F-1 Ferrari is here
Ferrari presented its 2008 Formula One car Sunday, highlighting a series of technical changes and the return of the No. 1 on the red model's nose. Kimi Raikkonen earned Ferrari its first driver's championship last season since Michael Schumacher accomplished the feat five consecutive times from 2000-04. It was the squad's first constructor's title since 2004. "The fact that I won the driver's title last year gives me the certainty that I can try and do it this year too," Raikkonen said at the presentation in Fiorano, Italy. Ferrari is calling the car the F2008. It is the 54th car the Maranello outfit has built for F1. It features a new electronic system called SECU (Standard Electronic Control Unit) that is the same for all F1 teams this season. Other new details include a revamped transmission, which must be used for four consecutive races, and more safety features, including lateral guards near the drivers' helmets. According to new rules for materials, the car is heavier than last year's edition, weighing in at 1,333.78 pounds, including water, oil and the driver. There is also a complete overhaul in aerodynamics, although Ferrari said more changes will be put in place before the first race in Australia in March. Raikkonen is scheduled to test the F2008 for the first time on Ferrari's home track in Fiorano today.
Ski group completes California resort tour
A group of skiers trying to tackle all 28 California ski resorts in four days has completed its mission despite massive winter storms. The four-member group Across the Atlas finished around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, after road closures delayed them for several hours. They descended on Sierra at Tahoe late Saturday night, and snowcat operators gave them a ride to the top of the mountain and provided light for their dark descent in the blowing snow, according to a post on their blog. Some areas of the Sierra Nevada mountains have received as much as 11 feet of snow since early Friday.
Chopra tops Stricker to win Mercedes-Benz
Daniel Chopra two-putted for a birdie on the fourth playoff hole to beat Steve Stricker at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii. Chopra, who closed with a 7-under 66, earned $1.1 million and a Mercedes sports car.
Cavs might still have eyes for Kings' Bibby
There are reportedly no serious trade discussions ongoing between the Kings and the Cleveland Cavaliers involving veteran point guard Mike Bibby, but there soon could be. Cleveland general manager Danny Ferry has made at least three serious attempts within the last year to acquire Bibby. And the signs are there that he soon might be trying again.