Mika Hakkinen articles on F1 Fanatic archive

Debate: Do the FIA engineer championship showdowns? 11th October 2007, 9:00

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. […]

F1 in the blogs 44: PETA vs Ralf Schumacher 6th October 2007, 7:00

Ralf Schumacher is being mocked once again – this time by animal rights activists… Plus BMW in good shape for 2008, problems for Prodrive, and vote for F1Fanatic.co.uk in the 2007 Weblog Awards.

Audi drags DTM into fresh controversy 23rd September 2007, 20:16

Several drivers made woeful mistakes on the track at today’s DTM race in Barcelona – but by far the biggest blunder of all was committed on the pit wall. Audi’s withdrawal from today’s DTM race at Barcelona was, in my opinion, a ridiculous over-exaggeration and a dismal display of poor sportsmanship. Their withdrawal hinted at […]

DTM Barcelona: Scandal as Audi withdraw

A mass withdrawal from the DTM race at Barcelona by Audi overshadowed Jamie Green’s maiden victory at the Catalunya circuit. Audi management took the unprecedented step of withdrawing all of their cars after its principal title charges Martin Tomcyk and Mattias Ekstrom were involved in controversial crashes. Audi Sport issued a statement claiming, “the Mercedes […]

First turn analysis: Spa 16th September 2007, 12:20

Ferrari front row, McLaren second row. So what kind of antics can we expect at Spa’s wide, but tight, first corner? It’s been fairly common this year to see the drivers who start on the racing line at an advantage. But at Spa the surface is new and the racing line crosses the grid hatchings. […]

1999 Belgian Grand Prix flashback 13th September 2007, 11:00

Keeping two ruthless, competitive and fast team mates happy is something both McLaren and Ferrari have to manage this year. For an example of how one team has quite a bit more experience in the matter than the other, turn the clock back eight years to the Belgian Grand Prix of 1999. The McLaren drivers […]

Top ten… Races of the 2000s 6th September 2007, 9:00

When F1 is at its very best there’s no other sport than can match it for excitement. And even despite some of the dodgy rules that seemed design to make racing impossibly there have been some cracking races this decade. Here’s ten of them – and no, they’re not all wet races either!

Debate: 22 best drivers in the world? 20th August 2007, 9:00

Formula 1 is the number one form of motorsport – but does it also have the best racing drivers in the world? Who would you evict from the F1 grid, and who would you replace them with?

The Ben Evans Column: Watching a real race 12th August 2007, 14:25

Once again this season the Hungarian GP provided more off-track talking points than on-track action as the evil Alonso viciously blocked the blessed Lewis in the pits delaying him by a couple of seconds at the end of qualifying. Part of the gamesmanship found at the top of any professional sport, you might say. But […]

Any sympathy for McLaren? 6th August 2007, 10:00

Ron Dennis and McLaren-Mercedes made an almighty mess of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. But even though I think the punishment meted out to Alonso was just, I have some sympathy for them team over what happened. It would be better for the sport if McLaren’s championship points were reinstated at the appeal hearing.