Maybe its because of my bad run of results in Formula Vee, or maybe its because, Canada and Europe excepted, Formula One is rather boring this year, but I have spent the past couple of weeks feeling unusually indifferent towards motor racing. I think partly its because once I start feeling a bit down towards … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Rant
Scuderia Toro Rosso have denied they plan to replace Scott Speed with Sebastian Vettel, following a report on an American website. Speed criticised the team after the European Grand Prix, claiming Gerhard Berger and Franz Tost were trying to get rid of him. He was only confirmed to be racing for the team in 2007 … Continue reading Toro Rosso denies plan to replace Speed (updated)
This year’s IndyCar race at Michigan will be the last at the superspeedway for the foreseeable future. Michigan will hold two NASCAR events next year but failed to find a suitable slot for an IRL race. The IndyCar series expanded its roster of road courses this year while the rival Champ Car World Series moved … Continue reading No IRL at Michigan next year
Championship leaders Sebastien Bourdais and Robert Doornbos clashed once again on the streets of Toronto – but this time with even more dramatic results than their run-in at Mont Tremblant. Doornbos thumped Bourdais into the barriers late in the race but escaped to score vital championship points. Will Power won another incident packed wet and … Continue reading Champ Car Toronto: Title leaders clash as Power wins
Robert Doornbos cemented his position as the Lewis Hamilton of Champ Car by taking his first win in the series. Doornbos prevailed in a dramatic dry/wet race that could have had any of a number of winners. Champion Sebastien Bourdais followed Doornbos home having led earlier but spun off under the safety car – he … Continue reading Champ Car Mont Tremblant: Doornbos wins hectic race
At Indianapolis two weeks ago Ralf Schumacher turned left when he should have turned right and took out David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello. His verdict? “A racing accident.” But he’s not the only driver to cook up a fabulous excuse for a shunt. Even hardened race fans like myself must have impressed with Valentino Rossi’s … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Excuses, excuses
Paul Tracy took his first victory for two years despite crashing twice in the first ten laps of the race. The Canadian switched to an alternative fuel strategy after his collisions which paid off after a late safety car period. Robert Doornbos chased him home but champion Sebastian Bourdais had a rare failure on his … Continue reading Champ Car Cleveland: Tracy turns zero to hero
No F1 race this weekend? Who cares – it’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed! But even if you can’t make it to Sussex there’s tons of racing action on TV – from touring cars to Indy racing.
The classic names of F1 are all returning to the sport: Senna, Mansell, Prost, Piquet, Lauda and more could all be a feature on the grid one day. A quick search threw up 20 such drivers in the lower echelons of motor sport that could break into F1. Can you think of any others? Two … Continue reading F1’s famous names return
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
Who will be driving for the top teams in 2008? Last year saw enormous changes in the driver market. Next year we’re likely to see most of the top drivers remaining where they are. But with BMW and Red Bull getting ever more competitive we could be in for a few surprises. And what about … Continue reading F1 driver line-up changes for 2008
Sebastien Bourdais put in a typically consummate performance to win the Grand Prix of Portland and give the Newman-Haas-Lanigan team its 100th Champ Car victory. Justin Wilson made the early running, scorching ahead of the pack, but Bourdais reeled him in with relentless pace and ultimately made the win look easy.
Lewis Hamilton is a cracking F1 driver. But just how good a racer is he, really? I want to see how he would adapt his turn-in style to the British Touring Car Championship in a front wheel drive Seat Leon. I want to see him tackle the Indianapolis 500 where they turn 230mph average laps … Continue reading “Mario Andretti: A Driving Passion” (Gordon Kirby, 2001)
The Adrian Newey saga dominated the headlines six years ago. Yet, in one of those funny little ironies, although he didn’t end up leaving McLaren for Jaguar at the time he did end up moving to the same team a few years later. Plus F1 (nearly) at Laguna Seca and the absence of Audi.
Both have been hailed as the greatest race in the world – and both take place this Sunday. Each has a long and proud history and have been won by the greats of motor racing. But with American open wheel motor racing in a terrible state, does the Monaco Grand Prix outstrip the Indianapolis 500 … Continue reading Debate: Monaco Grand Prix vs Indy 500
An interesting interview with Stirling Moss is our Post of the Week today. Also the problems with street racing, the apparent lack of talent in GP2 this year, and why Felipe Massa’s blog is rubbish.
Once again F1 looks like it’s about to dip its toes into the murky waters of the street race. Not since 1991 has there been more than one street track on the calendar – the glamorous Monte-Carlo track, which is benchmark for every other street race in the world. So can F1 make the formula … Continue reading The Ben Evans column: F1 gets streetwise
Scott Speed is under pressure. The season started poorly for him when team boss Gerhard Berger waited until the 11th hour before confirming him alongside Vitantonio Liuzzi. This week his Toro Rosso team are testing three times Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais for the second time. Rumours link BMW protege Sebastian Vettel with Speed’s seat … Continue reading Debate: Scott Speed heading out of Toro Rosso?
It’s been a long four week gap ahead of the next F1 race this weekend. Have you been watching any motor racing in the meantime? Have you been to any races? I watch various touring car races this weekend and went to the BTCC round at Rockingham two weeks ago. Last weekend I was at … Continue reading Debate: What other motor racing do you watch?
Three-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais was in imperious form at Long Beach, as if his nightmare race at Las Vegas had never even happened. He streaked away from the opposition at up to a second per lap and only a late safety car period that slashed his 20s advantage threatened to spoil his day.