Rejuvenated Ferrari are title favourites with Alonso

By Mark Hughes

BBC F1 commentary box producer

For Ferrari, last year’s title near-miss was just the beginning of a new era. After a hugely impressive winter-test programme, they head into 2011 as arguably the title favourites.
Since that agonising Abu Dhabi Grand Prix strategy call, which cost Fernando Alonso the 2010 championship, Ferrari have shored up their technical and strategic capability, been the first to launch their new car, racked up more test mileage than anyone – and generally been among the fastest and most consistent during those tests.

They appear to be in formidable shape as the team’s new era – post-Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn and Jean Todt – reaches full maturity.

In years to come, this generation of Ferrari will probably look back upon 2010 as when the last big piece of the jigsaw slotted into place.

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David Coulthard analyses Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard knows Sebastian Vettel well as a former rival and in his position as a consultant to the German’s Red Bull team.

As the youngest champion in Formula 1 history prepares to start the defence of his title in Australia on Sunday, Coulthard analyses the 23-year-old’s status in F1.

“Drivers go through various stages in their career. Winning the title will move Vettel out of the first one – when, if you like, you’re young and somewhat naive and everything’s new and exciting and you’re driving on your instincts – into the next one, when you’re established and starting to mature.

AT&T Williams Launches New Multimedia Content for 2011

To welcome the start of the 2011 Formula One season, the AT&T Williams team is pleased to announce a host of new media content debuting at http://www.attwilliams.com.

The first edition of the team’s new online magazine ‘iGNITION,’ is now live and will help kick start the race weekends for fans of AT&T Williams. Released on the Tuesday prior to each Grand Prix, iGNITION will feature exclusive interviews with key personnel, delve into key aspects of the FW33, and review and preview the races. To download the launch edition ahead of Australia, visit http://www.attwilliams.com now.

The team is also launching brand new circuit preview films this season. Available to view every Monday before a race, the AT&T Williams Track Guide will give yet more insight into preparation for a Grand Prix as the films explain the circuit from a driver’s perspective, as well as featuring comments and analysis from Technical Director, Sam Michael, and Maldonado’s Race Engineer, Xevi Pujolar.

Pirelli show its colours, explains tyres characteristics

Hugo Boss’ Dress Me For The Finale Design Competition

Hugo Boss and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes are giving you the chance to design a unique set of overalls for Lewis & Jenson at your home GP!

You’ve probably already seen Lewis and Jenson sporting their stylish jet-black 2011 team uniform – the striking legacy of HUGO BOSS’s incredibly successful 30-year partnership with McLaren.

To further celebrate this unique partnership, HUGO BOSS and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes have teamed up to launch an exciting interactive competition that brings together Formula 1 and fashion fans from across the world.

2011 Melbourne F1 Grid Girl Uniform Launch


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PLEASE NOTE: THIS BLOG IS CURRENTLY IN (OPEN) PRODUCTION

Many pages and posts not finished.

Blog will be launched before AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX!!!

Sergio Perez beats Ferrari and Red Bull in F1 test

Fastest times, final pre-season test, day three, Circuit de Catalunya:

1 Sergio Perez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari one minute 21.761 seconds2 Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:22.0923 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:22.4664 Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Williams-Cosworth 1:22.6375 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes 1:22.8926 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) Renault 1:23.5417 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Lotus-Renault 1:23.9908 Vitaly Petrov (Rus) Renault 1:24.2339 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India-Mercedes 1:24.33410 Jaime Alguersuari (Spa) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:24.77911 Jerome d’Ambrosio (Bel) Virgin-Cosworth 1:27.33612 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Lotus-Renault 1:34.485

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/formula_one/12701307.stm

 

VETTEL KEEPS RED BULL ON TOP IN TESTING

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m21.865s            112
 2.  Sebastien Buemi    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m22.396s  + 0.531s  120
 3.  Vitaly Petrov      Renault               1m22.670s  + 0.805s  116
 4.  Lewis Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      1m22.888s  + 1.023s  57
 5.  Felipe Massa       Ferrari               1m23.324s  + 1.459s  101
 6.  Paul di Resta      Force India-Mercedes  1m24.334s  + 2.469s  118
 7.  Kamui Kobayashi    Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.436s  + 2.571s  107
 8.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m25.807s  + 3.942s  100
 9.  Jarno Trulli       Lotus-Renault         1m26.090s  + 4.225s  98
10.  Pastor Maldonado   Williams-Cosworth     1m26.989s  + 5.124s  29
11.  Jerome D'Ambrosio  Virgin-Cosworth       1m28.982s  + 7.117s  64


 

BARCELONA TEST, DAY 1 – MARK TOPS THE TIMESHEETS

Unofficial Tuesday Times:

1. Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing, 1:22.544, 97 laps
2. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:22.910, 74
3. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:22.937, 27
4. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:24.117, 90
5. Nick Heidfeld, Renault, 1:24.735, 20
6. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:25.039, 38
7. Davide Valsecchi, Lotus, 1:25.406, 50
8. Sébastien Buemi, Scuderia Toro Rosso, 1:26.004, 48
9. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:26.030, 31
10. Luiz Razia, Lotus, 1:26.723, 29
11. Jerome D’Ambrosio, Virgin, 1:32.060, 57

http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Article/Barcelona-Test,-Day-1-%E2%80%93-Mark-Tops-The-Timesheets-021242971513693