Championship Standings: 1 Lewis Hamilton 43
2 Sebastian Vettel 40
3 Nico Rosberg 33
4 Filipe Massa 20
5 Kimi Raikkonen 12
6 Felipe Nasr 10
7 Valtieri Bottas 10
8 Daniel Ricciardo 9
9 Nico Hulkenberg 6
10 Max Verstappen 6
11 Carlos Sainz 6
12 Marcus Ericsson 4
13 Daniil Kvyat 2
14 Sergio Perez 1
15 Jenson Button 0
16 Roman Grosjean 0
17 Roberto Merhi 0
18 Pastor Maldonado 0
19 Fernando Alonso 0
20 Will Stevens 0
Constructors 1 Mercedes 43
2 Ferrari 15
3 Sauber 14
4 Williams 12
5 Red Bull Racing 8
6 Force India 7
7 Toro Rossos 2
8 McClaren 0
9 Lotus 0
10 Marussia 0
Latest F1 News and Commentary
Lotus, the manufacturer, returns to Formula 1
Genii Capital and Group Lotus join forces in Lotus Renault GP Genii Capital and Group Lotus plc today announced the creation of Lotus Renault GP, the successor to the Renault F1 Team that will contest the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship. This exciting announcement is made in the context of a strategic alliance between the two companies that will provide Group Lotus with significant technological and commercial opportunities for its range of road cars.
Cosworth reflects on successful return to Formula One
Q and A with Mark Gallagher – Cosworth F1 General Manager Last month’s exciting finale to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship marked the end of Cosworth’s first year back in the sport as an engine supplier following a three year absence, and saw the Northamptonshire engineering firm maintain its record for 100% race reliability with the Cosworth CA2010 engine. With 1,129 laps and 5,795km racing over 19 races, the Cosworth CA2010 engines supplied to AT&T Williams, Virgin Racing, HRT and Lotus Racing amassed over 100,000kms of race weekend running.
Maybe in time for inaugural Austin F1 race American Alexander Rossi put together the fourth fastest lap of the two-day GP2 test in Sunday’s final session, driving Racing Engineering’s Dallara GP2/08 around the 3.45-mile (5.5-km) Yas Marina Circuit in 1:47.280. Rossi, of Nevada City, Calif., was only 0.142-second slower than Michael Herck’s test-topping 1:47.138, also done Sunday afternoon. Rossi was the fastest rookie in the test. Rossi’s ambition is to be the next American in Formula 1.
Montezemolo fears wing rule disputes Today, Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit hosted the last day of the Ferrari World Finals, the special event, which for the past eighteen years has given fans from all over the world the opportunity to see gathered together those involved in all Ferrari’s racing and sporting activities. A very relaxed Fernando Alonso greeted the crowd and the press at the “Ricardo Tormo” circuit at Cheste, on the outskirts of Valencia. Asked if he was disappointed with the team after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he replied.......
Adrian Newey has been F1's best for many years It was a fantastic season for the Red Bull Racing team when un only their sixth year of completion in the pinnacle of Motorsports they secured both titles, with the constructors championship being sealed at the penultimate round in Brazil and the drivers crown with Sebastian Vettel in the season finale at the magnificent Yas marina Circuit. Formula One guru and technical director, Adrian Newey, who has designed championship winning cars for many teams, discussed the championship winning RB6, the development of the new RB7 and the thrill of winning yet another Formula One Constructors’ Championship.
Vettel wins world title with perfect drive in Abu Dhabi
As traffic does in Fernando Alonso In a fitting end to an exciting Formula 1 season, the sports fastest driver claimed his first world title by winning from pole in a perfect drive. Red Bull's 23-year old German Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix over Lewis Hamilton and in doing so won his first world title while denying Fernando Alonso his 4th after the Ferrari could only manage a 7th place finish. The margin between Vettel and Alonso was 4 points for the title.
Crucial pole for Formula 1 finale Sebastian Vettel will start the Abu Dhabi F1 race from pole position, with chief rivals Fernando Alonso third and Mark Webber only fifth and Lewis Hamilton, who has an outside chance (must win with others not scoring), second. Webber struggled to keep pace with his Red Bull teammate and will start behind point leader Fernando Alonso, which is key - he must beat Alonso in the race.
