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    • Need Admins

      10 years ago

      Formula 1

      Hey all. I need some admins who want to post current F1 news. This won;t include race results unless they are covered with the "spoiler" tags for obvious reasons. Its kinda stagnant in here and I want to make it a bit busier.

      Just PM me if you want it, and I will make a couple people Admins.

    • McLaren Decision

      10 years ago

      Formula 1

      A suspended sentence has been handed to the team. The decision:

      Having regard to the open and honest way in which McLaren Team Principal, Mr Martin Whitmarsh, addressed the WMSC and the change in culture which he made clear has taken place in his organisation, the WMSC decided to suspend the application of the penalty it deems appropriate.

      "That penalty is a suspension of the team from three races of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. This will only be applied if further facts emerge regarding the case or if, in the next 12 months, there is a further breach by the team of article 151c of the International Sporting Code.

      This seems sensible. McLaren have indeed worked hard to right the wrong and have been very open and cooperative since they were called on the incident. The strict nature of the terms of this probation, if you can call it that, is quite fitting for the serious nature of the offense. A good result all around.

    • US Formula 1

      10 years ago

      Formula 1

      It was announced today that, for the first time in three decades, there would be a US F1 team. Entering for the 2010 season, the team will be based in Charlotte, NC, where the car will be designed and built. It will be run by Ken Anderson and Pete Windsor.

      The USF1 team has stated that their mission is

      ‘to prove that American technology, American drivers and the American competitive spirit can compete and win on the F1 global stage'.

      No official public statements have been made regarding drivers and engine suppliers.

      (Jalopnik via Speed, USF1)

    • Brazilian GP Results

      10 years ago

      Formula 1

      Masa wins Brazilian GP, but Hammilton takes 5th place, giving him the World championship.

    • Brazilian GP Schedule

      10 years ago

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      Fri 31 October 2008
      Friday Practice 1 07:00 - 08:30
      Friday Practice 2 11:00 - 12:30

      Sat 01 November 2008
      Saturday Practice 08:00 - 09:00
      Qualifying 11:00

      Sun 02 November 2008
      Race 12:00

      Times are EDT

      This is going to be a great conclusion to the season.

    • Conclusions From The Chinese GP

      10 years ago

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      Conclusions From The Chinese GP
      Monday 20th October 2008


      The World Championship is now Lewis Hamilton's to lose. Problem is, it was last year as well...

      Felipe Massa Is Delusional
      "I was strong enough to catch and pass [Raikkonen] and that was the best part of the race for me."

      Next he'll be accusing Lewis Hamilton of bumping him off the track on the first lap in Japan when the reality was that he out-braked himself.


      Hang on...

      Hamilton Has Set Himself Up For The Title. Or A Horrible Fall
      For a driver who apparently can't cope with pressure, Lewis Hamilton didn't do badly in Shanghai.

      His performance was a study in motor-racing perfection. After a statement of intent on Friday, when he finished both sessions in first place, the McLaren driver made good on his promise by taking P1 in all three qualifying sessions and then registering a lights-to-flags victory that included, for only the second time this season, the fastest lap of the race to complete the sweep. Look up 'comprehensive' in the F1 dictionary and the words 'Hamilton - China, 2008' should feature prominently.

      A Hamilton victory tends to be a dramatic, controversial event; this was simply a masterclass in superiority. Ferrari's plan was to disrupt him off the line. Problem was, they couldn't get near him. Dominant, flawless and mature, Hamilton even succeeded in earning a respectful and volunteered handshake from Fernando Alonso and silencing his hitherto vocal army of critics.

      But only for now.

      They will not be completely muted until - if - he wins the World Championship in Brazil in two weeks' time. His own celebrations in Shanghai were low-key, presumably muted in the knowledge that, although a critical step had been taken, he is still to cross the line and, in sport, the final mile is often the hardest.

      "This is another step to the Championship and towards my dream and towards my team's dream," he remarked. But after last year's calamitous nightmare, there will be plenty of sleepless nights ahead before that dream can be realised.

      It's Still Hamilton's Title To Lose
      Just as it was last year. And in 2008, as in 2007, he enters the final race with a seven-point lead that makes him the outstanding favourite but still leaves him vulnerable to a catastrophe.

      One advantage Hamilton does have this year compared to last is that he need only concern himself with Felipe Massa (it is now mathematically impossible for Robert Kubica to claim the title, just as Kimi Raikkonen statistically relinquished his title of World Champion in Japan last weekend). Twelve months ago, he was so preoccupied with finishing ahead of Fernando Alonso that Raikkonen was able to sneak in under the radar ahead of both and claim one of the strangest titles in F1 history.

