V8s hit reliability

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The switch to 2.4 litre V8 engines for 2006 has had a predictable effect on reliability: Cars are failing at a greater rate than last year. There were seven mechnical retirements in last week’s European Grand Prix. Retirements due to mechanical failure had dropped from 29% in 2002 to 11% last year. The new points … Continue reading V8s hit reliability

F1’s Friday farce

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Somewhere near the bottom of the ‘Things to Fix with F1’ list, beneath ‘overtaking’, ‘distribution of income’ and ‘fuel burn-off in qualifying’, is the dearth of Formula One action on the Friday of a race weekend. 130,000 Spaniards are at the Circuit de Catalunya to watch Fernando Alonso this weekend. So far, he’s done just … Continue reading F1’s Friday farce

Aguri ‘need young driver’

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Super Aguri fans are phlegmatic about the predicament of Yuji Ide. Writing on Formula3.cc one fan has admitted that Ide’s performances were disappointing and that he failed to resolve communication problems within the team. Ide has little to no English, and was forced to request setup changes via team boss Aguri Suzuki, which caused further … Continue reading Aguri ‘need young driver’

DC to join the 200 club

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David Coulthard will become the tenth driver to have participated in 200 Grand Prix at the Spanish Grand prix this weekend. Fittingly, it is also the circuit where he started his Formula One career in 1994 at Williams, replacing the late Ayrton Senna. Two active drivers have already passed the 200 mark – Michael Schumacher … Continue reading DC to join the 200 club

Trackside: Schu won’t stop

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For my weekly Auto Trader column Trackside I expanded on some of my thoughts in an earlier post here about why Michael Schumacher doesn’t look ready to retire just yet. It’d be great to hear some feedback on it. Related links Auto Trader: Trackside – Why Schuey Won’t Stop (external) Thoughts from abroad #1 Tags: … Continue reading Trackside: Schu won’t stop

Super Aguri vs Superlicence

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Super Aguri driver Yuji Ide has had his FIA Superlicence formally revoked, ending any chance of him participating further in Formula One this year. Franck Montagny, who drove in his place at the European Grand Prix, will continue for the team in Spain this weekend. Some have criticised the decision on the grounds that Ide … Continue reading Super Aguri vs Superlicence

Montreal contract extended

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The Canadian Grand Prix will remain at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal for a further five years. A group lobbying on behalf of Toronto had approached Midland F1 boss Alex Schnaider about pitching for a Grand Prix in the rival city, but without a suitable circuit (the Champ Car venue presumably not being adequate) the … Continue reading Montreal contract extended

Europe: Starts & stops

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How the top ten lined up and when they made their first stops. Position Driver Lap of first pit stop 1 Fernando Alonso 17 2 Michael Schumacher 18 3 Felipe Massa 17 4 Rubens Barrichello 20 5 Kimi Raikkonen 23 6 Jenson Button 21 7 Jarno Trulli 25 8 Jacques Villeneuve 21 9 Juan Pablo … Continue reading Europe: Starts & stops

Harsh penalty for Villeneuve

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Jacques Villeneuve lost his best laptime after qualifying as punishment for holding up Giancarlo Fisichella during the second part of the session. He drops to ninth place, which doesn’t benefit 11th-placed Fisichella. Villeneuve was coming towards the end of his out lap when Fisichella, on his fast lap, caught him. The stewards seem to be … Continue reading Harsh penalty for Villeneuve

A point about points

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The 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 points system introduced by the FIA in 2003 has failed to make subsequent Formula One championships – and other championships using the same system – any more exciting. The strongest effect of granting of extra points for lower positions has been to encourage championship leading drivers to settle for second or third place … Continue reading A point about points

GP Masters to miss Monza

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Prodrive aren’t the only people suffering at the hand of a group of local busybodies with nothing better to do. Now the Monza circuit has been forced to cancel its round of the Grand Prix Masters series due to complaints from locals about noise levels. The chief villain in this piece is Judge Marco Manunta … Continue reading GP Masters to miss Monza

Worst. Blog. Ever.

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Ferrari launched their Felipe Massa Blog nearly two months ago now. And it’s rubbish. For starters, the blog reads no different to your standard press releases – the usual bland quotes (“we will be working hard”…”I reckon things went prety well”), very little detail at all about life behind the scenes at Ferrari, and nothing … Continue reading Worst. Blog. Ever.

D-Day for Ide

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Frenchman Franck Montagny will make his Formula One debut at this weekend’s European Grand Prix. He will replace the under-fire Japanese driver Yuji Ide at Super Aguri-Honda. Ide started the season with no prior Formula One experience. He struggled to match the pace of more experienced team mate Takuma Sato and in Melbourne compromised the … Continue reading D-Day for Ide

F1Fanatic by name…

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Being in a foreign country isn’t going to stop any Formula One fan getting their fix. But I must confess I was a bit disappointed that the fairly plush hotel I’m staying in in Mexico didn’t have satellite television. Without that, no Fox Sports and no F1. Fortunately the tourist resort of Playa del Carmen … Continue reading F1Fanatic by name…

Thoughts from abroad #2

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David Richards is the name most people are linking to the empty 12th slot on the grid for 2008 – and rightly so. Of the other known possible new teams for ’08 his Prodrive outfit is clearly the most credible – whatever tedious local protesters may have to say. Richards set out his stall as … Continue reading Thoughts from abroad #2

Thoughts from abroad #1

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I may be holidaying in Mexico at the moment (hence no new features!) but I’m not taking a holiday from Formula One. But as I haven’t the time to scour the news sources for some interesting or overlooked titbit, I’m going to enter the dangerous territory of prediction-making instead. The three-week break between races has … Continue reading Thoughts from abroad #1

Schnaider to sell?

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The Daily Telegraph have reported that Alex Schnaider is keen to sell his Midland F1 team – only three races into their first ‘proper’ Formula One season. Many commentators have been vocally sceptical about the team which is backed by Russian heavy industry company the Midland Group. The article insists that team boss Colin Kolles … Continue reading Schnaider to sell?