In-season Formula 1 testing was banned in 2009, but after 3 years the ban has been scraped. The F1 paddock will visit the Mugello circuit in Italy for 3 days of important testing. This article is basically updating you on the driver line ups for that test, a preview of the circuit and what kind of things we can expect from them.

Driver's were outraged when the ban of in-season testing came about, complaining that it will hinder development of the cars. However it was banned for a reason, money. Around this time the FIA set rules to cut costs in F1 and that was one of the sacrifices. This year we return to testing during a season because the pre-season tests have sacrificed a day each to keep the number of test days below 12.


The Circuit
Mugello will host the 3 days of Formula 1 testing, from the 1st to 3rd of May.

The Mugello circuit is a 3.3 mile circuit, which is mainly used for MotoGP and DTM. The track is owned by Ferrari so it often gets used as a test circuit for the F1 giant. It has a total of 15 corners which mainly consist of medium and high speed bends, with only a few hard braking points. This year will be the first year that a full F1 grid will get to test out the circuit. Some admitted it was a surprise to see it being chosen, but it offers alot of things and will test the car, yet still be able to test new components.

The Teams
It is crucial for a team to pick the right drivers to go testing with, they give back all the feedback and that really determines whether of not the updates they bring are working. They also want someone consistent and someone who will not throw it off the track. Here is the line up:

Mclaren: The British squad will take their two test drivers, Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey, to the test, to try out the MP4-27. These two are both very different, Gary being an experienced tester and Oliver being the new boy. They will both get 1 and a half days in the car to test out Mclaren's Spanish GP updates. There was concern in the Mclaren camp that Hamilton was not happy with the decision, Button the complete opposite, but they have confirmed Lewis will not be testing the car in Mugello.

Sauber: The Swiss squad will take their current driver line up to the test. They will hand over the C31 to Kobayashi for the first 2 days, with Perez having 1 sole day of testing to himself.

Caterham: The Norfolk based team will give their test driver a run in the CT01 on the opening day, Rodolfo Gonzalez who is currently racing in GP2. Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov will then get 1 day each to test for the team, who are hoping their updates can help close in on the midfield.

Ferrari: The Italian squad are returning home for the test session, giving them a slight home advantage. They have given 2005 and 2006 F1 world champion Fernando Alonso 2 days in the car, with under performing Brazilian Felipe Massa having just 1 day.

Force India: The Silverstone based F1 team will be taking Jules Bianchi, Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg to the test. They will each have 1 day in the car, in the order listed above.

Williams: Like Force India, the Grove based squad will kick off the test with their 3rd driver Valtteri Bottas. Both their F1 race drivers will get their hands on the car, with Senna and Maldonado driving on day 2 and 3 respectively.

Lotus: The E20 will be driven by their 3rd driver Jerome d'Ambrosio on the first of May. He will then hand the car over to Kimi Raikkonen and Romian Grosjean who will both have 1 day each.

HRT: The Spanish team have already made the decision not to test at Mugello. The team said they had a "slightly rushed" start to the season and are concentrating on getting the Spanish GP upgrade ready, as well as relocating to Madrid.

What to expect

The teams will focus on developing their Spanish GP upgrades and gathering relevant data on whether or not they will work. They have just 3 days so running will be common, expect lots of laps. They will also be wanting to test the reliability of their cars and upgrades, as well as some teams giving their 3rd drivers their chance to drive the car.
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In-season Formula 1 testing was banned in 2009, but after 3 years the ban has been scraped. The F1 paddock will visit the Mugello circuit in Italy for 3 days of important testing. This article is basically updating you on the driver line ups for that test, a preview of the circuit and what kind of things we can expect from them.

Driver's were outraged when the ban of in-season testing came about, complaining that it will hinder development of the cars. However it was banned for a reason, money. Around this time the FIA set rules to cut costs in F1 and that was one of the sacrifices. This year we return to testing during a season because the pre-season tests have sacrificed a day each to keep the number of test days below 12.


The Circuit
Mugello will host the 3 days of Formula 1 testing, from the 1st to 3rd of May.

The Mugello circuit is a 3.3 mile circuit, which is mainly used for MotoGP and DTM. The track is owned by Ferrari so it often gets used as a test circuit for the F1 giant. It has a total of 15 corners which mainly consist of medium and high speed bends, with only a few hard braking points. This year will be the first year that a full F1 grid will get to test out the circuit. Some admitted it was a surprise to see it being chosen, but it offers alot of things and will test the car, yet still be able to test new components.

