Formula 1 - Race 8 Silverstone, England

June 24th 2009 - With this looking to be the last ever Formula 1 race at the famous old track of Silverstone, hopes were high that one of Britain’s drivers would walk away with a victory. With their drivers being the reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and current world championship leader Jenson Button, it was looking to be a likely result. However, after the qualifying nothing seemed further from the truth. Hamilton qualified in a miserable 19th and Button only managed a 6th placing.

Qualifying was Red Bulls chance to shine and shine they did. Sebastian Vettel picked up his 2nd pole in a row with a time of 1:19:509 and Mark Webber picked up 3rd place. Brawn will be happy though with Rubens Barrichello splitting the two Red Bull cars with his 2nd placing. Jarno Trulli of Toyota picked up 4th place and, in a small surprise, Williams qualified either side of Button by picking up 5th and 7th place. This of course left Ferrari with another dismal qualifying result with 9th and 11th.

The race went even better for Red Bull than the qualifying, with Vettel leading from start to finish and Webber improving by one place to make it a one-two finish for the team. Barrichello lost one place but picked up another podium for the year in 3rd and, for the first time this season, Button didn’t make it onto the podium and finished where he qualified in 6th place.

Ferrari improved on their bad qualifying with a 4th and 8th finish, which meant Toyota and Williams picked up the remaining points positions. With still a long season to come, this result has shown that Brawn, and Button, can’t relax at the top of the table.

With the current drama of the 2010 season unfolding, there is now talk that Silverstone may yet end up being the host of the English Grand Prix next year as the new course may not be ready by then. Also the FIA is threatening legal action against the teams who want to split into another competition, and those teams are threatening legal action back at the FIA. So lots of dramas in F1 right now and only time will tell how this story will end.

Race 9 is in 3 weeks time on 12th July in Nurburgring, Germany.

Hungarian F1 race resilient in crisis

The ING Hungarian Formula-1 Grand Prix is affected by the international crisis, however, not as severely as some of the other events on the calendar, said László Palik, CEO of the organizerHungaroring Sport Zrt.

For the time being, Palik declined to give a forecast regarding visitor turnout and the related revenues, nor would he speculate on whether the trend common to earlier years, namely that poorer pre-sales were improved significantly with on the spot sales would continue this year.

This year’s event in Hungary will be offered to fans at international prices, with the gold category pass costing €450 and silver €250.

Although this year’s race will take place at the end of July opposed to the earlier August date, Palik said the changes are actually better, since foreigners will probably have more to spend on recreation earlier in the vacation season. (Napi Gazdaság)


Ferrari F1 2009

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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BMW Sauber Testing Wallpaper

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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Formula One Team Super Aguri 1280×1024 Wallpaper

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Four rounds into the season, financial difficulties force Aguri Suzuki to withdraw his team from the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship. But there is some nice F1 team Super Aguri wallpaper:

Formula One Team Force India 1280×1024 Wallpaper

Friday, October 24th, 2008

F1 team Force India wallpaper and some info about team:

Base: Silverstone, UK
Team Principal: Colin Kolles
Drivers: A Sutil

G Fisichella
Test Drivers: V Liuzzi, R Rodriguez, G van der Garde
Chassis: VJM01
Engine: Ferrari
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
First Season: 2008
World Championships: 0
Highest race finish: 10 (x1)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0

Formula One Team Honda 1280×1024 Wallpaper

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I’m just made F1 team Honda wallpaper and wanna share it with you, so feel free to download this. And also some F1 team Honda info’s:

Base: Brackley, UK
Team Principal: Ross Brawn
Drivers: J Button

R Barrichello
Test Drivers: M Conway

A Wurz
Chassis: RA108
Engine: Honda RA808E
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
First Season: 1964
World Championships: 0
Highest race finish: 1 (x3)
Pole Positions: 2
Fastest Laps: 2

Formula One Team Williams 1280×1024 Wallpaper

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Formula One team Williams have Toyota engine in they hybrids but in this season made a poor results. But there is F1 team Williams wallpaper and some team info’s:

