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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Red Bull Racing - Gets fit with Nautilus 25/03/2009 8:08pm
    2009 March 25
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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Red Bull Racing - New Sponsor Announcement

    In what can be seen as perfect timing, with just a few days to go to the F1 season opener in Melbourne, Red Bull Racing is pleased to announce it has teamed up with Casio Computer Co. Ltd to act as brand ambassador for its Edifice line of analogue watches. The Edifice range reflects elements of speed and intelligence and even features carbon fibre on some models, so there are obvious links with Formula One and Red Bull Racing. Throughout the season, fans will be able to clock the Casio logo on various elements of Red Bull Racing's branding, including the drivers' race suits. Edifice has been designated as the official Red Bull Racing team watch for the year, which seems to have gone down well with our drivers, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, but when asked for a quote they were too busy pressing all the chronograph and function buttons to comment - like we said 'speed and intelligence!' "We are pleased to welcome Casio and Edifice watches to Red Bull Racing," said team principal, Christian Horner. "As the new season gets underway, let's hope we can see some impressive lap times on our new stopwatches!"

    About Casio Computer Co., Ltd. ---

    Casio is a Japanese electronic manufacturer producing pocketable calculators, watches, digital cameras, electronic dictionaries, electronic musical instruments, mobile phones and the likes, having bases in 21 countries all over the world. Recently the company has been promoting wave ceptor watches, digital cameras, electronic dictionaries and TFT liquid crystal as their next main product lines. http://world.casio.com/

    In what can be seen as perfect timing, with just a few days to go to the F1 season opener in Melbourne, Red Bull Racing is pleased to announce it has teamed up with Casio Computer Co. Ltd to act as brand ambassador for its Edifice line of analogue watches.
    The Edifice range reflects elements of speed and intelligence and even features carbon fibre on some models, so there are obvious links with Formula One and Red Bull Racing. Throughout the season, fans will be able to clock the Casio logo on various elements of Red Bull Racing's branding, including the drivers' race suits.
    Edifice has been designated as the official Red Bull Racing team watch for the year, which seems to have gone down well with our drivers, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, but when asked for a quote they were too busy pressing all the chronograph and function buttons to comment - like we said 'speed and intelligence!'
    "We are pleased to welcome Casio and Edifice watches to Red Bull Racing," said team principal, Christian Horner. "As the new season gets underway, let's hope we can see some impressive lap times on our new stopwatches!"
    About Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    ---

    Casio is a Japanese electronic manufacturer producing pocketable calculators, watches, digital cameras, electronic dictionaries, electronic musical instruments, mobile phones and the likes, having bases in 21 countries all over the world. Recently the company has been promoting wave ceptor watches, digital cameras, electronic dictionaries and TFT liquid crystal as their next main product lines. http://world.casio.com/

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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Toyota F1 - Australian GP Preview - Pascal Vasselon 24/03/2009 11:11am

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Toyota F1 - Australian GP Preview - Pascal Vasselon

    www.toyota-f1.com

    March 24th 2009

    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.


    Are the drivers happy with the TF109? ---

    Yes, the drivers have given very positive feedback. They are pleased with the drivability of this year's car; it is very easy to drive, very forgiving. Part of this is a consequence of the regulations which make this car less sensitive to disturbance but part of it is also because our aerodynamicists have done a good job at making the aero package less sensitive to wind and ride height.


    Has testing been compromised by bad weather in pre-season? ---

    Yes and no. Despite the restricted test days and bad weather we have achieved incredible mileage in 2009 pre-season testing - around 10,000 km. However, it could have been better because we had two disturbed test sessions; the first in Portugal when we spent a complete day in the pits and the second in Bahrain where two days were disrupted by a sandstorm. But the beauty of Bahrain is that when you have one valid test day the track is workable from 8am to 5.30pm without interruption. That's why, despite these two disturbed days, we still achieved huge mileage in Bahrain. At this time of year the Bahrain circuit is suitable for testing for much longer than European tracks, where you have to wait until mid-morning for reasonable track temperatures and then in the late afternoon the temperature drops. We came back from Bahrain with no regrets; we did huge mileage and completed over 800km in one day alone.


