January 29 2008 Motorsports Newsletter
Apologies for the lack of a newsletter recently, but I'm back now, and hopefully even better!
In the news:
• The news recently has been all about the new cars and their launches. We've seen Ferrari and McLaren - complete polar opposites - one media friendly and the other not so much. The new Honda launched today, with everyone interested to see what the new livery will look like.
• Max Mosley has been causing controversy again, this time by changing up the stewarding process. The new plan is to have three neutral stewards at each race, but this is countered by the fact that a close colleague of Max's will be helping out with the decision making process. Will he be able to remain unbiased?
• The other news this month has come from the two testing sessions held at Jerez and Valencia. Although it's important not to read too much into testing, Williams definitely look stronger, McLaren and Ferrari are still the ones to beat, Alonso appears to be the one to help Renault back to the top, and Honda continue to flail at the bottom of the timesheets.
The 2008 Drivers - It´s that time of year again, the official FIA Entry List has been released, all the drivers have been announced, so it´s time to have a look at what to expect in 2008.
Autosport International 2008 - While we´re waiting for the 2008 season to start, there´s the small matter of a motorsport event to attend. Here I tell you what happened when I went, and what there is to see if you want to go.
Driver Profile - Felipe Massa - Michael Schumacher´s protege continues in fine form at Ferrari, but now he has Kimi Raikkonen to fight for the wins.
An Article from the Archives:
Guide to F1 Flags - The obvious flags are the chequered and the blue flags that we see so often during races. But I didn´t know there were ten official flags, so here I detail what they are and what they mean.
Exclusive to the newsletter, I'd like to ask a question to you folks out there, and see what you're thinking about the state of F1 and the events going on at the time. You can post on the forums or send an email using the contact form.
This time round: What do you think about launches? Are you interested in seeing the new cars unveiled, or do you think it's just another distraction? Personally, I do like the launches, but I find it just makes me impatient for the season to begin. I'm not so interested in the technical details of each car that individual launches make that much difference to my viewing experience. I'd love to know what you think.
That's it for this newsletter. I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback!
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Christine Blachford, Formula One Editor
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