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    F1 Fans!!!!
    Welcome to the Season 2011 thread!

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    World Championships Standings after (Season Finale) Brazilian GP
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    World Championships Standings
    Drivers:                    Constructors:             
     1.  Vettel       392        1.  Red Bull-Renault          650
     2.  Button       270        2.  McLaren-Mercedes          497
     3.  Webber       258        3.  Ferrari                   375
     4.  Alonso       257        4.  Mercedes                  165
     5.  Hamilton     227        5.  Renault                    73
     6.  Massa        118        6.  Force India-Mercedes       69
     7.  Rosberg       89        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             44
     8.  Schumacher    76        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         41
     9.  Sutil         42        9.  Williams-Cosworth           5
    10.  Petrov        37       
    11.  Heidfeld      34       
    12.  Kobayashi     30       
    13.  Di Resta      27       
    14.  Alguersuari   26       
    15.  Buemi         15       
    16.  Perez         14       
    17.  Barrichello    4       
    18.  Senna          2       
    19.  Maldonado      1        
    F1 2011 World Driver's Champion
    Sebastian Vettel
    -Formula 1 - Season 2011 -309864

    This Image was posted by @Born2Race with request that it should be posted in the first post after Japanese GP when Vettel secures the title, I promised that it will be at the end of Season on the first post. So here it is fulfilling my promise.

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    Kobayashi speaks of Japan 'scenario worse than movie'

    The Sauber team's Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi has spoken of his anguish after a trip to his homeland in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami.

    The north-east of the main island was devastated by a major quake a week ago which killed at least 6,000 people and has triggered a nuclear alert.

    Sauber driver Kobayashi said: "It is hard to believe that a scenario worse than in any movie has become reality.

    "I am worried the whole country could disappear - it is just too awful."


    Raikkonen and Kobayashi cool, Vettel not says Sauber sponsor Mad Croc

    The Finni F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen and Japanese F1 speedy Kamui Kobayashi are cool, but F1's new world champion Sebastian Vettel is not. That is the view of Ari Koivula, the boss of the Sauber sponsor Mad Croc.

    "I can say that Kimi Raikkonen's image today is still really cool among young people, while the much younger Sebastian Vettel's is not.

    "Dynamic, contemporary young people don't have Vettel's hair style and body language, which gives the impression of a mama's boy.

    "What he lacks is a certain aggressiveness," he added.

    Of F1's current drivers, Koivula said the "most cool" is Fernando Alonso, but he is also very happy with Sauber's Japanese youngster Kobayashi.

    Vettel, however, is undoubtedly Bernie Ecclestone's favourite driver, describing him as a "godsend for Formula One" in a new interview with Sport Bild.

    ^ ...


    something for Hulk.. cheers..

    Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button discuss rivalry

    McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton talk to BBC Sport's Jake Humphrey and Eddie Jordan about their working relationship and the pressures of having two world champions in the same team.

    -Formula 1 - Season 2011 -215087

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    Quote Originally Posted by genius83 View Post
    @m_waqas
    Pirelli will not assign Medium and Hard in the same race so it will be used with either Soft or SuperSoft. Green was been used by Bridgestone, I think thatswhy Pirelli have not used it.

    Don't worry, before every race I will remind you what tyres will be used with colours too.
    no Medium and Hard in any race ??.. how do u knw ?... that article said only in first 3 GPs ...

    thanks, u are so nice ... i knw u are only doing this to get a kiss or hug from Paula ...

    what u can do is that add this hard-to-remember tire info in your first post.. i mean color codes with compound names, so that by looking at it time and again i'll eventually memorize -Formula 1 - Season 2011 - icon6 ...

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    HRT pair focus on mileage in Australia<!-- end title -->
    The Hispania drivers say all they are looking for from the season-opening weekend in Melbourne is an opportunity to put some miles on their untried new car.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Sutil expects tough start to season<!-- end title -->
    Adrian Sutil has admitted that he is expecting Force India to be off the pace in the opening rounds of the 2011 season.

