2006 January archive

R26 ready for Renault’s title defence 31st January 2006, 13:30

For the first time since 2000, a Formula One car other than a Ferrari bears the coveted number one on its nose cone. Fernando Alonso has already been behind the wheel of the R26 this year, but today saw the formal presentation of the car complete with its 2006 colour scheme. Speculation is rife that, […]

Google video of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost’s final encounter – in karts! 28th January 2006, 22:10

Google’s excellent new video search feature includes a 13-minute clip from the Eurosport satellite television channel of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost (and other contemporary Formula One drivers) racing karts in December 1993. The video shows what would be one of – if not the – final battles between the two great rivals before Senna’s […]

Williams promise wins with FW28 27th January 2006, 16:46

The Williams-Cosworth FW28 revealed at grove today is good enough to win races claims Patrick Head, echoing the teams confident stance throughout winter testing despite the loss of engine partner BMW. Curiously the FW28′s dark blue-and-white paint scheme appears like an inverse of BMW’s white-and-blue car, but it’s the aerodynamic detailed shrouded in the colours […]

Super Aguri get green light from FIA 26th January 2006, 17:20

Reports of Super Aguri’s demise proved unfounded as the FIA announced that the team can participate in the 2006 season. The Formula One entry list therefore grows to more than ten teams for the first time since 2002. Takuma Sato has been tipped to drive plus one of four other drivers, of which the favourite […]

Ferrari reveal 248 F1 24th January 2006, 10:38

Spies had already snapped the 248 F1 lapping Fiorano ahead of today’s launch, leading Autosport to comment on how much the new Ferrari appears to have borrowed from rivals Renault, Toyota and McLaren. The 248 F1 marks another change in nomenclature from Ferrari, who used the F200X series from 2000. ’248′ denotes the 2.4-litre engine […]

Ferrari shun blue-chip sponsors for fags & booze 23rd January 2006, 21:38

Having lost Vodafone to McLaren for 2006, Ferrari have signed a deal with new sponsors Martini. The team are pushing the angle that Martini have a long historic association with motor sport (particularly rallying). But the true significance of the deal is that it underlines how Ferrari, wedded to Marlboro cash, cannot attract or retain […]

British government will not mirror Italian Grand Prix spending 20th January 2006, 17:01

British Sports Minister Richard Caborn MP gave a strong indication that the government are not interested in supporting their home Grand Prix in an answer to a quetion raised by opposition MP Michael Jack. Caborn denied the his Department for Culture, Media and Sport had any information about how much money, if any, other European […]

Five-round Grand Prix Masters calendar unveiled 19th January 2006, 11:53

The inaugural Grand Prix Masters series will visit five venues in 2006: Losail International, Qatar, April 29th Monza, Italy, June 18th Silverstone, Great Britain, August 13th TBA, October 1st Kyalami, South Africa, 12th November The dates chosen do not conflict with any dates on the Formula One calendar, except for the fourth rund at a […]

F1Fanatic supports campaign to issue ‘Grand Prix’ on DVD 17th January 2006, 19:00

The 1966 film, ‘Grand Prix’, felt by many to be the greatest motor racing film of all time is not available on DVD. The rights holder, Warner Home Video, say they have no plans to release ‘Grand Prix’ on DVD, claiming they have received ‘no requests’ to do so. A group of enthusiasts started a […]

BMW low-ball F1.06 hopes

BMW Sauber are first to give their 2006 challenger a ‘proper’ launch in something close to the spec in which it will run in Bahrain. Team boss Mario Theissen was quick to dispel talk of immediate Grand Prix wins: “In our first season we will mainly be gathering experience… it requires patience and endurance.” They […]