This editorial wraps up the weekly editions of F1Fanatic.co.uk for 2005, but’s there’s plenty more to come between now and the new season. It’s strange to think that eight months have passed since I sat down to write the first F1Fanatic.co.uk editorial in March – 31 more have passed since then on almost every week. … Continue reading Editorial: That’s not all, folks
Five months without Formula One? What on earth can you do with all those Sunday afternoons? Fear not – we’ve put our heads together and devised a range of activities for petrolheads to keep the nagging withdrawal at bay?â?ó?óÔÇÜ?¼?é?ª A1 Grand Prix A1 Grand Prix couldn’t be better for the F1 fan in winter: the … Continue reading Beat the off-season blues
F1 enjoyed a much better season in 2005 than in 2004 – but didn’t necessarily receive the press attention it deserved. Ironically, the spotlight shone brightest on the sport when it covered itself in shame at Indianapolis. And ITV’s coverage continued to decline in quality. The United States Grand Prix farce was undoutbedly the meia … Continue reading 2005: Media Review
Concluding our season review, F1Fanatic’s resident columnist Be Evans dishes out the awards to the very best of 2005 – indeed, even those who excelled in mediocrity. Driver of the Year Most years this is shoe-in for Mr M. Schumacher but 2005 has seen perhaps the greatest generational shift in driving talent for many years, … Continue reading 2005: Season Awards
Continuing out ranking of the drivers of 2005, this week we present the definitive top ten. 10 (-1 on half-term ranking) Jenson Button, BAR-Honda, 37 points With zero points at the halfway point in the season, you’d have been forgiven for assuming that Button would be happy with his move to Williams for 2006. But … Continue reading 2005 Driver rankings #10-1
2005 was the year when F1 stopped being predictable – Michael Schumacher didn’t win everything and a pair of stellar new talents dominated the season. Even some of the best motor sport commentators were caught out. Matt Bishop, writing in the F1 Racing monthly subscribers’ letter back in February, was as dismissive of the 2005 … Continue reading Editorial: Predictable?
Statistics are unfairly maligned. Yes, they can be distorted, manipulated and spun – but lay the figures out in full and clearer picture often emerges. We take a look at some of the stories of 2005 with a little help from F1Fanatic’s brand new statistics pages. Raikkonen vs Alonso Alonso tallied 135 points to Raikkonen’s … Continue reading 2005: Statistical Review
In the first of a two-part feature we reviews and rate the 25 drivers who participated in the 2005 World Drivers’ Championship. The top ten will be revealed in the final issue of 2005?â?ó?óÔÇÜ?¼?é?ª 27 (-12 on half-term report ranking) Takuma Sato, BAR-Honda, 1 point Sato’s third full season of Formula One was a disaster: … Continue reading 2005 Driver rankings #27-11
A constructors’ championship battle just isn’t as exciting as a drivers’ championship battle – so it was with the lacklustre Chinese race that got a lukewarm press response. Jim Rosenthal bade farewell to ITV after another year in which the broadcaster took a backward step. The most disappointing omission from almost all of the race … Continue reading Chinese Grand Prix 2005 Media Review
Brazilian Grand Prix, 2004: The last race of 2004, and one of the better ones in a dismal season. Nine of the ten teams agree to limits on testing, and there is optimism that the sole dissenters, Ferrari, will follow. Perhaps F1’s political Cold War is finally thawing? Fast-forward back to the present day and … Continue reading Editorial: Come full circle
Last weekend for the second time in a fortnight A1GP was pitched directly against F1, giving fans a chance to draw further conclusions of the merits of the respective series. As it happened, F1 delivered a rarely spectacular race, but even so the Lausitz races were entertaining. A1GP began with a bang at Brands – … Continue reading A1 Grand Prix vs Formula One
The Formula One calendar was extended to nineteen rounds this year, but the sport would have been far better served by ending on the high of last weekendâ€™s thrilling Japanese Grand Prix than the forgettable affair that was the Chinese round.
Whatever problems F1 may face off the track, a scintillating Grand Prix like the one at Japan this Sunday is a sure-fire way to put things right. So how did the F1Fanatic editor rate it alongside the other memorable races he’s seen? Hungarian Grand Prix 1989 Podium: Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Thierry Boutsen This was … Continue reading Editorial: Fantastic Formula One
F1Fanatic issue #30 is now available, featuring: Japanese Grand Prix review Chinese Grand Prix preview Editorial: Fuelling the fire Media review #18 For all this and more visit www.f1fanatic.co.uk
It may have been a thrilling race with a heart-stopping conclusion, but with the England football team in action on Saturday it was never going to get much coverage. The Independent at least open their sports pages with the race. “A classic demonstration of the art of Grand Prix racing” hails David Tremayne. Makes better … Continue reading Japanese Grand Prix 2005 Media Review
The most packed Grand Prix season ever finally draws to a close in Shanghai this weekend. After a successful inaugural race in 2004 the Hermann Tilke-designed venue gets the coveted end-of-season slot – but the jury’s still out on the circuit. Yes, it’s a colossal venue. Yes, the facilities are outrageously good. Yes, the ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú200m … Continue reading Chinese Grand Prix 2005 Preview
Kimi Raikkonen took his best win to date in a race packed with scintillating overtaking, controversy and one sizeable shunt.
Issue 29 of F1fanatic is now available, featuring: Brazilian Grand Prix review Feature: Boring, boring football Japanese Grand Prix preview Editorial: Michael Park Media review #17 For all this and more visit www.f1fanatic.co.uk
Last weekend Valentino Rossi claimed his fourth consecutive Moto GP title and again fuelled speculation that he might switch disciplines to Formula One with Ferrari in 2007. It has been 20 years since anyone significant did this, and it would be fascinating to see how he performs. Mike Hailwood, Johnny Cecotto and, most famously, John … Continue reading Courting Valentino
?â?ó?óÔÇÜ?¼?àÔÇ£It’s boring,?â?ó?óÔÇÜ?¼?é?Ø they’re all saying. ”The same people win every time.?â?ó?óÔÇÜ?¼?é?Ø F1 in ’02? Or even last year? Well, yes, but significantly these criticisms are being levelled at the 2005 Premiership football season in England. So should either sport pay any attention to the nay-sayers? The critics who insist that sport exists only to entertain … Continue reading Boring, boring football