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Ferrari return to form at Spa

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The Ferraris look to carry less sponsorship these days

The Ferraris look to carry less sponsorship these days

After a season in the doldrums Kimi Raikkonen brought Ferrari their first race victory of 2009 at Spa Franconchamps in Belgium.

But the big story is Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella, who started on pole and managed to mantain second place right through to the end.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton met with disaster when a pile up on the first lap ended their chances.  The two tangled with the killer replacements, Luca Badoer and Jaime Alguesuari.  Unfortunately all they killed was their chances of winning.

Rubens Barrachello ran a long hard race and barely made it to the end, on the last lap he was trailing flames and smoke like a crashing Stuka.

So with this latest upset Jenson Button’s lead continues to narrow.  He is now only 16 points ahead of team mate Barrachello.  All it takes is one win and one third place and they will be level.  Also the Red Bull team continue to make advances in pace.  Furthermore their team, the perfect balance of experience and skill, continue to shine.

 1.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)  1h23:50.995
 2.  Fisichella    Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +     0.939
 3.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +     3.875
 4.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  +     9.966
 5.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            (B)  +    11.276
 6.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    32.763
 7.  Barrichello   Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  +    35.461
 8.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    36.208
 9.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +    36.959
10.  Glock         Toyota                (B)  +    41.490
11.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +    42.636
12.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +    46.106
13.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    54.241
14.  Badoer        Ferrari               (B)  +  1:38.177

And  so this is the championship results as they stand

World Championship standings after 12 rounds:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Button        72        1.  Brawn-Mercedes        128
 2.  Barrichello   56        2.  Red Bull-Renault      104.5
 3.  Vettel        53        3.  Ferrari                56
 4.  Webber        51.5      4.  McLaren-Mercedes       44
 5.  Raikkonen     34        5.  Toyota                 38.5
 6.  Rosberg       30.5      6.  Williams-Toyota        30.5
 7.  Hamilton      27        7.  BMW Sauber             18
 8.  Trulli        22.5      8.  Renault                16
 9.  Massa         22        9.  Force India-Mercedes    8
10.  Kovalainen    17       10.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari      5
11.  Glock         16
12.  Alonso        16
13.  Heidfeld      10
14.  Kubica         8
15.  Fisichella     8
16.  Buemi          3
17.  Bourdais       2

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August 30, 2009 at 3:52 pm

The Tragic Death of DJ AM

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DJ AM

Although not really known to us here in Britain, DJ AM, AKA Adam Michael Goldstein, was one of the top Disc Jockeys in the US.  His short, and tragic life ended yesterday afternoon, dead, most likely of a drug overdose.

He was a well known figure on the American music scene, DJing for such well known artists as Madonna, Will Smith, and Blink 182.  He performed at the 2008 MTV Music Awards and appeared in several TV series.

But his personal life was marred by tragedy and pain.  Born into a Jewish New York family, he suffered years of verbal abuse at the hands of his father.  After the latter’s imprisonment, and death in prison, Adam became heavily dependant on illegal drugs.

In desperation his mother put him into a clinic that dealt in ‘tough love’, treating young addicts.  But it proved to be a horrible mistake.  The clinic proved to be a cabal of further abuse.  Adam recalled:

“The counselors beat us. They spit in our faces. They starved us. They never let us see or talk to our parents.”

In spite of this Adam was discharged and recovered enough to begin a DJ career, and he proved quite a talent.  He was also a musician for the band Crazy Town.  He pioneered the use of new technology in Deejaying, and took to the decks for a year at Ceasers Palace in Las Vegas.

He dated Nicole Richie, and Mandy Moore, and became friends with Samantha Ronson, Paris Hilton, Steve Aoki and Cory Kennedy.

His life took another twist when he barely survived the crash of a Lear Jet in Georgia that killed four people.  Only he and Travis Barker were pulled out alive.  He suffered badly from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after the crash and again became heavily dependant on drugs.

But yesterday the drugs caught up with him and he was found in his apartment, apparently dead at 17.20 EST.  An autopsy is being carried out.

His last twitter message left a last cryptic message:

“New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.”

