Thursday, June 26, 2008
Massa Luckily Wins Over Raikonnen
Felipe Massa is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver, currently
engaged in the Ferrari team.
In his rookie year in Formula 1, Massa was paired with 1999
F3000 champion Nick Heidfeld at the Sauber team, fortunately the Sauber team
haven’t been disappointed with his performance. Felipe Massa got a good start
at Ferrari, qualifying second at the opening race in Bahrain. In October 2007, Massa extended his
contract with Ferrari to the end of 2010.
Recently Felipe Massa won the French Grand Prix ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
At first, F1 world champion Kimi-Matias Räikkönen of Scuderia Ferrari was leading ahead of his
team mate Felipe Massa with a few seconds. But Raikonnen has suffered some
mechanical problems. He started wasting time due to a broken exhaust, banging
and burning the side of his F2008.
With the difficulty of the champ,
Massa was able
to surpass his rival and took the lead up to the end of the event. He won with
a 17 second advantage against Raikonnen. With this accomplishment he is now the
newest leader of the Drivers' Standings.
Jarno Trulli held off the
attacking Heikki Kovalainen to finish third, his first podium finish since
Kimi Raikkonen's is so optimistic
that he’d obtain the French Grand Prix victory if not only with the big
misfortune that happened but he is confident of racing well for the rest of the
"We maybe should have won, but I still took eight points and we're
in a more comfortable position in the championship," said Raikkonen.
Posted at 08:49 pm by AndrePenn
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Fernando Alonso: Undecided in His Stay with Renault
Alonso a Spanish Formula One driver and a two-time world
champion is having a good time with his return to French team Renault. On
December 10, 2007 he has signed a two-year contract to drive for Renault F1
along side Brazilian driver Nelson Angelo Piquet.
With his return to Renault, the first two rounds
of the 2008 Season was not enjoying life at its top, which is later made worse
by car race incident that happened in the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix with the
Spaniard Lewis Hamilton.
But the year goes on better and better which is proven by a spectacular
performance in the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix.
According to Reuters, Fernando Alonso, although enjoying success on his
return to Renault stated that he is still undecided whether to continue or to
vacate the team. He said that his decision would probably come out by the end
of the season. "I don't know (if I
will stay with Renault)," he told a news conference on Monday. "It's not been a good year so far and it has
been worse than we expected. We have not been on the podium, let alone won a
race.” He added.
"We have a lot of work to do. I
will take a decision on my future towards the end of the year when we'll be
able to see how far we have come."
Despite the negative results of his last two races, he is still determined
to win the next weekend's French Grand Prix.
we have a lot of support and for me it's like racing in Barcelona," he said. "I feel full of confidence at the
moment and we are on the right track." He added.
Posted at 04:14 am by AndrePenn
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Ove Andersson Died in a Frontal Collision
Ove Andersson was a Swedish rally driver and the first head of Toyota's F1 program. He was also known as "Paven" or "the Pope".
He started his career in 1964 and made his first serious rallying activity with Saab. He first competed internationally at the 1964 Acropolis. And at the late sixties, Andersson had settle for a while with teams such as Ford and Lancia
It was the year 1971 when he won several rallying competition including the Monte Carlo Rally, Rallye Sanremo, Österreichische Alpenfahrt and Acropolis Rally. In 1973, he started driving a Toyota Celica, which made him won the 1975 Safari Rally.
Despite of being a driver, he also has his own rally team name Anderson Motorsport, which later was named the Toyota Team Europe. This team had much success in the World Rally Championship.
In 2002, he got involved in F1 racing as the first head of Toyota's F1 program. He retired from the position in 2003 but continued to work for Toyota Motor sports as a consultant.
O June 11, 2008, Andersson killed in an accident during a classic rally in South Africa. He is believed to have been involved in a head-on collision with a truck during the Milligan rally.
