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Briatore calls Jenson Button a concrete roadside post

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Flavio Briatore is an emotional man, so when he came out against Brawn GP like the way he did it wasnt a surprise for most. According to Flavio Briatore, Brawn GP , Williams and Toyota (The diffuser teams) are ruining F1 by making sure that other teams arent able to catch up. Flavio Briatore had this outburst just on the even of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

“I don’t know how we can say we have credibility,” Briatore exclaimed.

“It is impossible to recover the ground we have lost on those teams. In three or four races the championship will be decided and I don’t know what the interest of the TV viewers will be when Button has 60 points and Nakajima has 50. It will be better to listen only on radio and watch something else.”

He said that the 2009 formula one season is dull and has been ruined by the likes of Brawn GP. He even attacked Jenson Button saying :

“The drivers in our teams have been and are world champions, while the championship is now fought between a driver who was almost retired and another one who is a good guy but a paracarro (A concrete milepost)”

He further slammed the FIA who have been proposing budget cuts for acting in a Hypocritical manner.

“Just when there’s talk of setting a budget cap to 30 million, we’ve spent 15m for KERS and 10m more for the diffusers. We’re left with five to travel and to pay the employees.”

Meanwhile, Jenson Button who had indeed been written off by anyone and everyone also had something to say about the issue.

“It hurts the credibility of Formula One. He also needs to remember that he tried to employ me for this year.”  Jenson Button said

“He’s obviously a very angry man after the diffuser issues, he’s obviously very disappointed that he hasn’t produced a car that’s as competitive as ours.

“We’ve produced a very competitive car because of the workforce we’ve got  and you can’t take that away from them.”

Lets see if the other teams join this unique war of words.

Written by Formula One Addict

April 18th, 2009 at 3:46 am

Lewis Hamilton one step closer to title, wins in China

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lewis hamilton wins in China 2008

Lewis Hamilton came one step closer to winning his maiden formula one driver’s title by winning the 2008 formula one Chinese Grand Prix from pole. His closest competitor Felipe Massa was second in his Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton was fast from the start pulling away easily and making the Ferraris look gasping for pace. What is interesting though is that Kimi Raikkonen had slowed down to let Felipe Massa through much like a lot of the other formula one teams do within their teams. So when are team orders prohibited ? It did affect the outcome of the race. The swap reduced the damage to the Massa championship campaign but may just prove to be futile in the last race.

Fernando Alonso put in another strong(er?) performance to get a 4th place finish. The BMWs were 5th and 6th with Heidfeld finishing ahead of Robert Kubica this time.

The Red Bull of David Coulthard was 10th while teammate Mark WEbber was way back in 14th place.

Force India were as dismal as ever with Adrian Sutil not finishing the race and Fisichella finishing in 17th place (last).

The top 8 drivers were :

1 L. Hamilton  Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2 F. Massa      Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3 K. Raikkonen  Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4 F. Alonso    ING Renault F1 Team
5 N. Heidfeld  BMW Sauber F1 Team
6 R. Kubica    BMW Sauber F1 Team
7 T. Glock      Panasonic Toyota Racing
8 N. Piquet Jr. ING Renault F1 Team

So the title fight goes down to Brazil now, stay tuned for a post on that 🙂

Image: McLaren.com Media

Hamilton on pole, but Raikkonen says hold !

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McLaren in the 2007 formula One Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton snatched the pole position for the formula one Shanghai Grand Prix, with the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa in 2nd and 3rd respectively. However Kimi had a word of caution for Lewis saying that their 2nd place was primarily due to the fuel strategy of Ferrari. Kimi was quicker than Lewis in the practice sessions and the earlier qualifying sessions.

“If you look at Qualifying One and Qualifying Two, we were a lot quicker.

“So I would say we are running on different fuel loads. I’m happy and comfortable with our position and strategy.” Kimi Raikkonen said

Lewis Meanwhile was ecstatic after he was not disqualified from the the formula one Japanese Grand Prix. Many speculate it was his driving style behind the safety car which led to a crash:

“It has been a rollercoaster week and an emotional journey for me over the last couple of days,” he said.

“I tried as best as I could to put the Japan GP inquiry behind me but it’s not easy. Then we came here this morning not really having the pace of the Ferraris or Fernando Alonso and perhaps it wasn’t looking good.

“But it’s my first time here and I slowly got to grips with it and I’m absolutely chuffed to grab pole.” Lewis Hamilton said

Formula One Chinese Grand Prix 2007 Qualifying Results :
1. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1 min 35.908 seconds
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:36.044
3. Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:36.221
4. Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:36.576
5. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull 1:37.619
6. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:38.013
7. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:38.153
8. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:38.455
9. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:38.472
10. Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:39.285
11. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso 1:36.862
12. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso 1:36.891
13. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:36.959
14. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1:36.991
15. Anthony Davidson (GB) Super Aguri 1:37.247
16. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-BMW 1:37.483
17. Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda 1:37.251
18. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:37.290
19. Alexander Wurz (Aut) Williams-BMW 1:37.456
20. Takuma Sato (Jap) Super Aguri 1:38.218
21. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Spyker 1:38.668
22. Sakon Yamamoto (Jap) Spyker 1:39.336

Written by Formula One Addict

October 6th, 2007 at 8:12 am

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