NEWS ARCHIVE

31 OCTOBER 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - HAMILTON BY A COUNTRY MILE

Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying at the new Yas Island circuit in Abu Dhabi. The McLaren-Mercedes driver used his KERS system to great effect to snatch pole in the final moments of the qualifying session.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Abu Dhabi GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Abu Dhabi GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Abu Dhabi GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Abu Dhabi GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - BUTTON FASTEST

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton set the fastest times of the third practice session in Abu Dhabi. The pair were two tenths of a second ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Sebastien Buemi.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Abu Dhabi GP - Practice 3 Results

30 OCTOBER 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - KOVALAINEN LEADS THE WAY

Abu Dhabi GP - Practice 2 Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Abu Dhabi GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Abu Dhabi GP - Friday Press Conference

US F1 TEAM ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN BASE

US F1 Team announced today that MotorLand Aragon, an 865-acre motorsports complex located in the northern part of Spain in the town of Alcaniz, has been selected as the team's European base.

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Abu Dhabi GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Abu Dhabi GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - LEWIS SETS THE PACE

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the first session in Abu Dhabi with World Champion Jenson Button second fastest a tenth slower than the McLaren driver.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Abu Dhabi GP - Practice 1 Results

MOBIL EN ROUTE TO BRAWN?

The latest whispers about sponsorship in Formula 1 suggest that Exxon Mobil is going to switch its Mobil sponsorship from McLaren to Brawn in 2010, as part of the Mercedes-Benz-ifaction of the World Championship winning team.

29 OCTOBER 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Abu Dhabi GP - Thursday Press Conference

28 OCTOBER 2009

WILLIAMS DOES A DEAL WITH QATAR

Williams F1 and the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) have signed an agreement to inaugurate the Williams Technology Centre (WTC).

TO ABU DHABI AND BEYOND...

The coming weekend in Abu Dhabi will be the beginning of an exciting new race and the end of other stories in Formula 1. The sport has new leadership with Jean Todt having been elected as FIA President and everyone is waiting to see what the Frenchman is planning to do.

27 OCTOBER 2009

KOBAYASHI TO RACE IN ABU DHABI

Panasonic Toyota Racing has confirmed that Kamui Kobayashi will race for the team in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

26 OCTOBER 2009

SELLING RENAULT

There has been talk for a while now that Renault is planning to fund its Formula 1 team next year by selling a shareholding in the organisation, perhaps with an option for the buyer to take completely control of the team in 2013.

23 OCTOBER 2009

TODT IS FIA PRESIDENT

Jean Todt has been elected President of the FIA, succeeding Max Mosley. The result was 135 votes for Todt and 49 votes from Ari Vatanen.

ELECTION DAY

The FIA General Assembly meets today to elect a replacement for Max Mosley, bringing to an end his long reign as head of the federation.

DONINGTON DREAMS COME TO AN END

The idea of hosting the British Grand Prix at Donington seems finally to have come to an end.

22 OCTOBER 2009

FIA INSTITUTE TO LAUNCH ENIRONMENTAL DIVISION

The FIA meetings in Paris have resulted in a significant expansion of the FIA Institute to include not just safety issues but also questions of motor sport sustainability as well.

BRIATORE CASE TO BE HEARD ON NOVEMBER 24

Flavio Briatore's complaint against the FIA will be heard in the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris on November 24. The Italian is arguing that the decisions of the FIA World Motor Sport Council did not have the right to punish him as it did and that procedures were not properly followed.

21 OCTOBER 2009

ANOTHER PROVISIONAL CALENDAR

The FIA World Council has agreed that the Monaco Grand Prix move forward one week to May 16. The FIA has approved in principle a proposal to swap the dates of the Abu Dhabi and Brazilian grands prix, pending agreement with the promoters of both events.

20 OCTOBER 2009

DID YOU REALISE?

Did you realise that an English driver, in a Mercedes-engined car bearing the number 22, beat a Brazilian to the World Championship by finishing in fifth place in Interlagos - for the second year running?

19 OCTOBER 2009

RACE REPORT - JENSON INTERCEPTS THE TITLE

After a miserable qualifying on Saturday, it did not seem very likely that the World Championship would be decided in Brazil. The folk in Abu Dhabi were no doubt happy. Bernie Ecclestone was no doubt pondering astronomical TV viewing figures. It all looked as though Rubens Barrichello would win at home and close the gap to Jenson Button... Ah, but that was on paper...

18 OCTOBER 2009

RACE NOTES - WEBBER WINS BRAZILIAN GP - BUTTON CLINCHES CHAMPIONSHIP

Brazilian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Sunday Photos

BUTTON IS THE WORLD CHAMPION

Jenson Button became the second British World Champion in succession in Sao Paulo, his fifth place gave him a total of 89 points and with Sebastian Vettel picking up only five points for fourth place and Rubens Barrichello one point for eighth, after a late race puncture, their totals ended up being 74 and 72, with only 10 available for victory in Abu Dhabi.

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Brazilian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Race Results

BRIATORE SAYS HE WILL SUE FIA

Flavio Briatore says that tomorrow he will commence proceedings in the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (High Court) challenging the decision announced by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on 21st September 2009.