The Teams
It is crucial for a team to pick the right drivers to go testing with, they give back all the feedback and that really determines whether of not the updates they bring are working. They also want someone consistent and someone who will not throw it off the track. Here is the line up:

Mclaren: The British squad will take their two test drivers, Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey, to the test, to try out the MP4-27. These two are both very different, Gary being an experienced tester and Oliver being the new boy. They will both get 1 and a half days in the car to test out Mclaren's Spanish GP updates. There was concern in the Mclaren camp that Hamilton was not happy with the decision, Button the complete opposite, but they have confirmed Lewis will not be testing the car in Mugello.

Sauber: The Swiss squad will take their current driver line up to the test. They will hand over the C31 to Kobayashi for the first 2 days, with Perez having 1 sole day of testing to himself.

Caterham: The Norfolk based team will give their test driver a run in the CT01 on the opening day, Rodolfo Gonzalez who is currently racing in GP2. Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov will then get 1 day each to test for the team, who are hoping their updates can help close in on the midfield.

Ferrari: The Italian squad are returning home for the test session, giving them a slight home advantage. They have given 2005 and 2006 F1 world champion Fernando Alonso 2 days in the car, with under performing Brazilian Felipe Massa having just 1 day.

Force India: The Silverstone based F1 team will be taking Jules Bianchi, Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg to the test. They will each have 1 day in the car, in the order listed above.

Williams: Like Force India, the Grove based squad will kick off the test with their 3rd driver Valtteri Bottas. Both their F1 race drivers will get their hands on the car, with Senna and Maldonado driving on day 2 and 3 respectively.

Lotus: The E20 will be driven by their 3rd driver Jerome d'Ambrosio on the first of May. He will then hand the car over to Kimi Raikkonen and Romian Grosjean who will both have 1 day each.

HRT: The Spanish team have already made the decision not to test at Mugello. The team said they had a "slightly rushed" start to the season and are concentrating on getting the Spanish GP upgrade ready, as well as relocating to Madrid.

What to expect

The teams will focus on developing their Spanish GP upgrades and gathering relevant data on whether or not they will work. They have just 3 days so running will be common, expect lots of laps. They will also be wanting to test the reliability of their cars and upgrades, as well as some teams giving their 3rd drivers their chance to drive the car.
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Not only is Will Buxton one of the funniest people on my twitter feed, he is also an accomplished Journalist and commentator. With Sky Sports F1 now containing the GP2 and GP3 season, Will's voice can be heard by even more as he commentates on those important F1 feeder series.

Will has worked in motorsport for 10 years now and is a popular guy around the paddock. His knowledge of F1 and GP2 is truly amazing and he has worked hard to get a career in his favourite sport. A life long F1 fan, he was inspired by Ayrton Senna and was hit hard in 1994 when one of motor sports legends died. He went to University and studied the politics of F1, before moving on in hhs career.

In this exclusive interview, Will describes his journey to his current role as GP2 and GP3 commentator and SPEED F1 pit lane reporter as well as giving me some of his predictions and views.


1) Hi Will, thanks for answering these questions, firstly how did you get involved in Formula 1?

Wow, where to start? I've been a fan for as long as I can remember. I grew up idolising Ayrton Senna. I was 13 in 1994, a very impressionable age I guess. His death really hit me hard because I think in some way he was such a hero that I always thought of him as being immortal. I bought my first copies of Motorsport News and Autosport that week, and in their pages discovered answers to my questions and voices that spoke to me of their love for my hero. Nobody at school understood why I was so upset, but these Formula 1 writers knew exactly how I felt. It was then that I knew what I wanted to do with my life. From that point on there was only one job I ever wanted to do. I went to University to study politics, because I didn't want to do a journalism degree and wind up as an identical writer to everyone else on my course. Politics would teach me to research, form my own arguments, write cohesively... that kind of thing. I wrote my thesis on the politics of F1. Those marking it thought it was rubbish, but David Tremayne gave me a job straight out of Uni as Staff Writer at Bernie's F1 Magazine. I'd been writing the occasional article on Joe Saward's GrandPrix.com during my final days at Uni, but the F1 Mag gig was my first real job in motorsport. That was a decade ago, and I've been here ever since.

2) Where you always a fan of the sport? Whats your first memory of F1?

Always. My first memory of motorsport is my Dad taking me to the Prescott hillclimb when I was about 4 or 5. I fell over a  huge tent peg and still have the scar on my shin. As for F1? My first memory is of watching white and red flashes through a forest. Must have been 1987 or 1988, those Marlboro McLarens, at either Monza or Hockenheim on a Sunday afternoon on TV after a huge roast lunch.

3) You moved from F1 to GP2, how did that change come about?

