“Very subjectively, I’d say…”

Guessing the power order

 

Sam Michael: "Very subjectively, I'd say..."

Sam Michael (Williams F1): “Very subjectively, I’d say you’ve got Ferrari and then Red Bull at the front at least four tenths faster than anyone else, then I think you’ve got a pack which is Renault, Toro Rosso, Williams and even Sauber, then another three or four tenths back to Mercedes and McLaren, then another step back to the new teams. That’s definitely what the picture was in Barcelona. It could change. McLaren is clearly in trouble and so is Mercedes, so they are bringing stuff to the car and could easily switch up into that top group.”

Red Bull/Ferrari

+0.4 sec

Renault/Toro Rosso/Williams/Sauber

+0.3-0.4 sec

Mercedes/McLaren

+…

‘the new teams’

“McLaren is clearly in trouble and so is Mercedes”

Also the final test will be ‘updates time’ for many teams, like Williams;

Sam Michael: “We have a new diffuser, new front wing, new brake ducts, new bargeboards and new bodywork. The only thing that is not changing at the moment is the rear wing.” / HU: ‘Új diffúzor, új első szárny, új fékhűtő csatornák, új terelőlemezek és új autótest-elemek. Az egyetlen dolog, ami nem változik jelenleg [az utolsó, soron következő teszten], az a hátsó szárny.’

The new Williams FW33 (interim livery)!


A Statement from Frank Williams, Q&A with Adam Parr

A STATEMENT FROM FRANK WILLIAMS ON BEHALF OF WILLIAMS F1

21 January 2011. Grove, UK.

For some years I have been considering how to secure the long-term ownership of Williams such that it will remain true to the aims with which Patrick and I established the team back in 1977.

“My goal then was to race in Formula One as an independent Constructor. This was and is my great passion and I will race for as long as I continue to be blessed with good health. It is also my desire that the team is in good shape to go on racing long after I am gone. To that end, it is prudent and necessary to plan for an ownership structure that will enable Williams to be an independent Constructor, owned and staffed by people committed to Formula One and to the sound business practices which have supported us over three decades.

“I have concluded that the option which will best achieve this is to broaden our shareholder base with public shareholders, while having a stable core of long-term investors closely involved in the running of the team. This will ensure stability, good governance and will, I believe, enable us to attract and retain the best people and partners.

“Patrick, Toto and I are therefore examining this option closely and, if the environment is propitious, we may act in the near future. Regardless of whatever steps we take, I shall remain the majority and controlling shareholder and the Team Principal of AT&T Williams.”

Q&A with Adam Parr – Chairman, Williams F1

Q. It sounds like Williams is considering a flotation on the stock exchange. Would that be correct?
ASP. Yes, it would be correct to say that Williams F1 is considering a flotation on the stock exchange. At this stage, all we have concluded is that it is the best way to secure the future of the team and its 450 employees.

Q. What is the timetable?
ASP. As the plan develops we will provide further information.

Q. Is retirement a current consideration for Frank?
ASP. No. Retirement is categorically not on Frank’s agenda. Anyone who knows Frank knows this.

Q. Are there any concerns surrounding Frank’s health?
ASP. No. Frank’s health is absolutely fine.

Q. What other options have the Board investigated?
ASP. We have had many approaches in the past, but none have offered the same benefits as this route.

Q. Toto Wolff invested in the team in November 2009. What is his future role?
ASP.
Toto is a non-executive director and a significant shareholder in the company. He has already established himself as an important part of the team and he will play a central role in its future.

Q. If Williams were to go public, what are the implications for the team’s partners and relations with the FIA and FOM?
ASP.
The team has always enjoyed honest and open relationships with its partners, the governing body of the sport and the commercial rights-holder. Whether we are a public or private company, this will not change.

Q. Would any flotation involve raising funds for the company?
ASP.
No.

Q. Does Williams F1 have the financial track record to support a flotation?
ASP.
Yes, we believe we do. The company has always been run on sound financial principles. In spite of the economic environment in recent years, we have turned a profit and generated positive cash-flow from operating activities in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and we have a fully contracted budget for 2011.

HU: Röviden és tömören. A Williams F1 részvénykibocsátást mérlegel.

Latin America rules in Grove

Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello

Rubens: “Williams day today. Checking my new car and meeting my team mate. Now back to Florida.”

Team mates of Williams F1: Latin Amercia rulez

 

Every Bodri happy at Williams (Johnny Arany után szabadon)

Pásztor és Barika
Idill és Harmónia
Dél és Amerika
Brazil and Venezuela
Oh yeah!

Vállvetve s kéz-a-kézben
Jedi és padawan
Mint két kanál minden lében
Míg Viszály odawan
Oh yeah!

…to be continued in 2011…

Car launch schedule – updates

Changes:

Williams F1: “Williams would like to confirm that it will debut its 2011 race car on day one of the Valencia test on Tuesday 1 February.”

