April 2006 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

F1Fanatic by name… 24th April 2006, 4:17

Being in a foreign country isn’t going to stop any Formula One fan getting their fix. But I must confess I was a bit disappointed that the fairly plush hotel I’m staying in in Mexico didn’t have satellite television. Without that, no Fox Sports and no F1. Fortunately the tourist resort of Playa del Carmen […]

Thoughts from abroad #2 22nd April 2006, 21:18

David Richards is the name most people are linking to the empty 12th slot on the grid for 2008 – and rightly so. Of the other known possible new teams for ’08 his Prodrive outfit is clearly the most credible – whatever tedious local protesters may have to say. Richards set out his stall as […]

Thoughts from abroad #1 20th April 2006, 16:21

I may be holidaying in Mexico at the moment (hence no new features!) but I’m not taking a holiday from Formula One. But as I haven’t the time to scour the news sources for some interesting or overlooked titbit, I’m going to enter the dangerous territory of prediction-making instead. The three-week break between races has […]

Schnaider to sell? 12th April 2006, 13:39

The Daily Telegraph have reported that Alex Schnaider is keen to sell his Midland F1 team – only three races into their first ‘proper’ Formula One season. Many commentators have been vocally sceptical about the team which is backed by Russian heavy industry company the Midland Group. The article insists that team boss Colin Kolles […]

F1 at Valencia ‘by 2009′ 10th April 2006, 9:15

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the Valencia track will host a Formula One race in 2009, when modifications to the circuit to accommodate the cars have been completed. Valencia held the opening round of this year’s GP2 championship last weekend. Like many Spanish circuits Valencia is a popular testing destination due to the favourable winter […]

Australian Grand Prix Review 2nd April 2006, 20:53

Fernando Alonso stamped his authority all over the Australian Grand Prix – while the field behind him self-destructed. Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jenson Button were among the casualties. Button rocketed to pole position on Saturday on a very competitive fuel load, and successfully converted the advantage into the race lead. He was aided […]

Race rotation: an A1 idea?

Bernie Ecclestone has publicly speculated that future Formula One calendars could be far more fluid, with each country holding a race every two or three years instead of annually. Meanwhile the A1 Grand Prix series, the first season of which ended in Shanghai today (pictured), have indicated a substantially different 2006-07 calendar. The first two […]

Massa shunt shafts Schu 1st April 2006, 7:29

The vagaries of 2006-style qualifying combined to claim a few noteworthy scalps ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. The first was Rubens Barrichello, who failed to get beyond the first session and quaified 16th, bumped down by Vitantonio Liuzzi’s Scuderia Toro Rosso-Cosworth. Barrichello’s early hot lap was thwarted by Yuji Ide who spun his Super […]