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Old 11-28-2005, 10:33 AM   #1
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Time to start the madness...the 2006 season starts here.


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Renault R26 (M)
1 Fernando Alonso (E)
2 Giancarlo Fisichella (I)

McLaren-Mercedes MP4-21 (M)
3 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)
4 Juan Pablo Montoya (CO)

Ferrari 248 F1 (B)
5 Michael Schumacher (D)
6 Felipe Massa (BR)

Toyota TF106 (B)
7 Ralf Schumacher (D)
8 Jarno Trulli (I)

Williams FW28 Cosworth (B) +
9 Mark Webber (AUS)
10 Nico Rosberg (D)
Friday Driver, Alex Wurz

Honda RA106 (M) +
11 Rubens Barrichello (BR)
12 Jenson Button (GB)
Friday Driver, Anthony Davidson

Red Bull RB2 Ferrari (M) +
13 David Coulthard (GB)
14 Christian Klien (AU)
Friday Driver, Robert Doornbos*

BMW Sauber F1.06 (M) +
15 Nick Heidfeld (D)
16 Jacques Villeneuve (CN)
Friday Driver, Robert Kubica

MF1 Racing M16 Toyota (B) +
17 Tiago Monteiro (P)
18 Christijan Albers (NL)
Friday Drivers, Manfred Winkelhock, Adrian Sutil, Giorgio Mondini

Scuderia Toro Rosso SRT01 Cosworth (M) +
19 Vitantonio Liuzzi (I)
20 Scott Speed (USA)
Friday Driver, TBA

Super Aguri Racing SA05 (SA06 mid-season) Honda (B)
21 Takuma Sato* (JPN)
22 Yuji Ide* (JPN)

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Toyota unveil their 2006 car

November 28th 2005, 09:18 GMT

The Toyota team have surprisingly unveiled their car for the 2006 season, as Winter testing is set to kick off today at Barcelona.

The Japanese squad, renowned for their early car launches since making their debut in 2000, unleashed the 2006 car over three months before the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Technical Director Chassis Mike Gascoyne believes the head start could offer the team a significant advantage.

"We have been working on the TF106 since the end of 2004," said Gascoyne, "and the introduction of this car at such an early stage is a true testament to the work of the team and shows that we are able to react and push forward at a rate that is necessary to be at the forefront of Formula One."

The TF106 sports a brand new rear end, designed to accommodate the new V8 engine, with a development of the monocoque and front suspension of the TF105B interim car that was brought in for the final two races of the 2005 season.

Gascoyne said the new car will run in Barcelona already this week.

"We are adopting a similar schedule to last season by testing the car early," added Gascoyne.

"This allows us to develop the mechanical side of car thoroughly before we introduce a new aero package in time for the first race. This strategy helped us to be extremely competitive at the start 2005 and we are confident the same will happen in 2006."

"The front end of the TF106 is an evolution of our TF105B that raced in Japan and China, but the major design change for 2006 has been the implementation of the V8 engine in line with the new technical regulations, which has resulted in the redesign of the rear end," added Gascoyne.









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Wurz, Paffett kick off winter testing

By Jonathan Noble November 28th 2005, 10:59 GMT

DTM champion Gary Paffett and McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz have kicked off Formula One's winter testing at Barcelona in Spain on Monday, as teams begin their build-up to the 2006 season.

Paffett and Wurz, driving hybrid MP4-20 chassis fitted with Mercedes-Benz's V8 engine, completed a few shakedown laps after the pitlane opened in the morning.

Wurz then earned the accolade of bringing out the first red flag of the winter when his car stopped at the entrance to the pitlane with a suspected electronics problem.

The only other driver testing at Barcelona on Monday is BMW's Nick Heidfeld, who is returning to the Formula One cockpit for the first time since he withdrew from the Italian Grand Prix with concussion.

Heidfeld's BMW-Sauber was running in the team's usual colour scheme, with BMW's definitive livery set to be unveiled when their new car is launched in the middle of January.