      Next Sunday, 'all' Hamilton has do is ensure that Felipe Massa does not finish seven points ahead of him. Easier said than done, of course. Hamilton's title prospects would be so much more secure if only the first corner in Brazil was a soft, gradual curve - like Turn One in China - rather than the sort of sharp left-hander that is fertile ground for disaster.

      Heikki Makes Hamilton Look Special
      The question posed but unanswered by Rob Smedley, Felipe Massa's race engineer, during his post-race interview on ITV was whether McLaren now boasted the best car on the grid.

      Hamilton's display suggested as much, but the argument to the contrary was the pathetic performance of Heikki Kovalainen in the sister McLaren. Was Hamilton very good or was Heikki very bad? The truth is probably - as it generally is - somewhere in the middle. The McLaren is not necessarily a faster car than the Ferrari but Hamilton was at the peak of his powers this weekend and out-drove every one of his competitors in a piece of machinery flattered by the circuit's characteristics.

      Kovalainen, on the other hand, has proved himself a second-rate driver with more excuses than skill or pace and one utterly undeserving of his seat.

      The Finn may have been unlucky in suffering a puncture but at that stage of the race he was already 30 seconds behind his team-mate. Incredibly, Fernando Alonso now heads his replacement at McLaren in the Constructors' Championship despite spending the first six months of an eight-month season in a mishandling and underpowered Renault. There's no way to judge Hamilton the fastest driver on the grid in the absence of any sort of meaningful team-mate comparison.

      Kovalainen's inadequacies are not just a talking point. Its most profound affect is the likelihood of Ferrari being crowned the Constructors' Champions in Brazil (they now lead McLaren by 11 points). He might yet cost Lewis Hamilton the Drivers' Championship as well because it would be foolish in the extreme of the Englishman to expect his team-mate to provide the sort of points-paying support in Brazil hat Raikkonen provided for Massa this weekend (and Massa provided for Raikkonen a year ago for the Finn to win the title).

      Nor is it actually outlandish to state that had Kovalainen risen to the occasion last weekend in Shanghai then Hamilton would already be the World Champion. After all, if one McLaren driver can qualify in pole position, it is not unreasonable to expect his team-mate - especially one out of the title race and who has less reason not to sacrifice race strategy - to line up alongside him. Had Kovalainen done so, the mayhem of the first corner would surely not have occurred and there would be no reason to suspect that Hamilton would not have collected the points haul necessary to make the result in Brazil academic.

      Heikki's Failure Makes Alonso Worth The Hassle
      There's an element of tragedy to Fernando Alonso's year at McLaren. The loss has been threefold: his own, the team's and F1's. If there is one thing better than a two-way fight in the final race then it is a three-way battle.

      Conclusion in comments...

    • Group admins and the forum section

      10 years ago

      Formula 1

      We have a forum for this group. Please post topics, and discussions there for the time being. This mod is still under development so were lacking some features. Once they fix the adding group admins thing, I will start adding people.

    • 2009 Race Callendar

      10 years ago

      Formula 1

      01 2009 FORMULA 1 ING AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX (Melbourne) 26 - 29 Mar
      02 2009 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX (Kuala Lumpur) 03 - 05 Apr
      03 2009 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX (Bahrain) 17 - 19 Apr
      04 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPANA TELEFONICA 2009 (Catalunya) 08 - 10 May
      05 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2009 (Monte Carlo) 21 - 24 May
      06 2009 FORMULA 1 TURKISH GRAND PRIX (Istanbul) 05 - 07 Jun
      07 2009 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Silverstone) 19 - 21 Jun
      08 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 2009 (Magny-Cours) 26 - 28 Jun
      09 FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2009 (Nürburgring) 10 - 12 Jul
      10 FORMULA 1 ING MAGYAR NAGYDIJ 2009 (Budapest) 24 - 26 Jul
      11 2009 FORMULA 1 TELEFONICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE (Valencia) 21 - 23 Aug
      12 2009 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX (Spa-Francorchamps) 28 - 30 Aug
      13 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2009 (Monza) 11 - 13 Sep
      14 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (Singapore) 25 - 27 Sep
      15 2009 FORMULA 1 FUJI TELEVISION JAPANESE GRAND PRIX (Suzuka) 09 - 11 Oct
      16 2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 16 - 18 Oct
      17 FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2009 (Sao Paulo) 30 Oct - 01 Nov
      18 2009 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX (Abu Dhabi) 13 - 15 Nov

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