Thursday, April 30, 2009

DTM 2009 - Season Preview Video

So the good news is that the DTM is ramping-up for another season of carbon-fiber-fender rubbing action, almost as if Munich was in Alabama and the name Dieter was a replacement for the name Skeeter. 

Unfortunately, as this video points out, Ralf Schumacher is still exhausted from his Formula One pseudo-career, and will likely be phoning in his participation in DTM much like his last three years in F1. Enjoy!!!

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Car Porn Deluxe - Cobra Daytona - Alain De Cadenet

It's always nice to hear someone of Alain De Cadenet 's pedigree to speak so well about a car with push-rod power and a transverse-leaf-springs.  De Cadenet's knowledge of the marque is always spot-on, (not only is he knowledgeable about cars, but he is an authority on British stamps) and the sounds that he extracts out of this Cobra Daytona would cause lesser men to cry for their mommies.  Turn it up and enjoy!

Car Porn Deluxe - 2010 Porsche GT3 - As driven by Walter Rohrl

As if it wasn't cool enough to be Walter Rohrl, spending your days as Senior Test Driver for Porsche, exercising Porsche's newest creations around test tracks or at the Nordschleife, but when you show up to drive the new GT-3  in a driving suit with full Martini colors and that's cool! Enjoy!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Greetings from Road America

Welcome to the end of a cold, wet weekend at Road America. Bad news
was no real dry laps-- Good news, the Crappies were biting at turn 3.

The Gift of Perspective - Thanks Randy Pobst!

So while the balance of the weekend here at Road America has been a washout, the Friday afternoon enduro offered some brilliant racing action with Fall-Line motorsports fielding a team of Grand-Am BMW M3's, and the always amazing Randy Pobst putting on a driving clinic in his GT3 Cup car.  The footage below shows the speed disparity, as well as the driving prowess differences between Mr. Pobst and a rookie 944 Spec driver.  So just when you think you are going pretty fast out there, there is always someone to alter your perspective. Thanks Randy and Billy Newport. Enjoy! 

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Formula One - Bahrain Gran Prix Qualifying - Live Stream

I believe that this should be a good stream for today's qualifying at Bahrain. I'll be at the track so please me know if it worked or not. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Car Porn Deluxe - Brabham BT29 at Road America

I thought that I should also include some Road America footage before heading off for the weekend.  Alex King provides some great views from along-side his 1969 Brabham BT29. The camera placement for this video provides a helpful visual perspective so that the multiple elevation changes that make up  Road America can be understood and appreciated, and it almost reminds me from some of the footage from the movie "Gran Prix!" Enjoy!

The Scuderia is On Track! - Road Ameria April 25/26

Heading up to Road America in beautiful Elkhart Lake Wisconsin this weekend for the first track weekend of the year.  Time to shake off the rust of the Midwestern winter to get some hot laps in with NASA Midwest.

The good news is that the Team Scuderia Asino Grigio M3 is back from the shop with fresh fluids, (Castrol SRF, and Castrol TWS) as well as one the best alignments (feels perfect) that the car has ever had.  I have a shiny new set of Brembo's on the car, some new Nitto NT01's and fresh set of PFC01's all ready to go.  So any apparent lack of speed will likely not be the car's fault.

The bad news is that a car porter, backed a Mini Cooper into the passenger door while it was in the shop and wrinkled the sheet metal pretty well. So for the first time ever, I have to deal with the 50/50 rule, (body damage must not be noticeable at 50 feet when the car is going 50mph).  Not the best case scenario, but the folks at the dealership are handling the situation very professionally.

So this is the yin and yang of the first track weekend of the year. Hopefully I'll have much to share upon my return.  Peace.

Formula One- Bahrain Preview - Ferrari brings out its big PR guns

As Ferrari has yet to score a single point in the Formula One world championship, (tied with Force India)  it's not surprising that Scuderia Ferrari has moved away from trotting out drivers and team managers to provide the preview for an up-coming race, and instead is using their PR guy, Luca Colajanni to try and build a buzz around a season that Kimi Raikkonen is saying is already over.  