Base: Grove, UK
Team Principal: Frank Williams
Drivers: N Rosberg

K Nakajima
Test Drivers: N Hulkenberg

N Karthikeyan
Chassis: FW30
Engine: Toyota
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
First Season: 1975
World Championships: 9
Highest race finish: 1 (x113)
Pole Positions: 125
Fastest Laps: 129

Formula One Team Red Bull 1280×1024 Wallpaper

Friday, October 24th, 2008

David Coulthard and Mark Webber are drivers in F1 team Red Bull, check out this nice wallpaper and some Red Bull team stats:

Base: Milton Keynes, UK
Team Principal: Christian Horner
Drivers: D Coulthard

M Webber
Test Drivers: S Buemi

Chassis: RB4
Engine: Renault RS27
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
First Season: 2005
World Championships: 0
Highest race finish: 3 (x3)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0

Formule One Team Toro Rosso 1280×1024 Wallpaper

Friday, October 24th, 2008

One more wallpaper for you, F1team Toro Rosso and they stats:

Base: Faenza, Italy
Team Principal: Franz Tost
Drivers: S Bourdais

S Vettel
Test Drivers:

Chassis: STR3
Engine: Ferrari
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
First Season: 2006
World Championships: 0
Highest race finish: 1 (x1)
Pole Positions: 1
Fastest Laps: 0

Formula One Team Renault 1280×1024 Wallpaper

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I’m made another F1 wallpaper, this time with Renault logo so if you love Renault team and they drivers Fernando Alonso and Nelsinho Piquet check out this photo. And also some stats about Renault F1 team:

Base: Enstone, UK
Team Principal: Flavio Briatore
Drivers: F Alonso

N Piquet
Test Drivers: L di Grassi, R Grosjean, S Yamamoto
Chassis: R28
Engine: Renault RS27
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
First Season: 1977
World Championships: 2
Highest race finish: 1 (x35)
Pole Positions: 50
Fastest Laps: 27

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New, high quality Renault F1 team wallpaper, only for Renault team lovers!

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Nice wallpaper for old monitor types, Ferrari F1 racing team wallpaper.

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Jarno Trulli And Timo Glock Bahrain 2009 Wallpaper

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock from Toyota F1 racing team at Bahrain Gradn Prix qualifying for 2009 season race!

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Formula One Pit Stop Action

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Some great formula one pit stop action wallpaper made by deviantART member alvindeux. Check out this great formula wallpaper, pic is taken in Ferrari pit stop area. Download it for your desktop if you like it.

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Williams FW31 Wallpaper

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

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Toyota TF109 Wallpaper

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

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Renault R29 Wallpaper

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

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Ferrari F60 2009 Wallpaper

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

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BMW F1 2009 Wallpaper

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

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Williams Team Testing Wallpaper

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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Holden's Michael Caruso claims first V8 Supercars win at Hidden Valley

Holden driver Michael Caruso says his drought-breaking win in a gruelling 69-lap second race at the Triple Crown V8 Supercar event in Darwin is "huge".

Caruso secured his first victory in one-and-a-half years as a V8 Supercar driver by just holding off fast-finishing Ford driver Alex Davison to become the sport's first new race winner since his teammate Lee Holdsworth prevailed at Oran Park in 2007.

That win was also the last time Caruso's Garry Rogers Motorsport team stood on top of the podium and the 26-year-old was delighted to have come out on top.

"This is huge, no doubt about it," he said.

"I'm at the pinnacle of Australian motor racing ... I probably haven't come to terms with how big it is."

Caruso was made to work a lot harder for his win when a late safety car compressed the field, allowing Davison to use his near-new sprint tyres to accelerate past several cars and nearly haul in Caruso on the line.

Ford's Craig Lowndes crossed in third, with Holden duo Rick Kelly and Garth Tander fourth and fifth.

All were victims of Davison's remarkable charge, and Caruso admitted to nerves as the Stone Brothers Racing car loomed in his rear-view mirror.

"I was sort of counting on Craig to hold him up a little bit," he said.

"When someone's on sticky tyres it is very difficult because our tyres had done a lot of work."

Dumped by the Castrol Perkins team after a horror year in 2005, an emotional Davison felt he had put some of his doubters in their place with his late heroics.

