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    FOTA Press realease
    Date:
    26 March, 2009
    PRESS RELEASE

    26 March 2009




    FOTA wish to clarify the situation regarding remarks that have been widely reported in the last few days concerning a meeting between members of FOTA and the Commercial Rights Holder.

    The meeting, which took place in London on March 18th, involved John Howett, the Vice Chairman of FOTA, Flavio Briatore in his capacity as chairman of the Commercial Working Group of FOTA and Ron Dennis as a member of the Executive Committee of FOTA as well as Bernie Ecclestone, the Commercial Rights Holder. The FOTA representatives presented the unified views of all FOTA members.

    The purpose of the meeting was to discuss payment of money owed by CVC (the effective owners of the commercial rights to Formula One) to the teams and relates to agreed sums owing from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 championship years.

    FOTA are committed to accelerate the signing of the new Concorde Agreement and, as part of the conditions necessary to obtain the signatures of all the teams, it was necessary to reach a conclusion to this outstanding matter.

    During the discussions, any position stated by the members of FOTA who were present was supported by all members.


    FOA issues media statement
    Formula One Administration Limited (‘FOA’), the commercial rights holder of Formula One, wishes to clarify and correct inaccurate and misleading statements made to the media yesterday by “FOTA”:

    In particular FOTA claimed that monies are owed by CVC (FOA’s controlling shareholder) to the teams for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Championship seasons. Neither CVC nor FOA owes any amount to any team.

    The contract between the commercial rights holder and the teams competing in Formula One, the so-called Concorde Agreement, expired at the end of 2007. All prize fund entitlements payable to the signatory teams under that arrangement were paid when due.

    FOA has made new contracts with various teams currently competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship on an individual basis, whereby the team has committed to participate in the Championship for an agreed period in return for which FOA has agreed to pay a share of an annual prize fund generated from and calculated with reference to its profits. Each of these teams has been paid its full prize fund entitlement to date.

    A few teams have yet to enter into a contract with FOA concerning their participation in the Championship, notwithstanding which FOA has made substantial payments to each of them on account of future prize fund entitlements they will have when they sign a contract, demonstrating FOA’s goodwill and intent to conclude a new arrangement with them.

    FOA welcomes that the teams are engaging in constructive discussions to progress a new Concorde Agreement that will encompass all teams. FOA looks forward to finalising and concluding that contract with the teams in the coming weeks, at which time they will be paid whatever their entitlement will be under the new arrangement.

    FOA has no relationship with FOTA. It has always had a direct relationship with teams and will continue to do so.

    Friday Practice 1



    Practice One - Rosberg heads a Williams one-two
    For much of the first practice session of 2009, Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari held sway, but right at the end it was like old times from the Nineties as Williams went one-two, courtesy of Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima.

    Just after 12.30 local time the two Force Indias led the cars out of the pits, and this year’s FIA Formula One World Championship was officially underway.

    Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi was the first driver to record a time, 1m 36.659s, but soon Raikkonen was setting the pace for Ferrari with 1m 28.718s as the Swiss rookie worked down to 1m 32.788s.

    It didn’t take long for problems to strike Red Bull, as Sebastian Vettel’s RB5 rolled to a halt in Turn 7 after 13 minutes.

    Meanwhile, an interesting battle began as Brawn, McLaren, Williams, Toyota and Red Bull pushed closer to the Finn’s Ferrari. Heikki Kovalainen eventually nudged Raikkonen down with 1m 27.982s, and was in turn displaced by Rubens Barrichello on 1m 27.743s. Then Raikkonen struck back with a seemingly unassailable 1m 26.750s lap, which remained the best until a free-for-all developed in the final stages of the hour-and-a-half session. That was when Rosberg banged in 1m 26.687s and Nakajima jumped up to second with 1m 26.736s, just 0.049s adrift.

    The Brawns were right up there in fourth (Rubens Barrichello, 1m 27.226s) and sixth (Jenson Button, 1m 27.467s) places, sandwiching Kovalainen’s McLaren (1m 27.453s).