David Hunt exclusive on the Team Lotus F1 controversy
by Peter Windsor Even though I’ve been a Lotus fan since the early 1960s I was always a bit nervous about the whole “Lotus returns to F1” story this year because nothing – in the early months – seemed to ring true. It’s one thing to say to the world “let’s make a fresh start” but it’s quite another neatly to sidestep everything that has gone before. The history of Lotus in F1, so far as I know it, is simple enough: Colin Chapman started the whole thing.
To setup 4-way showdown in Abu Dhabi Sebastian Vettel led flag-to-flag to win today's Brazilian Grand Prix over his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber and points leader Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. The McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button rounded out the top-5. The result gives Red Bull Renault this year's F1 constructors championship and sets up a 4-way drivers championship battle going into next weekend's Abu Dhabi season finale. Press Conference
Brazil GP: Hulkenberg wins pole for Williams Cosworth
by Mark J. Cipolloni Rookie Nico Hulkenberg drove his minnow Williams Team with Cosworth power to his first F1 pole in sensational style Saturday on a drying track in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In very tricky conditions Hulkenberg was the only driver to break into the 1m14s bracket to give Williams their first pole in 100 Grands Prix (since 2005) and first for Cosworth since 1999 by a phenomenal 1.1 sec. The two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Weber will start 2nd and 3rd ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Press Conference
by Brian Carroccio With 2 races left in the 2010 Formula One (F1) season, the world drivers' championship remains in the balance. I wrote about a month ago, that I believed Ferrari's Fernando Alonso had the best chance to win the title, despite not leading the championship at the time. My opinion then was, Alonso's status as the clear #1 driver for the Scuderia would be his greatest strength during the stretch run.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Despite the inclement weather, more than 80,000 spectators turned out to watch the inaugural Korean grand prix that has changed the face of the 2010 world championship fight. Fernando Alonso showed the world why Ferrari hired him by winning a rain soaked Korean Grand Prix today as darkness fell in his Ferrari, while both Red Bull drivers did not finish. Lewis Hamilton finished in 2nd place and Felipe Massa 3rd.
Sutton Motorsport Images courtesy South Korean GP Sebastian Vettel (1:35.585) clinched another crucial pole position by the same seven hundredths of a second margin that separated him from team mate Mark Webber at Suzuka. Fernando Alonso will start 3rd. This photo gallery gives you a taste of what the new South Korean GP venue looks like and scenes from Friday and Saturday action.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Red Bull ace Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap of qualifying on his very last lap and just beat his Red Bull teammate Mark Vettel for pole in the inaugural Korean GP F1 race by less than 1/10th of a second with a lap record 1m35.585s lap. It was the 8th time this reason the Red Bull-Renault duo locked out the front row. Fernando Alonso's Ferrari was third. Lewis Hamilton ended up fourth fastest. It was Vettel's 14th career pole and 9th this season. Press Conference
Formula 1 The five F1 championship contenders faced the media in the pre-race press conference at the Korean International Circuit Thursday. Fernando Alonso Jenson Button Mark Webber Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel
by Brian Carroccio Today I am writing about a developing story, I was in fact, ahead of months ago. For those who read regularly, you might recall I wrote an article about Jacques Villeneuve, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 champion and 1997 Formula One (F1) World Champion. Villeneuve, has had something of a star crossed career, as he became world champion at the age of 26 and joined an illustrious pantheon in racing history, having won the IndyCar Championship, Indy 500 and F1 titles. For perspective that list contains three names: Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Villeneuve.
