F1 Weekly Review

This is your weekly round-up of all the F1 news.

Valentino Rossi, 6 time Moto GP Champion, has been taking part in a two day test with Ferrari.     His sixth test in the 2008 Spec Ferrari started on Wednesday on a wet Circuit De Catalunya in Barcelona, he made 68 Laps and clocked a best time of 1.25.200. (See video from BBC Sport: http://ow.ly/Z3v3 )

After Rossi’s two day test, Felipe Massa will be taking over on on Friday.     It will be the third time Massa has been back in the cockpit of a Ferrari, and the first time in a 2008 Spec car, since his crash last year at the Hungaroring.   ( More at formula1.com http://ow.ly/Z0O3 )

Fernando Alonso drove a Ferrari F1 car for the first time when he took part in the filming of an advert that revealed the new livery for Ferrari in 2010.    (See Below)   New Livery for Ferrari In 2010( More at autosport.com http://ow.ly/Z1wE )

Pedro De La Rosa has signed for Sauber to partner Kamui Kobayashi in 2010.   Pedro will be leaving McLaren Mercedes after nearly seven years testing, and a small stint of racing in 2006.   ” I always believed I would be given another chance as a team driver.” said De La Rosa.   ” I’m really excited about the season with Sauber.” (More at BBC Sport – F1 http://ow.ly/Z2fz )

McLaren Mercedes have announced that they will launch their 2010 challenger on the 29th of January.   The car will be called MP4-25.

Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi tests his car at a snowy Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal before heading to Lac-a-l’eau-Claire for a spot of extreme driving on the frozen lake.  (Taken from BBC Sport Website. See Video Here: http://ow.ly/Z2AA )

Michael Schumacher has requested to change rank number with team-mate Nico Rosberg, apparently because of superstition. It has been noted that Schumacher has claimed all seven of his F1 Drivers’ World Championship crowns to-date with odd-numbered cars with No.1 in 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, No. 3 in 2000 and No 5 in 1994. Intriguingly, the No.4 car has never won the title in F1 history, and has indeed claimed just seven victories over the last decade – courtesy of David Coulthard (2), Ralf Schumacher (2), Rubens Barrichello (1), Robert Kubica (1) and Kimi Raikkonen(1).   (Some taken from crash.net http://ow.ly/Z3df )

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