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Bridgestone Motorsport Malaysian Grand Prix Preview
31 Mar. 2009
Straight after the debut of Bridgestone’s 2009 slick Formula One tyres at the exciting Australian Grand Prix, Bridgestone heads to Malaysia for the second race in as many weeks as it faces the challenges of the Sepang circuit near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for round two of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix.
Malaysian GP - The team knows how to react
Maranello, 31st March 2009 - Whenever a team has a bad race weekend, the general feeling is always one of impatience to try again as soon as possible and after failing to score points in the opening round and only one car classified at the finish, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro gets a chance to redeem itself immediately this weekend, with Round 2, the Malaysian Grand Prix, at the Sepang Circuit, outside Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian GP Preview
31 March 09
Erratum: It was incorrectly stated in the team’s Australian GP Review (30 03 2009) that Nico Rosberg “…crossed the line in P6. He was later promoted to P5.” This should of course read that Nico finished in P7 and was later promoted to P6.
BMW Sauber F1 Team - PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix - Preview
Munich/Hinwil, 29th March 2009. The BMW Sauber F1 Team travels to the home of its premium partner PETRONAS for the second round of the 2009 World Championship. The Twin Towers, the company’s head office, are a major landmark of Kuala Lumpur. The GP at the Sepang circuit normally takes place in extreme heat, making it one of the toughest races of the season.
Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 2, Malaysian GP
30 Mar. 2009
A slicker operation…
The economic climate which forms a backdrop to the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship is very different from the commercial landscape twelve months previous and this means changes for Bridgestone in Formula One.
2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
“Firstly, we shouldn’t get carried away by our podium in Australia. Yes, we had a fantastic race but we’re all aware that our car isn’t capable of repeating that sort of performance on sheer pace alone. And Sepang is one of the tougher tracks on the calendar, one where we will probably be further from the frontrunners than we were in Albert Park. The track is both fast and technical so requires good mechanical and aero grip. It’s much more aero-dependent and rear-limited than Melbourne so it may highlight some of the shortcomings in MP4-24. Nevertheless, we’re all really encouraged by the progress we’ve made and I know we’ll be pushing as hard as ever to put more points on the board in Sepang.”
Malaysian Grand Prix - Preview
Monday 30 March 2009
Date: Sunday, 5 April, 11am CET
Round: 2 of 17
Venue: Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
Bridgestone Motorsport’s Australian Grand Prix Report
29 Mar. 2009
Bridgestone Potenza slick tyres made their grand prix return in the Australian Grand Prix where Jenson Button made the perfect debut for the Brawn GP team by using a medium-medium-super soft tyre strategy to win the first race of the season run to Formula One’s exciting new regulations.
Australian Grand Prix - Race Round-Up
Sunday 29 March 2009
Jarno Trulli (Car 9, Chassis TF109-04)
Grid: Started from the pit lane due to penalty
Provisional Race Classification: 12th (+26.604)*
Pit Stop Laps: 10, 33
Timo Glock (Car 10, Chassis TF109-03)
Grid: Started from the pit lane due to penalty
Provisional Race Classification: 4th (+4.435s)*
Pit Stop Laps: 18, 50
*As issued at 20.30 local time
Australian GP - A pointless start
Melbourne, 29th March 2009 - The Australian Grand Prix often provides a surprise result and it did so again today, but it was not a pleasant surprise for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, as the team failed to score a single point, with both Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen retiring from the 58 lap race, the Brazilian on lap 45, with a broken nose support and the Finn two laps from the finish with a differential problem, although Kimi was actually classified sixteenth.
Australian GP – Race
Melbourne, 29th March 2009
K. Raikkonen: 16th 1:28.59.301 3 laps 55 laps 276 chassis
F. Massa: R 1:12.45.106 - 45 laps 275 chassis
Weather: air temperature 22/21 °C, track temperature 31/26 °C, sunny.
No points for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro at the end of the Australian Grand Prix, the opening round of the 2009 season. Kimi Raikkonen was classified sixteenth, after retiring on lap 55 with a differential problem, while Felipe Massa stopped in the pits on lap 45, with a broken left front nose support.
2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE
MELBOURNE, 29 MARCH
Jenson Button led the Brawn GP team to victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix today, achieving his second Grand Prix win and capping a stunning debut race weekend for the British-based team. Team-mate Rubens Barrichello brought his BGP 001 car home in second position to achieve the first one-two finish for a new team since Mercedes-Benz in 1954.
