|Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 2):|
Thats the idea... Cos thats what it is...
|Quoting BA757 (Reply 3):|
Remember the sponsorless Ferrari with the black nose they ran at the Italian GP after 9/11?
That was awful (I know it was done to show their respect, but, I'm talking aesthetically).
|Quoting Bill142 (Reply 11):|
I think 2007 is going to be one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent history.
|Quoting Bill142 (Reply 15):|
I don't know. Their technical group has been shaken up and if Kimi is as bad at developing the car as they claim he is, they might be in for a diffuclt season.
|Quoting Bill142 (Reply 19):|
The car is still in an interim livery,
|Quoting Bill142 (Reply 21):|
Apparently it's electrical. Barichello ran without problems yesterday.
|Quoting Bill142 (Reply 19):|
The car is still in an interim livery, and its testing hasn't gotten off to a very good start
McLaren rookie Lewis Hamilton escaped unharmed after badly damaging one of the team's new MP4-22 cars in a crash in testing at Valencia on Thursday.
The 22-year-old, on just his second day in the team’s 2007 challenger, will not now complete his testing programme at the Spanish circuit as the car will not be able to be fixed in time for Friday.
"Lewis is uninjured but the MP4-22 he was driving is badly damaged and will not be repairable in Valencia for Lewis to continue his test programme tomorrow," a McLaren spokesperson said.
"The cause of the accident is being investigated."
Hamilton's accident came after 33 laps on the second day of McLaren's running at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, which is the team's first serious test with the MP4-22.
The Briton, preparing for his F1 debut in Melbourne in March, had set a best lap of 1m12.596s, with team-mate Fernando Alonso 0.9s quicker at 1m11.698s after 76 laps.
The double world champion will now complete the team’s programme in the other MP4-22 on Friday.
|Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 28):|
Is it just me, or is there almost no change in either the Ferrari or the Mercedes. I can hardly see a difference. The only 2 cars that i can see a visual difference in, is the Renault and the Honda.
|Quoting Bill142 (Reply 31):|
Is that Christopher Walken on the left rear wheel?
However it is not yet known whether Doornbos will be able to combine his test role with racing in America, a plan he revealed he would be keen on last year.
He tested a Champ Car for the second time earlier this week, with Paul Stoddart’s new Minardi Team USA.
"Undoubtedly some aspects of RB3 are ‘McLarenesque’ and are, to some extent, a development of the work I was doing when I was there," said Newey.
The car features a triple-deck front wing and very tight packaging, suggesting that the Renault engine Red Bull is powered by this year has better heat rejection characteristics than the Ferrari it used last season, the miscalculation of which caused the team persistent overheating problems.
|Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 34):|
Webber questions Schu role
Monday, 29, January, 2007, 12:41
Mark Webber has questioned why Ferrari is still inviting Michael Schumacher to attend test sessions this year – believing that his presence could have a negative impact on new recruit Kimi Raikkonen.
The seven-time world champion retired from racing at the end of last season, to be replaced by the Finn, but still attended Ferrari’s 2007 car launch and was in the garage during the first test of the F2007 at Fiorano.
And although Schumacher's official new role with the Italian squad has yet to be spelled out, Ferrari CEO Jean Todt said recently that the German would continue helping both the team and its drivers in an advisory capacity where necessary.
However RBR star Webber reckons this set-up is only likely to put more pressure on Raikkonen as he tries to replace Formula 1’s most successful ever driver.
“It’s odd having him [Schumacher] at the tests, I think – really odd,” he said.
“It’s like having your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend there. Kimi must go ‘what the f***?’
“It must feel so strange to have the teacher’s pet standing above you while you are trying to get on with your own new programme.
“Suffocation or what?”
The Australian also reckons that Schumacher's departure will give more drivers the chance of scoring victories in 2007.
“Clearly Michael averaged a lot of wins every year, so that’s gone," he said.
“Wins are going to be spread out across a few more people and I think we will see many different people on the podium.”
The rules in force for 2007 do not allow chassis to be shared or sold, and Williams is adamant that teams must continue to build their own cars from scratch in order to compete legally.
But FIA president Max Mosley has seemingly offered STR and Super Aguri a way round the ban on customer cars by arguing that third-party contractors could supply more than one team.
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