He was 36 years old

Written by Nick Gilmartin

August 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

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Force India on Pole (no, really)

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I cannot call it an under-powered tuk-tuk anymore

I cannot call it an under-powered tuk-tuk anymore

When I first read tomorrow’s grid I thought I was holding it upside down.  On pole position we have Giancarlo Fisichella. of Force India.  Their first ever pole, like, I mean ever.

Force India is a private team bought out from the failed Spyker/Midland team, which, in turn, was bought out from Eddie Jordan’s team.  I am sure the Irishman will be watching with great interest tomorrow.

The second team on the grid is BMW, thats as in BMW who have never won a race and have announced they are leaving at the end of the season.  And it gets better, on third we have Toyota, the eternal underachievers, considering the resources they have at their fingertips.  Nico Rosberg made a respectable 10th, a big improvement for the struggling Williams team.

From fourth position we start to see a few faces we recognize.  The first being Rubens Barrachello.  From there we have yet another BMW, Kubica.  The big names somehow ended up riiiiiight at the back.  Hamilton is in 12th, Alonso is in 13th and Button is 14th.

And on the horizon, next to the setting sun we have the understudies, Grosjean and Badoer.  It seems weird to see the grid so back to front.  But, with unpredictable weather in Belgium, it will make for a very interesting race tomorrow.  Stay tuned ladies and gentlemen, you will not want to miss this one.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2        Q3      
 1.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:45.102  1:44.667  1:46.308
 2.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:45.140  1:44.503  1:46.395
 3.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:45.566  1:44.709  1:46.500
 4.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:45.237  1:44.834  1:46.513
 5.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:45.655  1:44.557  1:46.586
 6.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:45.579  1:44.953  1:46.633
 7.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:45.450  1:44.877  1:46.677
 8.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:45.372  1:44.592  1:46.761
 9.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:45.350  1:44.924  1:46.788
10.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:45.486  1:45.047  1:47.362
11.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:45.486  1:45.119
12.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:45.239  1:45.122
13.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:45.767  1:45.136
14.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:45.707  1:45.251
15.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:45.761  1:45.259
16.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:45.705
17.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:45.951
18.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:46.032
19.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:46.307
20.  Badoer       Ferrari               (B)  1:46.359

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August 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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The last of the Kennedy Brothers is laid to rest

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Ted Kennedy

Today the world said a fond farewell to the Senator of Massachussettes,  Edward Kennedy (1932-2009).  He had been ill for some time with malignant brain cancer.

Always known fondly as Ted, he was the last of the great Kennedy brothers that shaped America in the mid sixties, and the youngest of the original nine children.  His parents were Joseph Kennedy Senior and Rose Fitzgerald, the former being a US ambassador to the UK, and the latter being the daughter of the mayor of Boston, John ‘Honey Fitz’ Fitzgerald.

Ted narrowly escaped being named George Washington Kennedy, as he was born of the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth.

He was born into a family that was hugely ambitious and  Joe Kennedy ran his household with a rod of iron.    His early life was one of near constant movement from one city to another as his father’s political postings changed.  He spent several years at the court of St James in the UK, where his father was serving as ambassador.  As he was a Catholic he recieved his First Holy Communion from Pope Pius XII himself when, aged 7, he was taken to Rome.

His constant motion from school to school made him a mediocre, or perhaps just unsettled, student.  As the youngest child he was doted on by his parents, but they did expect him to do as well as his brothers, quite a tall order.

The Kennedy family has been mired by tragic death after death.  At an early age Ted’s oldest brother, Joe Kennedy Jr died when his plane exploded during the Second World War.  His sister, Kathleen Agnes was killed in a separate air crash.  Another sister, Rosemary, had a failed Lobotomy and spent the rest of her life as an invalid.

After several years in various schools Ted was at best an average student, but a hell of an American Football player.  He entered Harvard and gained a place at a winthrope house that was very sports-orientated and suited him well.  It was her that he first blotted his copybook.  He cheated on a spanish exam by getting a colleague to sit it for him.  Unfortunately he was found out and expelled, but was later allowed to reapply.

After Harvard he enlisted in the US army with an eye of working in Army Intelligence, but somebody somewhere would not allow it.  He became a military policeman instead, putting his physical presence to good use.  Ted served in Europe as security for the Supreme Allied Headquarters.  His father’s political connections kept him safely away from the Korean war.  Given Joe Senior’s losses of two children already, his motives are at least understandable.

After two years Ted was discharged from the Army as a Private First Class.

