It was 20 years ago that Jacques Villeneuve made his debut in what would be his first of 11 Formula One seasons. Fresh off winning the 1995 Indy 500 and the 1995 CART championship, the Canadian took Formula One by storm, challenging for the drivers’ world championship in his rookie season and winning the title in 1997.
Are this year’s Formula One power units louder than last year’s engines? Yes, but it is difficult to hear much difference.
After a preseason of expecting the unexpected because of all the rule changes and the unpredictable Pirelli tires, the season opening Australian Grand Prix didn’t serve up the forecasted thrills and spills
Sebastian Vettel started off the 2011 season just as he ended 2010 with a dominant victory in his Red Bull Renault
Sebastian Vettel’s agreeing to stay at Red Bull through 2014 gives fans the exhilarating prospect of three dynasties battling it out in F-1 in the coming seasons.
Hispania Racing heads to the Australian Grand Prix with a new car that has not turned a wheel in official preseason testing. The team finally unveiled its F111 on the second last day of the final test but was unable to run it because, according to the official line, the car’s shock absorbers were stuck in customs.
The top three finishers in the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 27 probably won’t be Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez, but the Mercedes, Ferrari and Sauber drivers did finish off preseason testing in Barcelona last week with the fastest overall lap times.
It is going to be fascinating to see the relative performance the cars during this week’s final preseason test in Barcelona as it will give the final indication of what fans can expect at the Australian Grand Prix. At the moment Mercedes and McLaren are playing catch up to Red Bull and Ferrari.
Formula One, it is said, is a sport for the two hours of racing on a Sunday afternoon and a business the rest of the time. Plenty of multimillion dollar business certainly went on last week.
Postponing the Bahrain Grand Prix because of the political unrest in that country was absolutely the correct thing to do from every perspective.