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Toro Rosso secure Michelin deal

By Jonathan Noble November 28th 2005, 15:06 GMT

Scuderia Toro Rosso have succeeded in securing a supply of Michelin tyres for 2006 and will test with the French rubber at Barcelona this week, autosport.com can reveal.

The former Minardi outfit put in a request for a switch from Bridgestone to Michelin in September, because team owners Red Bull wanted their junior team to run on the same tyres as Red Bull Racing.

The situation remained uncertain for several weeks, however, while Michelin pondered whether it had the capabilities to supply a sixth team.

And although there has not been an official announcement yet, autosport.com has learned that a deal is in place and the Scuderia Toro Rosso cars have already been fitted with Michelin tyres in Barcelona ahead of their first test tomorrow.

Bridgestone have also confirmed they will not be supplying the team with rubber. A spokesman for the tyre company told autosport.com: "We had an agreement with Minardi, but we do not have any agreement with Scuderia Toro Rosso."

The switch to Michelin is entirely logical for Toro Rosso, as the team bid to share as much technical knowledge with Red Bull Racing as possible. There could also have been the problem of technical knowledge from either tyre supplier finding a way to their rivals.

Bridgestone supplied tyres for Minardi's final test at Vallelunga last week, with their contract with the Italian team running until the end of this month. The Japanese tyre manufacturer are likely to stay involved in the two-seater Formula One project that former Minardi boss Paul Stoddart runs.
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Button gives up 11 for Barrichello

November 28th 2005, 12:34 GMT

Jenson Button has offered to sacrifice his claim on the lead entry number in the BAR-Honda team in deference to new teammate Rubens Barrichello.

The allocated driver numbers for the team, 11 and 12, reflect the team's position in this year's Constructors' Championship. Button was at liberty to continue with the lead number for 2006, but the Briton has decided to offer it to Barrichello.

Barrichello scored his first race win as the number 11 driver, he won all his karting titles as number 11 and also took his first victory in the Formula Ford championship sporting that number.

"I have no particular affinity with any number - other than 1 of course, which I hope to race with enormous pride when I achieve my goal of winning the World Championship," said Button.

"In the meantime, I know how special the number 11 has been to Rubens in his past career and I thought it would be nice to make the gesture.

"We'll have plenty to be competing for on-track next season. We're good friends already and we're both looking forward to being teammates. I just hope number 11 isn't too lucky for Rubens next year!"

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Old 11-28-2005, 11:26 AM   #2
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Death by the red x Ferg. Man, I am so pumped, I didn't think there would be any releases for at least another month. Appearently the Williams is an interem paint job until they release their new livery on Jan 27th.
Stand up move by Jense to give up the lead number. 1st stand up thing he has done in a couple of years.

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Is anyone doing an F1 Fantasy league next year? Any one you'd recommend?
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Death by the red x Ferg.
bah...

I'll host them myself when I get home this afternoon.
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Cool Ferg, are they of the Toyota?
Did the Yodas go with a deeper red this year? It looks more sinsiter but it might be the lighting. Their old red is too close to Ferrari's red if you ask me and it doesn't help that Honda might go witha pure white/red theme to pay homage to their orginal F1 cars.
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They're the official press release photos of the new Toyota. You posted one of them.

You know I've never liked Toyota's livery, too garrish for my tastes. Oddly enough I do think they have the best looking driver's overalls...the white, grey, and red look great IMHO. Of course I may have been swooned somewhat by Trulli's hair.

I absolutely LOVE the big number on the side of the Williams. So old school.

I hope they start a trend!

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Testing times from today.

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November 28th 2005, 16:10 GMT

DTM champion Gary Paffett made an impressive return to the Formula One cockpit at Barcelona in Spain on Monday when he topped the first day of winter testing.

