Jean-Marie Balestre, 1921-2008

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 … Continue reading Jean-Marie Balestre, 1921-2008

Apartheid controversy overshadows Mansell’s second win

1985 South African Grand Prix flashbackPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 … Continue reading Apartheid controversy overshadows Mansell’s second win