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Bridgestone hints at formula one U-turn after Spanish Grand Prix

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SPANISH GRAND PRIX F1/2010 - BARCELONA 09/05/2010

In a development that has the potential to shake up the formula one tyre wars, Bridgestone seemed to be hinting at a u-turn from its formula one exit announcement. Till now everyone was working on the assumption that Bridgestone who have been the sole tyre suppliers for formula one since 2006 will be exiting at the end of the 2010 formula one season. But recent comments made after the Spanish Grand Prix suggest the Bridgestone may have had a change of heart.

There are rumours that at the FOTA meeting at Spanish Grand Prix, there were indications that Bridgestone may stay much to the chagrin of other players in the tyre wars : Pirelli, Avon Cooper and Michelin who have shown interest in taking the reins of formula one from Bridgestone.

Hiroshi Yakukawa who is Bridgestone’s director of motorsport was quoted as saying :

“This has been a very strong weekend for us.

“We hosted guests from the USA and Brazil as well as many from our European markets, which has illustrated the importance of Formula One as a business tool. Our sales companies continue to support our Formula One activities, showing the significance of this to our business.

“We are proud to have the support of all of the teams in this fantastic sport and now look forward to heading straight to Monaco for what is likely to be another fabulous race meeting.”

One wonders if an official announcement regarding the U-turn does come from Bridgestone, how the other tyre companies hall react.

Written by Formula One Addict

May 11th, 2010 at 6:03 am

Massa snatches the Bahrain Grand Prix

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Ferrari’s Felipe Massa won the formula one Bahrain Grand Prix 2007, cleanly for a change.Sakhir was as hot and sandy as ever, but that couldnt deter Massa’s Ferrari. After being heavily criticised for being tricked by rookie Briton Lewis Hamilton in the last race (not to mention being made fun of), today it seemed that Felipe Massa was a man on a mission. He was careful not to commit mistakes, and held off Lewis Hamilton quite nicely near the dying stages of the race. Massa was delighted after the race

“The results in the first two races were not what I expected,” said the Ferrari Driver.

“Something was missing. But this time we put everything together. I’m really pleased.”

Kimi Raikkonen , scored a good third place, but he must have wanted to shut out Massa for good. Ferrari is known for favouritism and i dare say, 2-3 more races of Massa disaster and Kimi might even have become the no.1 driver of the Ferrari F1 Team.

Ferrari Pit Crew

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton finished in second place, this rookie will definitely go places. He now holds the record for the best formula one debut, being the first ever driver in formula one history to score three successive podium finishes. Lewis Hamilton was delighted after the race

“I think this weekend we have definitely closed the gap on Ferrari and I couldn’t ask for more,” he said.

“It is one more step for me and in Barcelona we will push again.

“Unfortunately I didn’t get as good as start as Felipe, he did very well on the first corner and I just had to make sure I stayed as close to him as possible.”

Teammate Fernando Alonso was fifth at the end of the race.

McLaren Lewis Hamilton

The Renault’s performance was lacklustre again, they failed to get a good finish, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Heiki Kovalainen getting 8th and 9th places respectively. The world champions team definitely needs to pull up their socks and do much better.

The surprise package was David Coulthard, starting from the last row on the grid, he made his way upto seventh place, but had to retire unfortunately due to a mechanical failure.

Briton Jenson Button and American Scott Speed’s campaign had ended on the very first lap after Speed clipped the back of Jenson’s Honda.

And here is a really nice photo of Kimi Raikkonen at the post race press confrence.

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2007

The driver’s championship is already up for grabs, the top three drivers are tied with the same points . Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen each has 22 points. Today’s race winner Felipe Massa follows with 17 points.

BMW’s excellent form continued, Nick Heidfeld outraced and outpaced Fernando Alonso to grab fourth place. Robert Kubice was sixth. BMW Sauber are now third in the constructor’s championship points table.