    What was missing with the TF108? Why was it good but not a winner? ---

    The TF108 had no weakness, there was no problem to cure; the bottom line was we were missing some raw performance. We were reasonably competitive at the start of the season and we sustained a good development rate which kept us regularly in the points and around the podium. Towards the end of the season we were really able to fight at the front and Sao Paulo was a good example when Jarno qualified second with more fuel than most drivers around him. Brazil was probably our best race last year in terms of raw speed because we were really on the pace of the winning cars.


    Will the order in Australia be essentially the same for the rest of the season? ---

    In pre-season everyone says we have to wait until Australia to understand where each team is, but really Melbourne is not totally representative. Historically Melbourne doesn't give a true picture of the hierarchy because it has a very specific track lay-out and asphalt. From a technical point of view we will assess our competitiveness after the first three races. That is when we know where we are and when we will make decisions about TF109 development and the development of the 2010 car.


    With no in-season testing, surely there will be fewer developments on the car this year? ---

    That is only partly true. For sure the testing ban makes some of the development more difficult. For example, the extensive track validation required for fundamental gearbox or suspension changes will not be possible any more so those changes would be a lot more difficult. With the TF109, these items have had the required mileage validation and we are not expecting major changes so it's no problem for us. As we all know, the main performance driver in Formula 1 is aerodynamics and here development will go on. There are restrictions because of the agreement to limit aerodynamic capabilities but we will still see teams bringing updates to the track throughout the season. These developments are quite straightforward to evaluate in Friday practice. So the relative performance of the cars will not be fixed this year and we will still see cars progressing at different rates during the season. Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Renault F1 - Australian GP Preview

    www.lotusrenaultgp.com

    March 23rd 2009

    Fernando Alonso: "We will have a real fight on our hands when we get to Melbourne" ---


    Fernando, you ended the 2008 season strongly. Can you carry that form into 2009? ---

    That is certainly our intention! We finished in a strong position last year and this year our goal is to fight for the championship. But we have lots of new regulations this year and nobody really knows what will happen when we get to Melbourne. From what we have seen in testing it seems all the teams are very close and so we will certainly have a fight on our hands.


    There has been less testing available this season, but are you pleased with the progress of the R29? ---

    The first test in Portimao was tough as we had some bad luck with the weather, but when we introduced updates at the later tests we quickly improved the car. We've learnt how to optimise the set-up and we now have a car that is easy to drive and consistent. What is important now is that we keep improving and developing the car throughout the year.


    Are you excited about the new regulations introduced this season? ---

    Yes, with the KERS and moveable wings the drivers now have more work to do inside the cockpit. During testing I have been working hard to adapt to these new systems so that I can get the most from them in Melbourne. I'm really pleased with the KERS system that we have developed and hopefully this will give us an advantage at the start of the season. I'm not sure if it will make overtaking easier, but it will certainly improve lap times.


    What are your expectations for Melbourne? ---

    In the past Albert Park has been a good track for Renault and so I hope we can have a strong weekend. I think the order of the teams will probably be different from the last few years as we have got used to Ferrari and McLaren dominating, but with the new rules I think there will be lots of cars fighting for the win. Hopefully we will be in that fight.


    Nelson Piquet: "We are heading to Melbourne with high hopes" ---


    Nelson, you're entering your second season of Formula 1 - are you excited about the year ahead? ---

    Absolutely - I'm feeling much more confident this year and looking forward to returning to Melbourne. I learned so much with the team in 2008 and I now have a year of experience under my belt which will make things easier. It's also a new era for Formula 1 with lots of changes, but we've made good progress with the car during testing and we are heading to Melbourne with high hopes.


    How difficult has it been adapting to the new rules introduced this season? ---

    The cars are totally different to last year and so all the drivers have had to adapt to this. Learning about KERS has been a challenge for the engineers and drivers, just as the moveable front wing flaps have been because these are totally new systems that are being introduced this year. We've also had to adapt to the return of slick tyres, but I'm really happy to see them back as they are always more fun.


    What are your thoughts on the Albert Park circuit? ---

    It's a challenging track and quite a difficult place to set the car up as it's a mixture between a permanent venue and a temporary street course with lots of tricky slow speed corners, as well as some quicker sections. As a city, I love Melbourne: the fans are great and the atmosphere of the race is always pretty special.