    Felipe Massa was seventh on 1m 27.642s, chased by Timo Glock on 1m 27.710s for Toyota and Adrian Sutil on 1m 27.993s for Force India.

    The top 10 was rounded out by Fernando Alonso who took his Renault round in 1m 28.123s to head Nick Heidfeld (1m 28.137s), Jarno Trulli (1m 28.142s) and Robert Kubica (1m 28.511s). Then came Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 28.603s) and Buemi (1m 28.785s).

    And Lewis Hamilton, the world champion? He was only 16th on 1m 29.042s ahead of Mark Webber (1m 29.081s), Nelson Piquet (1m 29.461s), and Sebastien Bourdais (1m 29.499s). Vettel, who only did four laps before his technical problem, believed to be hydraulic, was 20th on 1m 32.784s.

    Both Ferrari drivers had minor off-course moments, Raikkonen in Turn 2, Massa in Turn 15, as they demonstrated that the new breed of cars is not all that forgiving. Hamilton had a couple of offs too, as did Barrichello, while Piquet spun in Turn 1.

    The respective gaps between the Ferraris and the McLarens suggest that not all drivers were running the same strategies, and it is likely that we have yet to see the best from BMW Sauber and Toyota. As a season-opening session this threw up more questions than answers, which is just the way it should be.
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    BMW‘«÷s history is to come into Friday practice with a task list. Completion of the task list is more important than being racy with the other teams.

    Speed broke the participants into the ‘«ˇDiffuser Cars‘«÷ and the rest of the field. These cars did very well in Friday practice. Were the non diffuser teams expecting to win their challenge, or did they file their protests hoping to win and developed their own diffusers as a backup? If they did develop a backup diffuser will they appear in Saturday practice giving time to further trim the cars for qualifying?



    The first two practice sessions have provided some very good entertainment.

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    fia.com: Transcript – Friday press conference

    formula1.com: Selected drivers quotes

    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Australian Grand Prix - Free Practice
    • 27.03.2009
    • Press Release
    Weather: dry, 18-19??air, 25-31??C track

    Melbourne (AUS). At 12.30 hrs local time in Melbourne, Australia, the 2009 season finally started. For the BMW Sauber F1 Team the two free practice sessions were trouble free and unspectacular. Nick Heidfeld finished 11th and 14th, while Robert Kubica was 13th and 15th.



    The team fitted Heidfeld's F1.09 with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) while Kubica drove without the hybrid system.

    Nick Heidfeld:
    BMW Sauber F1.09-04 / BMW P86/9
    1st Practice: 11th , 1.28.137 min / 2. Practice: 14 th 1.27.398 min
    “It was great fun to drive here today. It was high time the season started. We had no technical problems and completed our entire programme – with the usual tyre comparison and long runs. The Albert Park circuit isn’t a permanent race track and, therefore, naturally has a very low grip level at the beginning of the race weekend. It improved a little during the two practice sessions but even in the end it wasn’t good.”

    Robert Kubica:
    BMW Sauber F1.09-03 / BMW P86/9
    1st Practice: 13th, 1.28.511 min / 2nd Practice: 15th, 1.27.398 min
    “It was the first Friday of the season, but, apart from that, it was the normal work improving the set-up and evaluating the tyres for the race. We collected a lot of data which we have to analyse so we can make more progress. Overall we are lacking grip, and we have to find out why.”

    Willy Rampf (Head of Engineering):
    “At last the new season has started! We did not have any technical problems today, KERS also worked without any difficulties. We were able to complete our full programme. The focus was the set-up work for the race, but so far we are not satisfied with this. The decisive factor will be to use the tyre performance perfectly for both specifications. We will concentrate on this in the third practice.”



    reuters.com: KERS raises safety fears for drivers

    telegraph.co.uk: F1 diffuser row: Q&A



    It’s the end of the F1 world as we have known it?
    The F1 grid turned on its head!
    Is this a display of rampant sandbagging?

    No it is the Australian GP and the beginning of another season for the F1 Circus.

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    Grand Prix of Australia
    Round 01, 29 March, 2009, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.
    Lap Distance: 5.303km/3.295 miles Race: 58 laps - 307.574km/191.110 miles

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    Kovalainen showed he could keep the pace at times but Hamilton played the part of the failing prima dona.
    bbc.co.uk: Hamilton fears for title chances

    Red Bull Racing

    Toro Rosso

    Toyota F1

    USGPE
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    Saturday Practice has the grid as mixed up as ever. Raikkonen has had some sort of problem and did only 5 laps. Massa was fourth fastest in a field once again dominated by the ‘«ˇdiffuser‘«÷ cars

    F1 News

    Press Release
    International Court of Appeal
    28/03/2009

    The FIA‘«÷s International Court of Appeal (ICA) has received appeals from National Sporting Authorities in Austria, France and Italy on behalf of Red Bull Racing, ING Renault F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro against the Stewards‘«÷ decisions at the Grand Prix of Australia to reject the protests lodged regarding the diffusers used by some competitors.

    A hearing will be held in Paris on 14th April 2009 at 10.00 am (CET).

    Arrangements for press access will be communicated in due course.



    bbc.co.uk: Australian Grand Prix predictions

    crash.net: Stirling Moss ‘«Ű Vettel I‘«÷is going to take some beating‘«÷

    f1technical.com: BMW Sauber push for higher minimum weight

    Will layoffs hit the backup drivers for F1 teams?
    f1technical.net: Wurz hopes Brawn GP hold up to contract

    formula1.com: Briatori on the diffuser controversy

    The rumor there will be three additional teams in 2010 has people wondering about the possible return of Cosworth. grandprix.com

    Button, when he came up as a much heralded rookie, was to have been the next English to take over F1 where other Lions had left off. Button was never able to deliver and the press became jaded. The English press warmed up to Hamilton over the 2008 season and cheered at his championship, now they seem to have consigned him to the dust bin and the season‘«÷s first race is yet to be run.
    timesonline.co.uk: Practice makes imperfect for Lewis Hamilton

    But has Button rekindled the flame as the 2009 press darling while the Champion languishes?
    independent.co.uk Hamilton struggles to get a grip as Button flies

    Oh how fickle the press is.

    gizmag.com: KERS explained

    Attendance is down: Estimated attendance figures for Day 2 of the 2009 FORMULA 1‘šů ING Australian Grand Prix are 64,200. Last year‘«÷s Day 2 attendance was 71,000.

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    This was fun!

    Brawn GP takes P1 and 2 in their first race, while McLaren tanks at the bottom of Q2 in P14 and 15. Hamilton reportedly had transmission problems and never turned a wheel in Q2.

    The diffuser cars dominated practice but were spread through the grid in qualifying.

    Even with KERS and the adjustable wing Heidfeld could not get out of Q2. Kubica is on row two having been bumped from P3 to P4 by Vettel on the last possible lap of Q3.

    Now the race speculation begins.

    Kubica could get a podium finish out of this race. He has a good head for starts and row two should be just fine for him. Heidfeld will remain someplace between P10-14.

    Vettel is my pick for the top spot on the podium.

    The diffuser cars practice and qualify well. Will they do the same in the race? Rosberg, Barrichello and Glock have the racing skills to fight for the podium. I don‘«÷t see Button doing that.

    Ferrari has shown speed at time and neither of their drivers should be ruled out. Tofosi shouldn‘«÷t panic it is a long season. They have not always done well in Australia.

    Is McLaren as bad as they looked? Kovalainen has been having a better weekend than Hamilton so far. If Hamilton‘«÷s transmission needs to be changed he will start from the back of the grid.

    Briatori and Alonso have to be fuming. Briatori is ballistic about the diffuser row. Alonso showed strong in the second half of the season in 2008 and winter testing for the 2009 car was promising. P12 was not what they were expecting.

    All of this and a buck will get you a cup of coffee and change at the Lillydale gas station. You‘«÷ll need the coffee to be awake for the race. It should be a fun one.

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    Unbelievable!!! Great work by Brawn!!! The grid looks like they qualified in the rain or something. This should be a fascinating race. I'm going to try to sleep for a couple of hours and wake up for the race.
    I can't believe how incredulous I am.

