Jean-Marie Balestre articles on F1 Fanatic archive

Jean-Marie Balestre, 1921-2008 28th March 2008, 21:49

I was saddened this evening to learn of the death of Jean-Marie Balestre. Balestre was the president of the Commision Sportive Internationale from 1978, and formed the Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA), the fore-runner of today’s FIA. He became president of the FIA in 1986 (despite having a coronary artery by-pass graft that same […]

1985 South African Grand Prix flashback 5th February 2008, 7:00

I never hesitate to grumble when I feel F1’s governing body has done something wrong, so I think they should be applauded for their prompt handling of the racism row that erupted over the weekend. Likewise the Spanish motor sport authorities and the operators of the Circuit de Catalunya have made all the right moves […]

Mosley: Schumacher would have lost ’94 title under modern rules 22nd August 2007, 7:00

James Allen claims in his new biography of Michael Schumacher that FIA president Max Mosley believes Schumacher would have been stripped of his 1994 world championship under the current F1 rules.

Banned! Ground effect 7th June 2007, 7:00

The last in our series looking at F1 technologies that were banned looks at one innovation that the governing body were surely right to get rid of. Indeed, had they stepped in more quickly to rid the sport of ground effect cars, a series of terrifying crashes might have been avoided – and lives might […]

Banned! Lotus-Cosworth 88 & 88B 1st February 2007, 9:00

Continuing our series on technologies that have been banned from F1, this week we look at a rare example of an entire car that was banned before it could even race. Colin Chapman’s Lotus 88 was a victim of fraught political tensions at a time when the governing body and the British team were at […]