Formula 1 Magazine was closed down with about a week to go before the start of the 2004 F1 season. I was 23 and had just been made redundant from the only job I'd ever wanted. My parents came to the rescue and loaned me enough to purchase a campervan and I went on a tour of Europe that season, driving from race to race. 2004 was the first season that the calendar had gone way over 16 races (a whopping 18 in 2004) but ten of those were still in Europe so driving to every one was an affordable way to cover the majority of the year. Towards the end of the European season, Stephane Samson, who had been appointed head of PR at GP2 approached me about becoming press officer for the championship. He thought the campervan thing was pretty Rock n Roll, and very GP2. With no jobs in journalism opening up, I thought a few years working in PR with the young drivers who would shape the future of F1 was just about the best career move I could make. And it was.

Oh, and I did repay my folks, little by little over the last 8 years, finally paying the last instalment off about a year ago as I recall.

4) What are the main differences between GP2 and Formula 1?

How long have you got? I think the main difference is you've got 13 teams who each run the same car, engine, tyres... it really does all come down to the driver and how he works with his engineer. It's a great preparation for F1. GP2's birth was also pretty tough with a number of mechanical issues in the early days and that really helped create a community as teams helped each other out in the first few races to ensure all the cars got on the grid. If they hadn't, and the championship had failed, their investments would have been for nothing. So the teams pulled together, GP2 pulled itself together, and by the Nurburgring in that first season the vast majority of the creases had ben ironed out and we had a fabulous championship.

That feeling of community still exists. Drivers, engineers, media, team bosses... even the occasional F1 driver, sit together, eat, talk, laugh... it is a very relaxing atmosphere off track in the hospitality unit.

5) Looking back at the GP2 series, have there been any drivers which you knew would make it to F1, from their first race?

Lewis is the obvious one. Effortlessly fast and graced with the kind of ability that made his moves look choreographed. Hulkenberg was impressive from the off, Grosjean too.

Robert Kubica tested for Durango at the end of 2005. Although he never raced in GP2, you just knew from that test that he was going to be amazing. Simona de Silvestro impressed me when she tested for Campos, too.

What has surprised me however were those I truly hoped would make it that didn't. Giorgio Pantano remains the greatest lost talent of our generation. I truly believe that. Juan Cruz Alvarez had something special, so too did Hiroki Yoshimoto and Luca Filippi. Adam Carroll was balls to the wall quick, and I still believe that if we lived in an era of open testing, Lucas di Grassi would be the most fought over development driver in F1. There have been some incredible talents in GP2, but for as long as the likes of Grandpa Schumacher want to carry on trying to get a podium to prove to themselves they've still got it, there won't always be space for them over the road in F1.

6) You now provide international commentary for the GP2 series, what have been your favourite races to commentate on?

They're usually always good to be honest... especially at Tilke tracks. Bahrain has always been especially good. A few years ago I ended up on my knees screaming my head off on the final lap, and at the first weekend in Bahrain this year the Sprint race saw Valsecchi take the lead on the last lap from 8th on the grid and I went crazy.

One of my favourite races to commentate was a actually the Feature GP3 race in Spa in 2010. It started raining in the final sector, with only a few laps to go and almost everyone except for Wickens, the race leader, pitted. Wickens smashed into the pitwall and I remember saying that his team and he had thrown it all away. But he carried on, somehow, with no front wing, on slicks, in water an inch high. The clock was ticking down and the safety car was due to come in, and Wickens did the smartest thing I've ever seen. He ran the clock down. Because he could pace the field as the leader behind the safety car, he just wound it down, the clock went to zero, he crossed the line and bingo... race winner. I was going nuts in the commentary box over how clever that was.

Last season was a real joy, as for the first time I had a co-commentator and that makes life so much easier, as you have time to gather your thoughts and listen to their insight. Last year it was my good friend Karun Chandhok, whom I had got to know through GP2. We had a lot of fun together, but the race that stands out was our first together in a full season, in Barcelona with a moment that ended up doing the rounds on You Tube when I uttered the words, "Shut up, that's ridiculous" as Grosjean passed three cars in one corner. It was a hell of a move and Karun and I couldn't quite believe what we'd seen. That was a nice moment.

This year I have Jerome d'Ambrosio alongside me, and after two weekends our relationship is really starting to come together on air. His insight is fabulous, but he's very different to Karun. Karun's pants used to light on fire along with mine, but Jerome is horizontal. Totally chilled out. I'll be going crazy and he's just really relaxed about it all. I love the contrast. It makes me laugh, and it makes him laugh and that is wonderful. We are having a really great time and I can't wait to share the season with him.

7) You celebrate 10 years of employment in the Motorsport industry this year, what have been the highlights from the last decade?

So many. Too many. I just think I am incredibly lucky to be living the life that I am and to be able to do a job that I love. I'm constantly scared that someone will turn around and tell me it is all over.

I have met some wonderful people and made some incredible friends.

And it is due to the sport that I have my incredible daughter, so for her and for everything else in my world and all the amazing people who have become a part of my life through this insane sport, I will be forever thankful.

