Posts Tagged ‘Fernando Alonso’



Well what a day it was. The weather was great, I even mananged to get a suntanned face while waiting for autographs.

I had a paddock pass and was able to go into the pitlane and the F1 paddock.

I managed to get my photo taken with David Coulthard. I also got 4 Minichamps models signed by David for my collection.

I also managed to get my rarest Barrichello model ( Jordan 193 ) autographed by Rubens

I also got a Minichamps model signed by Fernando Alonso, although it was quickly rushed while he was running to get in his car.

But the highlight of my day was getting to see Lewis Hamilton who signed 6 baseball caps for me. He was so nice to me and my son. I also got a photo of my son with Lewis as Lewis was signing his book for my son. Although lewis spelt my son’s name wrong, so they were laughing about it together.

Lewis spent so much time signing autographs for his fans, unlike Kimi Raikkonen who hardly ever signs anything for his fans.

So I have one happy son now who has a photo with Lewis. He also had photos with Anthony Hamilton, and Nick Hamilton, ( Lewis’s Brother )

So roll on next week to the British Grand Prix, which I will also be attending




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 Plane Similar To Piquets

Nelson Piquet Jnr, has taken delivery of a new private plane.
He was given the the plane which is a Cessna of the Citation Mustang type worth $2.6-million by Rui Thomaz de Aquino, president of the Brazilian airline TAM.

“I’m going to be able to devote more time to training, reduce distances and gain precious hours,” Piquet said.

The Brazilian driver, who will partner Fernando Alonso at Renault, said he would hire a pilot, because – unlike his father – he doesn’t have a pilot’s licence.

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 Fernando Alonso

What was your feeling when you began testing with the ING Renault F1 Team in January?
“I know the team, the working methods and how Renault goes racing. We got down to work straight away, and I immediately felt comfortable with the engineers and mechanics. The welcome from the team was fantastic, and saw I lot of people I knew from when I was here before. I am happy to be back at Renault, and I think I will be more relaxed ahead of the new season.”

What did you think of the R27 when you drove it, on your return?
“It is hard to say because I only drove for two days, and I was getting used to the car without driver aids at the same time; that made it hard to have a clear opinion. It didn’t take long to get comfortable with the car, and it responded well to the set-up changes we made. After not driving all winter, it was very useful for me to get my marks. We didn’t look at the car’s ultimate pace, as that wasn’t the target. Our work was focused on preparing for the new R28.”

You drove the new car last week in Valencia.Tell us about it…
“The first test of a new car is always very exciting. As always, our first job was to make sure everything was working properly, like the safety systems and all the on-board controls. We did a lot of calibration and measurement work. My first feeling with the car was good. I think we made some good steps during the first test, and collected interesting data. We did a lot of runs, getting longer all the time to test the reliability levels of the car. It was encouraging.”

What is the development workload like at this time of year?
“There is always a lot to do at this time of year, but we are making good progress. The team is working incredibly hard, producing new parts at the factory, and at the track to make the most of our testing days. We aim to get the most out of every lap we do, and to carry on moving forward. The pre-season tests are extremely important and we are trying to exploit them to the maximum.”

Do you think the new regulations will change things out on track?
“I don’t think it will make any difference at all, to be honest. The teams have been preparing for the changes for a long time, and we are in a good situation – although the workload has been enormous. The drivers are using the winter tests to adjust their reference points and to adapt their driving style, but they will all be ready by Melbourne. After two or three races, I think we will have forgotten what it was like with driver aids, and the cars will be performing well without them. On the other hand, I think the races will be more spectacular, which will be positive for F1 fans.”

Which will be the team to beat this year?
“It is hard to make predictions at this time of the season. But if you take into account the level of competitiveness last year and what we have seen during the first tests of 2008, I think Ferrari could well be setting the pace from the start of the season.”

How are you approaching the 2008 season?
“Some people have suggested that I have unfinished business from 2007, but that’s not the way I look at it. I am preparing for this season the same way I always have done: by concentrating on my job. Our work during the winter will dictate whether or not we are competitive at the start of the championship, and that is my focus. Once we start racing, I will try and get the maximum out of the car, and to work with the engineers to improve. That has always been my approach, and will continue to be.”

You have a new team-mate in Nelson Piquet Jr. How is your relationship?
“I didn’t know him before re-joining the team. We have a good relationship because we have the same targets: to work with the team to get the most out of the car, to develop it and to help the team become competitive again.”

What are your ambitions for this year?
“The entire team is absolutely determined to get back to the top, they are pushing very hard and that is a big motivation for me. First and foremost, I am a racer, and I obviously want to win. I will do my maximum to make that happen, and I know that is what is expected from me.”

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Renault R28 

Renault R28

Renault Team

The Renault F1 team has today launched their new R28 car.

The car was unveiled in Renault’s Communication headquarters in Paris.

