Even Kimi Raikkonen agreed that the Turkish GP was an exercise in tedium not seen in F1 since, oh, the Hungarian GP three weeks ago. Aside from Hamilton’s puncture it was a largely incident and interest free two hours. Furthermore what little glimpses you did get of the grandstands showed them to be largely empty. … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: A classic season – on paper
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.
In the future when even more biographies of Lewis Hamilton are being written, and the authors wonder at what point did the adulation of Hamilton in the press start to turn sour, that moment was now. Hamilton spoke out against the harassment he has received from some elements of the press over the Turkish Grand … Continue reading Hamilton faces media backlash
The Turkish Grand Prix might not have been a thriller but it was a pot-boiler of a result for the world championship – the top four drivers coming home in the reverse of their championship positions closed things up nicely. Here are the facts and statistics from the Turkish Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen has stated an inconvenient truth. And no, he hasn’t been complaining about global warming. After finishing second for the second race in a row the Finn had this to say: At this stage in F1 is difficult to get past. The race was really decided yesterday. It is boring driving behind other cars. … Continue reading Raikkonen: “I was bored”
The revised drivers and constructors championship standings after the Turkish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton’s lead has been cut to five points over team mate Fernando Alonso. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa moves back ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen, and is 15 points behind Hamilton.
Felipe Massa will start the Turkish Grand Prix from pole position for the second year in a row after an exciting and (thankfully) controversy-free qualifying session. Tomorrow offers the prospect of another battle between the Brazilian and Lewis Hamilton, who share the front row of the grid after a late surge from the Briton. Kimi … Continue reading Turkish GP 2007 qualifying: Massa back at the front
We’re looking for Grand Prix fans who’ve been to the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul to tell us about their experiences. Read about my visit to Istanbul Park last year. Links below.
It’s Istanbul next and that means the drivers once again get to grapple with the best new corner on the F1 calendar. It may have a rubbish name but turn eight on the Istanbul course is a brilliant bend. Hermann Tilke may have cursed many tracks with some tedious turns but he’s also created some … Continue reading Top ten… Corners in Formula 1
The battle for the world championship titles enters its final and most crucial phase. The last six races are spread across nine weekends with precious little time for car development. Ferrari are expected to be competitive at the most aerodynamically critical venues – and Istanbul is definitely one of those. But last year Fernando Alonso … Continue reading Turkish GP 2007 preview & TV times
McLaren are ahead in both championships with six races to go. But Ferrari are expected to have the upper hand in most of the remaining rounds as venues like Istanbul, Spa-Francorchamps and Interlagos play to their chassis’ strengths. Can either of their drivers win the championship? Is it time they started back one of them … Continue reading Debate: Will Ferrari surge to the titles?
The provisional 2008 F1 calendar has been released with a couple of interesting changes. As has recently been speculated the French Grand Prix has not been dropped, but earlier reports that the season would open in Bahrain proved wide of the mark. As predicted here the new street races at Singapore and Valencia will be … Continue reading Provisional 18-race F1 calendar for 2008
Bahrain has been confirmed as the first Grand Prix of 2008 as Formula One Group seeks to repeat last year’s ratings high. A race at midday in Bahrain airs in the early evening in Europe – prime television time – unlike the Australian round which Europeans have to get up at around 3am to see. … Continue reading Bahrain heads 2008 calendar – but how many races?
I’ve been scolding myself for days for not making a bigger fuss over Sebastian Vettel’s Grand Prix debut. So here it is, almost three weeks late. Vettel is hot stuff. Lewis Hamilton has seriously skewed our perceptions of what to expect of a rookie driver. He was only going to get more attention than Hamilton … Continue reading Sebastian Vettel: better than Hamilton?
Bernie Ecclestone’s goal of having 20 races could be recognised as early as next year. The F1 calendar is set for more upheaval as the series continues to look to new venues beyond its European heartland. France is set to lose its race and there are question marks over the American and British rounds. Plus … Continue reading 2008 F1 calendar may have 20 races
Nigel Mansell made a return to racing action at Silverstone last weekend at the wheel of a Ferrari F430 in the FIA GT championship. He and Silverstone were synonymous in the Mansell-mania years of 1987-92. In that time he scored some of the most memorable home victories the circuit ever saw, and the crowd mobbed … Continue reading Debate: Should Ecclestone buy Silverstone?
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
Are you going to a Grand Prix this year? If so, which one, and have you been before? If not, why, and are you going to any other races instead? Last year I went to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix and Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix – and this season I’m fulfilling a … Continue reading Debate: Are you going to a race?
2007 could be F1’s most important season for decades. With a revitalised driver market and no prospect of Michael Schumacher dominating, F1 has the opportunity to win over new fans, and bring back those that switched off in the years of Ferrari dominance. At the same time there is a sense that the sport is … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column – A crucial year
In four weeks’ time the first official practice session of 2007 will begin. And so we kick off our countdown to the racing year with our 2007 season preview. First up: the tracks. With a brand-new venue on the schedule, chopping and changing elsewhere and a couple of unusually long gaps in the calendar, there … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: The circuits