"I was sort of written off for a while and it's a pretty hard field to get back into when you've been booted out once so I couldn't be happier," the 29-year-old said.

"Today was obviously the first time I qualified in the top ten but also the first soft-tyre race I've had where we haven't had a problem.

"It was really good fun carving through today when you're going so much faster than everybody else. It's sort of like stealing candy from a baby."

Lowndes, who celebrated his 35th birthday with a podium finish, made a crucial error after a tyre change where he went spearing off the track at the first turn.

"A bit of a mistake unfortunately because where we were positioned was where we wanted to be," the Ford star said.

Championship leader Jamie Whincup had a rare off-day, finishing 10th, but surprisingly extended his lead when his main rival Will Davison was involved in late drama and had to settle for 18th position.

Davison's Holden Racing Team teammate Tander, who has moved to third on the championship ladder after this weekend's round, was left fuming at Kelly Racing's Dale Wood.

"We got stuffed up at the restart by Dale Wood and that hurt as Lowndes got past and ended up third," he said.

"Wood needs to go back to Formula Ford because he's seriously out of his depth. We've been talking for a while about putting the lapped cars to the back for the restarts, and maybe with 10 laps to go we do that so the real cars can go racing again."

German driver Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix

Rising German star Sebastian Vettel maintained his challenge in this year's drivers' world championship when he cruised to a comfortable victory in the British Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old tyro finished 15.188 secs ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber to prove that the much-improved Milton Keynes-based team have the potential to challenge in the second half of the season.

It was a repeat of their result in China in April.

Vettel started from the fourth pole of his career and was never challenged as he pulled clear from the start and delivered a perfectly-judged drive to secure the third win of his brief career - and his first in dry weather.

His two previous wins came in torrential rain in Italy last year and China earlier this season. This time he was able to reel off a series of fastest laps as he dominated proceedings under a partly-sunny sky.

Webber came home second ahead of Brazilians veteran Rubens Barrichello in a Brawn and his compatriot, Brazilian Felipe Massa of Ferrari.

German Nico Rosberg finished fifth for Williams ahead of world championship leader Jenson Button in his Brawn, Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and German Timo Glock for Toyota.

"Thank you guys," said Vettel to his team on the slowing down lap.

"It is a dream coming true! We have won the British Grand Prix."

Vettel's win cut Button's lead in the drivers championship - the Briton now has 64 points with Barrichello second on 41, Vettel 39 and Webber 35.5.

In the constructors' championship, Brawn lead with 105 ahead of Red Bull on 74.5.

After all the political chicanery for the previous three days, the race was a rather dull and predictable affair with a huge crowd, and a paddock packed with celebrities, treated to a demonstration drive by Vettel.

In what is widely expected to be Silverstone's final British Grand Prix, 60 years after hosting the first world championship race in 1950, there was precious little for the home fans to cheer.

Button started from sixth and struggled with his tyres as he battled to finish sixth while defending champion Lewis Hamilton gave everything in a spectacular and incident-filled outing, starting 18th and finishing 16th.

About the SuperGP

THE Gold Coast's annual motor racing carnival is an iconic event on the city calendar, attracting thousands of visitors vying for a piece of the action - on and off the track.

The withdrawal of the Indy Racing League series in 2008 has seen the event overhauled for 2009, with the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport signing up for five years.

The international motor racing series will co-headline the city's premier event with the Australian V8 Supercar Series under the new name of SuperGP. Support categories include the Aussie Racing cars and Formula Ford.

This year's SuperGP will be held from October 22-25 and will be one of the first rounds of the 2009/2010 A1GP world cup of motorsport and round 11 of the V8 Supercar championship series.

It will the 19th year of the motoring spectacular on the Gold Coast.

A1GP will be the first truly international category of open-wheel racing to head to the Gold Coast with nations pitted against each other. Racing identical single-seat cars, the deliberately equalised technology allows countries as diverse as the USA, Lebanon, France, China and South Africa to compete on a level playing field.

A1GP World Cup of Motorsport chairman Tony Teixeira said the Queensland Government and the event organisers had offered every courtesy in putting the deal together in a record short period of time.

