Category Archives: Formula 1
We all at courierfrog are all in agreement that this would be an amazing purchase for one lucky person. The legend Ayrton Senna’s 1st F1 car, the Toleman TG184-2. Although as much as we’d like to take it round a track we’d hate to imagine having an accident in her! To whoever buys her we wish you all the luck in the world.
F1 corner: Button wins Hungarian GP,Minor mistakes cost Hamilton and Alonso squeezes in for a podium finishAugust 1st, 2011 by Chris
Only half of next season’s formula one races will be shown on free-to-air television in Britain.
It emerged on Friday morning that subscription channel Sky Sports has won joint rights with the BBC to televise grands prix between 2012 and 2018.
All sessions will be shown live on Sky, while the BBC will only have live qualifying and race coverage of ten “key races” including Silverstone, Monaco and the season finale.
The BBC’s sports director Barbara Slater billed the news as good for British fans, despite their unprecedented loss of free-to-air coverage.
“With this new deal not only have we delivered significant savings but we have also ensured that through our live and extended highlights coverage all the action continues to be available to licence fee payers,” she said.
I think she can butter it up as much as she wants, the fact of the matter of is the majority of motor sports fans will now be missing out.
Lewis Hamilton’s tense but emphatic win at the Nürburgring on Sunday could not have come at a better time for the driver or his team. His aggressive driving style has been criticised and McLaren’s management questioned in recent weeks but an authoritative drive and perfect stops yielded a rightly acclaimed victory.
Ross Brawn has revealed that Mercedes will consider its driver lineup for 2012 “later in the season”.
Michael Schumacher is under contract to stay alongside Nico Rosberg next year, but there has been speculation that the seven time world champion might call time on his mixed return to formula one at the end of 2011.
“He has a three year contract with Mercedes, and we are very happy with him,” team boss Brawn told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“But if he feels that he doesn’t want to do it any more, then we need to talk about it. You can’t force somebody to do something.
“But we believe in him; he’s an important part of our team,” added the Briton.
Asked directly if Mercedes still wanted to work with Schumacher in 2012, Brawn insisted: “Yes, of course. We will get together later in the season.”
He said Rosberg is “definitely” the best teammate Schumacher has ever had.
“Sometimes it’s like the young Michael Schumacher is standing before me,” said Brawn. “He goes about his job with an incredible intensity, he has no emotional weaknesses and is incredibly talented.
“Perhaps the situation would be a little easier for Michael if he had a teammate who was not so incredibly strong. But both can learn many things from each other, and everyone is up to the challenge.”
The 2011 British Grand Prix turned out to be an eventful weekend, with majority of talk surrounding rule changes over the use of exhaust gases to increase downforce. This was in Ferrari’s favour as it saw Fernando Alonso’s take the top podium spot with an obvious grip advantage.
World championship leader Vettel had to settle for second place, despite having held the lead for most of the race. With his tyres wearing rapidly, he finished only just ahead of his team-mate. Webber had just snatched third place from Lewis Hamilton a few laps before the end when the McLaren driver was in fuel-conserving mode.
It looked as if Webber was also sizing up Vettel for a pass on the last two laps, but he was then told by boss Christian Horner on the radio to: “Maintain your position.” much to the frustration of Webber.
Webber commented after the race saying: “I tried to do my best with the amount of conversation I had with the four or five messages of the team.”
Asked if he felt like repeating his ‘number two driver’ quip after crossing the line in third place, he added: “Not really, I wanted to race to the end.
“Of course they [Vettel's side of the garage] want the points, but I also need to try to get some points as well.”
Horner responded to the BBC:
“I can understand Mark’s frustrations, but we cannot give away a load of points. He should be fine with that, he is a team player.”
Understandably annoying for Webber, Personally i can not see what proffesional racing driver would want to do anything but win, but at the same time you have to do what is best for your team, a real catch 22 for Mark.
Jenson Button lost all hope of achieving a long awaited home podium when he had to park his car on the exit to the pit lane after his McLaren team failed to secure the securing nut on the right front wheel after a tyre stop, and without scoring any points, is now on 109 points in the championship, matching his team mate Hamilton.
It was a frustrating day for McLaren with an obvious lack of downforce due to the exhaust ban. The ban through much discussion has now been scrapped.
The deal means the technology that governing body the FIA is trying to ban – so-called off-throttle blowing of the diffuser – will remain allowed for the rest of the season, but that teams will not be allowed to change their engine settings between qualifying and the race.
Rumours have been emerging over recent weeks about a possible switch for Lewis Hamilton to Red Bull.
Speculation over Hamilton’s future intensified after he was seen meeting Horner in the paddock following qualifying for June’s Canadian Grand Prix.
And news that the 2008 world champion has a release clause in his McLaren contract that could result in him leaving at the end of the 2011 season has further fuelled talk of a move.
But would a Hamilton, Vettel partnership work?
The Red Bull team principal Christian Horner seems to think not.
Speaking to the BBC:
“History dictates that two world-class drivers in the same team has not always been the best pairing,” Horner said.
“You only have to think of Senna-Prost, Piquet-Mansell, or even Alonso and Hamilton.
“We are hugely happy to have Sebastian committed to the team long term, and with Mark [Webber], we’re very pleased with the job he is doing.
“Our focus at present is on those two drivers rather than looking to change anything.”
Christian did have a point in terms of keeping a healthy team dynamic, but lets not forgot the recent spouts between Vettel and Webber, and thats hardly dented Red Bulls hopes of winning the Constructors Championship. In fact the competition between Vettel, and Webber and Hamilton and Button has produced some of the best races in years, so would having two world class races drivers under the same team be that much of a disaster?