2011 Australian Grand Prix (Rd 1, Free Practice 3)

Free Practice 3 On another cool and overcast day at Melbourne, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel topped the third practice session. The reigning World Champion set a quickest lap of 1:24.507, some eight-tenths faster than teammate Mark Webber. It was a stunning display by Vettel, who was quickest in every single sector as he laid down … Continue reading 2011 Australian Grand Prix (Rd 1, Free Practice 3)

Virgin MVR-02

Virgin MVR-02 Drivers: (24) Timo Glock, (25) Jerome d'Ambrosio; (Reserve) tba. Team: (Principal) John Booth, (Technical Directors) Nick Wirth. Engine: Cosworth CA2011 90° V8, limited to 18,000 RPM, naturally-aspirated, mid-mounted. Transmission: Virgin Racing precision aluminium construction with 7-speed, longitudinally Mounted internals. Paddle operated hydraulic shift system with “seamless shift” gear selection. Weight (with driver, et … Continue reading Virgin MVR-02

Formula 1 Pre-Season Testing (Valencia, February 1st)

Sebastian Vettel started 2011 just as he had finished 2010, as he topped the time sheets on the first day of testing at Valencia. The reigning World Champion notched up 93 laps in the RB7 - Red Bull's newly designed and built title challenger. Vettel set a fastest lap of 1:13.769 - a lap that … Continue reading Formula 1 Pre-Season Testing (Valencia, February 1st)

New Blood

There are times when the attention of the media and Formula 1 team bosses wander, as their eyes capture a precocious new talent coming into focus. These moments, when a new young hero makes themselves known to the paddock is often the same time an ageing animal begins to fall from view. It is the sport changing its guard.