Feb.22 (Grand Prix 247) F1 descended on Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, with Mercedes getting things going by unveiling the W03 on the morning of the first day in Spain.
Michael Schumacher was on duty first and made all the right sound bites after his day in the car. Will the new Silver Arrow help the seven times world champion return to the top step of the podium? Time will tell, and that time apparently will be in Melbourne qualifying…
Meanwhile, Lotus, the team that was the talk of Jerez with what appeared to be a very nifty E20 chassis for returning Kimi Raikkonen dropped a bombshell in the evening after the first day in Barcelona – in a nutshell the second chassis was faulty and their test was over. No much-needed mileage for Kimi and general confusion all around. How serious can the E20’s flaw be?
Also in this issue we say ‘arrivederci’ to Jarno Trulli while welcoming Vitaly Petrov’s lifeline at Caterham, and report on the first day in Barcelona.
We also have Stirling Moss dishing out his opinions on the modern scene, a report on the most expensive pay drive ever and best of all, an in depth chat with former McLaren chief mechanic Marc Priestley.