The World Touring Car Championship makes a rare foray to a decent racing circuit this weekend. Having taken the FIA’s premier tin-top series to a preposterous street track in Portugal and put on some lousy races at Brno and Valencia – neither of which are well suited to touring cars – the series heads for … Continue reading This weekend’s F1 alternative: WTCC Brands Hatch
With exquisite timing, India’s Karun Chandhok won his first GP2 race on Sunday just as an Indian has bought out the Spyker team and an Indian Grand Prix is arranged for 2010.
The final step for young drivers heading to Formula 1 has often been the likes of GP2 or its predecessor Formula 3000. But the sport is still waiting to see an F3000 or GP2 champion be crowned Formula 1 champion. In this four part series we take a look at the 22 champions – including … Continue reading The feeder formula champions (p3/4)
Kazuki Nakajima has forged close connections with Toyota – arch-rival of Honda, who his father was connected with in F1 in the eighties.
The Champ Car World Series is back in Europe so catch it while you can. But what on earth are they doing at a bike track? Plus German and British tin-top action and the Indy Racing League title races to a climax on the streets of Detroit. There’s no F1 this weekend, but there’s plenty … Continue reading This weekend’s F1 alternative: Champ Car Assen
One of the more entertaining F1 side shows of past weeks was the spat between Scott ‘not got any’ Speed and the Red Bull junior team, which has led to Speed’s departure from the Toro Rosso. Speed is latest in a string of Red Bull-backed drivers who have been rushed into F1 and failed to … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Bull
A new generation of German drivers are following in Schumacher’s footsteps. Nico Hulkenberg is next in line to follow them.
F1 makes it’s highly anticipated return to the fabulous Spa-Francorchamps circuit next month. But has the great track been dumbed down too far? At Eau Rouge the profile of the corner remains the same but re-surfacing, construction work and the installation of tarmac run-off have made the bend less of a challenge. As this video … Continue reading Video: F1’s best circuit ruined?
Could Romain Grosjean be the next top French F1 driver? No, because he’s Swiss. But he does race under a French licence, so maybe he’ll get away with it.
Ayrton Senna, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa… could Lucas di Grassi be the next Sao Paulo native to make it into Formula 1?
If you’ve never seen racing at the fantastic Elkhart Lake (Road America) then make sure you tune in to the Champ Car World Series round this weekend. The ultra-fast circuit has been described as America’s answer to Spa-Francorchamps – and if Bernie Ecclestone weren’t so sniffy about paddock standards and the like it would be … Continue reading This weekend’s F1 alternative: Champ Car Road America
McLaren has reportedly told Alonso he is free to leave the team at the end of the year if he wishes. Speculation has linked him with a return to Renault for 2008, and it remains to be seen who will drive for new 2008 entrants Prodrive.
Jonathan Markevich wrote in to ask: I have been looking everywhere to find out why the two hour time limit was not enforced on the European GP last weekend. This should have had a big impact on Giancarlo Fisichella’s strategy, among others who might have short-fueled, presuming the race wouldn’t go 60 laps. Any insights? … Continue reading Your questions: Two hour time limit
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)
Lewis Hamilton will race in today’s European Grand Prix. The FIA medical team agreed that he had suffered no major ill effects from his 140mph crash at the Schumacher S yesterday. Hamilton will start the race from tenth on the grid, the first time he has started outside the top four in his rookie season … Continue reading Hamilton set to race at Nurburgring
There’s no F1 race this weekend but there’s tons of other motor racing action going on around the world. My pick for this week is the Indy Racing League – but there’s plenty of other races for those of you who don’t like ovals…
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?
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
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