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McLaren has announced the signing of the reigning World Champion Jenson Button to a multi-year deal.
He will be partnered by 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who will be embarking on his fourth consecutive season as a McLaren Mercedes driver.
This unique partnership will mark:
The first time in Formula 1 history that a team has started the new season with a line-up featuring the most recent two successive World Champions
The first pairing of two British World Champions since Graham Hill [1962, 1968] partnered Jim Clark [1963, 1965] at Lotus in 1968
Jenson Button:
“It’s always a difficult decision to leave a team when you’ve been there for so long. But life is all about challenges – and, most important of all, it’s about challenging yourself. So, although I won the World Championship with Brawn GP last year, and I’ll never forget that, I was always adamant that I wanted to continue to set myself fresh challenges.
“So that’s why I’ve decided to join Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. You can’t help but be affected by this team’s phenomenal history. McLaren is one of the greats of world sport, and its achievements and list of past champions read like a Who’s Who of Formula 1 – Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and of course my new team-mate Lewis Hamilton. I’ve followed the McLaren team ever since I was a small boy, and it feels unbelievable to finally be a part of it.
“When I visited the McLaren Technology Centre earlier this month, it wasn’t simply the technical resources and the incredible standards of excellence that impressed me. No, I was equally struck by the ambition, the motivation and the winning spirit that flow through everybody there. And then there’s the team’s epic history: put it this way, the trophy cabinets seem to stretch for miles.
“From a personal point of view, it’s also a great pleasure to be joining a fellow British World Champion. Lewis has achieved an incredible level of success in a very short period of time, and he’s a wonderfully gifted driver who has earned the respect of every Formula 1 driver. I’m sure there’s plenty that we can learn from each other, and I’m really looking forward to using our combined knowledge to push the team forward.
“Also, I think it’s fantastic that we’ll be forming an all-British line-up. I know that we both fly the flag with pride, and I sincerely hope we can make the whole of the United Kingdom, as well as Vodafone McLaren Mercedes fans across the world, proud. Nothing means more to me than to be able to represent my country, and I’m looking forward to both of us painting Formula 1’s circuits red, white and blue for many years to come.
“While I’m fully aware that there’s a tremendous amount of hard work ahead, I’m absolutely certain that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be able to deliver where it matters: on track. I’m already looking forward to starting work with the engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre as we begin our preparations for the 2010 season – and the defence of my world championship. This is a team that always goes racing to win, and I’m looking forward to being part of that.
“Last but very far from least, I want to say that the 2009 season will always have a special place in my memory, and I’m absolutely sure that everybody at Brawn GP who worked so hard to achieve our World Championship successes feels exactly the same way about it. Equally, I want to thank the guys at Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines, without whom we’d never have been as competitive as we were. I’m so pleased that I’ll still be using their engines in 2010 and beyond.
“So I wish all my old Brawn GP mates well in their new Mercedes Grand Prix adventure, just as I hope they’ll wish me well in my new Vodafone McLaren Mercedes adventure.”
Lewis Hamilton:
“It’s fantastic news that Jenson has decided to join Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – and I’m looking forward to working with him and our engineers to make sure we kick off the 2010 season with a car that’s competitive enough to win the World Championship – but I want to send my best wishes for the future to my 2008-09 team-mate and now good friend Heikki Kovalainen, who is one of the nicest human beings I’ve ever met.
“I already know Jenson, and we get on very well together. We both really want our team to succeed. Although we’ll be pushing each other hard, I’m sure we’ll very quickly establish a great working relationship. He’s an exceptional driver: very controlled and very smooth, and he has a real depth of knowledge and experience. I think we’ll complement each other very well, and our collaboration will make the team stronger as a result. Also, I’m delighted to be racing alongside a fellow British World Champion, and I believe we can pull together to make Vodafone McLaren Mercedes the best team on the grid.
“I’m sure Jenson has already started to appreciate our team’s unique culture and the special family atmosphere that makes it such an incredible place to live and work. We really are like one big family – and I’m sure Jenson will feel the warmth of that welcome from day one.
“Obviously, as a British driver, I’m also thrilled that we’ll be flying the flag for the United Kingdom, and I think today’s announcement is fantastic news for all British sports fans. I hope they’ll be giving us their full support when the season kicks off next March. I’m already looking forward to Silverstone – it’ll be massive!
“Looking ahead, I think the results from the second half of 2009 speak for themselves, and I’m convinced we can carry that momentum through the winter and into the new season. I’ve been closely following the development of our 2010 challenger, the MP4-25, and I think it’s going to be a state-of-the-art car that will enable both of us to consistently fight for victories.”
Martin Whitmarsh, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes:
“Everybody at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Jenson to our team. It has always been our policy to employ the two very best possible drivers – and, in Jenson and Lewis, we feel we not only have the fastest pairing on the 2010 grid, but also the two most complete, professional and dedicated drivers in Formula 1.
“Moreover, I’m confident that we’ll be able to successfully balance and harness Jenson’s and Lewis’s complementary skill-sets. Our engineers are already looking forward to working with Jenson, and I’m convinced that such a strong and dynamic driver line-up will make us an even more complete and competitive operation. Now we have to provide Jenson and Lewis with race-winning machinery.
“I want to make clear that Jenson’s decision to join us was in no way motivated by money. We’ll be paying him no more than he could be getting elsewhere, and that fact is a reflection of not only Jenson’s belief in Vodafone McLaren Mercedes but also his desire and ambition to build on the phenomenal results he achieved during the 2009 season.
“I also want to thank Heikki for his selfless contribution over the past two years. As well as being very quick, Heikki was and remains a great character whom we’ll all miss considerably. It goes without saying that we wish him all the best for next season, and would be very pleased if he were to secure a good drive for 2010.
“We’re ambitious, we’re motivated and we’re hungrier than ever. We make no secret of our ambition for next year: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes wants to win both World Championships – and, with Jenson and Lewis, we believe we’re better equipped than any other team in the pitlane to do exactly that.”

