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The last time we had 26 cars 3rd May 2009, 17:40

There are many doubts over the FIA’s radical ‘budget capping’ plans for 2010. However, their stated aim of getting 26-car grids into F1 is definitely good news – the only thing I can’t understand is why it’s taken them so long to realise bigger grids is better for the sport. Amazingly, it’s 14 years since […]

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 […]

The feeder formula champions (p2/4) 11th September 2007, 7:00

GP2 is the ultimate category for young drivers looking to get into F1 – and before that was F3000. But no driver that won the F3000 or GP2 championship has then won the F1 title. In this four part series we take a look at the 22 champions – and what became of their F1 […]

Your questions: F1 car numbers 8th August 2007, 7:00

Tom Bellingham wrote in with this question: I was wondering why certain number were on cars back in the ’80s and ’90s. Ferrari famously had the number 27 with Giles Villeneuve, was this number carried on with Ferraris as a tribute to him? Were teams allowed to choose numbers back then and how was it […]

The F1 cars that never raced 11th July 2007, 7:00

A new book, “Unraced”, takes a look at some of the most recent F1 cars that were built yet never saw the start of a Grand Prix. It’s full of interesting tales from teams that collapsed to cars that were just too radical to be made reliable. Here’s four of the most interested F1 cars […]

Watson surges to win from 17th in first Detroit race 14th June 2007, 7:00

Twenty-five years ago the F1 circus visited the United States three times in one season. The first ever Detroit Grand Prix was the second round in the USA that year.

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 […]

Gilles Villeneuve: His victories remembered 8th May 2007, 9:00

Today marks 25 years since the death of Gilles Villeneuve. Enough has been written about the sad circumstances of his death at Zolder in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. Much has also been written about the spectacular moments for which he is so fondly remembered. Villeneuve drove every race to win. It was not […]

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 […]