``We wanted to go back to Australia and this is the ideal venue for our series,'' he said. ``I am aware we are being given a perfect opportunity to showcase our series to the Australian fans, who have been great supporters of both the series and their own team.''

V8 Supercars chairman Tony Cochrane has promised the V8s will put on a `must see' show in '09.

``Our new race format, featuring a 200km race on Saturday and Sunday with both tyre and fuel pit stops, will make for an absolute `must see' on the streets of Surfers Paradise," he said.

Each year organisers face a huge logistical challenge - to erect a 4.2km track through the streets of Surfers Paradise to provide the best scenic backdrop of almost any motor race in the world.

The city's party scene moves into overdrive during Indy, with most of the action centred around Surfers Paradise where restaurants, nightclubs, surf beach and high-rise accommodation overlooking the track make for an alluring mix.

Beds fill up quickly during this period, so it's wise to book ahead. Surfers Paradise is popular for those wanting to be close to the track, while neighbouring Main Beach and Broadbeach are also great options.

And if you can't get here then you can join the estimated half a billion television viewers that tune in to watch the motoring extravaganza, this year on the Seven Network.

Tickets will officially go on sale on March 23 through Ticketek on 1300 303 103 and through

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Juan Pablo Montoya Made Formula One Fun: What Now?

DOVER, DE - MAY 29: Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet sits in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Remember when the German and the Colombian got into each other? Remember the great exchanges in the news conferences? Oh, those were the days.

Well, let me be fair, there were some great moments in this week's practice.

It was great to see Lewis Hamilton's practice, it takes a hell of a driver to concentrate on practice, specially after playing tongue hockey with his girlfriend while strapped in his car. How sweet! If you don't know what "tongue hockey" is, look it up in the urban dictionary.

While Juan Pablo Montoya is coming into his own in NASCAR, F1 keeps on struggling with something called RACING.

For those of you who are F1 disciples (I like all series, including F1) you need to take a look at NASCAR for a couple of weeks, then tell me if it is not what a racing series should be about.

I understand the sophistication of the car is not at the same level of F1, but we all have to ask ourselves, should a series be about racing?

All I have seen in F1 is an endless parade of beautiful cars going on a Sunday drive.

F1 race cars are great subjects of conversation over good food and wine. I'm sure for the hardcore fans it is great to sit around and talk about the latest innovations.

I know that's part of F1, but what happened to racing, racing, or racing?

This afternoon, at 4:30 USA EST, I'll be watching one Juan Pablo Montoya with a great chance to win, or to get enough points to make it into, the elite 12 of NASCAR's championship chase.

Do yourselves a favor F1 fans, put away your pride for a few hours, and watch a great event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is a road course race.

You will not be disappointed...Go Juan...Go.

Hamilton's Silverstone nightmare

LEWIS Hamilton's torrid season continued as he finished third last at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone - the scene of one of his greatest triumphs just a year ago.

The Tewin Formula One star has struggled for pace all weekend, and he could do little to work his way up the grid in a below-par McLaren car.

The race was won in emphatic fashion by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who had already lapped Hamilton by the halfway stage.

"I just gave it my all, and was pushing, pushing, pushing all the time," said Hamilton.

"It wasn't a great day, I had no grip in the car, but I did absolutely everything I could."

Hamilton paid tribute to Silverstone fans.

"The crowd were great, it's been the biggest turnout ever here for an F1 race.
"Unfortunately I couldn't win for them, but I just kept driving trying to do my best.

"Hopefully I can come back next time and win. I'm always optimistic."

The 24-year-old spent much of the race in an exciting wheel-to-wheel tussle with first Robert Kubica (BMW), and then old arch rival Fernando Alonso (Renault) and his team-mate Nelson Piquet.

Hamilton had fought his way up to 14th from his starting place of 19th by the end of the second lap.

By the 10th lap he was on the tail of Kubica but couldn't find a way past. By the first round of pits stops, Hamilton wanted to go in early but was told on the radio to keep going.

At the halfway stage Hamilton was in a battle with Alonso and Piquet, giving the crowd something to cheer as he made a thrilling move to pass Piquet coimng out of the pits straight.

However, Hamilton lost all his impetus with 16 laps to go when, pursuing Piquet, he went into a big spin going wide into the grass coming out of Vale.

