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Formula 1 14 Feb 2007 09:40 am

Red Bull not catching up – F1 testing update: 13 Feb 07

Red Bull Racing is still more than one per cent slower than Renault (same engines) and McLaren in pre-season testing. I’ve updated my analysis table, here (click on the thumbnail to see the table):

Testing times

Once again, RBR covered significantly fewer laps than the comparator teams I’ve selected (McLaren and Renault). Once again, they are slower than both comparator teams (although everyone went faster on Tuesday than on Monday – probably products of ‘rubbering in’ of the track and tuning of the cars).

Compared to the overall group of teams participating in the test, the picture is just as grim. RBR recorded the 15th (Webber) and 16th (Coulthard) times. 18 cars tested – one each from Spyker and Super Aguri were slower than RBR. RBR’s ‘sister’ team Scuderia Toro Rosso begins testing tomorrow – using Ferrari engines in basically the same chassis as RBR (and therein lies a controversy – visit your favourite F1 site for details). It will be very interesting to see how they fare by comparison.

I have a bad feeling about this…

Formula 1 13 Feb 2007 03:28 pm

Red Bull and Mark Webber seriously slow in pre-season F1 tests

I’m very disappointed to note that, if pre-season testing is any guide to in-season form, Mark Webber is looking at another very tough year. The Red Bull Racing car has been slow and unreliable – and so far things don’t really seem to be heading in the right direction nearly quickly enough.
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Flying Nerd site &Formula 1 13 Feb 2007 09:19 am

Latest Mark Webber news available now on

Looking for the latest news about Mark Webber’s 2007 Formula 1 exploits for Red Bull Racing? Look no further than!

Courtesy of Google’s AJAX News Bar, this site now includes a feed of latest news items about Mark and Red Bull Racing. Look towards the bottom of the sidebar on the right hand side.

Formula 1 01 Feb 2007 01:44 pm

Inauspicious start to 2007 for Red Bull Racing and ‘our Mark’ Webber

I haven’t had much to say about Formula 1 for a while. I stopped reporting on races last year when I got depressed by the deterioration of the performance of the WilliamsF1 team – and especially their inability to give Mark Webber a decent car with which to prove his worth (or otherwise).

I’ve been scratching my head for months, wondering why Mark allowed circumstances to see him displaced from WilliamsF1, given that he must have known about the deal to run Toyota engines starting this year. With AT&T coming on as ‘title sponsor’, and Lenovo taking (I believe) a lion’s share of space on the car, Frank and the boys should have some more money to play with in 07. I’m hoping that this will be a better year for Williams, and that Alex Wurz (in particular) gets to show his ability.

Back to Webber.
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Formula 1 30 Sep 2006 09:25 am

Channel 10 does the dirty – again (Chinese GP delayed telecast)

This weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix takes place at 4.00pm Sydney time. Channel 10, in their infinite wisdom, is showing the event at 11.40pm on Sunday night. I guess I’ll watch it on Monday morning! Don’t forget to set those Toppies and VCRs, boys and girls.

We’re heading into one of the closest end-of-season periods for years. Will Schumi claim his eighth world championship? Will Fernando take two on the trot? Will Williams finally come good and put Mark Webber on the podium? (Alex Wurz took his Williams round the track fastest in both of the Friday sessions…)

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Not much happening on lately. Sorry. Been busy. And distracted.
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Formula 1 07 Aug 2006 03:18 pm

Jenson Button wins Hungarian Grand Prix

British Formula 1 driver Jenson Button won his first Grand Prix overnight in Hungary!

A driver’s first F1 win is a monumental occasion. It usually caps off years of struggle to get to the top. It is often followed by a sequence of wins as the pressure is somewhat relieved and all associated capitalise on the momentum built with the first victory.

In Jenson’s case, this first win is doubly significant as it is the first win for the Honda F1 team (in the modern F1 era). The Honda team came into being over the last couple of years as Honda purchased the BAR team (which was founded on the ashes of the old Tyrrell team… but that’s another story). After a dismal season, it seemed that Honda was getting further away from the top step of the podium, not closer. But all is now forgiven with the first mighty win chalked up.

Jenson’s win was a classy one in tough conditions. Key rivals Alonso, M. Schumacher and Raikkonen all fell foul of the wet and slippery conditions, or of team errors. Just staying on the track was quite an achievement.

The Flying Nerd extends hearty congratulations to Jenson, the Honda F1 team and Honda diehard Scott C.

As a tribute to Jenson, I am happy to once again display this picture of Jenson Button and your correspondent. I hasten to point out that this is not a very recent picture!

Jenson Button and the Flying Nerd

Formula 1 03 Aug 2006 09:59 am

Wurz replaces Webber at WilliamsF1 for 2007

I admit to surprise. WilliamsF1 has decided not to sign a new deal with Aussie F1 Ace Mark Webber, after allowing the option over his services to expire a few days ago. He is to be replaced by the team’s test driver, Alex Wurz.
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Formula 1 02 Aug 2006 02:52 pm

Whither Webber?

Mark Webber, one of Formula 1’s most under-rated drivers, is ‘on the market’. Which team will he drive for in 2007?

Keen observers will have noted that Mark’s driving has picked up considerably this year — his performances have been strong and mature, but (due to severe reliability issues with the Williams FW28 racer) this is is not reflected in his current position on the world championship points ladder.
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Formula 1 28 Jul 2006 09:03 pm

WilliamsF1 to use Toyota engines from 2007

This announcement out today:
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Formula 1 17 Jul 2006 07:33 am

Jenson Button: oh dear, oh dear, oh dear…

Last year, Jenson Button was a Formula 1 star on the wax, and it looked like the team he was driving for at the time (BAR-Honda) was on a similar trajectory.

