HRT technical director Geoff Willis would like to see the return of in-season testing – albeit on a limited basis. Willis said: From a purely engineering point of view, if we don?óÔé¼Ôäót have testing we have to compensate with rig testing and analysis. The money you don?óÔé¼Ôäót spend on testing you spend on that. The … Continue reading Willis wants testing return
Would you like to be at Silverstone to see the first F1 race on the revised track next week? F1 Fanatic has a pair of tickets to this year’s British Grand Prix for one lucky reader to win. See below for details of how to enter the competition and more ways to win tickets for … Continue reading Win British GP tickets with F1 Fanatic
McLaren have put out a video showing Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button poking around their store of old Formula 1 cars and pulling back the covers on a 1988 MP4-4. Both take turns sitting in the car which was driven by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, winning 15 of the 16 races they started. It … Continue reading Hamilton, Button & Senna’s McLaren (video)
Peter Sauber hailed Kamui Kobayashi’s performance in the European Grand Prix as “amazing”. The Japanese driver claimed seventh place after pulling off two overtaking moves in the final two laps, one on Fernando Alonso. The team owner said: I can only think of one word for it ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ amazing! I was obviously thrilled by his … Continue reading Sauber “thrilled” by Kobayashi’s passes
The Formula One Teams’ Association expects to reduce carbon emissions in the sport by 12.4% by 2012. A FOTA-commissioned report into the environmental impact of Formula found that each team produces an average of 215,558 tonnes of CO2 per year. Of that, 0.29% comes from the burning of fuel by F1 cars in testing and … Continue reading FOTA plans F1 emissions cut
Valencia certainly provided a more exciting race this year than it did in 2008 and 2009 but it wasn’t without controversy. Find all the F1 Fanatic European Grand Prix coverage in one place below ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ from Friday practice to the post-race review and our live comments on every session.
The Autocourse competition is closed but there’s a new competition with a cracking prize coming up on the site later today. Also it’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend so I’ve been planning F1 Fanatic’s biggest ever coverage of the event. If there’s anything you’d particularly like to see from the Festival please leave … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 30/6/2010
The F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship is as closely-fought as ever with Scunnyman edging into a one-point lead over Arpi_ as we pass the halfwau mark. Victory in round nine went to Mateusz (actually there should be several more ‘z’s in there) and Ace claimed the runners-up prize – by just three-thousandths of a second.
Having pilloried the European Grand Prix stewards in the 48 hours following the race, Ferrari have begun to tone down their criticism of Sunday’s event. Fernando Alonso was first to take a step back from his earlier criticism of the race as “manipulated”, saying “we should talk about it together in a calm way, to … Continue reading Alonso retracts Valencia criticism
There’s no reason to believe Ferrari’s claim that the European Grand Prix was somehow “manipulated”. But considering the penalties that were handed out, particularly the nine drivers who were penalised after the race was finished, it’s clear there’s still room for improvement in how F1 races are refereed. The FIA should start by bringing back … Continue reading FIA must learn from Valencia shambles
Coming up on F1 Fanatic later today, find out how you fared in the latest round of the Predictions Championship. In the meantime, here’s the round-up: Links Valencia thriller puts Sebastian Vettel back on track (BBC) Martin Brundle: “[Webber’s crash] was so reminiscent of my crash in Melbourne in 1996. In that situation, you just … Continue reading F1 Fanatic round-up: 29/6/2010
Rubens Barrichello gave Williams their best result of the year so far. But with Nico H?â??lkenberg running in the points before retiring with a broken exhaust, they could have taken more away from their European Grand Prix weekend. Rubens Barrichello Nico H?â??lkenberg Qualifying position 9 8 Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’38.428 (+0.000) 1’38.428 Race position … Continue reading Best finish of 2010 (Williams race review)
Lucas di Grassi had his best race weekend of the year so far, out-qualifying his team mate for the first time and finishing first of the new teams. Timo Glock Lucas di Grassi Qualifying position 22 21 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’42.140 (+0.054) 1’42.086 Race position 19 17 Average race lap 1’49.796 (+0.513) 1’49.283 Laps … Continue reading Di Grassi shines (Virgin race review)
Karun Chandhok had a good weekend, out-qualifying his team mate and enjoying a largely trouble-free race. Karun Chandhok Bruno Senna Qualifying position 23 24 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’42.600 (-0.251) 1’42.851 Race position 18 20 Average race lap 1’49.779 (-0.546) 1’50.325 Laps 55/57 55/57 Pit stops 1 2 You need to upgrade your Flash Player … Continue reading Double finish at home (HRT race review)
Sebastien Buemi finished eight on the road but was one of the nine drivers to be penalised for going too quickly behind the safety car. That dropped him to ninth behind Fernando Alonso. Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari Qualifying position 11 17 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’38.586 (-0.872) 1’39.458 Race position 9 13 Average race lap … Continue reading Buemi slips to ninth (STR race review)
Adrian Sutil was content with a sixth-placed finish after problems in qualifying. Adrian Sutil Vitantonio Liuzzi Qualifying position 13 14 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’38.851 (-0.033) 1’38.884 Race position 6 16 Average race lap 1’46.311 (-0.364) 1’46.675 Laps 57/57 57/57 Pit stops 1 1 You need to upgrade your Flash Player Open lap times interactive … Continue reading Sixth for Sutil (Force India race review)
The team raced with special logos commemorating their 500th start but suffered one of their worst races of the year. Jarno Trulli Heikki Kovalainen Qualifying position 19 20 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’40.658 (-0.224) 1’40.882 Race position 21 Average race lap 1’55.135 (+6.424) 1’48.711 Laps 53/57 8/57 Pit stops 2 0 You need to upgrade … Continue reading No joy in 500th race (Lotus race review)
Kamui Kobayashi rode his luck to take a terrific seventh place. The highlight of his race were two bold passes in the final laps, taking Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Buemi. That elevated him to seventh, Sauber’s best result of the year to date.
Robert Kubica reacted quickly when the safety car was deployed to get into the pits immediately. Unfortunately his team were waiting with the wrong tyres when he got there. The delay cost him his chance of finishing on the podium.
McLaren may not have won the European Grand Prix but they scored more points than anyone else and extended their lead in the constructors’ championship. The safety car appearance worked out particularly well for Jenson Button, putting him on the podium. But Lewis Hamilton was fortunate to keep second place after his drive-through penalty.