    @m_waqas
    I think Pirelli have already said that they will use the same Bridgestone concept of 1 compound apart. So, it will be either Hard and Soft, or Medium and SuperSoft.

    There will be no Hard and Medium, Medium and Soft or Soft and SuperSoft, combination throughout the whole season.

    Hard and SuperSoft can be practiced but not necessarily.

    Also, these Tyres are been categorised as Prime and Option which means harder of the 2 compound will always be Prime while the softer compound will be Option. So, whether it is white or silver it is harder compound while anyother colour is softer compound.

    I like the comparision by MadCroc boss:
    "Dynamic, contemporary young people don't have Vettel's hair style and body language, which gives the impression of a mama's boy.
    As for Bernie, well he is just doing business as usual, Vettel will remain the godsend till he remains the WDC this year as soon he lost it the new WDC becomes the godsend. But if he wins his status of godsend will remain intact for another season.
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    @Pirelli.. right, thnks for making it clear... i wonder how many laps a Pirelli super-soft can last ..

    @VET & Bernie..
    but Bernie has also said, sometime back, that he thinks VET would be a perfect son in law for him ... so if its just because of him being WDC then would Bernie be changing his son-in-laws too every year ..

    btw, where is UK ?? we 've seen him come and go on this thread without posting -Formula 1 - Season 2011 - ponder 1378... battle over here is over UK ..


    DRS: Separating the good from the bad

    Drag Reduction System, adjustable rear wing – whatever you call it, it’s a controversial new addition in 2011.

    But we shouldn’t be too quick to write off a change that could add a lot to F1.

    The wings will look fantastic in qualifying. And if the FIA make the right sort of changes to make them less of a gimmick, I think even their more vehement critics could be won over.

    Why DRS will be great in qualifying

    As in practice, drivers will have free use of the wings during qualifying. That means we’re going to see drivers dropping the wings at every opportunity between corners.

    DRS in the races: a gimmick

    The FIA’s planned restrictions on using the wings during the races have rightly drawn criticism.

    The plan is the wings will only be used to promote overtaking. Drivers can only use them when they are within a second of the car in front, and then they can only used it in a pre-determined area on the track.

    It was these artificial restrictions, rather than the wings themselves, that was the focus of criticism from fans when it was announced last year.

    DRS in the races: other problems

    A further concern is the potential for misuse, opening yet another way for drivers to be handed penalties.

    Perhaps the strangest aspect of the rules is that drivers may use them any time they are within a second of another car, regardless of how far behind they are in the race.

    If Sebastian Vettel laps Narain Karthikeyan in Melbourne, the HRT driver will get to use his DRS if he is within a second of the Red Bull driver at the line.


    It’s strange the FIA have decided to implement the rule in this way and you have to wonder if it’s because their system is not sophisticated enough to distinguish between cars that have been lapped.


    Give DRS a chance

    Happily the FIA has admitted the system may need fine-tuning and an allowance for them to make adjustments is written into the regulations.

    We shouldn’t be too hasty to judge them and, as noted earlier, I expect the wings will be fantastic to see in qualifying.

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    btw, where is UK ?? we 've seen him come and go on this thread without posting -Formula 1 - Season 2011 - ponder 1378... battle over here is over UK ..
    Keeping my powder dry, it's going to be a long season, full of controversies, arguments, accusations, Bernie's daughter getting married, then having to change her husband come the end of season

    I was hiding in "khapey's" bunker while things got hot over here
    Come back, Luca Badoer, all is forgiven.

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    im with bernie, i dont like 4cylinder turbo engine with much low rpm. in future f1 will loose its charm and the sound of the engine; engine sound which i like alot alot tht makes me feel so relax and calm , i hope bernie will restore the true spirit of f1 by approving much powerful engine thn the current one.
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    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Hamilton: 'One or two titles insufficient'<!-- end title -->
    Lewis Hamilton feels he needs to win world titles 'time after time' to prove he is the best driver of his generation, but denied that he was thinking he might have to leave McLaren in order to achieve that.
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    engine sound which i like alot alot tht makes me feel so relax and calm
    lolz.. we will make sure that we take your relaxation and calmness aspect into account ...

