2006 Stats Update: Britain


Fernando Alonso’s fifth win of 2006 is his third in a row and takes him to 74 points from a potential 80 – that’s 92.5% of the maximum available. Giancarlo Fisichella’s failure to get ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the dying stages of the race meant that the Finn edged ahead of him by a … Continue reading 2006 Stats Update: Britain

Silverstone snaps


The first gallery of pictures from the 2006 British Grand Prix are now available – including British World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx in the BMW F1 Park… Related links 2006 British Grand Prix Gallery part one Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport

Bernie: “We’re all losers”


A very revealing interview with Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley was published earlier this week by the FIA Press Office. Of particular interest was Bernie’s answer to the question, “Do you feel like winners now [that the teams have signed for 2008]?”: I don’t think there are any winners I think we are all losers. … Continue reading Bernie: “We’re all losers”

F1 Fan Forum: Muzza audio


As promised, here’s a clip of last night’s F1 Fan Forum with yours truly asking a question to Murray Walker. Unfortunately people find my surname difficult to pronounce even when it’s been written clearly. So not only did they get my name wrong, but my handwriting was mocked on national radio! Regardless, I was delighted … Continue reading F1 Fan Forum: Muzza audio

Trackside: Andy Priaulx


Making a Trackside double-bill this week we featured my interview with World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx. As usual, it would be great to get some feedback. Related links Autotrader.co.uk – Trackside special: Andy Priaulx interview (external) Tags: motor sport / andy priaulx / bmw

Radio 5 Live F1 Forum


Tonight from 7pm BBC Radio 5 Live will host a special forum previewing the British Grand Prix. Participants slated to appear include Murray Walker, Pat Symonds, Gil de Ferran and Anthony Davidson. I’m going to be in the audience, so if you’ve got any questions you’d like putting to these four please leave a comment … Continue reading Radio 5 Live F1 Forum

F1 for sale – finally


Formula One Administration have at long last woken up to the potential of F1 merchandise and have begun selling F1-branded gear. The online F1 store has gear starting at ???6 for a humble notepad, up to ???390 for a chronograph watch. It’s great to see these (belated) steps into the kind of promotion that Moto … Continue reading F1 for sale – finally

UK National Motorsport Week


The UK Motor Sports Association have launched the National Motorsport Week which will take place from 12th-20th August 2006. Chief Executive of the MSA Colin Hilton said: Motorsport is one of the UK’s greatest success stories. We can boast champions in almost every discipline and our reputation on the world stage is second to none. … Continue reading UK National Motorsport Week

Trackside: Celebrations and more


This week’s regular Trackside article took in unusual victory celebrations, Katherine Legge’s fine Champ Car drive, and the British Grand Prix. Feedback appreciated! Related links Autotrader.co.uk: Trackside – Crazy car celebrations (external) Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport

British Grand Prix 2006 Preview


Earlier than usual, and clashing awkwardly with the football World Cup, it’s the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. With Spa-Francorchamps off the calendar for the foreseeable future and Suzuka axed for dull Fuji from next year, this could soon be the best circuit on the calendar. The drivers raved about the track on their first … Continue reading British Grand Prix 2006 Preview

F1 vs A1 vs Champ Car


Watching the Indy Racing League from Watkins Glen, where Formula One raced until 1980, got me wondering how three of the top international single seater series compared with one another when using the same circuits. I compared best lap times from the 2005 F1 and Champ Car seasons, and 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix season. No … Continue reading F1 vs A1 vs Champ Car

V8s within 1s of lap records


The latest attempts to cut speeds in Formula One have only been partly successful. Despite cutting engine capacity by 20% this year and reducing the number of cylinders from ten to eight, cars are still lapping well within a second of lap records. At the Monaco Grand Prix this year Michael Schumacher’s best lap was … Continue reading V8s within 1s of lap records

Accolade for ITV’s Brundle


The 2005 Royal Television Sports Awards honoured ITV with two awards for their Formula One coverage, both connected to Martin Brundle’s excellent work as a presenter. Brundle won the Best Sports Pundit award for the third time in his 10-year career brandishing a mircophone. The judges especially lauded his interview with Bernie Ecclestone at the … Continue reading Accolade for ITV’s Brundle

Mosley picks his favourite six


The FIA have selected the six teams that will sit on the Formula One commission from 2008. They are Red Bull, Renault, BMW, Ferrari, Honda and Williams. The Formula One commission has the power to approve or reject suggestions from the two working groups that create technical and sporting regulations, and pass them on to … Continue reading Mosley picks his favourite six

Trackside: Schu in the dock


No prizes for guessing what this week’s Trackside was about. Feedback appreciated. Related links Autotrader.co.uk: Trackside – Schumacher under fire (external) Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport / ferrari / michael schumacher

Alonso vs Schu after 77 starts


Fernando Alonso is clearly the driver most likely to threaten Michael Schumacher’s domination of the Formula One record books over the coming years. Alonso already has a clean sweep of the ‘youngest-ever’ accolades – youngest polesitter, race winner and champion. But the Spaniard has his work cut out if he is to make inroads into … Continue reading Alonso vs Schu after 77 starts

Schu-spin: The final word(s)


Drawing a line under the latest Schumacher scandal (hopefully), I thought it would be interesting to take a sample of what fellow F1 bloggers made of the controversy and how they called it. All links are to external content and are nothing to do with F1Fanatic etc… If any of the authors believe I’ve misconstrued … Continue reading Schu-spin: The final word(s)

Spain ‘worst GP in 06’ so far


F1Fanatic’s post-race polls of race popularity on the Autosport forum currently sees the Spanish Grand Prix ranked lowest of the first six races. The season opener Bahrain remains the most popular so far. The voting thread for the Monaco Grand Prix is currently open. Related links Autosport forum – Rate the Monaco Grand Prix (external, … Continue reading Spain ‘worst GP in 06’ so far

Zanardi to get BMW test?


Rumour abounds that former Formula One driver Alessandro Zanardi will get to test a BMW F1 car later this year. Zanardi’s raced in Formula One from 1991-94 and made a failed comeback in 1999. He returned to Champ Cars, where he had earlier won two titles, but suffered a horrendous accident at the Lausitzring in … Continue reading Zanardi to get BMW test?