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
There’s no F1 race this weekend but there’s a whole world of F1 alternatives to choose from. The Indy car race at the Milwaukee Mile was traditionally held the weekend following the Indianapolis 500. That tradition has been restored this year as the IRL cars return to Milwaukee this weekend – following the prestigious Indy … Continue reading This week’s F1 alternative: Indy car Milwaukee
There’s no F1 race this weekend but there’s a whole world of F1 alternatives to choose from. As F1 is moving towards more street racing British F3 is one step ahead – they’re racing at a fascinating new course in Romania. Plus there’s DTM action from the Lausitzring.
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
1. Fernando Alonso, 22pts, 1 win, 1 second, 1 fifth 2. Kimi Raikkonen, 22 pts, 1 win, 2 thirds 3. Lewis Hamilton, 22 pts, 2 seconds, 1 third Lewis Hamilton has finished all three of his first Grands Prix on the podium. An earlier switch onto hard tyres at Bahrain could quite conceivably have seen … Continue reading Debate: Can Lewis Hamilton be world champion?
Desperate to get out of their rut, Honda might make a big-money move to bag Ferrari’s Ross Brawn when he returns from sabbatical. Also in the news this week, Jackie Stewart tells Lewis Hamilton to leave Britain, Bernie Ecclestone threatens to leave Sepang, and everyone a Honda goes to a night club.
At this time of year I’m usually foaming at the mouth in anticipation of the new Formula Three season. But this year I can’t summon up the enthusiasm for a trip to Oulton Park to see the British series get underway – much less the Eurories later in the year. Both series seem low on … Continue reading The Ben Evans column – Which path to F1?
I am delighted to announce the launch of Maximum Motorsport – the brand new site from the F1Fanatic stable. Maximum Motorsport covers a range of motor sports including GP2, A1 Grand Prix, Champ Car, Indy Racing, Formula Three and Touring Cars – and that roster will hopefully expand as the year goes on. Check out … Continue reading F1Fanatic launches Maximum Motorsport
Every F1 driver – even those at the back of the grid – has been successful. But some have tasted the sweet nectar of victory more recently than others. Felipe Massa is the driver who has won a major race most recently – 141 days ago. But who has been waiting nine and a half … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: Their last wins
In just a few days the 2007 motor-racing season will kick off with the Australian Grand Prix. And boy, does it promise to be a good year. I’m not talking about Ferrari’s radical design or the new McLaren line-up – because that has all been done to death. No I’m going to highlight some of … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: The alternative 2007 preview
Having recently looked at F1 driver autobiographies from two different generations (Alex Zanardi and Niki Lauda) I decided to turn to another, even earlier subject – Stirling Moss. He collaborated on this fascinating autobiographical work with Doug Nye in 1987. Its structure is a simple chronological ‘guide’ to every car he ever raced, interspersed with … Continue reading “My cars, my career” (Stirling Moss with Doug Nye, 1987)
Perhaps it’s because my 2006 season finished really early (my last race was in October) or perhaps it’s because I’m incurably sad. But I have spent the winter yearning for any racing-related activity. Thus far I’ve staved off the brutal pangs of withdrawal by reading motor sport books, going to Autosport International and visiting abandoned … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Forgotten stars of F3
Ask yourself the following: You are Mario Theissen, spearheading BMW’s 2007 F1 campaign with established talent Nick Heidfeld and exciting young star Robert Kubica. You know that this year, on the Fridays before Grands Prix, you won’t be able to run three cars like you did in 2006 – the new rules state you can … Continue reading Heidfeld and Kubica up against Vettel
Lewis Hamilton is either a very charitable soul, or the McLaren driver has taken a psychological swipe at Spyker pilot Christijan Albers for some reason. Hamilton’s old Formula Three Euroseries team mate Adrian Sutil recently landed the race seat alongside Albers for 2007. In this week’s Autosport Hamilton warned Albers, “it’s going to be like … Continue reading Hamilton praises Sutil… why?
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.
Only time will tell the damage Formula BMW has done to single seater motor sport. With excessive running costs (well in excess of ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú200,000 for a tilt at the title), questionable driving standards and underpowered cars with way too much grip which teach drivers little in the way of feel. But then again what’s do … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Age Concern
Not five years ago, the British Formula Three Championship was part of your golden ticket to F1 glory and the series’ stars were seemingly on the fast-track to Grand Prix stardom. But the arrival of the rival 3 Euroseries may have changed all that. Jenson Button, Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson are all recent British … Continue reading British Formula Three preview
The Grand Prix greats are household names – even in car-hating, vegetable-munching, solar-powered homes. Ayrton Senna, Juan Manuel Fangio and Jim Clark are legendary names throughout the world, and all three appear in our list of all-time greatest wins. But what about those drivers who never got to show their talent, had a career stuck … Continue reading The Nearly Men
Team managers should take a risk on a young talent.