What do Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta and Andy Priaulx have in common? Yes, they’re all talented British racing drivers. But they’re also all leading the championships they compete in – F1, DTM and WTCC respectively – despite not having won a race this year. And all of those championships use the FIA’s much-criticised 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 … Continue reading The leaders are losers
Augusto Farfus was chased around every millimetre of the Pau circuit by team mate Andy Priaulx. The Briton had to settle for second – though it gives him the lead in the championship. Although the start was fairly clean the racer was neutralised by an early safety car period. This followed a multi-car crash involving … Continue reading WTCC Pau 2: Farfus wins under pressure
Alain Menu dominated the first WTCC race at Pau, scorching into the lead from pole and never looking back. Yvan Muller took a useful second but never looked likely to pass the Chevrolet driver. The world’s top touring car racers put in an impressively disciplined show on the narrow Pau streets – making for a … Continue reading WTCC Pau 1: Menu miles ahead
Alain Menu stormed to pole position around the streets of Pau. He squeezed in late lap to improve his own time before the session was stopped due to a spectacular crash by Augusto Farfus. Yvan Muller will line up alongside him. Farfus had taken third but had already incurred a ten-place grid penalty at the … Continue reading WTCC Pau: Pole for Menu
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
James Thompson triumphed in what was easily the best world touring car race of the year. He added a second victory to the one he earned earlier in the day. Thompson stormed through to win from eighth while BMW team mates Jorg Muller and Andy Priaulx disputed second place.
James Thompson gave N Technology their first win of the year after converting his pole position into a victory. He is the fifth new winner of 2007, but the sudden competitiveness of his Alfa Romeo probably owed more to the fact that he wasn’t carrying any success ballast. Championship leader Augusto Farfus failed to score … Continue reading WTCC Valencia 1: Lights-to-flag win for Thompson
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?
Gabriele Tarquini won the second race at Zandvoort after contact with early leader Andy Priaulx. Reigning champion Priaulx had started from pole position ahead of Tarquini. Behind them, Roberto Colciago’s Seat Leon and Augusto Farfus in another BMW. The teams were given the option of putting on wet tyres before the start of the race … Continue reading WTCC Zandvoort 2: Tarquini’s nudge-and-grab
Chevrolet drivers Alain Menu and Nicola Larini gave the team their first ever one-two in the World Touring Car Championship. The pair led all the way in the third race of the year at Zandvoort. At the start the Chevrolets easily maintained their advantage over Luca Rangoni who moved up to third. A tense, five … Continue reading WTCC Zandvoort 1: Chevrolet one-two
The bureau in charge of the World Touring Car Championship have acted to rein in the BMWs than ran away with the first two rounds of the championship. Augusto Farfus, Jorg Muller and reigning champion Andy Priaulx dominated the races in Curitiba, Brazil with their Seat, Alfa Romeo and Chevrolet rivals lagging far behind. BMW’s … Continue reading WTCC slashes BMW’s advantage over rivals
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
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
I wonder if Michael Schumacher will ever write an autobiography? I doubt it very much – he apparently has little interest in Formula One beyond the time at which he was active in it. It’s a shame – doubly so given how poor most of the biographies of him are. But if there’s one contemporary … Continue reading “Alex Zanardi: My Story” (Alex Zanardi with Gianluca Gasparini, 2004)
I’ve twice written about why I think championship points should be dropped, and the championship winner decided simply by who has the most wins. For a few more examples of why this is a good idea let’s take a look at two other championships from last year that use the same 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system as … Continue reading The argument against championship points (III)
A day later than usual due to technical complications, a festive Ben Evans is mulling the possibility of race action on Boxing Day…
In this week’s round-up of bloggers’ thoughts on F1, Jenson Button is nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award but hardly anyone seems to think he should win it. Read on for more…
In our weekly roundup of F1 headlines the next generation of F1 stars have impressed at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix, the ‘Michael Schumacher comeback’ rumours have started already, Juan Pablo Montoya makes a crash-bang debut in the NASCAR Nextel Cup, and Alessandro Zanardi makes an incredible return to an F1 cockpit. All news … Continue reading F1 in the news
Making a Trackside double-bill this week we featured my interview with World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx. As usual, it would be great to get some feedback. Related links Autotrader.co.uk – Trackside special: Andy Priaulx interview (external) Tags: motor sport / andy priaulx / bmw
Rumour abounds that former Formula One driver Alessandro Zanardi will get to test a BMW F1 car later this year. Zanardi’s raced in Formula One from 1991-94 and made a failed comeback in 1999. He returned to Champ Cars, where he had earlier won two titles, but suffered a horrendous accident at the Lausitzring in … Continue reading Zanardi to get BMW test?