Super Aguri doubt may cut F1 to 20 cars (update: Honda will not help team)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Formula 1 grid could be down to just 20 cars for the Spanish Grand Prix as the Magma Group purchase of Super Aguri appears to have fallen through as was rumoured last week. Unless a source of funds is found in the eight days before next weekend’s race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Super … Continue reading Super Aguri doubt may cut F1 to 20 cars (update: Honda will not help team)

2008 Bahrain GP qualifying: Insert Pole-on-pole joke here

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Robert Kubica took his and BMW’s first pole position in a surprisingly close qualifying session at Bahrain. The Ferraris had looked imperious in practice but Kubica’s BMW – possible thanks to a low fuel load – nicked pole position in the dying minutes of the qualifying session. Lewis Hamilton grabbed third for McLaren ahead of … Continue reading 2008 Bahrain GP qualifying: Insert Pole-on-pole joke here

2008 Malaysian Grand Prix review: Raikkonen routs the opposition

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

There was an irresistible inevitability about Kimi Raikkonen’s Malaysian Grand Prix victory. No distractions deflected him from his course – not the embarrassment of running out of fuel during first practice, not his team mate’s fuel-aided pole position. It was McLaren’s turn to feel the pain Ferrari suffered in Melbourne as both their drivers were … Continue reading 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix review: Raikkonen routs the opposition

F1 2008 testing round-up 8: Jerez

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All the teams bar Ferrari and Toyota tested at Jerez this week. McLaren looked fast, but Williams and Red Bull impressed with their speed as well. Next week should provide the first opportunity for several weeks to compare the expected 2008 front runners – McLaren and Ferrari. However teams are expecting rain at the Circuit … Continue reading F1 2008 testing round-up 8: Jerez

F1 news review: McLaren pulled back into spy row

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Top McLaren personnel Ron Dennis, Martin Whitmarsh, Paddy Lowe and Mike Coughlan (who is still ‘suspended’ rather than ‘fired’) are among those to face questioning from Italian magistrates conducting their own investigation into the spying case. Plus further developments in the Lewis Hamilton racism row, interviews with past F1 greats Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney, … Continue reading F1 news review: McLaren pulled back into spy row

F1 news review: Max and “dear old Ron”

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Ferrari haven’t said anything about it for a few weeks but Max Mosley still can’t stop talking about last year’s spying scandal – he’s taken another pop at Ron Dennis. Plus more doubts over the future of Super Aguri – and the security of Anthony Davidson’s drive in F1. And a new recognition for three-times … Continue reading F1 news review: Max and “dear old Ron”

How much does an F1 driver cost? And why…

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Max Mosley has approved increases in the cost of F1 drivers’ superlicences that will net the FIA an extra ??1.1m* (??818,000). F1 drivers have seen the cost of their licences increase by up to 479%. The top drivers will pay the most but it’s not as if they’re impoverished to begin with – Lewis Hamilton … Continue reading How much does an F1 driver cost? And why…

Super Aguri to keep Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson?

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

There’s been little sign of what the future might hold for Super Aguri. But assuming they are on the grid this year it looks as though they will keep their 2007 line-up of Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson, following remarks by managing director Daniele Audetto: He’s doing a fantastic job. I think Anthony is proving … Continue reading Super Aguri to keep Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson?

Traction control ban: Better races, less safe, more controversy?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

It’s been interesting to see how the drivers and teams reacted to last week’s test at which most (if not all) the teams tried running the cars with the standard electronic control unit for 2008 installed and the removal of traction control. Questions have been raised over safety and how hard it will be to … Continue reading Traction control ban: Better races, less safe, more controversy?