Donington Park, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and the British Grand Prix

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Earlier this month Bernie Ecclestone announced Donington Park will host the British Grand Prix from 2010 instead of Silverstone. In July 1999 Bernie Ecclestone announced Brands Hatch would host the British Grand Prix from 2002 instead of Silverstone. But that never came to be – the race stayed at Silverstone. So what happened? And can … Continue reading Donington Park, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and the British Grand Prix

F1 news review: Alonso looked at Renault move in March

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the F1 news this week Fernando Alonso first approached Flavio Briatore about returning to Renault in March of last year after just one round of the championship. Plus Ralf Schumacher comes clean about his claims of having an F1 seat for 2008, Kimi Raikkonen hints at his eventual retirement, and Bahrain International Circuit takes … Continue reading F1 news review: Alonso looked at Renault move in March

Don’t blame Hermann Tilke, blame the rules

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

New Formula 1 tracks usually have two things in common: they’re designed by Hermann Tilke, and they get criticised by F1 fans and commentators for being dull, sterile and unchallenging. Inevitably Tilke gets the blame, but I read something in Autosport recently that made me wonder whether that’s fair: Current F1 track design rules limit … Continue reading Don’t blame Hermann Tilke, blame the rules

This weekend’s F1 alternative: WTCC Brands Hatch

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The World Touring Car Championship makes a rare foray to a decent racing circuit this weekend. Having taken the FIA’s premier tin-top series to a preposterous street track in Portugal and put on some lousy races at Brno and Valencia – neither of which are well suited to touring cars – the series heads for … Continue reading This weekend’s F1 alternative: WTCC Brands Hatch

Ten worst… Championship anti-climaxes

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

An unofficial round of the F1 drivers’ championship is being fought in a Parisian courtroom today. And if the outcome of the hearing has a major effect on the championships one way or another, it would be a terrible way to decide the titles. There have been some disappointing championship finales in the past, though. … Continue reading Ten worst… Championship anti-climaxes

Have you been to the European Grand Prix?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

We’re looking for Grand Prix fans who’ve been to the European Grands Prix at the Nurburgring or Brands Hatch to tell us about their experiences. Related links Share your experiences of being at a Grand Prix at the new Nurburgring Share your experiences of being at a Grand Prix at Brands Hatch European Grand Prix … Continue reading Have you been to the European Grand Prix?

Britain’s new star, France’s first champion

1985 European Grand Prix flashbackPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Twenty-two years ago Britain was comfortably supporting two Grands Prix – never mind struggling to run one. Star attraction was home hero Nigel Mansell who took his first Grand Prix win at the European round at Brands Hatch in 1985. It was an incident-packed race that saw the crowning of a new champion and a … Continue reading Britain’s new star, France’s first champion

Video: Great F1 press conference moments (part 1)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Controversy, comedy, and water fights. Formula 1 press conferences have proved the unlikely venues for all manner of hi-jinxs. Today we take a look at some of the funniest moments in F1 press conferences captured on video – and a few of the arguments that erupted in front of the press. And we’ll have a … Continue reading Video: Great F1 press conference moments (part 1)