In this week’s F1 news, the Brazilian Grand Prix was the most popular race of last year – and one of the top porting events by television audience. Plus the three drivers up for sportsman awards, a possible return to South Africa and why Ferrari didn’t sign Fernando Alonso.
Fernando Alonso has a rare opportunity this year to become a triple-champion of the sport – something that only two drivers before him have done. Juan Manuel Fangio achieved his with different teams – Michael Schumacher won his all with Ferrari. And several other drivers came tantalisingly close – but failed to achieve the same. … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: Alonso shoots for the triple
I’m going to be interviewing Formula 1 commentating legend Murray Walker for Autotrader.co.uk next week. We’re inviting questions from readers, so if you’ve got anything you want to ask Muzza, use the link below to send it in. I’ll be talking to him on Monday so make sure you get your questions in quickly. Look … Continue reading Send in your questions for Murray Walker
It’s a big season for Red Bull. You can’t recruit the biggest-name car designer in F1, mate his creation to last season’s championship-winning engine, and not get results. Testing so far has suggested that the team are in for a difficult time to begin with, at least. But if they can get the car sorted … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: Red Bull
It seems that for every blogger singing the praises of Honda’s radical, sponsor-free environmentally-aware livery there’s another one decrying it at a cynical ploy of ‘greenwash’ marketing. Here’s a sample of some of the most interesting reactions:
As is now customary, the sporting rules have had a shake-up ahead of the new season. The changes range from the seismic (like engine homologation) to tiny acts of bureaucratic house-keeping, tidying up the loose ends from past instances when FIA President Max Mosley was let loose on the F1 sporting regulations. They have also … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: New rules at a glance
Before a racing wheel has been turned in anger 2007 is already shaping up to be one of the most interesting seasons for a long time. The deck has been well and truly shuffled with many new drivers in new teams. And for once it’s not just confined to the minor men – there is … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: 1984
Today’s is F1Fanatic.co.uk’s second birthday. Most of our readers are not likely to remember when the site looked as it does in this picture back from April 2005 – what the hell was I thinking with that shade of pink? Many thanks to all of our visitors. To coincide (almost) with the two-year anniversary we’ve … Continue reading F1Fanatic is 2!
The reaction to Honda’s radical ‘Earth car’ was mixed: “The first ‘green’ F1 car,” proclaims the Daily Mirror. “It only does 5 miles per gallon and creates 138 tonnes of carbon,” “Honda fast-track the environment into Formula One but stand accused of ‘Greenwash’,” The Independent. One thing is certain – the green brigade aren’t keen … Continue reading Ignore the cynics: Honda’s ‘Green’ car is great
The class of 2007 are all up and running* and the grid has seen a lot of changes for this year. Honda and Renault have dramatic new colour schemes, Ferrari are trying to pretend they’re not sponsored by Marlboro, the Red Bulls and Toro Rossos look very similar to each other – and to the … Continue reading Vote for the best-looking 2007 F1 car
Which problem do you think angers Toyota’s management more: Their complete failure to deliver on the enormous investment pumped into the team for six years – or the fact that no-one cares? For Toyota are not only one of the least successful teams compared to the amount spent on their F1 campaign – they are … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: Toyota
Kicking off a new weekly series we want to hear from you on the big questions in Formula 1. First up: the calendar. For decades the F1 calendar hovered at around 16 races, most in Europe. But Bernie Ecclestone has stated his aim of taking it up to 20 races, with more races in more … Continue reading Answer me this: How many races does F1 need?
Five drivers will embark on their first full Formula 1 seasons in 2007. Among them are two drivers placed with top teams for their debut seasons, and another two who have already made their first Grand Prix starts. What can we expect from them in their first full seasons? And what have they done to … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: The class of ’07
Testing this week was split between the haves and the have-nots. The richest teams flew off to Bahrain for some hot-weather testing at a circuit that will host a Grand Prix this year. Meanwhile Spyker and Williams took the lower-cost option of returning to Valencia. Take a look at who’s quick, who’s reliable – and … Continue reading 2007 testing round-up 5
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
With the season getting close F1 bloggers are asking big questions. Like will Lewis Hamilton eclipse Jenson Button as the British media darling? Are there too many young drivers in F1 today? And how on earth does Ralf Schumacher command a higher pay packet than Fernando Alonso? All this plus our most recommended post of … Continue reading F1 in the blogs 19