Japanese GP history 1976-1990 (Video)

Posted on | Author Journeyer

The F1 history class is back so sit up straight and pay attention – here’s Professor Journeyer with the first instalment of a three-part video guide to the Japanese Grand Prix. The Japanese Grand Prix can be best described in two words: championship showdown. Sure, some circuits may be more challenging, some may have better … Continue reading Japanese GP history 1976-1990 (Video)

2009 F1 calendar: better than ’08? (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The official 2009 F1 calendar has been published with the Canadian Grand Prix mysteriously absent. That?s not the only change for next year, with Abu Dhabi arriving on the calendar as the new season finale. Has the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone done a better job with the 2009 F1 calendar than the 2008 schedule? Compare … Continue reading 2009 F1 calendar: better than ’08? (Poll)

F1 blogs & more: At least two lawsuits

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Disgruntled Japanese F1 fans are suing the Fuji International Speedway, home of the Japanese Grand Prix. And an even more disgruntled ex-F1 tester is suing his former team. Read my selection of F1 highlights from around the web below including James Allen reacting to criticism of his comments about Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna, Jacques … Continue reading F1 blogs & more: At least two lawsuits

Is Istanbul Park the best Tilke track?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Is Istanbul Park the best F1 track Hermann Tilke has designed? Bernie Ecclestone’s track designer of choice gets a lot of flak from fand for building dull circuits. But Istanbul’s mix of gradients, a pair of decent overtaking opportunities, and the impressive four-apex turn eight make it one of his more popular efforts. How do … Continue reading Is Istanbul Park the best Tilke track?

Fuji gets better toilets but still needs a roof

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

When I saw the Autosport headline ‘Fuji moves to avoid 2007 problems’ I thought, “Wow, they’re building a roof over the whole thing.” It’s not as if anyone wants to see another huge downpour on the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix and have to sit through 30 minutes-plus behind the safety car as we did last … Continue reading Fuji gets better toilets but still needs a roof

F1 circuits history part 15: 2003-2007

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hermann Tilke has had a monopoly on circuit design work in recent years. His brief is apparently are to design safe venues for F1 racing where overtaking is possible – making tracks that are dramatic or challenging is a secondary consideration at best. Recent examples of this include his new circuits in Bahrain, Turkey, China … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 15: 2003-2007

F1 circuits history part 8: 1975-8

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Tracks being altered to include slower corners became commonplace in the second half of the 1970s. Silverstone’s flat-out blast was rudely interrupted by a crude chicane at Woodcote. The other super-quick circuit – the Osterreichring – was also slowed, although both tracks retained much of their essential character. And two tracks we are familiar with … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 8: 1975-8

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?

Video: Fernando Alonso’s Fuji crash onboard

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Here’s some new footage of Fernando Alonso’s crash in the Japanese Grand Prix taken from onboard his McLaren. Very little footage of the accident was shown during the live broadcast of the event on ITV. This video, taken from the Official F1 Season Review, shows how the crash unfolded. It also shows onboard footage of … Continue reading Video: Fernando Alonso’s Fuji crash onboard