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    The BMW Sauber F1.09 fundamentally different.

    The winds of change are blowing through Formula One. 2009 sees arguably the
    most significant rewrite of the F1 technical rulebook in the history of the sport.
    Whereas up to now the engineers had always been able to use the previous
    years car as a basis for the design of their new machine, now theyve been asked
    to start with a clean slate or, more accurately, a blank computer screen.
    Completely redefined aerodynamics, the return of treadless tyres (slicks) and the
    option of fitting KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology have
    literally brought the teams back to the drawing board.

    In early 2007 the FIA set up the OWG (Overtaking Working Group) to think up
    ways of making Formula One more attractive; in other words, to identify areas
    where change was needed to make overtaking easier.

    The principle problem of modern Formula One cars lay in the massive
    amounts of downforce they lost once the distance to the car in front dropped
    below around two seconds. This ǣdirty air whipped up by the preceding car
    significantly diminished the effect of the front wing in particular, and this
    manifested itself in pronounced understeer. As a result, changes in position
    were more frequently the result of strategies in the pit lane than overtaking
    manoeuvres out on the track.

    The OWG looked into this phenomenon with the help of a series of
    experimental tests in the wind tunnel and computer-aided airflow simulations,
    before coming up with a proposal: less aerodynamic downforce combined
    with more mechanical grip would be the way ahead. Indeed, the OWG
    recommended reducing downforce by some 40 percent.

    This has led to radical changes, especially as far as aerodynamics are
    concerned. The front wing of the F1.09, for example, has grown in width from
    1,400 mm to 1,800 mm, making it as broad as the car as a whole. It is also fixed
    lower down than before. Added to which, spectators will find the significantly
    narrower, higher-mounted rear wing takes some getting used to.

    The regulations have also limited the use of air deflectors and cooling apertures
    to a minimum. The result of all these new rules is a totally new look for the
    F1 cars.

    Even more exciting than ever.

    For Willy Rampf, the BMW Sauber F1 Team Technical Coordinator and the
    man responsible for the concept of the BMW Sauber F1.09, and Walter Riedl,
    Managing Director of BMW Sauber AG who also heads up the technical
    department in Hinwil and is responsible for the development of the new car
    this project has represented a memorable challenge. ǣDeveloping a new
    Formula One car is always exciting, but this time there was something even
    more special about it. We really were starting from scratch, says Rampf.
    The combination of the return of slicks with the possible use of KERS
    technology places particular importance on weight distribution. ǣFirst and
    foremost, the switch from grooved tyres to slicks means more grip, of course,
    but it also moves the balance of forces further forward: removing the grooves
    gives the front tyres proportionally a greater contact area and more grip than
    the rear tyres, explains Rampf. Consequently, more weight has to be shifted
    towards the front of the car and the aero balance adjusted likewise.

    This is no easy task, especially in conjunction with KERS, as the new system
    adds extra weight and the engineers have much less scope for juggling ballast.
    Furthermore, they also have to find a way of packaging the KERS elements
    the electric motor/generator, energy storage unit and control unit which minimises
    their negative impact on aerodynamics and at the same time ensures
    there is sufficient cooling for all these components.

    Work begins earlier than usual.

    The team had to carefully consider all of these practical constraints in the basic
    concept of the car. Key areas included the definition of parameters such as
    the wheelbase, weight distribution, position of the engine and gearbox, shape
    and size of the fuel tank, and the positioning of the KERS elements. ǣBecause
    the car differs so significantly from its predecessor, we already started work
    on the first concept studies in February two months earlier than normal and
    before the F1.08 had even started its first race, says Rampf, highlighting
    the extraordinary nature of the situation.

    ǣOur aim, continues Rampf, ǣwas to build a car with high aerodynamic
    efficiency and in so doing claw back as much of the downforce as possible,
    which the new regulations had taken away. The first phase of the project
    involved conducting studies on several different concepts in which the team
    assessed the interplay of aero balance, tyre requirements and weight
    distribution. This was followed by an optimisation phase.

