The transformation of Midland F1 into Spyker was announced at the Italian Grand Prix last year. Around twelve months later we learned the struggling Dutch car maker was selling up to Indian billionaire business tycoon Vijay Mallya, and next year the cars will be called Force India F1 Team. But although from the outside it … Continue reading F1 07 review: Spyker
What were the highlights of the 2007 season for you? Here are my eight favourite moments of the year – both off and on the track.
Say what you like about Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. However great the enmity between the pair was at least they never took each other off. Unlike this sorry collection of drivers from the front and back of the grid.
It was the best of seasons, it was the worst of seasons. We watched a gripping championship battle with three drivers fighting until the final race. The championship lead swapped hands at the finale, and the victor overcame a 17-point deficit to win in the last two races. We endured a string of shockingly poor … Continue reading F1 07 review: The best of years?
With just one point separating three drivers at the end of the season, the two that lost will be cursing the twists of fortune that cost them the points that would have made them champion. While Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso may rue their misfortunes, Kimi Raikkonen will be relieved that his brushes with chance … Continue reading What if…
It’s well known that Formula One Management are total killjoys when it comes to F1 video on the internet. Not only do they tear down any official F1 videos that is uploaded, but they don’t offer even a paid video service themselves. On top of that, even amateurs videos shot by F1 fans at races … Continue reading Five best amateur F1 videos from 2007
The Suzuka circuit will return to the F1 calendar in 2009. It will host the Japanese Grand Prix in a deal with the Fuji Speedway to share the event. Fuji will hold the race on October 7th this year and will hold it again in 2008. After that the two venues are expected to alternate. … Continue reading Suzuka to return in 2009
The Champ Car World Series is back in Europe so catch it while you can. But what on earth are they doing at a bike track? Plus German and British tin-top action and the Indy Racing League title races to a climax on the streets of Detroit. There’s no F1 this weekend, but there’s plenty … Continue reading This weekend’s F1 alternative: Champ Car Assen
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.
It’s Istanbul next and that means the drivers once again get to grapple with the best new corner on the F1 calendar. It may have a rubbish name but turn eight on the Istanbul course is a brilliant bend. Hermann Tilke may have cursed many tracks with some tedious turns but he’s also created some … Continue reading Top ten… Corners in Formula 1
This week’s top post is an excellent article by a dedicated McLaren fan as the team goes through tough times. Also in the blogs a good feature on visiting the European Grand Prix and some more thoughts on the espionage scandal.
Felipe Massa has spoken out about his dice with Fernando Alonso in the closing stages of the European Grand Prix. I’ve read his words back a couple of times and it honestly seems to me that he’s saying it’s OK for F1 cars to make contact while racing for position. Is that really what he’s … Continue reading Video: Is contact between F1 cars OK?
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
Lewis Hamilton is to feature on a new Hornby Scalextric. But will the sets come with real life cranes for pulling Hamilton (and only Hamilton) out of the barriers?
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
Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Adrian Sutil and Scott Speed all found themselves in the gravel on the outside of turn on after a downpour at the start of last weekend’s race. Button, Rosberg, Liuzzi, Sutil and Speed all retired. Hamilton waited in the car with his engine turned on, got dragged … Continue reading Debate: Was Hamilton’s restart legal?
Jonathan Markevich wrote in to ask: I have been looking everywhere to find out why the two hour time limit was not enforced on the European GP last weekend. This should have had a big impact on Giancarlo Fisichella’s strategy, among others who might have short-fueled, presuming the race wouldn’t go 60 laps. Any insights? … Continue reading Your questions: Two hour time limit
Scuderia Toro Rosso have denied they plan to replace Scott Speed with Sebastian Vettel, following a report on an American website. Speed criticised the team after the European Grand Prix, claiming Gerhard Berger and Franz Tost were trying to get rid of him. He was only confirmed to be racing for the team in 2007 … Continue reading Toro Rosso denies plan to replace Speed (updated)
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?
Here’s video footage of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso’s argument after the European Grand Prix. Alonso passed Massa with a handful of laps to spare at the Nurburgring, taking the lead from him in a smart pass around the outside at the Valvoline Kurve that ended with the two banging wheels. It looked to me … Continue reading Video: What did Massa say to Alonso?