The eyes of the F1 world are fixed on the twists and turns of the Ferrari-McLaren espionage scandal. F1 is no stranger to controversy – here’s ten of the juiciest from recent years…
A new book, “Unraced”, takes a look at some of the most recent F1 cars that were built yet never saw the start of a Grand Prix. It’s full of interesting tales from teams that collapsed to cars that were just too radical to be made reliable. Here’s four of the most interested F1 cars … Continue reading The F1 cars that never raced
Today marks one year since Juan Pablo Montoya abruptly called time on his F1 career and returned to the United States to race in NASCAR. He scored his first victory in the Nextel Cup last month, underlining his talent and versatility as a driver. Few modern drivers have a CV to rival Montoya’s, with victories … Continue reading Montoya, come home
Having picked up on The Daily Telegraph’s 50 Perfect Sporting Moments last week, and suggested a few F1 inclusions, I could hardly ignore today’s 50 Imperfect Sporting Moments. This time just one F1 moment made the list. Any guesses? It was Michael Schumacher taking out Damon Hill in in 1994 championship decide at Adelaide. Once … Continue reading Imperfect sporting moments
Which ten drivers scored their first Grand Prix win right at the start of their careers? Lewis Hamilton scored his first race win at his sixth attempt last week. Find out how many others beat him to it – including the first ever to win for Ferrari.
The classic names of F1 are all returning to the sport: Senna, Mansell, Prost, Piquet, Lauda and more could all be a feature on the grid one day. A quick search threw up 20 such drivers in the lower echelons of motor sport that could break into F1. Can you think of any others? Two … Continue reading F1’s famous names return
Jacques Villeneuve made an outspoken attack on Lewis Hamilton two weeks ago. His words were widely criticised by many drivers, and were probably no more than Villeneuve looking for a bit of attention ahead of his Le Mans 24 Hours debut. But perhaps they also concealed a hint of envy at Hamilton’s stellar debut, which … Continue reading Hamilton’s debut trumps Villeneuve’s
The Audi team won a dramatic Le Mans 24 Hours with Peugeot second on their return to the classic race. The diesel Audis held the first three positions early in the race. But Mike Rockenfeller crashed heavily in his stint and Dindo Capello later crashed out when a wheel came off his car. This left … Continue reading Audi defeats Peugeot in Le Mans 24 Hours
Lewis Hamilton’s maiden F1 pole position and victory were the headlines of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. But how many other drivers triumphed in their debut seasons? Can Hamilton beat the record for most wins in his first year? Find out…
Jacques Villeneuve has launched a surprising attack on Lewis Hamilton, comparing the Briton to Villeneuve’s former F1 nemesis Michael Schumacher. Referring to Hamilton’s starts he said: “When will these chopping moves stop? Lewis is not getting penalised for these things and his behaviour off the start line has started to look the way Michael Schumacher … Continue reading What is Jacques Villeneuve talking about?
Michael Schumacher will give the retired French international footballer Zinedine Zidane a passenger ride at the French Grand Prix. You can’t miss the irony. Both retired last year despite stoking great controversy in their swansong seasons. Schumacher was thrown to the back of the grid at Monte-Carlo for deliberately blocking the circuit. Zidane was sent … Continue reading Michael Schumacher and Zinedine Zidane
Three of F1’s most well-known drivers left the sport last year – Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve. But if you could bring one of them back, which one would you pick – the multiple champion, the irrepressible firebrand or the fallen hero?
1. Fernando Alonso, 22pts, 1 win, 1 second, 1 fifth 2. Kimi Raikkonen, 22 pts, 1 win, 2 thirds 3. Lewis Hamilton, 22 pts, 2 seconds, 1 third Lewis Hamilton has finished all three of his first Grands Prix on the podium. An earlier switch onto hard tyres at Bahrain could quite conceivably have seen … Continue reading Debate: Can Lewis Hamilton be world champion?
My brother’s been hunting down 1:43 scale F1 models for a few years and has built up a collection of around 100. Here are some my favourites – the most historically interesting cars and the nicest models. Have you got a Formula 1 related collection – models, programmes, posters…
After months of hype Lewis Hamilton delivered first time out with a sensational podium finish in his first Grand Prix. Yes, he had the benefit of a competitive McLaren Mercedes in which to make his first Grand Prix start – something the likes of Michael Schumacher and Hamilton’s own team mate Alonso never had. But … Continue reading Hamilton makes history
Grooved tyres – surely the greatest anachronism in Formula 1 today? No other major open wheel racing series uses them – not the Champ Car World Series, Indy Racing League, GP2, World Series by Renault, A1 Grand Prix – none of them. In F1, of course, slick tyres have been banned for nearly a decade. … Continue reading Banned! Slicks
What a tease! The first race of the year is by its very nature difficult to call because we have only the teams’ testing times to base our assumptions on. But what makes educated guessing even tougher is the uniqueness of the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne – quite unlike anything else on the calendar. … Continue reading Australian Grand Prix 2007 preview
Everything I read about BMW’s 2007 season rotates around the same hang-up. Apparently they are doomed to suffer ‘second album syndrome’, where a team that impresses in their first season struggles in the next. Case studies: Stewart, 1998; Prost, 1998; Jordan, 1992 and so on. But this cuts no ice with me. BMW are no … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: BMW
Formula 1 in 2007 is all about change – and the change that I find most fascinating of all is Fernando Alonso’s defection to McLaren. It’s a very rare thing indeed to see a reigning champion switch teams. In the last three decades Alonso is only the fifth champion to make such a change. The … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: The defecting champion
Marco Andretti could be making an appearance at the United States Grand Prix. Also this week, Renault make a political move, Kimi Raikkonen gets a slagging and the Australian Grand Prix is set to lose more money. Plus read about the F1 fan who spent ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú70,000 on novelty number plates…