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Hispania HRT F1 is hurt by in-experience of drivers : Collin Kolles

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HRT Team’s principal Colin Kolles has admitted that the outfit has been at a disadvantage due to the relative inexperience of their drivers Bruno Senna and Indian ace driver Karun Chandhok. The team has signed the Japanese Sakon Yamamoto to bring a little more experience into their lineup. Yamamoto will be the Friday driver for the Spanish team which had to settle for inexperienced drivers due to budget constraints.

“I am pleased with what Senna and Chandhok have done,” Collin Kolles said.

“But it’s useless to deny that their lack of F1 experience is a disadvantage at this point.”

The team now looks forward to their home grand prix in Spain at Barcelone where they would be unveiling their new challenger. Both the drivers and the team principal Colin Kolles seem confident of taking their team forward at Barcelona and sounded upbeat in pre-race interviews released by the team on their website.

Team Principal Dr Colin Kolles commented:

“We reached our next goal with our two cars making it to the finish again in China on our fourth ever race weekend. We have used the time since China to work on the car and to introduce new parts. We hope to understand the car better and need to improve the performance as well as hit a new target and finish again with both cars.”

Karun Chandhok commented:

“I am looking forward to racing again after the extended break. I really enjoy driving here as the circuit is a real challenge with a complete mix of high speed and slower technical sections. Unlike the other teams we did not have a chance to test the car in the pre-season but we have couple of updates for the car this weekend that should give us a clearer picture for the season ahead. The team is highly motivated for our home race and together we are looking forward to developing the car for the rest of the season. „

Bruno Senna commented:

“I’m looking forward to the Spanish Grand Prix. Barcelona is one of my favorite tracks and I have a good record on it and good memories. I completed my first F1 test here with Honda. And prior to that, every time I raced in Montmelo, I won or I was on the
podium. I am certain that I will enjoy Barcelona again although it is a very physical track with high speed corners where it is hard to find the perfect lap. The newly introduced last chicane is also very technical. So let’s build on our past results.”

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May 3rd, 2010 at 10:42 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

Massa wins formula one Spanish GP 2007

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Spanish Grand Prix result:

Position

Driver

Team

Laps

Time

1

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

65

1:31:36.230

2

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

65

+6.7 secs

3

Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Mercedes

65

+17.4 secs

4

Robert Kubica

BMW

65

+31.6 secs

5

David Coulthard

Red Bull-Renault

65

+58.3 secs

6

Nico Rosberg

Williams-Toyota

65

+59.5 secs

7

Heikki Kovalainen

Renault

65

+62.1 secs

8

Takuma Sato

Super Aguri-Honda

64

+1 Lap

9

Giancarlo Fisichella

Renault

64

+1 Lap

10

Rubens Barrichello

Honda

64

+1 Lap

11

Anthony Davidson

Super Aguri-Honda

64

+1 Lap

12

Jenson Button

Honda

64

+1 Lap

13

Adrian Sutil

Spyker-Ferrari

63

+2 Laps

14

Christijan Albers

Spyker-Ferrari

63

+2 Laps

R

Nick Heidfeld

BMW

46

R

Ralf Schumacher

Toyota

44

R

Vitantonio Liuzzi

STR-Ferrari

19

R

Scott Speed

STR-Ferrari

9

R

Kimi Rikknen

Ferrari

9

R

Jarno Trulli

Toyota

8

R

Mark Webber

Red Bull-Renault

7

R

Alexander Wurz

Williams-Toyota

1

Fastest lap: Felipe Massa, 1:22.680 seconds, lap 14.

Sorry no race review, exams around the corner !

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May 13th, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Formula One Spanish GP 2007 Qualifying Result

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Massa snatched the qualifying late, but Alonso wasnt far behind. Tomorrow is going to be Ferrari vs McLaren for sure!

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

1

F. Massa

Ferrari

1:21.421

2

F. Alonso

McLaren

1:21.451

3

K. Rikknen

Ferrari

1:21.723

4

L. Hamilton

McLaren

1:21.785

5

R. Kubica

BMW

1:22.253

6

J. Trulli

Toyota

1:22.324

7

N. Heidfeld

BMW

1:22.389

8

H. Kovalainen

Renault

1:22.568

9

D. Coulthard

Red Bull

1:22.749

10

G. Fisichella

Renault

1:22.881

11

N. Rosberg

Williams

1:21.968

12

R. Barrichello

Honda

1:22.097

13

T. Sato

Super Aguri

1:22.115

14

J. Button

Honda

1:22.120

15

A. Davidson

Super Aguri

1:22.295

16

V. Liuzzi

Scuderia Toro Rosso

1:22.508

17

R. Schumacher

Toyota

1:22.666

18

A. Wurz

Williams

1:22.769

19

M. Webber

Red Bull

1:23.398

20

A. Sutil

Spyker F1

1:23.811

21

C. Albers

Spyker F1

1:23.990

22

S. Speed

Scuderia Toro Rosso

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May 12th, 2007 at 1:48 pm

Spanish Grand Prix 2007 Preview

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Circuit De Catalunya
Spanish Grand Prix 2007 : 11th May to 13th May weekend.

The buildup has been intense and interesting to the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix. The four week long break was just what formula one needed, to make stupid Dumbo Ear wings (see previous posts) , to crash and destroy cars in testing and to do a lot more.

We head into the Grand Prix, with three drivers on 22 points, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are all on 22 points heading into the European leg of the F1 season. Who will break ahead of the pack, my bet is on Kimi or Alonso. Kimi Raikkonen has everything going for him, a great car, confidence etc.

Fernando Alonso on the other hand must be feeling terribly insecure after seeing Lewis Hamilton racing as good as him and he will use his experience to prove a point in Spain. I am sure by now every formula one driver is jealous of Lewis Hamilton’s fame and success so early in his career. So everyone will be racing extra hard against the rookie. But this also means they will make mistakes more often and eventually it might be advantage Hamilton only.

Also the final straight at the Circuit De Catalunya has been messed with. As some of you might be aware the final straight now has a chicane to make the circuit more safe and overtaking friendly. Spanish home-hero Fernando Alonso was really happy with the changes to the circuit.

“One of the downsides of Barcelona is that overtaking has always been very difficult, as the two corners that led onto the main straight were always very high speed and it was difficult to get a tow and get close to the guy in front. This will now change.” Fernando Alonso said.

Also having to prove a point are the Renault team, something is terribly wrong with the team, in-fighting, poor performances, definitely not the Renault we know, lets see if they have done something to make their performances better. Briatore really needs to do something to get the team back together, reminds us of the Ferrari fiasco in 2005, when after dominating 2004 they were in sorry circumstances. But at that time Ferrari specific rule changes had been done to kill the season for them, Renault does not have that to deal with atleast.

Who according to you will win the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix ?

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May 8th, 2007 at 4:06 am

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