For David's last race, he was presented with a unique trophy by the sport's governing body, a traffic cone... The cone, borrowed from the Shanghai circuit, came with the inscription: 'Presented to David Coulthard in recognition of his services to bollard sales worldwide from all your friends at the FIA (Federation Installation de l'Apex)'
Car 10 MARK WEBBER, Position 12th
"That was a disappointing day for us. We had a pretty good run yesterday, but we always knew it was going to be tight round here in terms of times and unfortunately we didn't have enough pace to get through to Q3. I did the best I could, but it's simple - if you're not fast enough you don't go through."
Car 9 DAVID COULTHARD, Position 14th
"I'm not really happy with that as my last F1 qualifying session. We went reasonably well here last year and got into the top ten, so we came here thinking that might be possible again.
But, in the end, we didn't manage to find enough grip in the middle sector. We are reasonably competitive in the first and last sectors, but in the middle we're struggling, as the rear has been sliding, which loses us lap time,
The tyres suffer a lot with graining here on the longer runs, we were hoping to keep it together for one lap and then do what we could in the race. Let's see what we can do from there tomorrow."
CHRISTIAN HORNER: "After being competitive in yesterday's practice and this morning, to qualify 12th and 14th is obviously disappointing. As the temperature has risen we seem to have been adversely affected.
But, tomorrow is going to be an interesting race potentially with unpredictable weather and there's a lot up for grabs, so the weekend's not over yet."
FABRICE LOM, Renault, Principal Engineer, Track Support: "We have just lived a very special moment, David's last qualifying session in a Formula One car. David is a real Formula One legend. He started his career with Renault and is ending his career with Renault and it's been a pleasure and an honour to work with him for those years, so thank you to him.
Having said that, F1 is a cruel world and even though it's DC's last race, other teams didn't give us a gift today. We're 12th and 14th, so it will be a tough race tomorrow."
2008 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - SATURDAY 01/11/08
Wow! Both in Q3. I'm lost for words.
Lost for words? Don't be stupid, you're a bird, you can't talk.
Sebastian Vettel (STR3-03)
"Good to get both cars in Q3 for the final time this year. It was a fun session. I had a very strong lap in Q2. Then Q3 started very well an weiter >>
BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER, 2008
AT&T Williams’ participation in this afternoon’s qualifying for the final race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, was short lived with both Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima forced out of the session in the first knockout zone.
The promising pace shown by both drivers in the weekend’s ear weiter >>
2008 Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice
Adrian Sutil (car 20, VJM01/06):
FP3: 20th 1:13.680 (22 laps)
Q1: 20th 1:13.508 (9 laps)
Giancarlo Fisichella (car 21, VJM01/05):
FP3: 19th 1:13.460 (22 laps)
Q1: 19th 1:13.426 (9 laps)
1 November 2008 - The Force India Formula weiter >>
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2008
1 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:11.830 1:11.875 1:12.368 17
2 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:12.226 1:12.107 1:12.737 15
3 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:12.083 1:11.950 1:12.825 19
4 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.213 1:11.856 1:12.830 14
5 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.366 1:11.768 weiter >>
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2008
1 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:12.141 19
2 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.212 0.071 18
3 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.225 0.084 18
4 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:12.312 0.171 17
5 15 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 1:12.389 0.248 19
6 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:12.4 weiter >>
Nach der Trainingsbestzeit am Nachmittag schätzt der spanische Doppelweltmeister mit Renault seine Chancen für den weiteren Verlauf des Brasilien-GP ein.
Fernando, wie hast du die beiden Trainingssessions heute erlebt?
Fernando Alonso: " Im Großen und Ganzen genauso wie erwartet. Allerdings würde ich den Zeiten nicht zuviel Bedeutung beimessen weiter >>
Der Chefingenieur des ING Renault F1 Teams analysiert den ersten Trainingstag in Interlagos.
Alan, wie lief es heute für das Renault Team?
Alan Permane: " Wie erwartet – es war ein normaler Freitag, an dem wir an der Abstimmung gearbeitet und die beiden Reifentypen verglichen haben.
Was habt ihr dabei heute gelernt?
A weiter >>
1. Oktober 2008 – GP Brasilien, Freitag
Das ING Renault F1 Team erlebte heute in Interlagos einen produktiven Trainingsauftakt zum Großen Preis von Brasilien.
