March 2006 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Gallery now available 30th March 2006, 13:17

After a slight hiatus due to technical problems we’re glad to say the galleries are back online for you to view. Related links Galleries

Driver exodus hits A1 final

The final round of the A1 Grand Prix series this weekend is in danger of being something of a damp squib. With the top two championship positions settled and most other racing series entering the new season, many teams are without their long-term drivers. Britain’s Robbie Kerr is busy preparing for the new World Series […]

Engine check – Australia 29th March 2006, 21:40

It’s round three this weekend and already some drivers could be using their third engines: Yuji Ide, Christijan Albers and David Coulthard all retired in Bahrain and Sepang – although Coulthard did on the slowing down lap in Bahrain. Felipe Massa, of course, changed engines twice in Bahrain to get extra tyre testing done for […]

Peace reigns – for now

In last week’s editorial I suggested that if Ferrari didn’t back down over the flexi-wings row and the five GPMA teams didn’t hand their Formula One applications in to the FIA, we could have had an ugly Indianapolis-style farce on our hands. Happily, the GPMA got their paperwork done on time, and Ferrari have changed […]

GPMA-FIA deal done? 27th March 2006, 12:35

Paddock Talk are reporting that the five GPMA-aligned teams – McLaren, BMW, Honda, Renault, Toyota – have submitted their applications to the FIA for participation in the 2008 Formula One World Championship ahead of the March 31st deadline. There is no news yet on whether the FIA have accepted their submissions, or whether they contain […]

Briatore: “Fix qualifying”

FIA President Max Mosley has been singing the praises of Renault boss Flavio Briatore in F1 Racing this month. He’d do well to listen to Briatore’s thoughts on the current qualifying system: I think the knockout system is very good but I am still not happy with the first part of Q3. At the moment, […]

F1Fanatic Issue 04 Vol 02 26th March 2006, 22:34

In this week’s issue of F1Fanatic: The reign of the Regie The Malaysian Grand Prix marked the first one-two finish for the modern Renault team. We take a look at how the first Renault team failed in their quest to life the championship trophies. [read more] Australian Grand Prix preview For the first time Albert […]

Australian Grand Prix Preview

Spaniard vs. Finn. German vs. Columbian. The Regie vs. the Scuderia. This is international sport Formula One-style and it will grace the Melbourne paddock a little later than usual this year because the city has been holding the Commonwealth Games. For those not up to speed on athletics, the Commonwealth Games is basically the Olympics, […]

F1 qualifying for DTM

Formula One’s new qualifying system has inspired a similar approach in the popular German Touring Car Championship (DTM). But the German series’ approach will not feature the unpopular fifteen minutes of fuel-burning seen in the F1 model: Session 1: 20 cars on track for 14 minutes. Top 14 proceed. Seven-minute break. Session 2: 14 cars […]

Trouble waiting in the wings

The political tensions that precipitated the dismal turn of events at Indianapolis last year may have gradually quietened since then, but recently FIA President Max Mosley has noticeably turned the heat up on the manufacturer-aligned (GPMA) teams who are not yet signed up to the 2007 Concorde Agreement – McLaren-Mercedes, Renault, Honda, Toyota and BMW.