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    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Australian GP ‘«Ű Qualifying
    ‘«ů 28.03.2009
    ‘«ů Press Release
    Weather: sunny and dry, 19-25??air, 31-35??C track

    Melbourne (AUS). The BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld, will be starting 4th and 11th on the grid respectively for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. While Kubica was able to fight in all three qualifying sessions, Heidfeld just failed to get through to the top ten.

    Robert Kubica:
    BMW Sauber F1.09-03 / BMW P86/9
    Qualifying: 4th, 1.26.914 min (3rd Practice: 9th, 1.26.514 min)
    ‘«£I‘«÷m quite happy with fourth on the grid. Looking at the first practice sessions of the weekend, this was more than we expected. We made progress with the car, and I was able to put in some really good laps. In particular, my lap in Q2 was very good. Unfortunately on my second run in Q3 Nico Rosberg went wide in front of me in corner 14 and put some dust on the track. As a consequence my tyres lost massive grip in the final corners of that lap. Most probably I could have finished third, but still I‘«÷m satisfied with my performance.‘«ō

    Nick Heidfeld:
    BMW Sauber F1.09-04 / BMW P86/9 (KERS)
    Qualifying: 11th , 1.25.504 min in Q2 / 3rd Practice: 10th 1.26.555 min)
    ‘«£We have been improving the car in every session and in qualifying it was okay. Also my final lap in Q2 was okay until the last sector where I just didn‘«÷t get it right, and especially in the last corner I had too much oversteer. Eleventh is certainly not what I was aiming for after the winter tests were quite promising, but at least it is an advantage compared to tenth because I am now free to choose my fuel load. I am hoping for a good race and some points. Using the KERS might be a small advantage just after the start, although here the straight before the first corner isn‘«÷t really long.‘«£

    Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
    ‘«£Robert had a fantastic Qualifying and was up with the front-runners with both low and heavy fuel loads on his car. His fourth on the grid is more than we could have expected after the free practice sessions. Unfortunately Nick missed Q3 by a small margin. However, this gives us more opportunities for the race strategy, because from eleventh on the grid you are free to choose the amount of fuel for the race. Both cars ran without any technical problems. On top of this, our new pit crew did a great job.‘«ō

    Willy Rampf (Head of Engineering):
    ‘«£Finally the first qualifying of 2009 is behind us and we have got an idea where everybody stands. In Q2, when everybody runs with a very low fuel level, Robert was among the fastest. This is very pleasing after the free practice results weren't that promising. Nick on the other hand didn't really get it right in Q2, and just missed the top ten qualifying. For tomorrow we expect similar track conditions and are looking forward to a very exciting race.‘«ō

    fia.com: Australian GP Press Conference ‘«Ű post qualifying

    formula1.com: Toyotas sent to back of the grid for win infringement

    timesonline.co.uk: Lewis Hamilton starts from 18th after gear box failure and penalty

    formula1.com: Pre-race weights ‘«Ű Brawn not running light

    Provisional starting grid for the
    Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne.
    1. Jenson Button (Britain) Brawn - Mercedes
    2. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Brawn - Mercedes
    3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault
    4. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber
    5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams - Toyota
    6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari
    7. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari
    8. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault
    9. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber
    10. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault
    11. Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) Williams - Toyota
    12. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) McLaren
    13. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
    14. Nelson Piquet (Brazil) Renault
    15. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Force India - Mercedes
    16. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes
    17. Sebastien Bourdais (France) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
    18. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren
    19. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota *
    20. Timo Glock (Germany) Toyota *
    * Trulli ahead of Glock on race number


    Next Race

    Grand Prix of Australia
    Round 01, 29 March, 2009, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.
    Lap Distance: 5.303km/3.295 miles Race: 58 laps - 307.574km/191.110 miles

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    1, 2 for Brawn GP with Button taking the race in a bizarre finish.

    Kubica and Vettle take each other out in a duel for second on lap 56. Plenty of blame for each, if Kubica had held off he would have taken P2.

    Impressive win for Brawn GP.

    Great first race of what is going to be a very interesting season.

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    Lap distance: 5.543km/3.444 miles
    Race: 56 laps - 310.408km/192.887 miles
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    fia.com: Australian GP ‘«Ű Post Race Press Conference

    This penalty is in line with how Formula 1 deals with things but it seems a bit harsh from my view of the incident.
    bbc.co.uk: Vettel gets 10 place grid penalty [applied in Malaysia for ‘«ˇcausing‘«÷ the crash with Kubica]

    corrieredellosport.it: translated : Ferrari disaster, double Brawn GP

    Formula 1 still does not seem to have its act together with the Safety Car yet they are willing to penalize Trulli. Pending the appeal, Hamilton is elevated to third.
    formula1.com: Trulli loses podium for safety car infringement
    Related article
    reuters.com: Toyota appeal against Trulli demotion

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    Driver Championship
    Constructor Championship

    Next Race

    Grand Prix of Malaysia
    Round 02, 05 April, 2009. Sepang,
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Lap distance: 5.543km/3.444 miles
    Race: 56 laps - 310.408km/192.887 miles
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    Formula 1 Team News : The team spin doctors are VERY busy this weekend.
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    I really don't agree with the penalty to Trulli. Also, I think that Vettel is unfairly penalized for the racing accident with Big Bob.

    A really fascinating race to watch. Look for everyone to rip out the 40-kg boat anchors this week before Malaysia.
    I can't believe how incredulous I am.

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    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Australian GP - Race
    ‘«ů 29.03.2009
    ‘«ů Press Release
    Weather: sunny and dry, 21-19??air, 30-25??C track

    Melbourne (AUS). The BMW Sauber F1 Team had a disappointing start to the 2009 season with both cars involved in accidents. Nick Heidfeld‘«÷s race was already hopeless after he was hit in the first corner and then brought the damaged car home in 11th. For team mate, Robert Kubica, the Australian GP was a lot more dramatic. With only three laps to go the Pole was fighting for second place with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) when the cars touched, crashed and retired.


    Nick Heidfeld: 11th
    BMW Sauber F1.09-04 / BMW P86/9 (KERS)
    Fastest lap: 1:28.283 min on lap 48 (5th fastest overall)
    ‘«£Today‘«÷s outcome to the race is extremely disappointing for me. I had such a good start and was able to make up positions straight away. My strategy was promising too. Then in the braking zone for the first corner I felt safe because when I looked there was no car next to me. I was in the middle of the track but suddenly I got a big bang. I had to pit for new tyres and a front wing, but the damage to the car was a lot more than that and driving with it was hopeless. I think at least the KERS helped me to defend my position with such a slow car. But in the end it didn‘«÷t matter much because who cares if you finish 11th or 13th.‘«ō

    Robert Kubica: accident
    BMW Sauber F1.09-03 / BMW P86/9
    Fastest lap: 1:27.988 min on lap 36 (2nd fastest overall)
    ‘«£What a disappointment! I had a chance to win this race because Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel were on soft tyres and struggling, while I was on the harder compound and was able to drive much quicker. Sebastian went wide in corner one and then he braked early. I was already in front, but he didn‘«÷t want to let me by. Then he had a lot of understeer and touched me. My front wing was under the car, therefore I crashed in corner 5. I think Sebastian was a bit too optimistic. Had this been the last corner okay, but there were still three laps to go and he really had no realistic chance to defend his position because I was so much quicker. We both had a great weekend up to this point and we leave Melbourne with nothing. That‘«÷s a real shame! My car was very good, particularly in the second stint when I set the best lap times. That‘«÷s racing!‘«ō

    Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
    ‘«£As quite often happened in the past we had another race in Melbourne with a lot of drama. Nick‘«÷s hopes had already gone in the first corner. After a collision, which wasn't his fault, he was not only a long way behind, but also his aerodynamics were ruined, which made it impossible for him to catch up. Robert drove an excellent race and got himself up with the leaders in the final laps of the race. He was on the harder tyre compound, and had every chance to catch the two cars in front of him to win the race. The collision three laps before the flag ended the race for him and also for Sebastian Vettel, so both drivers lost a podium and points. On the positive side, I can say that today we were very fast on the harder tyres.‘«ō