2007 FIA Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix result:

1 F Massa (Br) Ferrari 1:33.27.515
2 L Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:33:29.515
3 K Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:33:37.523
4 N Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:33:41.315
5 F Alonso (Sp) McLaren 1:33:41.519
6 R Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:34:12.520
7 J Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:34:48.518
8 G Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:34:49.215
9 H Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1:34:56.915
10 N Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:34:56.524
11 A Wurz (Aut) Williams @ 1 Lap
12 R Schumacher (Ger) Toyota @ 1 Lap
13 R Barrichello (Brz) Honda @ 1 Lap
14 C Albers (Ned) Spyker @ 2 Laps
15 A Sutil (Ger) Spyker @ 4 Laps
16 A Davidson (GB) Super Aguri @ 6 Laps
17 M Webber (Aus) Red Bull @ 16 Laps
18 D Coulthard (GB) Red Bull @ 21 Laps
19 T Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri @ 23 Laps
20 V Liuzzi (Ita) Scuderia Toro Rosso @ 31 Laps
21 J Button (GB) Honda @ 56 Laps
22 S Speed (USA) Scuderia Toro Rosso @ 56 Laps

Fastest Lap of Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix 2007: Felipe Massa

Next up is the European leg of f1 racing , with the Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Catalunya) on the 13th of May 2007. Smack in the middle of my exams.

‘It was a hot-hot day in Bahrain, but Felipe Massa was as cool as a cucumber,a cucumber thats been left in the deep freezer’ My Friend

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Its Ferrari-McLaren-Ferrari-McLaren for Malaysia

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Felipe Massa - Malasian GP

First tomorrow’s telecast timings (Indian And Others) :

12:30 pm for India on Star Sports?

7:00 am GMT (calculate your local time from this)

In a keenly contested Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying,Ferrari F1’s Felipe Massa grabbed the pole position for the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso came 2nd in the qualifying just edging out Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton came fourth. The qualifying was quite uncertain with teams playing poker on whether it would rain or not. The competition was so fierce at the end, that hte top four positions were decided only after the session had ended and the drivers were on their final flying laps. Fernando had lapped an exceptional time early on in the session only to see it being quashed at the end.
Renault gave an extremely poor performance with both cars (Heiki Kovalainen and Giancarlo Fisichella) failing to qualify for the last qualifying session. BMW and Williams also gave good performances by clinching places in the top ten.
The Result of the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying :

Pos Driver Team Time Gap + 1st
1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.043
2. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.310 0.267 0.267
3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.479 0.169 0.436
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.045 0.566 1.002
5. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:36.543 0.498 1.500
6. Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:36.829 0.286 1.786
7. Robert Kubica BMW 1:36.896 0.067 1.853
8. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:36.902 0.006 1.859
9. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:37.078 0.176 2.035
10. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:37.345 0.267 2.302
11. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1:35.630 -1.71 0.587
12. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:35.706 0.076 0.663
13. David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:35.766 0.060 0.723
14. Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:35.945 0.179 0.902
15. Jenson Button Honda 1:36.088 0.143 1.045
16. Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.145 0.057 1.102
17. Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.578 0.433 1.535
18. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:36.816 0.238 1.773
19. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:36.827 0.011 1.784
20. Alex Wurz Williams-Toyota 1:37.326 0.499 2.283
21. Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari 1:38.279 0.953 3.236

Quotes from Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso :

Massa and Alonso after Qualifying

Felipe Massa said :

“Melbourne didn’t finish as I expected but things look a little bit different here,” . “It was a great final lap and I tried to do everything that I could.

“McLaren were strong in qualifying and they will make us work harder for a good race tomorrow. Hopefully, I can fight very hard from the beginning to the end.”

Fernando Alonso said

“This week we have improved the car and have a much more competitive package,”

“Realistically our pace is not as good as the Ferraris but we hope to have a good fight with them and complete the job tomorrow. Everything seems to be going in the right direction.

Bridgestone to introduce New Tyre Markers

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After the white spot on the tyre didn’t work too well for TV spectators of formula one, Tyre compounds shall now be easily distinguishable by the colour of treads. The softer compound tyres will be having a white line running through its treads so that TV audiences are easily able to judge the tyre compound. The Formula One regulatory body FIA hopes that this will help add to the excitement of the race.

Bridgestone’s head of Formula One track Operations, Kees van de Grint, said:

“This has received a positive response from teams and onlookers.”

“It is time consuming to apply to the tyres but is clearly visible on track.”

According to new FIA Formula One rules all teams must use both of the 2 types of tyres in the race.

Here are photos of the new markings, easily seen from all angles !

Bridgestone's new tyre marking for softer compound tyres? Bridgestone's new tyre marking for softer compound tyres

Written by Formula One Addict

April 3rd, 2007 at 6:46 am