The car will not feature the final livery yet. An official launch will be announced at a later date.

Sauber Motorsport has changed its schedule. The presentation programme will start with 15 minutes earlier, at 11:00 CET.

TEAM              CAR                          DATE               PLACE

Red Bull Racing   RBR-Renault RB7              target: 1st test
McLaren           McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26      Feb. 4 12:00 CET   Kaisersaal Berlin
Ferrari           Ferrari F11 (Proj. 662)      January 28         Maranello, Italy
Mercedes          Mercedes W02                 February 1         Valencia, Spain
Renault           Renault R31                  Jan. 31 12:00 CET  Valencia, Spain
Williams          Williams-Cosworth FW33       February 1         Valencia, Spain
Force India       Force India-Mercedes VJM-04  be/for/e 2nd test
Sauber            Sauber-Ferrari C30           Jan. 31 11:00 CET  Valencia, Spain
Toro Rosso        STR-Ferrari STR6             February 1         Valencia, Spain
Team Lotus        Lotus-Renault T128           Feb. 1 or before
Hispania Racing   HRT-Cosworth F111            3rd test at best
Virgin Racing     Virgin-Cosworth VR-02        be/for/e 2nd test

Green = Official precise date
CET = Central European Time / Közép-európai (magyar) idő
PRE-SEASON TESTING

Valencia          Circuit Ricardo Tormo                           February 1-3
Jerez             Circuito de Jerez                               February 10-13
Barcelona         Circuit de Catalunya                            February 18-21
Bahrain           Bahrain Iternational Circuit                    March 3-6

Presentation programme of the Sauber C30-Ferrari:

11:00 – Unveiling of the car on the track – film and photo opportunity

11:15-11:45 – Group interview for print media in the press conference room with
Peter Sauber, Monisha Kaltenborn and James Key

11:15-11:45 – By prior arrangement: Individual TV interviews with drivers
Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez

11:55-12:25 – Group interview for print media in the press conference room with
Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez

11:55-12:25 – By prior arrangement: Individual TV interviews with
Peter Sauber, Monisha Kaltenborn and James Key

13:30 – First roll out / installation lap of the Sauber C30-Ferrari

14:00-17:00 – Demonstration runs for rights-free filming of the team

Pastor Maldonado demo in Venezuela (photo gallery+video)

Showing some glimpse of new sponsors and livery changes too…

Source: Williams F1 Team

Welcome aboard, Pastor!

Evrybodri happy at Williams (Johnny Arany után szabadon)

Pásztor és Barika
Idill és Harmónia
Dél és Amerika
Brazil and Venezuela
Oh yeah!

…to be continued in 2011…

‘Pastor, the seat is yours!’


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Williams-Renault, Lotus-Renault?

Nem akármilyen névpárosítások ezek, ugye?

Williams-Renault kombináció: 5 konstruktőri bajnoki cím (’92, ’93, ’94, ’96, ’97), 4 egyéni bajnoki cím (’92, ’93, ’96, ’97)

Lotus-Renault: turbókorszak, Elio de Angelis, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna és sokak szerint minden idők legszebb festésű autója (fekete+arany)

2011-ben visszatérhetnek az F1-be ezen névpárosok. A Renault bővíteni szándékozik ügyfelei körét, mivel igény van erőforrásaira. Az infók szerint leginkább a Williams és a Lotus lehet a két új ügyfél és a Renault így 4 csapatot látna el motorokkal a 2011-es szezonra. A Mercedes a legutóbbi nyilatkozatok alapján nem kifejezetten töri magát hasonló bővítésért, holott igény valószínűleg lenne erőforrásaira a jelenlegi kuncsaftjaikon kívül is. Az ok egyértelmű…

Viszont a madarak azt csiripelik, hogy ‘gyengébb’ újonc csapatnak talán adhat motort; ART-Mercedes. Az ART Grand Prix a legfőbb esélyes 13. csapatnak a következő szezonra, és Nicolas Todték a Toyota 2010-es autóját is szeretnék megszerezni, hogy ne nulláról kelljen indulni. Nem bohóckodni akarnak jönni a Forma-1-be sem. Bár garantálható a köpködés ellenük, (Jean Todt, FIA elnök) apuci miatt, de elvitathatatlan, hogy az ART kiváló pedigrével rendelkezik, és mint rendkívül sikeres versenycsapat, méltóak a feljebb lépésre.

Holnaptól ‘új autó’ dömping

Január 31.:

Renault F1 R30renaultf1.com / Párizs / Valencia

Sauber C29www.bmw-sauber-f1-team.ch / Valencia

A képek a csapatok által közreadott hivatalos preview-k / előzetesek.

Február 1.:

Valencia: Mercedes GP W01, Williams FW32, Toro Rosso TR5

Február 3.:

Virgin Racing VR-01 / www.virginracing.com (magyar idő szerint 11:00, UK time 10.00am)