It sounds like the plan is to struggle through the Bahrain weekend, with changes to the car expected for Barcelona.  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Australian V8 Supercars - Hamilton - Live Streaming


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Racing Retrospectacle - The 1984 Long Beach GP - Big Hair, Big Mustaches and LOLA's

Started in 1975 as a Formula 5000 race, the Grand Prix of Long Beach, became a Formula 1 race the following year and continued as the United States Grand Prix West through 1983. In 1984 CART/Champ Car took over the event, and even held onto a number of F1 drivers with the likes of Roberto Guerrero, Derek Daly, Mario Andretti and Jacques Villenueve (Gilles brother and Jacques Jr's Uncle) in attendance.

If that wasn't enough, Bruce Jenner is one of the correspondents, and race children Jeff Brabham, and Michael Andretti are competing as well. Enjoy!

Australian V8 Supercars - 2 wheel trip through the chicane

Driver Jason Richards demonstrating equal parts car-control and luck as he negotiates a tire chicane at maximum two-wheel drift. Enjoy!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Indy Racing League - Helio Castroneves NOT GUILTY on all charges

Good News!  Helio Castroneves, his Sister and his attorney were cleared of all charges today.  Now the IRS can go back to their regular jobs of ignoring the Bernie Madoff's of the world and wait patiently for the next "Dancing with the Stars" winner to make a mistake.  Thanks to Autoweek for the words..

AutoWeek's reporter in Long Beach, Calif., for this weekend's IndyCar Grand Prix just received a call from Team Penske's Helio Castroneves. The news: the driver was just found not guilty of tax-evasion charges in federal court in Miami.

Castroneves's codefendants--sister/manager, Kati, 35, and attorney Alan Miller, 71--also were cleared of all tax-evasion charges. Miller also was acquitted of a conspiracy charge, while the jury was hung on single conspiracy charges against both Castroneves and his sister.

Sorry their were no decent driving clips. Enjoy!

Formula One - Shanghai Gran Prix - Videostream Practice 1 and 2


UPDATE ! -- This may have switched to a vintage CHAMP CAR race!  Likely will switch back to F1 coverage.

Juan Pablo Montoya - Lots here to still like

While I don't have a bunch of experience listening to NASCAR interviews, I'd say JPM is the only one that includes, "Road America", "Sepang" and "Senna"  as answers to interview questions.  I'd say that he still sounds like an F1 driver at heart.  Good to see the world of Roundy-round race-car driving has tainted him too much.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Formula One - Chinese GP Preview - Ferrari's Serious Side

Mr. Stefano Domenicali, Head of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, engages in some serious talk about the 2009 season, what his expectations are for the team, and the specific challenges encountered at the Shanghai circuit.  All I know is that he comes across as a very serious guy, and I'm guessing that requests from his office at Ferrari are handled in a similar fashion to those from the Vatican.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Formula One - Chinese Gran Prix - Preview - Nico Rosberg

Another enjoyable preview video, this time for the Shanghai International Circuit, with narration by Nico Rosberg of the ATT/Williams team.   In order to change things up, the producer or director asked Nico to draw the circuit while narrating and blind-folded.  As the picture turns out to be a jumbled mess, I'm not totally sure what they are trying illustrate. Either that Nico is unable to draw complex shapes while blind-folded or that F1 drivers can describe a 14-turn track by memory. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Joel Feinberg takes the Primetime Race Group's IMSA Lites Car around Sebring - Chase Cam Telemetry included

This is a great demonstration of how far telemetry and video / data syncronization has come in the last few years courtesy of ChaseCam.  Besides providing some great footage of what the driver sees during a lap around Sebring, the multiple data sources provide, steering angle, speed/RPM, throttle/brake, oil -water temps, g-loading and tire temp.  Quite an impressive set-up. 

Plus I love the sound of Joel banging through the gears of the IMSA lites Car.


Brilliance in Action - Motorsports (de-) Motivational Posters

I thought that some of these de-motivational posters were absolutely priceless, (ROAD RACING - makes heroin addiction look like a mild craving for something salty) couldn't be better stated.  These objects d'art were collected from random chat boards and blogs and unfortunately I can't properly give credit where it is due.  If this is your work let me know and I will make certain you are given proper credit and or if you have one to share please pass it along and I will post.   Thanks to Dispair Inc. and the nameless evil-geniuses who put each of these together. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Formula One - ATT /Williams Team Explains the KERS System

A decent and informative overview from ATT/Williams Chief Designer Ed Wood and CEO of (wait for it) Williams Hybrid Power, Ian Foley, of how the Flywheel-based Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) works.  Enjoy!