McLaren's miserable Grand Prix was compounded following a coming together between Hamilton's team-mate Heikki Kovalainen and the Torro Rosso of Sebastian Bourdais, which resulted in Kovalainen having to retire.

Championship leader Jenson Button was unable to make it a race to remember for home fans, as despite a late charge the Brawn driver finished in sixth place, his worst result of the season.
Red Bull's Mark Webber was second with Rubens Barrichello (Brawn) third.

Silverstone Surprise: Vettel, Not Button, Wins British GP Read more:

Buddy Shacklette - AHN Sports Reporter

Silverstone, England (AHN) - Surprise, surprise.

Sebastian Vettel, not Jenson Button, won Sunday's British Grand Prix race at Silverstone circuit.

Button, who has won every F1 race this season but two, finished a season-low sixth, while Vettel held off Red Bull teammate Mark Webber to score his second win of the season.

Vettel, who started from the pole Sunday and finished 15.1 seconds ahead of Webber, and Button - six wins this season -- are the only two drivers to have won on the F1 circuit this season.

The Red Bull teammates finished 1-2, just like in China earlier this year, while Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello ran third. Barrichello's teammate, Button, still leads the points standings by 23 points.

It was Button's first non-podium finish of the season and he now has 64 points to Barrichello's 41 and Vettel's 39 with nine races left this season.

Felipe Massa finished a season-best fourth, just ahead of Nico Rosberg, while defending series champion and British hero Lewis Hamilton ran a disappointing 16th.

Montreal mayor says F1 race could return to Montreal by 2010

Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay confirmed Friday that talks are underway to bring the Grand Prix back to Montreal.

Tremblay said Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is the one who suggested a possible return of the Canadian Grand Prix to Montreal as soon as 2010.

Over the last several months, municipal, provincial and federal government officials have travelled to London to persuade Ecclestone to reinstate the race, but he refused.

Since then, Tremblay said the tables have turned because of the economy and ongoing troubles in Formula One circles.

"Essentially, I think that Bernie Ecclestone and his shareholders want the Formula One to come back to Montreal. This is what has changed," Tremblay said.

He also suggested Ecclestone wants to come back because drivers and teams are pressuring him to hold a race in North America to raise the profile of the troubled racing industry.

Tremblay insisted he’s being prudent about the talks, keeping an eye on the growing rift between Formula One's governing body and the Formula One Teams’ Association.

Tremblay added it's important for him that the eight teams threatening to pull out of F1 to form their own group remain part of any future Montreal race.

He said contracts would have to be signed to ensure the race stays in Montreal for several years.

Students gear up for 'model F1 race' in UK

SIX students are gearing up to represent Bahrain at an alternative Formula One event in the UK later this year.

The St Christopher's Senior School students will compete at the 'World Championships of the F1 in Schools' competition in September.

Team Epic was crowned Bahrain National Champions yesterday during a ceremony at the school's premises in Isa Town.

It followed a day of fierce competition at the school, which was the only one in Bahrain to take part in the event.

Thirty students from seven teams entered the contest, in which they built miniature racing cars using super-light balsa wood.

The cars are only slightly larger than the palm of a hand, but still pack a punch -- being propelled down a track at speeds of up to 60kmph using a CO2 canister.

Students used technology similar to that on actual Formula One cars, including computer numerical control and 3D computer-aided design software to perfect the performance of their vehicles while fulfilling specific criteria.
However, Team Epic now has to find funding to help them pay for their travels to the UK for the World Championships.

"Because there are no other entries from Bahrain, this will make the winner the Bahrain National Champion," school design and technology head Simon Jones told the GDN.

"We're certain that the opportunity is there -- Gulf Air has sponsored our flights, which means a large part of cost has been covered already." Joining Mr Jones on the judging panel was school governor David Axtell and Bahrain International Circuit operations director Mark Hughes.

Team Epic consists of manager Liam Appleton, design engineers Aizat Sultan and Rhea Lobo, manufacturing engineer Matt Anthony, graphic designer Jean-Clive Bailey and resource manager Karishma Joseph.

