Since everybody seems to be doing it, we thought there is no hiding anymore from the ten-year challenge doing the rounds on social media. But, we wanted to take a slightly different angle on it, rather than just showing that time does indeed age people. You may be surprised to see how drastically the grid has changed from 2009, so we’re going to take a look back at who formed the 2009 Formula 1 grid – and where they all are now. Luca Badoer The Italian veteran had appeared before, but unsuccessful stints with Scuderia Italia, Minardi and Forti certainly didn’t catapult him into the elite of Formula 1. However, having served as Ferrari’s test driver for several years prior, he stepped up in 2009 to replace the injured Felipe Massa. He finished 17th at the Valencia Street Circuit and 14th at Spar. Thankfully for Ferrari, Giancarlo Fisichella was quickly drafted in. Badoer retired from racing at the end of 2010, and sauntered off from his 12-year role at Ferrari … [Read more...] about 10-year challenge: What is the class of 2009 doing now?
Kimi Raikkonen will keep his F1 career alive for another two seasons at least, despite losing his place at Ferrari to youngster Charles Leclerc. The 38-year-old has been signed up by Sauber, the small Swiss team where he started his career way back in 2001. “I heard about this possibility already at Monza,” former team owner and boss Peter Sauber told Blick newspaper – “That is happens is a great signal for the team and the fans,” he added. Sauber thinks it is the changes made at the team, such as the alliance with Alfa Romeo and the new management headed by Frederic Vasseur, that convinced Kimi Raikkonen to join: “A year ago he probably would not have taken this step,” said Peter Sauber. At the same time, it is very likely that we will see Sergio Marchionne’s plan continue and a young Ferrari driver to race next to an ex Formula One world Champion, in the form of Scuderia Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi. … [Read more...] about Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi could partner Kimi Raikkonen at Sauber in 2019
Luca Filippi c/o GP2 Media Service Yesterday’s news that Michel Jourdain Jr would take the second Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing seat at the Indy 500 confirmed unfortunate rumours that Luca Filippi’s deal to be the team’s second driver for 2012 had hit financially rocky waters. It’s an all too familiar story. Talented Italian lacks budget and doesn’t get the chances he deserves. But why does it always seemingly affect Italians over any other nationality? Let’s get one thing straight right away. I’m not arguing that the Italian nation has a God given right to see its drivers in top championships and at top teams. I’m not saying that Luca should be gifted a seat and some sponsorship simply because he’s Italian. I’m saying that he merits it on talent, but seems to be denied it because of his nationality. There’s a statistic that I constantly refer to in this argument, and its one that is, to my mind, fairly staggering. … [Read more...] about The Italian Dilemma
Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemol has revealed that Michael Schumacher was close to returning to Ferrari in 2009 to replace the injured Felipe Massa. Massa had a serious accident at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix where a flying piece of debris hit him on his helmet and caused him to crash head-on into the tyre wall. The Brazilian needed a titanium plate inserted into his skull and would miss the rest of the 2009 season, leaving Ferrari in sudden need of a replacement. “I was very sad when Felipe had this terrible accident in Budapest, so I asked Michael to come to my office,” Di Montezemol said at the opening of the Schumacher exhibition in Cologne. “I said to him, ‘Listen Michael, you have to do that for me and for Ferrari – you have to come back’. “For half an hour he could not be persuaded. After an hour he said: ‘Okay, I can not refuse this’.” But, Schumacher was ultimately unable to return on medical grounds … [Read more...] about ‘Schumacher nearly came back to Ferrari in 2009’
Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said that he is “sad” his successor Sergio Marchionne is “very jealous” of the Italian Formula 1 team’s former glories. Di Montezemolo’s 23-year spell as Ferrari president came to an end in 2014 after escalating tensions with Marchionne, who was and remains the boss of Ferrari’s parent company Fiat/Chrysler. Sergio Marchionne assumed the Ferrari presidency role after di Montezemolo resigned, a few weeks before Sebastian Vettel’s move from Red Bull was confirmed. Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Marchionne have been unable to end Ferrari’s title-less run, which stretches back to 2008 for a constructors’ success and 2007, with Kimi Raikkonen, for a drivers’ championship win. Speaking at last week’s launch of a new Michael Schumacher exhibition in Germany, di Montezemolo said: “I’m sad to see that Marchionne is very jealous from the past: “This is bad, … [Read more...] about Luca di Montezemolo hits out at current Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne