Mario Andretti won his first F1 race 40 years ago today at the 1971 South African Grand Prix.
Last world champion: Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, 1979 Last Grand Prix winner: Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, Monza, 1979 Last Grand Prix starter: Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, Watkins Glen, 1980 Last Grand Prix: Kyalami, 1993 South Africa was a Grand Prix host for many years. But its only driver to attain Grand Prix success was Jody Scheckter – the … Continue reading Formula 1?óÔé¼Ôäós lost nations: South Africa
The disquiet over Bernie Ecclestone’s remarks on racism that appeared in several newspapers recently has apparently calmed down after Ecclestone cleared things up with Lewis Hamilton and his family: I meant [the supporters who targeted Hamilton in Spain] were a joke, clowns… I’ve spoken with Lewis’s dad Anthony and he understands, everything’s fine. But some … Continue reading Did Bernie Ecclestone really pull the South African Grand Prix over apartheid?
F1 drivers went on strike ahead of the 1982 South African Grand Prix when the sport’s governing body tried to force them to sign restrictive new contracts.
I never hesitate to grumble when I feel F1’s governing body has done something wrong, so I think they should be applauded for their prompt handling of the racism row that erupted over the weekend. Likewise the Spanish motor sport authorities and the operators of the Circuit de Catalunya have made all the right moves … Continue reading Apartheid controversy overshadows Mansell’s second win
In the early 1990s several tracks appeared on the F1 calendar that have remained a part of F1 ever since: the revised Interlagos circuit in Brazil, the Catalunya track in Spain, and France’s Circuit de Nevers in Magny-Cours, which has remained for 2008 despite the opposition of Bernie Ecclestone. Other tracks came and went: the … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 11: 1990-3
Today’s look at the history of F1 circuits features some of the most popular tracks of the 1970s that were phased out of F1 in the 1980s as the sport looked to improve safety – and make more money. They include Kyalami in South Africa (where political pressures were also at work) and the Osterreichring … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 6: 1967-70
Ferrari scored their 200th Grand Prix win in China – check back later for a comprehensive look at their career history. Here are the rest of the facts and statistics from the Chinese Grand Prix.
The Shanghai International Circuit is next – and it’s my least favourite track on the calendar. Yes, most people hate the Hungaroring and I can see why – it’s narrow, tight, slow and produces terrible races. But Shanghai annoys me because it’s a missed opportunity. With the amount of money they spent they could have … Continue reading Ten worst… F1 tracks
Today marks 25 years since the death of Gilles Villeneuve. Enough has been written about the sad circumstances of his death at Zolder in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. Much has also been written about the spectacular moments for which he is so fondly remembered. Villeneuve drove every race to win. It was not … Continue reading Gilles Villeneuve: His victories remembered
What might have become of Tom Pryce had he not been killed in that terrible crash at Kyalami 30 years ago? He was in his fourth season of Grand Prix racing. He had spent most of that time in uncompetitive machinery he nonetheless won the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch (back in the … Continue reading Tom Pryce, 30 years on
Today’s Renault team boasts back to back double championship successes. But in their original incarnation they were caught out by a technical innovation from BMW that cost them what would have been their first championship. What was BMW’s secret? An ultra-potent fuel that unleashed prodigious power from their turbo engines. Rumours insisted this special brew … Continue reading Banned! Rocket fuel
Today we have numbers 80-71 from out top 100 Formula One videos. Including a near miss at Monaco, terror at the Hockenheimring, and turbo heaven at Montreal. Read on for more. Tags f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport / video / f1 video
It’s all change for 2006 – new teams, rules, qualifying (again) and even a new opening race. The Australian Grand Prix has been moved back to April to accommodate some tedious running-and-jumping festival (that’s The Commonwealth Games – ed.) and so the new season gets underway in the middle of a Bahraini desert. So much … Continue reading Bahrain Grand Prix Preview