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The FIA have announced plans to launch a new feeder series for Formula One, expected to appear on the calendar from 2009. At a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris today, the FIA revealed plans for a “Formula Two”, “an inexpensive platform to develop emerging driver talent for Formula One”.
The designation “Formula Two” was last used in 1984, before the series was renamed Formula 3000, before itself being relaunched as GP2 in 2005. While GP2 is currently the primary feeder series for Formula One, with such names as Hamilton, Kovalainen, Piquet and Rosberg all having graduated in the past three years, Formula Two would undoubtedly emerge as a competitor to GP2.
In its press release, the FIA said that it was inviting tenders for the new series, for a 2009 launch. The FIA hopes for a budget of €200,000 per car per season to be sufficient, a figure which is lower than the budget needed for GP2, although no specifications about the series have been announced.
Such is the success of GP2 to produce high-quality drivers and hone their skills, that many observers will wonder about the necessity to launch a new series. With the power struggle currently ongoing between the FIA and Commercial rights holders of Formula One, who incidentally also own GP2, it’s likely that the news of the new series will begin a new chapter in the battle for supremacy in F1.

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Bahrain Podium

Felipe Massa has silenced the critics by winning the bahrain Grand prix

He had been under a lot of pressure from the media for 2 non finishes this season, many people have said he could be on his way out of Ferrari, but today he has proved he can be as good as Raikkonen.

After a first lap accident with Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton could only manage 13th, he had to come in for a new nose cone after hitting Alonso in the rear. Rumours are that Alonso was brake testing Hamilton.

 Pos Driver Team
1. F. Massa Ferrari
2. K. Räikkönen Ferrari
3. R. Kubica BMW Sauber
4. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber
5. H. Kovalainen McLaren
6. J. Trulli Toyota
7. M. Webber Red Bull Racing
8. N. Rosberg Williams
9. T. Glock Toyota
10. F. Alonso Renault
11. R. Barrichello Honda
12. G. Fisichella Force India
13. L. Hamilton McLaren
14. K. Nakajima Williams
15. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso
16. A. Davidson Super Aguri F1
17. T. Sato Super Aguri F1
18. D. Coulthard Red Bull Racing
19. A. Sutil Force India
Non Finishers
20. N. Piquet Jr. Renault
21. J. Button Honda
22. S. Vettel Toro Rosso

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Robert Kubica has claimed his 1st ever F1 pole.

He has also claimed BMW Sauber’s 1st ever pole position

Massa had been fastest right up to the last few seconds, Hamilton managed 3rd after his big crash yesterday.

Jenson Button can be proud of his Honda team, after managing a fantastic 9th position, ahead of former world champion Alonso who was 10th.

Pole Position Shootout :

1.  KUBICA        BMW           1m33.096s
2.  MASSA         Ferrari       1m33.123s
3.  HAMILTON      McLaren       1m33.292s
4.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari       1m33.418s
5.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren       1m33.488s
6.  HEIDFELD      BMW           1m33.737s
7.  TRULLI        Toyota        1m33.994s
8.  ROSBERG       Williams      1m34.015s
9.  BUTTON        Honda         1m35.057s
10. ALONSO        Renault       1m35.115s

Qualifying 2 :

1.  MASSA         Ferrari       1m31.188s
2.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren       1m31.718s
3.  KUBICA        BMW           1m31.745s
4.  HEIDFELD      BMW           1m31.909s
5.  HAMILTON      McLaren       1m31.922s
6.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari       1m31.933s
7.  TRULLI        Toyota        1m32.159s
8.  ROSBERG       Williams      1m32.185s
9.  ALONSO        Renault       1m32.345s
10. BUTTON        Honda         1m32.362s

