Author Profile: Bill Thomas

Honda F1

Not losing face

I must admit, I find the recent earth-shattering Japanese pullouts from high-end motorsport extremely disturbing, and, more to the point of this blog, extremely annoying. First Honda, gone from F1, now both Suzuki and – perhaps most importantly of all three – Subaru gone from the WRC.

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2009 F1,
Barcelona test,
bmw

2009 F1 starts here

Just seen a pic of the new-shape BMW F1 car testing at Barcelona and I’m not quite sure what I think I’m looking at. What kind of racing car has had a front wing like this? Anyone got any ideas? I’m thinking F3000 car or Champ Car, but not recent.

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mark webber,
red bull,
sebastian vettel

Vettel vs Webber

Is there anyone else out there really very much looking forward to the clash between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber next year? It’s one that I’ve been thinking about for the last 15 seconds. Webber will finally be put to the test by someone with a proven track record, a proper charger.

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fernando alonso,
gossip,
nelson piquet,
renault

Taking the Piquet

Is it just me, or is it strange that Flavio Briatore has signed Nelson Piquet Jnr at Renault for another year? Or is it not so strange? Maybe it’s not so strange at all.

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chinese gp,
felipe massa,
ferrari,
kimi raikkonen,
lewis,
lewis hamilton

Chinese GP: devastation

I think the Ferrari guys could only look on in awe and respect at the guy I like to call ‘Hammo the Hammer’ on Sunday. In ITV’s post-race interview, Massa’s race engineer Rob Smedley wondered aloud how much of the performance was down to McLaren, and how much was down to Hamilton.

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belgian gp,
felipe massa,
ferrari,
kimi raikkonen,
lewis,
lewis hamilton,
mclaren

Belgian GP: cheat?

Interesting that Hamilton has been penalised for his move at the Belgian GP. I’m one of the dissenters Adam mentioned in his blog, by the way. I think it’s harsh and maybe not quite fair, but I’m not surprised. He did a naughty thing and I blame Senna and Schumacher as much as Hamilton.

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euro gp

Euro GP: bored

Oops, fell asleep before the first stops. Usually I fall asleep between the first and second stops on dull circuits. This one is especially dull. A complete and utter failure in my book. It’s halfway through and I’ve switched it off. Bernie, the circuit is a disaster.

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anthony hamilton,
heikki kovalainen,
hungarian grand prix,
lewis,
lewis hamilton,
mclaren,
ron dennis

Hungarian GP: random thoughts

First, a couple of things I’d like to hear/see less of. I don’t like these ‘promo chats’ the team bosses or engineers do with their drivers after the race over the pit-to-car radio. Like Ron Dennis’ soliloquoy at Lewis after last week’s race in Germany. Ferrari’s guilty of it too. Where will it end?

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