Ted re-entered Harvard with a more mature outlook and fared better this time.  He also gained interest from several professional football teams, notable the Green Bay Packers.  But by now Ted, older and wiser, figured there was more to life than football and womanising.  He decided to follow his brothers into another contact sport, politics.

After graduating Harvard he attended Law School at the University of Virginia and the Hague school of international law.  This time he studied hard and won the prestigious William Minor Lile Moot Competition.  It was here he had his first brush with automobile felony when he was arrested for driving without a licence.  He managed his brother, John’s re-election campaign for the Senate in 1958 when he won by a large margin, galvanizing him to go for the Presidency.  Meanwhile Ted graduated from law school with some practical experience under his belt.

It was around this time that he married Joan Bennett, a model and socialite.  They went on to have three children, Kara Anne, Edward Junior and Patrick.  But the marriage was not a happy one and Joan was a heavy drinker, while Ted kept up the bad Kennedy habit of womanizing.

During John Kennedy’s Presidential election campaign Ted worked hard and managed the campaign in the western states.  He took flying lessons and also bonded with potential voters by taking up their pass-times such as ski-jumping and bronc riding.  Amazingly, he survived the campaign with life and limb intact.  And he was now the President’s brother.

Ted was a good fifteen years younger than John, and he was still too young to fill the Senate seat for Massachusetts that John had just vacated.  He was 28 and he needed to be 30.  Furthermore he felt he was being compared unfairly to his more intelligent older brothers by his ever-pushy father.  However his father had a stroke later that year that left him without the power to speak or walk.

Finally in 1962 there was a special senate election in Massachusetts where Ted faced up to Ed McCormick.  By now there were already two Kennedy brothers in high office and many thought America was becoming something run like a dynasty.  But Ted had a lot of personal charisma, young good looks, and a powerful campaign machine behind him.  He won against McCormick by a margin of two to one.

When he entered the Senate he sensibly left his ego at the door, and quietly set to work.  He was different from his two brothers, in that he was more personable whereas John could be aloof and Bobby could be intense.

It was at this time, while in the Senate, that he was told of the murder of President John F Kennedy.  It was Ted who flew home to Massachusetts to tell their father.  The funeral of President Kennedy was one of the hardest of his life, and he stood to attention with his brother Bobby and the widow, Jackie, while John Kennedy Junior, still a small child, saluted his father’s coffin.

It was less than a year later that Ted his own brush with death when his aircraft crashed in bad weather into an orchid in Southampon, Western Massachusetts.  The pilot and Ted’s aide were killed while Ted, himself seriously injured, was pulled from the plane by fellow senator Birch Baye.  It seems Kennedys and planes just don’t mix.

While still convalescing from his injuries Ted won the Senatorial campaign for a second time, helped largely by his wife, Joan who did all his campaigning for him.  He won by a three to one margin while still at death’s door.

He returned to the Senate, still with back pain and a cane, to take on President Johnson over the poll tax.  He narrowly lost but he did gain a stronger legislative team from the experience.  He pushed through the Immigration and Nationality Act 1965 which changed the American demographic view.  He helped found the National Teachers Corps and took a much greater interest in health care.

During a tour of South Vietnam he saw first hand how weak the Vietnamese Republic’s military position was, and his message was:  “Shape up or we will ship out.”  Eventually, they did.

In spite of Ted’s advice, Bobby Kennedy decided to run for President against the serving President, Lyndon Johnson.  It was to be something of a grudge match, as Bobby and Lyndon had never got on.  The latter openly referring to the former as a snotty nosed kid.

Ted, now the head of the Kennedy election campaign apparatus, began laying the groundwork for a campaign in the west, as he had for John, eight years earlier.  He was ahead of Bobby, setting up rallies in San Francisco when he heard Bobby had been shot in Los Angeles.  Ted grieved heavily, his two brothers, his idols since childhood were gone from him.  He must have felt very alone.

As the senior surviving Kennedy he spoke at his brother’s funeral.  His words remain Bobby’s epitaph.

“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.”

In place of Bobby, Ted was asked to front the Democratic nomination for the Presidency.  But people were unsure if he was ready for the job, perhaps including Ted himself.  He declined the nomination for potential vice-president as he felt he had a more important role closer to home.