8) Looking at the current GP2 season, who is your tip for the title and also who will be the next driver to get an F1 drive?

After just a few races it is too early to say. This will be the longest GP2 championship in history and there are always so many factors that go into creating the perfect season. If you look at last year you'd have said Grosjean would walk the title after the first weekend, but when Filippi moved to Coloni, he outscored Grosjean in the second half of the season. Things can change very quickly. One thing is certain, Dams have a very fast car which is very good on its tyres. Lotus also looks very competitive and I have never seen Luiz Razia look fitter or be more mentally together. Last season I would have said that with Pirelli tyres we would never see a rookie champion again, but Calado and Nasr are impressing me tremendously right now.

If it ends up being a fight between the experienced heads of Valsecchi, Razia, sophomore Gutierrez and rookies Calado and Nasr, then we've got a great season in store. Throw Van der Garde, possibly Coletti and, who knows, maybe even Ericsson into the mix and it'll be even better.

Next for an F1 drive? It all depends where the seats open up. If Perez moves to Ferrari as expected, then I would fully expect that Gutierrez will line up at Sauber in 2013.

9) And now looking up to F1, what do you think of this season? It is alot closer!

This season looks incredible. We've got three or four teams who are genuine contenders at the front, and it all seems to be falling down to tyre management. I'm sure that the three day test in Mugello will help the teams get on top of their tyre issues and moving to Europe with relatively steady temperatures should also help to give us a clearer image. Some people will whine and say that F1 shouldn't be about managing tyres, but I disagree. You have to look after your car, drivers are constantly being asked to change engine maps to look after their power unit, so what almighty commandment is there in the greater concept of what F1 should be that has, "thou shalt be able to abuse thine tyres in any way thou sees fit" written in stone? It is one extra variable to play with and it is a variable I love.

The rules are the same for everyone. The quality of drivers across the grid has never been better. It's time to stop complaining and get racing because, let's face it, can you remember an era this exciting? Those with rose tinted glasses will always hark back to those halcyon days of yore, but I honestly think that we are living through one of the greatest eras in Formula 1 history.

10) Who is your tip for the 2 titles in F1 this year, or is it to difficult to predict?

I predict that one of the drivers and one of the teams currently racing in Formula 1 will win the titles this year.

Honestly, I have no idea. I don't think anyone does. Mugello will give us a few answers, as will Barcelona... but then we have Monaco and Montreal and we're not going to learn much from either of those. Perhaps we'll have an idea by the end of the European season but then we get into random territory with the fly-aways again. If you ask me this question in Brazil, on the grid... I still don't think I'll have an answer. Because if this championship plays out the way we all think and hope it might, we could have 5 or 6 drivers still in contention at the final race.

Thanks to Will for answering my questions, such an interesting read. Completely agree, it is too hard to predict a winner in both GP2 and F1. Follow him on twitter @WillBuxton
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Not only is Will Buxton one of the funniest people on my twitter feed, he is also an accomplished Journalist and commentator. With Sky Sports F1 now containing the GP2 and GP3 season, Will's voice can be heard by even more as he commentates on those important F1 feeder series.

Will has worked in motorsport for 10 years now and is a popular guy around the paddock. His knowledge of F1 and GP2 is truly amazing and he has worked hard to get a career in his favourite sport. A life long F1 fan, he was inspired by Ayrton Senna and was hit hard in 1994 when one of motor sports legends died. He went to University and studied the politics of F1, before moving on in his career.

In this exclusive interview, Will describes his journey to his current role as GP2 and GP3 commentator and SPEED F1 pit lane reporter as well as giving me some of his predictions and views.


1) Hi Will, thanks for answering these questions, firstly how did you get involved in Formula 1?

Wow, where to start? I've been a fan for as long as I can remember. I grew up idolising Ayrton Senna. I was 13 in 1994, a very impressionable age I guess. His death really hit me hard because I think in some way he was such a hero that I always thought of him as being immortal. I bought my first copies of Motorsport News and Autosport that week, and in their pages discovered answers to my questions and voices that spoke to me of their love for my hero. Nobody at school understood why I was so upset, but these Formula 1 writers knew exactly how I felt. It was then that I knew what I wanted to do with my life. From that point on there was only one job I ever wanted to do. I went to University to study politics, because I didn't want to do a journalism degree and wind up as an identical writer to everyone else on my course. Politics would teach me to research, form my own arguments, write cohesively... that kind of thing. I wrote my thesis on the politics of F1. Those marking it thought it was rubbish, but David Tremayne gave me a job straight out of Uni as Staff Writer at Bernie's F1 Magazine. I'd been writing the occasional article on Joe Saward's GrandPrix.com during my final days at Uni, but the F1 Mag gig was my first real job in motorsport. That was a decade ago, and I've been here ever since.