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British Grand Prix Preview

Round eight of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship takes the Formula One circus to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix – possibly for the last time as Donington Park gears up to host the event from 2010.

The 5.141km (3.194-mile) circuit is one of the fastest and most famous tracks on the F1 calendar, making it popular with drivers, engineers and spectators.

Silverstone was the scene of the first F1 World Championship Grand Prix in May 1950, although the circuit staged its first non-championship race two years earlier and will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year. Formerly a World War II airfield, the track initially used the airfield’s perimeter road before undergoing various facelifts. The layout that is used today has been in place since June 1994, when the Abbey Chicane was modified following the events of Imola the previous month.


Vital Statistics

  • Date: 21/06/09
  • Circuit Length: 5.141km
  • Race Distance: 308.355km (60 laps)
  • Winner 2008: Lewis Hamilton – McLaren

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LEWIS HAMILTON: “The two greatest things about racing at Silverstone are the fans and the track itself. It’s great to see and meet people from all across the country and the world who have made the journey to Silverstone for the Santander British Grand Prix. When I’m in the car, I can actually see the fans around the circuit waving banners and cheering. It’s as if they were racing every lap with me – incredible!

“Driving the track is incredible too. I love Silverstone – it’s an amazing place to drive. Copse, Becketts and Bridge are all absolutely fantastic, flat-out corners that really show you the power and grip of a Formula 1 car. It’s a perfect place for the race, so let’s hope it’s not the last time we race at this track.”


HEIKKI KOVALAINEN: “Silverstone: what a fantastic circuit! I got my first Formula 1 pole position here last year and I remember how great the car was to drive on the limit. I love fast corners – it’s when a Formula 1 car really feels at its best and your whole body is just on the limit.

“While we know our car won’t be at its best through the fast corners, the challenge as a racing driver is to push to the limit so I’m just going to try my hardest. After a couple of disappointing races, it would be fantastic to get back into the points in one of the team’s home races.”


Generally, Silverstone is a very fast track. The fast, sweeping bends at the start of the lap require a lot of confidence from the drivers, so they tend to set-up their cars for Copse, Becketts and Stowe while doing the best they can through the slow complex of corners at the end of the lap.

As at any track, there is more lap time to be lost and found through the slow corners, particularly at Club, the Abbey chicane and the final complex, where traction is all-important. As a result of the slow-speed grip needed through these slower sections, the cars run slightly more downforce than at Magny Cours, the last race on the calendar, and that places an emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency.


There are several sections of the track where the absence of traction control this year will frustrate the drivers, particularly at the exit of Club where the cars accelerate from second gear through to fifth while under severe lateral load. This makes it one of the key corners, as are the two left-handers – Priory and Brooklands – entering the final complex.

The asphalt is quite smooth, except for a couple of bumpy sections midway through the lap. Notably, the braking point for Vale is very bumpy so a few cars may be swapping ends early in the weekend as drivers work out their braking points.

Full throttle: 62%
Brake wear: Light
Downforce level: High – 8/10
Tyre compounds: Medium / Hard
Tyre usage: Medium
Average speed: 230kph (143mph)


BMW on Silverstone:
Technical Insight – Willy Rampf
“If you want to be quick at Silverstone you have to be driving a car with extremely good aerodynamic balance. The track is characterised by its many medium and fast corners, and it is important for the drivers to carry as much speed out of them as possible. Maggots-Becketts-Chapel is one of the finest combinations on the F1 calendar. The track surface is pretty rough, which means that tyres come in for a good deal of punishment. We tend to opt for the harder tyre compounds here for that reason.”


Robert Kubica “Silverstone has a lot of tradition and the circuit is excellent. Good downforce is important, especially in the fast first sector. Later on in the lap you get a few slow corners. The circuit is a good mixture from a driver’s point of view and asks a variety of different questions. The wind conditions are always a big factor here and can have quite a significant impact on the car in the first sector. The British weather is unpredictable.”