    Willy Rampf (Head of Engineering):
    ‘«£This was a turbulent start to the season, particularly for our team. Nick lost his chances in the race immediately after the start following a crash, which was not his fault. Robert was even unluckier. First he was catching the leading cars. And then, just a few laps from the end, he was able to attack the frontrunners. Because of our tyre choice, Robert was on the harder compound on the last stint, unlike his competitors on the soft. At this stage our car was much quicker than the two leading ones. When Robert overtook Sebastian Vettel he was already in front when Sebastian touched him. This cost us second place or even the victory.‘«ō

    crash.net: Glock ‘«ˇlosing confidence in F1‘«÷

    f1-live.com: Montreal Mayor reveals Ecclestone talks

    f1.gpudate.net: KERS a disappointment ‘«Ű Alonso

    telegraph.co.uk: What makes the Brawn GP car the one to beat

    I agree racing is messy. The Kubica ‘«Ű Vettel accident was just that, a racing accident. A ten position penalty is wrong.
    f1technical.net: Opinion - Stewards should let the racing go on.

    Another penalty that I think was boluxed up and should be turned over on appeal.
    f1tecnical.net: Hamilton was told to let Trulli repass him at Melcourne


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    Grand Prix of Malaysia
    Round 02, 05 April, 2009. Sepang,
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Lap distance: 5.543km/3.444 miles
    Race: 56 laps - 310.408km/192.887 miles
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    pitpass.com: F1 team finances go in reverse

    planet-f1: ROSS: BMW & Red Bull are Brawn‘«÷s biggest threat

    f1-live.com: Schumacher questions Vettel penalty

    f1technical.com: Haug [Mercedes boss] demands clearer rules to avoid controversy

    I would argue that failing to get into Q3 is when the Australian GP was a right off for Heidfled but he seems to think‘«™
    crash.net: 11th or 13th, it makes little difference

    Red Bull has had a diffuser project in the works and could have it by Malaysia, now..
    f1technical.net: Renault could use diffuse in at China, Briatori no fan of the device

    BMW Sauber F1 Team - PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix - Preview
    ‘«ů 30.03.2009
    ‘«ů Press Release
    3rd ‘«Ű 5th April 2009
    2nd of 17 World Championship races

    Preview.

    Munich/Hinwil, 29th March 2009. The BMW Sauber F1 Team travels to the home of its premium partner PETRONAS for the second round of the 2009 World Championship. The Twin Towers, the company‘«÷s head office, are a major landmark of Kuala Lumpur. The GP at the Sepang circuit normally takes place in extreme heat, making it one of the toughest races of the season.

    Robert Kubica:
    ‘«£The Malaysian Grand Prix is always something very special, as it is like a home race for us because of PETRONAS. We have a lot of fans in Malaysia and it is really a special feeling to drive there. The race went extremely well for me last year. Of course I hope that we can get a strong result again this time around.

    I‘«÷m really looking forward to this GP, as this is a unique track with a wide variety of corners; some are seriously quick, but others are very slow. And in some places you can choose different lines, which makes it particularly interesting. The final sector is very different from the other two, as it has just two long straights and a hard braking area. This track really offers everything, and that means it demands a lot of the car. The later start time means there is a pretty strong chance of rain. I‘«÷m sure that we are in for an extremely interesting weekend.‘«ō

    Nick Heidfeld:
    ‘«£For me Sepang is a nice, challenging circuit. Last year I managed to pull off some good overtaking moves there. The heat is always an issue, coupled with a high level of humidity. However, I‘«÷ve never had a problem with it and am particularly fit this year. We‘«÷ve often experienced cloudbursts in Malaysia in the late afternoon and early evening. This year‘«÷s schedule increases the chances that we will still be on the track at this time. Hopefully it will still be light enough.

