McLaren Launches 99 Car
McLaren launched on Monday the car that will
be driven by Mika
& David for the world championship
. Mika Hakkinen, on winning
the 1998 title, will carry the number "one" on
his car while David
Coulthard will carry the number "two."
At the launch Ron Dennis made
it clear that although the new McLaren MP4-14
looks quite a bit like
1998's MP4-13, that only ten percent of last
year's ideas are found within the
new car. Dennis also stated that there
were new features of the new McLaren
that they couldn't show or talk about, due to
the possibility of their rivals
learning too much, too soon! The McLaren
is still awaiting its first official run,
but everyone within the team seems confident
that the new McLaren will be the
car to beat in 1999.
Minardi's 1999 Season
Minardi launched their 1999 Formula One car
on Sunday. The new car
has one of the qualities that many of the previous
Minardi Formula One
cars have had. This quality is beauty.
Once again, Minardi has a
great looking car going into the new season powered
by a new
Ford Cosworth Zetec-R V10. The only question
is whether or not the team
can score points in 1999. It would certainly
be an exciting season for
Minardi if they managed to finish better than
Stewart, who is factory backed by
At Magny-Cours, France, on Thursday Ralf Schumacher,in
set the fastest time of the day with a lap of
1:18.27. Alex Zanardi ended the
day second, three to four tenths slower than
Ralf. The 1999 cars do have to
deal with the extra groove on the front tires,
but with Mika Hakkinen's pole time
at Magny-Cours last year being a 1:14.929 the
test wasn't extremely impressive.
Meanwhile Benetton, Jordan, and Arrows
were testing at Silverstone.
Fisichella's Benetton set the fastest lap at
1:27.019. Damon Hill was second
fastest with a lap of 1:28.024. These times
are only in testing though and the
car's times are sure to change once they get
to the first Grand Prix in Australia
in about four weeks.
BAR's Hopes Gone:
BAR launched their 1999 Formula One cars with
different liveries in early January. The
FIA introduced a new rule during the
1998 season that said a team couldn't use different
liveries for each of the
two cars. BAR, on the other hand, wanted
to be able to promote two of
British American Tobacco's products. BAR
challenged the FIA, but on
Wednesday (February 3, 1999) the hopes of BAR
were rejected when
the Arbitral Tribunal of the International Chamber
of Commerce ruled upon
the matter. Now, BAR could be in more trouble
for challenging the FIA
and saying things about the FIA while hoping
to get the go ahead for the
Esteban Tuero stops
Esteban Tuero has left the Minardi team today. He
said to the team that he
quitsof personal reasons.Tuero was the youngest,
19 years, driver of the field.
Toyota in Formula One
This week Toyota revealed there plans to enter
Formula One within 5 years
from now. Some saythey will try to enter in 2002.
"The company will undertake specific studies
and research activities concerning
the engine and chassis to prepare for Formula
One as a comprehensive team",
said Toyota President Hiroshi Okuda.
Benetton B189 more agressive
Benetton showed there new car, the Benetton B189,
to the press. The new car
is much more agressive than last years car. The
car of last year was more a
basic car and was really adapt to thenew tyres.
This years car has to be more
productive and should help Benetton to one or
McDonalds in Formula One
McDonalds is looking if they could sponsor
in the Formula One. This because
thereare problems around the Olympic Games. If
the problems are proved then
they will quit sponsoring the OlympicGames. Then
they are almost certain of
sponsoring a Formula One team.
Berryllium,the toxic and expensive stuff will
be banned in 2000.This expensive
metal is used in lastyear Mercedes Benz engines.
When this is used there could
be toxic exhaust gasses which can cause lung
No launch from Arrows ?
Some sources say that Arrows will launch
the new car coming Thursday. But
therearen't any invitations send to the press,
so it is very unlikely that the launch
will be this week.The team didn't comment on
the rumours but also didn't deny.
There could be a press conference about the deal
with the Nigerian Prince
Malik Ado Ibrahim and finance inverstor Morgan
Grenfell Private Equity.