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Theme Park

Opening in 2010, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is set to be the world’s largest indoor theme park, sitting under a roof designed in the style of a classic double-curve body shell of a Ferrari. There is energy, excitement and passion for the entire family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. With over 20 rides and attractions, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Ferrari World is more than a theme park – it is the total Ferrari experience.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is located on Yas Island, a 2,500 hectare island dedicated to leisure, entertainment and lifestyle

Future still uncertain for F1 teams after latest breakdown in talks

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Talks between the FIA and FOTA have again broken down. Photograph: Crispin Thruston/Action Images

The latest breakdown in talks between the FIA and Fota has raised fresh doubts over the future of a number of the current teams.

Motor sport's world governing body has issued another damning statement against the Formula One Teams' Association after a meeting yesterday between the relevant financial groups resulted in deadlock.

The statement read: "As agreed at the meeting of 11 June [between FIA president Max Mosley and Fota], FIA financial experts met yesterday with financial experts from Fota. Unfortunately, the Fota representatives announced that they had no mandate to discuss the FIA's 2010 financial regulations. Indeed, they were not prepared to discuss regulation at all.

"As a result, the meeting could not achieve its purpose of comparing the FIA's rules with the Fota proposals with a view to finding a common position.

"In default of a proper dialogue, the Fota financial proposals were discussed, but it became clear that these would not be capable of limiting the expenditure of a team which had the resources to outspend its competitors.

"Another financial arms race would then be inevitable. The FIA financial regulations therefore remain as published."

Five teams – McLaren, Renault, Toyota, BMW Sauber and Brawn GP – have until Friday to unconditionally sign up to the FIA's voluntary £40m budget cap due to come into force from 2010.

A further three teams – Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso – were, against their wishes, entered unconditionally by the FIA on Friday, since when the trio have insisted they remain committed to Fota.

If Fota and the FIA are unable to reach any agreement over the next few days, the latter has confirmed more new entrants will be named to make up the 13-team, 26-car grid for next season.

Breakthrough in sight as formula one teams propose budget cap compromise • Independent accountants would monitor budget cap • Teams seeking 'urgent co

Jenson Button

Jenson Button on his way to winning the Turkish grand prix. A breakthrough over next season's formula one rules could be close. Photograph: Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images

Formula one teams have put forward a proposal for a body of independent accountants to monitor any budget cap in a final attempt to break a deadlock with the FIA over next year's rules and prevent a damaging split.

Fota, in its letter, put forward the proposal for the independent team to police what it called a "resource restriction", saying if it was implemented "a solution might be possible".

"We would propose we nominate a top firm of independent accountants who will devise an audit methodology that will be implemented by all of the teams," said the letter. "This methodology and the annual results would be disclosed to the FIA ... we can see no reason why such a system based on objective verification of compliance would not be acceptable to all parties."

The letter, addressed to the FIA president Max Mosley and formula one's commercial head Bernie Ecclestone, referred to seeking "compromise" and "an urgent conclusion to the protracted debate".

A source at one of the teams indicated that the letter represented a last attempt at compromise with the FIA's reaction of critical importance. Five of the Fota member teams must make their 2010 championship entries by Friday.

The FIA said on Tuesday that talks with the eight teams within Fota had broken down and the 2010 rules, that include a controversial budget cap, would remain as published.

Brawn Preview British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Jenson Button at speed

Jenson Button at speed

19-21 JUNE
The British Grand Prix, Round eight of the 2009 FIA Formula One World
Championship, and Brawn GP's home race, takes place this weekend at the
Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, just eight miles from the
team's factory in Brackley and 20 miles from Mercedes-Benz High
Performance Engines in Brixworth.

Silverstone is one of the fastest race tracks on the current Formula One
calendar and a firm favourite with many of the drivers. Formerly a World
War II airfield, the circuit staged its first non-championship race in
1948 before hosting the first Formula One World Championship Grand Prix
in May 1950.

Renowned for its fast, sweeping bends in the first half of the lap
through Copse, Becketts and Stowe, followed by the slower corners of
Club, Abbey and the final Priory and Luffield complex, the 5.141km track
requires high downforce and an emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency.

Brawn GP's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello are both big fans of
Silverstone, having raced at the circuit throughout their careers since
the junior formulae. Both drivers have enjoyed points finishes at the
track with Rubens taking a memorable win in 2003 and an assured third
place in the rain-affected 2008 race.


