James Allen archive

James Allen hits back 1st November 2008, 0:52

‘The pros outweigh the cons’

No James Allen for BBC? 7th October 2008, 13:10

Top Gear mocks ITV commentator

How will BBC TV cover F1 in 2009? 25th June 2008, 7:00

Top Gear has launched a new Formula 1 blog but will the BBC?s hit motoring show play any role in the corporation?s coverage of F1 which begins in 2009? Speculation about a Top Gear-F1 link up has mounted after The Times ran a front page story suggesting Richard Hammond would front the BBC?s coverage which […]

Commentating: How hard can it be… 11th April 2008, 21:09

I know a lot of British F1 fans get irritated by ITV commentator James Allen. I’ve never been a big fan either but I’ve tried not to get too drawn into the Allen-bashing because, much like when it comes to discussing the talents of F1 drivers, I’ve never done it so I don’t feel I […]

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 […]

New year’s resolutions for F1 drivers 2nd January 2008, 7:00

Having made my usual new year’s resolutions (about drinking less coffee and spending less time on writing F1 Fanatic) I dreamt up a few resolutions I’d like F1 drivers and other figures to take. Here are 20 resolutions I thought up – suggest some of your own in the comments box below…

25 best groups for F1 fans on Facebook 19th September 2007, 9:00

A bit of fun for those of you who, like me, use the Facebook social networking site. There are all kinds of F1 groups to join from those who want Ferrari to sign Danica Patrick, fans who want the original Nordschleife back on the calendar, to the Canadians who want their own F1 team. Some […]

Mosley: Schumacher would have lost ’94 title under modern rules 22nd August 2007, 7:00

James Allen claims in his new biography of Michael Schumacher that FIA president Max Mosley believes Schumacher would have been stripped of his 1994 world championship under the current F1 rules.

“Michael Schumacher: The edge of greatness” (James Allen, 2007) 19th August 2007, 7:00

A new book on Michael Schumacher by ITV F1 commentator James Allen? Whether I was going to like or loathe it I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. Both Allen and Schumacher are pretty controversial among F1 fans – Allen’s commentaries for ITV-F1 are not well-liked, partly because of his perceived […]

Damon Hill to commentate at Hungary 29th July 2007, 15:59

Damon Hill will be joining ITV’s commentary team for next week’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The ITV team made the announcement following their coverage of today’s British Touring Car races. He is expected to be joining James Allen in the commentary box in place of Martin Brundle, who usually misses the Hungarian race.