Formula 1 Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel led home teammate Mark Webber by nine-tenths of a second in a key Japanese GP race in which the five title contenders finished in the top five places. Vettel’s third triumph of the season, and Fernando Alonso’s third place for Ferrari, 1.8s behind Webber, moves the German into joint second place with the Spaniard, each on 206 points, as Webber moved out to 220 to extend his lead to 14. Press Conference
Japanese GP: Vettel beats Webber for pole at Suzuka
Formula 1 Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel narrowly took pole position during qualifying at Suzuka on Sunday morning, beating team mate Mark Webber by less than a tenth of a second. The session had been postponed from Saturday because of heavy rain. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who will drop five places on the grid after a gearbox change, qualified in third, ahead of Renault's Robert Kubica and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
Formula 1 Sebastian Vettel (1st, 1:31.465): "We had a trouble free Friday, which is the most important thing, especially on a track like this where you need to get into a rhythm with all the quick corners following each other. The car was reliable and I had a good feeling, the pace looks okay too. The forecast suggests rain, but there's no reason why we shouldn't be competitive in the wet. The conditions have been quite inconsistent during all the wet races that we've had so far this year, so it's hard to know what everyone's pace will be."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Fernando Alonso drove a perfect race to win the Singapore Grand Prix F1 race in his Ferrari in a close fought battle with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel by just 0.2 seconds. Points leader Mark Webber finished a distant third in his Red Bull, 29.1 seconds behind after a controversial bumping incident with Lewis Hamilton was just 5 point behind in the points. Press Conference
Formula 1 After Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel looked set to walk pole position in Singapore, it was Fernando Alonso who mastered the street circuit on Saturday night. The Ferrari driver, having won from pole position two weeks ago in Italy, left Vettel and his team boss Christian Horner bemused by outpacing the fastest RB6 by half a tenth. Press Conference
Night race lighting is as good as the sun This year’s Singapore Grand Prix may be third time the F1 circus has descended on the tiny island city-state, but its night race status and quirky timetable still make it a novelty for the F1 teams. It’s a change from the normal routine and has become one of the most popular races of the year with the teams. Ironically, the night race means that although the teams have to work night shifts, they can remain on a European time zone.
Alonso outduels Button to win Italian GP for Ferrari
by Mark J. Cipolloni Jenson Button got the jump on polesitter Fernando Alonso at the start of the Italian GP at Monza that setup a blistering high-speed battle between the McLaren of Button and the Ferraris of Alonso and Felipe Massa. They ran 1-2-3 until the first and only pitstop, each of the three drivers setting fastest lap after fastest lap. But Button was definitely holding up Alonso and the battle was one for the history books. Press Conference
Formula 1 Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in this afternoon’s qualifying session to take pole position in just the right place, this being Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro’s home race at the Monza circuit. And teammate Felipe Massa has given the tifosi who are already packing the grandstands real hope of a strong result in tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix as he lines up just behind Fernando, having set the third fastest time.
Italian Grand Prix This weekend’s fourteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship takes place in the historic Royal Park in Monza, one of the most beautiful and charismatic venues on the calendar. The Italian Grand Prix will be making its sixtieth visit to the famous track, although it is the sixty first running of the race, which moved to the Imola circuit just once, back in 1980.
F1 race run in very difficult conditions McLaren's Lewis Hamilton drove one of the best races of his career to win the Belgium Grand Prix F1 race at Spa. In a race run in constantly changing tricky conditions Hamilton got the jump on polesitter Mark Webber at the start and led the rest of the way, only the 2nd time he has done that in his career. Press Conference
Formula 1 Mark Webber made it 12 of 13 poles for the Red Bull team by turning the fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday's F1 Grand Prix of Belgium in changeable conditions, which are typical for Spa. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton snuck into 2nd on his last lap to push Robert Kubica down to 3rd. Webber's Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel will start 4th, Jenson Button 5th and Felipe Massa 6th. Press Conference
by Bob Heathcote The event everyone waits for at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca each year is the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion event. This weekend the drivers were practicing and our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 120 photos.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Red Bull's Mark Webber drove a brilliant race to win today's Hungarian Grand Prix F1 race in Budapest. Webber took the lead from his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel on lap 16 when his team gambled to not bring him in to change his super-soft Bridgestone tires during the full-course caution, and from there he pulled away from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso while still nursing his tires. Press Conference
Is there hope for IndyCar under its current model?
