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    Download the 2009 ABUDHABI WallPaperABUDHABIABUDHABI - 2009. Red Bull Racing scored an impressive 1-2 with Sebastian Vettel leading home team mate Mark Webber. The race was led by Lewis Hamilton from Pole Position but the McLaren driver would experience brake problems and was called into the pits and retired by his team. Jenson Button came in third with another notable drive by Japanese 'rookie' Kamui Kobayashi in the Toyota. The Toyota third driver for this year surely marked his eligibility for a first team drive with this performance and John Howett has said that this was an impressive performance by Kobayashi. Sebastien Buemi scored the final point for Scuderia Toro Rosso.


    Download the 2009 BRAZIL WallPaperBRAZILBRAZIL - 2009. A great WIN for Mark Webber with the Australian being on top form at Interlagos, Brazil. The Australian's team mate Sebastian Vettel would end up ruing a Championship challenge in tatters after a dismal qualifying on Saturday.The event saw an elongated Qualifying Session due to torrential rain with several front runners languishing on being unsuccessful in getting past first qualifying. Rubens Barrichello claimed a popular pole for his home event but it was not to be his day on Sunday. Jenson Button scored two points to win his first Drivers' World Championship.


    Download the 2009 JAPAN WallPaperJAPANJAPAN - 2009. A storming WIN for Sebastian Vettel who performed convincingly to keep his narrowing Championship chances alive. The German went onto win from Pole Position scoring his third win of the Season. Jarno Trulli came in second for Toyota with Lewis Hamilton filling the last position on the podium with third. The McLaren driver had an issue with his KERS system and could not keep up with Vettel. The Brawn drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button were both penalised for not slowing for waved yellow flags during the Qualifying Session on Saturday and were demoted by 5 places on the grid. They would score 3 points for Brawn GP with seventh and eighth.


    Download the 2009 SINGAPORE WallPaperSINGAPORESINGAPORE - 2009. Lewis Hamilton dominated this event from Qualifying to convert genuine speed with KERS into an impressive Win. There were 2 drive-through penalties for firstly Nico Rosberg and then Sebastian Vettel when each were lying in second. Both were penalised for the same offence of speeding in the pitlane. The race was marred by the safety car being called out following an accident. The two Brawns converted their abysmal qualifying positions to finish fifth with Jenson Button and sixth for team mate Rubens Barrichello. Jenson Button fortuitously increases his lead by another point. Suzuka next...


    Download the 2009 ITALY WallPaperITALYITALY - 2009. Yet another 1-2 for the Brawn GP team in 2009 and the two Brawn drivers are now locked in a battle for the 2009 World Championship. Lewis Hamilton driving the McLaren settled for a two stop strategy with the advantage of KERS. The wily Ross Brawn hence put his two drivers on a single stopper as they would have been overtaken at the start. The second pitstop for Hamilton saw both Brawn drivers passing on the start/finish straight and the McLaren driver was powerless in responding. He would crash into the barriers in his efforts to catch and pass and all of his efforts amounted to nought.


    Download the 2009 BELGIUM WallPaperBELGIUMBELGIUM - 2009. The first win for Ferrari in 2009. It was notable that Giancarlo Fisichella scored 8 points for coming in second but the Force India driver may well be on the podium again at the next Grand Prix in Italy. The Italian was comfortably in second place and was able to both catch and keep up with the 'ICEMAN'... Will it be the top step for the Roman? Not prediciting but it is a real possibility. Roll on Italy...


    Download the 2009 EUROPE WallPaperEUROPEEUROPE - 2009. 5 years between wins for Rubens Barrichello. The Brazilian put in a meteoric drive to pass the first McLaren of Heikki Kovalainen at his first pit stop and then he did the same to Lewis Hamilton driving the sister McLaren in his second pit stop. This win made us all wonder about what Rubens is actually capable of. Has he had this speed all along? and when will he apply it consistently???


    Download the 2009 Hungary WallPaperHUNGARYHUNGARY - 2009. Lewis Hamilton scores his first win for 2009. This was also the first ever win by a KERS powered car. Just an aside - that is an 80 horse power advantage or as stated a 12.5% hike!. Makes you wonder where we would be if this technology had an immediate effect from the beginning of this year's championship!


    Download the 2009 Germany WallPaperGERMANYGERMANY - 2009. Not the fastest on Friday BUT quick enough for POLE POSITION on Saturday. Contact driving away from the line into the first corner with Rubens Barrichello. A drive-through penalty was served and Mark Webber still ruled supreme scoring his maiden victory!