Knocked Out:
11. WEBBER        Red Bull      1m32.371s
12. BARRICHELLO   Honda         1m32.508s
13. GLOCK         Toyota        1m32.528s
14. PIQUET        Renault       1m32.790s
15. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso    1m32.915s
16. NAKAJIMA      Williams      1m32.943s

Qualifying 1 :

1.  MASSA         Ferrari       1m31.937s
2.  TRULLI        Toyota        1m32.227s
3.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari       1m32.652s
4.  HAMILTON      McLaren       1m32.750s
5.  BUTTON        Honda         1m32.793s
6.  GLOCK         Toyota        1m32.800s
7.  KUBICA        BMW           1m32.893s
8.  ROSBERG       Williams      1m32.903s
9.  BARRICHELLO   Honda         1m32.944s
10. ALONSO        Renault       1m32.947s
11. PIQUET        Renault       1m32.975s
12. KOVALAINEN    McLaren       1m33.057s
13. HEIDFELD      BMW           1m33.137s
14. WEBBER        Red Bull      1m33.194s
15. NAKAJIMA      Williams      1m33.386s
16. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso    1m33.415s

Knocked Out:
17. COULTHARD     Red Bull      1m33.433s
18. FISICHELLA    Force India   1m33.501s
19. VETTEL        Toro Rosso    1m33.562s
20. SUTIL         Force India   1m33.845s
21. DAVIDSON      Super Aguri   1m34.140s
22. SATO          Super Aguri   1m35.725s

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Massa has ended up fastest in both practice sessions. The ferrari’s are once again very quick , just like in Malaysia 2 weeks ago.

Hamilton had a very big off into the wall during 2nd Practice.

Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice Session 1 Times :

1.  MASSA         Ferrari     1m32.233s
2.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari     1m32.350s
3.  ROSBERG       Williams    1m32.415s
4.  HAMILTON      McLaren     1m32.705s
5.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren     1m32.868s
6.  NAKAJIMA      Williams    1m33.121s
7.  KUBICA        BMW         1m33.333s
8.  TRULLI        Toyota      1m33.539s
9.  COULTHARD     Red Bull    1m33.788s
10. ALONSO        Renault     1m33.815s
11. GLOCK         Toyota      1m33.929s
12. WEBBER        Red Bull    1m33.950s
13. PIQUET        Renault     1m33.981s
14. HEIDFELD      BMW         1m34.106s
15. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso  1m34.235s
16. VETTEL        Toro Rosso  1m34.321s
17. FISICHELLA    Force India 1m34.892s
18. BUTTON        Honda       1m34.915s
19. BARRICHELLO   Honda       1m35.174s
20. SUTIL         Force India 1m35.429s
21. DAVIDSON      Super Aguri 1m36.145s
22. SATO          Super Aguri 1m36.536s

Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice Session 2 Times :

1.  MASSA         Ferrari     1m31.412s
2.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari     1m32.327s
3.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren     1m32.752s
4.  HAMILTON      McLaren     1m32.847s
5.  KUBICA        BMW         1m32.915s
6.  ROSBERG       Williams    1m33.022s
7.  COULTHARD     Red Bull    1m33.048s
8.  NAKAJIMA      Williams    1m33.098s
9.  BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso  1m33.197s
10. PIQUET        Renault     1m33.247s
11. BUTTON        Honda       1m33.710s
12. ALONSO        Renault     1m33.755s
13. WEBBER        Red Bull    1m33.782s
14. TRULLI        Toyota      1m33.822s
15. GLOCK         Toyota      1m33.856s
16. BARRICHELLO   Honda       1m33.966s
17. HEIDFELD      BMW         1m34.023s
18. FISICHELLA    Force India 1m34.388s
19. SUTIL         Force India 1m34.405s
20. VETTEL        Toro Rosso  1m34.787s
21. SATO          Super Aguri 1m35.288s
22. DAVIDSON      Super Aguri 1m35.712s

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Jacques Villeneuve has signed up for the speedcar series
He has signed up to contest the last two rounds of the Dubai based Speedcar stock car series.
The penultimate round takes place as a formula one support event at Sakhir this weekend, before the series ends in Dubai next weekend.

Villeneuve said “Speedcar will give me more road racing experience with this kind of car which will be useful in future NASCAR road courses events, and it’s also a great excuse to meet race fans,”

He joins fellow ex-F1 stars in the series, including Jean Alesi, Heinz Harold Frentzen, Johnny Herbert, Stefan Johansson, JJ Lehto and Gianni Morbidelli.

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