Do you want to see what the Renault F1 cars look like without the ING logo?
(In a shock announcement, the international banking giant yanked its sponsorship of the team on the eve of the Grand Prix of Singapore because – you wanna believe – gazillions of its customers world-wide let them know, in no uncertain terms, that it would no longer be a wise idea to continue the association . . . )
Well, tomorrow morning (Saturday) on TSN, final qualifying for the GP will be shown starting at 9:55 a.m.
|The shape of things to come? Sure is a lot white space on the Renault.|
(Hint: there’s a lot of white space on those two Renault cars.)
It’s a toss-up for pole, but Sebastien Vettel (Red Bull) and – gasp – Fernando Alonso of Renault looked good in Friday practice, along with fighting-for-his-job Heikki Kovalainen in the McLaren and the ever-suprising Nick Heidfeld (BMW).
Of course, this is F1 where speed is measured in fractions, so you have to go all the way back to 12th-place Adrien Sutil in the Force India car before you reach the one-second-behind-fastest time.
A bobble here or a slight slide there and you can go from first place all the back to – well, you get the idea.
The race, itself, will be broadcast on TSN Sunday morning starting at 7:55 a.m.
It’s not the only good racing available on television this weekend. In addition to the NASCAR race at Dover on Sunday afternoon (TSN, 1 p.m.), the 10-hour Petit Le Mans for the American LeMans Series car will be shown in its entirety on Speed, starting tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
All the big sports car dogs are at Road Atlanta for this one. Allan McNish and Dindo Capello are leading the charge of the Audi diesel brigade (Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner are in the second car), with Stephane Sarrazin and Franck Montagny in the first Peugeot diesel and Nicolas Minassian and Pedro Lamy in the other.
(Why not Jacques Villeneuve and Sebastien Bourdais?)
All the ALMS regulars are there, including Simon Pagenaud and Gil de Ferran, joined by Scott Dixon, in an Acura.
Mosport winners David Brabham and Scott Sharp are being joined by Dario Franchitti for this race, also in an Acura. But this team suffered a huge setback in practice yesterday when Sharp collided with a GT car and totally destroyed the primary car.
Sharp miraculously walked away from the accident without a scratch but the team had to order a new tub from Honda in California and are working feverishly today to rebuild the car in time for the race start tomorrow morning.