The big news today is Formula 1 Latest‘s new look, of course. Well, with all the teams unveiling new cars and colors, it was time for this site to do a bit of showing off too. All comments will be gratefully accepted.
There is a not-so-subtle hint as to my preference this season in the header. Last year I went with Renault (and guess who was right), this time it’s Honda’s turn. The fact that a black car goes so well with the design had a lot to do with it as well, I admit!
Otherwise, the main news is of the first day of testing in Jerez. McLaren continue their recent form with Pedro de la Rosa setting the best time but, perhaps significantly, the new Williams was next up in the hands of Alex Wurz. That is pretty impressive for a car on its first test run and brings to mind other years when Williams were the dominant team.
It is unlikely that we are headed into a similar year, however; the times are so close that the coming season looks to be the closest in years. Just about everyone seems to be on the pace, only the much-vaunted Red Bull RB3 lagging behind somewhat. If that continues, it would seem hardly worth Spyker’s time and money to take Toro Rosso to court over their use of the RB3 chassis, especially as Gerhard Berger says he’s more than ready to fight.
As you would expect, it’s the teams most likely to be affected by Toro Rosso’s and Super Aguri’s customer cars that are protesting loudest: Spyker and Williams. The others are not happy but make no mention of litigation. So it could be time for the four teams most involved to settle this like gentlemen. Patrick Head, Colin Kolles, Gerhard Berger and Aguri Suzuki, behind the bike sheds at noon – be there or be square!
Spyker stayed at home to let the new F8-VII out for its first run at a cold Silverstone. Albers expressed himself delighted with the car’s performance after putting over 100 miles on it. Which means that it’s looking good for reliability at least – if the car is as fast as it looks, there will be yet another team getting into the battle for honors in 2007.
Everyone keeps saying it but I can’t help repeating – this looks like being the best season in years.