Ferrari's Fernando Alonso reckons his win in Bahrain means nothing and his rivals will fight back

24th March 2010, 04:27 by Ross

Alonso: Title still a four-team battle



Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari's success in the Bahrain Grand Prix means nothing for this weekend's event in Australia, as he predicts a tight four-way team tussle for the victory.

The Spaniard kicked off his Ferrari career in perfect style with a triumph in the season opener, but he reckons that rivals Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes will all be vying it out at the front of the grid in Melbourne.

Writing on his official blog, Alonso said: "The one-two win at Sakhir gave us confidence and was a great result for the hard work during the winter on the track and at the works, but we can't take anything for granted.

"We have to stay with our feet on the ground, keeping calm and staying concentrated: in Melbourne we're starting from square one. Nothing has changed for me: there are four teams and eight drivers who can fight for victory and we have to give it our all to stay ahead of everybody else."

Alonso has also added caution to the outspoken remarks about the state of F1 following the far from enthralling race in Bahrain. He has joined other leading figures in stating that the sport needs to think carefully before reacting.

"I think that many of us have given some hot-headed comments immediately after the race in Bahrain," he said. "It's true that the race at Sakhir wasn't especially spectacular - although for us Ferraris it was great and exciting – …

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Dubious finances caused StefanGP to be rejected after its parent company AMCO was found to be not what it seemed

6th March 2010, 05:43 by Mike

StefanGP just a fraud?




Developments in recent days have come as a shock to many, but to some very predictable.

For a while now there has been major doubts over the new teams. Lotus and Virgin, (Formally Manor) made it to at least one major test before the opening race in Bahrain and seem good to go for the whole season, however USF1 and Campos failed to make any test with major doubts over funding hanging over them.

Campos seem to have found themselves a backer in José Ramón Carabante who has taken a majority stake within the team. That has led to a name change from Campos to Hispania Racing and an unveiling of the car, less than two weeks before the first race.

USF1 however, ceased to exist on Tuesday as the workers at the Charlotte based team were ordered to down tools and stop working.

Formula 1 governing body the FIA confirmed that the USF1 team will not compete in the 2010 World Championship and that, furthermore, no team will be selected to replace the American outfit.

The FIA Statement:

"The USF1 Team have indicated that they will not be in a position to participate in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. Having considered the various options, the FIA confirms that it is not possible for a replacement team to be entered for the Championship at this late stage.

In the coming days the FIA will announce details of a new selection process to identify candidates to fill any vacancies …

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Former Campos team Hispania have revealed their 2010 car in Spain, the last F1 team to do so

4th March 2010, 13:42 by Ross

Hispania unveil 2010 car in Murcia



The HRT team finally revealed its first Formula 1 car at a presentation event in Murcia on Thursday, as the Spanish squad officially launched its new look following Jose Ramon Carabantes' recent takeover.

With just eight days to go until the first practice session of the new season in Bahrain, the newly-confirmed Karun Chandhok and team-mate Bruno Senna pulled the wraps off the Dallara-designed chassis – simply named HRT – which features a dark grey livery with a white, red and orange stripe.

The unveiling, which took place at the Auditorio de Murcia in the south-eastern Spanish city of Murcia, was also attended by the squad’s new majority owner Carabantes, newly-installed team principal Colin Kolles and Spanish motorsport federation president Carlos Gracia.

Spanish businessman Carabante spoke of his pride at launching his country’s first F1 team and says its full Hispania Racing name reflects its native roots.

“The new HRT F1 Team, ‘Hispania Racing F1 Team’ is born in Murcia,” he said.

“I am proud to welcome you in Murcia where the team has its roots and to have given to my country the pride of the first ever Spanish Formula 1 team.
“The name of the team contains the word Hispania, which is not only the name of one of my companies, but Hispania was also the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula.

“That reflects now our team's new identity.

“2010 will be a …

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