by Michael Maroney The following letter was sent to AutoRacing1.com by Michael Maroney, father of Miles Maroney who is making an impressive showing in the junior ranks of racing in the USA and has his sights set on being a future American in F1. We felt it addresses so many good points with regard to what is wrong with open wheel racing in the USA and why it is so difficult for a young American to make it to F1 and succeed.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel, the fastest driver in F1 today, drove to his 4th straight pole and seventh pole position of the season . The German's lap time of 1m18.773s was enough to beat his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber by 0.419s. Ferrari will fill the second row of the grid with Fernando Alonso ahead of Felipe Massa. Press Conference
by Mark J. Cipolloni Fernando Alonso put Ferrari back in the winners column with a brilliant drive in today's German GP at Hockenheim. His teammate Felipe Massa was 2nd after immense pressure from Sebastian Vettel who repeatedly traded fastest laps with Alonso in the tight 1-2-3 fight for the lead. It was the 2nd win for Alonso and Ferrari in 2010. The hometown favorite Mercedes team were embarrassed in front of their fans both - lapped. Press Conference
by Mark J. Cipolloni German Sebastian Vettel claimed pole for his home grand prix at Hockenheim and in doing so spoiled Fernando Alonso's shot at his first Ferrari pole by just 0.002 seconds. Felipe Massa in the sister Ferrari was third place, while Silverstone winner Mark Webber was fourth in the second Red Bull, ahead of the two McLarens. Press Conference
"They're all such scaredy-cats, change the color!" The German Grand Prix at Hockenheim on 25th July will see Sauber Motorsport celebrate 40 years of racing. The C29 cars of Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi will bear an appropriate inscription. Peter Sauber had not shown any particular interest in cars, and none at all in driving them around a track. Indeed, even today he views cars as no more than a means of getting from A to B. And yet Sauber Motorsport is set to celebrate 40 years in the motor racing business.
F1 British GP Mark Webber's post-qualifying anger became joy on Sunday as the Red Bull driver leapfrogged his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the world championship standings. The Australian drove to commanding victory in the British grand prix, while polesitter Vettel was passed at the start and then suffered a puncture in a light touch with Lewis Hamilton. Press Conference
In Formula 1 qualifying at Silverstone Austrian Sebastian Vettel looks to repeat last year's dominant performance at Silverstone, England after leading a Red Bull 1-2 in qualifying for this year's British Grand Prix. Vettel's time of 1m29.615s was a full 8/10ths up on 3rd place Fernando Alonso's Ferrari with Vettel's teammate Mark Webber on the outside front row with a lap of 1m29.758s. Press Conference
Latest Formula 1 circuit With the Korea International Circuit (KIC) nearing completion, Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) has issued new images of the facility plus travel information ahead of the inaugural FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX from October 22 – 24, 2010. The KIC is located on South Korea’s southwestern coast, in the province of Jeollanam-do. Seoul is South Korea’s capital city, while Kwangju is the closest major city to KIC and the country’s fourth-largest.
European GP F1 race Red Bull ace Sebastian Vettel has won the European Grand Prix F1 race on the streets of Valencia, Spain in dominating fashion leading flag-to-flag. Meanwhile his teammate, Mark Webber had a massive shunt that saw his car flip upside down but the Australian walked away unhurt. Lewis Hamilton was 2nd for McLaren, having nothing for Vettel all day long. Press Conference
European GP qualifying Sebastian Vettel pipped his Red Bull Renault teammate Mark Webber by just 0.075s to win pole position for the European Grand Prix F1 race on the streets of Valencia, Spain. Lewis Hamilton will start 3rd in his McLaren Mercedes. Local Spanish hero Fernando Alonso was 4th in his Ferrari ahead of his teammate Felipe Massa. Press Conference
Another McLaren 1-2 Lewis Hamilton led McLaren's second straight one-two finish ahead of Jenson Button in which high tire wear played a pivotal role for the Canadian Grand Prix. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished third, and the floundering Red Bull had to settle for fourth and fifth - Sebastian Vettel nursing a car problem for much of the distance, and Mark Webber losing the lead when his strategy of leaving the super soft tires until the final laps failed to pay off.
Breaks Red Bull streak in Montreal Lewis Hamilton cracked Red Bull's run of qualifying dominance on Saturday by securing pole position for the Canadian grand prix. But the McLaren driver was using a different tire in the decisive Q3 segment -- the fragile 'option' or softer compound, as opposed to the harder 'prime' fitted to the next-best Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. Press Conference
After Red Bull teammates take each other out Lewis Hamilton claimed his first F1 win of 2010 in Turkey after the Red Bull teammates collided while battling for the lead. Mark Webber, who had led until Sebastian Vettel made his move on lap 41 to take the lead, but the two touched and spun off, Vettel's car too damaged to continue and Webber needing a new nose. Michael Schumacher was 4th ahead of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Press Conference
by Mark J. Cipolloni Red Bull's Mark Webber continues to drive the wheels off his Adrian Newey creation and has won pole position for the Turkey GP with a lap of 1m26.295s. Lewis Hamilton was 2nd for McLaren. Fastest man in Q2, Sebastian Vettel, had to settle for third after brake problems ruined his final lap. Jenson Button ended up fourth in the McLaren, with Michael Schumacher fifth and Nico Rosberg in sixth place. Press Conference
F1 Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021.
