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First qualifiers for 2006 and it couldn’t have been any better than this.

Ferrari came back with a bang with both cars positioned 1st [Schumacher] & 2nd [Massa] on the grid. Whereas Räikkönen’s problem just doesn’t seems to go away, with Rear-Suspension gave up and taking Rear-Wing with it in his warm-up lap itself, as a result qualifiers came to a halt for 5 mins to clear-up the debris. So he’ll be starting tomorrow from rear of the grid.

Button, on the other hand, proved how fast Honda is by winning 3rd place on the grid, followed by World Champion Alonso 4th on the grid, followed by Montoya in 5th place.

The qualifiers started looking quiet confusing. With new 15-15-20 format, the first victim to first 15 minutes was Ralf Schumacher when he got stuck in traffic during his flying lap as there were 14 cars running on the circuit.

Second 15 minutes also went very well. But once last 10 cars came out for final 20 minutes, it was pure F1 adrenaline rush from there, and that really showed what we missed so much last year in single-lap qualifiers.

So I am all set for equally amazing Race-Day tomorrow.

For Qualifier Timmings & tomorrow’s Grid Position visit The Official Formula 1 Website.

UPDATE

Kimi Räikkönen’s Rear Suspension & Wing failure. Image courtsey Simon’s Blog.

TAGS: Formula 1 . F1 . Ferrari . McLaren . Renault . Bahrain . Michael Schumacher . Fernando Alonso . Jenson Button . Honda . Kimi Raikkonen . Felipe Massa

Formula 1 2006 Season Prediction

Posted: March 9, 2006 by Neeraj in Articles, Editorials, General, Writings

Okay, few days [2 to be precise] left before the first race of the season. so it’s time to make the predictions for the favorite teams & drivers.

RHM made his prediction on his blog. So below are mine.

Driver’s Championship:

  • Räikkönen
  • Alonso
  • M Schumacher
  • Barrichello
  • Button

Constructor’s Championship:

  • McLaren
  • Ferrari
  • Renault
  • Honda
  • Toyota

So that’s it. In Kimi, Alonso & Schumacher, I believe it is going to be a tough fight and a very close competition and I am looking forward to it.

So did you made any predictions ? Feel free to post them here in the comments.

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Super Aguri makes public test debut written by Richard Matthias on The Racing Blog. Showcasing the changes that we will see in coming days on SA005.

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The Concorde Agreement

Posted: February 16, 2006 by Neeraj in General, Writings

We all have heard a lot about The Concorde Agreement in Formula 1 off late. But what really is this Concorde Agreement ? What does this agreement caters to ? Why so much hue-and-cry over this agreement ?

I might not be able to answer all the question [written above and many more in your mind], but let’s get started on it.

In short, “The Concorde Agreement is a contract that dictates the terms by which the ten Formula One teams compete in races and take their share of both television revenues and prize money. There have been three separate Concorde Agreements throughout the history of F1, all of whose terms are kept strictly secret.”

The Concorde Agreement is named after “Place de la Concorde”, the site of the FIA’s office in Paris. The agreement has 13 parties, the FIA, the 11 teams, and Mr Ecclestone.

There have been several versions of the Concorde Agreement. First one was in effect from 1982 to 1986. Next one was from 1987 to 1991. Third one from 1992 to 1996 and the latest one is in effect from 1998 till 2007 (with some changes from time to time).

The current Concorde Agreement [effective 1998 to 2007] is available here including a link to download it in pdf format [believe me, it’s very loooong].

The latest hue-and-cry is based on a new Concorde Agreement that was drafted around 2003-2004 and has already been signed by 5 constructors – Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams, Midland & Super Aguri [Red Bull is running two teams in this season, the Red Bull Racing & Scuderia Toro Rosso, so that’s 6 constructors who had signed the new Concorde Agreement].

The other 5 teams [BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Honda, Renault & Toyota] has formed GPMA [Grand Prix Manufacturers Association] in year 2005. They have been talking to break away from FIA post 2007 [when current Concorde Agreement ends] and form their own Grand Prix motor racing. As per them, the Concorde Agreement in it’s current form is benefitial to some teams only and does not do good for the game as whole.

Of what you have heard till now, about the new Concorde Agreement, do you think it is biased towards a few teams only ? Should GPMA really break away from FIA and start their won GP motor racing after 2007 ? What do YOU think as a follower of Fomrula 1 ?

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