Fernando Alonso: the driver debates

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

For years F1 fans asked this question: “Who will finally beat Michael Schumacher?” Finally the answer came: Fernando Alonso. The 2006 season was unquestionably the high point of Fernando Alonso’s career. With a car that, on balance, no more than matched Schumacher’s Ferrari over the year, he beat the seven-times champion at his own game. … Continue reading Fernando Alonso: the driver debates

Sharing the British Grand Prix – nice idea but not economically sound

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The moving of the British Grand Prix from Silverstone to Donington Park in 2010 was discussed in Parliament yesterday. Mark Lancaster, MP for North East Milton Keynes, had this to say: Although I realise that this is not a matter directly for the Government, the Minister concerned has recently had meetings with Bernie Ecclestone. All … Continue reading Sharing the British Grand Prix – nice idea but not economically sound

Pat Symonds: exclusive interview

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pat Symonds, executive director of engineering at Renault, was at the British Motor Show yesterday and I managed to get a brief five minute one-to-one chat with him. He shared his thoughts on Fernando Alonso’s return to the team, Nelson Piquet Jnr’s drive to a surprise second at Hockenheim last weekend, and the team’s technical … Continue reading Pat Symonds: exclusive interview

KERS causing problems for F1 teams

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The new-for-2009 Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) are starting to make their first appearances on F1 test machinery. However two teams have run into early problems with the devices. First Red Bull suffered a fire at their factory while working on the systems. And today a BMW mechanic got an electric shock while testing the … Continue reading KERS causing problems for F1 teams

McLaren’s technical innovations have put the MP4/23 ahead of the pack

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McLaren have made a clear step forward in performance in the last two races and Ferrari have struggled to compete. What has made McLaren so competitive all of a sudden? Like every other team they constantly develop their car through the season but three particular changes seem to have made a significant different: a new … Continue reading McLaren’s technical innovations have put the MP4/23 ahead of the pack

Ryan Briscoe takes second win of 2008 at Mid-Ohio (Indy Car)

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Ryan Briscoe won for Penske at Mid-Ohio in a hectic race that started on a wet track. Briscoe started second alongside Helio Castroneves but dropped back early on as Justin Wilson and Scott Dixon passed him. But with a few laps the drivers were switxhing to slick tyres and the two that changed earliest – … Continue reading Ryan Briscoe takes second win of 2008 at Mid-Ohio (Indy Car)

Lewis Hamilton wins despite strategy blunder (2008 German GP review)

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Lewis Hamilton was dominating the German Grand Prix until a safety car appearance threw his race into disarray. His McLaren team made a clear mistake by failing to bring him into the pits – leaving him to fight his way back to the front of the field the hard way. After taking his delayed stop … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton wins despite strategy blunder (2008 German GP review)

Championship positions after the German German Prix

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Lewis Hamilton takes a four-point lead in the drivers’ championship with his win in the German Grand Prix. Felipe Massa is second ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen. Ferrari remain the team to beat in the constructors’ championship but McLaren have closed to within four points of second-placed BMW. And the battle for fourth place … Continue reading Championship positions after the German German Prix