Interview articles on F1 Fanatic archive
Silverstone’s architects on making F1 circuits challenging but safe (Part 2) 20th August 2010, 8:00
Safety restrictions have made life difficult for track designers who want to create exciting and challenging racing circuits. To make tracks worthy of the best racing series in the world designers have to strike compromises between spectacle and safety – and satisfy the conflicting demands of bike and car racing. Drew MacDonald of Populous explained [...]
“We need to make Abbey quicker” – how Populous redesigned Silverstone (Part 1) 14th August 2010, 13:51
After years of rumoured development plans which never happened, Silverstone embarked on an upgrade scheme this year masterminded by architects Populous. I spent a morning at their offices in London where their motorsport specialist Drew MacDonald explained how they went about re-drawing one of F1′s most historic venues.
Glock says turn eight is “nothing special” and blue flags need to stay (Interview) 27th May 2010, 17:23
F1 Fanatic spoke exclusively to Virgin driver Timo Glock ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix. Here’s what he had to say about his team’s closely-fought battle with Lotus, racing with Fernando Alonso in Monaco, and those pesky blue flags.
Lucas di Grassi says Virgin can catch the midfield teams (Interview) 6th May 2010, 20:05
Lucas di Grassi believes Virgin can find much more performance in the VR-01 and expects to catch the midfield teams by the end of the year. In an exclusive interview with F1 Fanatic he also explained why he thinks tracks need to have more quick corners and how he’s improved as a driver since making [...]
Silverstone boss explains why they didn’t use Tilke for Arena track upgrades 29th April 2010, 17:29
Circuit designer Hermann Tilke’s company enjoys a near monopoly on Formula 1 track design. But he has also been criticised for producing unexciting racing venues. Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips said they chose rival company Populous to produce their new Arena circuit because they didn’t want to risk someone ‘wrecking’ the track.
Driving the F1 simulator which gives teams “the best way to cheat” 17th January 2010, 18:22
F1 drivers will get their first runs in their new cars at Valencia in two weeks’ time. Actually, that’s a lie – they started driving them months ago. The increased use of simulators in F1 means that while the FIA puts ever greater restrictions on testing mileage, teams are relying more heavily on virtual testing [...]
Martin Donnelly on the crash that almost killed him 16th January 2010, 17:24
Whn Martin Donnelly’s Lotus 102 speared off into the Jerez barriers at 140mph it exploded into pieces. Donnelly was thrown across the track with his seat still strapped to his back.
Ari Vatanen: Exclusive interview on Mosley, budget caps and the F1 calendar 17th July 2009, 19:39
Ari Vatanen anounced his campaign to run for FIA president last week. Since then Max Mosley has said he won’t stand but has come out in support of Jean Todt to be the next president. Today I had a lengthy chat on the phone with Vatanen – he gave me his reaction to Mosley supporting [...]
Exclusive interview: Pedro de la Rosa on F1 2009 and Motorland Aragon 9th January 2009, 0:33
Turns eight and nine are like the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca, it’s quite steep. But for me that is the beauty of it, you know? What’s the point of racing on completely flat tracks? I like Pedro de la Rosa. Here’s what he had to say about Hermann Tilke’s new Motorland Aragon circuit, whether the [...]
Pat Symonds: exclusive interview 23rd July 2008, 7:00
Pat Symonds, executive director of engineering at Renault, was at the British Motor Show yesterday and I managed to get a brief five minute one-to-one chat with him. He shared his thoughts on Fernando Alonso’s return to the team, Nelson Piquet Jnr’s drive to a surprise second at Hockenheim last weekend, and the team’s technical [...]