The Briton, who has been drafted in to help McLaren's testing programme as a reward for capturing the German touring car crown, edged out teammate Alexander Wurz by less than one tenth of a second even though he had not driven an F1 car since 2003.

But Wurz's time was far from representative after he suffered a gearbox problem early in the morning. His car stopped as he returned to the pits on the first lap of the day and he only got back out on the track 45 minutes before the end of the day, completing just ten laps in total.

The only other driver testing was BMW-Sauber's Nick Heidfeld, who marked his return to the Swiss team after spending the last two seasons at Jordan and Williams. His best lap was eight tenths slower than Paffett, and he caused the second red flag of the day when his car stopped on the track at 3.30pm.

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1. Paffett McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:20.586 57
2. Wurz McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:20.665 10
3. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (M) 1:21.356 30



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By Jonathan Noble November 28th 2005, 11:48 GMT

Former Minardi driver Robert Doornbos is on the verge of signing a deal to become Red Bull Racing's third driver next season, and is set to test for the team at Barcelona this week.

Sources have told autosport.com that the Dutchman, who has close links with Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner after driving for his Arden team in Formula 3000 in 2004, is set to land the position to work alongside David Coulthard and Christian Klien.

Although a final contract has not been signed, it is understood that the team are now in the final stages of sorting out the details and it should be agreed by this afternoon - when an announcement could be made.

That means Doornbos will be able to fly to Barcelona in Spain to join Red Bull Racing's first day of winter testing tomorrow driving alongside Klien.

The appointment of Doornbos at Red Bull Racing means that GP2 front-runner Neel Jani, who had been expected to take the third driver role, may now be moved across to fulfil that position for the new Scuderia Toro Rosso outfit.
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Weldon NOT switching to F1 for 2006.

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By Tim Redmayne November 28th 2005, 22:26 GMT

Target Chip Ganassi Racing have confirmed that they have signed new IRL champion Dan Wheldon.

Wheldon will partner 2003 champion Scott Dixon in one of the strongest line-ups on next season's grid.

The move end's Wheldon's three-year association with Andretti-Green Racing that yielded nine victories and last year's Indy 500 crown, and puts to bed any speculation that he would move to F1 next season.

The 27 year-old Brit was unveiled at a news conference held at the team's Indianapolis headquarters today. Team boss Chip Ganassi has signed the Brit in an attempt to improve the fortunes of the team that powered Dixon to the 2003 title.

They have only won one race since Dixon's championship and suffered a large repair bill last season as the result of many accidents in the hands of Dixon, Jaques Lazier, Darren Manning and Ryan Briscoe.

Briscoe, who drove the team's third car last season before a fiery accident ended his season at Chicagoland, has not been retained, and the team will shrink to two cars.

Ganassi also confirmed they will switch to Wheldon's preferred technical package of Dallara chassis combined with Honda engines, the team switching from the Panoz/Toyota combination that they fielded this season.

Ganassi experimented with a Dallara in practice for this year's Indy 500 but opted to race with their regular Panoz for the rest of the season. However, the Dallara/Honda combination, which Wheldon secured this season's title with, has been chosen. Toyota are expected to announce their withdrawal from the sport before next season.
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According to JV he signed a two year contract with Sauber, which (again according to him) BMW bought when they poined up the millions for the team. He expects BMW to honor that contract.

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I expect BMW to buy him out. Sorry Jacques.

There's too much money at stake for BMW to keep him, plus they already have Heidfeld who brings plenty of experience and speed to the team. There's been rumblimgs that Flavio wants Heikki Kovalainen to get the drive for a year or two before they make a decidion on bringing him to Renault. Sebastian Bourdais claims he's had talks with BMW about a drive...

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Spa again in doubt...

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By Jonathan Noble November 29th 2005, 12:22 GMT

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has insisted that the Belgian Grand Prix must go ahead next season, despite the fact the race promoters have gone bankrupt.