2) Where you always a fan of the sport? Whats your first memory of F1?

Always. My first memory of motorsport is my Dad taking me to the Prescott hillclimb when I was about 4 or 5. I fell over a  huge tent peg and still have the scar on my shin. As for F1? My first memory is of watching white and red flashes through a forest. Must have been 1987 or 1988, those Marlboro McLarens, at either Monza or Hockenheim on a Sunday afternoon on TV after a huge roast lunch.

3) You moved from F1 to GP2, how did that change come about?

Formula 1 Magazine was closed down with about a week to go before the start of the 2004 F1 season. I was 23 and had just been made redundant from the only job I'd ever wanted. My parents came to the rescue and loaned me enough to purchase a campervan and I went on a tour of Europe that season, driving from race to race. 2004 was the first season that the calendar had gone way over 16 races (a whopping 18 in 2004) but ten of those were still in Europe so driving to every one was an affordable way to cover the majority of the year. Towards the end of the European season, Stephane Samson, who had been appointed head of PR at GP2 approached me about becoming press officer for the championship. He thought the campervan thing was pretty Rock n Roll, and very GP2. With no jobs in journalism opening up, I thought a few years working in PR with the young drivers who would shape the future of F1 was just about the best career move I could make. And it was.

Oh, and I did repay my folks, little by little over the last 8 years, finally paying the last instalment off about a year ago as I recall.

4) What are the main differences between GP2 and Formula 1?

How long have you got? I think the main difference is you've got 13 teams who each run the same car, engine, tyres... it really does all come down to the driver and how he works with his engineer. It's a great preparation for F1. GP2's birth was also pretty tough with a number of mechanical issues in the early days and that really helped create a community as teams helped each other out in the first few races to ensure all the cars got on the grid. If they hadn't, and the championship had failed, their investments would have been for nothing. So the teams pulled together, GP2 pulled itself together, and by the Nurburgring in that first season the vast majority of the creases had ben ironed out and we had a fabulous championship.

That feeling of community still exists. Drivers, engineers, media, team bosses... even the occasional F1 driver, sit together, eat, talk, laugh... it is a very relaxing atmosphere off track in the hospitality unit.

5) Looking back at the GP2 series, have there been any drivers which you knew would make it to F1, from their first race?

Lewis is the obvious one. Effortlessly fast and graced with the kind of ability that made his moves look choreographed. Hulkenberg was impressive from the off, Grosjean too.

Robert Kubica tested for Durango at the end of 2005. Although he never raced in GP2, you just knew from that test that he was going to be amazing. Simona de Silvestro impressed me when she tested for Campos, too.

What has surprised me however were those I truly hoped would make it that didn't. Giorgio Pantano remains the greatest lost talent of our generation. I truly believe that. Juan Cruz Alvarez had something special, so too did Hiroki Yoshimoto and Luca Filippi. Adam Carroll was balls to the wall quick, and I still believe that if we lived in an era of open testing, Lucas di Grassi would be the most fought over development driver in F1. There have been some incredible talents in GP2, but for as long as the likes of Grandpa Schumacher want to carry on trying to get a podium to prove to themselves they've still got it, there won't always be space for them over the road in F1.

6) You now provide international commentary for the GP2 series, what have been your favourite races to commentate on?

They're usually always good to be honest... especially at Tilke tracks. Bahrain has always been especially good. A few years ago I ended up on my knees screaming my head off on the final lap, and at the first weekend in Bahrain this year the Sprint race saw Valsecchi take the lead on the last lap from 8th on the grid and I went crazy.

One of my favourite races to commentate was a actually the Feature GP3 race in Spa in 2010. It started raining in the final sector, with only a few laps to go and almost everyone except for Wickens, the race leader, pitted. Wickens smashed into the pitwall and I remember saying that his team and he had thrown it all away. But he carried on, somehow, with no front wing, on slicks, in water an inch high. The clock was ticking down and the safety car was due to come in, and Wickens did the smartest thing I've ever seen. He ran the clock down. Because he could pace the field as the leader behind the safety car, he just wound it down, the clock went to zero, he crossed the line and bingo... race winner. I was going nuts in the commentary box over how clever that was.

Last season was a real joy, as for the first time I had a co-commentator and that makes life so much easier, as you have time to gather your thoughts and listen to their insight. Last year it was my good friend Karun Chandhok, whom I had got to know through GP2. We had a lot of fun together, but the race that stands out was our first together in a full season, in Barcelona with a moment that ended up doing the rounds on You Tube when I uttered the words, "Shut up, that's ridiculous" as Grosjean passed three cars in one corner. It was a hell of a move and Karun and I couldn't quite believe what we'd seen. That was a nice moment.

