F1 Abu Dhabi GP: All’s Well That Ends Well

f1-abu-dhabi-2009-vettel-webber-victoryIt was both a last and a first yesterday at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. It was the last race of the 2009 Formula One season but it was the first race at the Yas Marina Circuit and the first F1 race that started in daylight and ended at night. The adventure into the dusk and desert of the United Arab Emirates was about the only drama heading into this race. It wasn’t helped by Sebastian Vettel walking away for his fourth win of the season in a largely dominant victory. Continue reading

F1 Brazilian GP: He Is The Champion

It’s been nearly inevitable since the start of the season. When he went on that run of six wins in the first seven races, Jenson Button’s first world title seemed a near certainty. And try as he might to give the championship away, even his mediocrity couldn’t prevent him from picking up the biggest prize in all of motorsports. It wasn’t just a good day for Button but for all of Brawn GP which clinched the Constructors Championship after it nearly didn’t even race this season. Continue reading

F1 Japanese GP: Domination Is Now Spelled “Vettel”

f1-japan-2009-vettel-parc-fermeWith the Drivers’ Championship within his reach, Jenson Button wasn’t able to close the deal at one of his best tracks. Likewise, Brawn GP fumbled their chance to lock up the Constructors Title in Japan. Despite having a pretty difficult weekend between their two teams, Red Bull was able to score a win with Sebastian Vettel taking the checkered flag from pole. Meanwhile, silly season is starting to pick up with Ferrari finally confirming their 2010 driver lineup. Continue reading

F1 Singapore GP: These Are The Brakes

f1-singapore-2009-hamilton-checkersThe second night race in Formula One history was missing that intangible that the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix had. Maybe it was the initial spectacle that wore off. Or it could have been the fact that we didn’t have an unexpected winner as Lewis Hamilton held on to the lead from pole and was never really challenged. We did have two unexpected cars on the podium with Lewis and one was quite ironic. Meanwhile, the story of the race was brakes as drivers were forced to retire or back off massively. Continue reading

Formula 1: Renault Given Two Year Suspended Ban

f1-singapore-2008-piquet-crashThe latest in a series of controversial events that have damaged the reputation of Formula One appears to have come to an end. Earlier today, the World Motor Sport Council found Renault guilty of charges of race fixing. That didn’t come as a surprise because Renault did not contest the charges brought against them. What did come as a surprise was the punishment (or lack there of) that Renault was given. The team was given a suspended two year ban. Continue reading

Formula 1: Renault Accepts Crashgate Charges

The whole F1 world has been very nearly turned on its head. Today, Renault F1 announced that they would not contest the charges brought against them that they told Nelson Piquet Jr. to intentionally crash his car in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. Additionally, team principal Flavio Briatore and director of engineering Pat Symonds resigned from the team effective immediately. Continue reading

F1 Italian GP: Barrichello and Brawn Triumph at Monza… Again

f1-italy-2009-barrichello-checkered-flagThey may be at different teams than when they had their best years but Rubens Barrichello and Ross Brawn were winners again at Monza. Both were very successful at the historic Monza Circuit when they were with Ferrari. A few years after parting company with the Scuderia, they replayed the familiar scene of Ross on the pit wall guiding Rubens to the top step of the podium. The Brawn 1-2 allows everyone back at the factory to breathe easier after Red Bull had an atrocious day. Atrocious is also how we could describe the last couple of weeks for Renault, too. Continue reading

Nelson Piquet Statement About Crash-Gate Leaks

The problems for Renault F1 seem to be far more serious than anyone might have first thought. As I had first predicted after the Belgian Grand Prix, it was Nelson Piquet Jr. who informed the FIA that Renault told him to crash to put Fernando Alonso in a position to win. In a four page statement made to the FIA, Piquet gave details of a pre-race meeting between himself, Flavio Briatore (Renault team principal), and Pat Symonds (director of engineering) that outlined their plan for the race. Piquet’s full statement and analysis after the jump. Continue reading

Fisichella to Replace Badoer at Ferrari

The most recent worst kept secret in Formula One has been confirmed. Giancarlo Fisichella has been released from his Force India contract and has signed with Ferrari for the remainder of the 2009 season. Continue reading

F1 Belgian GP: Forza Ferrari and Fisichella

Spa is known for having exciting and unpredictable racing but no one could have possibly imagined that a Force India would sit on the pole for the Belgian Grand Prix. I doubt anyone would have thought that Giancarlo Fisichella would have taken his Force India and pushed race winner Kimi Raikkonen for the whole race, as well. But that’s what happened in a finish that was even crazier than last year’s dry and wet battle between Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. Continue reading