Another Red Bull 1-2 Polesitter Mark Webber did it again, dominating, as he did in Barcelona a week ago, the entire Monaco GP from start to finish to win the 68th running of F1's Crown Jewel event. Webber sprinted off into the lead at the start and on each subsequent restart and was never seriously challenged all day. His Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel look to make it a bit interesting at the end with fast race lap, but..... Press Conference
Formula 1 Red Bull's Mark Webber kept the team's perfect 2010 qualifying record intact to win pole position for Sunday's Monaco GP. But it was not easy this time around as Renault's Robert Kubica was massive 1.1s clear of the field for while in Q3. Webber then producing a 1m13.826s with his final lap to put pole beyond reach of everyone else. Sebastian Vettel took third in the second Red Bull, ahead of Q1 leader Felipe Massa.
Formula 1 Red Bull's Mark Webber completed a perfect weekend in Barcelona Sunday to win the Spanish Grand Prix F1 race comfortably. Starting from pole, Webber led every lap on Sunday in his Adrian Newey creation. Much to the delight of the Spanish crowd, countryman Fernando Alonso came home second in his Ferrari after Lewis Hamilton hit the tire barrier with two laps to go when his left front tire blew. Sebastian Vettel was third.
Dominate qualifying at Catalunya Mark Webber led a dominant Red Bull F1 1-2 in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, beating teammate Sebastian Vettel by 1/10th of a second. The Red Bulls topped all three qualifying sessions, with Webber leading the way in all three. Behind them, Lewis Hamilton was 0.9 seconds slower than Webber's pole lap in third. Press Conference
Button beats Hamilton for McLaren 1-2 in wet China
by Mark J. Cipolloni Jenson Button held off his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton to win the Chinese GP in Shanghai on a track made treacherous by rain from the start. Button who was expected to be eaten alive this year by his fellow Brit teammate has once again outqualified and outraced him, driving this time perhaps the race of his life. It was the first 1-2 for McLaren in 41 races. Press Conference
by Mark J. Cipolloni Red Bull and their Adrian Newey designed supercar locked out the front row of the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel (1:34.558) running a spectacular final lap to nip teammate Mark Webber (1:24.806) for pole position. Fernando Alonso's Ferrari (1:34.913) was the closest challenger to the Red Bulls, just a tenth of a second behind Webber. Press Conference
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel took the lead in Turn 1 on the first lap from his 3rd place starting position and held it pretty much all the way to the checkered flag to beat Mark Webber in another Adrian Newey designed Red Bull 1-2. Mercedes Nico Rosberg came home 3rd for the final podium position. Robert Kubica drove his Renault to 5th. Press Conference
Formula 1 Rain in qualifying has resulted in a fascinating grid for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix. Mark Webber's Red Bull will start on pole after making smart choice of intermediate tires in Q3, ending up 1.3 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel. Both McLarens and both Ferraris were caught out by the weather and will start outside the top 16. Press Conference
Formula 1 in Melbourne He finished off the podium, but Fernando Alonso is still leading the championship on Sunday night after a thrilling Australian grand prix. Rendering 'Bore-rain' stories to history, the dark and drizzly skies contributed to an exciting Melbourne race, that saw Jenson Button drive a well calculated race to win in his McLaren, while Sebastian Vettel once again should have won easily but his fragile Red Bull broke again. Press Conference
Vettel leads Red-Bull 1-2 in Australia GP qualifying
by Mark J. Cipolloni Just imagine if he had a Mercedes or Ferrari engine! Austrian Sebastien Vettel is just faster than all his current rivals in F1, and with the latest Adrian Newey design to work with, there may be no stopping him, sans a mechanical malfunction. Vettel beat his Red Bull teammate and crowd favorite Mark Webber in all three qualifying segments to win pole position for the Australian Grand Prix F1 race in Melbourne. The only driver to come close to the two Red Bulls was Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. Press Conference
The quest to improve overtaking in Open Wheel Racing
F1 and IndyCar The Bahrain Grand Prix was meant to be the first race of a whole new world of Formula One; the best field of drivers in years, brilliantly designed cars and a track with a new nine-turn corner sequence that would “ensure” overtaking. No such thing; in fact it was, apart from Vettel’s broken spark plug and a few incidents near the back of the field, almost the “perfect” Formula One race. That is, the hypothetically “perfect” Formula One Grand Prix.
