My favourite find in the blogs this week had to be the blogger who went to the Australian Grand Prix and turned into an F1 fan. Plus, Formula 1 Lastest on the F1 calendar, Maurice Hamilton on Jenson Button, and more…
Is this the best piece of F1 news this year? Traction control will be outlawed in F1 from next season as the FIA and manufacturers have agreed on standard engine control units. This is fantastic news for the sport – it plugs a gigantic hole in F1’s credibility and promises to present a greater challenge … Continue reading Traction control banned in F1 from 2008
It’s great to see Clive James writing about F1 again – don’t miss his excellent piece on Lewis Hamilton in the week’s F1 in the News. Also the Turkish Grand Prix gets a Get out of Jail Free card but it looks like the French race is scuppered. Plus, India looks to hold a street … Continue reading F1 in the news 30
For one example of an F1 engine technology that was dismissed at first, went through a difficult gestation, and then became ubiquitous, look no further than the turbo engines that defined F1 racing in the 1980s.
Rumours suggest Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have upset their respective fan bases by not giving them enough face time. Now, I’m all in favour of drivers spending more time meeting their fans who, after all, have often paid substantial amounts to get to races in the first place. Racers in American series like Champ … Continue reading Debate: Do you collect autographs?
Over the weekend I found myself watching Bike/Moto GP highlights from the 1980’s, 1990’s and the latest race from Jerez, and I was impressed by just how effectively the brand and the series had been developed. Moto GP has learned some tough lessons over the past decade – and it’s high time F1 took a … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Lessons from Moto GP
One of Andreas Gursky’s works recently fetched ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú1.7m in London – the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction. Among Gursky’s other work is a series of elaborate studies of Formula One, some of which are currently on display to the public. F1 Boxenstopp (a series of four images) is among Gursky’s works currently on … Continue reading F1 photograph art on exhibition
The use of team orders at Ferrari has been a source of conflict among F1 fans – some defend it, others deny it, many decry it. But with the departure of Michael Schumacher the question of which of its two drivers Ferrari is going to back is less clear cut. Should Ferrari revert to backing … Continue reading Debate: Should Ferrari use team orders?
Last month I had the opportunity to interview Murray Walker for Auto Trader. I met the legendary commentator at his home in Hampshire and conducted an interview which ran on the Auto Trader website. Here now is the full, unedited transcript of that interview with Murray’s answers quoted in their entirety.
Team Great Britain finally broke their A1 Grand Prix duck as Oliver Jarvis gave the team its long-awaited first win in the series. Jarvis leapt into the lead from second on the grid as polesitter Alex Yoong bogged down badly in the team Malaysia car. The British team pitted at the first available opportunity while … Continue reading A1 Grand Prix: Jarvis takes the first win for Britain
It was a straightforward win for Alex Yoong and the Malaysia team in the sprint race at Mexico. All the drama happened at the start. Team Great Britain’s Oliver Jarvis pulled into second place as the cars of teams Germany, Brazil and Mexico collided with each other. Amazingly, none of the chasing pack hit the … Continue reading A1 Grand Prix: Yoong converts pole to victory
Dan Wheldon got his 2007 Indy Car title campaign off to the best possible start with an utterly dominating win at Miami-Homestead. Only a fumbled pit stop by the Ganassi team that briefly dropped him to ninth threatened to spoil his day. But the ease with which Wheldon breezed ahead of the others and back … Continue reading IRL: Crushing win for Wheldon
Mika Hakkinen, Keke Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen – plenty of great Finnish F1 drivers, and yet there’s never been a Finnish Grand Prix. Finland had a particularly fine racing circuit in Keimola, but it fell into disuse and thus is one of the tracks that forms the subject of this book. “Autodrome” tells the histories of … Continue reading “Autodrome” (Sam Collins & Gavin Ireland 2007)
Team Germany may be missing star driver Nico H?âãÆ?é??lkenberg but it was more or less business as usual for them with Christian Vietoris in the car instead. The rookie in his first A1 Grand Prix outing lines up second behind veteran Alex Yoong, and only around 0.4s per lap off the Malaysian’s pace. Britain’s Oliver … Continue reading A1 Grand Prix: Yoong on pole in Mexico
I was fascinated to see, when I tuned into today’s A1 Grand Prix of Mexico, that the series is using the mighty Peraltada corner without any kind of chicane to slow the cars on the entry. I can’t remember a major single seater series doing this since F1 last raced there in 1992. The Champ … Continue reading A1 Grand Prix: The full Peraltada
Plenty of reaction to the Australian Grand Prix in the F1 blogs this week, but not everyone’s jumping on the “Hamilton is great, Kovalainen sucked” bandwagon. And for our post of the week, it’s time for Britain’s ‘other’ rookie driver to take a bow. If his back’s up to it, that is.
Red Bull have filmed a theatrical ‘movie’ celebrating the launch of their (two) F1 teams for 2007. The promo features David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi in period dress filmed in Bulgaria. There’s also some less than overwhelming track footage shot in Bahrain. Check it out here:
Tickets for the British Grand Prix were being sold this week at twice the rate they were following last year’s season opener. Silverstone attributes the increased ticket sales to Lewis Hamilton’s debut podium finish. He is one of four British drivers in F1 this year. Related links Your experiences of Silverstone Hamilton makes history Santander … Continue reading Hamilton boosts British Grand Prix ticket sales
Fans were angry at Kimi Raikkonen in Melbourne – while German fans are apparently deserting the sport in droves. Plus Lewis Hamilton the floor-sweeper, Steve Matchett on the 2007 Ferrari, and much more from the top F1 stories and features of the past week.
The 2007 Indy Racing League season kicks off at the Miami Homestead oval this weekend. Reigning champion Sam Hornish Jnr seeks to defend his crown from 2005 title winner Dan Wheldon. Wheldon won this round last year but then didn’t win again until the end of the season. Meanwhile A1 Grand Prix moves on to … Continue reading This weekend: A1GP Mexico & IRL Homestead