This is already one of my highlights of F1 in 2007. Nick Heidfeld drove his F1.06 around three laps of the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Nick Heidfeld became the first driver in 31 years to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a Formula 1 car on Saturday. The track last staged a Grand Prix in 1976, when Niki Lauda crashed at Bergwerk sustaining serious burns from which he almost died. The circuit was swiftly declared too dangerous to race on, because … Continue reading F1 on the Nurburgring Nordschleife wallpapers
Mika Hakkinen, Keke Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen – plenty of great Finnish F1 drivers, and yet there’s never been a Finnish Grand Prix. Finland had a particularly fine racing circuit in Keimola, but it fell into disuse and thus is one of the tracks that forms the subject of this book. “Autodrome” tells the histories of … Continue reading “Autodrome” (Sam Collins & Gavin Ireland 2007)
Nick Heidfeld is to lap the N?╗???órburgring Nordschleife in his BMW F1 car. And Kimi Raikkonen entered and won a snowmobile race in the guise of James Hunt. Also in this week’s F1 news – why the Renault R27 has that grotesque, four-colour paint job, why Honda are sponsoring ITV, and why some Australians don’t … Continue reading F1 in the news 28
Last week we took a look at Alez Zanardi’s gripping autobiography “My Story”. I thought an interesting book to compare that with would be Niki Lauda’s 1986 book “To Hell and Back” – the self-penned story of another driver whose career was defined by a life-threatening accident.
The first ever World Championship Grand Prix was held at Silverstone in 1950. But a rival circuit at Gamston nearly stole the race from it – how different F1 history might be had that happened. In my bid to fill my off-season weekends with motorsport related activity I found myself at the very Gamston airfield … Continue reading The Ben Evans Colums: Ghosts of Gamston
The second of the Brunswick formula One season DVDs covers the year of Jackie Stewart’s second World Championship: 1971. These videos are real treats: full-colour footage of F1’s formative years. This particular season saw Jackie Stewart capture his second world title. 1971 was not a vintage season, but does that stop the DVD from being … Continue reading “Formula One 1971: Great Scot!” (DVD)
Christopher Hilton’s biography of Nuvolari was published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death. Unlike many of his contemporaries Nuvolari did not die at the wheel of a racing car, but he succumbed three years after ending his career from medical complications arising from his time behind the wheel. He was one of … Continue reading “Nuvolari” reviewed
What big F1 news story broke one year ago today? Have a guess… It was Fernando Alonso’s shock switch to McLaren for 2007 – a move that caught most, if not all, F1 followers completely unaware. Of course it’s not the first time in F1 history that a shock driver or team move has caught … Continue reading Top ten… F1 bombshells
The punishing F1 schedule continues with round 12 at the Hockenheimring. Mercedes will be desperate not to see a repeat of the engine failures that ruined Kimi Raikkonen’s last two races – especially not on home ground. How times changes. Twelve months ago the Formula One circus arrived at the Hockenheimring outside Heidelberg with the … Continue reading German Grand Prix 2005 Preview
Put to one side the speculation over the future of F1 and the threats that, if the FIA hit Michelin with an excessive punishment, we could find ourselves watching another six-car race. If normal service is resumed in France, there is a mighty championship battle to be fought. If Silverstone, host of the first ever … Continue reading French Grand Prix 2005 Preview
1950s-era Formula One was very different compared to how it is in 2005. Argentine Juan-Manuel Fangio (aged 46, ten years older than Michael Schumacher is today) arrived at the sixth round of the 1957 season having already won three races that year. With each driver only counting their best five results towards the championship, and … Continue reading The Greatest Wins: Fangio