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2005 Formula 1 World Champion [02 Oct 2005|01:23pm]

[ mood | working ]

Thought this picture was pretty cool.

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[25 Sep 2005|11:28pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Alonso is the Champion! Well, congratulations!

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RIP Minardi [15 Sep 2005|03:44pm]

With the sad demise of the always popular (Ferrari management excluded) Minardi Formula One team it was inevitable there would be a lot of press about it in the motorsport press. This weeks Autosport has a picture of this years Minardi and headline reads "Minardi’s Red Bull future". I’m struggling to remember when the team was given coverage like that.

The only possibility I can come up with was when when Paul Stoddart brought the team????
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Renault in Moscow [29 Aug 2005|03:50am]

Hey! Alonso and Fisichella have visited Moscow this weekend. Lot's of Russian fans came to see them. Here are some pics =)
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[30 Jul 2005|10:24pm]

At about this time last year, Jenson Button wanted to move away from BAR to Williams. At the time Honda were not committed to BAR while Williams still had a long future with BMW. He stated at the time that Williams was his best hope of winning the world championship and that his contract was void after Honda missed a deadline to agree terms and what not with BAR. The whole thing went to the contract recognition board, who found in BAR’s favor.

However, not long afterwards, Button signed an agreement with Williams saying that if he fails to score 75% of the championship leaders point by the German Grand Prix, he would drive for Williams in 2006. Given the problems with the Honda engine and the BAR’s fuel tank, the deadline came and went and it seems that Sir Frank’s option on Button is active. I.e. Williams has a valid contract with Button for at least 2006. However, a lot changes in a year. Honda now own a big chunk of BAR while Williams will be using a Cosworth V8 for 2006 before hopefully getting Toyota engines for 2007.

So Jenson is now saying that he wants to stay with BAR and not move to Williams.
Sir Frank sees it a very different way. So different in fact, even the lure of Honda engines for next year wont deter him from getting Jenson into one of his cars again.

I don’t think Jenson has done himself any good by pleading with Sir Frank to let him stay at BAR via the press. I’m afraid it makes him look unprofessional to now be saying “But things are different, so I’ve changed my mind”. As hard as it may be for him, and I’m not doubting it is hard, he made an agreement, a legally binding one at that. To try and slither his way out of it could cause a lot of friction between Jenson and Sir Frank and maybe the Williams team as a whole. That’s something he will defiantly not want.
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Mosley [07 Jul 2005|08:44am]

[ mood | shocked ]

F1 is said to be on the verge of collapse if Mosley doesn't quit apparently. 8 teams are ready to form a break away series as early as January.

What are you're thoughts on this?

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[19 Jun 2005|07:42pm]

this F1 usa track is pathetic!
6 cars
3 teams
its unsportsman like and its shocking that the FIA are so far up their own that theyve managed to meet up with bernie in there!!

if i had a ticket, i would absolutely fuming!!
cant be arsed to even pay attention to this!
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Результаты Гран-При Малайзии [20 Mar 2005|03:05pm]
Подробный отчет о сегодняшней гонке
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Новости Формулы-1 [19 Mar 2005|08:46pm]
Дорогие друзья!
Сегодня на Транспортном сервере Москвы обнаружил новости Формулы-1 (http://www.mosgortrans.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=2429). Выглядит очень интересно, советую почитать.
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Schumacher forced to apologize to Heidfeld [19 Mar 2005|08:54pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Haha! How the mighty have fallen. It's about time someone put Schumacher in his place. In this case, all 19 other drivers, including his teammate Barichello.

I have posted the full text of the story below, as it wouldn't link directly from the formula1.com website.


Schumacher forced to apologise Over Australian GP crash

World champion Michael Schumacher was forced to apologise on Friday for crashing into Nick Heidfeld at the first race of the season in Australia.

