In 2006 the grinding tedium of the merciless political row between the FIA and the Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) finally ended in a ceasefire. And not a moment too soon – the last thing we needed was another Indy ’05 or, much worse, the GPMA’s stated threat of a ‘Grand Prix World Championship’ breakaway … Continue reading GPWC goes the way of Premier 1 GP
In our final look back on the F1 news of 2006 some surprising comments from Nick Heidfeld, Chinese F1 racers on the way, and a lingering look back on Michael Schumacher’s last Grand Prix. Read on for more.
A day later than usual due to technical complications, a festive Ben Evans is mulling the possibility of race action on Boxing Day…
In the news this week a few interesting developments in the driver market as Adrian Sutil will make his race debut as a rookie in 2007 with Spyker, Sebastian Bourdais courts an ’08 race seat with Toro Rosso, and Timo Glock nabs a testing contract. This and more in our weekly headlines round-up.
The trend of Formula One drivers’ sons making their way into the sport is nothing new. World Champions Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve both had celebrated lineages, as did Michael Andretti, although he failed to match the achievements of father Mario by some way. But the trend has taken off in a big way with … Continue reading F1: It’s nepo-tastic!
A round-up of Formula One news and comment from around the world this week. (All links external) New rules cost F1 workers dear – Pitpass (and others) have explained the dire consequences of the FIA’s engine freeze for employees of Cosworth – a plight a friend of mine was telling me about only last week. … Continue reading F1 in the news
The height of the summer sporting season is passing and once again two sports are left to rue another year spoiled by drugs scandals. In cycling, Floyd Landis faces being stripped of his Tour de France victory after testing positive for excessive and unnatural levels of testosterone. In athletics, world and Olympic 100 metres champion … Continue reading F1 winners don’t use drugs
The final round of the A1 Grand Prix series this weekend is in danger of being something of a damp squib. With the top two championship positions settled and most other racing series entering the new season, many teams are without their long-term drivers. Britain’s Robbie Kerr is busy preparing for the new World Series … Continue reading Driver exodus hits A1 final
The first decade of the 21st century is proving one of the most turbulent in the entire history of Formula One, in terms of changes to the rules of racing. 2006 sees the biggest change to the engine rules since turbos were banned at the end of 1988, as 2.4- litre V8s replace 3-litre V10s. … Continue reading F1 Fanatic season guide 2006
Max Mosley may not be impressed with A1 Grand Prix, but the series has just attracted its seventh Formula One driver to start a race. 2005 Minardi pilot Patrick Friesacher will turn out for his home nation of Austria. He replaces Matthias Lauda, son of three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda, who has struggled … Continue reading Patrick Friesacher is A1’s seventh ex-F1 driver
Doubt is growing over Team India’s entry in this weekend’s A1 Grand Prix at Sentul, Indonesia. India Times reports that owner Atul Gupta is planning to sell the franchise, while Indian news site Zee News claim the team will race at Indonesia, with Karun Chandhok back at the wheel. New Williams test driver Narain Karthikeyan … Continue reading Team India doubt for Indonesian A1 Grand Prix
Christian Fittipaldi, nephew of twice-champion Emerson Fittipaldi and a former Formula One driver, will drive for the Brazil team in this weekend’s A1 Grand Prix race in Indonesia in place of Nelson Piquet Jnr. Fittipaldi joins fellow ex-F1 drivers Tomas Enge, Ralph Firman, Hideki Noda, Jos Verstappen and Alex Yoong. Team USA’s Scott Speed will … Continue reading Another ex-F1 driver turns to A1 Grand Prix
Last weekend for the second time in a fortnight A1GP was pitched directly against F1, giving fans a chance to draw further conclusions of the merits of the respective series. As it happened, F1 delivered a rarely spectacular race, but even so the Lausitz races were entertaining. A1GP began with a bang at Brands – … Continue reading A1 Grand Prix vs Formula One
Nelson Piquet Jnr won both A1GP rounds at the series’ inaugural double-header at Brands Hatch. He also set fastest race lap to give the Brazilian team a maximum haul of 21 points after two rounds. Although the first ‘sprint’ race did not live up to the hype of close racing and lots of overtaking, the … Continue reading A1GP: Brazil to the max at Brands Hatch