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The Ben Evans Column: A bad day at Spa 20th September 2007, 7:00

F1 has dominated the front and back pages over the past two weeks for all the wrong reasons – spying, bribery, cheating, what the FIA will do with the fine? (how about donating it to charity?). Lost in the maelstrom of McLaren discontent have been the Italian and Belgian Grands Prix – the latter of […]

The Ben Evans Column: Bull 23rd August 2007, 9:00

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 […]

The Ben Evans Column – The best of the worst 19th August 2007, 19:00

In my Formula Vee adventures this year I have raced against some very good and very bad drivers. Thanks to the heats and finals format I often get to see the slower drivers in action, and believe me some of them are awful. There is one gentleman in particular who went a lap down when […]

The Ben Evans Column: Watching a real race 12th August 2007, 14:25

Once again this season the Hungarian GP provided more off-track talking points than on-track action as the evil Alonso viciously blocked the blessed Lewis in the pits delaying him by a couple of seconds at the end of qualifying. Part of the gamesmanship found at the top of any professional sport, you might say. But […]

The Ben Evans Column: Rant 25th July 2007, 7:00

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 […]

The Ben Evans Column: Safety First 6th July 2007, 10:00

Robert Kubica’s crash in Canada and Ernesto Viso’s horrific shunt at Magny-Cours last weekend highlights the importance of making motor sport as safe as possible. Ben Evans looks at what could be done better. As somebody who regards Tennis as something enjoyed only by extremely boring people, I have hugely enjoyed Wimbledon being rained out […]

The Ben Evans Column – Canadian crash-fest 13th June 2007, 10:00

In between the Canadian Grand Prix crashes a bit of racing did go on at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Read our columnist Ben Evans’ thoughts on the race. Unless you’re Ralf Schumacher…

The Ben Evans Column – Thoughts on Monaco 31st May 2007, 13:00

The Monaco Grand Prix was everything and nothing that F1 should be. The glamour and sheer exhilaration of the cars flying around the streets was tempered by the shameless commercialism of the event and the total absence of overtaking. The darling of the British press Lewis Hamilton believes he was robbed of the win by […]

The Ben Evans Column: 2007’s fantastic four 23rd May 2007, 20:30

Despite its lack of on-track excitement, this F1 season has so far provided a number of fascinating talking points. In particular the psychological battles between the four top drivers promise to be as intriguing as those between Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet twenty years ago. Coming into this season you would […]

The Ben Evans column: F1 gets streetwise 18th May 2007, 10:00

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 […]