Q. What are your thoughts going into Brawn GP's home race at Silverstone
this weekend?

"Looking back to the last race in Turkey, I was extremely pleased with
the performance of the team at Istanbul Park and the way in which we
were able to maintain our competitive position. We worked very hard
ahead of the race to identify any potential areas of weaknesses versus
our competitors and the improvements that we saw over the weekend proved
that the team is able to respond quickly and take the necessary steps
forward. We have been quietly making progress over the past few weeks
and have a series of upgrades to come, including new rear and front
wings for the race this weekend.

"The British Grand Prix at Silverstone will be a particularly special
weekend for our team this year. Our base in Brackley is just eight miles
from the circuit and we are very proud, as a British team, to be going
into our home race leading the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships.
I have been fortunate enough to have been on the winning team at
Silverstone in the past and it is an extremely special feeling that I
would love to share with this team. We are holding a family day at our
factory on Sunday for everyone who is not working at the track and it
would be fantastic to head back there in the evening with a great result
to celebrate what should be a very memorable weekend. Whilst it is very
sad that this may be the last race at Silverstone as it is such a
wonderful race track, the most important thing is that we retain the
British Grand Prix for the future."

Q. What does the British Grand Prix and racing at Silverstone mean to

"The British Grand Prix is always an amazing weekend and I can't wait to
race at Silverstone in front of our home fans on Sunday. To be leading
the Championship going into my home Grand Prix is something that I've
never experienced before and it puts a smile on my face every time I
think about it. I've raced at Silverstone from some fairly tough
positions in the past but the fans have always been so supportive and
I'd love to give them a performance that they can really enjoy this
weekend. We took a good step forward with the balance of our car in
Turkey but know that our closest competitors are going to be good in the
high-speed corners so it will be an interesting weekend. If we come away
with a good result, I'll be so happy on Sunday!

"The layout of Silverstone makes it one of the classic racing circuits
and along with Suzuka and Spa, it has to be one of the best tracks out
there. Every driver who races here loves the place as it's so fast and
you can really push the car to its limits. It's a great circuit for the
fans as you can see just how amazing the cars are from the speed, the
change of the direction and the braking. I particularly love the section
of the track around Becketts which is one of the best complexes in
Formula One and a great place to watch the race. I have so many memories
of Silverstone going right back to Mansell's win in 1987 and my first
Formula One race there in 2000 when David Coulthard won and I finished
fifth. It's strange to think that this might be our last race at
Silverstone and I can't imagine not having a British Grand Prix so we'll
be going all out to put on a fantastic show."


Q. You've raced at Silverstone for most of your motorsport career so it
must be a favourite track of yours?
"Silverstone is one of my all-time favourite circuits and I absolutely
love racing there. The track is fantastic as it is one of the few
remaining on the calendar that are high-speed, fast-flowing and really
allow you to let the car go through the quick corners. It is also a very
safe track and that's important from a driver's perspective. Becketts is
probably the most impressive corner with a 290kph bend which leads into
a challenging complex. Overtaking can be pretty spectacular if you get
it right in one of the high-speed sections although the best
opportunities are probably the slower corners at Vale and Abbey.

"I have some amazing memories from Silverstone over the years and it
feels really sad that this might be the last time that we race there. I
spent so much time testing and racing at the circuit when I was younger
that it almost feels like a home track and the crowds are always
supportive, even if you aren't British! My win here in 2003 was really
special and it's fantastic to be returning this year with a car that has
the potential to compete for the victory. There's a lot of expectation
going into the weekend as our team's home Grand Prix but we will remain
calm and just focus on doing the best job that we possibly can."

Silverstone Stats

Circuit Length: 5.141km
Race Distance: 308.355km
Number of Laps: 60

Full Throttle: 65%
Brake Wear: Light
Tyre Compounds: Soft / Hard
Downforce Level: High 8/10
Tyre Usage: Medium
Average Speed: 230kph (143mph)

Race Weekend Schedule (all times are local)

Friday 19 June
Practice 1: 1000 - 1130
Practice 2: 1400 - 1530

Saturday 20 June
Practice 3: 1000 - 1100
Qualifying: 1300 - 1400

Sunday 21 June
Race: 1300

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