January 2008 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Video: Renault reveals its 2008 F1 car – the R28 31st January 2008, 13:37

Renault has a lot to make up for with its 2008 car. The R28 has to return the team to its race and championship-winning form of 2005-6. It will be a few weeks before we know whether the new car can do that. But the R28 has not fixed the other major fault of its […]

Pedro de la Rosa criticises McLaren driver equality

Some people (myself not included) are sceptical about whether Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are going to get equal treatment at McLaren this year. So it was interesting to see Pedro de la Rosa not only confirm that they will get the same treatment but say he disagrees with the approach, in an interview for […]

Your F1 circuit remixes

Last week I invited readers to send in their plans to re-draw Formula 1 circuits. Thanks to everyone who e-mailled in with their circuit remixes – here’s a selection of the best…

Video: Valencia street track vs road course 30th January 2008, 19:50

Video of a virtual lap of the new Valencia street circuit has been released – the track looks fast, challenging and not at all like many of the recent additions to the F1 calendar. However some of the local residents aren’t happy and have protested against the expense (financial and environmental) of transforming part of […]

You’re nine years too late, Jacques

Ex-F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve has split from his manager Craig Pollock. In a statement the 1997 world champion said: He has stuck with me through good times and bad, and I have a lot to thank him for. I think that’s incredibly charitable. If Villeneuve hadn’t followed Pollock’s half-baked idea nine years ago, to set […]

Video: F1 testing in Valencia and Jerez (part 2)

Here are some more videos of last week’s F1 test at Valencia where Ferrari, McLaren, Toyota, BMW, Renault, Honda, Red Bull and Williams had their 2008 cars. There’s also video from the earlier Jerez test with some nice shots of F1 cars travelling sideways in the wet. More of that in 2008 please…

IRL vs Champ Car: the end game? 29th January 2008, 21:51

It’s the time of year when the terrible state of open wheel racing in America makes everyone start to ask why the IRL and Champ Car can’t kiss and make up and form a unified series. Champ Car has lost Sebastien Bourdais to F1. His former team, Newman-Haas, is threatening to defect to the IRL […]

Pictures: Honda revises ‘Earth car’ livery for 2008 season

Honda have revealed they are sticking with their innovative ‘Earth Car’ livery for a second year in 2008. The RA108 features the familiar green and blue globe printed on last year’s car, but merged with Honda’s traditional colours of white and red. More pictures and high resolution versions below.

How much does an F1 driver cost? And why…

Max Mosley has approved increases in the cost of F1 drivers’ superlicences that will net the FIA an extra ??1.1m* (??818,000). F1 drivers have seen the cost of their licences increase by up to 479%. The top drivers will pay the most but it’s not as if they’re impoverished to begin with – Lewis Hamilton […]

Tom Rubython’s BusinessF1 becomes SportsPro (updated)

Undeterred by the failure of BusinessF1 and being embroiled in a number of lawsuits involving the likes of the FIA’s Richard Woods and the defunct Simtek team, the magazine’s former editor Tom Rubython has returned with a new publication: “SportsPro”. “SportsPro” has a decidedly similar look to “BusinessF1″ (see images right and below), but Rubython […]

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