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The rear of Buemis Toro Rosso after the turn 6 shunt

March 28, 2010


The rear of Buemis Toro Rosso after the turn 6 shunt, originally uploaded by f1photos.org.

The first lap incident which took out Nico Hulkenberg, Kamui Kobayashi & Sebastien Buemi was caused by Kobayashis front wing falling off, he then ploughed into the back of the Toro Rosso ripping off the rear wind and engine cover.

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Melbourne race weather (13:20 local)

March 28, 2010


Melbourne weather radar, originally uploaded by f1photos.org.

I’ve just received the latest weather update from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology which includes the current rain radar images. By my maths that large dark blue blob on the left of the image should hit us here in about 3 hours, just before the track opens prior to the race. Now might be the time to get a bet on Schumacher who had quite long odds last time I looked.

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On my way to Melbourne

March 23, 2010

So I’m sitting in the Emirates lounge at heathrow once again about to head off for 24 hours in an oversized tin can. Several extra spicy bloody marys help to bring on an early sleep aided by my little boy who woke me up just after 5 this morning to say ‘I love you daddy and I miss you when you’re at the aye ayes”. I can forgive him for the alarm call after that (the aye ayes are so named because of the Moby bumpers used by ITV during their F1 coverage.

Back to the upcoming race. The forecast is for some showers over the weekend so the race might actually be interesting, but I’m not holding my breath. We should get a couple of safety car periods which might also spice things up.

Hopefully I will have a better Internet connection than I had in Bahrain so I’ll be able to get tweets and photos out.

Enjoy the race however you are following it.

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Bahrain first lap incident – Photo sequence

March 14, 2010




Bahrain first lap incident

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AT&T Williams Bahrain Preview

March 9, 2010

Sam Michael, Technical Director
The FW32 completed almost 7,000kms during winter testing with the new Cosworth engine installation. We have made great progress on reliability and we’re still working on improving that, albeit at high mileages that we shouldn’t encounter during race weekends.
Performance has been solid throughout the test sessions, but Bahrain will tell us where we are. We tested the majority of our Bahrain race package while in Barcelona, while a couple of additional parts will go straight to the race. Rubens and Nico will also go through their first race weekend as teammates. Signs from winter testing are that they’ll push each other all the way!

Rubens Barrichello
I’m delighted to be entering my eighteenth season. I’m so motivated and I’m in a much better physical condition than I have been at any other time. I’m also really happy to be driving for AT&T Williams. I’ve settled in well, and I already feel like I’ve been here five years!
We covered a lot of miles with the car during winter testing, working on reliability during the first few tests and then some upgrades for Bahrain at the final two. In terms of set-up, reliability and drivability of the engine, we’ve done a good job. The car has improved a lot and the team have done well preparing me so I’m completely familiar with everything heading into the first race.
I think we’re strong, I’m optimistic, but it is very hard to draw a conclusion as to where we are so I’m going to wait and see. It’s going to be a fantastic season with the new teams, the new drivers and the new regulations.

Nico Hülkenberg
Being a Formula One driver is a great feeling and I’m very excited about going to Bahrain. I learnt a lot as the team’s test driver, which has prepared me well for the season ahead. Working in the factory has also helped give me more of a technical understanding of the car, it won’t make me quicker, but it will help me with set-up.
Winter testing was good for us. Having completed a good amount of mileage, we are well placed going into the season. The Cosworth engine is also looking strong; it’s powerful and reliable. We have potential, but we have to wait to see where the competition is. It’s going to be an exciting season and I can’t wait to start it!

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First weather forcast for Bahrain

March 2, 2010

The first long range weather predictions for the race in Bahrain next week have just arrived, and no surprise it’s going to be hot. Every day is set to be 26-28c and sunny. That should give us track temperatures in the low-mid 40s.

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Last test day of 2010

February 28, 2010

So the last day of testing before the season starts has arrived. The weather here at the track is warmer than yesterday already, but quite windy.
With just over 30 minutes until the session starts the teams have all had breakfast and started the engine warming procedure prior to firing them up in a few minutes.
Hopefully today won’t be hit with as many red flags as yesterday, but remember anything can, and usually does happen during testing.