3 key moments of 2010 season

Red Bulls cars crash in Turkey – In a very bizarre incident the two Red Bulls cars crashed during Turkish GP. Vettel went to overtake as he believed that he was faster of the two cars. But the end effect didn’t suit any of the Red Bull teammate.

Ferrari team orders at German GP – Massa pulled over towards the end of the race to let Alonso past. However the stewards imposed a fine of  $100,000 on the Ferrari team.

Red Bulls’ reliability – Vettel could have wrapped up the WDC a few races ago had he had greater reliability. The car picked up 14 poles and 8 wins in the season but still suffered with reliability issues.

 

Ferrari launches 2010 F1 car

Ferrari unveiled F10, their 2010 title challenger, today at Maranello.

The major points made by Luca di Montezemolo are:

  • F1 should be a test base for state-of-the-art technology, where  innovations are developed to go into cars
  • F1 needs credibility between executives and judicial forces
  • Schumacher wouldn’t be with Mercedes if Ferrari was allowed 3rd car
  • A possibility for Valentino Rossi exists if he wishes to race in F1

Chief designer Nikolas Tombazis added that F10 is totally revised compared to the previous one, F60

Team’s engine chief Luca Marmorini is confident that team has made progress on both fuel consumption and engine reliability issues for new season by effectively using its partnership with Shell

A record three million people logged on to watch the Ferrari launch!!

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Ferrari stuck in gravel trap

Fernando Alonso has got in a Ferrari California alonside his teammate Felipe Massa and they’ve done a lap in front of nearly 17k crowd in the Valencia. As they moved closer to the crowd the car stuck in a gravel trap.

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2009 F1 Season Review Montages

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Looking back: Some classic Brazilian GPs

In this blog I will only concentrate on races after 2000 as most of them were action packed.

2001

Rainmaster Schumacher is beaten in the rain. Schumacher was overtaken twice in the races by Montoya and Coulthard and both taking place at the “Senna S” corner of the track.

2003

A controversial race decided by a court case. Fernando Alonso failed to slow for the waved yellow flags, and hit Webber’s tyres at full speed on the 55th lap. Race was subsequently red flagged,ending the race immediately for safety concerns. Now, the confusion begins….

2006

This race was first of the three continuous seasons when the drivers championship was decided here. Fernando Alonso won the WDC.  Michael Schumacher finished fourth in his last race despite starting the race in 10th position and having a punctured tyre during the race. This was one of his best drives.

2007

Lewis Hamilton was slowed by a gearbox problem early in the race and could only finish seventh. In the process he lost a seven point lead over Raikkonen and losing the championship to him.

2008

Light rain began to fall on lap 63. Massa pitted on lap 67, meaning that all of the frontrunners, with the exception of Glock, were now on intermediate tyres. The rain began to fall heavily on lap 69, as Hamilton ran wide, which allowed Vettel to take fifth position. As Massa crossed the finish line to win the race; confusion reigned as TV showed Ferrari garage celebrating but it was found out soon that Hamilton finished the race in fifth position, clinching the WDC. Vettel and Hamilton passed Glock in the final corners as his dry-weather tyres slid on the wet track.

Driver situation at Ferrari

The announcement of deal by Spanish bank Santander to become a major sponsor at Ferrari for the next five years has led to a widespread speculation that Fernando Alonso will switch to Ferrari in near future. Although Ferrari are contracted with Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen for 2010, they are believed to be in contact with representatives of Finn to pay Kimi off for next year and release him. More on the reasons why Ferrari would like to release Kimi can be read here.

Monza is the place where Ferrari traditionally announce any major news regarding them. Massa is cleared by doctors to race in 2010 and with new signing Fisichella filling Massa’s shoes for time being, Ferrari have no dearth of drivers. Also, present is most succesful driver of all-time, Schumacher.

“We have two drivers, now three [with Giancarlo Fisichella], plus also we are close to having Michael [Schumacher], so we have a lot of drivers – this is not a problem for us now,” said di Montezemolo.

“I want to say it again, that the drivers are chosen by Ferrari and not by the sponsors.”

Most interesting thing about that quote is that it sounds like Luca still reckons they might get Michael back in a car.
Meanwhile, Raikkonen denied his win in Belgium had given Ferrari reasons to retain him next year, as he made it clear he is not going anywhere despite speculation about his future.

“I think they know what I can do from what I’ve done. The results sometimes don’t give you a true picture. I always say I’m not worried about my future. I have a contract, and it’s not going to change whether I’m last or first.

“Of course I want to win, it’s good for me and for the team, but for the future it makes no difference.

“I wouldn’t have a contract if I didn’t want to drive.”

Humour: The return of Schumacher

Massa is offering Kimi’s seat to Michael telling it’s free since Kimi is absent taking part in the WRC-rally in Finland

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Source: Fiszman

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