April 2008 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

How Formula 1 can improve safety following the Heikki Kovalainen crash 30th April 2008, 20:08

Heikki Kovalainen’s crash in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday was another major escape for F1. It came less than twelve months after Robert Kubica survived an accident of immense violence in last year’s Canadian Grand Prix. (See here for video of the Kovalainen crash). Although the lightness of the injuries to both drivers is […]

Analysis: F1 team mate battles so far

There are three drivers who have beaten their team mates in each qualifying session and race so far this year. So is that because they’re much better than their team mates – or some other reason? Here’s a look at the side-by-side comparisons of the F1 drivers so far this year.

2009 F1 drivers – early predictions

It’s early days, but Luca di Montezemolo’s comments last week about Ferrari not needing Fernando Alonso started me thinking about which drivers might be on the move for 2009. On the face of it Montezemolo doesn’t seem to want to change his pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. And after three driver changes in […]

Weigl Group is latest Super Aguri saviour 29th April 2008, 20:39

This sounds a bit familiar: A new group has launched a rescue bid for the Super Aguri team, who were only able to contest last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix thanks to an 11th-hour rescue package from Honda.

The richest men in motor racing

I’ve just had a look through the Sunday Times’ annual list of the 1,000 richest people in Britain to see who they reckon the richest Britons in motor racing are. Here are the ones I was able to find – do let me know if you think I’ve missed any. No prizes for guessing who […]

Jenson Button: the driver debates

The subject of this week’s driver debate is Jenson Button, whose career has had more ups and downs than a malfunctioning elevator. How do you rate Jenson Button – and will he ever win another race?

Inevitable Max Mosley post #11 28th April 2008, 22:49

I wanted to ignore the inevitable Max Mosley stuff over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend and concentrate on the racing (at least, what little there was that passed for racing). Pressure continues to grow on the FIA president to quit with sporting bodies shunning him and the teams considering making an official statement criticising him, […]

Commentating: How did I get on?

I’ve had a few emails and comments asking how I got on with my first attempt at commentating on a live race at Silverstone a few weeks ago. I’ve just posted a write-up plus some pictures at my other blog, Maximum Motorsport. Read about my commentating experience at Maximum Motorsport.

Commentating: it’s harder than it looks…

A couple of weeks ago I got a chance to make my live commentating d?â?®but. I picked up the mike for the first time at Silverstone alongside my good mate Ben Evans who arranged the opportunity. We took up station in commentary booth one – that’s where ITV commentators James Allen and Martin Brundle call […]

2008 Spanish GP facts and stats

Here is a round-up of the facts and statistics from the Spanish Grand Prix, including the drivers’ and constructors’ championship tables. Spotted any more interesting stats? Then post a comment below.