Fernando Alonso, Renault R28-02 Nelson Piquet, Renault R28-01
Sao Paulo, Friday 31st October 2008
Lewis Hamilton MP4-23 05
Heikki Kovalainen MP4-23 07
2008 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX FREE PRACTICE
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen finished Friday's second free practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo in ninth and 15th positions respectiv weiter >>
BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER, 2008
The last Friday practice sessions of the season saw the AT&T Williams team run through their usual set-up procedures and tyre comparisons in preparation for Saturday’s qualifying session and the concluding round of the Championship, the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. On an unusually cold day for th weiter >>
2008 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - FRIDAY 31/10/08
Sebastian Vettel (STR3-03)
"Free practice was mainly dry, but conditions were tricky in the drizzle: you would see the drops on your visor and wouldn't know how far you could go. We made a big step, improving the car from the morning to the afternoon.
I think here it will be quite tri weiter >>
Brazilian Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up
Today's Weather: Cloudy with brief light showers in both sessions. Air 16-17°C, track 20-23°C
Toyota's Best Brazilian GP qualifying: 3rd Jarno Trulli 2006
Toyota's Best Brazilian GP race result: 6th Mika Salo 2002
Take Note: This will be the last race for Panasonic Toyota Racing Te weiter >>
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2008
1 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:12.296
2 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:12.353 0.057
3 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:12.435 0.139
4 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:12.600 0.304
5 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:12.650 0.354
6 15 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 1:12.687 0.391
7 6 Nelsinho Piqu weiter >>
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2008
1 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:12.305 24
2 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.495 0.190 23
3 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:12.507 0.202 18
4 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:12.874 0.569 24
5 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.925 0.620 20
6 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:13.061 0.75 weiter >>
246 races, 535 points, 62 podiums and 13 wins - this is David Coulthard's Formula 1 career in impressive figures. The Scotsman is dedicating his last ever Formula One race, his 246th, this coming weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to a special vision: making spinal paralysis curable. With his Formula One weiter >>
The 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship will reach its conclusion on Sunday as this season’s battle for the title is fought out at Brazil’s Interlagos circuit. Located on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the Carlos Pace Autodromo has provided the venue for over a quarter of a century of Grand Prix racing since its introduction onto the calendar in 1 weiter >>
Der verantwortliche Renault F1-Motoreningenieur beim Partnerteam Red Bull Racing blickt voraus auf das letzte Rennen des Jahres.
Fabrice, wie bewerten Sie das Abschneiden von Red Bull Racing beim Großen Preis von China?
Fabrice Lom: " Aus der Sicht von Renault verlief das Rennen ziemlich enttäuschend. Wir erlitten den ersten Motors weiter >>
Pat, durch eure 31 Punkte in den drei Asien-Rennen hat sich das Team Rang vier in der Konstrukteurs-Weltmeisterschaft bereits gesichert. Sind Sie zufrieden mit dieser Ausbeute?
Pat Symonds: " Ja und nein. Ich setze mir gern sehr ehrgeizige Ziele. Dass wir zu Saisonhalbzeit gesag weiter >>
Nelson, nur eine Woche nach deinem starken Rennen auf den vierten Platz in Fuji sammeltest du als Achter in Shanghai einen weiteren WM-Zähler. Du musst mit deiner Leistung zum Ende der Saison zufrieden sein …
„Alle Saisonziele erreicht"
Offizielle Vorschau des ING Renault F1 Teams auf den Großen Preis von Brasilien auf dem Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos, Sao Paulo, 18. und letzter Lauf zur FIA-Formel 1-Weltmeisterschaft 2008.
Unfortunately, Italian Air Traffic Controllers were on strike again last December, so Father Christmas was unable to deliver a new Formula 1 car to the Faenza factory in time for the start of the season and we went to Melbourne with the old 2007 car.
To save money on sign-writing on the car and on driver overalls, we advertised for a new team-mate for Sebastian Vettel, th weiter >>
Lewis Hamilton will be world champion if:
- He wins
- He finishes second
- He finishes third
- He finishes fourth
- He finishes fifth
- He finishes sixth and Felipe is second or lower
- He finishes seventh and Felipe is second or lower
- He finishes eighth and Felipe is third or lower
- He fai weiter >>
Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula 1, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
How do you assess the balance between Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Ferrari going into the last round of the 2008 world championship?
"While Ferrari was able to out-perform us at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, we feel relatively confident that the situation will be different this weiter >>
The 18-race 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship finally reaches its climax in Sao Paulo, Brazil, next weekend. And the daunting Interlagos circuit will play host to a thrilling title decider for the fourth successive season, between Vodafon weiter >>
Interview Geoff Simmonds
Geoff Simmonds, Koordinator des ING Renault F1 Teams, über die logistische Herausforderung, mit einem Formel 1-Team von Asien zum Saisonfinale nach Brasilien umzuziehen.
