Sunday, March 9, 2008

Winter season is over, let the racing begin!

If you have been hibernating over the northern hemisphere or were just switched off then this may be useful. If you want to be in the know, F1frontwing will put you in the loop. Over the last few months McLaren dropped Fernando 2 weeks after. No surprise there effectively swapping him with Heikki from Renault. This marked the end of the controversy of the 2007 season McLaren only too happy to move on but the Italian magistrate still has a case against the Working squad. Ferrari will let this ride for as long as it takes as part of a wider strategy of keeping the screws in their closest challengers. Most teams launched their 2008 challenger car in the usual way with glitz and glamour that is traditional in F1 at venues across Europe except for Force India who launched in Mumbai. Three teams shied away notably Super Aguri just had money troubles simple as.

The news coming out of test over the winter is as follows - Ferrari appear to be the strongest team out there, take note Kimi put 2sec on last years best lap in Bahrain. If this did not tell the competition what's what then you can only make your own mind up. BMW Sauber have been dogged by handling problems with the car being unpredictable when cornering. BMW Sauber have added winglet on the nose con. Renault have re-grouped hoping the R28 would improve the fortunes but the lackluster test results coming out of testing see them having a lot of work to do catching-up. Williams appear to be the dark horse in F1 right now. Williams has a solid driver line-up with Rosberg and Nakajima showing good pace all winter. While everyone else in the mid-pack is struggling, Williams has shown that with continued development throughout the year they can pull off a few podiums on raw pace alone. Redbull has with the second generation infamous Adrian Newy design RB4 kept the same driver line up, suck with the Renualt power train have ticked all the right boxes. Rebull now has the depth of experience, man power skill to improve on their best outing a 3rd place in Monaco. Formula 1 may be about big budgets and big egos but does not always translate to big result and Toyota has certainly not achieved any thing that reflect their big budget. A new driver in reigning, GP2 champion Timo Glock should motivate the team, of course the TF108 is a re-think on their previous car with it's aggressive aero package. Scuderia Toro Rosso are Red bull in Italian and the B team to their name's sake. Scuderia Toro Rosso can lay claim to have F1's future hot talents on their roaster in the two Sebastians Bourdais and Vettel. This will be Vettel's first full season and Bourdais enters F1 a consecutive four time Champ Car Champion. Honda are more closer to the back of the grid than they feel they deserve. They have very talented drivers in Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello who have both won races albeit one for Jenson, thats just detail. Last year that car was bad and this was blamed on wrong wing tunnel calibration this year in testing its still bad. Super Aguri only managed to test once over the winter siting major financial problems. Today, a buy out has been agreed with the Magma group which secure their future. Everyone loves an underdog and Super Aguri is a true one at that. Force India is the new team formed after the sale of Spyker F1 to a consortium led by Vijay Mallya, they start with last year's B spec car updated to this year's regulations. To round off, McLaren launched the MP4-23 on Lewis Hamilton's birthday and the next day they were testing. Martin Whitmarsh McLaren CEO told The Observer UK that Mclaren was ahead of schedule in its testing programme leading up to the Australian Grad Prix.


Gardie said...

Ferrari looks like the best bet.Good analysis though, hey l still think Alonso is still on fire for Renault.

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