A provisional 2009 F1 calendar is expected to be announced tomorrow by Bernie Ecclestone according to Nigel Roebuck. Among the changes for 2009 will be the first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, announced last year. And on Sunday rumours came to light that Magny-Cours, host of the French Grand Prix, will get a second stay of … Continue reading 2009 F1 calendar expected tomorrow with French round at Magny-Cours
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?
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.
Felipe Massa will start tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix from pole position, which gives Ferrari options on how to use the Brazilian to help Kimi Raikkonen win the championship. After qualifying Massa said, “hopefully I can go to the victory.” But he surely know this is only likely as long as Raikkonen looks unable to take … Continue reading How Ferrari can use Massa to help Raikkonen
There are often allegations that the FIA favours one driver, or team, over another. I don’t take those claims very seriously. But it does sometimes seem as though decisions are made with the purpose of engineering championship showdowns at the final round of the year. After all, it keeps up public interest in the season. … Continue reading Debate: Do the FIA engineer championship showdowns?
It’s the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway this weekend and we’re looking for F1 fans who’ve been to the new circuit and its former home Suzuka to tell us about their experiences. Photo: Ferrari media Related links Share your experiences of visiting the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway Share your experiences of visiting … Continue reading Have you been to the Japanese GP?
F1’s return to Fuji in 1977 saw a terrible crash which claimed the lives of two spectators. James Hunt won the race for McLaren.
The Japanese Grand Prix switches venues this year from Suzuka to Fuji. But Suzuka will be back on the calendar in 2009. But while the former is all high-speed turns and fast flicks, the Fuji Speedway is dominated by an enormous straight and then a lot of slow corners. It might not be as demanding … Continue reading Debate: Fuji vs Suzuka
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