Monthly ArchiveJuly 2009

Formula 1 29 Jul 2009 10:04 pm

BMW quits F1

BMW has announced that it will quit F1 at the end of this year.

Felipe Massa is injured and unlikely to be available to drive for Ferrari for some time.

Flying Nerd speculation: BMW-Sauber driver Robert Kubica will seek (and gain) release from his contract, and will drive for Ferrari for the next grand prix (and probably the rest of the year).

You read it here first!

Update (6 Aug 09): OK, so I was wrong, and Schumi is getting the gig… if he is fit! I still reckon it’s not impossible that we’ll see Kubica in the Ferrari in 2009.

Formula 1 13 Jul 2009 10:11 am

Webber wins German Grand Prix with dominant performance

He did it!

Mark Webber took his first F1 win at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany yesterday. Webber survived a dubious drive-through penalty to win the race in dominant fashion from team-mate Sebastien Vettel.

I’ve been following Mark’s progress since his days driving a Formula Ford car in Australia in the 1990s. It was obvious then that he is a prodigiously quick driver and that, with the right backing and circumstances, he could go far. Yesterday’s win was an exciting and delightful event for me.

Well done, Mark Webber. May this be the first of many wins.

Formula 1 12 Jul 2009 12:57 pm

Webber on pole – great chance to win German Grand Prix.

Mark Webber today enjoys probably his best chance (to date) to break his Grand Prix duck. He starts from pole position in the German Grand Prix.

In Mark’s favour are the following factors:

  1. he’s heavier than both the Brawn GP cars (they qualified second and third) — so he should be able to stay ahead through the pit stops (a lightly-fuelled car starting from pole can often be overtaken in the first round of pit stops when a more heavily-fuelled competitor stays out longer and runs faster at the end of the ‘stint’)
  2. the first KERS-equipped car is two rows behind (A KERS car can release stored energy at the start to achieve a quick getaway)
  3. if it’s raining heavily (possible) and the race starts behind the safety car, then Webber will have a huge visibility advantage, and following cars won’t be able to mount much of a challenge into the first corner
  4. Webber’s car is the same weight as team-mate Vettel’s — this should mean that the team will give Mark the most favourable timing for the first pit stop (assuming he’s leading at that stage).

At this point, I hark back to the encouraging words that Australia offered to Wayne Gardner as he approached the 500cc motorcycle world championship in 1987, and urge simply:

Win it, Mark.