Super Aguri are gone and the F1 field has shrunk down to 20 cars, increasing the competition for any seats that might become available. That’s bad news for some of the promising drivers squeezed out of the sport who might have hoped to get back in – to say nothing of Takuma Sato and Anthony … Continue reading Not enough seats to go round
Fernando Alonso?óÔé¼Ôäós prospects of joining Ferrari in the near future appeared to have been killed off earlier this year when Luca di Montezemolo said in public that he did not want Alonso to partner Kimi Raikkonen in the future. But the rumours re-surfaced over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend with sources claiming Alonso had signed … Continue reading How do the new Alonso-Ferrari rumours affect the 2009 F1 driver market?
Hoshiyar had this to say about Adrian Sutil in a recent discussion: To have Force India without an Indian pilot is ridiculous. Narain [Karthikeyan] can take the bull by its horn and come in front of fisi each and every time. To not even have tried him for the race seat?óÔé¼?ª its clear where Vijay … Continue reading Should Force India have Indian drivers?
The Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League have ended their 12-year feud and joined back together, a move that could have interesting consequences for Formula 1. Also in the F1 blogs this week, video of Juan Pablo Montoya wrestling, Spyker describe Formula 1 as a ‘massive bleeder’, F1 Racing gets a new editor … Continue reading F1 blogs review: Champ Car and IRL merge
Top McLaren personnel Ron Dennis, Martin Whitmarsh, Paddy Lowe and Mike Coughlan (who is still ‘suspended’ rather than ‘fired’) are among those to face questioning from Italian magistrates conducting their own investigation into the spying case. Plus further developments in the Lewis Hamilton racism row, interviews with past F1 greats Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney, … Continue reading F1 news review: McLaren pulled back into spy row
Ferrari and Toyota stayed away from this week’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya, and with Super Aguri still absent that left eight teams testing at the track near Barcelona. The test was marred by ugly scenes as some of the spectators that showed up hurled racist taunts and abuse at Lewis Hamilton. And for … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 5
Honda has cancelled its sponsorship of ITV’s F1 coverage – does this signal a change in direction for the team’s marketing agenda? Plus McLaren and Williams stay quiet over rumours that part of their teams are to be sold. And who is Robert Kubica’s favourite sports person? It’s not a racing driver… Read the full … Continue reading F1 news review: Honda drop ITV-F1
Several F1 bloggers picked up on the departure of Ralf Schumacher from Formula 1 this week. And as usual he didn’t get a very sympathetic farewell… Others criticised the stance of some drivers against the traction control ban, who said it might make racing in the wet too dangerous. Read the weekly round-up of the … Continue reading F1 blogs review: Auf wiedersehen Ralf
This week saw the final four days of testing of 2007. Although much was made of the opportunity to compare Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton on track at the same time, in reality the diversity of testing programmes being run meant that no worthwhile comparison was possible. Teams ran a mixture of grooved and slick … Continue reading 2008 testing round-up 2
In the F1 news this week Kimi Raikkonen accidentally reveals the launch date of the 2008 Ferrari. Plus speculation about Michael Schumacher’s rumoured return, the future of Prodrive’s entry into F1, Lewis Hamilton explains his aims in Formula 1 and Murray Walker makes a return to commentating. Read on for a round up of 27 … Continue reading F1 news review: 2008 Ferrari launch revealed
The 2008 winter testing got under way at Barcelona this week as the teams prepared for the first race without traction control since 2001. This was the first of two tests before the break, the second at Jerez next month. Here’s what the teams were all up to.
Say what you like about Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. However great the enmity between the pair was at least they never took each other off. Unlike this sorry collection of drivers from the front and back of the grid.
I interviewed Sir Jackie Stewart for Auto Trader this week – read the full article below. Also in the F1 news Michael Schumacher took the Ferrari F2007 for a spin, Christian Klien and Vitaly Petrov are after 2008 seats, and Bernie Ecclestone still wants a Grand Prix of London…
The news that Prodrive will not be using McLaren’s chassis next year raises more questions about who will be racing in F1 in 2008. Ralf Schumacher is leaving Toyota but his F1 career may not yet be over. Alexander Wurz’s departure opens up a space at Williams. And of course there is the unresolved question … Continue reading Alonso and Prodrive central to 2008 driver market
Fernando Alonso: I’d be delighted if I didn’t carry on with Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton: I’d much rather it were Fernando at Ferrari and me at McLaren. But it looks ever more likely that Alonso will return to Renault rather than switch to Ferrari.
Many of F1’s top drivers have entered the sport after winning the Formula 3000 or, more recently, GP2 championship. But no driver has ever won that junior title and then become F1 champion. In this four part series we take a look at the 22 champions including the driver who could be the first to … Continue reading The feeder formula champions (p4/4)
The driver market for 2008 is settling down – although everyone is still watching to see if Fernando Alonso will storm out of McLaren (and away from Lewis Hamilton), to join his old team Renault. Several teams have now confirmed their 2008 line ups and are sticking with their current drivers – with the notable … Continue reading 2008 driver line-up almost set
One of the more entertaining F1 side shows of past weeks was the spat between Scott ‘not got any’ Speed and the Red Bull junior team, which has led to Speed’s departure from the Toro Rosso. Speed is latest in a string of Red Bull-backed drivers who have been rushed into F1 and failed to … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Bull
McLaren has reportedly told Alonso he is free to leave the team at the end of the year if he wishes. Speculation has linked him with a return to Renault for 2008, and it remains to be seen who will drive for new 2008 entrants Prodrive.
Markus Winkelhock made his Grand Prix debut in yesterday’s European Grand Prix, and thanks to a heavy rain shower and some inspired race strategy he managed to lead the race for six laps.