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-The Traction Control Clubbies Moving Sides-

As highlighted at last week's entry, three drivers have been vocal about the ban of TC, but on the anti side. First up, Flippi (Felipe Massa) just switched sides. He's now happy without traction control. And looky here, Nick turned 180 too. If my memory serves me right, he was quite vocal about the Fuji race still commencing under such situations. And to think he has to return there this year without TC and he's happy about that. Well this should be fun.

-It's Official, Fisi's Off to Force India-

It continues in his quest to stay in a game that is obvious he can not for long hold on to. It has been confirmed that Force India has signed the 34 year old Roman who may be fizzling out after Rodriguez first blew the bubble to the press. Now if someone would start the countdown to his ultimate exit out of competing in F1...with his little warning to his bosses: "Make no mistake, we are not going to win a race or even finish on the podium."

-BMW F1.08-


-Red Bull RB4-

-Toyota's TF108-


-Wurz Joins Honda Whaaaaaaaaa???-

In a surprising move (considering people thought he'd either be commenting on Austrian F1 TV coverage or be consultant to Williams), Honda has fished another fish, Wurz as their test (and reserve) driver. First they lured and hooked Ross and now this. Something's brewin' there!

***At least someone's, no wait everyone's doin better than Ralfie boy who like Klien doesn't get that they might as well pack up and ship out. Fisi got a drive (prolonging the inevitable) and Wurz got another job. Liuzzi got the testing gig, at Force India. What did Ralfie boy get? An invitation from Mercedes to test for them, DTM that is...

-Timo: I Will Pave It Your Way-

He's aiming for consistency and point scoring next season just like Lewy. If that Toyota is anything like last year's then he'd probably get the back of the grid. As for points? Yeah it'd look a little something like this: 0

"I want to have the most successful season possible. I aim to be consistent and to help the team move upwards. My first goal will be to regularly challenge for points and I believe we will be able to do that. Even though I have not raced in Formula 1 since 2004, I have tested quite regularly so I expect it will take very little time for me to get back in the groove. I have been lucky enough to race and succeed in several different championships in my career but my goal has always been to become a full-time Formula 1 race driver. I believe my experience has made me stronger as a driver and as a person."

-Ferrari. Ferrari. Feeeeeeeee"I Will Make It Clearer Than Crystal"rrari-

Whitmarsh may be walking around going "What 07???" but Ferrari, they're on a quest to make things brilliant crystal clear:
-New boss Stefano went on record saying something like ready to move on but will take time to recover from. (Still whinny...?) Alright, alright g.o.t i.t.
-Luca, need anyone say anymore?
-Jean Todt, why he chose Kimi over Nando? His personality fits better with the team.
-As mentioned before Massa sees no problem with the ban of TC, making it a 180 turn from what he said previously, he's ready to fight and sees no problem with Kimi carrying the #1 on his car. Since when?
-Kimi. The obvious. Wants to win both title, sees main threat from McLaren, no hurry to commit further to Ferrari yet, expects to improve, happy to have Schu at his disposal, and drew first blood to Ferrari on the first day of testing at Jerez.
-And they finally defined Schu's role in Ferrari. Development and test driver. "I deal with the development of the car inside Gestione Sportiva. We haven't yet scheduled the days when I'll drive the car, nothing's decided. We'll evaluate depending on the situations: if the team need me to, I'd like to drive, but not too often."

-Blundell: Massa for the Title-

He believes. Why? Because Massa with the edge of knowing the structures within the team along with his relationship with Michael Schumacher might actually bring him the title says Marty.

"I think Massa has the potential to give Lewis [Hamilton], Kimi [Raikkonen], and everyone else a big headache this year. I think he's got a real chance of pulling off a world title. He's done his homework in the time he's been at Ferrari. He's learned from Michael [Schumacher], he supported Kimi well last year, and the team has supported him in return with a new contract. I think Ferrari will give him everything he needs to go for the championship this season and I think he could do it."

Has he been following the news? Ferrari said the drivers would be given equal opportunity until someone shows that he clearly has the better shot at the WDC then the full backing goes to him. But seeing Massa winning it, I don't know, I just don't see it. Like the folks over at said, do they just go around and ask people who'd win and write whatever crazy stuff comes?

-DC: F1 Doesn't Miss Schumacher (Michael that is)-

"I think life moves on. There will be people who do miss certain aspects of Michael. He was such a large part of my career and trying to beat him was obviously very difficult. To reminisce of my best championship year, I finished second, and I finished second to him. So if he had just never been born then maybe it could have been different! But that is life. With Michael, you knew that he was one of the best, if not the best there has ever been, and if you were able to beat him then that was a big sense of achievement. Could he come back? He is fit and he is quick, there should be no surprises there. Would he come back? I don't see why he would if you have made the decision to stop."

Another one of those DC days. I wonder if he did the same expression he did while criticizing Ferrari saying "how do you forget to put fuel in?"

-Jense Eyes Title In 09-

"I think we'll be a lot closer to the front in 2008 and in 2009 we have to be fighting for the championship. If we can get to that position with a good car, then this team will win the championship. As a team we are very, very strong. I'm so happy that we've got Ross. When he first walked into the team, there was the biggest round of applause I've ever seen. On his own he's not going to turn the team around but I think that everyone is positive and doing a great job. He's fitted in quicker than everyone imagined and the way of working in the team has changed a lot already."

Heh that soon, maybe a bit more patient boy. Winning in 09? It takes more than 2 years to turn a complete and utter shipwreck into a battle worthy piece!

-Red Bull Brings In NASCAR Manager-
They just hired Jay Frye of Ginn Racing. Sorry what? Heh*? Oh General Manager. As long as it's not team boss.

*It's just that everytime I hear Nascar, I flinch a bit.

-Pipe Down Bub-

"I could not have imagined him signing with a midfield team. When he started acting the diva, more and more line-ups became occupied and some doors for him were even locked. Me, I did wonder about where he would end up."

The season hasn't even started and this pippy already shouts. It's not like he's lying but there is no need to say such words. Even a newbie in F1 knows better than that. Still bitter over being passed all those years while Nando got the chance to race up against Schu?
My he looks like Jense...with glasses.

-Engine Freeze Shortened to Five Years-

Yup cutting it in half and talks of budget capping has popped up for consideration after the meeting the FIA called with the team principals since lets face it, ten years would doom the sport. And the aim of it all, for them to draw up a new engine concept that is to be *drum rolls*...greener with provisional engine regulations to be presented within the next two years. Oh don't tell me in a few years it'd be a bunch of 07 Hondas running around. The idea of cutting five from ten just sounds like making dumber dumb.

-Williams to Test Six Different Liveries-

A prolonged launch perhaps?

-Jerez Times-

Day 1
01 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 01:19.846 59 laps
02 F. Massa Ferrari 01:20.123 42 laps
03 P. de la Rosa McLaren 01:20.548 54 laps
04 S. Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:20.732 40 laps
05 H. Kovalainen McLaren 01:20.936 48 laps
06 S. Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:20.997 47 laps
07 N. Rosberg Williams 01:21.143 47 laps
08 J. Trulli Toyota 01:21.314 84 laps
09 N. Piquet jr. Renault 01:21.696 41 laps
10 D. Coulthard Red Bull 01:21.746 49 laps
11 V. Liuzzi Force India F1 01:23.035 44 laps
12 K. Nakajima Williams 01:23.134 42 laps
13 T. Glock Toyota 01:24.351 56 laps
14 J. Rossiter Super Aguri 01:34.862 10 laps