2009 Brazilian Grand Prix – The F1 Fanatic unofficial race programme

Everything you need to know about this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix – plus a look back at past races in Brazil.

Renault could go retro with new livery

New rumours this week claim Renault is planning to redesign its cars’ liveries following the departure of title sponsor ING. Renault has had one of the most unattractive cars in the pitlane since it introduced ING’s brand two years ago. Could we finally see a return to Renault’s smart liveries of the seventies and eighties?

How the titles can be won in Brazil

For the second year the Interlagos crowd will watch a home driver try to stop a British rival from winning the championship. Last year it was Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton – this time it’s between Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button. Sebastian Vettel could also have a say, but his chances of stopping Button are […]

Two points in it with two to go: It’s Ferrari vs McLaren… for third place

It’s the two titans of the sport: Ferrari and McLaren, who between them have won 374 Grands Prix and 24 constructors’ championships. But not this year. The 2009 constructors’ championship trophy is not destined for Maranello or Woking. The two teams are fighting as hard as ever – but this time it’s for third place.

F1 links: Barrichello to Williams?

The 2010 F1 drivers rumour of the day is that Rubens Barrichello wil join Williams, something which was first suggested by Autosport a couple of weeks ago. The Brazilian press are reporting it today, and claiming that Williams will use Cosworth power instead of Renault. As that is likely to be a cheaper option it […]

Felipe Massa makes Ferrari test return in Maranello (Pictures & video)

Today, 79 days after his horrific crash in qualifying at the Hungaroring, Felipe Massa got back behind the wheel of a Ferrari. He said: The moment I got into the car it was exactly like before the accident, as if nothing had happened. It was important to demonstrate to the people who work with me, […]

Rain and low temperatures at Interlagos

A few splashes of rain turned last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix into a heart-stopping thriller of a championship finale. The early weather forecast for this weekend indicates the Interlagos track will be hit by rain again this year – but most likely not during the race. Although some weather services are forecasting rain on all […]

Barrichello needs a big result on home ground (Brazilian Grand Prix preview)

If the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend is half as exciting as the one we had last year, it’ll be a race to remember. Although we’re unlikely to see an exciting conclusion to the championship on Sunday, anyone rooting for a down-to-the-wire title battle will be hoping for a home win for Rubens Barrichello or […]

Rights and wrongs of the testing ban

F1 Fanantic guest writer and Vee8 author Duncan Stephen looks at the problems the testing ban has caused this year. This year has seen several major changes in F1, but among the biggest has been the ban on in-season testing. As is usually the case with sweeping rule changes, it has brought more than its […]

F1 links: No return for Massa until 2010

Ferrari have officially confirmed Felipe Massa will not make a return to F1 until next year. A press release from the team stated his test tomorrow in a 2007-specification car “is in no way a proper test session”. Felipe back on track tomorrow (Ferrari) "Talk of a proper return to Formula 1 can wait until […]