July 2009 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Schumacher and F1’s oldest ever drivers 31st July 2009, 11:00

At 40 years, seven months and 20 days, Michael Schumacher will be the oldest F1 driver to start a Grand Prix in 14 years when he makes his highly-anticipated return at Valencia next month. But that doesn’t bring him anywhere near the record for an oldest Grand Prix starter. He’ll have to come back in […]

BMW’s first F1 test with Williams (video)

Somewhat oddly, BMW chose to accompany the news of their imminent departure from F1 with this video showing their first shakedown test in 1999. The car was driven at Miramas in France by Jorg Muller, who is now a BMW touring car racer. It was a 1998 Williams chassis fitted with a BMW engine. The […]

Celebrity chef to drive 1996 Benetton B196 at Monte-Carlo (Pictures)

Celebrity news is not normally my thing, but I like “Saturday Kitchen” and I like F1 cars (you may have noticed) so this story squeaks in. TV chef James Martin is to indulge his passion for cars by driving a 1996 Benetton B196 in the Monaco Historic Grand Prix next year. The event for historic […]

F1 links: Kubica didn’t expect BMW to quit

Here’s a round-up of F1 news and other interesting links I’ve found today. If you’ve spotted a hot news story, interesting new website or just something funny from the world of F1, please share your links in the comments below. Manager says Kubica now on the market Robert Kubica's manager Daniele Morelli: "There was no […]

Renault’s ?é?ú2.3bn loss adds to financial gloom 30th July 2009, 22:40

Following BMW’s abrupt decision to quit F1 speculation over which manufacturer might be next if rife. Suspicion tends to fall at the feet of Toyota and Renault. There are many reasons to suspect the latter. Title sponsor ING is leaving the team at the end of the year, talisman driver Fernando Alonso is expected to […]

The new rules, cars and rivals Michael Schumacher will have to get to grips with

When Michael Schumacher makes his return to F1 in three weeks’ time, he’ll find a lot has changed since he parked his 248-F1 after his last race on October 22nd, 2006. That car had grooved tyres, traction control and much less restricted aerodynamics than today’s cars. Not only that, but race weekends have changed, three […]

Why are BMW really quitting F1?

The announcement yesterday that BMW is to quit F1 was a shock – at least, until Michael Schumacher announced he was making a comeback. BMW’s statement had much to say about their corporate strategy and implied reasons to do with environmentally-friendly technology were at the heart of their decision. Is that really all there is […]

Saloolas back in the lead of the predictions championship

The ever-close F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship has seen another change of lead with Saloolas nicking the top spot from Dougie once more. And with Benno, brouard21, Chua, Dank, ianhaycox, Pete Walker and Sush Meerkat locked in a seven-way tie for third, this one’s going down to the wire.

F1 links: Button enters Race of Champions

Other News: Button confirms RoC presence "World championship leader Jenson Button has confirmed that he will take part in the Race of Champions again this year." BMW pulls out, but team should survive "I always thought that they bottled it last year, choosing to work on the 2009 car once they had achieved their 2008 […]

Official: Michael Schumacher to return for Ferrari in the European Grand Prix 29th July 2009, 18:42

We had only just begun talking about who might replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari and now it has been confirmed: Michael Schumacher will return to Formula 1 in the European Grand Prix driving alongside Kimi Raikkonen.