F1 news review: racism row

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The British papers today have some conflicting reports on the reaction in Spain: “Spanish media chose to overlook latest incident” (The Times) “Spanish view: ‘Hooligans’ abuse Hamilton” (Daily Telegraph) I’m not sure I agree with The Times’s opinion piece. Some F1 sites have reported about coverage of the incident in Spain, although it is unclear … Continue reading F1 news review: racism row

F1 news review: Malaysia considers night race

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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

Kimi Raikkonen finally wins the F1 title

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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

Debate: Do the FIA engineer championship showdowns?

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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?

“Racers” (Richard Williams, 1997)

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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)

Ten worst… Championship anti-climaxes

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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

For sale: Ecclestone & Hill’s Mercedes

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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 ???15m. Also flogging an old Mercedes is Damon Hill – whose SL … Continue reading For sale: Ecclestone & Hill’s Mercedes

“Graham Hill Scrapbook 1929-1966” (Philip Porter, 2007)

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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)