Warning: This could be a little dry for those uninterested in the technology of Formula One.  You have been warned!

Formula One - Malaysian Gran Prix - BMW Sauber Race Recap

So BMW's Nick Heidfeld was tapped to do the BMW Sauber race recap for the Malaysian Gran Prix.  This is likely because of his very fortunate second-place finish in the Monsoon conditions that engulfed the Sepang track.   Great Job Nick and Team!

While this video recap won't tell you anything you haven't read on heard someplace else, it is worth the three-minutes and twenty-four seconds of your life that it will consume just to hear Nick Heidfeld say, "Wet Waces".  If they ever decide to remake Blazing Saddles, he can definitely play the Madeline Kahn part.  Price-wess!  Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Formula 1 - Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes - Called into Max Mosely's office for Lie-gate

What a difference a year makes! 

So Team McLaren is definitely not having their best week ever.  So far in the last seven days the following has occurred, 
  • Both McLaren cars were disqualified post-race for providing false information to race stewards in Melbourne.
  • There was a story leaked that Lewis Hamilton was considering terminating his contract with McLaren as a result of Dave Ryan, The Team Sporting Director instructing him to lie to the Melbourne Officials.
  • Norert Haug of Mercedes-Benz has now publicly stated that they are disappointed with recent events, and are questioning their commitment to Formula One.
  • And now McLaren is once again getting called before the man.  The World Motorsports council has requested that they appear on April 29, 2009 to discuss McLaren's intentionally providing false information to race stewards.
  • UPDATE - McLaren is now reporting that Dave Ryan, the Team Sporting Director has been sacked, which raises the question about who will speak on his behalf.
So if you thought that you were having a bad week, it looks like our friends in Woking might be having a slightly worse one.  See the FIA and McLaren releases below.



Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has been invited to appear before an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday, 29 April, 2009, to answer charges that, in breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code, it

- on 29 March, 2009, told the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix that no instructions were given to Hamilton in Car No. 1 to allow Trulli in Car no. 9 to pass when both cars were behind the safety car, knowing this statement to be untrue;

- procured its driver Hamilton the current World Champion, to support and confirm this untrue statement to the stewards;

- although knowing that as a direct result of its untrue statement to the stewards, another driver and a rival team had been unfairly penalised, made no attempt to rectify the situation either by contacting the FIA or otherwise;

- on 2 April, 2009, at a second hearing before the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix, (meeting in Malaysia) made no attempt to correct the untrue statement of 29 March but, on the contrary, continued to maintain that the statement was true, despite being allowed to listen to a recording of the team instructing Hamilton to let Trulli past and despite being given more than one opportunity to correct its false statement;

- on 2 April, 2009, at the second stewards’ hearing, procured its driver Hamilton to continue to assert the truth of the false statement given to the stewards on 29 March, while knowing that what he was saying to the stewards was not true.

Update | 12:37 p.m. 

McLaren Responds:

McLaren acknowledges receipt of an invitation to appear at an FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on April 29, received this afternoon.

We undertake to co-operate fully with all WMSC processes, and welcome the opportunity to work with the FIA in the best interests of Formula One.

This afternoon McLaren and its former sporting director, Dave Ryan, have formally parted company. As a result, he is no longer an employee of any of the constituent companies of the McLaren Group.

Car Porn Deluxe - Ferrari 430 Scuderia at Fiorano- Driver Michael Schumacher

Yes it's true the rich are different than the rest of us.  One perfect example is that I've never been asked to travel to Marenello to ride in a Ferrari 430 Scuderia, while Michael Schumacher winds it out around the Fiorano test track.  For the rest of us, enjoy!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Indy Racing League - St. Petersburg - Highlights

The Danica Patrick Admiration League (aka The IRL) hosted a race this past Sunday in St. Petersburg Florida.  While I have not been a big fan of the IRL, (choosing instead to follow CART), I felt that enough time had passed that I could let bygones be bygones, and check out the action from the USA's  major open-wheel racing series.  So this is what I learned in watching from watching the action this weekend on the VERSUS network,

