Here are my notes on last week’s Monaco Grand Prix. Some people have suggested it showed McLaren now have the upper hand in the championship but I’m not convinced. Plus, Massa’s impressive start to the race, the drivers who missed opportunities, and more.
In three decades of Champ Car from 1979 to 2008, 72 drivers from the American series also started F1 races. Starting today this nine-part feature will recall the careers of all of them.
I’ve been working on an article about CART drivers who races in F1 for F1 Fanatic but inevitably I got distracted watching old Champ Car videos on YouTube… From 1979 to 2008 Champ Car gave fans some of the most stunning examples of great motor racing. These are the five moment I remember best – … Continue reading Video: The five greatest Champ Car moments
Concluding the two-part series begun yesterday Ben Evans looks at the career of Dane Jan Magnussen (right, with Rubens Barrichello), another ex-McLaren driver who showed great promise in his pre-F1 career but never reached the heights expected of him in Formula 1. In Formula Ford and Formula 3 both McNish and Magnussen were-once-in-a generation fast, … Continue reading Might have been Hamilton: Magnussen
Two weeks ago we began compiling the list of the bottom 10 F1 drivers of all time – the 10 worst F1 drivers. Here’s how the shortlist stands at the moment along with some of your remarks. Is there anyone missing from it? And who doesn’t belong there?
On his current run of form Felipe Massa stands a chance of achieving something very rarely seen in Formula 1: he could turn the tables on his team mate by taking the title off him the year after he won it. The only driver to achieve this in recent F1 history is Alain Prost, who … Continue reading Could Felipe Massa ‘do a Prost’?
In the first of a two-part series F1 Fanatic columnist Ben Evans looks at two previous young McLaren drivers and asks why they never scaled the heights Lewis Hamiton has. Watching Lewis Hamilton drive the race of his life on Sunday storming to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, my mind couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót help wandering to … Continue reading Might have been Hamilton: Allan McNish
A series of letters and new revelations in the past 24 hours has shed light on the state of play ahead of the FIA’s confidence vote on June 3rd. Here’s a brief recap on the latest developments.
Last week I asked for your suggestions for F1 Fanatic articles. And coming out on top with almost 100 votes was this topic from Tom Bellingham… It could have been one of Formula 1’s greatest rivalries. Instead, while Michael Schumacher romped to race wins and world championships in the mid-1990s everyone wondered how it might … Continue reading Ayrton Senna vs Michael Schumacher
It’s been an extraordinarily start to the season on F1 Fanatic. Just a few months ago I marked the 10,000th comment on the site – yesterday we passed the 15,000 mark*. There’s already a list of the top 10 posts with the most comments on the front of the site (look up to the top … Continue reading New stuff: Top 100 and past polls
Super Aguri are gone and the F1 field has shrunk down to 20 cars, increasing the competition for any seats that might become available. That’s bad news for some of the promising drivers squeezed out of the sport who might have hoped to get back in – to say nothing of Takuma Sato and Anthony … Continue reading Not enough seats to go round
Details of an attempt by FIA members to reach a deal with scandal-hit president Max Mosley emerged tonight. According to the FIA Deputy President for Automobile, Mobility and Tourism Franco Lucchesi he and “almost all” the members of the World Council for the Autmobile Mobility and Tourism agreed to the offer. Under the terms of … Continue reading Mosley rejected compromise deal in April
When Gerhard Berger (right, with Niki Lauda) spoke out in defence of embattled FIA president Max Mosley in the Monaco Grand Prix press conference many people assumed Berger, an ally of Mosley’s, had been put up to it by FIA communications director Richard Woods. However new rumours have emerged linking Berger with Mosley’s job. So … Continue reading Gerhard Berger for FIA president?
Here’s some of my latest picks from the world of F1 blogs and websites, including Mark Webber’s own photographs of his weekend in Monaco. You can also now follow what I’m reading on social bookmarking site StumbleUpon and share other articles you think I might like using it. You can still email me as usual … Continue reading F1 blogs & more: Behind the scenes at Monte-Carlo with Mark Webber
Watch the Monaco Grand Prix review video with a recap of the race action and the championship standings.
On his day, Kimi Raikkonen is untouchable. Blisteringly quick over a single lap, relentlessly consistent over a stint, irrepressibly smart when it comes to the cut and thrust of wheel-to-wheel racing. And then he turns up at the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix and puts in the kind of performance that makes you wonder whether Nelson … Continue reading The three Kimi Raikkonens
F1 Fanatic reader Stephen Snook has contributed this highly thought-provoking essay on morality and the Max Mosley debate. Without Dante there would be no Italian; without Luther there would be no German; without Shakespeare, there would be no English. If this is an over simplification, then it is certainly true to say that modern Italian, … Continue reading Shakespeare, Warhol and Max Mosley
Fernando Alonso?óÔé¼Ôäós prospects of joining Ferrari in the near future appeared to have been killed off earlier this year when Luca di Montezemolo said in public that he did not want Alonso to partner Kimi Raikkonen in the future. But the rumours re-surfaced over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend with sources claiming Alonso had signed … Continue reading How do the new Alonso-Ferrari rumours affect the 2009 F1 driver market?
Mark Webber is frustrated that Formula 1’s flawed safety car rules still haven’t been fixed – and he blames the team bosses for it: As far as I know, a solution is being worked on. But there needs to be unanimity and I have heard that some teams want to keep the current rules. I … Continue reading The foolishness of crowds
For many years, Sebastien Bourdais was the driver everyone thought deserved a crack at Formula 1. He won the Formula 3000 championship (since replaced by GP2) and claimed the final four Champ Car titles before the series collapsed. With only six Formula 1 starts to his name it’s hard to draw solid conclusions about his … Continue reading Sebastien Bourdais: the driver debates