The Champ Car World Series is back in Europe so catch it while you can. But what on earth are they doing at a bike track? Plus German and British tin-top action and the Indy Racing League title races to a climax on the streets of Detroit. There’s no F1 this weekend, but there’s plenty … Continue reading This weekend’s F1 alternative: Champ Car Assen
Bernie Ecclestone is keen to see a battle between Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher – but even his megabucks might not be enough to make it happen. Also in the F1 news this week advertising revenue from the Turkish GP broadcast fell, speculation over the futures of Nelson Piquet Jnr and Nico Rosberg, and safety … Continue reading F1 in the news 50: Hamilton vs Schumacher
Five races to go until the traction control ban – assuming it isn’t jeopardised by the row over ECUs. We’re going to see more spins next year, according to Nico Rosberg: It’s going to be exciting. I tried it recently and it was quite shocking actually. In the difficulty sense it is not ideal – … Continue reading Rosberg excited by traction control ban
Such a finely poised world championship battle – with four drivers still in close contention with five races left – comes along only once a generation. The slightest misfortune could easily tip the balance in favour of one driver. We saw at Montreal how the dubious safety car rules can easily compromise an unlucky driver. … Continue reading Debate: Will the safety car decide the title?
Even Kimi Raikkonen agreed that the Turkish GP was an exercise in tedium not seen in F1 since, oh, the Hungarian GP three weeks ago. Aside from Hamilton’s puncture it was a largely incident and interest free two hours. Furthermore what little glimpses you did get of the grandstands showed them to be largely empty. … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: A classic season – on paper
Trees get Dutch Elm Disease. Rabbits get myxomatosis. F1 circuits get Chicane Blight. Here’s ten of the worst.
Nicolas Prost, son of four times F1 champion Alain, will be France’s rookie driver in the forthcoming A1 Grand Prix season. The 26 year-old currently races in Spanish Formula Three – he is third in the championship but hasn’t won so far this year. He will compete in the rookie test sessions and may be … Continue reading Prost Jnr joins A1 Team France
The NASCAR Home for Retired Formula One drivers is set to welcome two new residents. Jacques Villeneuve has been hovering on the outskirts of the series since his dismissal from BMW last year. And Toro Rosso refugee Scott Speed is tipped to join Red Bull’s NASCAR squad. Juan Pablo Montoya left MclAren to join NASCAR … Continue reading F1 retirees head for NASCAR
With five races left in the All-Japan Formula Three series the title will likely be won by one of three drivers. Home racer Kazuya Oshima has a seven-point lead after victories in the last three rounds. He is seven points ahead of Roberto Streit, a Brazilian driver in his fourth season of F3. Streit has … Continue reading Three-way title fight in Japanese F3
If you’d told me five years ago that Felipe Massa would be a serious contender for the 2007 world championship, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Fernando Alonso just racked up his 100th Grand Prix appearance so it seemed like a good opportunity to have a discussion about the Spanish double champion. Alonso has a rack of impressive achievements under his belt – youngest pole sitter, youngest race winner and youngest driver to win two championships. But we;ve seen another side … Continue reading Debate: Fernando Alonso
In the future when even more biographies of Lewis Hamilton are being written, and the authors wonder at what point did the adulation of Hamilton in the press start to turn sour, that moment was now. Hamilton spoke out against the harassment he has received from some elements of the press over the Turkish Grand … Continue reading Hamilton faces media backlash
The Turkish Grand Prix might not have been a thriller but it was a pot-boiler of a result for the world championship – the top four drivers coming home in the reverse of their championship positions closed things up nicely. Here are the facts and statistics from the Turkish Grand Prix.
What had been a pedestrian Indy Racing League round at Infineon Raceway came alive in the final laps when runaway leader Dario Franchitti clashed with team mate Marco Andretti. That let rival Scott Dixon in to snatch the win and the lead of the championship in dramatic style. Franchitti clung on to take third after … Continue reading IRL Infineon: Dixon takes title lead
Thruxton served up two debut winners as Atte Mustonen scored his first British F3 victory to match the feat of Double R team mate Stephen Jelley in the first race. Niall Breen finished second ahead of Rodolfo Gonzalez who got onto the podium for the first time. Once again championship leader Marko Asmer had a … Continue reading British F3 Thruxton 2: Mustonen’s turn to triumph
Today all but one of the 22 starters were classified finishers in the Turkish Grand Prix. The retirement rate from races has been steadily decreasing for some time – so what’s causing it? Are the cars getting more reliable? Are the drivers crashing less? Let’s see what the stats have to say…
Stephen Jelley broke his British F3 duck by scoring his first ever victory at Thruxton. The Double R racer started the race fifth and moved up to second before a safety car period needed to recover Sam Bird and Atte Mustonen’s cars. After the restart he moved ahead of team mate Jonathan Kennard, who stayed … Continue reading British F3 Thruxton 1: Jelley’s maiden win
Kimi Raikkonen has stated an inconvenient truth. And no, he hasn’t been complaining about global warming. After finishing second for the second race in a row the Finn had this to say: At this stage in F1 is difficult to get past. The race was really decided yesterday. It is boring driving behind other cars. … Continue reading Raikkonen: “I was bored”
It was another case of follow-my-leader in the second WTCC race at Oschersleben, with Augusto Farfus easily converting his front row start into a victory. He was pushed every millimetre of the way by team mate Andy Priaulx. But the two looked happy to accept their positions especially as their team mate and principal rival … Continue reading WTCC Oschersleben 2: Farfus leads the train
Sebastien Bourdais extended his championship lead with another dominant win as the Champ Car World Series made its return to Europe. But Bruno Junqeira stole the show by grabbing second for Dale Coyne racing after a canny gamble on fuel strategy. He survived a late assault by Justin Wilson who fell back to fifth behind … Continue reading Champ Car Zolder: Bourdais once again