Vettel studying Webber’s overlay data hard

Interesting to see Vettel studying Webber’s overlay data hard today. McLaren solid quali trim +Ferrari good on race run but Red Bull immense

A closer look at the pace of the F1 cars post Melbourne

Over the winter we were told by teams and drivers that it was very hard to guess what the pecking order was simply from looking at testing. With so many variables like the DRS wing, KERS and fuel loads, establishing a clear picture was difficult during the four official tests. On top of that the ...

Race results – 2011 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Pos. Driver Team Time 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:29:30.259 2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren +22.297 3. Vitaly Petrov Renault +30.560 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +31.772 5. Mark Webber Red Bull +38.171 6. Jenson Button McLaren +54.304 7. Felipe Massa Ferrari +1:25.186 8. Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso +1 Lap 9. Adrian Sutil Force India F1 ...

Glock adopts realistic approach

Timo Glock says Virgin has to remain realistic about how much of a relative step forward it can make with its second Formula 1 car – but thinks it can set its sights on catching the teams at the back of the midfield pack. Virgin and fellow 2010 new teams Lotus and Hispania were cut adrift at ...

Why racers take risks and why we love them for it

‘Did you never think of stopping Robert (Kubica) from taking part in rallies?’ asked L’Equipe newspaper to Renault team boss Eric Boullier today. “Not for one second,” replied Boullier, “He could just as easily have been knocked over by a bus. Robert is a racer, he loves cars and he lives for nothing but racing. ...

Cause of Buemi stoppage still unknown

Toro Rosso have not yet revealed why Sébastien Buemi’s car came to a half in the final 20 minutes of Valencia testing on Wednesday, with the Swiss driver having stopped his new STR6 just past the pit entrance on the Ricardo Tormo start/finish straight. When contacted by GPUpdate.net on Wednesday afternoon, the team was unable ...

Chandhok closes in on Team Lotus deal

Karun Chandhok is closing in on a deal as reserve driver for Team Lotus after accepting an offer to visit the team who are debuting the T128 in pre-season testing at Valencia. Karun Chandhok at Valencia wearing a Team Lotus jacket. Photo by xpb.cc. Although he has not denied a wish to have a role ...

Brawn cautious on speed of new Mercedes

Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn is quietly confident his team have improved sufficiently on their below-par 2010 Formula One car but refrained from making any early predictions on the pace of the new MPG W02. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP F1 Team with Ross Brawn Team Principal, Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP F1 ...

Santander stays as McLaren sponsor

Santander will remain a sponsor of the McLaren team in 2011. The Spanish bank’s spokesman admitted last November that 2010 was a year of “transition” as the new major sponsorship with Ferrari began. “Who knows if in the future we will keep on having a relationship with them (McLaren) and their drivers,” he said. But ...

Afternoon test update: Vettel still clear

Sebastian Vettel continued to occupy the position at the top of the times in Valencia as the second day of pre-season testing hit its half-way mark on Wednesday. Renault’s Robert Kubica and Force India’s Paul di Resta had both had spells at the top of the times on an initially very chilly morning in eastern Spain, ...