Banned! Tuned mass dampers

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The biggest technical controversy of last season was the banning of Renault’s ‘tuned mass damper’ suspension system. It put Renault’s championship defence in jeopardy and seriously questioned the impartiality of the FIA. Many in the paddock suggested the governing body were trying to engineer a final championship victory for the retiring Michael Schumacher. In a … Continue reading Banned! Tuned mass dampers

McLaren cleared by FIA over Monaco ‘team orders’

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The FIA has cleared McLaren of any wrongdoing in the Monaco Grand Prix. The governing body stated that the team brought Hamilton into the pits earlier than necessary to avoid his race being compromised if the safety car had come out. They agreed McLaren would have been “foolish” to do otherwise. But there are still … Continue reading McLaren cleared by FIA over Monaco ‘team orders’

Michael Schumacher and Zinedine Zidane

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Michael Schumacher will give the retired French international footballer Zinedine Zidane a passenger ride at the French Grand Prix. You can’t miss the irony. Both retired last year despite stoking great controversy in their swansong seasons. Schumacher was thrown to the back of the grid at Monte-Carlo for deliberately blocking the circuit. Zidane was sent … Continue reading Michael Schumacher and Zinedine Zidane

Our Lewis

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I couldn’t let it pass without remarking that The Sun has christened Lewis Hamilton ‘Our Lewis’. Twelve months ago they didn’t know who he was – much less care. Now he’s ‘Our Lewis’, there’s papperazi outside his house and he’ll probably leave the country to get away from them.

Outrage over McLaren ‘team orders’

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McLaren are under investigation for allegedly using team orders to influence the outcome of yesterday’s race in favour of Fernando Alonso over Lewis Hamilton. Team orders were banned after the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, when Ferrari ordered Rubens Barrichello to let Michael Schumacher win. McLaren ordered their drivers to hold station after the first round … Continue reading Outrage over McLaren ‘team orders’

Monaco Grand Prix 2007 review – One and two finish one-two

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Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton gave McLaren its second one-two of the year. The silver crew comfortably had the beating of Ferrari at Monte-Carlo – but they still let their drivers fight around every corner of the circuit for the victory. By the time they cooled off the battle in the dying stages Felipe Massa’s … Continue reading Monaco Grand Prix 2007 review – One and two finish one-two

Monaco Grand Prix 2007 qualifying – McLaren lock-out

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The battle for pole position at Monte-Carlo was a private McLaren affair from start to finish. After a three round battle between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton the world champion came out on top. Plus there was a bonus for the team when Kimi Raikkonen damaged his Ferrari and consigned himself to 16th on the … Continue reading Monaco Grand Prix 2007 qualifying – McLaren lock-out

“An Independent Man – the Autobiography” (Eddie Jordan, 2007)

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Eddie Jordan is Marmite personified. To some he’s F1’s much-missed wheeler-dealer cheeky chappy – but plenty of others remember him as a whingeing upstart whose team might have been more successful ahd he run a tighter ship. This being an autobiography it will doubtless provide plenty of fodder for both sides to support their points … Continue reading “An Independent Man – the Autobiography” (Eddie Jordan, 2007)

GP2 Monaco: Street smart Maldonado wins

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Pastor Maldonado repeated his Monaco Renault World Series race win of 2006 in this year’s GP2 race. The Venezuelan comfortably took pole from Giorgio Pantano by 0.3s and led the Italian home in the race as well. Behind them came the championship top three – Timo Glock, Luca Fillipi and Lucas di Grassi.

F1 in the news 36: Honda faster

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Rubens Barrichello reckons Honda have made a significant step forward with their recalcitrant 2007 car. Plus Suzuka is tipped to make a return in 2008, Red Bull will run a special livery at the British Grand Prix, the cars of the turbo era, and more.