  • People care how much a front-wing and nose assembly is.  VERSUS made a big deal that they are $35,000 each, and that on a street circuit you will probably break one or two, adding up to big bucks. Wow!
  • Every event in the race has to be related back to how it impacts Danica Patrick, no matter what position she is in.
  • As part of her off-season training program (and I'm not making this up), Danica received a bread maker, and has spent much of the off-season experimenting with different bread recipes.  Take that Robert Kubica with your low-carb weight loss program.
  • Driving skill might skip a generation or two.  Both Andretti and Rahal family entries didn't look as strong as their non-famous counterparts.  Of note- Grandpa Mario didn't look too happy with young Marco's performance.
  • The announcers from VERSUS, are completely unaware of most racing that occurs outside of NASCAR.  This was notable in the commentary about the drivers and their backgrounds, as well as the points of comparison used.
Congratulations to Ryan Briscoe on the win, and great races by both Ryan-Hunter Reay and Justin Wilson!  You can check out the highlights below. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Formula One Malaysian Gran Prix - Race - Live Stream

It should be here, but I'm setting this up in advance so I don't know if this feed will work yet.

Can't promise anything so keep your fingers crossed. Enjoy!

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

It's official - The world is ending - Welcome the BMW X6M

Okay, I thought that Jenson Button being on pole two weeks in a row was just a coincidence, that the world financial crisis was just a small anomaly, that the British Motoring Press turning on Lewis Hamilton was just a phase they are going through but here is the direct proof of the appocolypse--The BMW X6M.

While I may even find its 555hp alluring, even seductive, I know deep down that the like it, or really even look at it will turn me into a pillar of salt.

Somewhere in Munich their is an e30 M3 praying for death. As many have said, few believed, M does stand for Motorsport, "Motorsport-based Marketing."

2009 Malaysian Gran Prix- Qualifying Results- Virgin dances on the pole again

Jenson Button and Brawn GP Mercedes / Virgin Team made it two pole position in a row (WTF?) as he beat Jarno Trulli by less than a tenth of a second in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

However will Massa start from 16th after he and Ferrari made a bad decision early in the session. Having set decent times on soft tires Ferrari did not send their drivers out for a final run. But as track conditions improved Massa was caught out and dropped to 16th - with no time left to set another lap.

Massa's decision not to go out for a second attempt was even more baffling as he’d made a mistake on his first attempt. Maybe he had something else to attend to?


Pos No Driver Team Q1Q2Q3 Laps
1 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:35.058 1:33.784 1:35.181 18
2 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:34.745 1:33.990 1:35.273 20
3 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:34.935 1:34.276 1:35.518 17
4 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:34.681 1:34.387 1:35.651 20
5 10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:34.907 1:34.258 1:35.690 24
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:35.083 1:34.547 1:35.750 21
7 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:35.027 1:34.222 1:35.797 19
8 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:35.166 1:34.562 1:36.106 19
9 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:35.476 1:34.456 1:36.170 17
10 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:35.260 1:34.706 1:37.659 15
11 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:35.110 1:34.769
12 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:35.341 1:34.788
13 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.280 1:34.905
14 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.023 1:34.924
15 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 1:35.507 1:35.431
16 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.642

17 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:35.708

18 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:35.908

19 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:35.951

20 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:36.107

Formula One Malaysian Gran Prix - Qualifying - Live Stream

Hopefully this should work. If you tune in early, enjoy the repeat broadcasts of Friday Practice, (especially Kimi being on the Hot Seat in his Ferrari.)

With the time difference being what it is, I'm going to need to put this up prior to the start of qualification. Enjoy!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

ALMS St. Petersberg Qualifying Results

Here's the running order for tomorrow's race.  Looks like the BMW M3's came back with a vengence in GT2. Good Luck Rahal Letterman Racing!

