The state of the 2010 F1 calendar

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 … Continue reading The state of the 2010 F1 calendar

Hamilton joins Senna, Prost, Schumacher and others who had F1 wins confiscated

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 … Continue reading Hamilton joins Senna, Prost, Schumacher and others who had F1 wins confiscated

F1 circuits history part 13: 1995-8

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 13: 1995-8

2008 F1 calendar ‘more credible’ than 20 years ago?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 … Continue reading 2008 F1 calendar ‘more credible’ than 20 years ago?

Provisional 18-race F1 calendar for 2008

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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 … Continue reading Provisional 18-race F1 calendar for 2008

Doubt over facts of Villeneuve-Pironi row

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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 … Continue reading Doubt over facts of Villeneuve-Pironi row

Bahrain heads 2008 calendar – but how many races?

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Bahrain has been confirmed as the first Grand Prix of 2008 as Formula One Group seeks to repeat last year’s ratings high. A race at midday in Bahrain airs in the early evening in Europe – prime television time – unlike the Australian round which Europeans have to get up at around 3am to see. … Continue reading Bahrain heads 2008 calendar – but how many races?

Photographer wants ??1,300 for Senna death photos

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An Italian photographer is trying to sell 29 unpublished photographs of Ayrton Senna’s fatal accident for ??1,300. The pictures appeared on the Italian eBay site for ??2,000 (USD $2,760), the seller offering two and a half times as much for an immediate sale. It’s doubtful that these pictures, taken as the medical team arrived on … Continue reading Photographer wants ??1,300 for Senna death photos