Leads Ferrari 1-2 as Vettel falters Fernando Alonso won today's Bahrain GP some 16 seconds ahead of his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa and in doing so won his debut race for Ferrari. Polesitter Sebastian Vettel built up a lead of 5 seconds over Alonso early but a broken exhaust header slowed his pace and Alonso pounced. Once Alonso passed, Massa moved around Vettel too but he could not keep pace with his new teammate. Lewis Hamilton was 3rd. Press Conference
by Mark J. Cipolloni Driving the latest Adrian Newey Red Bull creation, Sebastian Vettel waited until the final minutes of qualifying to secure pole for Sunday's Bahrain GP. After turning the fastest time of the weekend in Q2, Vettel's lap of 1m54.101s in Q3 beat the two Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. Lewis Hamilton was 4th in his McLaren and Nico Rosberg rounded out the top-5 in his Mercedes.
At Jerez The Red Bull Racing F1 team took the covers off its RB6 in the Jerez pitlane on Wednesday morning. The Adrian Newey-designed machine on the surface, and according to driver Sebastian Vettel, is a logical evolution of the 2009 RB5 that proved to be Formula 1's fastest car in the second half of the season.
Introducing the VJM03 The Force India Formula One Team finished the 2009 season as a genuine regular contender for points and the new 2010 challenger, the VJM03, builds on the solid foundations established by its predecessor, which took pole for the Belgian GP. With driver consistency in Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi and the able support of Paul di Resta in the test and reserve driver role, this year the team is looking forward to a strong performance.
The first virtual Formula 1 launch The launch of Virgin's 2010 car ended in disappointment on Wednesday, when the live online video stream failed to materialize. Technical problems meant the online event was watched by a global audience of zero, with the first photos of the striking red and black car appearing only hours later. "Calm down people. I'll ask if I can put a picture on Twitter," said Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi.
Formula 1 Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost says that 2010 is a "landmark" year for his team as for the first time they have designed and built their own Formula One car. The team unveiled their STR5 at Valencia on Monday morning, displaying the double-decker diffuser and a shark fin engine cover very similar to that incorporated on the new McLaren.
Will Ross Brawn's design trump all others again? Mercedes-Benz unveiled its W01 in the Valencia pit lane on Monday morning, ahead of the first pre-season Formula 1 test. The car features a radical version of the now typical Red Bull Racing RB5-type V-nose configuration, as well as a small fin on the engine cover.
Formula 1 Renault on Sunday presented Vitaly Petrov, Russia's first formula one driver, as the occupant of its second race seat for the 2010 season. The 25-year-old, who finished the GP2 championship in second place last year and who reportedly has a big sponsorship purse, helped his new teammate Robert Kubica pull the wraps off the R30 car in the Valencia pitlane.
Formula 1 BMW Sauber revealed its new F1 car for the 2010 season on Sunday, with the unveiling of the Ferrari powered C29 at the Valencia circuit. The new C29, which sports a shark fin similar to the one used by McLaren in its new car but falls short of integrating in with the rear wing, will be driven by Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi, who were both on had.
Exclusive AutoRacing1.com photo gallery by Gary Parravani The past two world F1 driving champions, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton unveiled the 2010 McLaren F1 car to a worldwide audience via a webcast. The new car of the all-British team features an innovative engine airbox that flows backwards and melds into the rear wing.
Formula 1 Ferrari christened its 2010 formula one car the 'F10' as it was revealed on Thursday during a lavish launch at the famous team's Maranello factory. With a front end resembling last year's fast Red Bull car, it could not as scheduled be shaken down in the afternoon by Felipe Massa due to icy conditions at the local Fiorano test track.
Formula 1 Today, the new Silver Arrows Formula One works team MERCEDES GP PETRONAS was presented at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. Nico Rosberg and seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher along with team management Ross Brawn, Nick Fry and Norbert Haug were introduced to guests with a presentation and press conference.
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