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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.

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May 11th, 2010 at 6:03 am

Mercedes GP to change Michael Schumacher’s car for Spanish Grand Prix

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Ross Brawn Mercedes GP

In an effort to bring Michael Schumacher back to speed and pre retirement performance levels, the Mercedes GP team is set to use a new chassis for Michael Schumacher’s car. The official word is that the car chassis is being replaced as it got damaged during the 1st few races of the season but unofficial (conflicting) word is that its got to do with making the care more suitable for Michael Schumacher.

Apparently the testing chassis is now going to be used for Schumacher to ensure that he is able to give a better performance in his F1 car. However the Internet is full of conflicting reports :S

“It’s not a new chassis per se, it’s a chassis we used in testing”

“The one he had got damaged during the first few races and we repaired it as best we could at the races. But now we are back at base we are going to re-introduce the test chassis and he will be using that in Barcelona.”

Another interview quotes the Brawn GP boss Ross Brawn blaming the narrower front tyres for all the problems Michael Schumacher is having in his formula one comeback.

“New regulations have made the front tyres narrower, which means you need to generate more down-force at the front than before,” Ross Brawn Said

“Michael needs to be able to lean heavily on the front of the car to make his driving style work,” Brawn added.

“We’ve got a modification of the car coming for Barcelona which puts us into a better range for the weight distribution we can achieve,” Brawn further added.

So is the weight distribution of the testing car different from the actual car ? and what is the reason for the conflicting statements ?

Who cares as long as it helps Michael Schumacher get back to pace 🙂 , even Mika Hakkinen has lent support to Michael Schumacher and said that he will be able to win a race in 2010 season.

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April 27th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Stefan Grand Prix Team eyes formula one season 2011 entry

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Stefan GP Logo

The Stefan GP team, most notably remembered for not being give a slot to race in the formula one 2010 season (this season for most of us 😛 ) has again expressed its desire to enter the hallowed portals of formula one racing.

Zoran Stefanovic and AMCO[3]

The team which is headed by Zoran Stefanovic has signed an agreement with AMCO corporation and the Mayor of Stara Pazova, located 25km from Belgrade , Serbia , to build the STEFAN TECHNOLOGY PARK. The Park is expected to have a formula one track ‘fir for competition’ and is expected to server as Stefan GP’s headquarters after two years.

“I think this is an excellent development for our team, Stara Pazova city, region and country,” Mr Stefanovic said today.

“This is proof that we want to put ourselves on the map as a serious hi-tech company, and that we are serious about competing in Formula One for the long term.” 

“Bearing in mind that we will soon be on a par with top teams, in terms of facilities and organisation, as Stefan Technology Park looking to be compared with them, we expect many positive improvements in the future,” concluded Stefanovic.

The press statement further went onto state that the Stefan GP team would like to announce its official bid to enter in the 2011 season.

Its really nice to see a team so eager to get into formula one and into the technology behind formula one. Apparently they have also bought a lot of equipment from the Toyota formula one team which shut down operations after the end of last season. Other teams including Durango are also in the fight to get the spot in the formula one lineup, but the passion behind this team is something out of this world. Here is wishing Stefan GP best of luck !

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April 26th, 2010 at 7:26 am

Opportunist Press starts to blast Michael Schumacher’s comeback

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Michael Schumacher

The opportunist <insert expletive here> that the International media is , it has started to blast Michael Schumacher and his comeback from retirement. Almost all big newspapers and news agencies have had articles criticizing the great German driver who has 7 driving championships to his belt.

Not to forget this is the same media that had hailed Michael Schumacher’s comeback as a super bold move in which Schumacher had kept his legacy on the line. But just four races into the season they have forgotten that he was off the track for so long and is competing with kids half his age who have been racing continuously for the past 5 years in formula one cars.

Its no secret that Michael Schumacher is struggling, he is rusty and his age has probably slowed down his reflexes. But can we overlook the fact that he has only had limited formula one experience till now. If he is here for the whole season, lets give him the whole season to show what he has to offer.

Biggest in its criticism was The Guardian. A British newspaper (no surprise there). The Brits love bashing Germans and French (Indians too 😛 ) . Anyway I read it in an article on motorsport.com , wasn’t able to locate the full article on Guardian’s website, its about when Lewis Hamilton was asked how it felt to race besides his childhood hero Michael Schumacher.