    The aerodynamics experts invested a great deal of time in the development of
    the front wing in particular, as this area influences the airflow over the entire car.
    As far back as February, the BMW Sauber F1 Team specialists used CFD, and
    thus the assistance of a supercomputer, to look into the functioning of the front
    wing and, more specifically, its interaction with the underbody. ǣNo longer being
    allowed to use turning vanes to guide the airflow makes the task a whole lot
    more difficult, explains Walter Riedl. Another complicating factor is the centre
    section of the front wing, which is also precisely defined in the regulations and
    thus imposes further constraints on how much the engineers can do.

    The result is a three-element front wing with a very dominant visual presence,
    which does much to shape the appearance of the car as a whole. Its outer
    edges are fitted with several auxiliary elements, which are all designed to
    channel the air as efficiently as possible around the front tyres. The less air
    hitting the turning wheels directly, the less uncontrolled turbulence occurs.
    Another new feature of the regulations allows the drivers to move the flaps on
    the front wing upwards or downwards. Again, this is intended to make it easier
    to get up close behind the car in front.

    They may have already made admirable progress, but this is just the beginning
    for the engineers, as Riedl explains. ǣThe complexity inherent in the interaction
    of the front wing with the open front tyres means there is still a lot of potential
    for further development here. Indeed, we picked up a wealth of valuable
    knowledge in this area with the F1.08.

    The nose of the car also reveals striking changes and is now considerably
    higher and, above all, much wider than its predecessors. After a large number of
    tests, this variant proved to be the most efficient when working in combination
    with the new front wing.


    Severe demands on cooling.

    The new regulations have also presented the engineers with a challenge when
    it comes to the cars cooling concept, as lamellar outlet vents in the engine
    cover are no longer permitted. For this reason, at the rear of the car the air now
    flows back centrally through the aperture between the engine cover and the
    gearbox. The channelling of the airflow takes on particular importance here, as
    the hot air heats up all the nearby components. Where you used to be able to
    vary the level of cooling through chimneys and lamellar outlet vents of different
    sizes, now you can only vary the size of the air outlets.

    But thats not all, since the KERS elements also need to be cooled. While the
    energy storage units fitted with impressive compactness in the two sidepods
    are kept within the required temperature band by the flow of air, the KERS
    control unit, which is fitted in the right-hand sidepod, has an integrated cooling
    system.

    The sidepods are high at the front and do not fall away as sharply to the rear as
    in previous years. As chimneys or lamellar outlet vents may no longer be used
    as an escape route for the exhaust air, the whole rear area of the car, including
    the engine cover, has to increase in volume to enable optimum airflow over this
    section as well.

    The rear wing is totally new in terms of both its form and its position. It now
    measures only 750 mm in width instead of 1,000 mm, as on last years car
    but is 950 mm in height, up from the previous 800 mm. This change in the
    regulations means that cars following behind will be subjected to less
    turbulence. A particularly striking feature are the side endplates, whose form
    has a major influence on the optimum functioning of the rear wing.
    The lower levels of downforce will have an effect on the cars aerodynamic
    set-up. ǣIn 2009 well be running maximum downforce at a lot more circuits
    than last season, says Rampf.

    Something the observer will not be able to spot at first glance are the changes
    to the diffusor also specified in the regulations. This element now rises over
    a longer area than before and leads further back along the car. As a result there
    will no longer be direct interaction between the diffusor and the lower element
    of the rear wing, which will make the car less sensitive to different airflows.
    Making optimum use of tyre potential.

    The switch to slick tyres was a central factor in the development of the cars
    suspension. The team collected initial data with the grooveless tyre, which
    generates far greater grip than its predecessor, over the course of the summer
    after Bridgestone delivered the first batch of slicks for testing. It quickly became
    clear that achieving the right weight distribution would play a critical role. At the
    front axle the priority was to extract the full potential from the tyre in the various
    situations. Plus, optimised kinematics and high rigidity should allow it to give
    the driver high-quality feedback.

