April 2005 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Webber criticises Heidfeld 29th April 2005, 18:00

Mark Webber has slighted team mate Nick Heidfeld’s racecraft in a recent interview, in which Webber claimed Heidfeld, “just sits there,” and doesn’t try hard enough to pass other cars. Perhaps Webber needs reminding that Heidfeld was ‘just sitting there’when Webber needlessly clashed with Giancarlo Fisichella in Malaysia, promoting Heidfeld to a podium place. Something […]

ITV ‘Sorry’ 27th April 2005, 18:00

ITV have posted an apology to F1 fans on their website for showing adverts instead of the concluding laps of the thrilling San Marino Grand Prix. “It is ITV1’s firm commitment to continue to bring you the best F1 coverage that we can,” they claim. Rest assured, F1Fanatic will be keeping a very close eye […]

Red faces at Minardi

Paul Stoddart may regret signing 40 year-old Israeli Chanook Nissany – the first Israeli to drive an F1 car – after the rookie crashed into team mate Christijan Albers during one of the team’s rare test sessions.

Jarno Trulli 4 – 0 Ralf Schumacher

Four races in and Trulli has given ‘little Schu’ a bit of a thrashing at Toyota so far. Faster in every qualifying session and ahead in every race, Trulli has amassed twice as many points (18-9) and two podium finishes, versus Ralf’s fourth and fifth placings. Ralf blames the ‘handling characteristics’ of the TF105 – […]

BAR weight row goes on 26th April 2005, 18:00

Nick Fry is continuing to defend BAR against allegations that Jenson Button’s car ran underweight at Imola. It spent six hours in scrutinerring before being passed by the stewards, but the decision was bizarrely appealed against by the FIA and BAR face a potential ban if the appeal is successful. “Does anyone really think that […]

Bernie the Train Robber

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he hired The Great Train Robbery driver Roy James to design an F1 trophy, after James’ release from prison. Ecclestone’s many detractors will be rubbing their hands with glee at the latest unsavoury, though completely above-board, association. As you would expect the F1 supremo was on form with a cheeky […]

San Marino backlash 25th April 2005, 18:00

The San Marino Grand Prix may have reached an entertaining and climactic conclusion, but the post-race talk is all controversy and skullduggery. The ‘group of sevem’ teams have lined up to condemn Ferrari’s rejection of the testing agreement and the huge testing programme that has led to their massive improvement in performance at Imola. But […]

San Marino Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

A resurgent Ferrari gave us a nail-biting race to the flag in San Marino, and with Jenson Button getting back on the podium surely F1 merited high mention in this week’s sports pages? We tell all in the media review… Monday’s Daily Star gives an adequate write-up of the San Marino Grand Prix, sandwiched gracelessly […]

So you want to be a Formula One driver? 24th April 2005, 19:47

When I first sat in a racing car three years ago I was certain that I was the next Grand Prix star in waiting and duly confirmed this (in my mind) by winning my first race. Since then the ascent to F1 has been slower than expected, hampered by a lack of money (a little) […]

Schu vs Stats

In his fifteen years of Formula One, Michael Schumacher has been the dominant force in the sport for most of the time. As such, he has led an assault on the F1 record books almost without parallel. He is notoriously indifferent to the scale of this achievement – in public, at least. Having won one […]