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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Ferrari - New drink endorsed by Felipe Massa

    The renowned racing driver has signed a contract to use Soccerade before, during, and after competitions and training for the next 2 years. Felipe Massa will be joining the FIFA world's best football player 2008 Cristiano Ronaldo as a spokesperson for Soccerade adding further flair to the the drink's 'Smart Energy' properties promotion. Soccerade is a flavoured sports drink that contains a 'smart energy formula' providing the body with a continual and balanced supply of energy over a long period of time. Soccerade works by gently releasing complex carbohydrates into the bloodstream in order to maintain mental and physical agility.

    Felipe Massa: "I look forward to be working with Soccerade as it´s highly important for a Formula 1 driver to keep full physical power and mental focus to the finish line and beyond, using Soccerade makes sure that I can do my business without any worries of fatigue compromising my driving skills".

    Ívar Jósafatsson Founder of Soccerade international: "We are very pleased to have Felipe Massa on board as he is one of the worlds top athletes. His positive attitude, fast pace and impressive endurance fits our brand very well and we are sure that by working with Soccerade he will become even more successful".

    Soccerade is now available in several countries in Europe. In few weeks the drinks will be available in Portugal, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and UK and other territories will follow ---

    The renowned racing driver has signed a contract to use Soccerade before, during, and after competitions and training for the next 2 years. Felipe Massa will be joining the FIFA world's best football player 2008 Cristiano Ronaldo as a spokesperson for Soccerade adding further flair to the the drink's 'Smart Energy' properties promotion. Soccerade is a flavoured sports drink that contains a 'smart energy formula' providing the body with a continual and balanced supply of energy over a long period of time. Soccerade works by gently releasing complex carbohydrates into the bloodstream in order to maintain mental and physical agility.
    Felipe Massa: "I look forward to be working with Soccerade as it´s highly important for a Formula 1 driver to keep full physical power and mental focus to the finish line and beyond, using Soccerade makes sure that I can do my business without any worries of fatigue compromising my driving skills".
    Ívar Jósafatsson Founder of Soccerade international: "We are very pleased to have Felipe Massa on board as he is one of the worlds top athletes. His positive attitude, fast pace and impressive endurance fits our brand very well and we are sure that by working with Soccerade he will become even more successful".
    Soccerade is now available in several countries in Europe. In few weeks the drinks will be available in Portugal, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and UK and other territories will follow
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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: McLaren F1 - Australian GP Preview 21/03/2009 12:12am

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: McLaren F1 - Australian GP Preview

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    March 21st 2009

    Lewis Hamilton "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. Most importantly, everyone arrives with an air of enthusiasm and expectation. Despite weeks of winter testing, it's still difficult to know exactly who has the best package, and finding out over the weekend in Albert Park is always fascinating. Perhaps Vodafone McLaren Mercedes doesn't come to Melbourne with the same prospects to challenge at the front that we experienced in both 2007 and '08, but the whole team will be working tirelessly to help us move back to the front."

    Heikki Kovalainen "I had a great race in Melbourne last year on my debut for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. It's a track I love - a circuit that you really have to attack with a lot of enthusiasm if you are to get the best from the car. The fast esses at the back of the circuit are probably the most demanding corners - getting it just right is a hugely satisfying feeling. Elsewhere, I enjoy the 'back to school' feeling of the new season - you meet up with everybody, share your stories from the winter and look forward to another good season. Everybody in our team is really motivated and, while we probably won't start the season as favourites, we will work around the clock to get back there."

    Martin Whitmarsh, team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes "We go into the start of the 2009 season fully aware that we do not yet have the technical package that will allow our drivers to fight at the front. In Formula 1, there is nowhere to hide: that's what makes our sport so demanding and yet so endlessly fascinating. And as a team that goes grand prix racing with the expectation of winning races and challenging for world championships, we therefore go to Melbourne with realistic expectations. Nonetheless, we begin our season with huge determination to re-assert ourselves at the front and we will not rest for a moment until we have done that. Most importantly, we haven't forgotten how to win."

