Gilles Villeneuve’s victory at Jarama on this day in 1981 was instantly recognised as one of the great Grand Prix wins.
F1 counted the cost of a tragic and shambolic Belgian Grand Prix weekend at Zolder 30 years ago today.
Here are three drivers who refused to let their team mates pass when ordered to – or overtook them when they weren’t supposed to.
This weekend sees the 77th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. The great race has been won by 117 different drivers and over half of them – 62 – also competed in the Formula 1 world championship at some point in their career. Many of them were race winners in F1, some were even … Continue reading F1 drivers who won at Le Mans
Ferrari’s new 2009 F1 car launched yesterday may mark another change in the team’s somewhat esoteric approach to naming its cars. Here’s a brief guide to how Ferrari have named their F1 cars from 1950 to 2009.
Lewis Hamilton will have to hand over his Belgian Grand Prix winner’s trophy to Felipe Massa (appeal pending). It will be small comfort to him that plenty of other drivers have had wins taken off them in the past. Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and others have lost race wins after the chequered flag. More encouragingly … Continue reading Hamilton joins Senna, Prost, Schumacher and others who had F1 wins confiscated
Poor Felipe Massa. Had his Ferrari engine gone three laps further he?óÔé¼Ôäód be sitting on top of the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó championship now. Formula 1 cars may be extremely reliable nowadays but they do break down occasionally. But it’s one thing to drop out of the race in the early stages – it’s quite another when you’re … Continue reading Last-lap losers (p1/2)
Guest writer Journeyer concludes his two-part guide to the Monaco Grand Prix. If you thought part one yesterday was great, then you’ll love part two! This covers some of the more recent Monaco magical moments from the 1980s up to 2007:
Three drivers will go into the last race of the season still able to win the championship. It’s the first time this has happened since 1986.
Kimi Raikkonen’s victory in the Chinese Grand Prix was the 200th Grand Prix win for Ferrari. The great Italian team is the only outfit that was present in the first ever championship Grand Prix still competing in Formula One. Until 1988 the team was headed by founder Enzo Ferrari. But it has won more races … Continue reading Ferrari score their 200th Grand Prix victory
The details of one of the most famous and tragic episodes in Formula 1 history have been disputed by one of the sport’s long-standing figures. It had long been claimed that Didier Pironi ‘stole’ victory from team mate Gilles Villeneuve in the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix by refusing to follow team orders. Livid with … Continue reading Doubt over facts of Villeneuve-Pironi row
Twenty-five years ago the F1 circus visited the United States three times in one season. The first ever Detroit Grand Prix was the second round in the USA that year.
Gilles Villeneuve won his first ever Grand Prix at his home race in 1978. It was the first time the Canadian Grand Prix was held at the Montreal circuit. A year later he returned hoping to win again in front of his home crowd, having lost the World Championship battle to Ferrari team mate Jody … Continue reading 1979 Canadian Grand Prix flashback
It’s another historic day thanks to Lewis Hamilton – the rookie driver having taken the championship lead in his fourth race without even winning one yet. But if this were 2002 Felipe Massa would be leading the title race. Read on for all the killer stats from the Spanish Grand Prix.
Today marks 25 years since the death of Gilles Villeneuve. Enough has been written about the sad circumstances of his death at Zolder in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. Much has also been written about the spectacular moments for which he is so fondly remembered. Villeneuve drove every race to win. It was not … Continue reading Gilles Villeneuve: His victories remembered
My brother’s been hunting down 1:43 scale F1 models for a few years and has built up a collection of around 100. Here are some my favourites – the most historically interesting cars and the nicest models. Have you got a Formula 1 related collection – models, programmes, posters…
FIA President Max Mosley famously said a few years ago that we should think of Formula One as a strategic event – “like a game of chess”, was his analogy. Poppycock. Drivel. Gobbledegook. Balderdash. We watch Formula One to see racing – to watch two drivers wringing every millisecond of performance from their machines, dicing … Continue reading Video: Top 50 F1 Passes – Part III
Not only is the Monaco Grand Prix the most glamorous event on the motor racing calendar, it is also a living piece of F1 history. Drivers have gone to battle in the impossibly tight confines of the streets of Monte-Carlo since 1929. Nine non-championship events were run at Monaco from 1929 to 1937, followed by … Continue reading The Magic of Monaco
Like it or not, crashes will always be a part of F1’s appeal, as any form of motorsport. They are especially fascinating in F1, because these drivers are supposed to be the world’s best. It is in celebration of the fact that this isn’t always the case that we reveal the F1Fanatic Crash Awards. Every … Continue reading The Crash Awards