July 2007 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Ferrari’s friend wins right to McLaren appeal 31st July 2007, 20:23

The McLaren-Ferrari espionage allegations have now been referred to the appeal court following last week’s exoneration of McLaren. As Ferrari were not allowed to file an appeal against the decision themselves, it seems they have called upon the assistance of an influential Italian ally. That ally also made plain his belief that McLaren were guilty […]

Sebastian Vettel replaces Scott Speed at Toro Rosso

Sebastian Vettel has replaced Scott Speed at Toro Rosso team with immediate effect, following his release by the BMW team. BMW said: “The current testing rules mean that he barely gets a chance to drive for us. Now he has been offered the opportunity to get inside a Toro Rosso cockpit. Scott Speed’s future at […]

Hungarian Grand Prix 2007 preview & TV times

We’re having another one of those vintage seasons where McLaren and Ferrari are throwing everything they have at each other on and off the track. But the antagonism has reached a new high after McLaren escaped from the FIA hearing into espionage without punishment. The tight Hungaroring is ordinarily an overtaking-free zone, so qualifying will […]

Daily Telegraph rates F1 death crashes ‘top video’ (updated) 30th July 2007, 9:08

The Daily Telegraph picked footage of crashes that killed two people as the second best video on the internet. This morning’s Telegraph links to a Youtube compilation of F1 crashes that include footage of the incidents in which Paulo Ghislimberti and Garahm Beveridge were killed. Ghislimberti died after a multiple car crash at the start […]

Debate: Youth vs experience

With attention turning to the driver market for 2008, several of F1’s seasoned campaigners have already bagged contract extensions. Rubens Barrichello will stay with Honda – and should surpass Riccardo Patrese’s record number of career starts (256) early next year). David Coulthard is set for a fourth year at Red Bull – when many had […]

BTCC Snetterton 3: Onslow-Cole’s first win 29th July 2007, 16:00

Tom Onslow-Cole was gifted pole position for the third race at Snetterton – and converted it into his first BTCC win. But all the action went on behind him, with Fabrizio Giovanardi surviving an off-road collision to take third place off championship rival Jason Plato.

Damon Hill to commentate at Hungary

Damon Hill will be joining ITV’s commentary team for next week’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The ITV team made the announcement following their coverage of today’s British Touring Car races. He is expected to be joining James Allen in the commentary box in place of Martin Brundle, who usually misses the Hungarian race.

BTCC Snetterton 2: Giovanardi triumphs

Fabrizio Giovanardi continued hit back from his Donington disappointment at Snetterton, winning the second of the day’s races. But championship leader Jason Plato kept the Italian in his sights, finishing third behind Matt Neal who impressively charge from 18th on the grid to finish on the podium.

BTCC Snetterton 1: Turkington stripped of win

Colin Turkington crossed the line first at the end of the first BTCC race at Snetterton – but was disqualified after post-race inspection revealed his car was 5kg underweight. That meant Team Halford’s Gordon Shedden inherited the win, ahead of Turkington’s team mate Tom Onslow-Cole and Vauxhall’s Tom Chilton.

WTCC Anderstorp 2: Last-lap home win

Rickard Rydell sensationally – and surprisingly – won the second race at Anderstorp after passing team mates Alain Menu and Nicola Larini on the final lap. Rydell is not contesting the full championship this season, and Larini was unhappy that he had been allowed to take points off him. Rain once again made the race […]