A1GP founder to leave

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A1 Grand Prix has seldom been free of speculation about its future. Rumours are currently gathering pace that series founder Sheikh Maktoum will be ending his stewardship of the series ahead of a share issue on the London Stock Exchange. The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of A1 Grand Prix shares has been confirmed by the … Continue reading A1GP founder to leave

Is Monaco dangerous?

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Rubens Barrichello and Juan Pablo Montoya gave interestingly different verdicts on whether the Monte-Carlo circuit is too dangerous in Wednesday’s press conference. Barrichello reckoned: It is a very difficult circuit and it is dangerous everywhere… I don’t think there is any place for overtaking and it is dangerous everywhere. But Montoya answered: Dangerous [parts]? There … Continue reading Is Monaco dangerous?

Trackside: WTCC at Brands

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The soaking wet World Touring car race at Brands Hatch was the subject of this week’s Trackside. Feedback welcome! Related links Auto Trader: Trackside – Tin-top thriller at Brands Hatch Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport / touring cars / wtcc / brands hatch

In praise of real racers

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Peter Windsor argues in this month’s F1 Racing that Kimi Raikkonen should have signed a long term contract with McLaren last year, stipulating that he gets to choose his team mate in the future. When, of course, we should all be grateful that that’s not what Kimi has done. Do we really need another top-line … Continue reading In praise of real racers

Monaco Grand Prix 2006 Preview

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Last year saw one of the better Monaco Grands Prix in recent memory. With drivers forced to nurse a single set of tyres for the duration of the race, we even saw some overtaking – ordinarily unheard of at the principality. With tyres changes back on the menu the chances of similar entertainment this year … Continue reading Monaco Grand Prix 2006 Preview

Gallery: WTCC Brands Hatch

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The gallery has been updated with 46 pictures from the round of the World Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch. Ex-F1 drivers present included ’92 champion Nigel Mansell, Alessandro Zanardi, Nicola Larini, Gabriele Tarquini, Gianni Morbidelli and more. Plus WTCC champion Andy Priaulx and a host of former British Touring Car champions. Related links: Gallery: … Continue reading Gallery: WTCC Brands Hatch

Ecclestone denies ‘VIP GP’

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Bernie Ecclestone has moved to dismiss rumours of a ‘VIP-only’ Mediterranean Grand Prix that would be held at the Paul Ricard High-Tech Test Track and not be open to paying spectators. Although some suggested such an event would be consistent with F1’s ‘ultra-elite’ image it would send out exactly the wrong message from a sport … Continue reading Ecclestone denies ‘VIP GP’

2006 Stats Update – Spain

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Fernando Alonso has stormed the start of 2006 – finishing every race so far in either first or second place. The F1Fanatic statistics update tells shows you how the drivers’ and constructors’ championship battles are progressing, who has suffered the most DNFs, how the drivers’ championship would look under old points systems, who are the … Continue reading 2006 Stats Update – Spain

F1 is #4 in US motor sport

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A survey by ESPN has revealed the extent of Formula One’s struggle to capture the imagination of American sports fans. It ranked fourth out of all motor sports in a popularity poll. Top was NASCAR with three-fifths of the vote (59.5%), followed by NHRA drag racing (13.4%) and motorcycle racing (9.7%). Only 6.3% of fans … Continue reading F1 is #4 in US motor sport

The five-second peace

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Three turgid Grands Prix in a row were unsettling enough. But now the ugly spectre of political conflict in Formula One has reared its head once more. The news that the GPWC-aligned teams were ready to agree terms with Bernie Ecclestone had scarcely sunk in, the hopes for a new era of political stability in … Continue reading The five-second peace

Spanish Grand Prix 2006 Media Review

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Two newspapers couldn’t resist the urge to make ‘rain in Spain’ puns – find out which ones and loads more in the post-race media review. Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport

Bahrain is fan favourite

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An ongoing poll on the Autosport forums shows the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix is the most popular of the year so far. Fans gave it an average rating of 7.7 out of 10. At the opposite end of the scale the Malaysian Grand Prix, round two was voted the least popular. Unsurprisingly the two races … Continue reading Bahrain is fan favourite

Alonso top qualifier in ’06

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Fernando Alonso’s second pole position of the season means he is now the driver with the best average starting position. He demotes Jenson Button, whose eighth position on tomorrow’s grid is his worst of the season so far. Alonso and Button are the only two drivers to have made it to the final part of … Continue reading Alonso top qualifier in ’06

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