After James Hunt’s World Championship victory in 1976 there wasn’t another British champion until Nigel Mansell in 1992. Even though British teams like Lotus, McLaren and Williams won championships in the intervening period, of British champions were none. That might have been very different had it not been for the untimely deaths of three promising … Continue reading “The Lost Generation” (David Tremayne, 2006)
In this week’s round-up of stories in the F1 blogs: The FIA release the 2009 technical regulations, thoughts on holding an F1 ‘night race’, top drivers, season reviews, and funny goings-on in the world of NASCAR. Read on for more.
In our final look back on the F1 news of 2006 some surprising comments from Nick Heidfeld, Chinese F1 racers on the way, and a lingering look back on Michael Schumacher’s last Grand Prix. Read on for more.
A day later than usual due to technical complications, a festive Ben Evans is mulling the possibility of race action on Boxing Day…
Some festive motor racing highlights not to be missed. BBC Radio Five Live did a programme on Michael Schumacher on Christmas Day, perhaps not the most convenient of times, but you can catch up with their excellent Listen Again feature. The programme, “The Trial of Michael Schumacher” examines the career of the controversial champion. Those … Continue reading Don’t miss this
Get a disappointing haul of Xmas presents this year? If so, help yourself to this selection of goodies from the Mark Webber Blog, who in the spirit of the season are sharing some full-length F1 race videos. Grab them while you can, and leave a word of thanks (or, better, a festive donation) for the … Continue reading F1 video Xmas present
Merry Xmas to everyone who’s read F1Fanatic this year! Here’s a little festive fun for you – find the F1 drivers & personalities hidden in the following anagrams. My favourites are ‘barf toe ravioli’ and ‘mafia sleeps’, but I can’t claim the credit for ‘claim much cash here’, which was in F1 Racing recently…
“The Chariot Makers” is the third book by Benetton mechanic-turned-TV commentator Steve Matchett. It follows a distinctly different approach to his previous titles “Life in the Fast Lane” and “The Mechanic’s Tale” in that instead of following a period in recent F1 history, the author explains how an F1 car is built through the fascinating … Continue reading “The Chariot Makers” (Steve Matchett, 2005)
With the holiday season drawing in the F1 blogs have quietened down. But discussion still goes on about the future of Jacques Villeneuve, the Max Mosley vs GPDA safety row, and McLaren’s (ultimately successful) endeavours to get Fernando Alonso behind the wheel before the year was out. Read on for more.
In the news this week a few interesting developments in the driver market as Adrian Sutil will make his race debut as a rookie in 2007 with Spyker, Sebastian Bourdais courts an ’08 race seat with Toro Rosso, and Timo Glock nabs a testing contract. This and more in our weekly headlines round-up.
A feature in Arena magazine listing “The 10 Worst Sporting Champions of All Time” caught my eye, because it included James Hunt’s 1976 championship victory among them. “The annus mirabilis of Hunt’s career was really a bit of a farce,” writes Scott Murray. But was his really the least impressive championship ever won?
Many of you will have read our recent guide to festive presents for the Formula One fan. Sadly your typical catalogue of F1 presents consists of either rushed biographies of drivers who have retired, or season reviews the remind how many hours in front of the TV over the past year could have been condensed … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Christmas Cheer
What big F1 news story broke one year ago today? Have a guess… It was Fernando Alonso’s shock switch to McLaren for 2007 – a move that caught most, if not all, F1 followers completely unaware. Of course it’s not the first time in F1 history that a shock driver or team move has caught … Continue reading Top ten… F1 bombshells
The news of changes to the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, provokes a mixed reaction. The changes will affect the penultimate bend ‘Europcar’ which is taken at over 200kph (125mph), the intention being to make the corner slower and therefore safer. By doing this the challenging, high-speed turn Europcar … Continue reading More overtaking at Barcelona in ’07?
There are ten Autocourse 2007 calendars to be won in this week’s Trackside, which covers Mitsubishi’s return to the World Rally Championship with the famed Lancer Evolution. Related links Autotrader.co.uk – Trackside – Lancer Evo returns to rallying (external) Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport
When Eddie Jordan was famously outmanouevred by Flavio Briatore in 1991, losing the coveted contract to run Michael Schumacher, McLaren boos Ron Dennis strode up to him and simply said: “Welcome to the Piranha Club”.
F1 bloggers reacted to the sad news of Clay Regazzoni’s death this week. Also in the blogs – more Schumacher conspiracies, photographs from the FIA Gala, and is the sun setting on Rubens Barrichello’s career? Read on to find out…
In the F1 headlines this week the grandson of an F1 legend gets his first test in a Formula One car, the Brazilian Grand Prix organisers win a prize for the easiest job in the world, and the pressure piles on Giancarlo Fisichella. Read on for more.
I was saddened today to hear of the death of former Grand Prix race winner Clay Regazzoni in a road traffic accident near Parma in Italy. Regazzoni had a fine Grand Prix career in the 1970s, winning pole position for his fourth race and winning his fifth, at Monza in his home country of Italy, … Continue reading Clay Regazzoni, 1939-2006
In the 2005 season the top F1 engines were producing in excess of 900 horsepower, with the leading engines believed to have as much as 950hp on tap. But as of this year engines were cut in size from 3.0-litre V10s to 2.4-litre V8s. And with that drop in size came a corresponding drop in … Continue reading Supercars outgun F1 in power race