Daily: 14th April 2009

14 April, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT+01:00)

By Christine Blachford

It's not long now until the Sidepodscience meetup gets underway in London. However, before we get there, we've got a few news stories to discuss first:

  • BMW have confirmed that they're designing a super light-weight car for Kubica, hopefully in time for the Spanish Grand Prix. The weight factor has meant Kub can't run KERS, but the team are banking on some weight-saving techniques to sort it out. If there are such savings to be made, though, why haven't they done them before? And does this prove that KERS really is worth having?
  • Surprise, surprise, the organisers at Sepang have become less resistant to the idea of a night race. Given what happened last weekend, and the fact that Bernie always gets his way, this is hardly a completely radical step. However, will they be able to compete with the Singapore spectacle?
  • Ferrari are undergoing a major reshuffle to try and spice up their championship campaign. Luca Baldisserri is being given a factory-based role, whilst Chris Dyer takes over his duties trackside. Presumably this is a step down for Luca, regardless of how Ferrari try to portray it as a sideways move. It also turns out that Marc Gene undertook some straightline testing to evaluate a new front wing that will appear in China. Does this testing count under the FIA's restricted straightline days? Why don't we get to hear about it in a more public fashion?

That'll do it for now. It's always good to return from holiday and be cast straight back into the thick of some F1 news. It should keep us going for a while, and as usual, I'll see you in the comments.

888 responses