Ted became the surrogate father for no less than thirteen children,  including four of his own.  The children of John and Bobby Kennedy looked to Ted to be a benevolent uncle, which he proved undoubtedly to be.  He also became the family executor (not to be confused with executioner!), he negotiated the marriage contract between Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, whom he had his doubts about.

It is a sad fact of life that people remember the million things you did right and always remember the few things you did wrong.  And, in 1969, Ted made a tragic error of judgment.

He had been to a party on the small island of Chappaquiddick, connected to Martha’s Vineyard, in July that year.  The party was a reunion for the ‘Boiler Room Girls’, a group of female staff who had worked on Bobby Kennedy’s election campaign.  Also present were Jospeph Gargan, Ted’s cousin, and Paul Markham, a school friend of Gargans.

The following details are known from official testimony.

The party had been reasonably sedate (by Kennedy standards), and Ted decided to leave early.  One of the girls, Mary Jo Kopechne, asked for a lift back to her hotel.  No problem, Ted decided to drive her.  He had had a couple of drinks, nothing major, and it wasn’t a serious felony back then.  He had a chauffer present but he was having dinner, so Ted didn’t disturb him for a small errand he could do himself.

In the dark night they got a little lost in the unlit back roads of the small island, full of private estates with gated entrances.  They nearly backed into a police car and took off as fast as they could down yet another dark lane.  Slightly disorientated he suddenly saw two wooden poles ahead of him, these were the entrance to a small bridge.  What happened next was confused but Ted somehow drove the car off the bridge, without guardrail or barrier, and it turned over as it crashed into the water.

Somehow Ted managed to free himself but Mary Jo was not saved.  Ted tried several times to dive back down to save her but was somehow unable to reach her.  Panicked, possibly concussed, and perhaps still slightly drunk, Ted ran back to the cottage where the party was held to alert his two friends.  He told them away from the other ‘Boiler Room Girls’ to prevent a panic.

The crucial error was that neither Ted nor his friends alerted the authorities.

The other two, Gargan and Markham, had gone back to the site to try again to rescue Mary Jo, but in spite of diving several times, they were unable to rescue her.  They then urged Ted to report the accident to the authorities, but he seemed confused and unwilling to do so.  He went back to his hotel room to consider his few options.

He paced his room in a robe trying to work out a solution to his situation, with the most obvious choice of action somehow escaping him.  At eight AM the two friends Markham and Gargan returned for an emergency meeting.  The three men went back to Chappaquiddick on the ferry.  Ted used a payphone to make several calls to friends for advice.

Meanwhile the car had been found by two amateur fisherman who had made an early start before the summer sun  became too hot.  It was they who finally alerted the authorities.

Mary Jo Kopechne’s body was discovered in the car with her head pressed up in a small pocket above the waterline.  She could have survived in this air pocket for up to two hours before the air she breathed turned to carbon dioxide and killed her.  Surprisingly an autopsy never took place, as everybody assumed she had drowned.  A simple syringe into her lungs would have resolved the question, but this never happened.

Ted was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and sentenced to two months in prison, later suspended.   His prior good character and legal nous saved him a worse fate.  His wife, Joan Kennedy, who was pregnant at the time, had a miscarriage shortly after the incident.

Mary Jo Kopechne’s funeral was attended by Ted and his wife, Joan.  She was later buried on Larksville mountain.  She was twenty eight years old.

It took Ted years to regain his reputation.  He lost the position of Senate Majority Whip to Senator Robert Byrd.  Something he felt was, in a way, a blessing.  He decided to concentrate on issues outside Democratic politics, such as health care reforms.  He also took an interest in the ‘Troubles’ that had started in Northern Ireland.  The Kennedy family started out in Wicklow before they emigrated.  He described them as ‘Britain’s Vietnam’, an inaccurate moniker.  There has been no conflict to compare to the Troubles in modern times.

Throughout the Seventies Ted stayed out of mainstream politics, knowing his reputation was tarnished, and he wasn’t deluded enough to try and pretend otherwise.  He decided against running for the 1972 Presidential election, although polls suggested that he may have had a better chance than he actually realised.

