Was Bernie Ecclestone at last weekend’s A1 Grand Prix finale at Brands Hatch? If so, what was he up to? Rumours persist that Ecclestone wants to run a series using GP2 specification chassis at Asian venues during the Formula 1 off-season. This is, of course, the time of year when A1GP runs its ‘World Cup … Continue reading ‘GP3’ to take on A1 Grand Prix?
Good news for British F3 and British GT fans – Channel 4’s coverage will now be on at 8am rather than 7.30am, so you can sleep in a little bit longer on Sunday mornings. There will also be mid week repeats. Mike Grime of Promoters SRO said: “At a time when British motorsport is finding … Continue reading Better TV for British F3 & GTs
Several NASCAR fans were arrested after ugly scenes at Talladega. A group of Dale Earnhardt Jnr fans showered the track with beer cans after the hated Jeff Gordon won the race, surpassing the late Earnhardt Snr’s victory tally. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gordon had earlier implored the fans to behave – and even … Continue reading NASCAR fans arrested after Talladega disgrace
I’m not a fan of football but I did spot something on The Times‘ coverage of it that I thought very interesting. Next to each game report they give the match a star rating out of five for entertainment value. F1 fans, team owners and drivers alike are always talking about ways to improve the … Continue reading Rating the races
More on the tense Britain-versus-Germany duel at Brands Hatch, plus Wheldon’s latest triumph in the IRL. And video… Trackside – Britain beats Germany at home (external)
I’ve heard a lot of criticism lately of Fernando Alonso not being a good World Champion. Not that he hasn’t deserved his titles of the last two seasons, but that he doesn’t do enough as an ambassador for the sport. Alonso admits that he has no desire to be a celebrity. But many feel that, … Continue reading Debate: Is Fernando Alonso a good World Champion?
The Chip Ganassi team’s form is ominous for their rivals ahead of next month’s Indianapolis 500. Dan Wheldon dominated the Kansas 300 and Scott Dixon would surely have made it a Ganassi one-two but for a careless pit lane infraction. Hacing started fourth Wheldon immediately made his way to the front. He sliced past both … Continue reading IRL Kansas: Dominant Dan wins again
Nick Heidfeld became the first driver in 31 years to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a Formula 1 car on Saturday. The track last staged a Grand Prix in 1976, when Niki Lauda crashed at Bergwerk sustaining serious burns from which he almost died. The circuit was swiftly declared too dangerous to race on, because … Continue reading F1 on the Nurburgring Nordschleife wallpapers
A1 Grand Prix’s second season ended on a high as the Brands Hatch feature race produced a thrilling duel between Germany’s Nico H?â??lkenberg and Britain’s Robbie Kerr. H?â??lkenberg held Kerr off to the flag after making a fractionally better getaway than the British driver at the start. The two raced wheel-to-wheel halfway around the first … Continue reading A1GP Brands Hatch Feature: H?â??lkenberg’s last hurrah
Robbie Kerr became the first ever driver to win his home round of the A1 Grand Prix championship by coming home first in the sprint race at Brands Hatch. Kerr made a clean getaway from the rolling start while Hulkenberg squeezed the Team France car of Loic Duval on the approach to Paddock Hill bend. … Continue reading A1GP Brands Hatch Sprint: Home win for Kerr
Should teams be allowed to buy chassis from other constructors and race them in Formula 1? It’s one of the most divisive arguments in F1 today and it’s not a new debate. Up until the early 1980s it was entirely commonplace for teams to race customer chassis. Those in support of it today maintain that … Continue reading “Ken Tyrrell: The Authorised Biography” (Maurice Hamilton, 2002)
Lewis Hamilton could earn up to ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú10m in brand endorsements in only his first year of Formula 1. And his swashbuckling start has given British F1 TV audiences a much-needed boost. ITV has also seen a boost in its F1 TV audiences. Hamilton’s vigorous defence against Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen in the Malaysian Grand … Continue reading Hamilton “worth ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú10m” – and good for TV!
Rounding up the best from the blogs we have Fernando Alonso’s football dive, the row over Ferrari’s Marlboro branding, an F1-themed Toyota Hilux and why Williams missed out on points in Bahrain. Plus, without question the stupidest news story of the year so far.
Reacting to the increased demand for British Grand Prix tickets, Silverstone have introduced a new ticket. The ‘family’ ticket allows a group of two adults and two children to attend on Friday for ?é?ú79. Saturday attendance is priced at ?é?ú139. It’s a shame they’re not offering a Sunday ticket along those lines but the Saturday … Continue reading Silverstone offers family tickets from ?é?ú79
OK I admit it: We were not prepared for the enormous growth in popularity of F1Fanatic over the past few weeks. It’s been a thrill to see you all visiting the site in your thousands – but an unwelcome side-effect was that it crashed the server the site was running on! I can’t blame Max … Continue reading …and we’re back
Over the weekend I had the chance to work in the Seat BTCC team garage with Jason Plato’s mechanics at Rockingham. I’m happy to say I didn’t break anything (Darren Turner’s car failure while on pole for race one was nothing to do with me). The Seat guys gave me an unprecedented chance to witness … Continue reading BTCC Behind the scenes
At the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on 15th June 1997, Olivier Panis’ Prost speared into a tyre barrier, breaking both of Panis’s legs. The race was stopped and, as ever, Professor Sid Watkins led the efforts to treat Panis as quickly as possible. After the race the two championship protagonists of that year spoke … Continue reading “Beyond the limit” (Sid Watkins, 2001)
Cursed ironic timing. Last weekend – the most Motorsport-tastic of the year so far with F1, GP2, World Superbikes, British Superbikes and more – coincided with a visit from some non-F1 Fanatic friends. (Yes, I do have some). My proposed schedule for Saturday and Sunday was rejected – admittedly it was a little Eurosport heavy … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column – Super Bikes
Lewis Hamilton is deservedly in the limelight for his record-breaking exploits in Bahrain. But fellow British racer Anthony Davidson also set a record in the last race – a most unusual and obscure one somehow befitting the cult status of his Super Aguri team. Find out about Davidson’s achievement and all the other landmarks that … Continue reading Bahrain Grand Prix 2007 facts & statistics
1. Fernando Alonso, 22pts, 1 win, 1 second, 1 fifth 2. Kimi Raikkonen, 22 pts, 1 win, 2 thirds 3. Lewis Hamilton, 22 pts, 2 seconds, 1 third Lewis Hamilton has finished all three of his first Grands Prix on the podium. An earlier switch onto hard tyres at Bahrain could quite conceivably have seen … Continue reading Debate: Can Lewis Hamilton be world champion?