Force India graduates to 9th and 11th in Australian Grand Prix
29 March 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team has been awarded 9th and 11th positions in today's Australian Grand Prix following the Stewards of the Meeting's decision to hand Jarno Trulli (Toyota) a 25-second penalty for overtaking under the final safety car period of the race.
2009 Australian Grand Prix Race Report
29 March 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team today achieved its early season objective of a double race finish, securing two top 12 finishes in the Australian Grand Prix. After a thrilling and unpredictable race Adrian Sutil finished in 10th position with Giancarlo Fisichella 12th, marking the team's best result since its 2008 debut.
Australian GP Race
29 March 09
The AT&T Williams team didn’t manage to fulfil its potential in a typically incident-packed opening race in Melbourne today, and had to content itself with a handful of points and a fastest race lap to take to next weekend’s Malaysian GP. With the cars running in the top five and both drivers showing some committed overtaking manoeuvres, the team’s march was interrupted by a problem in Nico’s first pitstop on lap 16. Shortly afterwards, Kazuki had a high-speed spin, hitting the wall and retiring. From here Nico fought to recover lost ground, in the process setting the fastest lap of the race and collected two points for a seventh place finish.
2009 Australian Grand Prix Sunday
It was a mixed afternoon for the ING Renault F1 Team as Fernando Alonso finished in 6th position, while teammate Nelson Piquet retired from the race in the early stages. In a race punctuated by a safety car period, Fernando steadily made up for ground that he had lost on the first lap. He enjoyed a combative race to emerge in the points during his final stint and benefited from the late race incidents. Having secured three points, the team now turns its attention to next week’s Malaysian Grand Prix determined to deliver a more competitive performance.
BMW Sauber F1 Team - Australian GP - Race
29.03.2009 Press Release Weather: sunny and dry, 21-19°air, 30-25°C track
Melbourne (AUS). The BMW Sauber F1 Team had a disappointing start to the 2009 season with both cars involved in accidents. Nick Heidfeld’s race was already hopeless after he was hit in the first corner and then brought the damaged car home in 11th. For team mate, Robert Kubica, the Australian GP was a lot more dramatic. With only three laps to go the Pole was fighting for second place with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) when the cars touched, crashed and retired.
2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Started: 18th Finished: 3rd
Fastest lap: 1m29.020s on lap 39 (13th) Pitstops: two (O-P-P; lap 11, 12.0s; lap 43, 7.8s)
A fantastic, storming race from Lewis to charge from 18th on the grid to third at the finish. Always on the attack, he profited from the opening-lap melee and an aggressive first stint on low fuel and option tyres to slot into the top 10 by lap five.
2009 Australian Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report
28 March 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team will start the the Australian Grand Prix, the 2009 season opening race, with Giancarlo Fisichella 18th and Adrian Sutil 19th as the field proved even closer than last year, with 1.5 seconds covering 10th to 20th. Following strong performances throughout the weekend, Giancarlo and Adrian were just two tenths from putting the VJM02 into the top 16 and the second qualifying segment.
The 58 lap Australian Grand Prix will start at 17:00hrs local time tomorrow.
BMW Sauber F1 Team - Australian GP - Qualifying
28.03.2009 Press Release Weather: sunny and dry, 19-25°air, 31-35°C track
Melbourne (AUS). The BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld, will be starting 4th and 11th on the grid respectively for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. While Kubica was able to fight in all three qualifying sessions, Heidfeld just failed to get through to the top ten.
Australian GP - Qualifying session
Melbourne, 28th March 2009
F. Massa: 7th 1.27.033 7 laps
K. Raikkonen: 9th 1.27.163 7 laps
Australian GP - Confirmation
Melbourne, 28th March 2009 - Yesterday's headline on our daily round-up was "new order" and the result of the first qualifying session of the season definitely confirmed that Friday's results did not just stop with the sun setting at the end of the second practice session.
Australian GP Qualifying
28 March 09
The first indications of the 2009 form guide emerged today after the first competitive session of the new season at Albert Park in Melbourne. The two Brawn GP cars locked out the front row and Nico Rosberg kept the AT&T Williams team firmly in the picture securing the fifth slot on the grid for tomorrow’s race. Having shown positive form through the three practice sessions and into qualifying, an error on his final flying lap in Q2 meant that Kazuki Nakajima was unable to join Nico in the pole position shoot-out and he will line up in 13th place for tomorrow’s evening start.
2009 Australian Grand Prix Saturday
Today’s qualifying session saw Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet qualify in 12th and 17th places respectively for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix.
