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?
If Bernie Ecclestone gets his way (and how often does that not happen?) five Formula 1 Grands Prix will be held under floodlights by 2010 – which by then will probably be a quarter of the calendar. It’s an ambitious target given that the first F1 night Grand Prix at Singapore hasn’t even been held … Continue reading 2010 F1 calendar may have 5 night GPs
Kimi Raikkonen matched Stirling Moss’s victory record with his Malaysian Grand Prix win. Here’s a round-up of the statistics from yesterday’s race – post your findings in the comments below…
There was an irresistible inevitability about Kimi Raikkonen’s Malaysian Grand Prix victory. No distractions deflected him from his course – not the embarrassment of running out of fuel during first practice, not his team mate’s fuel-aided pole position. It was McLaren’s turn to feel the pain Ferrari suffered in Melbourne as both their drivers were … Continue reading 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix review: Raikkonen routs the opposition
Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen have been summoned to appear before the Malaysian Grand Prix stewards to answer questions about why they apparently delayed BMW’s Nick Heidfeld and Renault’s Fernando Alonso on their final qualifying laps. The penalty for delaying other drivers in qualifying is typically five grid places – which would move the back … Continue reading Video: Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen investigated over blocking
Ferrari bounced back from the disappointment of Melbourne in the best possible way by locking out the front row of the grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix. McLaren line up behind them – but an incident involving Nick Heidfeld in qualifying may lead the stewards to penalise Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen.
Who’s ahead in the battle at the top? Lewis Hamilton was fastest of all in practice but Ferrari seem to be quicker over long stints…
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The prospects of a wet Malaysian Grand Prix are growing every day. And the new surface at Sepang will make the race even harder to predict.
This is Toyota’s video preview of the 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix: find out more about how the drivers and cars are prepared for the high temperature and humidity, plus hear from drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock and others from the Toyota team. More Formula 1 videos in the F1 videos section.
The inter-team battle between the McLaren drivers at Melbourne was spoiled by the appearance of the safety car. Instead of challenging Lewis Hamilton for the lead, team mate Heikki Kovalainen ended up scrapping for fourth place with Fernando Alonso. Will we see that battle re-joined in Sepang?
F1 could have two races under floodlights in 2009 as the organisers of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang look at hiring the same company used for this year’s Singapore Grand Prix, which will be the first to be held at night. Elsewhere Nigel Stepney gets a new job, Max Mosley and Jackie Stewart continue … Continue reading F1 news review: Malaysia considers night race
How hard can it be to design a decent race track? Herman Tilke?óÔé¼Ôäós circuit designs tend to draw sighs of disappointment from F1 fans. So what would you change about the tracks on today?óÔé¼Ôäós calendar? In the past two and a bit weeks I?óÔé¼Ôäóve covered the history of every track used for world championship F1 … Continue reading Remix an F1 track
At the end of 1990s Formula 1 began to look east. With the teams hit by ever-tighter restrictions on tobacco advertising, and eastern countries offering less tight restrictions, moving the sport beyond its traditional heartland made good commercial sense. The fact that it bolstered the sport’s claim to being a ‘world’ championship was merely a … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 14: 1999-2002
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?
Lewis Hamilton claimed five gongs in the annual F1 Racing ‘Man Of The Year Awards’. As well as the overall prize for Man of the Year, Hamilton scooped Driver of the Year, Personality of the Year, Qualifier of the Year (I’d have put Mark Webber, Jarno Trulli or Nico Rosberg top) and Rookie of the … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton dominates F1 Racing Awards
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.
Two more new support races will feature at certain F1 events next year: a NASCAR-alike tin top racing series dubbed Speedcar and the new Asian GP2 series. They will support the Malaysian and Bahrain Grands Prix in March and April respectively next year. The new Formula BMW Europe series has already been confirmed as supporting … Continue reading GP2 Asia & Speedcar join F1 roster
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.