September 2006 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

F1 in the news 30th September 2006, 17:08

Slightly later than usual – a round up of the F1 stories doing the rounds. (All links external).

Flat Out, Flat Broke?? by Perry McCarthy reviewed 29th September 2006, 11:46

Perry McCarthy’s account of his often disastrous attempts to make it as a Formula One diver is littered with hilarious anecdotes.

Chinese Grand Prix 2006 preview 28th September 2006, 8:10

With Michael Schumacher’s retirement confirmed, all eyes turn to the nail-biting championship battle between the Ferrari driver and reigning champion Fernando Alonso. For evidence of that, look no further than this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, where the Shanghai International Circuit owners have devoted a grandstand each specifically to supporters of Alonso and Schumacher. Schumacher may […]

“The Last Road Race”?? (Richard Williams, 2004) 27th September 2006, 12:00

I’ve always been fascinated by the Pescara track. It is an anomaly in Formula One history, used only once for a World Championship race. And, at 25.5 kilometres (15.8 miles) in length, the longest circuit ever used for F1 – though many might automatically assume that record belongs to the Nurburgring. So I was delighted […]

No Japanese qualifying on ITV either

ITV have delivered another blow to Formula One fans hoping to watch the thrilling denouement of this year’s championship live.The broadcaster will not show the qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix live. They are also refusing to show the same session for the Chinese Grand Prix live. As ever the only recourse for F1 […]

“1?? litre Grand Prix Racing 1961-65″ (Mark Whitelock, 2006) 26th September 2006, 12:00

There is nothing new under the sun. Just as the FIA provoked intense debate when they imposed 2.4-litre V8 engines from 2006, so there was similar distaste over the imposition of 1.5-litre engines after the 1960 season. This new book from Mark Whitelock turns the spotlight on this “largely overlooked” period of Grand Prix history. […]

ITV drop live qualifying again 25th September 2006, 14:41

With just three crucial qualifying sessions and three vital races left in 2006, British viewers won’t get to see at least one of them, thanks to ITV. Even though the qualifying session at Shanghai in China will be taking place very early in the morning in British time, ITV are not showing it live. The […]

“The Cruel Sport” (Robert Daley, 2005)

Having recently looked at Dr Stephen Olvey’s “Rapid Response” on safety in CART racing, I thought it would be a good time to review a similar book on the dangers of earlier Formula One. The Cruel Sport was first published in 1963. Journalist and photographer Robert Daley covered F1 for the New York Times but […]

“Rapid Response” (Dr Stephen Olvey, 2006) 24th September 2006, 12:00

Dr Steve Olvey’s book on safety developments in CART and IndyCar racing is a fascinating and thought-provoking read.

“Schumacher: The Life of the New Formula 1 Champion” (Timothy Collings, 1994) 23rd September 2006, 12:00

Carrying on our recent theme of Michael Schumacher book reviews, this very early book dates back to the winter of 1994 when the German had just seized his first world championship. This book makes especially interesting reading in the light of everything Schumacher has accomplished in the 12 years since his first World Drivers’ Championship. […]