His eldest son, Edward Junior, was diagnosed with chrondosaracoma.  His left leg was amputated and he underwent a long and painful convalescence.  Nonetheless Ed Junior took to the slopes less than a year later with an experimental ski leg.  Nothing keeps a Kennedy down for long.  Maybe Ed Junior inspired his father to get his career back into gear.  However he had other problems.  His wife, Joan, was in and out of alcoholic rehabilitation and his other son, Patrick, suffered from severe Asthma.

In this period he stepped up his campaign for a national heath service.  He laid the groundwork for later campaigns by Hillary Clinton and the current President, Barrack Obama.

He was asked again to run for Presidential election in 1976, since the Democrats had no other strong front-runners.  He declined again.  His party instead chose Jimmy Carter, who turned out, against the odds, to be a winner.  During the Carter years Ted Kennedy stood in the wilderness, the name seemed forever associated with drama, tragedy and occasional scandal.

He spent a number of years travelling as an American Goodwill Ambassador, a job that suited his personable, disarming character well.  He visited China, and managed to get permission for a few Chinese dissidents to leave.  He visited the Soviet Union several times, and many other countries on his way here and there.  During these years he separated from his wife, whom was now deep in the throes of alcoholism.  Although they maintained they loved each other the situation was intolerable for both and their marriage was at an end.

After clashing with President Carter for many years, Ted decided to run for the highest office during the Presidential elections of 1980.   But surprisingly, his campaign was badly managed.  He rambled in interviews and, naturally, the question of his actions at Chappaquiddick were dissected.  He received death threats in the mail and took to wearing a bullet proof vest.  By this time Ted would be forgiven for hoping he would lose, but there was an upset.  He won the March 25 vote by 59 percent.  Carter counterattacked with adverts questioning Ted’s role in Chappaquiddick on TV.  Ted managed a second surprise victory in the Pennsylvania primary.  For a second time Carter check-mated him by winning eleven of twelve primaries in May.  Within a short time, the dream of a second President Kennedy was over.  Ted was hugely disappointed and exhausted, physically and emotionally.  He gave one last speech at the Democratic convention.

“For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

For the next twenty years Senator Ted Kennedy continued to serve in the Senate, lionising the causes he believed in, protecting his extended family, often from themselves, and becoming a respectable figure in American politics.  In the UK we have him to thank for the large contribution he made to the peace process in Northern Ireland, that culminated in the Good Friday agreement.

He became the patron of a dashing young Politician from Hawaii, with film star good looks and charisma lacking in the Bush years.  Ted and Barrack Obama were good friends for many years and it was Ted who persuaded the President  to buy his daughters a Portuguese Water Dog, after letting the Obama girls play with his own water dog.

In his later years he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and it sadly took his life this week.  People queued for hours outside the Kennedy Library to pay their respects.

The last of the Kennedy brothers, who lived the longest, was perhaps the one who, over a long life, contributed the most to the American People.

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August 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Meet Miss Universe

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Stefania Fernandez

Stefania Fernandez

Last night, in a spectacularly untelevized competition,  Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe.  Get down on your knees and worship this woman.  What a honey.

Not only that but she was crowned by the previous Miss Universe, who was, wait for it, also from Venezuela.  Flights to Venezuela start at £445 from Heathrow.  Clearly all their women have the lush gene.   Hugo Chavez clearly has the same ideas as Silvio Berlusconi.  Live in a country where the women are incredibly hot and wear very little.

But fair play to the girl.  She won a cash prize, a promotional trip, a rent free New York apartment, a two year course at the New York film academy, endless cosmetic goodies and shoes and a free pass to the best beauty parlours and spas in the world.

For travel advise on Venezuela go to:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk

And what do we get?  Katie sodding Price.  I will stab myself in the bollocks the next time I have an erotic thought about her.

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August 24, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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Barrachello tastes glory in Valencia

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Rubens takes his first win with the Brawn team

Rubens takes his first win with the Brawn team

Rubens Barrachello took the top step of the podium after his thrilling victory under a hot Valencian sun this afternoon.  He really had a point to prove. the eternal second driver just thought:  sod it.  He drove more aggressively than I have ever seen him, throwing himself into turns and corners with a kamikaze abandon.

He moved up from third to second when Heikki Kovelienen made a pit stop.  He soon consolidated his position.

