Ron Dennis has once again shown his warm and cuddly side by banning his drivers from drinking alcohol. I’ve heard rumours he is also considering stopping his drivers from watching TV and going to the cinema, lest it detract their minds from racing for even a single second. I can see the logic of Dennis’s … Continue reading The Ben Evans Columns – Drinking and driving
This image from Spanish F1 forum F1 Latam shows what Ferrari’s 2005 F1 car might look like with the controversial ‘Centreline Downwash Generating’ rear wing. Whether or not you’re convinced by the claims that the CDG wing would improve overtaking, I think we can all agree that it’s not a pretty solution. FIA President Max … Continue reading Is this the ugly face of future F1?
The first half-baked, half-assed shambles of a ruling for 2007 has got the F1 community chattering. Formula One will borrow the ‘Red Tyre Rule’ from Champ Car this year – albeit with one key difference that almost appears designed to make the whole thing as confusing and opaque as possible. For all this we have … Continue reading Red tyre revolution
Formula 1 press conferences are usually rigidly boring. Drivers usually stick to their PR scripts, try to get their sponsors and watch suppliers into the camera shot, and refuse even to speculate, never mind criticise or joke. But they’re always worth watching, because every now and then something actually interesting happens. Here’s a few more … Continue reading Video: Great F1 press conference moments (part 2)
Controversy, comedy, and water fights. Formula 1 press conferences have proved the unlikely venues for all manner of hi-jinxs. Today we take a look at some of the funniest moments in F1 press conferences captured on video – and a few of the arguments that erupted in front of the press. And we’ll have a … Continue reading Video: Great F1 press conference moments (part 1)
A look back at this week’s testing as the Formula 1 teams get ready for the 2007 season. Both McLaren and Ferrari suffered with heavy crashes damaging their new cars and poor weather interfering with their test regimes. Honda are ironing out bugs in the RA107 that caused Jenson Button to stop twice.
I can’t tell you how many biographies of Ayrton Senna Christopher Hilton has written, because I keep losing count.
Lewis Hamilton’s high-speed crash in testing on Friday served as a litmus test for the British media’s hunger for news about the exciting and fascinating young talent. He is yet to turn a wheel in anger, but news of his crash splashed across the entire back page of major papers like The Times, regardless of … Continue reading The Hamilton hype starts here
Our regular look at the latest material in F1 blogs including the Post of the Week. This week, a fierce row over customer cars, Prodrive get ready to go racing, and Formula One cars driving upside-down. Or maybe not.
Red Bull Racing have revealed their all-new Renault-powered, Adrian Newey-designed 2007 car that will be raced by David Coulthard and Mark Webber. Related links Official 2007 Honda RA107 pictures Official 2007 Renault R27 pictures 2007 Renault R27 spy photos More spy shots: Williams FW29 livery Ferrari’s subtle Marlboro branding (and F1 car) revealed Tags: f1 … Continue reading Official 2007 Red Bull RBR3 pictures
A sackful of stories in the F1 news this month. Including interviews with Bernie Ecclestone, Damon Hill, Juan Pablo Montoya and Lewis Hamilton plus possible future Grands Prix in Abu Dhabi and Greece, Prodrive getting ready to make their F1 debut in 2008 and loads more.
Four Formula One cars raced by Michael Schumacher have gone up for sale. All four cars are offered for purchase jointly and include the 1991 Jordan-Cosworth 191 in which he made his Grand Prix debut; The 1991 Benetton-Cosworth B191 in which he scored his first championship points at the Italian Grand Prix; The 1994 Benetton-Cosworth … Continue reading Four Michael Schumacher cars for sale – just $6.5m!
The wraps came off Honda’s new RA107 today – but the final look of the car still won’t be revealed until the livery is launched next month. This is Rubens Barrichello at the wheel in Barcelona. Related links Official 2007 Renault R27 pictures 2007 Renault R27 spy photos More spy shots: Williams FW29 livery Ferrari’s … Continue reading Official 2007 Honda RA107 pictures
A new series looking at F1’s banned technologies begins with an aerodynamic tweak that was the centre of controversy last year: flexi-wings.
The first photographs of Renault’s new Formula One racer broke cover two weeks ago – now the final car has been presented in its definitive livery. With ING replacing Mild Seven as title sponsors for 2007 the car has a fresh new colour scheme, dropping the light blue it has used since 2002, and as … Continue reading Official 2007 Renault R27 pictures
The first ever World Championship Grand Prix was held at Silverstone in 1950. But a rival circuit at Gamston nearly stole the race from it – how different F1 history might be had that happened. In my bid to fill my off-season weekends with motorsport related activity I found myself at the very Gamston airfield … Continue reading The Ben Evans Colums: Ghosts of Gamston
This is the official diagram showing the changes made to the Barcelona circuit, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, for the 2007 race. The penultimate bend, Europcar, has been tightened to allow for the insertion of a chicane on the approach to New Holland. As mentioned earlier on F1Fanatic the changes have been made to … Continue reading Changes to Barcelona for 2007 revealed
In 2006 the grinding tedium of the merciless political row between the FIA and the Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) finally ended in a ceasefire. And not a moment too soon – the last thing we needed was another Indy ’05 or, much worse, the GPMA’s stated threat of a ‘Grand Prix World Championship’ breakaway … Continue reading GPWC goes the way of Premier 1 GP
Are you a passionate, devoted fan of Panasonic Toyota Racing? Did you heart beat with anticipation during the unveiling of the TF107 last week? Will you tune in to the Australian Grand Prix in eight weeks’ time, praying for an all red-and-white front row? Probably not. According to last year’s FIA survey Toyota were the … Continue reading How do you solve a problem like Toyota?
For many F1 fans, the week isn’t complete without grabbing five minutes to read Nigel Roebuck’s Fifth Column in Autosport. A shame, then, that he rarely finds the time to create an extended volume of his work such as this. “Chasing the Title” broadly covers anything and everything Roebuck chose to turn his mind to … Continue reading “Chasing the Title” (Nigel Roebuck, 1999)