Schumacher was subjected to a 30-minute barrage of scrutiny as the 18 other drivers on the grid aired their views over who was to blame for the crash between the two Germans in the Australian Grand Prix. And insiders revealed the seven-time World Champion lost out 19:1 in an unprecedented driver vote with even his Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello siding against him in the poll.

The source, who asked not to be named, confirmed: "The drivers discussed the accident between Michael Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld for about 30 minutes and it was decided Schumacher was in the wrong. They voted 19:1 that Schumacher should apologise to Heidfeld. He accepted the decision, stood up and verbally apologised in front of everyone in the room."

Schumacher refused to accept the blame after the incident in Melbourne, in which he came out of the pits and forced Heidfeld onto the grass heading into turn three. The pair collided and Heidfeld's race was ended immediately. Schumacher was pushed out of the gravel trap and returned to the pits but was also forced to retire from the race.

Schumacher reacted sternly to reporters when questioned over the crash and said: "I have seen Nick and it is all over. Now is the time to throw this topic away, it's finished."

Schumacher absolved himself of blame after the incident but Heidfeld was not so sure and admitted he was disappointed that he was forced out of the race by the world champion. But he is now ready to forget the incident.

"It was not the position we would have wanted to be in," Heidfeld told reporters at Sepang. "The team would have wanted both cars to finish the race in Melbourne. It (the crash) is all over now. I don't need to think about it anymore, it's not important anymore. I just want to concentrate on doing well for the team in Sepang and I am looking forward to the race."

Source AFP

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[06 Mar 2005|02:38pm]

[ mood | excited ]

I thought the race was awesome! It was my first experience with F1. My good friend invited me to the Spanish Grand Prix so I set out to make it happen. H have 2 tickets in the main grandstand, a hotel room, and a rental car lined up for the weekend of May 8th!

But, I am most familiar with NASCAR - mainly because no one airs Formula 1 racing here! I had to subscribe to the SPEED channel just so I could watch a race. I do not want go to Barcelona uneducated. I know there will still be much to learn, but I at least wanted to be familiar with the teams, drivers, rules, and so on.

It seemed to me that the changes in the rules were made to slow down the race. I'm sure it had tyre manufacturers scrambling to create new compounds to meet race requirements. I was glad to hear that the crews were able to lobby the F1 committee to allow 1 tyre change without penalty. - or was it to change 1 tyre without penalty? I know most race tyres are ok, but now and then you get one with a serious defect to the detriment of the driver and those in the way. The other rule about fuel consumption will made the teams driver smarter. It's not just who can get to the finish line first, it's who can finish the race on the alloted fuel ration with one set of tyres. This then turns from not so much skill, as skill based on strategy.

Congrat's to the Italian driver who drove one hell of a race! I look forward to Malaysia in 2 weeks! (I get it at 1:30AM!)

Are there any F1 ICONS? Thanks!

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New Season [06 Mar 2005|04:05am]

[ mood | disappointed ]

I just don't get all these new rules. The race is just boring. Can't believe they keep messing around with the rules, just to stop Michael Schumacher winning.

How dull are pit stops now?

Edit: Congratulations to Giancarlo Fisichella. Nice to see him win again!

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3 Years old [19 Feb 2005|03:17pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Woo hoo this community is 3 years old today.

Thats all for now, lol.

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2005 Australian Grand Prix! [08 Feb 2005|01:09pm]

I joined this community recently, and haven't posted yet nor heard much from any of you guys out there... but that's probably because it's the off-season!

I suddenly realised today that the Melbourne GP is right around 1 month away, and so I'm starting to get excited because, living in Sydney, we go to it every year (it's really the only practical one for us, living so far away, although we have made it to Malaysia and Monza in the past... and SOMEDAY... Monaco!)

We usually get a corporate box for our very small family company, which is right at the end of the first bend after the starting grid, which includes breakfast, lunch, drinks (incl. wine/beer), and prime covered seats for all 4 days.

