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The Ben Evans column: Perfect day 24th July 2008, 7:00

Sunday was one of those rare occasions when it was almost impossible to find fault with motorsport. F1 produced its best dry weather race for some time (even if the safety car helped) and the US Moto GP was the best the series has produced for some years.

The Ben Evans column: Donington Park 17th July 2008, 13:00

Strangely for a year that has been so political (again) most of the politicking has been going on off-track and has had little bearing on any of the races. Apart from the eeny-meeny-miny-mo approach to qualifying penalties. At Silverstone last weekend the two major elements of political discussion were the proposed Formula Two category and […]

The Ben Evans Column: F1 and tennis 27th June 2008, 15:00

If there was any doubt before France that Lewis Hamilton?s F1 honeymoon was over there certainly isn?t now. In a weekend where the McLaren team was subject to some extremely harsh penalties (why was Heikki Kovalainen penalised but not Kimi Raikkonen during qualifying?) Hamilton?s race was effectively over midway through the first lap.

The Ben Evans column: Dallara 20th June 2008, 15:00

Last weekend I had my first Italian motor racing experience: complete with drivers refusing to leave crashed cars, excessive discussion about every aspect of the weekend, and some absolutely stunning girls in and around the paddock. It is often said that on the driving side Italian motorsport never delivers to its potential. Italy hasn?t produced […]

The Ben Evans column: Piquet, Moto GP, and the star F1 driver of 2009 21st May 2008, 15:00

Only a handful of races into the season and already the doom mongers are out for the scalp of Nelson Piquet Jnr The Renault driver?s erratic start to the year is, in some people?s view, enough to cost him his seat should he disappoint again at Monaco. Now, though I have never been the greatest […]

The Ben Evans Column: Rubens Barrichello and Riccardo Patrese 2nd May 2008, 7:00

At the Turkish Grand Prix Rubens Barrichello will set a new record as the driver who has started the most Grand Prix, with 257 starts eclipsing Ricardo Patrese?s monumental 265 races. In many respects Barrichello and Patrese have had rather similar careers. Both enjoyed meteoric rises to F1 courtesy of some stellar performances in junior […]

The Ben Evans column: Driving Dijon 13th April 2008, 9:07

At the very moment that F1 Fanatics were tuning in to the Bahrain Grand Prix I was busy reliving one of the greatest F1 battles of all time racing at Dijon-Prenois. Dijon was home to F1 racing on and off from 1972 through to 1984, before falling into an international decline that was completed with […]

The Ben Evans column: qualified failure 3rd April 2008, 9:00

Another week, another qualifying rules change, as F1 strives to create a made-for-TV-extravaganza that also produces a good race. The one-hour, 12 lap, sessions used to be cracking TV and a rare opportunity to see what the teams and drivers could conjure up when they focussed their efforts on a single banzai lap. Problem was […]

The Ben Evans column: ITV aren’t bad 28th March 2008, 13:00

Another early start for the UK’s armchair fans unfortunately didn?t equate to another exciting race last Sunday. Ferrari dominated and McLaren floundered – with Lewis Hamilton struggling get close to Mark Webber?s Red Bull and Jarno Trulli?s Toyota, let alone actually make a move. Yes he may have been driving for points (in the second […]

The Ben Evans column: A race worth getting up early for 18th March 2008, 11:00

F1 2008 started with a bang in Australia – and as a weekend did more to vindicate the views the armchair enthusiast (you and I) have held about F1 for a long time. Before the action even kicked off, I thought that Bernie Ecclestone?s comments demanding that Australia move to a night time race to […]