    Have you set yourself a target for Australia? ---

    It's still difficult to know how we compare to the other teams and so setting a target isn't easy. We know we have a good race car that is consistent and so I think we will be competitive in Melbourne. I will do my best to try and reach Q3 in qualifying and hopefully finish in the points.


    Pat Symonds: "I'm fairly confident that we can deliver a strong start to the season" ---


    Pat, it has been a busy winter at the test track - do you feel the team is fully prepared for Melbourne? ---

    I think we're as prepared as we can be, but with the new testing regime we will arrive in Melbourne with fewer kilometres on the car than we would normally have achieved in previous seasons. The weather has also been quite poor during pre-season testing, which has held us back a little, but when the car has been running it has been working well and I'm not too worried.


    What about the drivability of the car? Are the drivers happy with it? ---

    At our first test in Portugal we only had one dry day and initially the car was quite difficult to drive, especially as we were getting used to the new aerodynamic characteristics. But as we've introduced the updates in preparation for Melbourne, we've moved towards a pretty driveable car that both Fernando and Nelson are comfortable with and it's now behaving much more as we want it to.


    We have some radical new regulations this season - do you enjoy the challenge this represents? ---

    I certainly enjoy the challenge and I think it's great to have change reasonably regularly - I wouldn't want to rip up the rule book every year, but the regulations had been quite stable for a while so it was time for a change. There are a lot of things to get used to: new aerodynamics, operational restrictions in testing and of course KERS, which is a technology that we've had to learn from scratch. Initially we may have been sceptical about the ability to get KERS on the car in such a short space of time, but we've managed to get our system working well and that's a credit to all the guys who have worked on our system at Renault.


    Is the Australian Grand Prix a popular race with the team? ---

    I enjoy it and I think the whole team does as it's when we get back to racing, which is ultimately what we're all here for. Melbourne is a great city and everybody looks forward to going there, although I suspect we will end up seeing a lot more of the garages in Albert Park than the city itself!


    Have you set a target you would like to see the team achieve in the first race? ---

    The target I set at the beginning of the season is always the same: to be winning races and challenging for the championship - it would be wrong to have any other intention. However, when you start tempering your expectations with reality, you may moderate that target a little bit. Nonetheless, I do believe that we've got a car that is good enough to challenge for wins and when you combine that with our drivers and the team's ability to go racing, I'm fairly confident we can deliver a strong start to the season.


    Melbourne: Tech File ---

    Melbourne's Albert Park is a stop-start mixture of temporary street course and a purpose-built track. This means the circuit includes an interesting variety of corners with unusual geometry and a constantly evolving track surface. Setting up the car is therefore a challenge, which is further complicated by the fact that most of the sixteen corners are really quite different with each one presenting a different sort of challenge for the cars and drivers.


    Aerodynamics ---

    Melbourne is on a par with the aerodynamic demands of Silverstone or Sepang and therefore requires a medium to high downforce set-up. With the introduction of moveable front wings, the drivers will be able to change the angle of their front wing by six degrees twice per lap (once to change to the new angle, and the second time to return to the original setting) which could be used to help balance the car between two corners or to aid following another car closely. The circuit features a few critical high-speed corners, such as the fast fourth gear open chicane that forms Turns 11 and 12, which is perhaps the most challenging part of the lap, as Fernando Alonso explains: "You have to be so precise through this section. We take these corners at over 200 km/h and the approach to turn 11 is tough as your view is channelled by the concrete walls and you don't see the apex until late. If you make a mistake in turn 11, you lose position for turn 12 and that can ruin your lap time." By using a higher downforce set-up, the drivers will hope to get good traction on the exit of the slower corners, which is important for carrying good speed onto the straights.


    Suspension ---

    Melbourne has a number of chicanes where a responsive car with a good change of direction is critical. The suspension therefore has to be relatively stiff to achieve this, but at the same time the car needs to be soft enough to use the curbs and have good stability under braking. An optimum set-up therefore demands a compromise, dovetailing hard and soft settings accordingly.


