Brands Hatch articles on F1 Fanatic archive

European GP history 1950-1997 (video) 20th August 2008, 7:00

F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer is back with a two-part series on the history of the European Grand Prix. The European Grand Prix is an oddity. It’s unique in that it doesn’t necessarily represent a single country, but a whole continent. Various versions of the name have been in use ever since the world championship […]

Donington Park, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and the British Grand Prix 14th July 2008, 7:00

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 […]

“Brands Hatch” (Chas Parker) 28th March 2008, 9:00

If you go to Brands Hatch today it’s hard to imagine it being used as a Formula 1 circuit. It’s narrow, steep and the barriers (and crowd) are far too close to the track for the FIA or Bernie Ecclestone’s liking. At its peak, Brands Hatch held up to four races for Formula 1 cars […]

F1 news review: Alonso looked at Renault move in March 22nd February 2008, 7:00

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 […]

F1 circuits history part 5: 1961-6 9th January 2008, 7:00

Some of F1′s most famous and popular circuits feature in today’s instalment of the guide to F1 tracks. Watkins Glen in America, Clermont-Ferrand in France and Brands Hatch in Great Britain. And one of my own personal favourites, the Mexico City circuit. But as ever there are a few oddballs as well – East London […]

Don’t blame Hermann Tilke, blame the rules 16th December 2007, 10:29

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 […]

This weekend’s F1 alternative: WTCC Brands Hatch 21st September 2007, 9:00

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 […]

Ten worst… Championship anti-climaxes 13th September 2007, 16:10

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. […]

Have you been to the European Grand Prix? 20th July 2007, 13:00

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 […]

Meet the fans

The British Grand Prix last week was the perfect opportunity to meet some other F1 fans face-to-face. So here they all are! Many thanks to the five groups featured below that agreed to share their thoughts on F1, the British Grand Prix, and above all, the British drivers.