Geoff, was stand nach dem Rennen in China für weiter >>
Tuesday 23rd October 2007: The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team confirms that it has, via its UK governing body, the MSA, filed a notice of appeal to the FIA’s International Court of Appeal against the decision not to exclude cars 09, 10, 16 and 17 from the result of the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Rules of the FIA International Court of Appeal allow a team only a short weiter >>
The ING Renault F1 Team leaves the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix empty-handed after a tough weekend concluded with both drivers retiring from the race before half distance. After qualifying P12 and P17 yesterday, the team expected a tough race and, with nothing to lose, was planning some calculated risks with strategy in order to try and make up ground in what was expected to be an u weiter >>
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) has been crowned 2007 Formula One World Champion after winning an epic championship showdown in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Raikkonen joins Michael Schumacher (Ferrari, champion in 2000-2004) and Mika Hakkinen (McLaren Mercedes, champion in 1998-99) as a driver who has won the Formula One World Championship using Bridgestone Potenza tyres. weiter >>
Weather: Hot and sunny, 36-37°C Air, 57-64°C Track
Sao Paulo (BRA). The BMW Sauber F1 Team has ended the 2007 season on a high at the final race of the season in Brazil. Not only did both cars cross the finish line at Interlagos in the points, with Robert Kubica fifth and Nick Heidfeld sixth, but kept up its weiter >>
... and the race team united to say a fond farewell in the Interlagos pit lane on the morning of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
After three years with Toyota, Ralf completed his final race in 11th place but before that his colleagues gathered together in the pits to present him with a rear wing end plate, signed by the race team, as well as a 10kg cake.
S weiter >>
Sunday 21st October 2007
Fernando Alonso, MP4-22 03
Lewis Hamilton, MP4-22 05
T-car, MP4-22 04
2007 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship second overall with one point behind the new Champion Kimi Raikkonen. At the final race, the Brazilian Grand Prix in S weiter >>
DAVID COULTHARD, (Finish Position 9th, Start Position: 9th)
"I thought we might get into the points today, but unfortunately I didn't have enough pace relative to the cars in front.
I came together with Nakijama towards the end of the race, which knocked my front suspension out and the car was moving strangely around left-handers for the last ten laps. We weiter >>
SUNDAY 21st OCTOBER 2007
The AT&T Williams team have today secured fourth place in the 2007 FIA World Constructors’ Championship. In a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg delivered another flawless performance, driving his FW29 home to fourth place, having started in tenth, the best finish of his Formula One career to date. Kazuki Nakajima had an impre weiter >>
Adrian Sutil (car 20, F8-VII/03):
DNF Lap 43 Accident damage
Fastest lap: 1:15.202
Sakon Yamamoto (car 21, F8-VII/04):
DNF : Lap 2 Accident
Fastest lap: 1:50.404
The Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team's debut Formula One season came to a disappointing conclusion in today's Brazilian Grand Prix, with neither F8-VII c weiter >>
Panasonic Toyota Racing is celebrating its first points finish for six races after Jarno Trulli took 8th place in today's action-packed Brazilian Grand Prix. On a punishingly hot day in Sao Paulo, air temperatures were in the mid-thirties and the track topped 60° Celsius.
Jarno made a solid start from 8th position and was up as high as 4th midway through the race on his weiter >>
2007 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - SUNDAY 21/10/07
Toro Rosso's Bradypus Brasilianus looks a bit disappointed with today's result. So we're giving him a bottle of Cachaca to make a Caipirinha and we've got one for you too.
Tonio Liuzzi (STR2-03) Pos. 13th
"The first corner here is always difficult. I saw Giancarlo lock up the wheels a weiter >>
Mosley: FIA to go through 2008 McLaren with fine-tooth comb
FIA President Max Mosley has said Formula One racing’s governing body will rigorously examine next season’s McLaren to ensure it does not contain intellectual property obtained from Ferrari.
McLaren were stripped of their 2007 constructors’ points and fined $100 million earlier this season af weiter >>
FORMULA 1™ Grande Prêmio do Brasil 2007
1 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Winner
2 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari +1.4 secs
3 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes +57.0 secs
4 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota +62.8 secs
5 10 Robert Kubica BMW +70.9 secs
6 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW +71.3 secs
7 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Me weiter >>
BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
The AT&T Williams team had a somewhat unsatisfactory qualifying session for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. In only his first experience of Formula One’s knockout qualifying format, Kazuki Nakajima was unable to progress further than round one and will start the race from the tenth row of the grid in P19.