17 OCTOBER 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - RUBENS THE RAIN-MEISTER

Rubens Barrichello has always excelled in complicated qualifying sessions, with changing conditions and he did it again in Brazil, when he most needed it.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Brazilian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Saturday Press Conference

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - RAIN, RAIN AND MORE RAIN

Rains ruined the Saturday practice session at Interlagos with the weather so bad that for 42 minutes the saftey helicopter was unable to fly.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice 3 Results

16 OCTOBER 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - RENAULT GOES FASTEST IN INTERLAGOS

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of the second practice session in Sao Paulo, lapping just a fraction faster than the Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Brazilian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice 2 Results

A SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE 1-2

The Friday morning session in Brazil resulted in Mark Webber setting the fastest time of the 90 minutes, four-tenth ahead of Rubens Barrichello's Brawn and Webber's team mate Sebastian Vettel.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice 1 Results

15 OCTOBER 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Thursday Press Conference

DONINGTON GOES FOR A BOND ISSUE

Donington Park has launched a sale of bonds in an effort to raise the $215m it needs to complete all the necessary work for the 2010 British Grand Prix.

14 OCTOBER 2009

STILL WAITING ON DONINGTON

The future of the British Grand Prix remains clouded as Donington Park is now running out of time to start work on the development necessary in order to host a race. Donington Ventures Leisure Limited says that it has been given two more weeks in which to get the funding together.

13 OCTOBER 2009

THE TRIALS OF A1GP

A1GP boss Tony Teixeira has won a court case to win the release of the cars that have been held since the end of the last A1GP season by a freight company that is claiming it is owed $2m. Delivered On Time (DOT) was holding the cars in lieu of payment.

THINGS REVVING UP FOR THE MONACO FORUM

Leading sponsors and investors from across global motor sport will be participating in the Motor Sport Business Forum's flagship event in Monaco on 9-10 December 2009.

12 OCTOBER 2009

MASSA BACK IN ACTION

Felipe Massa returned to a Formula 1 car this morning in Italy. The Brazilian is testing a Ferrari F2007 on GP2 tyres at the team's test track at Fiorano.

11 OCTOBER 2009

KOBAYASHI REPLACES GLOCK IN BRAZIL

Panasonic Toyota Racing has announced that Timo Glock will not participate in the Brazilian Grand Prix due to injuries he suffered in qualifying at Suzuka.

8 OCTOBER 2009

JEAN SAGE

Jean Sage, the former sporting director of the Renault F1 team for many years, has died at the age of 68 in Annecy, France.

Q&A WITH US F1 TEAM'S KEN ANDERSON

A question and answer session with US F1 Team's Principal Ken Anderson.

7 OCTOBER 2009

KUBICA CONFIRMED AT RENAULT

The Renault F1 team has confirmed that Robert Kubica will drive for the team from the 2010 season onwards.

JARNO TO TEST NASCAR WITH MICHAEL WALTRIP TEAM

Michael Waltrip Racing will test Jarno Trulli and Mika Salo at the International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida, in the week leading up to the NASCAR season finale.

MEGAFON EXPANDS COOPERATION WITH THE RENAULT F1 TEAM

Until the end of the 2009 Formula 1 season, the brand identification of MegaFon - one of Russia's leading mobile operators - will enjoy an expanded presence within the Renault F1 Team.

ANOTHER CHANGE AT FERRARI

Ferrari has announced that Luca Marmorini is returning to the team to become the head of the engine and electronics department.

5 OCTOBER 2009

RACE REPORT - NO SURPRISE FOR VETTEL

Japanese GP - Race Report

BUTTON AND MONEY

Jenson Button and Brawn GP are continuing their discussions about money but it is not expected that there will be any change in the relationship in 2010, when Button is expected to be joined by Mercedes-Benz nominee Nico Rosberg.

RENAULT TO CONFIRM KUBICA TOMORROW

Renault will be announcing Robert Kubica as its lead driver in 2010 in the course of the next 24 hours.

4 OCTOBER 2009

RACE NOTES - VETTEL DOMINATES IN JAPAN

Japanese GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Japanese GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Japanese GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Japanese GP - Race Results

3 OCTOBER 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - VETTEL RIDES HIGH AMID CHAOTIC SESSION

Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka and with Rubens Barrichello fifth and Jenson Button seventh the German driver is in a good position to close on the Brawn pair in the Drivers' World Championship.

STEWARDS PENALISE BUTTON, BARRICHELLO, ALONSO, SUTIL AND BUEMI

The stewards at Suzuka have issued a decision to penalise a number of drivers following qualifying for the Japanese GP.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Japanese GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Japanese GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Japanese GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - TRULY TOYOTA?

Jarno Trulli set the fastest time of the morning session on Saturday at Suzuka, giving Toyota something to get excited about.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Japanese GP - Practice 3 Results

2 OCTOBER 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - SUTIL ON TOP IN RAIN SOAKED SESSION

Adrian Sutil set the fastest time in the afternoon session at Suzuka but most drivers completed just a few laps as a result of bad weather.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Japanese GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Japanese GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Japanese GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - HEIKKI IN THE WET

Heikki Kovalainen set the fastest time of the Friday morning session in Suzuka on a damp track, and was two-tenths of a second ahead of local hero Kazuki Nakajima, followed by Adrian Sutil's Force India, and the Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Japanese GP - Practice 1 Results

KOBAYASHI IN FOR GLOCK

Panasonic Toyota Racing can confirm that third driver Kamui Kobayashi will take part in today's practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, in place of the unwell Timo Glock. This is very convenient for the Japanese company.

1 OCTOBER 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Thursday Press Conference