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    Keeping my powder dry, it's going to be a long season, full of controversies, arguments, accusations, Bernie's daughter getting married, then having to change her husband come the end of season
    you are being too cautious.. no worries about powder, your friend Eddie has it in abundance, but thats not gun-powder ..

    if i WIN in fantasy league, will i be eligible for her daughter (younger one for me) ?? ... i might 've a chance ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by genius83 View Post
    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Hamilton: 'One or two titles insufficient'<!-- end title -->
    Lewis Hamilton feels he needs to win world titles 'time after time' to prove he is the best driver of his generation, but denied that he was thinking he might have to leave McLaren in order to achieve that.
    yeah its time to move on mclaren is not making good cars since 2009, Hamilton should leave and join ferrari in 2012 thats for sure,hell yeah wow!!!!. after tht it will be unbeatable team on the grid, and massa for mclaren
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    James Allen previews F1 2011

    The new season starts next week; it’s that wonderful time of the year when everyone is level on points, with it all to play for.

    Winter testing has established something of a pecking order: Red Bull and Ferrari look as though they will pick up their battle at the front, where they left off last year, but who will be joining them?

    All eyes have been on McLaren and Mercedes in the last couple of weeks, as both teams would normally be expected to fight at the front this year. And yet in testing both seemed to be struggling with their new cars.


    McLaren take F1 technology into cycle racing

    As a keen recreational cyclist, I love the story of McLaren working with British cycling champion Mark Cavendish and the Specialized cycle brand to produce a killer road bike on which he can compete this season in the great cycling classic events. It had a winning debut with Cavendish’s team mate Matthew Goss this weekend.


    We pushed it too far, admit McLaren

    McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that the squad probably took things too far in some elements of their design process this year.

    The MP4-26 features some dramatic and radical concepts, but so far hasn't been either fast or reliable.

    Whitmarsh stands by the decisions his team took, even though they haven't paid off so far.


    Quote Originally Posted by alliereyaz View Post
    yeah its time to move on mclaren is not making good cars since 2009, Hamilton should leave and join ferrari in 2012 thats for sure,hell yeah wow!!!!. after tht it will be unbeatable team on the grid, and massa for mclaren
    lolz man.. your imaginations too are wild like yourself ... HAM said he doesn't think about leaving and here u are forcing him to leave and that too for Ferrari, which has his arch-rival as #1 driver there ... won't be good for either of them...

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    its all imagination, i know it will never happen
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    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Hunt hits out as Lotus case begins<!-- end title -->
    The Lotus naming row has taken a new twist on the day when the court case between Tony Fernandes' Team Lotus and Proton-owned Group Lotus commences.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->McLaren shelves radical exhaust<!-- end title -->
    McLaren will introduce a 'simpler' exhaust system and new floor for the Australian Grand Prix after its troubled pre-season testing period - and hopes to gain over a second per lap from the changes.

    Heidfeld not ruling out race wins
    Nick Heidfeld is not ruling out the possibility of Renault challenging for race wins this season.
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    BBC Sport - F1 - McLaren have taken risks to improve - Martin Whitmarsh
    Team principal Martin Whitmarsh hopes McLaren will be one second faster in Sunday's first race of 2011 than in the final pre-season test in Barcelona.

    BBC Sport - F1 - Jenson Button's thoughts with Japanese people
    McLaren Formula 1 driver Jenson Button tells BBC Radio 5 Live about his concern for the people involved in the earthquake and tsunami in Japan after speaking to his Japanese girlfriend Jessica Michibata in Tokyo.
    Thy name's 'Fahad'. Powered by D16™​.

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    Catch me if you can
    He made mistakes and had poor reliability in 2010. Yet he still won the crown. Can anyone stop Super Seb from doing the double?
    F1 2010 gave us one of the most thrilling seasons of all time. 4 drivers entered the final race with a chance of becoming world champion and it was ultimately Sebastian Vettel who stole the crown from the hands of Fernando Alonso.


