Welcome to this SPECIAL AWARDS EDITION of The Formula One Times. Firstly, we would just like to thank everyone who chose yesterday's edition as their POTD and also those that left kind comments. It's good to know that the effort put in by all of us is appreciated. Once again, due to other commitments, our business contributor is unable to submit anything- Don't worry though, we will have this up and running shortly.
We also have a new venture to tell you about.
Enough waffling, on with issue two...
The Votes are In
As Michael Griffin reports in his latest article “The results of the second F1 Community Awards are in," and after a few days of some intense voting here are the winners of their respective awards- in true F1 style...
Here at The F1 Times, we congratulate the winners and the community as a whole. In an order to celebrate this occasion, the winner of each category will be offered the opportunity to be a reporter for one week for The F1 times. The Man in the Bleacher, will over a period of time, run a small bio on each winner. Nothing in depth, just an overview of each of the winners.
New on Monday
There are many F1 fans that watch NASCAR, while other do not understand it at all. Well starting next Monday, will be a new e-news, where you will be able to get the gossip, learn more about the sport. The NASCAR Times will launch Monday 10 am EST. The staff are Paul Heffernan, Adam Poole, Kara Martin, Kelly Crandall and LJ as our Man in the Bleachers. Tune in Monday as it will be released only hours after the 2008 NASCAR Champion has been decided.
BMW Not Worried by New Engine Regs.
The engines in the back of the two BMW Sauber F1 Team cars will have to run one more race in the coming season. The decision by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) means that the same engine must now be used for three race weekends in a row, not the two specified for the 2008 season.
This change to the regulations is intended to reduce costs in Formula One as well as challenge and promote technical reliability among the teams- an area that BMW shone in last year.
BMW is not only faced with the problem of integrating slicks into its race operation, whilst at the same time coping with the revisions to the engine regulations, but team engineers must also grapple with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System KERS, which will make its debut in Formula One this coming season.
F1 Favorites Test Speedcars in Dubai
Several drivers from the F1 paddock turned out in Dubai to test ahead of of the Dubai based Speedcar stock car series- Faces include those of Jean Alesi, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Johnny Herbert and Alessandro Nannini.
Also in the field was Force India test driver, Vitantonio Liuzzi, and former F1 drivers Sakon Yamamoto, Alex Yoong and Gianni Morbidelli. In addition to these, a blast from the past showed up to show his support, the 1980 world champion, Alan Jones' son Christian, as well as 2003 Champ Car title winner Paul Tracy.
Di Resta: I'm Ready for a Seat in F1
Rising Scottish racing star, Paul di Resta, has said he is ready to step in to a Formula 1 car and is keen to be on the grid next season.
Last month saw the 22-year-old test with McLaren and rumor has it that, as part of the new engine deal with Mercedes, Di Resta could well have a seat with Force India for the 2009 season despite Force India's billionaire owner, Vijay Mallya, stating that Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella will stay on.
Di Resta has said he is ready to join Hamilton and Vettel in the record books, speaking on his personal website, he said, "What I want to do now is be on the Formula 1 grid in 2009 to race head-to-head against Lewis. I know we’re mates, and we’ve raced against each other in numerous formulae in the past, but this would be the big one; racing against each other in Formula 1. Lewis has made it, and so too has Vettel, who I beat comfortably to the Euro F3 championship in 2006. If they can do it, I certainly know I can too."
Further news on this as and when it is released... Watch out Lewis!
Renault First in Indian Roadshow
ING Renault have been the first to parade their car in the first roadshow in India. Over 120,000 people turned out to see Nelson Piquet and test driver, Lucas di Grassi parade their car through the streets of New Dehli- a first for Renault and a first for India.
The 1.2km track was specially designed for the event and took the cars straight through the heart of the capital. At the end of the demonstration, Piquet said, "It was my first visit to India, and I have to say I was totally amazed. I hope that our demonstration entertained the fans and they enjoyed the day as much as I did. I was really happy to be involved in this event which was important for Renault, ING and India."
Renault's third driver, di Grassi added, "It was also my first trip to India, and although I haven't been able to see much of the city, I have really enjoyed being here. I hope people enjoyed it and now have a better understanding of the potential of a Formula 1 car."
There Once Was an Ugly Duckling
When Hans Christian Anderson penned “there once was an ugly duckling” I wonder if he had the 2009 Formula 1 cars in mind. The FIA have done everything to make the car cheaper and slower. Not happy with that, they have introduced rules, that are there to encourage passing. Problem is that the hallmark of F1, sleek and beautiful power has been forgotten. Here is an early rendition of what to expect on the track next year. To see a larger version of the image on the left, please click on the image.
A Quick Apology...
Unfortunately, due to other commitments, Saraswathi Sirigina, was unable to contribute in this issue, however in normal circumstances Saraswathi would bring you all the latest on the business side of F1. The bits that we, as fans, sometimes fail to see. Keep your eyes open for Saraswathi's contributions to The Formula One Times coming real soon...
Around the Horn in B/R Motorsports and Beyond
Now that the F1 championship is decided and with only one race left to crown a NASCAR champ, let's look around B/R and see what we missed;
The recent merger of the IRL and Champ Car gave hope that North American open wheel racing will rebound. This season's growing pains have been well documented by our star scribe from the IndyCar section, Tiffany Davis.
U.S. motorcycle racing is on B/R also, the American Super Bike finale was covered by Claire Reclosado here.
AMA Formula Xtreme coverage here. Claire covers San Francisco Bay area sports and the Phillies so kudos to her for taking the time to update our bike series.
Our own D-Boy throws his weight behind multiple racing series in this fan's perspective.
At one time we had fledgling Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and World Rally Championship coverage by Sanjay Kumar. Check his work out and let's see if we can expand our coverage.
The Auto Racing section as a whole has promise but there's a lot more racing beyond F1 and NASCAR yet to be covered. Perhaps this off season we can find some time to add to our coverage of all motorsport disciplines.
Formula 1's finale in Brazil took home an all time record world wide TV market share. That's huge!
Over at the autoblog you can find holiday gift ideas for your Mclaren maniac and help celebrate the Big Mac and Hamilton World Championship. A very odd header considering...
Wings for Life Appeal
Although not everything has been given the "OK" by Bleacher Report and by the "Wings of Life" foundation, that doesn't stop us giving you a little insight into who "Wings for Life" are what they do.
The Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation is a privately funded non-profit organization which follows the principal aim of promoting research worldwide in order to expedite scientific and clinical progress towards a putative cure for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Paralysis. Here at The Formula One Times we are jumping on board with David Coulthard, Gerhard Berger and Max Mosely, as well as countless other famous faces, to support the foundation. We are aiming to bring in a button that will take you directly to the charity's website and allow you to donate on-line, all through our articles. Neat eh? We are hoping to have the go-ahead from both parties by the end of the week.
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