The future of the race has been thrown into doubt after the government of Belgium's south Walloon region faced being forced to fork out millions of pounds to honour a contract for the event at Spa-Francorchamps.

But despite discussions about the race, Ecclestone told Belgian newspaper La Soir on Tuesday that there was no need for discussions because he believed the contract was watertight.

"There is a contract between us and the Walloon government," he said. "I am held to it and I do not see why it would still be necessary to discuss it.

"There is nothing any more but one concern: that the contract is respected. When a contract is signed, it should be respected. Period."

When asked about the fact that the Walloon government had asked to talk about the terms of the agreement, Ecclestone responded: "To negotiate. Why? There is no urgency. The contract already exists."

Ecclestone's stance is in contrast to warnings from the Walloon government earlier this month, who claimed that there would be limits as to how much they would pay out to bankroll the race.

"We are searching for a solution for the Grand Prix but not at any price," said Philippe Malburny, spokesman for Walloon's economy minister. "There are two possibilities, either we organise it or we don't."
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Why is the best track on the planet ALWAYS in doubt?!?!
I hope the state or a private investor can save this race. It was heart breaking to not see the best cars on the planet on the best track a few years back.
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I think Spa is cursed, every year it's the same story.

Times from today's session in Barcelona.

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November 29th 2005, 16:32 GMT

Red Bull's Christian Klien kicked off his team's winter testing programme in promising style when he topped the times on the second day of this week's test at the Barcelona circuit.

The Austrian driver posted a quickest time of 1:17.567 after 43 laps at the wheel of the RB1 car, which was powered by Cosworth's V10 engine with next year's V8 software as the team wait to test their new car with the Ferrari unit.

Klien was joined by Robert Doornbos, who was today confirmed as Red Bull's third driver for the 2006 season. The Dutchman covered 51 laps on his debut with the team and finished over three seconds behind his teammate.

Alexander Wurz was the quickest of the drivers at the wheel of a car with a V8 engine, the McLaren tester enjoying a better session than yesterday, when he was hit by a gearbox problem that cut his running short.

Today, Wurz managed 69 laps while teammate Pedro de la Rosa, replacing Gary Paffett in the second MP4-20B, completed 64 on his way to the fourth fastest time.

Toyota's new TF106 made its track debut after being unveiled on Monday, with both Jarno Trulli and Ricardo Zonta putting it through its paces. The Brazilian driver was the fastest of the two, although Trulli had a fruitful day and covered 82 laps to finish as fifth quickest.

It was also the first time that Toyota tested with Bridgestone tyres.

The Toro Rosso team made their track debut under their new ownership, with Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi running this year's Red Bull chassis with a detuned Cosworth V10 engine.

Williams driver Nico Rosberg and WTCC champion Andy Priaulx kicked off the British squad's testing programme, both their cars fitted with Cosworth's new V8 engine and Bridgestone tyres.

Nick Heidfeld was again the only man in action for the BMW Sauber team, the German's day being cut shot after he suffered a leak in the fuel rail of his P86 V8 engine.

Today's times:

Pos Driver Team Tyres Time Laps
1. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:17.567 43
2. Wurz McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:17.754 69
3. Zonta Toyota (B) 1:17.821 58
4. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:18.066 64
5. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:18.641 82
6. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth (M) 1:19.756 58
7. Rosberg Williams-Cosworth (B) 1:20.456 58
8. Doornbos Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:20.701 51
9. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (M) 1:21.013 27
10. Priaulx Williams-Cosworth (B) 1:25.055 18

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Interesting to note that the detuned V10 Red Bull chassis is just as quick as the new crop of V8s...at least for now.











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Good shots Ferg. I couldn't find any shots of the STR. I'm not sure how I feel about the gold in place of the silver but it might grow on me. Why would they be running this year's RB1 and not this year's Minardi?
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Thanks Kevin, I'll try to keep up with the pictures sicne it's the only thing keeping me fom pulling my hair out until the first race...only 102 more days to go.