    Brakes ---

    Albert Park is a demanding circuit on brakes with six major braking zones demanding stops from over 300 km/h. It is not the severity of the braking, but the frequency that makes an efficient brake cooling solution a priority during the race. The track surface can be bumpy in the braking zones, but nothing too significant and a soft enough car should be able to ride the bumps without locking up under braking.


    Tyres ---

    The temporary nature of Albert Park means the track is 'green' and dusty at first and gradually improves over the weekend. With the re-introduction of slicks this year, the team will pay careful attention during free practice to the behaviour of the super-soft and medium compounds that Bridgestone will bring to this race - both of which must be used during the race. The high track temperatures that we usually experience in Melbourne will play a role in determining which compound is preferred by the drivers.


    Engine Performance ---

    Melbourne offers a good test for engines with the V8s operating at full throttle for 66% of the lap. However, the secret of a good lap time depends not on peak power, but on good torque to help launch the car out of the slow corners that connect the succession of straights. This is particularly true of turns 14, 15 and 16, which are all tight, tricky corners, as Nelson explains: "The car wants to understeer in the final part of the lap and so that can make it difficult to get on the power early. Having KERS this year might make a difference as we may be able to use it to help our acceleration out of these low-speed corners or if we are trying to gain or defend a position. Either way it should help improve our lap times." Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Toyota F1 - Australian GP Preview

    www.toyota-f1.com

    March 23rd 2009

    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. Panasonic Toyota Racing heads Down Under this weekend for the Australian Grand Prix on the street circuit at Albert Park; the first round of the 2009 Formula 1 season. The new TF109 car has completed 21 test days and around 10,000km kilometres since its first official test on 19 January, including a four-day test with the Australian Grand Prix aerodynamic package in Barcelona earlier this month. These tests produced very promising results so the team makes the 16,000km journey from Germany to Australia full of optimism. Jarno Trulli made his Formula 1 debut at Albert Park in 1997 while Timo Glock's first race with Toyota was in Melbourne last year, the fifth Grand Prix of his career. In 2008 neither Jarno nor Timo finished the Australian Grand Prix so a significant improvement is expected this time around.


    Jarno Trulli (Car 9): "Melbourne is a great place to visit and the Australian Grand Prix is always good fun. As a Formula 1 driver you really want to race so I am pleased the season is starting and we can get on with the competition. I am totally fired up for this season and I am feeling very positive about our chances. The TF109 is the best Toyota I have driven in pre-season testing; it feels stable and gives the driver confidence but more importantly it seems to be pretty quick, even though it's hard to make too many judgements based on testing. We made a big step last year, proving we can fight for podiums and finish regularly in the top six so I am hoping for another step forward this year. We have more experience now and the team has worked really hard for a long time on the TF109 - we are ready for the season and I am raring to go."


    Timo Glock (Car 10): "It's very exciting to be going to the first race this year because the big changes to the technical regulations for 2009 give Toyota a good opportunity to fight at the front. It's really hard to predict because you don't know what other teams are working on in testing but I know our programme and the results we have seen are very encouraging. Testing has gone really well and I have a good feeling for the new car. It's a different emotion to be starting my second year with Toyota compared to 2008 because now I am much more familiar with the team and I feel I can really start the season strongly. Last year it took a few races to find the right direction for me in terms of set-up but I don't expect that to be a problem this season. Australia is anyway one of my favourite places to visit so I can't wait to get to Melbourne and get the season started."

    John Howett, President: "This is a big season for our team and we have set ourselves high targets. We exist to win so that is clearly the aim this season and we have every reason to be optimistic after our extremely positive testing results. This is our eighth season in Formula 1 and we have learnt a lot in that time; we are leaner, more experienced and better equipped to succeed. Our drivers are a great asset to us this season; Jarno has huge experience and everyone knows he is tremendously fast while Timo is an explosive young driver who showed his great potential last year. So 2009 is a big opportunity for our team and we are determined to make the most of it. We have been on the podium in the past in Australia and I would like to see us there again this weekend."

