...and the rest

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Current page

149

Current page

150

Current page

151

Current page

152

Current page

153

Current page

154

Current page

155

Current page

156

Current page

157

Current page

158

Current page

159

Current page

160

Current page

161

Current page

162

Current page

163

Current page

164

Current page

165

Current page

166

Current page

167

Current page

168

Current page

169

Current page

170

Current page

171

Current page

172

Current page

173

Current page

174

Current page

175

Current page

176

Current page

177

Current page

178

Current page

179

Current page

180

Current page

181

Current page

182

Current page

183

Current page

184

Current page

185

Current page

186

Current page

187

Current page

188

Current page

189

Current page

190

Current page

191

Current page

192

Current page

193

Current page

194

Current page

195

No fewer than four teams could be fighting for the ‘best of the rest’ mantle this season, but for Honda the nightmare is not quite over

BMW Sauber, expected by many to be nearer the front this year, got off to a disappointing start with the F1.08. The drivers complained of handling problems, but gradually the cars have figured more strongly.

In the team’s 30th anniversary season Williams has clearly made a big step forward with the FW30, and its potential has been reflected in the speed of rookie Kazuki Nakajima.

Red Bull has figured strongly, and crucially reliability appears to be much improved. Mark Webber headed the times on day two of the Jerez test, while the sister Toro Rosso outfit caused a stir when Sebastian Vettel set the fastest overall time at the early February Barcelona test.

Honda

The one clear message to emerge from winter testing is that Honda is again struggling to find speed, having rebuilt its aero department with new recruits. The team shook down the RA108 at Valencia at the end of January, prior to its official launch in a revised ‘earthdreams’ livery.

The machine did not impress on its initial outing, but that was put down to the fact that it was not yet in full 2008 spec, and an older rear wing was restricting straightline speed. Rubens Barrichello also complained of an uncomfortable driving position.

In later outings at Barcelona and Jerez the situation did not seem to improve, and the white cars were typically a couple of seconds off the front-running pace. However, Jenson Button and Barrichello insisted that driveability was improving, and that they were gaining confidence in the car.

Renault

Fernando Alonso has played down expectations of a return to winning form by Renault this year.

While acknowledging that the new R28 is better than last year’s car, which he sampled in testing, the typically cautious Spaniard said the team has some way to go to catch Ferrari and McLaren. He added that the last few tenths are going to be very hard to find.

“At the moment there is not any possibility to fight for podiums or wins or anything like that,” said Alonso at the car’s Paris launch. “That is the first priority of the winter tests and the first race.”

In contrast Renault team boss Flavio Briatore made it clear that the team has to be fighting for podium finishes on a regular basis, having achieved just a single second place – in the wet at Fuji – last year.

“I want every time we start a race to have at least a 50 per cent possibility to achieve a podium,” he said. “Don’t forget we had Ferrari, McLaren and BMW all in front of us last year. The podium is only three drivers, and you need to be in the top two or three teams to get there. So this would be fantastic for us. After that, you never know.”

You may also like

Related products