Pos Num CL Car Best Lap Time Fastest Driver
1 66 P1 Acura ARX-02a 1:03.776  Simon Pagenaud
2 9 P1 Acura ARX-02a 1:04.722  Scott Sharp
3 15 P2 Acura ARX-01B 1:05.178 Luis Diaz
4 16 P2 Lola Mazda 1:05.464 Guy Smith
5 20 P2 Lola Mazda 1:05.666 Marino Franchitti
6 37 P1 Lola AER 1:09.044 Chapman Ducote
7 62 GT2 Ferrari F430GT 1:12.892 Jaime Melo
8 87 GT2 Porsche 911RSR 1:13.173 Wolf Henzler
9 90 GT2 BMW E92 M3 1:13.267 Joey Hand
10 92 GT2 BMW E92 M3 1:13.458 Dirk Mueller
11 45 GT2 Porsche 911RSR 1:13.465 Patrick Long
12 21 GT2 Panoz Esperante 1:14.109 Dominik Farnbacher
13 40 GT2 Doran Ford GT 1:14.281 David Murry
14 28 GT2 Corvette C6 1:14.633 Eric Curran
15 11 GT2 Dodge Viper 1:15.938 Joel Feinberg
16 22 GT2 Panoz Esperante 1:15.996 Tom Sutherland
17 44 GT2 Porsche 911RSR 1:18.592 Seth Neiman

ALMS St. Petersberg Practice / Qualifying- Live Stream- On NOW!!

It's just one camera...normally used for the IRL. It's not perfect but it's a free stream. Enjoy!

UPDATE: They are now using multiple cameras!


2009 BMW Sauber Formula One Preview - Malaysia- 100% Kangaroo Free

Fortunately for BMW Motorsports, neither Robert Kubica nor Nick Heidfeld visited a petting zoo during their time in Malaysia. (most unlike their time in Melbourne)  Not sure if the lack of Kangaroo petting will have an impact on the team's performance.  Based on the this morning's practice times they may want to start looking for an orangutan to feed before qualifying.

IRL Live Streaming - Practice - St Petersburg

I know I missed posting a link Formula 1 Practice this morning, but here is the live feed for the IRL practice in St. Petersburg.  I know that its a poor substitute, but I have to admit that since F1 changed their cars this year, the IRL cars look less ugly.

Journalism Fail - Last Dance for the LOADED BMW M3 CSL

Here's a perfect example of what happens when a Swedish motor-journalist thinks that the stuff he sees on TOP GEAR looks fun and easy. The car in this video is the somewhat famous Supercharged BMW M3 CSL known as LOADED. This car was in development for five years and set a lap time at the full Nordschleife of 7:22 (not bridge to gantry), and by all measures is a full on race car with lights and turn signals. Take a look at what happens when all of this power and speed is taken for granted.

Ferrari 1-2 in Malaysian GP Practice -The Earth is back to happily spinning on it's axis!

Good News!  It looks like the end of the world as we know it has been postponed. Ferrari is back to the top of the timesheets on Friday.

Practice 2 results
Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
1. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:35.707 40
2. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:35.832 + 0.125 38
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:35.954 + 0.247 40
4. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.015 + 0.308 39
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.026 + 0.319 36
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:36.161 + 0.454 37
7. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:36.254 + 0.547 31
8. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.290 + 0.583 35
9. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.397 + 0.690 40
10. Piquet Renault (B) 1:36.401 + 0.694 35
11. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.515 + 0.808 30
12. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.516 + 0.809 34
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.628 + 0.921 32
14. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.639 + 0.932 29
15. Alonso Renault (B) 1:36.640 + 0.933 20
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:36.875 + 1.168 36
17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.267 + 1.560 38
18. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:37.278 + 1.571 30
19. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.432 + 1.725 27
20. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.930 + 2.223 37

practice 1 results
Pos  Driver        Team                      Time              Laps
1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.260 + 27
2. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.305 + 0.045 25
3. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:36.430 + 0.170 20
4. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:36.487 + 0.227 22
5. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.561 + 0.301 21
6. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:36.646 + 0.386 18
7. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.699 + 0.439 16
8. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.703 + 0.443 23
9. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.747 + 0.487 25
10. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.980 + 0.720 27
11. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.982 + 0.722 26
12. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.025 + 0.765 20
13. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:37.039 + 0.779 18
14. Piquet Renault (B) 1:37.199 + 0.939 20
15. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.241 + 0.981 18
16. Alonso Renault (B) 1:37.395 + 1.135 12
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:37.634 + 1.374 22
18. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:37.640 + 1.380 17
19. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:38.022 + 1.762 19
20. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:38.483 + 2.223 7

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Un-True Ham / McLaren Mercedes - The Transcript

Apparently there was more discussion going on then Lew-Ham had initially admitted to.  The following courtesy of

Formula 1's governing body the FIA has published the radio communication between reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren-Mercedes team that led to the British star being disqualified from third place in last weekend's 2009 curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The transcript reads as follows...

