F1 counted the cost of a tragic and shambolic Belgian Grand Prix weekend at Zolder 30 years ago today.
It’s 1986 McLaren team mates Alain Prost and Keke Rosberg in the next Champion of Champions round.
Keke Rosberg became the first man to lap an F1 circuit at an average speed of more than 160mph (258kph) on this day 25 years ago. His record stood for the best part of 20 years. That sub-66 second lap of Silverstone in a Honda turbo-powered Williams remains one of the most celebrated pole position … Continue reading 25 years today: Rosberg’s record lap
Wherever Nico Rosberg ends up in 2010, it won’t be with Williams. He confirmed to the press today that he’s leaving the team, which gave him his F1 debut, after four years with them. He starts his 70th Grand Prix for the Grove outfit this weekend. Rosberg has had a strong fourth season with Williams, … Continue reading Rosberg confirms Williams exit in 2010
Fuji Speedway is to disappear from the F1 calendar once again. Despite a multi-million pounds upgrade ahead of its reintroduction in 2007, its return last a mere two races. But there are venues whose acquaintance with F1 was even more fleeting. Ten tracks held just a single race each and do not look likely to … Continue reading The one-off Grand Prix tracks
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will mark 40 years since Sir Frank Williams first entered a car into a Grand Prix. This video shows what they’ve got planned.
F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer looks back on the history of the Australian Grand Prix. It’s back! F1 2009 is about to get under way, and so are we! I’m back for the new season, ready to share with you the history of the sport. Let’s kick things off with the season-opener, the Australian Grand … Continue reading Australian GP history 1985-1995 (Video)
Dozens of drivers were named by F1 Fanatic readers in the quest to find F1’s greatest underdog winner. Here’s the final ten to make your choice from – with videos of each race below to help you make up your mind…
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
F1’s 79th Grand Prix winner was the man who would go on to win more races than anyone in the history of the sport: Michael Schumacher. With the likes of Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell doing so much winning in the late eighties there were only three new winners between 1985 … Continue reading 100 F1 race winners part 8: 1982-1993
In the F1 news this week Fernando Alonso first approached Flavio Briatore about returning to Renault in March of last year after just one round of the championship. Plus Ralf Schumacher comes clean about his claims of having an F1 seat for 2008, Kimi Raikkonen hints at his eventual retirement, and Bahrain International Circuit takes … Continue reading F1 news review: Alonso looked at Renault move in March
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
Tracks being altered to include slower corners became commonplace in the second half of the 1970s. Silverstone’s flat-out blast was rudely interrupted by a crude chicane at Woodcote. The other super-quick circuit – the Osterreichring – was also slowed, although both tracks retained much of their essential character. And two tracks we are familiar with … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 8: 1975-8
I’ve read a lot of remarks by people who think that Ron Dennis will just stick any old driver in the second McLaren seat next year. The assumption seems to be that he’s already got Lewis Hamilton and all he needs and wants to do is stick a loyal but not super-quick number two in … Continue reading Ron Dennis doesn’t want a seat filler in 2008
What better place to finish the season than Brazil? The country’s drivers have won more championships than any other nation bar Britain. And the South American atmosphere and punishing track is guaranteed to produce a great race. Here’s ten of the best Brazilian Grands Prix.
Kazuki Nakajima makes his Grand Prix debut this weekend. Long time Grand Prix fans will remember the one occasion his father made a decisive move at the front of the field – by taking Ayrton Senna’s front wing off during the Brazilian Grand Prix while Senna was lapping him. But that’s by no means the … Continue reading Top ten… Most notorious backmarkers
I opened up this week’s F1 Racing magazine to discover their rankings of the drivers’ performances so far this year look pretty similar to my own that I posted last week. F1 Racing polled 28 top F1 personalities on their opinions to compile their list, including Martin Brundle, Flavio Briatore, Keke Rosberg, Jody Scheckter, Pat … Continue reading F1 Racing’s driver rankings look familiar…
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…
The classic names of F1 are all returning to the sport: Senna, Mansell, Prost, Piquet, Lauda and more could all be a feature on the grid one day. A quick search threw up 20 such drivers in the lower echelons of motor sport that could break into F1. Can you think of any others? Two … Continue reading F1’s famous names return
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.