    Download the 2009 Great Britain WallPaperGREAT BRITAINGREAT BRITAIN - 2009. A masterful drive by the young German, Sebastian Vettel driving the Red Bull Racing RB5. Australian team mate Mark Webber scored 8 points by coming in second. Rubens Barrichello scores 6 points by finishing third. Adrian Newey's new revisions pay dividends at Silverstone...


    Download the 2009 Turkey WallPaperTURKEYTURKEY - 2009. Six out of the Seven races in 2009 have been won by Jenson Button driving for the BrawnGP Team. Sebastian Vettel led away from the start but lost the lead at Turn 9 on the first lap. Team mate Mark Webber would go on to come in second with Red Bull Racing scoring 14 points...


    Download the 2009 Monaco WallPaperMONACOMONACO - 2009. Jenson Button wins again at the sea front street circuit of Monaco. Yet another 1-2 for the BrawnGP Team with team mate Rubens Barrichello coming in second. The race also saw the Ferrari team mates of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa score third and fourth place...


    Download the 2009 Spanish WallPaperSPAINSPAIN - 2009. Jenson Button wins his 4th Grand Prix at Catalunya, Spain. The Brawn GP team scores another 1-2 with Rubens Barrichello leading at the start. The Brazilian was not as fast as he should have been. Australian Mark Webber finished 3rd for Red Bull Racing...


    Download the 2009 Bahrain WallPaperBAHRAINBAHRAIN - 2009. Jenson Button scores win number 3 at the sand dunes in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Brawn GP team have won 3 out of the first 4 races and looks promising to take both championships. Having said that The Red Bulls were once again competitive with Sebastian Vettel coming in second...


    Download the 2009 China WallPaperCHINACHINA - 2009. Sebastian Vettel scored his second career win in Shanghai with team mate Maek Webber crossing the line in second. There was plenty of incident in the race with many skating off the track. The young German proved that his ability is NOT a flash in the pan...


    Download the 2009 Malaysia WallPaper MALAYSIAMALAYSIA - 2009. This downloadable wallpaper was taken in Sepang by Steve Etherington. The image is a study in concentration as Jenson Button prepares to take part in Qualifying. Torrential rain brought an early end to the Malaysian Grand Prix with half points scored by the top eight finishers...


    Download the 2009 Australia WallPaper AUSTRALIAAUSTRALIA - 2009. This downloadable wallpaper was taken at the end of the 2009 Australian GP in Melbourne. The 'Virgin' efforts of the BrawnGP Team saw Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello score a front row lock out on Saturday. This was followed by a 1-2 finish with Rubens gaining second place after an accident between Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica.

    Download the 2009 ABUDHABI WallPaperABUDHABIABUDHABI - 2009. Red Bull Racing scored an impressive 1-2 with Sebastian Vettel leading home team mate Mark Webber. The race was led by Lewis Hamilton from Pole Position but the McLaren driver would experience brake problems and was called into the pits and retired by his team. Jenson Button came in third with another notable drive by Japanese 'rookie' Kamui Kobayashi in the Toyota. The Toyota third driver for this year surely marked his eligibility for a first team drive with this performance and John Howett has said that this was an impressive performance by Kobayashi. Sebastien Buemi scored the final point for Scuderia Toro Rosso.





    Download the 2009 BRAZIL WallPaperBRAZILBRAZIL - 2009. A great WIN for Mark Webber with the Australian being on top form at Interlagos, Brazil. The Australian's team mate Sebastian Vettel would end up ruing a Championship challenge in tatters after a dismal qualifying on Saturday.The event saw an elongated Qualifying Session due to torrential rain with several front runners languishing on being unsuccessful in getting past first qualifying. Rubens Barrichello claimed a popular pole for his home event but it was not to be his day on Sunday. Jenson Button scored two points to win his first Drivers' World Championship.





    Download the 2009 JAPAN WallPaperJAPANJAPAN - 2009. A storming WIN for Sebastian Vettel who performed convincingly to keep his narrowing Championship chances alive. The German went onto win from Pole Position scoring his third win of the Season. Jarno Trulli came in second for Toyota with Lewis Hamilton filling the last position on the podium with third. The McLaren driver had an issue with his KERS system and could not keep up with Vettel. The Brawn drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button were both penalised for not slowing for waved yellow flags during the Qualifying Session on Saturday and were demoted by 5 places on the grid. They would score 3 points for Brawn GP with seventh and eighth.





