Robert Doornbos articles on F1 Fanatic archive

The Red Bull driver merry-go-round 16th July 2009, 7:00

Toro Rosso has confirmed Sebastien Bourdais will not race for the team at the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend. Jaime Alguersuari is expected to take over his place. This sparked a debate here about whether the Spanish 19-year-old is ready for F1 yet. But Red Bull’s policy of getting racers from their young driver scheme […]

CART drivers who raced in F1: From Andretti to Zanardi part 3 2nd June 2008, 7:00

The third part of our series on F1 drivers who raced in Champ Car includes two-times Formula 1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi, whose American career included a CART title as well as two Indianapolis 500 victories.

F1 blogs review: Auf wiedersehen Ralf 5th January 2008, 9:00

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 […]

Timo Glock finally confirmed at Toyota for 2008 19th November 2007, 10:00

Timo Glock has been confirmed as Jarno Trulli’s team mate at Toyota in 2008 following a lengthy dispute with BMW. Glock, who won the GP2 championship this year, was BMW’s test driver and the Munich marque became involved in a tug-of-love for Glock’s services with Cologne-based Toyota. The Contracts Recognition Board ruled last week that […]

2008 testing round-up 1 18th November 2007, 17:58

The 2008 winter testing got under way at Barcelona this week as the teams prepared for the first race without traction control since 2001. This was the first of two tests before the break, the second at Jerez next month. Here’s what the teams were all up to.

Champ Car Mexico: Bourdais goes out on a high 11th November 2007, 22:19

Sebastian Bourdais brought the curtain down on his Champ Car career in typical style – by routing the field at Mexico City. He passed pole sitter Will Power early on as Power struggled to keep pace due to the hand injury he picked up at Surfers’ Paradise.

2007 championship final standings 21st October 2007, 20:39

Kimi Raikkonen prevailed in the closes ever finish to a championship between three drivers. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso both ended the season a single point behind the Finn. Ferrari were crowned constructors’ champions at the Belgian Grand Prix after McLaren’s exclusion from the championship. As McLaren will not have the world champion driving for […]

Alonso and Prodrive central to 2008 driver market 10th October 2007, 9:00

The news that Prodrive will not be using McLaren’s chassis next year raises more questions about who will be racing in F1 in 2008. Ralf Schumacher is leaving Toyota but his F1 career may not yet be over. Alexander Wurz’s departure opens up a space at Williams. And of course there is the unresolved question […]

Chinese GP 2007 qualifying: Hamilton edges Raikkonen 6th October 2007, 8:09

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix with an excellent lap to beat the Ferraris as he bids to become the sport’s first rookie world champion. It had been Kimi Raikkonen’s weekend so far at Shanghai until the Briton snatched pole position from the Finn by a tenth of a second. Massa […]

2008 driver line-up almost set 5th September 2007, 9:00

The driver market for 2008 is settling down – although everyone is still watching to see if Fernando Alonso will storm out of McLaren (and away from Lewis Hamilton), to join his old team Renault. Several teams have now confirmed their 2008 line ups and are sticking with their current drivers – with the notable […]