    Norbert Haug, Vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport "Melbourne is the city where - 12 years ago - McLaren-Mercedes achieved their first of 58 grand prix wins since then. After a total of four victories at Albert Park, this time it may not be possible to repeat Lewis's success of last year. Considering our test results we will not be as competitive at the season opener as we intend to be, and so I do not expect a qualifying result at the front of the grid. However, we will all work hard to return to the front as soon as possible and in Melbourne everybody in the team is fully motivated to do everything to achieve the best possible result." Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: BMW-Sauber - Australian GP Preview

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    March 20th 2009

    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. The pre-season testing - which the new rules stipulate will be the last of the year - threw up more questions than it answered. Favourites were riddled with worries, despair turned to encouragement for others whose survival in the sport had been in doubt. Preparations may have gone smoothly for the BMW Sauber F1 Team, but putting a finger on its progress remains a tricky business. The crystal-ball gazing will come to an end, however, on Saturday 28th March 2009. At 17.00 hrs local time (07:00 hrs in Central Europe) qualifying will finally get underway for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. --- Robert Kubica: --- "I'm really looking forward to the Australian Grand Prix. I'm happy that the race season will finally get started and all the speculation of the pre-season testing will stop. It will be very interesting to see how competitive the teams really are. "I like street circuits in general, so Albert Park is one of my favourite race tracks. You have to be very precise. That applies to the whole circuit; you need to stay on the clean line. But this year precision will be especially important for the first corner after the start, when we will have our very first fight for position with the bigger 2009 front wings. I'm pretty sure it will be an interesting race. In addition, Melbourne is a very nice city and the people create a truly special atmosphere for all of us in Formula One." --- Nick Heidfeld: --- "I'm looking forward immensely to the start of the season in Australia. This time around I'm particularly keen to see how the teams and drivers stack up against each other. It's time for the speculation to stop; from now on it's only facts that matter. A whole number of things have changed since last year and that means there are a lot of unanswered questions: What effect will the KERS and adjustable front wings have in the races? What will happen at the start when we are side-by-side with the larger front wings for the first time? Will overtaking really be easier, as our experiences in testing have led us to believe? "Last year winter testing did not go as well as it might have done for us, and we surprised everybody with our strong performance in Australia. This winter all of our testing went pretty well, and I hope this impression is confirmed in Melbourne. We had to contend with some difficult weather conditions in testing, and I'm also curious to see what happens in Albert Park in this respect, as it can get very autumnal in my favourite travel destination in March." --- BMW Sauber F1Team Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director: --- "The start of a Formula One season with perhaps the most sweeping rule changes we've ever seen is now in sight. We are pleased that Australia is again the first GP of the year in 2009. There is always a very special atmosphere in Melbourne. The Australians certainly love their sport and they've been well and truly bitten by the Formula One bug. "Last year Nick took second for us in the first race of the season, and we're hoping that we get off to a good start in Albert Park once again this year. We are heading in the right direction with the BMW Sauber F1.09; both the drivers and the engineers came back with positive feedback during testing. Plus, Nick and Robert carried out full race simulations without suffering any technical problems. "As far as KERS is concerned, our system will be race-ready in Melbourne. We sent the cars out regularly with KERS during testing and the results were very good. Now it's just a matter of weighing up the pros and cons. On the positive side, the drivers would have an extra 82 hp at their disposal for 6.6 seconds per lap. However, the system adds weight to the car and this has an impact on the car's weight distribution and tyre wear. We will make a decision on a driver-by-driver, circuit-by-circuit basis." --- Willy Rampf, Head of Engineering: --- "There's always a lot of anticipation ahead of the first race of the season, but this time it's even more exciting than usual. Winter testing gave us some initial indications of where we stand in relation to our rivals, but there are still a lot of question marks. The reason for the uncertainty is the radical changes made to the technical regulations. Totally new aerodynamics with significantly lower downforce compared to last year, the introduction of KERS, the return of slicks and the double mileage requirement for the engines mean we're starting from a totally different basis. Using the potential of the tyres to optimum effect will be particularly important. "Melbourne is a stop-start kind of circuit, which places heavy loads on the brakes and, at the same time, demands good traction. Grip levels are very low, especially at the start of the weekend, but you cannot let that deflect you from getting the car set-up right." Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Williams F1 - Testing Report - Jerez, Day 5