    Fernando Alonso and the class of '01
    It's 10 years since Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya all arrived in F1. Adam Cooper revisits an interview with Alonso from when the future champion was just a star underdog in a Minardi.

    By Adam Cooper

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    -Formula 1 - Season 2011 - space
    -Formula 1 - Season 2011 - 1300450895 The first race of a new season always brings a focus on the latest crop of rookies. Paul di Resta, Sergio Perez, Pastor Maldonado and Jerome D'Ambrosio are the guys in the spotlight this year, and Melbourne will be a big weekend for all of them.


    How they fare over the course of their rookie seasons will no doubt have a big impact on their future careers. Commercial reasons also play a role, but it's worth noting that five drivers made their grand prix debuts in Bahrain last year – and only one of them will be on the grid in Australia.


    As good as some of the 'Class of 2011' are, it's probably fair to say that as a group they won't quite match up to what was almost certainly the strongest rookie crop we've ever seen. Ten years ago the Australian GP saw the debuts of Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya, three men who would have a huge impact on the sport in the following years.


    And who could possibly have predicted where they would each end up a decade later, with one in NASCAR, one in the World Rally Championship, and only one still competing in Formula 1?
    <table class="pictable" width="275" align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5"> <tbody> <tr> <td>-Formula 1 - Season 2011 - 1300450935 Raikkonen, Montoya, Alonso and Bernoldi pose prior to their debuts © LAT
    </td></tr></tbody></table> Not everyone makes it at the top level of course, and I haven't forgotten that Enrique Bernoldi was there too in 2001. He crashed out on his Melbourne debut, and after that, the Brazilian's career had an all-too familiar path to it. At Arrows he had very little chance to make an impact, and when the team folded in the middle of his second season, he ran out of options. There was a bit of testing for BAR before he drifted off to pastures new.


    The guys who really caught our attention that Melbourne weekend were Montoya and Raikkonen. The Colombian had been on the verge of an F1 career for several years, but had been biding his time in America while a slot was awaiting him at Williams for 2001. While there in the States he won the Champ Car title and the Indianapolis 500, and became a huge star in the country that would one day provide him with a more permanent home. He arrived at Williams better prepared than anybody since Jacques Villeneuve had taken a similar path five years later.


    Much was expected of Montoya, but he started a modest 11th in Australia, and retired with an engine failure. However as the year went on he began to make his mark, taking a couple of second places and threatening the mighty Michael Schumacher before finally scoring his first win at Monza. If ever there was a world champion in waiting, it was Montoya, but it was not to be.


    Raikkonen meanwhile arrived at the top level of the sport with unprecedented haste. His jump from Formula Renault to F1 had never been attempted before, and nor has it been done since. The conservative Peter Sauber took one of the biggest risks of his career when he took on the Finn, having spurned Bernoldi, who was being pushed by sponsor Dietrich Mateschitz.


    Raikkonen started the season under a form of FIA probation, and had he screwed up, he could have been booted out. He didn't, of course. After finishing an amazing sixth in Australia he had a superb first year, adding a couple of fourths and a fifth to his tally, and earning 10th in the world championship. Using known quantity Nick Heidfeld as a control, McLaren decided that the Finn had star qualities, and he was signed up for 2002.
    <table style="margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 10px;" class="pictable" width="275" align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5"> <tbody> <tr> <td>-Formula 1 - Season 2011 - 1300450976 Montoya and Raikkonen would eventually become McLaren team-mates - before both leaving F1 earlier than unexpected © LAT
    </td></tr></tbody></table> No one could have predicted that Montoya would later end up as Raikkonen's McLaren team-mate, or that both men would ultimately become disillusioned with grand prix racing and make unprecedented moves to other branches of the sport. Or indeed that Schumacher would one day find himself pressured into a premature retirement decision to make way for Raikkonen.


    Unlike Montoya, Raikkonen did at least fulfil his potential by taking the crown with Ferrari, before he found himself no longer the flavour of the month at Maranello. And the man he had to cede to for 2010 was none other than Fernando Alonso.


