Lewis Hamilton has been accused of being too hot-headed and risking too much in championship deciding situations. Felipe Massa has been criticised for making mistakes in wheel-to-wheel battles. Watching the Japanese Grand Prix, it wasn’t difficult to understand why. As the two championship contenders provoked controversy in the opening laps, Fernando Alonso motored through to … Continue reading Alonso wins as Hamilton and Massa stumble (2008 Japanese Grand Prix)
Ferrari back on top after Japan
Fernando Alonso wins at Fuji
Lewis Hamilton will start the Japanese Grand Prix from pole position for the second year in a row. And his hopes of taking a decisive lead in the championship were bolstered by Felipe Massa’s failure to qualify on the first two rows: Massa starts tomorrow’s crucial race from fifth on the grid.
In the last two seasons we’ve seen car failures at critical moment have a huge bearing on the championship: like Michael Schumacher’s engine failure at Suzuka in 2006, or Lewis Hamilton’s gearbox failure at Interlagos last year. Will another car failure change the course of the 2008 championship? Here’s a breakdown of how reliable each … Continue reading How will reliability affect the title race?
Fernando Alonso’s place on the grid is central to the 2009 F1 driver market: he is thought likely to stay at Renault, or switch to BMW or Honda. New rumours have arisen suggesting Honda may have given up on acquiring Alonso’s services, but are looking at replacing Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button – or both … Continue reading 2009 F1 driver rumours: Honda consider Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld
Lewis Hamilton leads F1 title race
This comprehensive preview video by Honda features Jenson Button walking around the Singapore track and talking about some of the challenges – including those controversial tortoise kerbs. He also takes a ride on the Singapore Flyer – onto which the flag of the winner’s nation will be projected after the race. Ross Brawn talks about … Continue reading Jenson Button on Singapore (Video)
Ten F1 teams spend over $3bn per year
Three weeks ago, between the Valencia and Spa races, we did a poll on which team would finish fourth in the constructors’ championship. Toyota dominated the voting, with over three-quarters backing them to take fourth in the constructors’ title. Since then they haven’t scored a point and their fourth place is under attack from Renault … Continue reading Oops. Did we curse Toyota?
Here’s a selection of pictures from the Italian Grand Prix showing the terrible conditions at the start of the race, Hamilton, Massa and Raikkonen’s progress through the field, Sebastian Vettel celebrating his maiden win and more.
Sebastian Vettel became F1’s youngest winner in the Italian Grand Prix. He finished first ahead of Heikki Kovalainen and Robert Kubica.
Sebastian Vettel starred in a thrilling wet-weather qualifying session at Monza to score his and Toro Rosso’s first ever pole position. But the championship contenders had mixed fortunes with Felipe Massa starting sixth, Robert Kubica 11th, Kimi Raikkonen 14th and Lewis Hamilton 15th. It promises a thrilling race tomorrow.
Ferrari has confirmed Kimi Raikkonen will drive for the team for at least one more season in 2010. With Felipe Massa contracted for the same duration, the Scuderia will not be looking for any news drivers until 2011 at the earliest. So where does this leave Fernando Alonso? The Renault driver was widely tipped to … Continue reading Will Fernando Alonso pick BMW, Honda or stay at Renault in 2009?
The battle at the back of the grid has become closer in recent races with Force India taking the fight to Honda and Williams-Toyota. Will Monza offer Force India, with their powerful Ferrari engines, a realistic chance of beating Honda, whose engine is believed to be one of the weakest?
After the European Grand Prix I created a series of charts to see how the race lap times by the drivers in each of the top three teams compared. This time I’ve repeated the exercise for all 20 drivers in the Belgian Grand Prix. Which drivers coped best with the wet weather? Which team mates … Continue reading Belgian GP: team mate performances
Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling Belgian Grand Prix but the stewards’ decision to strip him of victory soured an otherwise magnificent race.
The drivers’ and constructors’ championship tables are below and have been updated following Timo Glock and Lewis Hamilton’s penalties
Lewis Hamilton will start the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position alongside title rival Felipe Massa. Their team mates will line-up directly behind them on row two with Heikki Kovalainen ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.
Behind the Ferrari-versus-McLaren-and-maybe-BMW battle for the constructors’ championship is an even closer battle for fourth place in the F1 teams’ title race. Toyota, Red Bull and Renault have been the closest contenders for the honours this year, with Williams falling back and Toro Rosso making a late surge. Which of these five will claim ‘best … Continue reading Who will be fourth-placed team? (Poll)