The French Grand Prix is set to return to the F1 calendar at the Paul Ricard circuit.
Journeyer concludes his look back on the history of the French Grand Prix – read part one here. A Leyton House leading a race? A driver winning after making four pit stops? The French Grand Prix has seen some highly unusual developments.
The ten remaining Formula 1 teams spent Wednesday to Friday testing at Paul Ricard, former home of the French Grand Prix. It was very much a test in two parts, with the teams testing high-downforce configurations for the Monaco Grand Prix, the next round of the championship, and low-downforce settings for the Canadian Grand Prix … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 12: Paul Ricard
In the late 1980s it often seemed like good tracks were dropped for safety reasons, and less good tracks found their way onto the calendar because money talked. How else could you explain a circuit like the awful Phoenix street track holding three Grands Prix? Or why the slow and dull Hungaroring remains on the … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 10: 1985-9
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?
Two drivers on the grid today have just a single win to their names – Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button. That puts them among the 29 drivers to have only ever won one race. Here are ten of the best.
Formula 1 might have seen the last of the Circuit Nevers. Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that F1 will not return to the isolated venue in the future. F1 has raced at the track for the past 17 years and has seen precious few great races. So are you glad to see the back … Continue reading Debate: Will you miss Magny-Cours?
The inter-McLaren battle between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton is already being compared to the great McLaren rivalry of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Hamilton is cast in the role of new boy Senna – Alonso is a two times champion just as Prost was in 1988. But at that year’s French Grand Prix Prost … Continue reading Grand Prix flashback: France 1988
The French Grand Prix is next on the calendar. Sadly, it could be the last race in France, the country that gave the world Grand Prix racing, as Bernie Ecclestone has said he doesn’t want to return to Magny-Cours next year. We’ve got a selection of photos from past French Grands Prix at Magny-Cours and … Continue reading French Grand Prix wallpapers
The fourth in the Brunswick series of DVDs covers Jackie Stewart’s final championship victory – and final season. It was a year punctuated by some brilliant drives and some horrible accidents. Roger Williamson and Francois Cevert both lost their lives. But this excellent documentary presents even the more harrowing footage objectively and responsibly.
FIA President Max Mosley famously said a few years ago that we should think of Formula One as a strategic event – “like a game of chess”, was his analogy. Poppycock. Drivel. Gobbledegook. Balderdash. We watch Formula One to see racing – to watch two drivers wringing every millisecond of performance from their machines, dicing … Continue reading Video: Top 50 F1 Passes – Part III
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
Like it or not, crashes will always be a part of F1’s appeal, as any form of motorsport. They are especially fascinating in F1, because these drivers are supposed to be the world’s best. It is in celebration of the fact that this isn’t always the case that we reveal the F1Fanatic Crash Awards. Every … Continue reading The Crash Awards