December 2009 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

F1 links: Last ever edition 31st December 2009, 12:12

Welcome to the final instalment of F1 links. I’m retiring this series to make way for a new daily site round-up which will include some links plus content from the forum and top comments. There’ll be more stuff too but I’m not going to give it all away just yet. However if you’ve not replied […]

Did Michael Schumacher’s Spa stunt set a new low? Nico Rosberg thinks so

Who does Nico Rosberg blame for poor driving standards in F1? His new team mate: It is Michael Schumacher who started this, like at Spa, when Mika Hakkinen tried to overtake him and he ran him off the track. When the guy behind has made a decision [to pass] and the guy in front then […]

Yet another prize for Jenson Button 30th December 2009, 17:51

The awards and accolades continue to pile up for Jenson Button. Now the world champion has been awarded a Gold Badge by BBC childrens’ programme Blue Peter. New team mate Lewis Hamilton already has a Gold Badge which he won last year – in addition to his three regular badges. Button is also expected to […]

What the average fan really thinks of F1

There’s a lot of discussion about how to ‘improve the show’ and make it more accessible to the ‘average fan’. But what do typical sports fans actually think of F1? I’ve had it in my mind for some time to find out and the festive season has offered lots of opportunities to meet new people. […]

Ralf Schumacher wants 2010 F1 return

Ralf Schumacher wants to emulate brother Michael’s F1 return, telling a German news agency: I would seriously consider an interesting and attractive offer to drive in a competitive Formula One team. Ralf Schumacher Sibling rivalry, eh? Whatever one of them gets, the other has to have one too. But there doesn’t seem to be much […]

Gene: “Schumacher almost rejoined Ferrari” 29th December 2009, 12:38

Michael Schumacher would have made an F1 comeback for Ferrari instead of Mercedes, reckons test driver Marc Gene. Writing on his blog for Spanish newspaper El Mundo Gene claims Schumacher would have been the third driver at Ferrari in 2010 had the regulations allowed him him to race. That would have meant Schumacher teaming up […]

Malaysian washout was 09’s dearest race 28th December 2009, 23:43

The organisers of the Malaysian Grand Prix paid the highest fee going to hold an F1 race in 2009 – but they only got half a race for it. The Sepang circuit’s race cost them $45.7m (??28.56m / ??31.75m) to host this year. But the Grand Prix was abandoned after 31 of the scheduled 56 […]

Your questions: Most champions in a seasons and Massa’s team mates 27th December 2009, 23:59

Time for another crop of questions sent to the F1 Fanatic inbox. This week, as Michael Schumacher makes his F1 comeback along three other world champions, what’s the greatest number title-winners to race against each other? See below for the answers to this and more questions.

Lotus builds black and gold Exige S Type 72 26th December 2009, 22:39

Lotus is commemorating one of its most famous F1 cars with a special edition of its Exige S road car. The Lotus Exige S Type 72 is finished in black with gold detailing, mimicking the celebrated John Player Special livery of the Lotus 72 F1 car. According to Lotus it is “finished by the same […]

F1 Fanatic’s highlights of 2009

I’ve trawled through the F1 Fanatic archive for 2009 and picked out a selection of my favourite articles of the year. Here’s my choice of over 60 exclusive interviews, great guest pieces, memorable arguments and other highlights from the site this year.