Mark Webber crash at European GP

Mark Webber crashed his Red Bull RB6 at the back of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus and landed upside down. Webber felt Kovalainen’s defence of his position was pointless against a car that was so much faster.

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“I’m happy. I was just having a shower and thinking, ‘Mate, you’re lucky to be in one piece.’ “It was a nasty incident. I was surprised by what happened. I’m a little bit tender here and there but the car did a great job.” said Webber

New teams are too slow with respect to established powerhouses like Red Bull, Mclaren, Ferrari and Renault. Teams have been critical of their slow paces with Ferrari most vocal of the lot.

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FIA scraps pit lane rule during safety car period

Yes! Finally something sensible came out of FIA camp. One of the rules which ruined racing results in a turn of a lap for last 2 years is gone! Now, the pits will be kept open for drivers to enter with a software regulating drivers’ speeds.

Several drivers found themselves effected by the rules since its inception in 2007.

* Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg, Montreal, 2007

* Heikki Kovalainen, Melbourne, 2008

* Nick Heidfeld, Catalunya, 2008

* Robert Kubica, Singapore, 2008

Now, even F1 race director Charlie Whiting agrees that the rule was bad.

“When we deploy the safety car, the message will go to all the cars, which will then have a ‘safety car’ mode on their ECUs (electronic control units).

“As soon as that message gets to the car, it will know where it is on the circuit, and it will calculate a minimum time for the driver to get back to the pits.” he said

Although its a great move for 2009 but with refuelling banned in 2010, its almost a case of too little, too late!

New McLaren MP4-24

mclaren2009launch-rgMcLaren released their contender for 2009 yesterday at its headquarters in Woking, England. The car bear little resemblance to the car with which Lewis Hamilton won his first WDC due to new rules introduced by FIA. The team has already completed two MP4-24 chassis and begins publicly testing at the Autodromo do Algarve circuit in Portugal on Monday. Test driver Pedro de la Rosa will conduct the first two days before Lewis (Wednesday) and Heikki (Thursday) each spend a day behind the wheel.

“And while the scale of the technical changes makes it difficult to accurately assess the true competitive outlook of the year ahead, as a team we can feel proud of our efforts and look forward to another close season of Formula 1 motor racing” – Ron Dennis

McLaren have already been preceded by Ferrari and Toyota in the car launch and we now have 3 contenders released for 2009 Formula 1 Season. Shapes are very different for all these cars which we expect after a new set of regulations introduced to reduce cost and improve overtaking. Renault and BMW will be launching their contenders on Monday.

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New Team principal of McLaren will be Martin Whitmarsh after Ron Dennis paved the way. Ron was widely criticized after Stepneygate and was under pressure to leave his role as Team principal last year. But he stuck on and masterminded first WDC for Lewis Hamilton.

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