F1 could have two races under floodlights in 2009 as the organisers of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang look at hiring the same company used for this year’s Singapore Grand Prix, which will be the first to be held at night. Elsewhere Nigel Stepney gets a new job, Max Mosley and Jackie Stewart continue … Continue reading F1 news review: Malaysia considers night race
Getting to meet F1 drivers properly is not something I get to do very often. The days of being able to mill around the pits with them are long gone – these days you’re lucky to get a cursory glance and an unintelligible scrawl on your race day programme. But on the rare occasions I … Continue reading It?óÔé¼Ôäós hard to dislike drivers once you?óÔé¼Ôäóve met them
In the late 1980s it often seemed like good tracks were dropped for safety reasons, and less good tracks found their way onto the calendar because money talked. How else could you explain a circuit like the awful Phoenix street track holding three Grands Prix? Or why the slow and dull Hungaroring remains on the … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 10: 1985-9
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
In the same way that accidents will always attract onlookers, so there is a degree of vicarious pleasure in observing an F1 team in its dying throes. What ridiculous sponsorship deals will they sign? Which drivers, thought retired, will pop-up for a cameo? At what point will they draw the line and shut the doors … Continue reading Lapped legends: Philippe Adams
Starting a new regular feature today our columnist Ben Evans picks his favourite star from the back of the grid. And who better to start things off with than F1’s greatest slapstick comedian, Taki Inoue. Read about his brief career and watch video of some of his ‘highlights’ below…
Kimi Raikkonen has become Finland’s third world champion by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix. He is the 28th F1 world champion in 58 years. It comes after he finished runner-up in the 2003 championship (to Michael Schumacher) and in 2005 (to Fernando Alonso) His triumph puts Finland up to fifth among the countries that have … Continue reading Kimi Raikkonen finally wins the F1 title
Another chapter of F1 history will be written this weekend. Will it be a glorious celebration of a worthy champion? Or yet another of F1’s sensational championship controversies? Here’s a collection of 17 of the most memorable F1 title deciders on video – with the original commentaries where possible – from Fangio to Alonso…
There are often allegations that the FIA favours one driver, or team, over another. I don’t take those claims very seriously. But it does sometimes seem as though decisions are made with the purpose of engineering championship showdowns at the final round of the year. After all, it keeps up public interest in the season. … Continue reading Debate: Do the FIA engineer championship showdowns?
Hamilton moves into the championship lead – but what does he have to do to wrap up the title in Shanghai? Also the curse of Mark Webber strikes once more as the Australian again retires from a race he had led. And was that the longest safety car period ever? I need your help on … Continue reading Japanese GP 2007 statistics & facts
At the end of every year comes the inevitable rush of season review annuals. Bright, glossy, heavy, and most of them completely pointless apart from the instalments of the venerable Autocourse. “Racers” is in effect a review of the 1996 season, but with several crucial differences: It is written as straight narrative, with not a … Continue reading “Racers” (Richard Williams, 1997)
An unofficial round of the F1 drivers’ championship is being fought in a Parisian courtroom today. And if the outcome of the hearing has a major effect on the championships one way or another, it would be a terrible way to decide the titles. There have been some disappointing championship finales in the past, though. … Continue reading Ten worst… Championship anti-climaxes
GP2 is the ultimate category for young drivers looking to get into F1 – and before that was F3000. But no driver that won the F3000 or GP2 championship has then won the F1 title. In this four part series we take a look at the 22 champions – and what became of their F1 … Continue reading The feeder formula champions (p2/4)
James Allen claims in his new biography of Michael Schumacher that FIA president Max Mosley believes Schumacher would have been stripped of his 1994 world championship under the current F1 rules.
Fancy picking up some cars previously owned by F1 stars? Bernie Ecclestone is auctioning off a number of cars from his collection. The vehicles, including a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing and a Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, are expected to fetch a total of ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú15m. Also flogging an old Mercedes is Damon Hill – whose SL … Continue reading For sale: Ecclestone & Hill’s Mercedes
Damon Hill will be joining ITV’s commentary team for next week’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The ITV team made the announcement following their coverage of today’s British Touring Car races. He is expected to be joining James Allen in the commentary box in place of Martin Brundle, who usually misses the Hungarian race.
Lesley wrote this week with the following query: How many times did Michael Schumacher win the British Grand Prix? Well I can tell you for sure he won in 1998 – because I was there! And it was seriously wet…
The great Mercedes advert was on television again yesterday evening and it put me in the mind of another great F1 television advert – a young Damon Hill with Murray Walker in the Pizza Hut ad. Like the advert with Fernando Alonso and Damon Hill, it works well because the pair are clearly entering into … Continue reading Video: A classic F1 advert
I had the fortune to meet the author of this book, Philip Porter, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a few weeks ago. He explained how this series of books had begun as a means of publishing some of Stirling Moss’s extensive collection of racing mementoes, including his diaries. The Stirling Moss scrapbook is now … Continue reading “Graham Hill Scrapbook 1929-1966” (Philip Porter, 2007)
The eyes of the F1 world are fixed on the twists and turns of the Ferrari-McLaren espionage scandal. F1 is no stranger to controversy – here’s ten of the juiciest from recent years…