    www.williamsf1.com

    March 20th 2009

    Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. 4.423km Objective: Final preparations of the FW31 ahead of the 2009 season: set-up tuning, aero work, reliability checks and tyre testing Weather: Hot and sunny all day. Average ambient temperature: 21°C ---
    TEAM QUOTES: ---
    Sam Michael, Technical Director, Williams F1: ---
    "Kazuki was back in the cockpit today working through last minute reliability and performance items that required sign-off for Melbourne. We have put over 8,000kms on the FW31 in the last two months and, while there are always areas that require attention, reliability has been good. We've also been working hard with Toyota to achieve good reliability on the engine's working range, which has been subject to a reduction in revs but an increase in mileage. Considering the time we've had to do this, the work has gone well. At Williams, we are fortunate in that we have an exceptionally strong group of people on our test team who really are the unsung heroes of the sport. Our crew has worked flat out over the winter, repeatedly taking the FW31 apart and putting it back together, checking everything over and over again to ensure reliability and re-building the car after incidents, all of which is usually done late into the night. We thank them for their tremendous efforts over the past few months and for their contribution to the FW31. Kazuki Nakajima: ---
    "Firstly, I think we've had a successful run of winter testing. We've managed to put a lot of mileage on the car, mainly because we haven't experienced any reliability issues. The team have done a lot of work on the car throughout this process and it's looking quite good, but we will have to wait to see where everyone really is. I'm really excited about going to Australia and can't wait to get there now. Many thanks to everyone at the factory for all their hard work, and especially thanks to the guys on the test team." Nico Rosberg: ---
    "Now that we've reached the end of testing, I think that we are probably in a strong mid-field position, but we will have to wait until Melbourne to be certain. There's great potential for development over the year with the new rules. If we take the right direction with that development from the outset, it will help us make good steps forward, so we will be pushing hard to make that happen. I'd like to thank everyone at the factory for their hard work with the FW31 but particularly the test team for their motivation and drive throughout the winter despite any uncertainties there might be following the in-season test ban that has been put into place. On the back of a difficult season last year, it's been great to see everyone's determination and I am grateful for all their efforts." Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: McLaren F1 - Testing Report - Jerez, Day 4

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    March 20th 2009

    Driver - Heikki Kovalainen Location - Circuito de Jerez Track length - 4.423km Weather - Sunshine and blue skies. Maximum track temperature 41°C; maximum ambient temp 21°C Laps completed - 84 Kilometres covered - 372km Best lap time - 1m17.946 at 15:31 Programme - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes completed its test programme today in Jerez, as Formula 1 moves its focus to the race track and the opening Grand Prix of the 2009 season in Australia. Heikki was at the wheel of the MP4-24 as the team concluded the on track proving process of the MP4-24 package. New components, which arrived from the McLaren Technology Centre overnight, were fitted to the car for today's session receiving productive feedback. Total testing laps completed with MP4-24 Total - 1,655 laps. Lewis - 760 / Heikki - 693 / Pedro - 202 Total testing kilometres covered with MP4-24 Total - 7,363km. Lewis - 3,377km / Heikki - 3,072km / Pedro - 914km Unofficial times*: 1 - Kazuki Nakajima - Williams - 1m17.494 - 102 2 - Heikki Kovalainen - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - 1m17.946 - 84 *no official times available Read More...

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