Sunday, December 16, 2007

Heikki Kovalainen joins McLaren replacing Fernando Alonso!

Heikki Kovalainen has replaced Fernando Alonso on McLaren's team for the next Formula One season. After a bitter 2007 season for Mclaren, in which they lost all their Constructors' points, and were also fined a heavy sum of US $100 million, McLaren hopes for a peaceful and productive 2008.

Kovalainen said,“I haven’t been involved in that case . . . but for me, and for McLaren as well, the intention is to make everything clear as soon as possible. We want to leave everything behind, make sure everyone is happy about the situation and move on.” He has also made it clear that he will not play second fiddle to teammate Lewis Hamilton. He said, “I want to be in a competitive car to be able to fight for victories and the championship, wherever that is,” Kovalainen said. “It does not matter as long as it is competitive and I have equal status with my teammate. I am not willing to support anyone from the beginning of the season, everyone knows this.

Fernando Alonso joins Renault!

Next year, double world champion Fernando Alonso will drive alongside Brazilian rookie Nelson Piquet Jr. After a bitter season with McLaren, which was plagued with controversial statements from all sides; Alonso has decided to take the final step. It was becoming increasingly difficult, both for him, and for Hamilton to compete in the same team. Hamilton and Kimi Raikonnen will continue to drive for the same teams.
The next season promises to be an exciting chapter in the history of Formula 1!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

BMW Sauber retains Heidfeld and Kubica

Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica will continue to race for BMW Sauber in the next season. The German driver Heidfeld who won the third place in the Hungarian grand prix said, "For me it was always clear that I wanted to continue driving for the BMW Sauber F1 Team, and I never doubted that would be the case,". "It is tremendous being able to help build up a new team and doing my bit for it. When I look at the progress we have made over the last two years, it's an incredible incentive for me. Personally I have high sporting ambitions and I am certain I can achieve them with the BMW Sauber F1 Team."

The 22 year old pole, Robert Kubica, who started as a test driver last year has made a dramatic impact on the world of Formula 1. He said,"I have now been in Formula One for just over one year and have gathered a great deal of experience. Even so, I am learning new things every day and making steady progress. We now have to concentrate on achieving our ambitious common goals, and I'm confident that the team will be able to give me all the necessary tools that I need to reward them for their renewed trust."
I hope Robert Kubica will continue to improve, and be a little less reckless.

Top 10 Constructor standings

1   Mclaren-Mercedes   138

2   Ferrari  119

3  BMW  71

4  Renault  33

5   Williams-Toyota   20

6  Red Bull-Renault  16

7  Toyota   12

8  Super Aguri-Honda  4

9   Honda   1

10  STR-Ferrari  0

Top 10 Driver standings after the Hungarian Grand Prix

1   Lewis Hamilton   British  McLaren-Mercedes  80

2   Fernando Alonso  Spanish  McLaren-Mercedes    73

3  Kimi Räikkönen  Finnish  Ferrari  60

4   Felipe Massa  Brazilian  Ferrari   59

5   Nick Heidfeld  German  BMV  42

6   Robert Kubica  Polish  BMW   28

7   Giancarlo Fisichella  Italian  Renault  17

8   Heikki Kovalainen   Finnish  Renault   16

9   Alexander Wurz   Austrian  Williams-Toyota  13

10   Mark Webber   Australian  Red Bull-Renault  8

Monday, August 13, 2007

Lewis Hamilton wins at Hungaroring

Lewis Hamilton has won his third race. He has established a 7 point lead over Fernando Alonso, and if is able to maintain his lead in the Championships, he will be the first rookie to win the Championships. At Hungaroring, Lewis Hamilton led from the start. Alonso started from 6th position, and was struggling to overtake Ralf Schumacher. He often slid past the tracks in his desparate attempts. Lewis Hamilton was followed closely by Kimi Raikonnen, with the separation between them remaining less than a second for many laps. But, Lewis Hamilton soaked up all the pressure put on him by the experienced Raikonnen.
Kimi Raikonnen took the 2nd pitstop earlier than Hamilton, but as Hamilton was on extra fuel and as there was not much traffic ahead of him, he decided to race a few more laps before going for the pitstop. During these laps we were able to see great aggression and skill from the Brit. Every turn was negotiated in just the right manner. He was not concerned with the wearing away of the tyres as he was going to have the pitstop soon. After the pitstop Lewis Hamilton managed to have a 4 second lead over Raikonnen, but Raikonnen showed remarkable skill in lessening the gap to less than a second. But, Lewis Hamilton held him back till the end. At the finish the separation between them was 0.7 seconds. Fernando Alonso showed great aggression in his attempt to overtake Nick Heidfeld, but failed to overtake him and had to be contented to finish fourth. Honda performed miserably.
Thus it was another remarkable race, and Lewis Hamilton was at his best. The young Brit surely has in him what it takes to be a World Champion.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Is Maclaren biased in favour of Lewis Hamilton

Is Maclaren biased in favour of Lewis Hamilton; or is it just that its in Alonso's nature to put the blame on someone else.. after the latest happenings, and Ron Dennis's comment that Alonso was free to leave the team by the end of the season.. do you think that Alonso will stay in the team?