Benetton articles on F1 Fanatic archive

Banned! Traction control 12th April 2007, 9:00

Not many F1 fans were disappointed when the news broke two weeks ago that traction control was being kicked out of the sport. But this is not the first time that traction control has been banned – last time it happened all kinds of problems arose, not least of which safety, policing and politics. Can […]

The Ben Evans column: Malaysia’s winners and losers 11th April 2007, 21:28

We’re two Grands Prix into 2007 and already a fantastic four way battle for supremacy is shaping up. However, this is yet to translate itself into a decent race. Unlike Melbourne the Sepang race was highly watchable, but aside from the opening exchanges between Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton it was hardly exciting. The bulk […]

Banned! Four wheel steering 22nd March 2007, 12:00

Of all the exotic technologies to be banned from Formula 1 through the years, four wheel steering could perhaps be the only innovation to have been developed after it was outlawed. The FIA made clear early in 1993 that ‘driver aids’ would be banned for 1994. A range of technologies were included in that all-encompassing […]

1995 Australian Grand Prix flashback 15th March 2007, 9:00

This weekend all eyes turn to Melbourne as a new Grand Prix season finally gets underway. The race will see a lot of new beginnings – new drivers, new partnerships and a new, post-Schumacher era. Twelve years ago the Australian Grand Prix was quite different. It marked the end of the season and the 1995 […]

F1 2007 Preview: The defecting champion 24th February 2007, 12:00

Formula 1 in 2007 is all about change – and the change that I find most fascinating of all is Fernando Alonso’s defection to McLaren. It’s a very rare thing indeed to see a reigning champion switch teams. In the last three decades Alonso is only the fifth champion to make such a change. The […]

The Old Rumour Mill – February 6th February 2007, 9:00

More F1 rumours that didn’t quite work out. This month: three McLarens for 1993, four for 2007, and BMW nearly join Benetton. Find out why these plans never came to be…

“Alex Zanardi: My Story” (Alex Zanardi with Gianluca Gasparini, 2004) 4th February 2007, 9:00

I wonder if Michael Schumacher will ever write an autobiography? I doubt it very much – he apparently has little interest in Formula One beyond the time at which he was active in it. It’s a shame – doubly so given how poor most of the biographies of him are. But if there’s one contemporary […]

Four Michael Schumacher cars for sale – just $6.5m! 25th January 2007, 21:28

Four Formula One cars raced by Michael Schumacher have gone up for sale. All four cars are offered for purchase jointly and include the 1991 Jordan-Cosworth 191 in which he made his Grand Prix debut; The 1991 Benetton-Cosworth B191 in which he scored his first championship points at the Italian Grand Prix; The 1994 Benetton-Cosworth […]

Official 2007 Renault R27 pictures 24th January 2007, 13:36

The first photographs of Renault’s new Formula One racer broke cover two weeks ago – now the final car has been presented in its definitive livery. With ING replacing Mild Seven as title sponsors for 2007 the car has a fresh new colour scheme, dropping the light blue it has used since 2002, and as […]

GPWC goes the way of Premier 1 GP 23rd January 2007, 9:00

In 2006 the grinding tedium of the merciless political row between the FIA and the Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) finally ended in a ceasefire. And not a moment too soon – the last thing we needed was another Indy ’05 or, much worse, the GPMA’s stated threat of a ‘Grand Prix World Championship’ breakaway […]