Michael Schumacher is the biggest character in Formula One today. With an unapproachable stack of wins and championship victories to his name, his identity is writ large across the sport. Media fascination with him is inevitable and it’s hardly surprising that, after more than a decade at the top of the tree, what little time … Continue reading “Michael Schumacher: Driving Force” (Sabine Kehm)
The controversial 1994 season provoked at least two noteworthy ‘insider’ books: Damon Hill’s Grand Prix Year and Steve Matchett’s Life in the Fast Lane. Together they tell the stories of the two championship-contending teams that year: Williams (Hill) and Benetton (Matchett). And they make for an intriguing comparison with each other.
“Life in the Fast Lane” is the first of the two memoirs of former Benetton mechanic Steve Matchett. It focuses on the particularly tragic, turbulent and controversial 1994 season which nonetheless eventually saw Benetton’s Michael Schumacher win the World Drivers Championship. Steve Matchett’s book tells the story of a season’s racing from a mechanic’s point … Continue reading “Life in the Fast Lane” (Steve Matchett, 1995)
In this week’s Trackside we previewed the Britcar 24 Hours race on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. Also this week we did a feature on the fantastic Donington Grand Prix collection. Related links Autotrader.co.uk – Trackside: Racing ’round the clock (external) Autotrader.co.uk – Donington Grand Prix Collection (external) Tags f1 / formula one / grand … Continue reading Trackside: Britcar and Donington
James Hunt – hedonist extraordinaire. His legendary off-track exploits would more than fill a book – but happily this biography isn’t an overdose of sensation. Gerald Donaldson looks at Hunt from all angles: the consummate professional whose attention would nonetheless wander; the man who accrued vast wealth then carelessly squandered it; the party animal and … Continue reading “James Hunt: The Biography” (Gerald Donaldson, 2003)
Often we are told not to judge books by their covers. With this paperback edition of Robert Edwards’ 2001 biography of Sir Stirling Moss, do the exact opposite. The iconic picture of a youthful Stirling, face blackened by race track filth but for two goggle-sized spots gleaming white around the eyes. It’s all there in … Continue reading “Stirling Moss: The Authorised Biography” (Robert Edwards, 2005)
The predictable confirmation that the FIA’s ban on mass damper systems will be upheld has dealt a stinging blow to Renault’s hopes of retaining both the drivers and constructors championships. Fernando Alonso currently leads Michael Schumacher by ten points in the drivers’ championship and Renault head Ferrari byseven in the constructors’s title race. But the … Continue reading Damper D-Day
A round-up of Formula One news and comment from around the world this week. (All links external) New rules cost F1 workers dear – Pitpass (and others) have explained the dire consequences of the FIA’s engine freeze for employees of Cosworth – a plight a friend of mine was telling me about only last week. … Continue reading F1 in the news
Grand Prix motor racing reaches its centenary in 2006 so this retrospective look at some of the behemoth racers from the dawn of the century is well-timed. It may be a little on the dusty side but you don’t need thick-rimmed glasses and an enormous beard to enjoy this book.
We all remember what happened when Michelin turned up at last year’s United States Grand Prix and discovered that their tyres couldn’t withstand the pummelling of the turn 13 banking. Well, just to prove that Formula One doesn’t own a monopoly on sporting cock-ups, a major cricket game has been forfeited and cancelled amid similar … Continue reading Indy ’05, cricket-style
The three-week summer break came at a pivotal moment in the 2006 championship. Fernando Alonso was within 19 laps of dealing a major blow to Michael Schumacher’s recovery in the title battle at the Hungaroring. But an errant wheel nut – the first mechanical failure in a race for either of the championship protagonists this … Continue reading Turkish Grand Prix 2006 Preview
This week’s Trackside was on Nigel Mansell’s much-vaunted return to Silverstone with Grand Prix Masters. It may have been a disappointment for Mansell and fellow British driver Derek Warwick, but the ex-F1 pilots still gave us a fantastic race. Related links Autotrader.co.uk: Trackside – Hero’s homecoming is damp squib (external) Tags: f1 / formula one … Continue reading Trackside: Mansell at GP Masters
Toyota appear to be resigned to the future direction of Formula One engines being homologated power plants mated to more environmentally-aware technologies.
For many followers of F1, Nigel Roebuck is foremost among journalists of the sport. More than just a writer, he is a fan of the sport whose firm allegiance to it is unwavering, even when its tragedies and controversies have put it to the test. He is most well-known for his close friendship with Gilles … Continue reading “Inside Formula One” – Nigel Roebuck
David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine are to appear in a new Sky TV programme in which they coach celebrities on race car driving. The Race will air in Sky’s autumn season and be presented by Denise van Outen, who appeared at the launch of Tyrrell’s last ever F1 car in 1998. The celebrities participating in … Continue reading It’s the Dave & Eddie show!
SCEE have released the annual update to the only official Formula One game. As ever, it’s exclusive to the PlayStation, and decidedly ‘arcade’ style rather than a detailed simulation. It has all the latest teams and drivers – but is it actually any good?
The height of the summer sporting season is passing and once again two sports are left to rue another year spoiled by drugs scandals. In cycling, Floyd Landis faces being stripped of his Tour de France victory after testing positive for excessive and unnatural levels of testosterone. In athletics, world and Olympic 100 metres champion … Continue reading F1 winners don’t use drugs
When you think of great first laps in Formula One you inevitably bring Ayrton Senna’s at the 1993 European Grand Prix to mind. But last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix saw a pair of scintillating starts – and I reckon one of them was better than Senna’s. Let’s take a look at all three in detail.
The BBC’s web chief Ashley Highfield spoke in an interview with The Independent today about how he wants to open the BBC’s archives via the Internet. Of greatest interest to Formula One fans would be the archives of Grand Prix, the BBC’s Formula One coverage programme which ran from 1978 to 1996. The two most … Continue reading Could BBC open ‘Grand Prix’ archive?
No prizes for guessing what this week’s Trackside was about… Related links Autotrader.co.uk – Trackside: Button first among equals Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport / jenson button