Ron Dennis is already fighting major battles on three fronts: Against Ferrari for the world championships, with the FIA over manufacturer-orientated rules and with the media over Lewis Hamilton. Obviously that’s not enough to occupy his mind, so he’s now turned his invective against jovial paddock rag, The Red Bulletin. Not a single copy of … Continue reading Ron Dennis vs Red Bulletin
Not wishing to be outdone by Frank Williams, Ron Dennis has also got behind an aspiring 14 year-old racer in the hopes of finding the next Lewis Hamilton. Kart racer Oliver Rowland has been taken on by the McLaren and Mercedes-Benz Young Drivers Support Programme. Hamilton joined the same programme in 1998 at the age … Continue reading Now Ron Dennis backs a 14 year-old too
The world of Formula 1 blogging is growing all the time. These are the thoughts of fifty different F1 bloggers, including diehard fans, teams, professional journalists, and even one F1 PR person. Covering speculation, humour, history and more – here are the highlights of F1 blogging.
Before a racing wheel has been turned in anger 2007 is already shaping up to be one of the most interesting seasons for a long time. The deck has been well and truly shuffled with many new drivers in new teams. And for once it’s not just confined to the minor men – there is … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: 1984
Five drivers will embark on their first full Formula 1 seasons in 2007. Among them are two drivers placed with top teams for their debut seasons, and another two who have already made their first Grand Prix starts. What can we expect from them in their first full seasons? And what have they done to … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: The class of ’07
Sixteen months without a Grand Prix win. Seven years without a championship title. McLaren are starting a season with a totally new driver line-up for the first time ever while under the command of Ron Dennis. They are willing to embrace radical change to win. But will the exciting combination of champion Fernando Alonso and … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: McLaren
Last week we took a look at Alez Zanardi’s gripping autobiography “My Story”. I thought an interesting book to compare that with would be Niki Lauda’s 1986 book “To Hell and Back” – the self-penned story of another driver whose career was defined by a life-threatening accident.
The banning of Renault’s mass dampers last year and the Michelin tyres in 2003 generated substantial press interest and controversy. In contrast the banning of beryllium and its alloys from F1 cars and, in particular, their engines did not.
In this week’s F1 news – Ralf Schumacher on the sport’s future in Germany, Renault arrives in Romania, and will Formula 1 stay in Malaysia? Plus Formula 1 drivers’ road cars and Ron Dennis’s shock move to Ferrari.
Ron Dennis has once again shown his warm and cuddly side by banning his drivers from drinking alcohol. I’ve heard rumours he is also considering stopping his drivers from watching TV and going to the cinema, lest it detract their minds from racing for even a single second. I can see the logic of Dennis’s … Continue reading The Ben Evans Columns – Drinking and driving
Lewis Hamilton’s high-speed crash in testing on Friday served as a litmus test for the British media’s hunger for news about the exciting and fascinating young talent. He is yet to turn a wheel in anger, but news of his crash splashed across the entire back page of major papers like The Times, regardless of … Continue reading The Hamilton hype starts here
Read our top post from the world of F1 bloggers this week. Plus, a Ferrari fan turns on Raikkonen, a Bahraini cheers the McLaren buy-in and Toyota’s launch is met with a little scepticism. Read on for more.
There are 68 days days of grinding, fingernail-chewing tedium until the new Grand Prix season starts. Happily, F1Fanatic can recommend two ways to enliven the tedium. One is to head off to Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC this weekend (see below for ticket information). But also make sure you don’t let the off-season pass … Continue reading Gallery: Donington Grand Prix Collection
What big F1 news story broke one year ago today? Have a guess… It was Fernando Alonso’s shock switch to McLaren for 2007 – a move that caught most, if not all, F1 followers completely unaware. Of course it’s not the first time in F1 history that a shock driver or team move has caught … Continue reading Top ten… F1 bombshells
When Eddie Jordan was famously outmanouevred by Flavio Briatore in 1991, losing the coveted contract to run Michael Schumacher, McLaren boos Ron Dennis strode up to him and simply said: “Welcome to the Piranha Club”.
The FIA needed a supply of standard engine control units (ECUs) for the new, 2008-era F1. But instead of getting a third party to supply them, they’ve got one of the teams to do it. It’s a stinking great controversy! No doubt they’ve palmed off the contract to bosom buddies Ferrari, who’ll steal a march … Continue reading Another insidious FIA conspiracy?
In the F1 blogs this week why Fox covering F1 in America is a good idea and why Super Aguri’s Friday testing proposal is probably not. Plus some Ron Dennis-bashing and a big cheer for ‘little Ant’. (All blog links external)
With most of the drivers in place for next year, let’s take a look at how the 2007 F1 season is shaping up. There are still two places left to fill: The question fo who will drive the second McLaren will be answered before Christmas according to Martin Whitmarsh, and there’s some speculation that it … Continue reading 2007: Who goes where part 4
In the latest installment of our comprehensive 2006 review we picked the quotes that tell the story of the season. F1 drivers and personnel may be tight-lipped and PR-savvy, but these 22 on-the-record remarks show what they really thought of their rivals, their teams, and of course, the life and times of one Michael Schumacher.
Are ITV unhappy with the income they generate from advertising sold during Formula One? An interview with their Sales MD Gary Digby in Media Week suggests they are. Digby was interviewed regarding ITV’s coverage of the football World Cup, which apparently failed to bring in enough advertisers to justify the ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú50m they spent on the … Continue reading ITV want more from F1 ads