This year's Minardi is dog slow, I'm guessing it's been retired to the junk pile.

I thought their plan all along was to run this years RB1 with a restricted Cosworth V10 (love that restrictor in the airbox)...how this works with the FIA is confusing...a suppose since Red Bull owns both teams there's no problem with them using the old chassis.

I do know some of the other teams are very concerned about it. There wasn;t much concern about Miardi running with a V10 sicne they wouldn't have any funds to develop the car or test anyways...but with Red Bull cash pumped into a proper testing team and a decent chassis/engine combo, could be the little Red Bull team is going to walk the early races.
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Hmmm...
I am just not clear at all where the whole FIA thing comes into play. I thought each team had to develope and design their own chasis. If thats the case with RBR and STR then why can't Super Aguri run the BAR 007? Man, I hate being dumb!
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great pics. interesting front wing...that's the new william's car right? again with the funky front wings.


also, what happened to Jordan? are they done?


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It's Williams interim car. The front wing looks like a dead copy of the Renault.

The Jordan name is done, consigned to the history books. Midland have rebranded the team MF1 Racing. I've got a pic of their proposed livery but nothing in the carbon fiber yet. It's definately not yellow.
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I was reading an article in the latest F1 Racing today while stuck at the mall about the problems Montoya had with the front end of the McLaren. The article claimed that the McLaren's front was far too sensitive and twitchy for a driver like Montoya. The thought was that McLaren eventually dumbed down the front end to slow up the weight transfer and allow Montoya the space he needed to adjust the front with the throttle...something Kimi apparently doesn't do.

Anyway it made me think...

Toyota basically copied McLaren's "no keel" design with the TF105B and suddenly poor Jarno was nowhere, complaining of a front end he couldn't feel..while Ralfie was overjoyed with the change, Ralf being more of a Kimi than a Montoya style driver.



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By Jonathan Noble November 29th 2005, 14:40 GMT

Jarno Trulli says he is still looking for a better handling of the new Toyota TF106, which he claims has the same issues that blighted his end-of-season races in the TF105B.

The Japanese team have unleashed their new TF106 for running at Barcelona this week, but after the first morning of running Trulli said the car was still suffering with suspension problems.

Trulli experienced front-end sensitivity with the TF105B, which hampered his corner entry speed at the final two races of 2005, and the Italian said the team are now looking to overcome similar difficulties with the new car.

"I still have the same problems with the (front) suspension like I did in the last two races of 2005," he told autosport.com. "It is just the same and I cannot get much feeling out of it.

"We are trying something here to see if we can improve it, and maybe we will modify it for the next test. We are, at the moment, trying to guess which direction we should go."

Trulli's feelings about the car were supported by the laptimes, with his best effort from the early part of the day being eight tenths slower than the team's test driver Ricardo Zonta.

But despite these initial difficulties, Trulli believed that Toyota had no other major issues that need to be overcome.

"It is too early to say anything really," he added. "The initial feeling on the tyres was good and the handling was very positive. It is easy to drive but I cannot judge more than that. We just need to run some more to see."

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New Williams is hot. Shame it's not their final color scheme.

Found some sound clips comparing the detuned V10 to a V8:
http://www.f1racing.net/en/news.php?newsID=104191

I think it sounds pretty good Lacks some of the intensity of the old V10's, but it still sounds like F1 to me!
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Old 11-30-2005, 10:01 AM   #23
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Nice! I want that on my cell phone!
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Nice find Tim, thanks!

Here's some odds and end news.

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Andretti: Schumacher could race at 50

By Michele Lostia November 30th 2005, 11:04 GMT

Michael Schumacher could race in Formula One until he is 50, according to former World Champion Mario Andretti.

Schumacher, the oldest driver on the Formula One grid in 2005 at the age of 36, will turn 37 next January but has a year of his contract with Ferrari left to run and has hinted that he could go on racing if he feels he is competitive.