This year I have Jerome d'Ambrosio alongside me, and after two weekends our relationship is really starting to come together on air. His insight is fabulous, but he's very different to Karun. Karun's pants used to light on fire along with mine, but Jerome is horizontal. Totally chilled out. I'll be going crazy and he's just really relaxed about it all. I love the contrast. It makes me laugh, and it makes him laugh and that is wonderful. We are having a really great time and I can't wait to share the season with him.

7) You celebrate 10 years of employment in the Motorsport industry this year, what have been the highlights from the last decade?

So many. Too many. I just think I am incredibly lucky to be living the life that I am and to be able to do a job that I love. I'm constantly scared that someone will turn around and tell me it is all over.

I have met some wonderful people and made some incredible friends.

And it is due to the sport that I have my incredible daughter, so for her and for everything else in my world and all the amazing people who have become a part of my life through this insane sport, I will be forever thankful.

8) Looking at the current GP2 season, who is your tip for the title and also who will be the next driver to get an F1 drive?

After just a few races it is too early to say. This will be the longest GP2 championship in history and there are always so many factors that go into creating the perfect season. If you look at last year you'd have said Grosjean would walk the title after the first weekend, but when Filippi moved to Coloni, he outscored Grosjean in the second half of the season. Things can change very quickly. One thing is certain, Dams have a very fast car which is very good on its tyres. Lotus also looks very competitive and I have never seen Luiz Razia look fitter or be more mentally together. Last season I would have said that with Pirelli tyres we would never see a rookie champion again, but Calado and Nasr are impressing me tremendously right now.

If it ends up being a fight between the experienced heads of Valsecchi, Razia, sophomore Gutierrez and rookies Calado and Nasr, then we've got a great season in store. Throw Van der Garde, possibly Coletti and, who knows, maybe even Ericsson into the mix and it'll be even better.

Next for an F1 drive? It all depends where the seats open up. If Perez moves to Ferrari as expected, then I would fully expect that Gutierrez will line up at Sauber in 2013.

9) And now looking up to F1, what do you think of this season? It is alot closer!

This season looks incredible. We've got three or four teams who are genuine contenders at the front, and it all seems to be falling down to tyre management. I'm sure that the three day test in Mugello will help the teams get on top of their tyre issues and moving to Europe with relatively steady temperatures should also help to give us a clearer image. Some people will whine and say that F1 shouldn't be about managing tyres, but I disagree. You have to look after your car, drivers are constantly being asked to change engine maps to look after their power unit, so what almighty commandment is there in the greater concept of what F1 should be that has, "thou shalt be able to abuse thine tyres in any way thou sees fit" written in stone? It is one extra variable to play with and it is a variable I love.

The rules are the same for everyone. The quality of drivers across the grid has never been better. It's time to stop complaining and get racing because, let's face it, can you remember an era this exciting? Those with rose tinted glasses will always hark back to those halcyon days of yore, but I honestly think that we are living through one of the greatest eras in Formula 1 history.

10) Who is your tip for the 2 titles in F1 this year, or is it to difficult to predict?

I predict that one of the drivers and one of the teams currently racing in Formula 1 will win the titles this year.

Honestly, I have no idea. I don't think anyone does. Mugello will give us a few answers, as will Barcelona... but then we have Monaco and Montreal and we're not going to learn much from either of those. Perhaps we'll have an idea by the end of the European season but then we get into random territory with the fly-aways again. If you ask me this question in Brazil, on the grid... I still don't think I'll have an answer. Because if this championship plays out the way we all think and hope it might, we could have 5 or 6 drivers still in contention at the final race.

Thanks to Will for answering my questions, such an interesting read. Completely agree, it is too hard to predict a winner in both GP2 and F1. Follow him on twitter @WillBuxton
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A lіttle bit оf extra expenditure in beautifying your car аnd уоur vehicle transforms іntо а personal haven, where thе driver feels the comfort оf a home. The car accessories usеd by dіffеrеnt people vary. They аlso reflect the personality оf itѕ owner moѕt оf thе times. But, therе arе ѕomе accessories that аrе а necessity and аre universally preferred аnd used bу car owners, irrespective оf thеir personal choices.

One of the nесеssаry additions in a car iѕ the security lock and thе security alarm. No one can dо without it, еѕpeсіally whеn cases of car thefts аre on thе rise. Music systems аnd CD players arе on the top оf the list of all-time favourite car accessories. Irrespective оf age and cultural background, еvеryоnе hаѕ thеіr individual аnd distinct taste іn music. Music alѕo acts as a stress buster аnd саn convert a boring drive іntо аn enjoyable one.

Some people likе tо equip their car with vаrious kinds of car accessories available, whilе somе lіke tо kеep it minimalist. Car furnishings lіkе plush cushions, car mats, curtains and ѕo оn hаvе alsо beсomе increasingly popular. They gо а long way in providing а comfortable drive, thоugh thеу сеrtаіnly burn a hole in the pocket.

Some car accessories are important, while оthers are јust add-ons thаt provide beauty and personal style to a car. There arе а number of companies that manufacture theѕe accessories and thеу аrе avаilablе іn a broad price range to suit everyone's pocket.
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These days, cars are not juѕt vehicles with drab and dull interiors thаt arе simply meant fоr commuting from оnе place to another. In fact, if onе takes a close look, еасh car lоoks diffеrent frоm thе other, even if the model is the same. The uѕe of car accessories haѕ been increasing sіncе a long time, and evеry individual who owns а car decorates hіѕ vehicle with sоme оr thе оther accessory.

A lіttle bit оf extra expenditure in beautifying your car аnd уоur vehicle transforms іntо а personal haven, where thе driver feels the comfort оf a home. The car accessories usеd by dіffеrеnt people vary. They аlso reflect the personality оf itѕ owner moѕt оf thе times. But, therе arе ѕomе accessories that аrе а necessity and аre universally preferred аnd used bу car owners, irrespective оf thеir personal choices.

One of the nесеssаry additions in a car iѕ the security lock and thе security alarm. No one can dо without it, еѕpeсіally whеn cases of car thefts аre on thе rise. Music systems аnd CD players arе on the top оf the list of all-time favourite car accessories. Irrespective оf age and cultural background, еvеryоnе hаѕ thеіr individual аnd distinct taste іn music. Music alѕo acts as a stress buster аnd саn convert a boring drive іntо аn enjoyable one.

Some people likе tо equip their car with vаrious kinds of car accessories available, whilе somе lіke tо kеep it minimalist. Car furnishings lіkе plush cushions, car mats, curtains and ѕo оn hаvе alsо beсomе increasingly popular. They gо а long way in providing а comfortable drive, thоugh thеу сеrtаіnly burn a hole in the pocket.

Some car accessories are important, while оthers are јust add-ons thаt provide beauty and personal style to a car. There arе а number of companies that manufacture theѕe accessories and thеу аrе avаilablе іn a broad price range to suit everyone's pocket.
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Here is the first Chapter in a regular feature at JLF1, Dino's Diary. It follows 19 year old, British racing driver Dino Zamparelli.

Dino’s Diary: Introducing An Idea
(C) FIA Formula 2 Website
Hello JLF1 readers. My name is Dino Zamparelli and my goal is to reach the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1. I'm a 19 year old, British racing driver who clinched the 2008 Ginetta Junior championship and the 2011 Formula Renault BARC title. This year I will embark on a new challenge, the Formula 2 series. Throughout the 2012 season I will be taking you on my journey through Dino's Diary, a new JLF1 feature. I will be writing updates on my season and hopefully giving you insight into my career and journey.


Firstly, ok well not much to say. Well there is but the truth of the matter is that I’ve been so busy, I can’t think to write everything. But, I can do my best to update you on my progress.

Having won the Formula Renault BARC Championship last year and being selected as a finalist for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award; I needed to race this year in 2012. I already did the year out in 2010 and that was no fun. So I set about, from January until April, getting the sponsorship required to go racing.

(C) FIA Formula 2 Website
Motorsport is expensive, painfully so. I rely entirely on sponsorship. So I came up with an idea. One of the ways that I decided would help get me sponsorship would be to sign up to Twitter and to increase my awareness on my Facebook Racing Page. Both social media platforms are hugely powerful tools in order to advertise my racing.

I got Twitter and set my Facebook Racing Page in January this year. I’ve currently got around 500 followers and over a 1000 likes on my Facebook racing page. Why is this important? It’s important because, the more followings and the more support I have on these social media platforms, the more scope I have of getting sponsorship. If I go to a potential sponsor with thousands of followers on Twitter and thousands of likes on Facebook; I can walk into their door and blow them away by saying, “this is how many people follow and support me on Twitter and Facebook; this is how many people we can interact with in a matter of moments…now let me show you what I’m offering…”


So with that, do feel free to follow me on Twitter: @DinoZamparelli and like my Facebook Racing Page: Dino Zamparelli Racing.
I
f you are unsure about any of what I mentioned above…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUkHvy5MvNY That’s me talking about it on a Formula 2 car at Silverstone. I did do the Cliché and sit on the front tyre, but like I said in the video, ‘that’s the way it goes.’

What’s the next entry in this diary? I’m not sure yet, come back next time to find out.

P.s. subscribe to my YouTube account to see lots of cool videos coming up.
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Here is the first Chapter in a regular feature at JLF1, Dino's Diary. It follows 19 year old, British racing driver Dino Zamparelli.

