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The state of the 2010 F1 calendar 3rd June 2009, 7:00

With so much attention focused on which teams might be racing in F1 in 2010, less is being said about what circuits might feature on the world championship calendar. Many circuits are facing pressure from falling audiences and Bernie Ecclestone’s unrelentingly high prices. There is significant doubt over the planned races at Hockenheim, Fuji and […]

Hamilton joins Senna, Prost, Schumacher and others who had F1 wins confiscated 9th September 2008, 13:00

Lewis Hamilton will have to hand over his Belgian Grand Prix winner’s trophy to Felipe Massa (appeal pending). It will be small comfort to him that plenty of other drivers have had wins taken off them in the past. Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and others have lost race wins after the chequered flag. More encouragingly […]

F1 circuits history part 13: 1995-8 17th January 2008, 7:00

The after-effects of the traumatic 1994 season were felt throughout the Formula 1 calendar. Circuits that had made temporary changes to slow down high speed sections now had to find ways of making those alterations permanent. And new courses would have to either be much slower or built with even larger run-off spaces. The man […]

F1 circuits history part 9: 1979-84 13th January 2008, 7:00

The major changes were happening to the F1 calendars in the early 1980s. Several attempts were made to find new homes for the United States Grand Prix after Watkins Glen and Long Beach were dropped. In addition to the several American circuits below F1 also looked at holding a race in New York, which came […]

2008 F1 calendar ‘more credible’ than 20 years ago? 11th December 2007, 7:00

I wrote at length about a revealing interview Max Mosley gave recently in which he made this remark: It’s a far more credible championship [calendar] than it was 20 years ago. That’s Mosley’s verdict on the modern Formula 1 calendar. Have a look at how the 2008 F1 calendar compares with the 1988 schedule and […]

Top ten… Races of the 2000s 6th September 2007, 9:00

When F1 is at its very best there’s no other sport than can match it for excitement. And even despite some of the dodgy rules that seemed design to make racing impossibly there have been some cracking races this decade. Here’s ten of them – and no, they’re not all wet races either!

Changing my mind about Massa 28th August 2007, 7:00

If you’d told me five years ago that Felipe Massa would be a serious contender for the 2007 world championship, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Provisional 18-race F1 calendar for 2008 27th July 2007, 13:52

The provisional 2008 F1 calendar has been released with a couple of interesting changes. As has recently been speculated the French Grand Prix has not been dropped, but earlier reports that the season would open in Bahrain proved wide of the mark. As predicted here the new street races at Singapore and Valencia will be […]

Top ten… Minardi heroes 26th July 2007, 10:00

Watching Markus Winkelhock lead his first ever Grand Prix having qualified his un-competitive Spyker at the back of the grid had me reminiscing about backmarker heroes Minardi. The Italian team became cult heroes during their two decades in Formula 1. They were often the first to get lapped, but they also made some giant-killing performances […]

Doubt over facts of Villeneuve-Pironi row 24th July 2007, 21:42

The details of one of the most famous and tragic episodes in Formula 1 history have been disputed by one of the sport’s long-standing figures. It had long been claimed that Didier Pironi ‘stole’ victory from team mate Gilles Villeneuve in the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix by refusing to follow team orders. Livid with […]