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Nico Hulkenburg in Williams FW31 at Algarve 2

So there’s been a slight change of plan. Instead of waiting forever until this blasted 2008 season review comes along, I’ve gone ahead and set up the 2009 page. Here’s what you can expect:

So far the Entrants page is looking pretty empty. Starting in March, I’ll be posting some season previews for each team, which will find their home there. The Rule Changes page is just a basic run through of all the new regulations, and I’ve tried to make the Calendar page as pretty as possible. There are three or four races missing, which I’ll update a little later. Plenty has happened since the 2008 season wrapped up, so a full review of events since Brazil can also be expected, and plenty more updates throughout the season.

As for lasts years season review, you’ll be able to find it at the reviews page which will be up and running this week. Nothing much planned, I’ll just take care of that page in my own time and hopefully it’ll fill up with all kinds of F1 related stories fairly quickly. Am still working out exactly what sorts of things I’m doing with the site in 2009, but it should be fun!

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Break over. I’m back, and this is the 100th post here at The F1 Files, as the site embarks on it’s first full year. Proper coverage of last season was always going to be a little tricky, seeing as I started out after the first few races had been run and had no preparation. This year, however, there’s no excuse, so here’s what to expect in 2009.

News will become more frequent. That’s as far as I got with news. How can you try and make news more exciting? Hopefully increased frequency will be enough, if only to keep the site more up to date then it would be without. The Drivers and Teams pages was an idea that never really took off and, on second thoughts, never will. I’ve decided to combine these into a ‘Reviews’ page, which will allow me to have total freedom as to what subject I write, and therefore probably be written better too. Not sure when this will go up, but not before the 2009 page, which I’ve been working on during my silence. The Entrants page will become analysis of each team’s chances for 2009, which will also be posted here as team previews before the season gets under way. I’ve got lots of snazzy pictures lined up for the Calendar and Entrants pages, as well as a review of the off-season before we hit Melbourne again. Also a few of the basics, including rule changes, testing archives and the race results. None of this will be put up, however, before that pesky 2008 Season Review is complete. That should hopefully be this weekend… ish.

And then comes the History page, which is the most ambitious part of this whole project. I plan to review the entire history of F1, separated into different ‘eras’ to make it readable. Just. I’ve put on the history page that the review will be split into 10 parts, but in truth I have no idea how many parts it’ll be. Probably a lot more. I’ll be starting with the 2005-2006 seasons, then the 07-08 seasons, and then work my way backwards I guess. Oh yeah, and I have a pre-season video to make too.

Stop laughing! It may be true that technically I don’t have enough time to do all of this, but thankfully, with the exclusion of the 2009 related stuff, I have set myself no time limit. Best get stuck right in then. I have a couple of news stories to catch up with, but other than that Ferrari are kicking off the ‘launch season’ today, so stay tuned for plenty of updates. Plenty.

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The most highly anticipated new race for years, the Singapore Grand Prix, will be underway from tomorrow with Friday Practice giving us a good idea of what to expect from Formula 1’s first ever night race. The second new street circuit of the year will have lots of pressure on it’s hands, following the last two races, and to pull off a night-time F1 race successfully. Before action begins, however, opinions about the new circuit are flooding in from the drivers and teams.

Championship leader, Lewis Hamilton, likened the track to the Valencia Street Circuit, which hosted it’s first F1 race last month, saying “It’s very similar to Valencia, where you have the brick walls instead of the Monaco barriers. But it’s a little bit narrower and you’re driving through streets instead of around a harbour.” Fernando Alonso, who is currently leading Renault’s charge to take fourth in the constructors championship, has expressed concern over high kerbs that have been placed at the small chicane of turn 10 saying “It is not the best solution that they could find. We worry that if you miss the chicane or miss the line then you have to go over the kerbs – and then perhaps you damage the chassis or damage the bottom.” Meanwhile, BMW boss, Mario Theissen, has been talking about the Signapore scenery. “It is a spectacular setting with the sky scrapers, highways and parks. It is unbelievable. This event it is definitely good for F1.”

However many have worried about the lack of overtaking opportunities, a problem that was experienced at Valencia, with Theissen going on to say, “The question mark for me is the overtaking. As in Valencia. I expected much more in Valencia than actually happened and Valencia is definitely a quicker track than this one.” Most hope, though, that the new challenge of driving an F1 car at night alone will make the racing exciting enough although some have also complained that the amount of floodlighting used to light up the circuit will make racing at night unnecessary.

Safety concerns have been raised too with rain becoming a likely-hood at some point during the weekend, and a risk of thunderstorms present. Friday Practice gets underway tomorrow at a local time of 7pm.

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