Qualifying: A Good Test Session
28 | 03 | 09
Sebastien Buemi missed out on Q2 by half a tenth of a second today in his first ever F1 qualifying session.
Qualifying: A Fantastic Place To Start
28 | 03 | 09
A thrilling Qualifying in Melbourne will see our new driver Sebastian Vettel start from P3 on the grid in his first grand prix in Red Bull Racing colours.
And team-mate Mark Webber had good day back in the cockpit, coming through the first two sessions strongly, but a disappointing final lap will see him start tenth.
Toyota Motorsport GmbH Statement
Saturday 28 March 2009
Toyota Motorsport has been informed that the rear wing of the TF109 has been found to demonstrate "extreme flexibility" by the Australian Grand Prix stewards.
2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Document 45
Date 28 March 2009
From The Stewards of the Meeting
To The Team Manager Panasonic Toyota Racing
The Stewards have received a report from the Technical Delegate that the upper rear wing element of cars No. 9 and 10 are showing extreme flexibility in contravention of Article 3.15 of the 2009 Formula One Technical Regulations.
The Stewards have heard the explanation from a representative of Panasonic Toyota Racing and have examined the cars in question.
The Stewards concur with the opinion of the Technical Delegate and find the cars contravene the requirements of Article 3.15 of the 2009 Formula One Technical Regulations.
It is the Stewards decision that cars numbered 9and 10 be excluded from the Qualifying Session Official Classification.
Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update
28 Mar. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre provided Jenson Button with the grip he needed to get pole position for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne as the Brawn GP team made its grand prix qualifying debut in perfect fashion.
2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
MELBOURNE, 28 MARCH
The Brawn GP team locked out the front row of the grid today in qualifying for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
On the day in which the team announced its new partnership with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, Jenson Button put the BGP 001 car on pole at the end of a closely-fought qualifying hour. Team-mate Rubens Barrichello will start alongside Jenson on the front row of the grid for tomorrow's 58-lap race.
2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING ANALYSIS
MARTIN WHITMARSH – team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“A gearbox problem for Lewis in Q1 – probably a broken dog ring but we'll have to investigate it to know for sure – prevented him from setting as quick a time as he might otherwise have been able to, but at least he got through to Q2 even if he was unable to take part in it. Heikki's first quick lap in Q2 was solid - but his next fast lap was quicker in sectors one and two but unfortunately not quicker in sector three. He therefore missed out on getting through to Q3 – by less than half a second.
Australian Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up
Saturday 28 March 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing will have two cars in the top 10 when the Australian Grand Prix kicks off the 2009 Formula 1 season. On another clear, sunny day at Albert Park in Melbourne, with track temperatures of 29-33°C and air temperatures of 24-25°C, Timo Glock claimed sixth place on the grid with Jarno Trulli two places further back in eighth. With medium and super soft Bridgestone Potenza compounds on offer, both drivers used the softer option to progress through Q1 and Q2 as the whole grid was able to compare outright performance for the first time with the 2009-specification cars. Q3, with all cars carrying the amount of fuel they will start the race with, was predictably tense and the two Toyotas used the super soft tyres in the final seconds to set their fastest times.
2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE ANALYSIS
Today’s run programme targeted the following objectives: aero and mechanical set-up work, prime and option tyre evaluation, tyre degradation analysis over a long stint.
Australian GP - New Order
Melbourne, 27th March 2009 - After months of speculation and build up, the 2009 Formula 1 season got underway today in Albert Park, Melbourne: a season that promises to produce many surprises with all the changes to the regulations.
Australian GP - Free practice
Melbourne, 27th March 2009
Free practice - First Session
F. Massa: 7th 1.27.642 24 laps 275 chassis
K. Raikkonen: 3rd 1.26.750 24 laps 276 chassis
Free practice - Second Session
F. Massa: 10th 1.27.064 35 laps 275 chassis
K. Raikkonen: 11th 1.27.204 32 laps 276 chassis
Australian GP: Friday Practice
27 | 03 | 09
Today saw both STR4s on a grand prix track for the first time with Sebastien Buemi taking in his first Formula One laps.
Bourdais moved up the order from 19th fastest in session one, to 16th in session two with a best time of 1.27.479.
Australian GP: Friday Practice
27 | 03 | 09
Today finally saw the first running of the RB5 at a race venue and for us, the afternoon session was a great deal more successful than practice session one.
Mark came 17th in the first session, but in the second moved right up to fourth with a best time of 1:26.370. And, as well as going through the car’s set-up, also had to get used to the early evening light for the first time.
Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update
27 Mar. 2009
For the first time in twelve seasons, Bridgestone Potenza slick racing tyres graced a Formula One car at a grand prix as the 2009 season got underway in Melbourne, Australia for the ING Australian Grand Prix. AT&T Williams driver Nico Rosberg was the fastest man in both of the two Friday practice sessions at Albert Park, for round one of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.
BMW Sauber F1 Team - Australian Grand Prix - Free Practice
27.03.2009 Press Release Weather: dry, 18-19°air, 25-31°C track
Melbourne (AUS). At 12.30 hrs local time in Melbourne, Australia, the 2009 season finally started. For the BMW Sauber F1 Team the two free practice sessions were trouble free and unspectacular. Nick Heidfeld finished 11th and 14th, while Robert Kubica was 13th and 15th.
2009 Australian Grand Prix Free Practice Report
Adrian Sutil (car 20, VJM02/03):
FP1: 9th 1:27.993 (20 laps)
FP2: 9th 1:27.040 (29 laps)
Giancarlo Fisichella (car 21, VJM02/01):
FP1: 14th 1:28.603 (16 laps)
FP2: 13th 1:27.282 (32 laps)
2009 Australian Grand Prix Friday
The ING Renault F1 Team enjoyed a productive day in Albert Park as Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet began their preparations for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.
Australian GP Practice
27 March 09
Practice 1, 1230 – 1400hrs
2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - FREE PRACTICE
MELBOURNE, 27 MARCH
Exactly three weeks after the Brawn GP team ran the BGP 001 for the first time, the car made its competitive debut today at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne on the opening day of the Australian Grand Prix weekend. Drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello took to the track with their helmets liveried in the team's distinctive yellow, black and white colour scheme to mark the occasion.
Australian Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up
Friday 27 March 2009
Jarno Trulli (Car 9, Chassis TF109-04)
1st Practice: 12th, 1m 28.142s (+1.455s), 21 laps
2nd Practice: 3rd, 1m 26.350s (+0.297s), 42 laps
Timo Glock (Car 10, Chassis TF109-03)
1st Practice: 8th, 1m 27.710s (+1.023s), 24 laps
2nd Practice: 6th, 1m 26.443s (+0.390s), 42 laps
Raikkonen: "I'm happier this time"
Melbourne, 26 March - Kimi Raikkonen had to break off from what looked like a Scandinavian race driver meeting in the paddock, with former F1 drivers, JJ Lehto and one time Ferrari driver, Stefan Johansson to face the media for the first time this season.
Massa: "starting from zero"
Melbourne, 26 March - Another season gets underway with yet another FIA press conference and Felipe Massa joined Kubica, Button and Vettel on stage at the Albert Park circuit this afternoon. Felipe, sporting his winter-grown goatee beard, was naturally cautious about his hopes for the coming season, despite the fact that the journalists always expect the drivers to be able to tell the future. "At the moment we start from zero," pointed out the Ferrari man. "All twenty drivers start from the same point, all of us fighting to win the championship. Only later in the year will it come down to a battle between two or three or five guys."
Australian GP Preview
26 March 09
At a Glance
When Sunday March 29, 2009
Where Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia
Round 1 of 17
Australian GP - Stewards' Decision
26 March 09
The Stewards of the Meeting for the Australian Grand Prix have rejected a protest lodged by Renault, Ferrari and Red Bull and confirmed that the Williams-Toyota FW31 is technically compliant with the appropriate 2009 Formula One Technical Regulations.
Williams’ Technical Director Sam Michael said, ”We are pleased with the Stewards’ decision and we have no further comment to make.”
Panasonic Toyota Racing kicks off 2009 season in Australia
Thursday 26 March 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing got its 2009 season off to an early start with a range of off-track activities for drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock in Australia.
Pre-Season Interview with Frank Williams
25 March 09
How are you feeling about the season ahead?
FW: The car is looking good. You might see a few surprises, but it won’t be anything too dramatic once we get it down to the grid at Melbourne.
Massa: "Finally we're racing again"
Maranello, 24th March 2009 - It was a long wait, longer than usual, as the Australian GP's date had been moved, but now we're ready to race and I can't wait.
DC’s Guide To… Albert Park and Melbourne
25 | 03 | 09
At each race this year we’ll be asking Mr Coulthard to describe what the track and the host city mean to drivers. And there’s no better place to begin than Australia…
“Melbourne is a great place to start the season because you really are pretty much in the heart of the city which makes it very easy to access the facilities and really creates a party atmosphere.