With what happened, Toyota has expressed their profound sadness at his untimely death. Tadashi Yamashina, Chairman of Toyota Motorsport GmbH, stated: "Everyone at Toyota is extremely shocked and truly saddened at this terrible news. Ove was an inspiration to our team and too many in motor sports. His passion for motorsport was legendary and he is a great loss to our sport. The thoughts of everyone at Toyota Motorsport are with Ove's family at this difficult time."
Posted at 11:22 pm by AndrePenn
Friday, June 06, 2008
Rumors About the End of Raikkonen’s Carrer
the reigning Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen has not denied the reports
that he is thinking of not renewing his contract after its end next year.
a constructed rumor that Fernando Alonso
a Spanish Renault racing driver and a two-time world champion has signed an
agreement with Ferrari, (Raikkonen’s current team) for the year 2010. It was
due to a rumor last week that says the Italian team's current star driver might
not intend to pen another contract.
On a news conference in Montreal,
Raikkonen established a statement saying that he still doesn’t have plans for
the following years of his career. The champ said "I don't know what is going to happen, I haven't made my mind up, and
maybe I will make my decision this year."
were also reports that a close friend of Raikkonen said that driving is Raikkonen’s
passion but he hates everything else about Formula One.’ It includes the public
appearances and the life under the spotlight. He now wants a quiet and simple
life after many years of being celebrated. It may also be due to management, or
any financial aspect. It has been supported by Kimi’s words saying "When there are too many things you
don't enjoy it is time to go away."But as quoted from the Ferrari driver in a Canadian
interview that he wouldn't stop if he feels he is going to miss it afterwards. “For sure I would find something else to do
and maybe I would enjoy that more."
Posted at 04:01 am by AndrePenn
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Intro Post for Auto Racing
racing is one of the world's most watched sports on television.
Here’s some trivia; the first contest was organized by Paris magazine Le Perit Journal, a reliability test to determine best
performance. But the race was changed to Paris to Rouen
1894. Competitors included factory vehicles from Karl Benz's Benz &
Cie. and Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach's DMG.
The basic concept of racing has remained the
same, to get from point A to point B before anybody else does. On some events,
the racers are ranked by speed, acceleration, and cornering.
But to provide more enjoyment and variety for the
sports, the means and ways of how it is done has been added with many
The categories for car racing includes
Single-seater racing, touring car racing, production car racing, one-make
racing, stock car racing, rallying, targa racing, drag racing, sports car
racing, off-road racing, kart racing, and historical racing.
Formula One, or F1, is the highest class of open wheeled auto
racing. The "formula" in the
name refers to a set of rules to which all participants and cars must conform.
Modern Formula One cars are mid-engined
open cockpit, open wheel single-seaters. The whole car, including engine,
fluids and driver, weighs only 600kg.
Michael Schumacher, a former Formula
One driver, and seven-time world champion is one of the greatest drivers the
sport has ever seen. He and Ferrari won
an unprecedented five consecutive drivers’ championships and six consecutive
constructors’ championships between 1999 and 2004. He is truly an amazing
That is all for now. This is an
introductory post for a continuous blog about the world of Auto (Formula 1
racing). Hope this gives interest to every reader.
Posted at 11:14 pm by AndrePenn
Friday, May 16, 2008
Williams F1 plans to stick with Toyota
Frank Williams has no idea and plans to divides
with its engine dealer Toyota
in days to come.
The British team united team with the Japanese
automaker and manufacturer past last year and at this moment team ups through
Toyota's workings formula one group on such issues as gearbox plan and design,
and instructs regarding to the formula one views and politics.
However, even if the affiliation is not very
similar as Williams' precedent finished alliances through Honda, Renault and
BMW, team co-holder and head Sir Frank Williams speaks that he is very happy
with the present circumtances situation.
for us very well," the 66-year-old told Switzerland's Motorsport Aktuell during
a conference interview.
Williams says "We are in no way insecure.
They have really very good people. We are very happy with them and look forward
to a long collaboration with Toyota,"
At the Turkish grand prix past weekend, on the
other hand, Williams accredited the complications of becoming a private group
in formula one at the present time, and whispered it is not likely that Super
Aguri's place will be filled any moment soon.
Sir Frank Williams clarify that, "If a
privateer was trying to enter, financially you would find it very difficult
right now, assuming you read the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times,
to raise money, to raise capital,"
Posted at 02:24 am by AndrePenn
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Motegi 300 IndyCar Race In Japan
Patrick ended up fifth place in the Honda Indy 200 last weekend. This was her great
tournament so far in the name of Indy car race, even if she might have completed
even good if it were not for Tony Kanaan pushing and pacing her into grass for
a small time in the first round. Kanaan exempt himself by declaring that Danica
was sliding. For his third directly time, Scott Dixon got the price. Also
it’s his 27th birthday.
wait. It’s been a while - Danica Patrick succeeds the Indy Japan 300 at Twin
Ring Motegi racetrack held in Tokyo
to turn into the very former woman to win in a main open-wheel racing tournament.
I've been a little bit follower of this lady since her first Indy 500. I really
think this is going to be excellent for open-wheel racing, lifting its profile
and name on top of the "boys-only" discussions that motorsports fall
Patrick turns into the first woman in record to triumph an IndyCar Series tournament.
The success came in her 50th career IndyCar Series begins in where she handle
the #7 Motorola car with the top-eight auto for the complete 200-lap series.
These Results came from avenuevine.com
for the Indy Japan 300 event:
1) Danica Patrick, Andretti
Green, 200 laps
2) Helio Castroneves, Penske, 200, +5.8594 seconds
3) Scott Dixon, Target Ganassi, 200
4) Dan Wheldon, Target Ganassi, 200
5) Tony Kanaan, Andretti Green, 200
6) Ed Carpenter Vision, 200
7) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Rahal Letterman, 200
8) Darren Manning, Foyt, 199
9) Ryan Briscoe, Penske, 199
10) Townsend Bell, Dreyer & Reinbold, 199
11) Hideki Mutoh, Andretti Green, 199
12) Buddy Rice, Dreyer & Reinbold, 198
13) Jay Howard, Roth, 192
14) Roger Yasukawa, Beck, 134, mechanical
15) A.J. Foyt IV, Vision, 103, accident
16) Vitor Meira, Panther, 92, accident
17) Marty Roth, Roth, 44, accident
18) Marco Andretti, Andretti Green, 0, accident
Posted at 01:01 am by AndrePenn
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Stewart Is NASCAR Nationwide Series Champ
Victory must be "smoky" the second time around for Anthony Wayne "Smoke" Stewart, two-time winner in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Nationwide Series race.
In a 1 to 2 Toyota Sweep at the Daytona nationwide season opening, Stewart won against his Sprint Cup Series teammate Kyle Busch with 136 out of 150 laps on the former 2-mile California Speedway track.
The result of the said series came as a surprise since it was popularly known as the Busch series. According to tampa bay online, this was Stewart's fourth victory in the NASCAR nationwide Series but his first time to claim the victory on a track other than the Daytona International Speedway. Aside from that, Stewart had also recorded 32 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Stewart attributed his success to Dave Rogers, his crew chief, and his staff saying that they were the ones who made his car really good and awesome.
He added, "We could stay out front and those other guys would wear their tires out and wear themselves out and we could just take care of our tires and do what we needed to do."
According to wikipedia, 36-year-old Stewart, a native of Columbus, Indiana, has been receiving multiple awards in the racing field since 1995.
Stewart beat other former NASCAR Series champions including Kevin Harvick , David Reutimann and Carl Edwards.
Posted at 02:56 am by AndrePenn
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Q&A With Panasonic Toyota’s Pascal Vasselon
interview done by MotorSport.com
, Vasselon shared his insights about the team’s future in the upcoming 2008 World Championship.
Here are some bits from the interview. Click here to read full article
Toyota interview with Pascal Vasselon
Pre-season testing Q&A with Pascal Vasselon
Q: How do you assess the first four tests of the year?
PV: We are happy with the progress we have made with the TF108. It has been very obvious from the first test that the TF108 is a different animal compared to the TF107, with much better stability and an all-around much better basis to work on. Our drivers feel a lot more confident in the car and they are able to push more. We have found that set-up work is much more straightforward and it is much easier to make progress in that area.
Q: What has the team been focusing on during these tests?
PV: After basic systems checks at the roll-out, which is more of a shakedown really, we have been looking at set-up and car development. We have spent the time learning how to use this package so we have worked on getting the mechanical set-up suited to the new aerodynamic concept. Because the stability of the TF108 is so much better we have to revisit most of the set-up directions we had developed with the TF107.
Q: Are you happy with the baseline configuration of the TF108?
PV: Yes, because during the development of the new car I said our main target was to improve the stability and drivability and that is exactly what we have done. It is a clear step forward which has a lot of potential to be developed even further. From the first test it was clear we were working in a different ball park and performing better.
Q: What areas are you looking to improve?
PV: At the moment I would say we have gained the stability we were looking for so we are now focusing on the improvement of pure aerodynamic efficiency.
Q: Are you concerned by the gap to the fastest cars?
PV: If you compare what is comparable, which means comparing times within the same test sessions and taking into account estimated fuel loads, you will see that at the moment the gap reflects a performance gain for the TF108 compared to last year. Of course there is still a gap, it is not good enough, and we are constantly striving to close it, but compared to this time last year I believe we are much closer to the cars at the front of the grid.
Q: So has the true potential of the TF108 been seen yet?
PV: There is still plenty of performance left to come from this car before we race for the first time. We have new parts coming through continuously but the biggest upgrade to the package will come just before the Australian Grand Prix. It is a process of continuous development which will peak just before Melbourne.
Posted at 02:37 am by AndrePenn
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Renault’s Pat Symonds Speaks
Pat Symonds, Renault's Executive Director of engineering, talks about his predictions for the upcoming season and exposes his views on the future of the Formula One with just over a month left before the opening race of 2008 arrives.
Here's a one-on-one talk with Renault's Pat Symonds courtesy of the leading Formula One source, F1.com
! To view the whole interview, click here
Q: Pat, what are you most excited about ahead of the 2008 season?
Pat Symonds: This time last year, I said I would be disappointed if we didn't win a couple of races during the season. I was disappointed… but I don't intend to stay disappointed in 2008!
Q: How confident can you be that the team's 2007 problems are behind it?
PS: Very confident. We have worked hard to make sure we don't fall into the same traps again, and I don't think we will.
Q: With comparative stability in the rules, how can the team catch up the deficit we saw last year?
PS: We have had to take a more radical approach to the aerodynamics. Having solved the problems with the wind tunnel that we found last year, we are confident to do that. The results from the tunnel show we have made significantly more progress than normal. It now remains to be seen if that is enough relative to the competition.
Q: The 2008 car employs a very different design philosophy to its predecessors…
PS: The design of any new car is driven by a number of different factors, including new regulations and new discoveries. For this year, we have largely worked to overcome limitations we found in our on and off-track development in 2007. The 2008 car incorporates the lessons we learned, and it should allow us to get more performance from the car/tyre/aero package.
Q: What does Fernando (Alonso) bring to the team?
PS: Firstly, it is important to make one thing clear: Fernando would not have made up for the deficiencies of last year's car. We are now confident we have overcome those problems, and we are desperate to give him the car his talent deserves. I am certain that the combination of Fernando in a revitalised Renault will see him challenging for race wins. He knows what he wants from the car, and we have shown in the past that we can deliver it.
Q: What are your expectations for his new team mate Nelsinho (Piquet)?
PS: Nelson has a challenge in front of him. Just like with Heikki last year, we need to give him time to develop, to make the inevitable rookie mistakes - and we must help him learn from those mistakes. It is important to give him a car he can trust, and I hope this is where it turns out differently to 2007. We have to be sure that the R28 is not just a race-winning car, but one that inspires confidence from the drivers.
Posted at 06:50 pm by AndrePenn