F1News: More Rain at Jerez, LotusF1 Launches, F1 Documentary in the Works,


What Happens When Weather Doesn’t Know When to Stop

12:09am EST — Rain again marred the testing in Jerez on Friday, while LotusF1 launched their 2010 car with an historic green and yellow livery in London, and a F1 documentary is to be released next year.

Surprise Alguersuari at the Top of the Time Sheet for Jerez Day 3:
In another day that lacked much time for dry running, Toro Ross set the fastest time for Friday (1:19.919).  In fact, the rain was bucketing down at the track.  Virgin Racing again spent much of their time in the garage, with Lucas di Grassi only completing eight laps.  That makes the VR lap total at Jerez 24 laps.  Most of the teams have verbally shrugged off these weather issues, collectively saying that these wet runs are most valuable.  Testing will begin again Saturday morning, barring continued weather issues.  There are the times from Friday:
1. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:19.919, 76 Laps
2. Pedro de la Rosa, Sauber, 1:20.736, 58 Laps
3. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:21.428, 48 Laps
4. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:21.603, 72 Laps
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:21.783, 59 Laps
6. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:22.000, 68 Laps
7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:22.820, 53 Laps
8. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:23.217, 120 Laps
9. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:23.985, 68 Laps
10. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin Racing, 1:37.107, 8 Laps

LotusF1 Launches in London, Alliteratively:
Friday, LotusF1 launched their 2010 car, relying heavily on the historic nature of the Lotus name and the car’s green and yellow color scheme.  As the press release from the team stated, “the car’s stunning green and yellow livery was seen for the first time, striking an emotional chord with both young and old alike and evoking memories of some of motor racing’s most iconic moments in an entirely contemporary fashion.”  What is revolutionary, however, is that the team released a clear photograph of the car’s rear diffuser.  Most teams this season, especially at the launch, took great pains to hide their diffuser design, even going to far as to block it off and ask that those attending the launch not photograph the rear of the car.  Instead, there is a completely open picture of the diffuser available.  For pictures and further details, click the above link.

F1 Will Have an Insider’s-View Documentary, in 2011:
According to the official F1 website, “production is underway of the definitive feature documentary on Formula One racing.  Scheduled for cinema release in spring 2011, the new film will tell the story of the golden Grand Prix age.”  It is an unusual and exciting move by a series that guards it’s privacy and insider status jealously.  According to producer Michael Shevloff, “our goal is to achieve a big screen ‘action documentary’ experience with all of the style and charisma of the era.”

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