team
Formula 1 All the hard work back in the shop for F1 teams is based on one goal, succeeding on the track, but the final push comes at the circuit, where the efforts of engineers, mechanics and drivers combine. Team members will visit 18 circuits this year, some, just an hourâ€™s drive down the road, and others half a world away.
Formula 1 Panasonic Toyota Racing today unveiled the TF108, its entry for the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship and the car it expects to challenge at the front next season. At the team's technical centre in Cologne, Germany, key figures from Panasonic Toyota Racing joined drivers Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock and Kamui Kobayashi to take the wraps off the TF108 in front of the worldwide media.
Formula 1 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes today presented the MP4-23, the teamâ€™s 2008 Formula 1 car, at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board, and Ron Dennis, Chairman and CEO of the McLaren Group, welcomed all the guests to the official presentation, with Lewis Hamilton, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today, and Heikki Kovalainen joined on stage by Pedro de la Rosa and fellow test driver Gary Paffett to unveil the MP4-23.
Formula 1 McLaren on Monday launched its 2008 contender, the MP4-23, at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart. The event, attended by F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, coincided with the twenty-third birthday of Lewis Hamilton, the rookie Briton who in 2007 finished runner-up to world champion Kimi Raikkonen for the drivers' title.
F2008 promises to be another winner Ferrari on Sunday launched and released photographs of its new car, officially designated F2008. The major changes compared with the title winning 2007 racer appear to be an integrated nose-wing solution at the front, bodywork trappings around the side pods, a thinner profile around the engine and - as per the 2008 rules - higher cockpit sides for improved safety.
Technicians: "We've worked a lot on the aerodynamics"
On the Ferrari F2008 Mario Almondo, Director of Operations, Aldo Costa, Technical Director, and Gilles Simon, Head of the Engines and Electronics Department, presented the latest modifications of the F2008, which will be used during the season 2008, to the international press.
Ready for his 2nd full season with Ferrari At the conference room of the Fiorano race track Kimi Raikkonen met the accredited journalists for the presentation of the F2008. They immediately asked him about things, which will be of huge importance, when the new season starts in Australia next March. Asked about his expectations for 2008 Kimi said:
After seeing new Ferrari F2008 "Seeing the car for the first time is like welcoming a boy in a family. It is important to work to make him grow in the best way." These were the first words of Felipe Massa when he met the journalists, together with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, at the presentation of the new single-seater.
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