65-year old Andretti, the World Champion in 1978, retired from Formula One in 1982, but he continued racing in the United States until he was 54.

The American believes Schumacher could go on racing if he is mentally ready, as he believes the German would not have physical problems.

"If Schumacher wants to, he can race in F1 until he's fifty," Andretti told Autosprint. "It's not a physical problem nor a mental one, it's just about motivations. Through the years your brain might become less reactive, but your greater experience helps you.

"When I got on pole at Monza at 41 years old (in 1982) I drove a scorbutic and difficult car with 1,100 horsepower, but if I didn't have problems in the race with the turbo I would have won the Grand Prix. Obviously some extreme performances can't be reached if you aren't at the top physically and mentally, and at Monza I still was.

"I quit at the end of 1994, when I was 54, not for physical reasons but because I was tired: with the arrival of Nigel Mansell at the Newman-Haas team, the atmosphere got bad.

"A few months after retiring I realized I made a mistake, as I really only needed some rest. I mixed up the tiredness of the moment with the desire to quit racing, and that was an error I still regret.

"Nowadays drivers retire at 35, as if it was the rule, but it all depends on the motivations of each driver. To stay on top, motor racing must remain the number one priority, like a religion and a philosophy of life which comes before anything else: money and family affections.

"If Schumacher keeps this mental condition, and considering his excellent physical preparation, then he could race for ten more years at the top. It's just a matter of desire and priorities."
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Red Bull plan early debut for RB2

November 30th 2005, 14:03 GMT

The Red Bull Racing team plan to shake down their new RB2 car for the first time next month, autosport.com has learned.

The team, who enjoyed a promising 2005 season using Cosworth engines, will test their Ferrari-powered car at the Silverstone circuit on 16 December, before the Christmas break.

The RB2 will be the first car to be built under the leadership of Technical Director Mark Smith. The team are currently testing their 2005 car with a restricted Cosworth V10 engine.

Red Bull will use Ferrari V8 engines next year and have recruited top designer Adrian Newey from McLaren.

The team, however, said they will wait until the first race of the season in Bahrain in March before launching the car.
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Wheldon: F1 deal didn't seem right

By Tim Redmayne November 30th 2005, 11:39 GMT

Dan Wheldon has said his heart wasn't in a switch to Formula One next season.

The Indy 500 and IRL champion this week opted to stay in IndyCar racing next year, instead of a possible move to Formula One.

The 27 year-old says that he wasn't motivated enough by a switch to the sport, and has chosen to switch IRL teams and sign with Ganassi Racing for 2006.

"We were at one point talking to a Formula One team or two, it just wasn't for me," Wheldon said. "You can have people approach you, but your heart has got to be 100 percent into it, and mine really wasn't. The deal didn't seem right to me, and like I say, my heart didn't feel like that was the thing to be doing.

"Certainly I love to race, and with the Formula One opportunity, that wasn't going to be around. But the problem with Formula One to me nowadays is you've got to get a deal that's realistic for yourself, and that wasn't a possibility."

Wheldon says he was considering moving to the sport as a test driver initially to get up to speed for a possible race drive in 2007, however he decided that it wasn't the right option for him.

He added: "Well, to be quite frank, when we started conversations it was always my intention to be a test driver because I don't know many of the tracks there, and with the test ban situation, it really didn't seem viable.

"Whenever I do something, I always want to run at the front; I'm definitely not going to be there to follow the field or run with the pack. I certainly want to run very competitively, and I thought that would be the best way to do it.

"But it didn't seem - my heart wasn't completely into that situation, and I do think very, very highly of this series [the IRL]. I love the Indianapolis 500. That's a race that I very, very much enjoy, and I'm looking forward to next year."

"I do love racing in America, I love the Indianapolis 500 and I love being part of the series."
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I'm surprised to hear Wheldon say that. Very mature but it seems like it would be every British kid racer's dream to run in F1. I hope the ship hasn't passed him by with staying another year.
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