    I always feel very much at ease in Malaysia. All the activities we‘«÷ve been involved in with PETRONAS have given me the chance to see a bit of the country and I‘«÷ve also been here on holiday. There is not a lot of time before the grand prix this year, but we have engagements with PETRONAS on Tuesday and Wednesday ‘«Ű and of course there will be a visit to the PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The towers fascinate me every time I see them, especially at night when they‘«÷re illuminated.‘«ō

    Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director:
    ‘«£After the opening race of the season in Melbourne, we are now very much looking forward to our first home Grand Prix of 2009. Every year since our team was founded in 2006 we have seen for ourselves the charismatic presence of our premium partner PETRONAS in Malaysia. It is always amazing to experience the fantastic reception we enjoy as a team in Malaysia.

    Last year Nick recorded our first ever fastest race lap as a team in Sepang and Robert finished in an outstanding second place. Our aim is to pick up from where we left off with these good performances.

    The BMW Group has stepped up its involvement in Malaysia in recent years as part of its Asia strategy. The first of a total of seven races in Asia this year is an important one for BMW and PETRONAS, and will be keenly fought, that‘«÷s for certain!‘«ō

    Willy Rampf, Head of Engineering:
    ‘«£We always look forward to this race in particular, as it‘«÷s the home Grand Prix for our partner PETRONAS. The Sepang circuit is very challenging and places big demands on the chassis and the teams‘«÷ choice of set-up. There are fast ess-bends in which stability is critical. At the same time, you need good traction under acceleration out of the tight corners, some of which are uphill. The right-hander before the back straight, which closes up at the exit, is especially tricky.

    Because the tyres are placed under heavy loads in the fast corners, in particular, in Sepang, we use the soft and the hard compound here. So we‘«÷re driving a level harder on them than in Melbourne. Cooling is also an issue, given the high ambient temperatures. And, of course, the weather is very unpredictable. You always have to be prepared for rain here.‘«ō

    History and background:

    Formula One will visit the Sepang International Circuit for the 11th time in 2009. The circuit is located just under an hour‘«÷s drive south of the vibrant downtown area of Kuala Lumpur.

    The name Kuala Lumpur translates as ‘«£muddy estuary‘«ō after its location at the mouth of the rivers Gombak and Klang. KL, as the city is popularly known today, is the heartbeat of modern Malaysia. With a population of around 1.5 million, more than half of them Chinese, the capital is also the country‘«÷s largest city. Extending over an area of 244 square kilometres, KL offers a thriving Asian culture alongside British colonial buildings and landmark high-tech edifices such as the 88-storey PETRONAS Twin Towers that rise to a height of 452 metres.

    Kuala Lumpur was founded in the middle of the jungle by tin miners in 1857. In 1896, under British rule, the Malay Sultanates formed the Federation of Malaya with Kuala Lumpur as its capital. In 1957 Kuala Lumpur became the capital of the newly independent country.

    The PETRONAS (Petroliam Nasional Berhad) company, which is the premium partner of the BMW Sauber F1 Team, was founded on 17th August 1974. PETRONAS, with its head office in Kuala Lumpur‘«÷s Twin Towers, is a multinational gas and petroleum group operating in more than 30 countries. The group is engaged at a local and global level. Its activities include upstream exploration and production as well as downstream oil refining, marketing and distribution of petroleum products, trading, gas processing and liquefaction, gas pipeline network operations, marketing of liquefied natural gas, manufacturing and marketing of petrochemical products, maritime logistics and property investment

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    OK, we'll see if it's just the diffusers on the BrawnGP cars that gave them an "unfair advantage" that allowed them to qualify 1-2 and finish 1-2 . . . but until the others catch up and prove it all I can say is "WOW", what a race!

    Of course, Kubica and Vettel crashing into each other certainly did not hurt the BrawnGP team. From my vantage point (sitting in front of the 60") I did not see Vettel do anything that warrants a penalty. Vettel was on the inside of the corner, and I'm not sure where he was supposed to go. Michael Schumacher apparently has the same opinion of the incident, although it must be noted the he was one of the more aggressive F1 drivers in recent times.

    Malaysia should be interesting!
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