    Download the 2009 SINGAPORE WallPaperSINGAPORESINGAPORE - 2009. Lewis Hamilton dominated this event from Qualifying to convert genuine speed with KERS into an impressive Win. There were 2 drive-through penalties for firstly Nico Rosberg and then Sebastian Vettel when each were lying in second. Both were penalised for the same offence of speeding in the pitlane. The race was marred by the safety car being called out following an accident. The two Brawns converted their abysmal qualifying positions to finish fifth with Jenson Button and sixth for team mate Rubens Barrichello. Jenson Button fortuitously increases his lead by another point. Suzuka next...





    Download the 2009 ITALY WallPaperITALYITALY - 2009. Yet another 1-2 for the Brawn GP team in 2009 and the two Brawn drivers are now locked in a battle for the 2009 World Championship. Lewis Hamilton driving the McLaren settled for a two stop strategy with the advantage of KERS. The wily Ross Brawn hence put his two drivers on a single stopper as they would have been overtaken at the start. The second pitstop for Hamilton saw both Brawn drivers passing on the start/finish straight and the McLaren driver was powerless in responding. He would crash into the barriers in his efforts to catch and pass and all of his efforts amounted to nought.





    Download the 2009 BELGIUM WallPaperBELGIUMBELGIUM - 2009. The first win for Ferrari in 2009. It was notable that Giancarlo Fisichella scored 8 points for coming in second but the Force India driver may well be on the podium again at the next Grand Prix in Italy. The Italian was comfortably in second place and was able to both catch and keep up with the 'ICEMAN'... Will it be the top step for the Roman? Not prediciting but it is a real possibility. Roll on Italy...





    Download the 2009 EUROPE WallPaperEUROPEEUROPE - 2009. 5 years between wins for Rubens Barrichello. The Brazilian put in a meteoric drive to pass the first McLaren of Heikki Kovalainen at his first pit stop and then he did the same to Lewis Hamilton driving the sister McLaren in his second pit stop. This win made us all wonder about what Rubens is actually capable of. Has he had this speed all along? and when will he apply it consistently???





    Download the 2009 Hungary WallPaperHUNGARYHUNGARY - 2009. Lewis Hamilton scores his first win for 2009. This was also the first ever win by a KERS powered car. Just an aside - that is an 80 horse power advantage or as stated a 12.5% hike!. Makes you wonder where we would be if this technology had an immediate effect from the beginning of this year's championship!





    Download the 2009 Germany WallPaperGERMANYGERMANY - 2009. Not the fastest on Friday BUT quick enough for POLE POSITION on Saturday. Contact driving away from the line into the first corner with Rubens Barrichello. A drive-through penalty was served and Mark Webber still ruled supreme scoring his maiden victory!





    Download the 2009 Great Britain WallPaperGREAT BRITAINGREAT BRITAIN - 2009. A masterful drive by the young German, Sebastian Vettel driving the Red Bull Racing RB5. Australian team mate Mark Webber scored 8 points by coming in second. Rubens Barrichello scores 6 points by finishing third. Adrian Newey's new revisions pay dividends at Silverstone...





    Download the 2009 Turkey WallPaperTURKEYTURKEY - 2009. Six out of the Seven races in 2009 have been won by Jenson Button driving for the BrawnGP Team. Sebastian Vettel led away from the start but lost the lead at Turn 9 on the first lap. Team mate Mark Webber would go on to come in second with Red Bull Racing scoring 14 points...





    Download the 2009 Monaco WallPaperMONACOMONACO - 2009. Jenson Button wins again at the sea front street circuit of Monaco. Yet another 1-2 for the BrawnGP Team with team mate Rubens Barrichello coming in second. The race also saw the Ferrari team mates of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa score third and fourth place...





    Download the 2009 Spanish WallPaperSPAINSPAIN - 2009. Jenson Button wins his 4th Grand Prix at Catalunya, Spain. The Brawn GP team scores another 1-2 with Rubens Barrichello leading at the start. The Brazilian was not as fast as he should have been. Australian Mark Webber finished 3rd for Red Bull Racing...





    Download the 2009 Bahrain WallPaperBAHRAINBAHRAIN - 2009. Jenson Button scores win number 3 at the sand dunes in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Brawn GP team have won 3 out of the first 4 races and looks promising to take both championships. Having said that The Red Bulls were once again competitive with Sebastian Vettel coming in second...





    Download the 2009 China WallPaperCHINACHINA - 2009. Sebastian Vettel scored his second career win in Shanghai with team mate Maek Webber crossing the line in second. There was plenty of incident in the race with many skating off the track. The young German proved that his ability is NOT a flash in the pan...




