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Honda F1As reported on homeofsport

Senior Aerodynamicist Simon Lacey has left Honda’s F1 team, according to reports. Unofficial website says he is bound for the role of ‘Chief Aerodynamicist’ at McLaren. At Ron Dennis’ Woking based outfit, he replaces Peter Prodromou, who started work at Red Bull Racing this week.

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Rubens BarrichelloAs reported on

“Here we do too much PR and we think too little about driving,” Rubens told Autosprint magazine. “I’m fighting to change this situation. This year I’ve lost time, with the team, to get used to drive this Honda.”

Rubens lays a lot of blame at the teams door, explaining that the Brackley based squad were reluctant to change systems to meet the drivers needs, despite evidence that things were clearly wrong … Surprisingly, Rubens admits that he didn’t push hard enough for changes early on. “Besides, you know, you can’t just arrive in a new team and start beating your fists on the table to impose your will,” says the Brazilian. “Now that I’m more accustomed, I can do that.”

“In my opinion next year will be better,” added Barrichello. “We’ve yet to understand why sometimes we are in good shape and other times bad. If you don’t understand that you don’t know how and where to improve.”

And we are also looking forward to better results from Barrichello. We all know he has the potential to do it, and hope that Honda delivers it next season.

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Where it as lead-from-start-to-finish race for Felipe Massa and cool and calm driving from Fernando Alonso, it was not the same from Michael Schumacher. What we saw of him yesterday, was Michael Schumacer at his best, driving a superior car and ready to lock his horns with any and every one.

Michael SchumacherThough our hearts sank when his left-rear tyre got punctured and had to make a unscheduled pitstop. But the drive after that, is something that most of people will remember for a long time to come. The best part was the message that Reubens Barrichello got from his Race Engineer, “Michael is behind you, race him”.

And Giancarlo Fisichella showed the kind of deep trouble Renualt is going to be in next season, after making mistake by braking too late and missing the 1st turn when Schumacher was on his tail second time.

Kimi Raikkonen, showed he can fight, even if the driver is from the team he will be joining next year. But Michael really was on fire and there was nothing that Kimi could do more to stop him. We know, if he have had even 2 more laps to go, he would have been breathing down Button’s neck.

On his part, Button had a very good race, starting from 14th in the grid to 3rd. Honda indeed managed to get together a very competitive car for him.

Fernando AlonsoBut the toasts of the day went to Massa for winning the Brazilian Grand Prix [first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna won in 1993] and to Fernando Alonso for retaining his title for consecutive years. And as he said, retaining the title when Michael Schumacher was around.

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Fernando AlonsoAlonso takes the pole position at Shanghai followed by Fisichella making Renault 1-2 at the start of the grid in a rain soaked Shanghai International Circuit. With Reubens Barrichello taking third grid position followed by Jenson Button making all Honda second row.

On 5 & 6 positions comes Kimi Raikkonen & Michael Schumacher followed by Pedro De La Rosa & Nick Heidfeld. Robert Kubica & Robert Doornbos completing the top 10.

Renault showed the awesome pace they have even in a wet weather conditions with Alonso being more than half-a-second quicker than Fisichella and nearly On-and-a-half second faster than Micheal Schumacher on a rather struggling Bridgestone wet weather tyres. With Massa finishing 13, he will be starting his race from the end of the grid with a fully fuel loaded car.

Tomorrow forecast is of a dry race, and everything is placed perfectly to make Chinese Grand Prix an exciting race.

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Jenson ButtonAs reported on

“I think Ferrari are very strong,” Jenson Button told Reuters at Shanghai today. “These three circuits are the sort that might suit them well, and if Bridgestone have got their act together they will be very quick. There is a very good chance that he (Schumacher) could win three in a row. This isn’t his favourite circuit, looking at past races, but he’s quick in Suzuka (Japan) and Brazil, and I think the car will work well at those two and also here.”

Asked whether he would bet on Schumacher winning the championship, Button replied: “I probably would. I think a lot of people would as well, looking at the pace of the Ferrari at the moment. People used to say (McLaren’s) Kimi (Raikkonen) was not very quick in Japan and he won last year. I really don’t think it’s going to be a problem for Michael here.”

This is different ! We were quiet tired of people blowing their own trumpet for no-rhyme-or-reason.

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Honda F1As reported on FeedmeF1

Honda successfully honed the design during testing at Jerez last week, but due to the new two-race schedule commenced with older engines at Monza, both Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello must now wait until the Japanese GP to change specification and avoid penalty. Japan ’06 is teams’ last chance to introduce new two-race engines before designs are homologated, or ‘frozen’, for 2007 and beyond.

Will They ? Won’t They ? Will They ? ……. and the wait continues !

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Rubens BarrichelloAs reported on

“The venue holds some pretty special memories for me as I won the very first Grand Prix there from pole position in 2004 which was a great weekend,” said Reubens Barrichello. “With three races left of the season, my aim is to put the car into a podium position and I believe that we can deliver the performance to achieve this.”

“The tests in Jerez have been very positive with developments on the aero and electronics packages, plus intensive evaluation of the tyres for Shanghai and the final races,” he added. “Importantly the car and engine were very reliable and we hope that this will enable us to continue the strong performance that we have shown over the last three races.”

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