    The Spaniard didn't score any points in 2001, but given the equipment at his disposal, he arguably had as an impressive rookie year as Montoya and Raikkonen.
    Indeed at the end of that season Minardi boss Stoddart made his thoughts on the subject clear: "People talk about Raikkonen and Montoya being the stars of this year," he told me. "But for me Alonso was the revelation of 2001. He's just been fantastic, doing what he's done in our cars..."


    It's important to recall that Minardi at the start of 2001 was a little like HRT is today. Stoddart's involvement had come relatively late in the winter, and there was a mad rush to get two cars ready for Australia. The fact that there were no other 'small teams' left meant that Minardi, with a modest budget and old spec Cosworth engines, was always destined for the back of the grid, stranded behind the likes of Arrows and Prost.


    Stoddart's lead driver that year – at least on experience – was supposed to Tarso Marques. Still only 25, the Brazilian had driven a couple of races for Minardi at the start of 1996, and then returned to contest most of the 1997 season. He later had a spell in Champ Car before finding his way back to Minardi after three years away from F1.


    Alonso was the junior. He came with a great CV – a string of titles in karting, champion in the Open Fortuna by Nissan series (forerunner of what eventually became Formula Renault 3.5), and fourth place overall and a Spa race win in Formula 3000 in 2000. He also carried the stamp of approval of Flavio Briatore, who had taken over his management. But he was still only 19, and there was a feeling that he still had a lot to learn. Very little was expected of him given the car he was driving.


    <table class="pictable" width="275" align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5"> <tbody> <tr> <td>-Formula 1 - Season 2011 - 1300451004 Alonso's talent was obvious in Monaco © LAT
    </td></tr></tbody></table> In fact those who were paying attention soon realised that he was the real deal. One little episode that stuck in my mind came during Thursday morning practice at Monaco, while I was watching from the inside of the Loews Hairpin. Momentarily stuck facing the wrong way after a spin on the exit, Alonso booted it, flicked the back round without catching the barrier, and was gone. It was a manoeuvre performed with the deft touch and confidence of a veteran.


    He never even came close to the points that year – this was still the days when only the top six were rewarded – but every time he got in the black car he made you sit up and take notice. He finished the career of the bemused Marques, and totally destroyed the hapless Alex Yoong when the Malaysian took over the second seat.


    On race day in Barcelona Alonso even out-ran the Benettons of Jenson Button and Giancarlo Fisichella, giving his mentor Briatore food for thought. By the end of the season Alonso had been confirmed as a test driver for the rebranded Renault team in 2002, and it was clear that he would just be biding his time awaiting a race seat.
    So what did Alonso himself think of his rookie year? Getting hold of him now to talk about it would not be the work of the moment, but fortunately he was a lot more available back then. I caught up with him at the final race weekend of 2001 at Suzuka, and we talked while sitting on a Minardi packing case behind the pits.


    "For sure I'm very happy with it," he said of his season. "The first year is always interesting, always difficult, especially in one of the small teams. Because the budget is really poor and you don't have many tests, you must learn everything in the races. To be always in front of my team-mate, with Tarso and then with Alex, was a good feeling. And for a young driver like me it's always important to have confidence.

    <table style="margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 10px;" class="pictable" width="180" align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5"> <tbody> <tr> <td>-Formula 1 - Season 2011 - 1300451030 Minardi only just made it to Melbourne © LAT
    </td></tr></tbody></table> "It's hard for the people to understand, to realise the difficulties that we had this year. The first time that I tried the new car was in Australia on Friday. Then it was Malaysia, Brazil and Imola, and the first test was before Barcelona! It was incredible, very difficult. But anyway, we did a good job."

    With no testing, and with the team only just making it, Melbourne was never going to be easy for the youngster.


    "It was very difficult. I arrived, a young driver first race in his career, with a new car that nobody had tried, with the new team staff, the English people. Everything was new. We had two cars and no T-car for the first race. So it was a crazy time. But I qualified 19th, and finished the race without problems. It was perfect."


    He soon made a habit of getting ahead of one or two cars that should really have been quicker than the Minardi: "It was strange even for us, because we also expected to be 21st and 22nd. But I tried to qualify well, and we did sometimes.


    With low fuel the car seemed quite good, but afterwards in the races it was a little more difficult because you feel the lack of power a little bit more, because we didn't have enough for the weight in the race. But it was better than expected."

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    </td></tr></tbody></table> In the penultimate race at Indy he qualified an astonishing 17th. That may not sound much, but in addition to his team-mate, four other drivers were behind him, including Villeneuve. He also started 18th on six other occasions.


    Nevertheless, knowing that even on a perfect day he could only move two or three slots ahead of the standard 21st was frustrating.


    "A little bit. Sometimes in qualifying you make a perfect lap, an unbelievable lap. You cross the line and think, 'F***ing hell, that was a good one!' Then you arrive in the pits, see the TV screens, and you are only 19th or 20th. So yes, it's a little frustrating.


    "I don't know the experience that Raikkonen, Button or [Felipe] Massa have, but if you see their career, it's quite short. I started in a very small team, but with a very short career, if you start in a bigger team like Sauber or Williams, you do well. It's normal, you have a very good car and it's easy to finish in the top six in all the races, and you are a big star. So if you arrive in F1 with a short career, it's better to start in a big team."


    He had the intelligence to realise that hard results didn't matter. The year was about gaining experience, and filing it away for future use.


    "I know my job this year was only to learn the tracks, and finish as many races as possible, do some running in F1, and nothing more. If you had another idea or another objective for this year, it was wrong, because by the middle of the season your head will be very frustrated.


    "I learned a lot. F1 is very complicated, and for new drivers, it's very difficult. You have only two sessions on Friday and on Saturday, and then the qualifying. In qualifying you must try to go in the right moment, in the last minute, with no traffic. All these things you must race in F1 to learn. If somebody tells you about them, okay you have an idea, but it's not exactly how it is."


    Before Pedro de la Rosa and Marc Gene came along in 1999, Spanish interest in F1 had been minimal, and there were few if any journalists from the nation. That had begun to change, but for all his potential Alonso's lack of results meant that his profile remained low during that first year.


    "The Spanish people, we are strange. In Spain only the football players are important, and the motorcyclists! We always try to win and the patience is very short. But they knew this year was a year to learn, and to get experience. For the future maybe I have more pressure from the Spanish journalists, but anyway, it's my job."


    <table style="margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 10px;" class="pictable" width="275" align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5"> <tbody> <tr> <td>-Formula 1 - Season 2011 - 1300451152 Trulli and Button would have Alonso looking over their shoulders in 2002 © LAT
    </td></tr></tbody></table> With his Minardi education coming to an end, Alonso could turn his thoughts to 2002. He knew that he'd get thousands of testing kilometres, and he knew too that he'd keep race drivers Button and Jarno Trulli on their toes. And most importantly he knew that a race seat awaited him for 2003.


    "If you test a lot with many miles then it's a good thing. If I test with Renault then I can start to know the team and the engine and have a good feeling for 2003. Next year is an important year, but 2003 is more important."


    The day after our chat at Suzuka Alonso crossed the line 11th of 16 finishers, just behind Villeneuve and ahead of the veterans like Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Olivier Panis and Jos Verstappen.

    He had arrived...
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    brilliant.. just read it.. i could do with some more ..

    portrayed Kimi as an elite of a rookie class ... and i see ALO was intelligent from the start... great read. but it ended abruptly...

    glad to know she's safe .. beautiful jessy..


    We’ve made McLaren a second a lap faster, says Whitmarsh

    McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says that some tough decisions have been taken following the team’s poor performance in winter testing and the result, he believes, is a one second per lap improvement in the car.

    Two of the key areas are the floor and the exhausts, where a simpler solution has been employed.

    Speaking in a Vodafone phone-in with leading F1 websites, he said, “I was not satisfied with where the car was from a reliabiliy or performance point of view. We have made some dramatic changes to the car. There is some risk, but we hope that it pays off and the car is more competitive.

    “The changes are aimed at making the car over a second quicker than it was in the tests.”

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    Here are the first pics of preparations for the first race of the season this weekend.

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