Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Sunday, 1 March 2009
The teams resumed testing in Jerez today in preparation for the upcoming F1 season.
Of note was the first running of Force India's new VJM02 first pictured yesterday.
Also of note, McLaren, who had been running with an 08 spec wing at previous tests unveiled a new spec of 09 wing with a curved main element.
Saturday, 28 February 2009
Friday, 27 February 2009
Few would argue with Ross Brawn's skills as a Techinical Director after the success he enjoyed during his time at Benetton and Ferrari, but how will he fair as Team Principle of the team once they're free of Honda Japan's control? No-one can really answer this question, I personally suspect he'll be rather good and lead the team back towards the front of the grid. But who is Ross Brawn?
Ross was born in 1954 in Manchester, Lancashire (we can't hold that against him) and attended Reading Grammar School. He later trained as an engineer with UK Atomic Energy Authority where he studied instrumentation.
His F1 career started when after joining March Engineering in 1976 he was hired by Frank Williams in 1978 to work for his newly formed Williams F1 team. Over the next few years Ross worked for teams including Haas Lola and Arrows before being hired by Jaguar in 1989 to work in their sports car racing division. Ross was instrumental in the design of the Jaguar XJR-14 cars which won the World Sportscar Championship in 1991.
Later that same year Ross moved back into F1 and joined the Benetton Team as Technical Director and his here that he first worked with Michael Schumacher between his time at Benetton and later at Ferrari Ross Brawn was a key member of the team that helped Schumacher win his 7 World Drivers Titles.
After taking a year off from the sport in 2007 Ross returned to F1 to try and rebuild the beleagured Honda F1 team. A rebuilding year followed in 2008 whilst the team prepared for 2009, with much anticipation that the RA109 would be a race winner. Fate would deal the team a bitter blow as Honda Japan announced the team's withdrawal from Formula 1. A tense winter followed and only a trivkle of information has leaked out until recent days when reports have started to emerge that a Management Buyout led by Ross Brawn will go ahead.
Hopefully we will see confirmation of this in the coming days.
Good luck to Ross, Jenson and all the people at Brackley...
Over the coming days, weeks and months I'm going to share my thoughts on the crazy world that is Formula 1. I'll try and use good english and grammar and try to be objective in the articles I write, but let's get something out the way right from the start - I'm not impartial, I'm a die-hard fan of good racing and love the technical aspect of F1.
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