Dino’s Diary: Introducing An Idea
(C) FIA Formula 2 Website
Hello JLF1 readers. My name is Dino Zamparelli and my goal is to reach the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1. I'm a 19 year old, British racing driver who clinched the 2008 Ginetta Junior championship and the 2011 Formula Renault BARC title. This year I will embark on a new challenge, the Formula 2 series. Throughout the 2012 season I will be taking you on my journey through Dino's Diary, a new JLF1 feature. I will be writing updates on my season and hopefully giving you insight into my career and journey.


Firstly, ok well not much to say. Well there is but the truth of the matter is that I’ve been so busy, I can’t think to write everything. But, I can do my best to update you on my progress.

Having won the Formula Renault BARC Championship last year and being selected as a finalist for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award; I needed to race this year in 2012. I already did the year out in 2010 and that was no fun. So I set about, from January until April, getting the sponsorship required to go racing.

(C) FIA Formula 2 Website
Motorsport is expensive, painfully so. I rely entirely on sponsorship. So I came up with an idea. One of the ways that I decided would help get me sponsorship would be to sign up to Twitter and to increase my awareness on my Facebook Racing Page. Both social media platforms are hugely powerful tools in order to advertise my racing.

I got Twitter and set my Facebook Racing Page in January this year. I’ve currently got around 500 followers and over a 1000 likes on my Facebook racing page. Why is this important? It’s important because, the more followings and the more support I have on these social media platforms, the more scope I have of getting sponsorship. If I go to a potential sponsor with thousands of followers on Twitter and thousands of likes on Facebook; I can walk into their door and blow them away by saying, “this is how many people follow and support me on Twitter and Facebook; this is how many people we can interact with in a matter of moments…now let me show you what I’m offering…”


So with that, do feel free to follow me on Twitter: @DinoZamparelli and like my Facebook Racing Page: Dino Zamparelli Racing.
I
f you are unsure about any of what I mentioned above…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUkHvy5MvNY That’s me talking about it on a Formula 2 car at Silverstone. I did do the Cliché and sit on the front tyre, but like I said in the video, ‘that’s the way it goes.’

What’s the next entry in this diary? I’m not sure yet, come back next time to find out.

P.s. subscribe to my YouTube account to see lots of cool videos coming up.
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BMW Brand History

Contrary to some opinions, BMW does not stand for Best Motors in the World company. Sure, BMW-branded automobiles are regarded as being some of the few engineering forms close to perfection, but the letters stand for something less boisterous and more good-natured: Bayerische Motoren Werke or Bavarian Motor Works.

The secret to their success does not lie in precise astrological predictions or mischievous and blatant employ of corporate espionage, but rather in a dedication to quality and constant pursuit of excellence. Unlike most of the auto manufacturers out there, BMW hasn't focused on a vehicle as a whole but started from its primary source of power, the engine, which has been perfected by generations of engineers over a close-to-a-century time span. The 'cardio-approach' BMW took resulted into obscenely efficient performance-happy engines that literally rocketed the company formed by Karl Friedrich Rapp in October 1913 straight to the sky.

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BMW Models in Production 

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

1 modelsBMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

BMW M5

7 modelsBMW M5

BMW M5 Touring

3 modelsBMW M5 Touring

BMW M6 Coupe

4 modelsBMW M6 Coupe

BMW X5M

2 modelsBMW X5M

BMW X6M

2 modelsBMW X6M

BMW 1 Series

3 modelsBMW 1 Series

BMW 6 Series Coupe

5 modelsBMW 6 Series Coupe

BMW 1 Series Cabriolet

2 modelsBMW 1 Series Cabriolet

BMW 1 Series Coupe

2 modelsBMW 1 Series Coupe

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

1 modelsBMW 1 Series M Coupe

BMW 3 Series Cabriolet

6 modelsBMW 3 Series  Cabriolet

BMW 3 Series Coupe

7 modelsBMW 3 Series Coupe

BMW 5 Series Touring

5 modelsBMW 5 Series Touring

BMW 6 Series Convertible

3 modelsBMW 6 Series Convertible

BMW M3 Coupe

6 modelsBMW M3 Coupe

BMW X3

3 modelsBMW X3

BMW X5

4 modelsBMW X5

BMW X6

2 modelsBMW X6

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

1 modelsBMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

BMW 5 Series Sedan

7 modelsBMW 5 Series Sedan

BMW X1

1 modelsBMW X1

BMW Z4 Roadster

4 modelsBMW Z4 Roadster

BMW 3 Series Touring

5 modelsBMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 7 Series

8 modelsBMW 7 Series

BMW M3 Cabriolet

3 modelsBMW M3 Cabriolet

BMW M3 Sedan

2 modelsBMW M3 Sedan

BMW 1 Series 3 doors

1 modelsBMW 1 Series 3 doors

BMW Z4 Coupe

2 modelsBMW Z4 Coupe




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