Archive for August, 2008

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time on the third and last day of testing at Monza. His best lap, a 1:22.967 for McLaren, was 0.4 seconds faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Despite McLaren and Ferrari being on top, today proved to be the most surprising of the test. Force India took the third spot, thanks to Giancarlo Fisichella, with a 1:23.632. They were followed by Williams and Kazuki Nakajima, only 0.002s behind the Italian.

Robert Kubica disappointed after BMW’s top spot yesterday. He could only manage 1:24.089, finishing tenth after going off the track in the morning. Once again, Honda occupied last place. Jenson Button was 0.3 seconds behind the Pole, continuing Honda’s bad form in testing. The Renault powered cars scrapped for fifth with Red Bull coming out on top today, whilst Sebastian Bourdais climbed to seventh after yesterdays tenth.

No doubt the Italian fans were pleased to see Fisichella doing so well. Not so pleased to see Ferrari come second. The teams will return to Monza for Friday practice on September 12th.


1. Lewis Hamilton  McLaren  1:22.967s  97 Laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari  1:23.371s  79 Laps
3. Giancarlo Fisichella  Force India  1:23.632s  114 Laps
4. Kazuki Nakajima  Williams  1:23.634s  99 Laps
5. David Coulthard  Red Bull Racing  1:23.737s  120 Laps
6. Fernando Alonso  Renault  1:23.820s  80 Laps
7. Sebastien Bourdais  Scuderia Toro Rosso  1:23.865s  77 Laps
8. Timo Glock  Toyota  1:23.897s  79 Laps
9. Robert Kubica  BMW  1:24.089s  57 Laps
10. Jenson Button  Honda  1:24.321s  96 Laps

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1961 Formula one world champion, Phil Hill, passed away last night aged 81. He was in California and died due to complications relating to Parkinson’s disease. Hill remains the only American-born world champion and was a strong supporter of Ferrari.

Although he only won three F1 races, he became 1961 champion after the death of his Ferrari teammate, Wolfgang Von Trips, in Monza. He entered 49 F1 events and 13 Le Mans 24 hour races. He won the endurance race three times and retired from racing in 1967. After his retirement, he became a regular face in the Formula One paddock and in recent years built up a large vintage car collection. President of Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, has said everyone at Ferrari is deeply saddened by the news.

Hill is survived by his wife Alma, son Derek, daughters Vanessa and Jennifer, and four grandchildren.

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Nick Heidfeld has topped the time sheets on day two of testing at Monza. Recently Heidfeld has been struggling in timed sessions but today he completed 89 laps to set the fastest time of 1:22.621. Fellow German, Nico Rosberg finished in second for Williams, 0.2 seconds behind the BMW. 

McLaren and Ferrari failed to make it into the 1:22s, finishing 3rd and 5th. They were split by Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel who set a time of 1:23.424, ahead of yesterdays pace setter, Felipe Massa.  His teammate at STR, Sebastain Bourdais, could not match his pace and finished in 10th, almost a second off Vettel’s best lap. He did go faster than Honda though. Both Honda drivers struggled with there cars seeing Barrichello 0.3 seconds behind the French drivers time and Button the only man into the 1:25s.

Fernando Alonso was out for Renault, placing the car fifth. The other Renault powered car, in the hands of Mark Webber, ended up in seventh. Red Bull had been beaten by Force India who continued there good form with a 1:23.823 set by Adrain Sutil.

All the German drivers punched above their weight today and times spread out from Wednesday. Testing concludes in Monza tomorrow.


1. Nick Heidfeld  BMW  1:22.621s  89 Laps
2. Nico Rosberg  Williams  1:22.879s  100 Laps
3. Heikki Kovalainen  McLaren  1:23.341s  92 Laps
4. Sebastian Vettel  Scuderia Toro Rosso  1:23.424s  47 Laps
5. Felipe Massa  Ferrari  1:23.445s  86 Laps
6. Fernando Alonso  Renault  1:23.606s  95 Laps
7. Adrian Sutil  Force India  1:23.823s  92 Laps
8. Mark Webber  Red Bull Racing  1:23.936s  101 Laps
9. Jarno Trulli  Toyota  1:24.158s  77 Laps
10. Sebastien Bourdais  Scuderia Toro Rosso  1:24.311s  44 Laps
11. Rubens Barrichello  Honda  1:24.695s  51 Laps
12. Jenson Button  Honda  1:25.058s  42 Laps

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The F1 Files is here

Welcome to The F1 Files. I’ve broken the secret bloggers rule not to have the same themed blog on both Blogger and WordPress.com. I’ve also revealed the secret. Never mind, eh. I’m the person behind the First F1 blog, and this is the reason why there have been no posts on that blog for way too long. The plan for the moment is to keep First F1 a blog and make this an F1 News site. Lets see how long that lasts, shall we? You may have noticed I’m also trying to make this a bit of an F1 reference site. You could say my plans are a bit ambitious. Reviews of the Sports history, Reviews of the sports more notable drivers and teams and presumably plenty more reviews, when I can think of them. Anyhows, this is as much of a trial as First F1 is. Hopefully the two can successfully co-exist. If not, I’m sure I can come up with some over-ambitious solution. Tis all for now, Plenty happening here. Hopefully you can’t notice that the site is sorta under-construction. You don’t need to notice now I’ve told you anyway. Always some F1 News, so it shouldn’t be long before I get going. Promise!

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