    Whereas the front axle for the new car shows only minor differences to the one
    fitted on the F1.08, the rear axle is an all-new design adapted to the changes in
    tyre characteristics. The aim was to achieve excellent traction, while at the same
    time exploiting the lateral force potential of the tyres through an extremely wide
    band. Added to which, the F1.09 should retain the impressive braking stability
    of its predecessor.

    And, of course, the engineers also placed considerable importance on keeping
    the weight of the new car as low as possible. Numerous components were
    further optimised to this end. There were no compromises, however, when it
    came to rigidity.

    ǣThe development of the F1.09 centred on three key areas: aerodynamics,
    optimum tyre utilisation and the integration of KERS. Thats where our focus
    has been from the outset and where we have channelled the large reserves
    of knowledge amassed during the course of last season. The F1.09 contains
    the combined expertise of a highly motivated team one which will be pulling
    out all the stops to fulfil our ambitious aims once again in our fourth year on
    the F1 grid, sums up Managing Director, Walter Riedl.

    BMW Sauber F1.09 technical data.

    Chassis: carbon-fibre monocoque

    Suspension: upper and lower wishbones (front and rear),
    inboard springs and dampers, actuated by pushrods
    (Sachs Race Engineering)

    Brakes: six-piston brake callipers (Brembo), carbon pads and
    discs (Brembo, Carbone Industrie)

    Transmission: 7-speed quick shift gearbox, longitudinally mounted,
    carbon-fibre clutch

    KERS electronic system, BMW Sauber F1 Team

    Chassis electronics: MES

    Steering wheel: BMW Sauber F1 Team

    Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza

    Wheels: OZ

    Dimensions:
    length 4,690 mm
    width 1,800 mm
    height 1,000 mm
    track width, front 1,470 mm
    track width, rear 1,410 mm

    Weight: 605 kg (incl. driver, tank empty)

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    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Rollout and shakedown in Valencia
    01-20-2009 Press Release

    Test in Valencia.



    20th-24th December 2008
    Roll-out and shakedown Tuesday


    Weather conditions: sunny with a cool wind.

    Temperatures: Air: 15-16??C. Track: 15-17??C

    Number of drivers participating: one (exclusive BMW Sauber F1 Team test)

    Circuit length: 4.005 km


    Robert Kubica
    Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-02 / BMW 86/9
    Test kilometres today: 293 km (73 laps)


    Programme:
    Immediately after the official unveiling of the BMW Sauber F1 Teams 2009 car in the morning, Robert Kubica gave the F1.09 its roll-out on the track. Taking advantage of the sunny weather in the afternoon, the team concentrated on system checks and collecting base data from the all-new car. After completing 73 laps Kubica said: ǣIt was a good shakedown without a technical problem. Although the track was missing a little bit of grip because there was only one car running, we already learned a lot about how the car is responding to set-up changes.

    BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen said: ǣWe unveiled the BMW Sauber F1.09 this morning and continued with a shakedown on the Valencia circuit in the afternoon. Everything went according to plan and without problems. The car is now ready for the first day of proper testing tomorrow with Robert at the wheel.

    ǣDespite being a brand new car, the BMW Sauber F1.09 had a very successful shakedown. All systems worked perfectly. We could even do some basic tests like several race start simulations, added Walter Riedl, Managing Director of BMW Sauber AG.


    What comes next:
    The BMW Sauber F1 Team will continue testing in Valencia until Saturday. Robert Kubica will again be at the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1.09 tomorrow and on Thursday. Nick Heidfeld will take over on Friday and Saturday.














    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Test in Valencia - Day one
    01-21-2009 Press Release
    Test in Valencia.



    January 21st 24th 2009

    Day one Wednesday


    Weather conditions: sunny all day, windy in the afternoon.

    Air temperature: 9 16 ??C, track temperature: 11 16 ??C

    Number of drivers participating: 1 (exclusive BMW Sauber F1 Team test)


    Circuit length: 4.005 km


    Robert Kubica
    Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-02 / BMW 86/9
    Test kilometres today: 397 km (99 laps)



    Programme:
    On the first day of proper testing with the all-new BMW Sauber F1.09, the team continued the evaluation process begun yesterday during the shakedown. Robert Kubica concentrated on set-up work. The main tasks of the day were testing different brake set-ups and different tyre compounds. ǣAlthough it was quite windy in the afternoon, the conditions were better than yesterday because the track is building up grip with every lap I drive, said Kubica. ǣThe progress we made during the day shows that we are moving in the right direction with the development of the F1.09.

    Kubica completed 99 laps as well as conducting several race start simulations. In the morning he deliberately stopped on the track when he carried out a so-called fuel run-out, a standard procedure with every new F1 car.


    What comes next:
    The BMW Sauber F1 Team will continue testing in Valencia for three more days. Tomorrow Robert Kubica will again be at the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1.09. On Friday Nick Heidfeld will take over.

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    Mercedes-Benz.tv







    motorsport.com: F1 Aerodynamics good, bad or ugly?

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    Formula 1

    I have not had access to my F1 links and a bit of catching up is in order

    Team News

    BMW Sauber F1


    Time to get the whole cloth to write a new resume on -
    f1network.net: BMW Sauber is looking for a new race engineer.


    Several of the changes for 2009 will help NH this coming season such as the diver adjustable aero features. Title hopes may make a great display of confidence in the new BMW car and his skills but a title run?
    formula1.com: Heidfeld targeting title, not just a maiden win.


    bmwf1blog.com: Development of the BMW Sauber F1.09


    f1complet.com: BMW confirms Bahrain test swithc


    Renault


    Renault debuted in Portugal on January 19


    I have my reservations about Heidfeld making a title run but the same is not the case for Alonso. His chances depend heavily on Renault continuing to have the commitment and results in developing the 2009 car during the season they did in the last half of 2008. He has the skills and if Renault can properly develop the car for him they have a chance to be seriously in the hunt.
    formula1.com: Fenando Alonso Q&A – title is the only target for ‘09


    formula1.com: Renault answers 10 questions on KERS


    Red Bull


    Red Bull is one of the late debuts of the mid tier teams. Their launch is scheduled for next Monday.


    Williams


    The Williams – Toyota FW31 debuted in Portugal on January 19.


    Force One India


    formula1.com: Force India on track for March debut


    NEWS


    Where is Dan Gurney?
    crash.net: New F1 team set for 2010 made in the USA?


    telegraph.co.uk: Honda Racing seeks [UK] government bailout


    Defusers for Williams and Toyota were questioned –[ur= http://www.f1network.net/main/s107/st139387.htm]f1network.net[/url] gives us the set up and then tells us autosport.com: Williams, Toyota diffusers given all clear


    F1 Gladiators in Rome? Tilke scouting sites for Rome F1 race


    crash.net: FIA set to cut cost further?


    f1complet.com ‘White paper’ reveals shape of future rules


    Pit stops have added to F1. They have added strategy and surprises to the races. They have added unacceptable danger to them also. Eliminating refueling is a reasonable change back to what things were, but does it just move the safety issue from the pit lane out on the track?
    planet-f1.com: FOTA contemplate a refueling ban from 2010

    Today’s post is sponsored by…


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    So, John, what's your guess? Will there be 18 cars on the grid come 29 MAR 09, or 20? I say 18. Honda's done. The only prospect is if Vijay Mallya buys the Honda chassis to use for Force India, but that still only leaves 9 teams.
    I can't believe how incredulous I am.

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    The smart money says 18. I agree the Honda deal is dead.

    (Remember the days when the first cut for making the grid was a lap time of less than 103% IIRC of the pole, now we are talking about just 18 )


    Here is something to kick around,

    The set up
    As you know testing is limited this season. Also some of the track contracts are reported to have penalties for have less than a certain number of cars on the grid. At one time that number was a minimum of 24, I am not certain what that number is now or how the penalty works.

    what if ...
    Bernie and Max allowed teams to field a third car? They have one back up car. They have a test driver that has a Super License. Allow the driver to claim points in the drivers championship but don't allow the team to collect constructor points for the third car.

    Figure out how to split the costs. Ferrari and McLaren would bite, and if BMW Renault and say Toyota joined in the experiment you could rotate it among the teams spreading out the costs and track time over more of the field.

    It gives the participating teams track time to try different settings etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    Hey, I didn't know Barack was an F1 driver in his younger days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    Hey, I didn't know Barack was an F1 driver in his younger days.
    Did to relieve stress while trying to stop smoking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    Here is something to kick around,

    Interesting proposition, but like everything else in F1, it's a case of the rich getting richer. The teams that can afford to competitively field a third car on Saturday and Sunday are Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Renault and BMW. They would benefit from the extra track time, sure, but mostly from increased TV exposure, effectively by 50%. Everybody else is struggling to make it through Q1, frankly. For the third-tier teams, fielding a third driver would be tantamount to a rolling chicane - remember Ukyo Katayama? Andrea DeCrasheris? Johnny Washroom? Heaven forbid we return to those days.

    For the tracks that have a minimum quota, well, they're just going to have to suck it up and face reality. Now is not the time to be enforcing seemingly arbitrary contractual terms. It's not like Bernie's going to cough up the difference out of Tamara's allowance.

    Mmmm ... Tamara Ecclestone ...

    OK, back to reality. I don't recall 103%. I only recall 107%. Was 103% during the turbo/ground effect/no refueling era?

    Thanks again for all your work to bring us these very interesting reports.

    As of this writing, 44d 21h 35m to Australia Friday Practice! It's comin'!
    I can't believe how incredulous I am.

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    On the heals of our speculation about the number of cars on the grid for the F1 season the Honda (or what ever name it ends up as) says: ǣWere not dead, just mostly dead
    f1network.net: Honda will make it MelbourneǪprobably


    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Test in Bahrain - Day one
    02-10-2009 Press Release

    Test in Bahrain.



    February 10th 13th 2009

    Day one Tuesday


    Weather conditions: Heavy fog in the morning, sunny for the rest of the day.

    Temperature: Air: 15 27 ??C, Track: 17 35 ??C

    Number of drivers participating: 3 from 3 teams

    Fastest lap overall: Timo Glock (Toyota) 1:33.501 min

    Circuit length: 5.412 km


    Robert Kubica
    Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-02 / BMW 86/9
    Test kilometres today: 515 (95 laps)
    Fastest lap: 1:33.702 min


    Programme:
    The start of todays test session was delayed by nearly two hours due to poor visibility. Once the fog went away and the sun came out Robert Kubica worked on the set-up of the BMW Sauber F1.09. The team made good progress developing the new car, although just after the lunch break Kubica stopped out on the track due to a mechanical problem. He resumed testing after repairs had been made.

    ǣIt was the first time I was able to drive the new car in warm weather, Kubica said after completing 95 laps. ǣWe learned a lot about the cars behaviour in these conditions, so overall it was a good day.



    What comes next:
    This weeks testing in Bahrain will continue until Friday. Robert Kubica will be at the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1.09 again tomorrow and Thursday. On Friday Christian Klien will take over testing duties.


    [b]AT&T Williams[b]

    Jerez Test Day One
    10 February 09
    The AT&T Williams team were back on track today for the first day of a four day test at Jerez. The team's official test driver, Nico Hulkenberg, was in the cockpit of the FW31 which is having its second outing following its January debut in Portugal last month.

    In a field of just four other teams, Nico covered 82 laps of the 4.423km track, a total of 362kms, and set the second quickest time of the 2009 runners with a 1:22.443.

    Kazuki Nakajima will take over testing duties tomorrow.

    Sam Michael, Technical Director, Williams F1:
    ǣToday Nico Hulkenberg worked on mapping, systems checks and set-ups on the FW31 in preparation for the first Grand Prix in Melbourne. Although there was some wet weather in the middle of the day, there was plenty of dry running and we have a lot of useful data to look at tonight.

    Red Bull Racing
    Jerez Test Day One
    10 | 02 | 09
    Sebastian Vettel (RB5-01) Laps: 63; Best time: 1:22.177; Circuit length: 4.423; Fastest lap: S Buemi 1:19.660
    After a preliminary shakedown yesterday, the job of getting to know RB5 and developing it for the coming season began today, once again with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel.

    The day went well, with successful runs in dry conditions, until mid-morning rain left the track wet until well into the afternoon, so that the car spent quite a bit of time in the garage.
    Tomorrow, it will be a case of one car and two drivers: Vettel is due to do the bulk of the driving over these four days, but tomorrow morning Mark Webber will get his first taste of RB5, not just to assess the cars potential, but also to see how he feels physically in the cockpit, as he continues his remarkable recovery after breaking his leg, back in November.

    formula1.com: Hit and miss shake out for Red Bull

    [b]Torro Rosso[/url]

    formula1.com: Jerez day one

    Some rumours had this seat going to Button.
    scuderiatororosso.com: Big surprise, Sebastien Bourdais is back

    [b]USF1[/url]

    crash.net: USF1 close to first signing

    Why?
    autosport.com: Mosley KERS is here to stay

    f1-live.com: Kovalainen focuses on KERS


    formula1blog: Vettel on Super License row

    grandprix.com: NASCAR men earning as well as most F1 drivers

    paddocktalk.com: Will Formula 1 drivers strike over FIAs taxing demands???

    If my mother had been Maxs mother I would be rich, but I digress, she would be wacking him on the head telling him to be quiet because you have embarrassed the family enough. She was not and Max is doing his Machiavellian best to cut down the evil doers. With FIA elections on the horizon Max is considering running again instead of stepping down and letting the FIA get on to the future.
    telegraph.co.uk: RIA president Max Mosley knows whodunit in News of the World sting

    corrieredellosport.it translated: Bahrain good for Massa


    bmwf1blog.com: Is F1 cost cutting already failing?

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    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Test in Bahrain - Day two
    02-11-2009 Press Release

    Test in Bahrain.



    February 10th 13th 2009

    Day two Wednesday


    Weather conditions: Sunny in the early morning, sandstorms for the rest of the day.

    Temperature: Air: 19 23 ??C, Track: 20 26 ??C

    Number of drivers participating: 3 from 3 teams

    Fastest lap overall: Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari) 1:33.639 min

    Circuit length: 5.412 km


    Robert Kubica
    Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-02 / BMW 86/9
    Test kilometres today: 120 (22 laps)
    Fastest lap: 1:34.398 min


    Programme:
    The day started with perfect weather allowing the BMW Sauber F1 Team to work on the development of the new car. However, from 10 oclock a sandstorm started, reducing visibility significantly. The conditions meant the medical helicopter would not have been able to fly, so the session was stopped. As the weather conditions did not improve during the day the session was not re-started.



    What comes next:
    There will be two more days of testing this week in Bahrain. Robert Kubica will be at the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1.09 again tomorrow.

    Here are two videos from last years BMW Sauber F1 campaign and deal with the factory at Hinwil.





    AT&T Williams

    Jerez test day two

    Ferrari

    Sand storms kept Ferrari in the gargae

    ING Reanult

    Jerez test day two

    McLaren

    formula1.com: Jerez day two Kovalainen tops 09 runners as Webber returns

    Red Bull Racing

    Mark Webber back on track Jerez test day two

    [/b]Toro Rosso[/b]

    Sebastien Buemi Jerez test day two

    Toyota F1

    Bahrain Test Turn the sand down

    F1 News

    What strike?
    autosport.com: FIA receives first license application

    pitpass.com: British GP???

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    Your an incredible fan Mika.

    I love F1 as well. I had great seats in the J-Stand high enough to look over the fence clearly seeing the starting grid, turns 1-6 at Indianapolis, for five straight years. I enjoyed ever year, even the Michelin debacle.

    Hopefully, F1 will return to the states and IMS. Since the last race, IMS has changed the current turn one of the MOTOGP and the last turn of the former F1 race. The last corner almost took Ralph Schumacher's life. These change adds an additional four turns and additional great seats in Stands B, E, and Southwest Vista. I currently have front row Stand E - Penthouse seats for the MOTOGP race.

    The incredible beautify of an F1 car is amplified by the sound of the motor cranking out 19,000 RPMs. These are true race cars and undeniably, the highest form of racing in the world. I really miss not hearing the sound of the engines each year and watching the greatest racers in the world. I saw Louis Hamilton win his first race there and Michael Schumacher win several races at IMS. In my mind, he is the finest auto racer to ever live. He even won with Ford V8s. I will never forget watching Michael Schumacher ride up next to me behind gasoline alley on a Harley V-Rod. What a thrill! My wife was even excited.

    Keep up the good work on the post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenk View Post
    Your an incredible fan Mika.

    I love F1 as well. I had great seats in the J-Stand high enough to look over the fence clearly seeing the starting grid, turns 1-6 at Indianapolis, for five straight years. I enjoyed ever year, even the Michelin debacle.

    Hopefully, F1 will return to the states and IMS. Since the last race, IMS has changed the current turn one of the MOTOGP and the last turn of the former F1 race. The last corner almost took Ralph Schumacher's life. These change adds an additional four turns and additional great seats in Stands B, E, and Southwest Vista. I currently have front row Stand E - Penthouse seats for the MOTOGP race.

    The incredible beautify of an F1 car is amplified by the sound of the motor cranking out 19,000 RPMs. These are true race cars and undeniably, the highest form of racing in the world. I really miss not hearing the sound of the engines each year and watching the greatest racers in the world. I saw Louis Hamilton win his first race there and Michael Schumacher win several races at IMS. In my mind, he is the finest auto racer to ever live. He even won with Ford V8s. I will never forget watching Michael Schumacher ride up next to me behind gasoline alley on a Harley V-Rod. What a thrill! My wife was even excited.

    Keep up the good work on the post.
    Thank you!

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    You may want to bookmark the season guide page from [/url=http://www.f1network.net/main/s107/st140099.htm]f1network.net[/url], then again maybe not.


    The rumblings about upset drivers continue in F1. There has been speculation about a strike. The thought of rich young men strikingǪoops that sounds like baseball. The drives association has never appeared to be a union in any sense of the term. How united are the drivers against the FIA treatment of them?
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    Test in Bahrain.



    February 10th 13th 2009

    Day four - Friday


    Weather conditions: Some fog early in the morning, sunny for the rest of the day.

    Temperature: Air: 16 21 ??C, Track: 21 29 ??C

    Number of drivers participating: 3 from 3 teams

    Fastest lap overall: Kimi Raikk?nen (Scuderia Ferrari) 1:33.325 min

    Circuit length: 5.412 km


    Christian Klien
    Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-02 / BMW 86/9
    Test kilometres today: 677 (125 laps)
    Fastest lap: 1:33.666 min


    Programme:
    Finally with perfect weather, the BMW Sauber F1 Team resumed its test programme on the last day of this weeks running. Christian Klien concentrated on set-up work and tried different tyre compounds. With the car running for 125 laps (677 kms), the engineers were able to collect a lot of data on the cars behaviour in warm weather conditions.

    ǣIn the morning the track was still slightly wet as a result of being cleaned after yesterdays sandstorm. Because of this it took some time to build up a proper grip level. That gave me the opportunity to get used to the BMW Sauber F1.09, which I drove for the very first time, Klien said. ǣIn the afternoon the track conditions were much better and we were able to go ahead with our test programme as scheduled.



    What comes next:
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    The GPDA is a joke, IMO. To say that guys like Sebastien Bourdais has the same career concerns as Hamilton or Alonso or even Massa is patently absurd. Each F1 driver, at least in the top 2/3 of the ranks, is his own brand, and as such has particularly unique circumstances. The sponsorship and endorsement contracts alone constitute a full-time business apart from their racing duties. I should think that the contractual terms of those activities are far more onerous than those that BernieMaxCorp have. I doubt very much that any driver worth his salt would even think twice about a strike.

    I can see Button on the picket line, though.
    I can't believe how incredulous I am.

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