Bernie Ecclestone makes demands for Silverstone

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bernie Ecclestone has explained what Silverstone need to do if it is to keep the British Grand Prix for 2010 and beyond. It gives rare insight into how stringent his requirements are: What other countries would normally do is enter into a commercial agreement. We would want a letter of credit to cover two years’ … Continue reading Bernie Ecclestone makes demands for Silverstone

F1 must take a stand against racism

CommentPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Yesterday I wrote that “I haven’t seen any evidence of a racial motivation” in the attacks Lewis Hamilton has been subjected to in Spain this week. Today damning evidence of that fact has come in from a number of sources, the worst being of four spectators at the track with blacked-up faces and gorilla masks … Continue reading F1 must take a stand against racism

F1 circuits history part 15: 2003-2007

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hermann Tilke has had a monopoly on circuit design work in recent years. His brief is apparently are to design safe venues for F1 racing where overtaking is possible – making tracks that are dramatic or challenging is a secondary consideration at best. Recent examples of this include his new circuits in Bahrain, Turkey, China … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 15: 2003-2007

F1 circuits history part 13: 1995-8

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The after-effects of the traumatic 1994 season were felt throughout the Formula 1 calendar. Circuits that had made temporary changes to slow down high speed sections now had to find ways of making those alterations permanent. And new courses would have to either be much slower or built with even larger run-off spaces. The man … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 13: 1995-8

F1 circuits history part 11: 1990-3

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the early 1990s several tracks appeared on the F1 calendar that have remained a part of F1 ever since: the revised Interlagos circuit in Brazil, the Catalunya track in Spain, and France’s Circuit de Nevers in Magny-Cours, which has remained for 2008 despite the opposition of Bernie Ecclestone. Other tracks came and went: the … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 11: 1990-3

2008 F1 calendar ‘more credible’ than 20 years ago?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

I wrote at length about a revealing interview Max Mosley gave recently in which he made this remark: It’s a far more credible championship [calendar] than it was 20 years ago. That’s Mosley’s verdict on the modern Formula 1 calendar. Have a look at how the 2008 F1 calendar compares with the 1988 schedule and … Continue reading 2008 F1 calendar ‘more credible’ than 20 years ago?

Pictures: First glimpse of Force India F1 team

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Spyker, which becomes Force India F1 Team in 2008, are testing at Barcelona in an interim livery today. Giedo van der Garde (McLaren development driver, Renault Word Series racer) and Roldan Rodriguez (GP2 racer) drove. Hopefully the final car will look totally different, otherwise F1 looks set to lose the distinctive bright orange of Spyker … Continue reading Pictures: First glimpse of Force India F1 team

Investigation could jeopardise Raikkonen’s title (update 3)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Three cars are under investigation having failed post-race checks in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg’s Williams and the BMWs of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld failed post-race inspections of their fuel temperatures. Were at least two the the three disqualified, and the drivers behind them promoted in the points standings, Lewis Hamilton would be … Continue reading Investigation could jeopardise Raikkonen’s title (update 3)

This weekend’s F1 alternative: WTCC Brands Hatch

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The World Touring Car Championship makes a rare foray to a decent racing circuit this weekend. Having taken the FIA’s premier tin-top series to a preposterous street track in Portugal and put on some lousy races at Brno and Valencia – neither of which are well suited to touring cars – the series heads for … Continue reading This weekend’s F1 alternative: WTCC Brands Hatch

Provisional 18-race F1 calendar for 2008

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The provisional 2008 F1 calendar has been released with a couple of interesting changes. As has recently been speculated the French Grand Prix has not been dropped, but earlier reports that the season would open in Bahrain proved wide of the mark. As predicted here the new street races at Singapore and Valencia will be … Continue reading Provisional 18-race F1 calendar for 2008