July 10, 2009

F1 Practice: Germany 2009!

It's nice to have F1 back on the telly!

Now that we're halfway through season, it's just possible that we're starting to see the big teams beginning to catch up with Brawn and Red Bull.  None other than Lewis Hamilton took fast-lap honors in P2 today, beating out Seb Vettel and Jensen Button.  Of course, the usual warning about "trusting no time set in Practice" applies, but it was still kinda good to see McLaren back up front.

Never mind that Heikki Kovaleininninnie was 17th.

The current weather forecast for the race is cool and rainy, which is exactly the conditions we had today.  Might make for a fun race, that.

Unfortunately, if you trust the rumors flying about, this is going to be the last F1 race for SeaBass.  He's never quite gotten a handle on the series, which is quite puzzling considering the success he had in ChampCar.  It's not the same type of racing, obviously, but it's not like he's Yuji Ide or something: SeaBass has talent!

Offtrack, there's been another falling out between FOTA and FIA.  Someone said something, or the table was the wrong shape, or the team principals didn't like the water, or whatever it was, the FOTA teams marched out of a meeting with the FIA en masse.  For all we know, the breakaway series is still possible.  Tell you what... if there's any solid news, I'll report it, but until then just assume the two sides are grumbling at each other.


Quals tomorrow!

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Germany in July: 12 degrees C. (54F)

Global warming, my ass...

Strange that a driver would quit, or be fired, in the middle of a season. Would the team find another driver, or just stop entering that car?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 10, 2009 06:17 PM (+rSRq)

2 The rumor is that he'll be fired, and while it isn't particularly common for a driver to be let go in the middle of the season (Yuji Ide and Jacques Villeneueve are the last two I can think of), it's not unheard of.  Indeed, Robert Kubica got his seat when BMW-Sauber fired Villeneuveve.

The team'll put another driver in the car.  The most likely candidate is Jaime Alguersuari, the recently appointed third driver for Toro Rosso.  He's a young (I think he's 12) hotshot.

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 10, 2009 09:40 PM (AnJdu)

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