Archive for June, 2008

Running of the Bulls

June 30, 2008

David Coulthard\'s RB4 in the streets of Pamplona

Image Credits: GPUpdate.net

While most of Spain were enjoying the victory by the Spanish Football club in UEFA Euro 2008, the lucky residents of Pamplona were practicing for the annual Running of the Bulls. But Instead of harassing the farmers to get them to release their bulls into the streets, they instead turned to the Red Bull and Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 team to bring some of their own ‘bulls’. David Coulthard and Sebastien Bourdais chased the Spaniards all the way to the bull arena, and both drivers did their fair share of donuts along the way.

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USGP Watch – Maybe ’09, Maybe not?

June 25, 2008

The FIA released a provisional schedule for the 2009 F1 championship, not many changes from the ’08 schedule except for some shuffling of venues and dates. Which includes moving the Turkish GP after the race at the Hungboraring and swapping the French and British GP dates. The Australian GP looks like it’ll stay in Melbourne for the ’09 season, no word if it’ll become a night race. The new street circuit in Abu Dhabi will close out the season in mid-November. If you’re keeping count, that brings the total number of races to 19. Noticeably absent is any mention of a race anywhere in the United States. Hopefully this provisional schedule doesn’t become official until there are 20 races on the schedule (which is a number the FIA really wants to aviod), including a race in the ‘States.

2009 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar (provisional)

  1. 29 March Australia
  2. 5 April Malaysia
  3. 19 April Bahrain
  4. 10 May Spain
  5. 24 May Monaco
  6. 7 June Canada
  7. 21 June Great Britain
  8. 28 June France
  9. 12 July Germany
  10. 26 July Hungary
  11. 9 August Turkey
  12. 23 August Europe (Valencia)
  13. 6 September Italy
  14. 13 September Belgium
  15. 27 September Singapore
  16. 11 October Japan
  17. 18 October China
  18. 1 November Brazil
  19. 15 November Abu Dhabi

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You only live once

June 13, 2008

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like for Kimi Raikkonen to hold his steering wheel? Would you die for an opportunity to be driven around the Silverstone circuit by The Stig?

Now your dreams come true, thanks to the good people of London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, they will hold an auction that will benefit the hospital and the funds raised through the auction will help them build a new heart and lung center.

Some of the items available to bid include:

  • A diamond encrusted steering wheel used by Kimi Raikkonen in his McLaren days
  • An opportunity to be driven around the Silverstone circuit by The Stig in a two-seat F1 car (also includes paddock passes and VIP hospitality)
  • A private tour of the Ferrari factory in Maranello and a chance to drive an F430 around the Fiorano circuit in ItalyAn all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas with all the VIP perks and you will also meet music legend Barry Manilow

If you want to know more about the charity and if you would like to bid on any of these items or for a full list of items that will be auctioned off visit this website.

Baw-Chicka-Wa-Wa

June 9, 2008

No, it’s not another deodorant commercial, but rather the results of Max Mosley’s vote of confidence are in. And the results may surprise you:

The final verdict – Mosley stays; by a vote of 103-55, although 4 votes were invalid and 7 representatives were absent.

What does this mean? Well it means that not only Mosley will stay as president of the FIA, but it appears that car clubs throughout the world (i.e AAA, who have wanted Mosley to go from the beginning) don’t see a problem with their leader having fun time with Nazi prostitutes and having it videotaped and posted on the internet for the world to see.

It also means that Bernie Ecclestone and Mosley are now buddy-buddy again after speculation that Max and Bernie’s relationship had become ‘strained’ after this scandal was first reported.

It appears all is well now within the FIA, for the time being, all we need now for it to be perfect is a USGP on the 2009 schedule.

Ferrari thinks Kimi Raikkonen should have a penalty!

June 9, 2008

Ferrari, after their driver Kimi Raikkonen was crashed out in the Canadian Grand Prix by Lewis Hamilton, now insists that Kimi should be given a ten-spot grid penalty for the next race, and that it should have been given in Canada!

This news comes after Raikkonen was rear-ended in the pit lane at the Canadian Grand Prix, destroying his rear wing and putting him out of the race. Hamilton thereafter was given a ten-spot grid penalty for the French Grand Prix, and Ferrari team manager Stefano Domenicali stated thusly: “It was a serious mistake from Hamilton and I think the penalty imposed by the FIA is in line with it, even if it does not restore what was a lost opportunity for us.”

THIS AFTER KIMI STATED THAT THE CRASH WAS AS STUPID AS HIS OWN CRASH INTO ADRIAN SUTIL AT MONACO!

Therefore, should Kimi not be given a penalty for that example of utter brainless stupidity? Should he not be given a penalty for doing something as dumb?!?!?

And therefore, in fifty years, when your grandchildren want to know why Kimi Raikkonen got a grid penalty for the French GP, simply refer them to this post. It’ll be worth it.

Alonso needs a reality check

June 9, 2008

Fernando Alonso stated after the Canadian Grand Prix that he would have had a chance to win had his team not called him in for a pitstop.

“We would probably have won if we had stayed on track instead of pitting when the safety car came out.

“Heidfeld came out ahead of Kubica and he was quite far behind us. He had a long stop. Stopping on lap 25 we would have been ahead of Kubica and we could have won the race.

“We are not going to have a lot of chances to fight for the podium with BMW, and less of being able to match their speed, like this weekend. We had the chance and we didn’t take it.”

Paddock insiders claim that this is just another example of Alonso losing faith in his team and trash-talking them, much as he did at McLaren in 2007.

“He’s ready to go somewhere else for 2009,” the anonymous official said. “I don’t know who would want him, though….maybe he plans to invest some of that huge salary he’s making in restarting Super Aguri? My god, that would be horrible…”

Alonso has been rumored to be driving for Ferrari in 2009, but with his current lack of results due to idiotic crashes, I would consider it extremely unlikely.