    Oh What a Feeling! This year the TF109s will feature slogans from local Toyota distributors to support their marketing efforts and to thank them for their continuing support of Panasonic Toyota Racing. This weekend, Toyota in Australia brings 'Oh What a Feeling!' to the race track. The logo can be seen on the rear wing end plates and the driver's head protection of the TF109. Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Brawn GP - Australian GP Preview

    www.brawngp.com

    March 21st 2009

    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. Albert Park is a technically demanding and high-speed circuit. The cars reach top speeds of 300kph (185mph) and average 225kph (140mph) around the 16-turn lap. The track surface is bumpy, particularly in the braking areas, hard on the brakes and slippery at the start of the race weekend due to the use of public roads, which will take a while to 'rubber in'. The first race of the year is always a technical challenge as the new cars run competitively for the first time, a task made more difficult for the Brawn GP team as the BGP 001 car has completed just seven days of pre-season testing. The season-opening Australian Grand Prix will see the culmination of four months of hard work and dedication from the team when the BGP 001 car takes to the track on Friday 27 March for the first of the practice sessions. Drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello are looking forward to the BGP 001's competitive debut with eager anticipation.

    ROSS BRAWN, TEAM PRINCIPAL Q. How has the team completed its preparations for the Australian Grand Prix in such a short time? ---
    "Our ambition has always been to be on the grid for the first race of the season in Melbourne and our planning was specifically tailored towards the achievement of this goal. I am extremely proud that we have achieved our ambition and the Australian Grand Prix will mark the start of an exciting new journey for our team. The BGP 001 car is the result of 15 months of intensive development work and the team have been nothing less than fantastic in their commitment to producing two cars in time for the first race. "From our short but crucial testing programme over the past two weeks, we have reinforced our view that the BGP 001 is a good car and an excellent platform from which to develop performance over the course of the season. Our focus during the seven days of pre-season testing was on reliability and developing our understanding of the car in race conditions. We are very satisfied with the work achieved and the initial pace seen from the car however we are fully aware that our work has only just begun. The practice running in Melbourne will be crucial and we have to get as much mileage as possible under our belts to allow Jenson and Rubens to refine the set-up of the car to their liking."

    JENSON BUTTON Q. What are your thoughts ahead of the first race of the 2009 season? ---
    "The first race of the season is always an exciting weekend as none of the teams really know where their car is in performance terms until we hit the race track for the first time in competitive conditions. I am a big fan of Melbourne as a city and as the venue for the first race; it's truly a great place to start the season. The race has a beautiful setting in Albert Park and it is a quick and fun circuit to drive with some very technical corners. I have always enjoyed driving there, particularly in qualifying where you can really get on it and nail a flying lap. "I will be arriving in Melbourne on Saturday to ensure that I have a few days to acclimatise to the time zone. I'll be doing some fitness work with my physio in preparation for the race weekend, hopefully in the sunshine along the coast. We will also be linking up with some local triathletes to train with them and catching up with my former physio who is now based in Australia and some of the V8 Supercar drivers that he is working with for another intense training session. "I'm really looking forward to getting to Australia and the challenge of getting the best out of our new car over what looks to be a very exciting race weekend."

    RUBENS BARRICHELLO Q. What are the particular challenges of the Albert Park circuit? ---
    "The Australian Grand Prix is one of my favourite races on the calendar and the atmosphere at Albert Park over the race weekend is always fantastic. It will be really exciting to go back this year with our new team and a competitive car behind us for the start of what will be my 17th season competing in Formula One. After the tough winter that we went through, I am so motivated to get racing again and I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead. "The Albert Park circuit is quite technical and the relatively high top speeds for a street circuit mean that you need to run quite a high level of downforce which in turn compromises your grip through the slower second-gear corners. The lap has some very quick changes of direction and you can gain a lot of time through the quick chicane at Turns 11 and 12 if you get it hooked up well. You need a car with a good front-end to make the most of these corners. "As the circuit uses public roads, there are a lot of bumps under braking and if your car is prone to rear-locking, you have to be careful that these don't unsettle the car enough to throw you off the circuit. It's reasonably difficult to overtake around the circuit with Turns 3 and 13 offering the best opportunities."

    Albert Park Stats Circuit Length: 5.303km Race Distance: 307.574km Number of Laps: 58 Full Throttle: 69% Brake Wear: Medium/Hard Tyre Compounds: Super Soft / Medium Downforce Level: High 8/10 Tyre Usage: Easy Speed: 225kph (140mph) ---
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