Up ahead Lewis Hamilton had made a good start.  He was driving as hard and skillfully as ever, even though his tyres were melting like a kids ice cream on a hot day.  His tyres were wearing out so he was called into the pits.  Within seconds of coming to a halt he made a horrifying discovery.  He could only look on as the unprepared pit team unwrapped the tyres from their warmers and fumbled them onto the wheels.  By the time he left the pits Rubens had taken the lead by a significant margin.

No reason has been given for this operational oversight.  However Martin Whitmarsh, the McLaren team manager has made several statements along the lines of ‘We never had the pace anyway’.

Elsewhere on the track the replacement drivers, Luca Badoer and Romain Grosjean stayed on track but hardly distinguished themselves.  At least they didn’t crash.

Local boy, Fernando Alonso, had a tough drive in the heat.  He started in eighth place and came in sixth, gaining three vital points.

So the results in full are as follows:

1.  Barrichello   Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1h35:51.289
 2.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +     2.358
 3.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)  +    15.994
 4.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    20.032
 5.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    20.870
 6.  Alonso        Renault               (B)  +    27.744
 7.  Button        Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  +    34.913
 8.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  +    36.667
 9.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +    44.910
10.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +    47.935
11.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            (B)  +    48.822
12.  Fisichella    Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +  1:03.614
13.  Trulli        Toyota                (B)  +  1:04.527
14.  Glock         Toyota                (B)  +  1:26.519
15.  Grosjean      Renault               (B)  +  1:31.774
16.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +     1 lap
17.  Badoer        Ferrari               (B)  +     1 lap
18.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    3 laps

So here is a complete lsit of the drivers and constructors standings after 11 rounds.

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Button        72        1.  Brawn-Mercedes        126
 2.  Barrichello   54        2.  Red Bull-Renault       98.5
 3.  Webber        51.5      3.  Ferrari                46
 4.  Vettel        47        4.  McLaren-Mercedes       41
 5.  Rosberg       29.5      5.  Toyota                 38.5
 6.  Hamilton      27        6.  Williams-Toyota        29.5
 7.  Raikkonen     24        7.  Renault                16
 8.  Trulli        22.5      8.  BMW Sauber              9
 9.  Massa         22        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari      5
10.  Glock         16       
11.  Alonso        16       
12.  Kovalainen    14       
13.  Heidfeld       6       
14.  Buemi          3       
15.  Kubica         3       
16.  Bourdais       2

The next round of the 2009 season is Spa Franconchamps in Belgium on 30th August


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August 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm

The Silver Arrows Tip the Spear

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Valencia grid

What ever McLaren have suddenly started to do, they are clearly doing it right.  In Valencia, not only Lewis Hamilton, but also Heikki Kovelienen will be on the front row of the grid.

The second row consisted of Rubens Barrachello and Sebastian Vettel.  The current leading contender for the championship, Jenson Button, could only manage a mere fifth.

As for the rookies, well Luca Baoder had a nightmare with his Ferrari (probably the fastest thing he ever drove), and qualified last.  Grosjean of Renault starts from fourteenth.

Elsewhere from the track Williams are looking to ditch Toyota as an engine supplier as soon as possible.  Did it never occur to them never to buy engines off an opposing team?  They are hardly likely to give you the best engines are they?

With BMW now looking to exit at the end of the season we have a new opening for a F1 team.  Could it be Prodrive?  Banbury’s finest exponent of undulating horsepower looks a likely contender.  All they have to do is get the nod from Bernie Ecclestone.

The temperatures continued to soar in Spain as the teams battled for position.

 1.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:38.649  1:38.182  1:39.498
 2.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:38.816  1:38.230  1:39.532
 3.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:39.019  1:38.076  1:39.563
 4.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:39.295  1:38.273  1:39.789
 5.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:38.531  1:38.601  1:39.821
 6.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:38.843  1:38.782  1:40.144
 7.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:39.039  1:38.346  1:40.185
 8.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:39.155  1:38.717  1:40.236
 9.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:38.983  1:38.625  1:40.239
10.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:38.806  1:38.747  1:40.512
11.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:39.032  1:38.826
12.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:39.145  1:38.846
13.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:39.459  1:38.991
14.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:39.322  1:39.040
15.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:38.912  1:39.514
16.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:39.531
17.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:39.795
18.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:39.807
19.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:39.925
20.  Badoer       Ferrari               (B)  1:41.413

Written by Nick Gilmartin

August 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm