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
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
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
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 … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 9: 1979-84
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?
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!
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.
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
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 … Continue reading Top ten… Minardi heroes
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 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?
Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement from this afternoon’s European Grand Prix will cause his supporters to lament his misfortune once again.
An Italian photographer is trying to sell 29 unpublished photographs of Ayrton Senna’s fatal accident for ?é?ú1,300. The pictures appeared on the Italian eBay site for ?é?ú2,000 (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 ?é?ú1,300 for Senna death photos
The eyes of the F1 world are fixed on the twists and turns of the Ferrari-McLaren espionage scandal. F1 is no stranger to controversy – here’s ten of the juiciest from recent years…
Having picked up on The Daily Telegraph’s 50 Perfect Sporting Moments last week, and suggested a few F1 inclusions, I could hardly ignore today’s 50 Imperfect Sporting Moments. This time just one F1 moment made the list. Any guesses? It was Michael Schumacher taking out Damon Hill in in 1994 championship decide at Adelaide. Once … Continue reading Imperfect sporting moments
The Daily Telegraph recently compiled a top 50 sporting moments and two F1 highlights featured in the list. They were: #31 – Fernando Alonso passing Michael Schumacher, Japanese Grand Prix 2005 #33 – Michael Schumacher winning the San Marino Grand Prix after the death of his mother, 2003 Memorable moments no doubt – but I … Continue reading Perfect sporting moments
Bernie Ecclestone’s goal of having 20 races could be recognised as early as next year. The F1 calendar is set for more upheaval as the series continues to look to new venues beyond its European heartland. France is set to lose its race and there are question marks over the American and British rounds. Plus … Continue reading 2008 F1 calendar may have 20 races
Lewis Hamilton’s maiden F1 pole position and victory were the headlines of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. But how many other drivers triumphed in their debut seasons? Can Hamilton beat the record for most wins in his first year? Find out…
An interesting interview with Stirling Moss is our Post of the Week today. Also the problems with street racing, the apparent lack of talent in GP2 this year, and why Felipe Massa’s blog is rubbish.
Over a pint a former Tyrrell mechanic once told me where the idea came for the hideous ‘X-wings’ that the team brought to the sport came from. This was in 1997, at which point the team was in its death throes – the last year in which boss Ken Tyrrell was still at the helm. … Continue reading Banned! X-wings