But since we decided to use a bit of money going to Japan over the holidays, we decided to spend our F1 money on that this year, and are instead flying super-econo down there, staying in a 3 star hotel, and just getting regular grandstand tickets for Sunday (and Thursday is free this year, so might just skip Fri/Sat and do something else in Melbourne instead).

Problem is, time is getting away from us, and we need to get some grandstand tickets before it gets any later!

Anyone out there know of anyplace other than eBay that might have good, last-minute seats?!

And yes... I will take photos and send a full report. We always have a laptop with us!
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[31 Jan 2005|02:17am]

there is a quote from juan pablo montoya talking about the philsophy of having a bad day something about expecting a bad day, then you dont feel like shit , but if you dont expect a bad day then you feel like shit, anybody know the exact quote of that?
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Speed Channel and F1 [15 Jan 2005|10:32pm]

[ mood | pissed off ]

Sorry for the cross posting but i'm pissed off

Speed Channel is going to only play 15 of the races LIVE (live is the key here). I enjoy waking up early or staying up late to watch my McLaren team race LIVE. I feel cheated if i watch a race that is taped delayed.

here is the news post:

Comment away

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What does this mean for 2005? [03 Jan 2005|01:59pm]

[ mood | baffled ]

Reading this article stating that up to 1/3 of F1 drivers use cocaine for GPs that with the slower speeds expected and anticipated for the 2005 season, they will be resorting to pot?

(Cross-posted to f1)

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[29 Aug 2004|03:05pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Possibly one of the most unfortunate questions I've heard in F1:

"At one point it looked like Felippe Massa was right up inside you." 
Made in the press conference to Raikonnen... paraphrased as I can't remember the exact words.

Well.. it made me laugh.

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Tape Request [25 Jul 2004|11:49am]


I usually watch every qualif and races of the F1 season. Unfortunately, yesterday, I wasn't able to be home at that time. Thus, I programmed the VCR so I could still watch it. The problem is, when I meant to watch the tape this morning, all it had taped was a "grey storm".

Now, I watched the race, but I still wish to watch the qualifications. I want to know how and what might have happened.

Thus, I would like to know if anyone taped/recorded the German Grand Prix qualifications of 24th of July 2004?

I am clueless as to what might have happened, cuz I tested everything back today morning and it was fine..

I would of course pay for the tape and the shipping.

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Finally!! [21 Mar 2004|08:51pm]

[ mood | happy ]

For once Button is lost for words
When he promised his fans victories in 2004 the cynics laughed, asking how could Jenson Button win a race when he hadn't even made it to the podium. The Brit, though, took that step towards glory at Sepang when he finally made it into the top three with a brilliant drive.


The BAR driver claimed third place at the Malaysian GP to break his five-year deadlock. His podium visit also gave his fans and his father, who was at the racetrack, something to cheer and something to brag about. Although for Button it took away his ability - for once - to speak.

"There are no words to describe the feeling of your first podium and this one has been a long time coming," said Button. "It's a fantastic result for the team in only our second race of the season and I'm delighted for everyone - the team, Honda and all our partners - because they have worked so hard for this."

"It was a tough race but so enjoyable because we were very competitive. Everyone has done a great job over the winter and made such a good step forward. This really is a sign that BAR has some very exciting times ahead."

His team-mate Takuma Sato also gave Button's fans something to remember and it too was a heart-stopping moment. Lying in eighth place the Japanese driver suffered an engine failure just three laps from the end of the race and for a moment it appeared as if it was Button stranded on the side of the track. But it wasn't.

"Obviously it was extremely disappointing that we weren't able to finish the race with only three laps to go. The car was very strong and we had good race pace," he said. "I'm very happy for the team and we have shown today that there are some very exciting race performances to come from all of us."

Team boss Dave Richards is another who is very happy for his team and his young star. "Jenson and the team have worked very hard for this result, and to get his first podium in a straight fight with the best in F1 is real proof of how far we have come," he said.

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