McLaren: OK Lewis, you should need to make sure your delta is positive over the safety car line. After the safety car line the delta doesn't matter, but no overtaking. No overtaking.
Lewis Hamilton: The Toyota went off in a line at the second this OK?
McLaren: Understood, Lewis. We'll confirm and get back to you.
LH: He was off the track. He went wide.
McLaren: Lewis, you need to allow the Toyota through. Allow the Toyota through now.
LH: He's slowed right down in front of me.
McLaren: OK, Lewis. Stay ahead for the time being. Stay ahead. We will get back to you. We are talking to Charlie [Whiting – FIA race director].
LH: I let him past already.
McLaren: OK, Lewis. That's fine. That's fine. Hold position. Hold position.
LH: Tell Charlie I already overtook him. I just let him past.
McLaren: I understand Lewis. We are checking. Now can we go to yellow G 5, yellow Golf 5.
LH: I don't have to let him past. I should be able to take that position back, if he made a mistake.
McLaren: Yes, we understand Lewis. Let's just do it by the book. We are asking Charlie now. You are in P4 if you hold this position. Just keep it together.
McLaren: OK Lewis, your KERS is full, your KERS is full. Just be aware. You can go back to black F2, black Foxtrott 2.
LH: Any news from Charlie whether I can take it back or not?
McLaren: Still waiting on a response Lewis, still waiting.
McLaren: Lewis, work on your brakes please. Front brakes are cold.
McLaren: If we are able to use one KERS that would be good. If you deploy KERS please do so now.
McLaren: OK, Lewis, this is the last lap of the race. At the end of the lap the safety car will come in; you just proceed over the line without overtaking, without overtaking. We are looking into the Trulli thing, but just hold position.

Un-True Ham and McLaren-Mercedes Disqualified from Australian GP for Lying

The 2009 Formula One season is all of four days old, and we already have enough controversy for two or three ALMS seasons. 

Maybe for the next race in Malaysia, the teams can forego actually running the race, and instead the outcome can be completely determined by FIA stewards. 

This will be helpful in a several ways,

  1.  More fuel savings than through the use of the silly KERS system.
  2. Zero concerns about pit-stop safety or refueling.
  3. Removes difficult decisions about tire choice.
  4. Less pressure on Kimi to "clean-up" on Sunday morning.
  5. FIA will still likely level multiple ten-grid position penalties for next race in order to give the British motoring press something to print.
Here's the press release from the FIA on the specifics:

PRESS RELEASE: Penalty Imposed On Driver No. 1 Lewis Hamilton And Competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

At the first hearing following the Australian Grand Prix, the Stewards did not have the benefit of the radio exchanges between driver No. 1 Lewis Hamilton and his Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, nor did they have access to the comments to the Media given by Lewis Hamilton immediately after the end of the race.

From the video recordings available to the Stewards during the hearing, it appeared that Jarno Trulli’s car left the track and car No. 1 moved into third place. It then appeared that Trulli overtook Hamilton to regain third place, which at the time was prohibited as it was during the Safety Car period.

During the hearing, held approximately one hour after the end of the race, the Stewards and the Race Director questioned Lewis Hamilton and his Team Manager David Ryan specifically about whether there had been an instruction given to Hamilton to allow Trulli to overtake. Both the driver and the Team Manager stated that no such instruction had been given. The Race Director specifically asked Hamilton whether he had consciously allowed Trulli to overtake. Hamilton insisted that he had not done so.

The new elements presented to the Stewards several days after the 2009 Australian Grand Prix which led to the reconvened Stewards Meeting clearly show that:

a. Immediately after the race and before Lewis Hamilton attended the Stewards Meeting, he gave an interview to the Media where he clearly stated that the Team had told him to let Trulli pass.

b. Furthermore, the radio exchanges between the driver and the Team contain two explicit orders from the Team to let the Toyota pass.

The Stewards, having learned about the radio exchanges and the Media interview, felt strongly that they had been misled by the driver and his Team Manager which led to Jarno Trulli being unfairly penalised and Lewis Hamilton gaining third place.

I've included some video of Lewis Hamilton's meeting with the stewards and after reviewing it, I'd say its pretty damning.