But Jenson was (he thought) looking at a troubled future.
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Formula 1 29 Jun 2006 11:24 am

FIA Formula 1 survey 2006

Once again the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) – global motorsport’s governing body – is conducting an on-line survey about Formula 1. You can access the survey here.
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Formula 1 28 May 2006 03:36 pm

Webber stymied again

It’s past midnight. I’m sitting on the lounge watching the Monaco Grand Prix. And I’m devastated to have just seen Mark Webber’s car fail – again.

Mark put in a terriffic qualifying performance to score third on the grid (which became second after Michael Schumacher was sent to the back for a ‘professional foul’). His qualifying performance was even better in context given that he had more fuel on board than those around him.

He was doing a superb job in the race, comfortably holding third position and looking good for a podium. After a couple of frustrating laps behind Fisichella, who had not been shown the blue flag when he should have been, he had just put a lap on Fisi when the engine expired.

What does Mark have to do to get a break? He retired from the lead of the Australian Grand Prix (which would probably have shaken out to second or third position at the end of the race). He also retired hurt in Malaysia and Nurburgring. And now he has retired from Formula 1’s most galamorous event.

Very sad.

Formula 1 05 May 2006 12:44 pm

Senna versus Schumacher – great video

I remember very clearly the night (Australian time) F1 driver Ayrton Senna died.

I didn’t have a lot of love for Senna out of the car, but I admired his driving tremendously. He was blisteringly quick, and could control a car like a seal balances a ball on its nose (eh?). His skill was perhaps best exemplified at the 1993 European GP (held at Donington Park in England) — see here for details.
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Formula 1 17 Mar 2006 09:19 pm

Flavio Briatore on F1 qualifying

Flavio Briatore, Team Principal of the Renault F1 team, has weighed into the debate about the third part of the new F1 qualifying process. See my earlier posts, below, for my thoughts.

Flavio has an interesting and slightly different take on things. In his words:

You put as much fuel in the car as you want – say 70 kilos – and then at the end the car goes into Parc Ferme and however much you have left is the amount you start the race with.

Not a bad idea, Flav. It would certainly avoid the economy run, it would be simple for the teams, and would create an interesting real-time trade-off assessment for the team strategists: is it worth sacrificing some fuel (that would otherwise be used in the first part of the race) in order to have a go at moving up the grid? Given a less-than-full-pace out-lap and a slow in-lap, it would probably cost a bit more than two laps worth of fuel (at race pace) to have a crack at a fast time. If you were fifth on the grid and thought you could get up to (say) second, it would probably be worth it.

Your thoughts below.

Formula 1 17 Mar 2006 09:47 am

Further thoughts on fine tuning F1 qualifying

Well, I’m not the only one who thinks F1 qualifying is now good-but-could-be-a-little-bit-better. Frank Williams (majority shareholder of the hardest-working F1 team) and Ron Dennis (boss of the evil McLaren team) are both quoted on the ITV-F1 site suggesting that a spot of fine tuning of the qualifying format might not go astray.

I’ve had a chance over the last two days to think about the suggestions I made in my Bahrain GP wrap-up (here) about avoiding the economy run aspects of the final 20-minute run-off for the 10 fastest cars.
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Formula 1 14 Mar 2006 03:20 pm

Flying Nerd presents biased Bahrain GP review

After what seemed like years without a Formula 1 race, Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix was a cracker. I have one-eyed comments on various aspects of the event, the coverage and a team-by-team look at the results.
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Formula 1 06 Mar 2006 01:54 pm

Important news for F1 fans: qualifying to be shown on Australian TV

It may not be live, and it certainly isn’t at a civilised time, but F1 fans will be delighted to see that Channel 10 will be showing the qualifying session for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

That’s big news, because it’s been an ongoing complaint from F1 fans that qualifying, one of the most interesting parts of a GP weekend, has been reduced to a one minute summary prior to the race telecast.

Unless you happen to check your local guide for 0230 on Sunday morning, you may not know about this. But of course, YOU are an educated and intelligent reader of — so you DO know. Make a time in your diary to go out and buy a new tape for the VCR (or program the Topfield for 0230) and find out what happens in qualifying in 2006.

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Formula 1 16 Feb 2006 05:17 pm

2006 F1 season approaching — what’s happening?

Warm up your VCRs, folks. The 2006 Formula 1 season begins in just 24 days.

For 2006, the first race is in Bahrain, to avoid a clash with the Commonwealth Games (yawn) in Melbourne. The Australian GP takes place on Sunday, 2 April 2006. Melbourne will revert to its usual place in the calendar for 2007.

I’ve been keeping an eye on developments over the F1 off-season. Here’s my slightly biased and probably uninformed view of the current state of play, team by team.
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Formula 1 07 Feb 2006 01:46 pm

Valentino Rossi testing F1 Ferrari

Many-times MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has been testing Ferrari F1 cars off and on for the last six months or so. It’s widely speculated that the Ferrari F1 team hopes that Rossi’s undoubted ‘feel’ for speed can be translated into F1 world championships.

Such a remarkable achievement would not be without precedent. John Surtees won seven motorcycle world championships (various categories) from 1956 to 1960 before going on to win the F1 championship for (you guessed it) Ferrari in 1964.

So far, Rossi hasn’t quite got up to the speed of F1 super-driver Michael Schumacher. However, he’s been making a pretty good fist of things. The Flying Nerd’s spies have finally figured out just how Rossi is managing to go so fast so soon:


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