The drivers for 2008 will be double world champion Fernando Alonso and rookie Nelson Piquet. Alonso returns to the team after a year at Mclaren. He has tested twice with the team this month, setting fastest time at the recent Jerez test with the old R27

Fernando Alonso Said :

“The entire team is absolutely determined to get back to the top, they are pushing very hard and that is a big motivation for me, First and foremost,
I am a racer, and I obviously want to win. I will do my maximum to make that happen, and I know that is what is expected from me. Some people have suggested that I have unfinished business from 2007, but that’s not the way I look at it. I am preparing for this season the same way I always have done: by concentrating on my job. My first feeling with the car was good and the team is working incredibly hard. It looks encouraging at the moment.”

Piquet Jnr Said :

“Melbourne still seems a long way off to me. We have a lot of work to do beforehand, and I am focused on the next test sessions and our development programme.
That will help me improve my physical condition too, because driving is always the best preparation and I can continue learning to make sure I am ready for my first Grand Prix. My aim this year is to get the maximum out of the package, and to do a good job for the team. There will be a lot to learn and I not underestimating the challenge of Formula 1.”

Flavio Briatore Said :

“We have the strength in depth to overcome our disappointments. Renault has invested for the future at Enstone, especially with the new CFD Centre, which gives us the stability we need to move forward. The new car is a change in direction for the team, and we have been aggressive with the concept. When you add in Fernando’s ability to lead the team on the track, it is a powerful combination. Remember, in 2007 we finished third in the championship with a bad car, that we did not develop for half of the season.
For 2008, we have a good car – and a world champion driver. The situation looks promising.”

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Pedro de la Rosa says the departure of his countryman from the McLaren driver line-up in 2008 is a loss to the British team. The Spanish test driver has made it clear that the disagreement involving Fernando Alonso, the former double world champion, and team colleagues Lewis Hamilton and Ron Dennis last year, did not also involve himself.
“I personally miss him,” de la Rosa explained to the Spanish newspaper Diario AS.
“Fernando is always a great contributor to a team, it is better to have him with you than to have him somewhere else. But we will get used to working without him,” the Spaniard added.

De la Rosa tested McLaren’s new MP4-23 earlier this week at Jerez.
“For now it resembles the car of last year,” he revealed. “It’s easy to drive but there is still much room for improvement. At the moment we are working on the reliability rather than seeking lap times. And so far there have not been any problems,” he said.

De la Rosa also admitted that, with his chances of ever returning to the Grand Prix grid are very slim now, he is beginning to contemplate a return to racing elsewhere.
Asked if Le Mans might be an option after losing the 2008 seat to Heikki Kovalainen, he admitted: “After what happened, my chances of racing for McLaren are small.
“Looking ahead, yes, I am thinking about some other series. I am eager to return to racing.”

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Double world champion Fernando Alonso climbed back in a Renault Formula 1 car for the first time since 2006. At Circuito de Jerez, Alonso completed his first laps in the R27 just after 09.00. Alonso will be completing his test programme with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday. Alonso and Renault will focus today’s programme on getting used to the car and driving without driver aids. He also showed his new helmet to the gathered photographers in Jerez. When he moved from Renault to McLaren last year his helmet changed to the colours of the McLaren team, but the Spanish colours are now back on the Spaniard’s helmet.

Jerez* – 15/01/2008
1 . Alonso – Renault R27 – 1:19.503 – 70 laps
2 . De la Rosa – MP4-23 – 1:19.650 – 111 laps
3 . Raikkonen – Ferrari F2008 – 1:19.708  – 90 laps
4 . Rosberg – Williams FW29 – 1:19.755 – 81 laps
5 . Massa – Ferrari F2008 – 1:19.772 – 86 laps
6 . Kovalainen – MP4-23 – 1:19.780 – 130 laps
7 . Vettel – Toro Rosso STR2 – 1:20.305 – 86 laps
8 . Bourdais – Toro Rosso STR2 – 1:20.346  – 76 laps
9 . Webber – Red Bull RB3 – 1:20.392 – 80 laps
10  Nakajima – Williams FW29 – 1:20.525 – 68 laps
11 .Glock – Toyota TF108 – 1:20.598 – 109 laps
12 .Fisichella – Force India F8-VII – 1:20.764 – 76 laps
13 .Kobayashi – Toyota TF107 – 1:22.060 – 56 laps.

*Times courtesy of Circuito de Jerez

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I have made my own personal designed 2009 Calendars for the F1 drivers

I sold these last year and they were very popular, so I have decided to resell them again this year

The calendars are available for sale for £4 including postage for UK buyers
They are laminated, so if it gets dirty it can be wiped clean
They are A4 size and can be wall mounted or used as mousemats or whatever you like
You can see the FULL 12 months of the year
The calendars are available for any F1 driver you like, just request who you want

Click on a calendar to see a larger photo !!

If you would like to order a calendar, please contact me via my website



kimi-calendar   jenson-calendar


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