    Download the 2009 Malaysia WallPaper MALAYSIAMALAYSIA - 2009. This downloadable wallpaper was taken in Sepang by Steve Etherington. The image is a study in concentration as Jenson Button prepares to take part in Qualifying. Torrential rain brought an early end to the Malaysian Grand Prix with half points scored by the top eight finishers...





    Download the 2009 Australia WallPaper AUSTRALIAAUSTRALIA - 2009. This downloadable wallpaper was taken at the end of the 2009 Australian GP in Melbourne. The 'Virgin' efforts of the BrawnGP Team saw Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello score a front row lock out on Saturday. This was followed by a 1-2 finish with Rubens gaining second place after an accident between Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica.

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    #F1 News: 2008 title fight put 'big two' behind 31/03/2009 10:10pm

    #F1 News: 2008 title fight put 'big two' behind

    GMMf1NET

    March 31st 2009

    They argue that, in fighting for the crown until the final corner of last season, they fell behind others in preparation for the sweeping rules changes of 2009. McLaren has been open about its lack of race winning pace with the MP4-24, which is underdeveloped because the bulk of the team's resources was allocated to securing the drivers' title for Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of its predecessor. "I can have some regrets about resource allocation but we are proud to have number one on the car," the reigning world champion said last weekend. Meanwhile, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said on Tuesday that the Maranello marque is also "paying" for its efforts to win last year. In contrast, non-2008 contenders like Toyota, Red Bull and Williams were able to turn their attention early to getting the most out of the 2009 regulations. The furthest ahead is Brawn, who abandoned developing the 2008 (Honda) car almost as soon as it was born. "Like McLaren we had to develop our (2008) machine right until the end, while others were already working on a completely different project many months prior," Montezemolo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "You should not forget that this year's machines are not evolutions, which means that those who had extra time were really able to draw an advantage," the Italian said. Read More...

    #F1 News: White tyre markings better than green - Haug

    GMMf1NET

    March 31st 2009

    With grooves being replaced by slicks for this season, it was no longer possible to paint the inside of a middle groove of the softest tyres white. A month before the 2009 season, following extensive winter testing, F1's official tyre supplier said it would instead paint green circles around the inside and outside edges of the sidewalls. The colour green was selected to show Bridgestone's support for the FIA's Make Cars Green environmental campaign. However, in Melbourne last weekend, television viewers - including teams figures in the garages and on the pitwall - at times expressed difficulty in identifying the green markings. The problem may have been worsened by the evening sun. To heighten the importance of the matter, the significance of the tyres being used this season has increased, given Bridgestone's new policy of skipping a specification. For example, in Melbourne the 'medium' tyre was the specification of choice in the race, because the much softer 'super soft' significantly lost performance even after a lap or two. "Perhaps the contrast of white on black is better than green on black," Mercedes' Haug admitted to motorsport-total.com. "It is something to think about," he added. Read More...

    #F1 News: Twilight racing too dangerous for F1 - Rosberg

    GMMf1NET

    March 31st 2009

    The late afternoon format, designed to make a better television viewing time for the bulk European audience, made its debut in Australia last weekend. With the action completing as the sun fell low in the sky, the drivers gave the format mixed reviews, including complaints of glare and flickering shadows from trees. This weekend it is Malaysia's turn, but the concerns about the 5pm start have grown louder, given the additional likelihood of late afternoon monsoonal rain in the tropical climate. 23-year-old Rosberg, arguing that evening is not appropriate for high speed motor racing, said: "In Melbourne it was obvious that it just increases the danger so much. "The visibility is so difficult, you can't even see the edges of the track in some corners. I was driving into the sun and that's not what racing is about. So I really hope they reconsider that," he added. The 'twilight' concept was a compromise for the Melbourne and Sepang organisers, who baulked at the idea of having to install expensive floodlighting - as in the Singapore grand prix - for a fully night-time race. But Rosberg insists F1 should stage either daytime or properly floodlit events. Read More...

    #F1 News: Nakajima fit to race despite sore hand

    GMMf1NET

    March 31st 2009

    Just four days before he was due to begin practicing at the Sepang circuit, the Japanese driver had a heavy crash into Albert Park's concrete walls during the 2009 season opener. The 24-year-old admitted blame for the lap-17 shunt and headed to the circuit medical centre for a precautionary check. "Everything is fine and physically I am okay," the Williams driver said last Sunday. However, Nakajima has now revealed that he knocked his hand in the impact at turn four. "It was quite a big impact," he said, "but I'm fine except for a sore knuckle on my left hand. I'll be fine to race in Malaysia." Read More...

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