Australian Grand Prix Preview Q+A with Pascal Vasselon
Are you satisfied with the TF109 so far?
We can only be satisfied with what has happened so far with the TF109. Our winter season programme went extremely well in terms of reliability and mileage. We have been able to complete a huge number of laps before the race season starts; in fact we are very close to what we did last year with two cars, despite the restrictions we have this season. In terms of reliability we are very happy even if we are working hard to fix some small issues, as is always the case with a new car. In terms of performance as well we are satisfied, although obviously we are looking forward to seeing the pecking order when the racing starts. We have a quiet confidence we should be able to fight close to the front at the beginning of the season.
The Riddle of Albert Park
24 | 03 | 09
There are some circuits that are easy describe: 'slow', 'fast', 'street', 'autodrome' and so on, but Albert Park is something of an anomaly as it is part temporary street circuit and part real race track and is therefore hard to characterise.
Australian Grand Prix 2009 Preview
The ING Renault F1 Team gears up for the start of the new season which begins this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne’s Albert Park. Fernando Alonso: “We will have a real fight on our hands when we get to Melbourne”
Force India Formula One Team launches official podcast
The Force India Formula One Team's first official podcast is now online at the team's website,
Visit the site to hear race drivers Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella discuss the coming season, review testing and preview the Australian Grand Prix.
Technical director James Key also gives a run down on the new technical regulations and Force India's progress over the winter, while director of business affairs Ian Phillips looks at the latest sporting regulations and places his bets for Australia.
This podcast is completely rights-free and can be used by all broadcasters.
Raikkonen: "Countercheck at Melbourne"
Maranello, 23th March 2009 - I enjoyed this winter break more than usual. I spent most of the time with my family and friends in Switzerland and Finland, but I mainly trained very hard and in a different way to be ready for a very demanding season. Amongst other things I've taken part in two rallies in Finland with Fiat's Grande Punto S200: I really had a lot of fun, but it also was a good training for the upcoming races. And now it's time to get serious.
Australian Grand Prix - Preview
Monday 23 March 2009
Date: Sunday, 29 March, 8am CET
Round: 1 of 17
Venue: Albert Park, Melbourne
Distance: 5.303km (58 laps)
Lap record: 1min 24.125 (2004)
History: The Formula 1 World Championship first visited Australia in 1985 for a race on a street track in Adelaide, which hosted the event until 1996 when Melbourne took over. This year will be the 25th consecutive Australian Grand Prix and the 14th in Melbourne.
Bridgestone Motorsport Australian Grand Prix Preview
20 Mar. 2009
Bridgestone starts a new era in Formula One as slick tyres return to Grand Prix racing for the first time in over eleven years when round one of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship gets under way with the ING Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 29.
Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 1, Australian GP
20 Mar. 2009
All change for 2009…
The 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship season will see some of the biggest changes ever made to the sport and Bridgestone are right at the very heart of this with the reintroduction of slick tyres, which have been absent for the past eleven years.
BMW Sauber F1 Team - Australian GP - Preview
27th – 29th March 2009, 1st of 17 World Championship races
Munich/Hinwil, 20th March 2009. It’s all change in Formula One as the new season gets underway amid great intrigue and excitement. A raft of rule changes mean the cars will be sporting a totally different look and be fitted with slick tyres. The F1 engines now have to last twice as long as before and those who want (or are able) to will put their faith in a Kinetic Energy Recovery System.
2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX MELBOURNE - PREVIEW
The Australian Grand Prix, Round One of what promises to be an exciting 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, will take place in Melbourne, south east Australia on Sunday 29 March.
The beautiful setting of Albert Park has hosted the Australian Grand Prix since 1996 and the 5.3km (3.3mile) street circuit uses public roads which surround the man-made Albert Park lake, located just south of Melbourne's city centre.
2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
“There is no better place to begin the FIA Formula 1 World Championship than in Australia. The weather is fantastic, the facilities are excellent and the people of Melbourne make us all feel extremely welcome.
2009: Australian Grand Prix Preview
12 | 03 | 09
How will we fare Down Under in the brand new for 2009, more different than ever Formula One? As the season-opener, Albert Park can often be the scene of more tragedies than triumphs.
2009: Australian GP Preview
12 | 03 | 09
How will we fare Down Under in the brand new for 2009, more-different-than-ever Formula One? So far Australia hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Red Bull Racing… well, with the exception of our debut season.