Jenson Button leaned over to Lewis Hamilton and asked Lewis Hamilton to tell the truth  and both of them laughed on it.

“The way things look, it would be no surprise to see him bowing out with as much dignity as he can salvage before the Formula One season is very much older,” The Guardian Continued.

Lets talk about the current world champion Jenson Button, he was handed the title on a platter last year when everyone recommended him to quit formula one. He was definitely one of the slowest drivers on the grid before his team exploited a FIA rule and was able to give him a car faster than all others on the field. and now look at him, snickering like that on a champion like Michael Schumacher.

Jenson Button just lost one fan here ! Oh Wait, I was never his fan 😀

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April 20th, 2010 at 9:53 am

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton make it 1-2 for McLaren at the Chinese Grand Prix

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Jenson Button McLaren 2010

Jenson Button catapulted himself to first place in the formula one driver’s championship with an incredible drive and 1st place at the Chinese Grand Prix. Jenson Button now leads the championship table with 60 points. Teammate and fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton took second place at the Chinese Grand Prix to make it a McLaren 1-2.

Lewis Hamilton had his brush with the wrong side of the F1 law when he almost took out Sebastien Vettel in the pits. He later blamed the incident on painted advertisements on the tarmac which  reduce grip. It was another matter that to remain wheel to wheel with Vettel he actually was on the wrong side of the driveway. They briefly touched wheels and Hamilton again came into focus for dangerous driving that is becoming his trademark. Sebastien Vettel of the Red Bull team did not mince words while blaming Lewis Hamilton :

“At the stop I was ahead. I don’t know why he pulled to the left and was keen to touch me,” Sebastien Vettel said.

“His front wing was at my rear wheel. I hoped I didn’t get a puncture from that .I don’t really understand why he did that as I was a bit ahead of him and had the advantage. He didn’t have to make contact.” The German added

Jenson Button had a less eventful race by comparison, only looking uncomfortable once when he lost the grip at the hairpin of turn 6 as a result of aquaplaning. Jenson Button called the victory special after the race showing his mastery of the wet track and good judgement in choosing the right tyres.

“This is so special,”  Jenson Button said.

“For me it is my best victory. Every time that you win I think it becomes your best victory, but this one was very special as it was very tough conditions. I had a job keeping it on the road at the end and the great thing is our pace was good. It wasn’t just the luck of calling the weather.” he added

Nico Rosberg finished third for the Mercedes GP team while teammate Michael Schumacher again struggled and finished 10th. Adrian Sutil had a decent race in his Force India car finishing 11th.

The Ferrari team had a mixed race with Fernando Alonso finishing 4th and teammate Felipe Massa finishing a dismal but still points earning 9th.

Final classification of the 2010 Chinese Formula One Grand Prix :

  1. Jenson Button (Britain)       McLaren 1hr 46mins 42.163secs
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain)      McLaren           +00:01.530
  3. Nico Rosberg (Germany)        Mercedes           00:09.484
  4. Fernando Alonso (Spain)       Ferrari            00:11.869
  5. Robert Kubica (Poland)        Renault            00:22.213
  6. Sebastian Vettel (Germany)    Red Bull           00:33.310
  7. Vitaly Petrov (Russia)        Renault            00:47.600
  8. Mark Webber (Australia)       Red Bull           00:52.172
  9. Felipe Massa (Brazil)         Ferrari            00:57.796
 10. Michael Schumacher (Germany)  Mercedes           01:01.749
 11. Adrian Sutil (Germany)        Force India        01:02.874
 12. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil)   Williams           01:03.665
 13. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain)     Toro Rosso         01:11.416
 14. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)   Lotus                  1 lap
 15. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany)    Williams               1 lap
 16. Bruno Senna (Brazil)          HRT                   2 laps
 17. Karun Chandhok (India)        HRT                   4 laps
 Ret.  Jarno Trulli (Italy)          Lotus                30 laps
 Ret.  Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil)      Virgin               48 laps
 Ret.  Pedro de la Rosa (Spain)      BMW Sauber           49 laps
 Ret.  Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso           56 laps
 Ret.  Kamui Kobayashi (Japan)       BMW Sauber           56 laps
 Ret.  Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy)     Force India          56 laps
 Ret.  Timo Glock (Germany)          Virgin               56 laps
Image : McLaren Media
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