Of course the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is sold out, they’ve only got 50,000 seats

Yesterday the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix organisers put out a press release patting themselves on the back for selling out their first Grand Prix. Several other F1 sites obligingly regurgitated it for them. Although it’s nice to hear the phrases “F1 race” and “sold out” together for once, I think a little more attention should […]

Ecclestone still wants Australian night race

Bernie Ecclestone got the Australian Grand Prix promoters to run their Grand Prix as a ‘twilight race’ this year to suit European television audiences better. But he’s still pushing for the event to be turned into a night race like the Singapore Grand Prix. He told the Herald Sun: The later we can get the […]

Briatore sells $25m New York apartment

As Flavio Briatore faces exclusion from Formula 1 (pending the outcome of his case against the FIA next month) and possible ousting from Queens’ Park Rangers football club, it’s no surprise he’s in a hurry to downsize his property portfolio. He had this New York apartment on the market for $38m previously, but has now […]

F1 links: “We don’t a need British GP”

Silverstone warned by Ecclestone (BBC) "We are not prepared to charge less. Do we need a British Grand Prix? No." Five things you can do to support the British Grand Prix (Brits on Pole) "This might be exactly the time when fans can bring a bit of pressure to bear and increase the chances of […]

Tilke’s latest track has F1’s answer to the Laguna Seca corkscrew (Pictures)

We took a look at Motorland Aragon – Hermann Tilke’s latest F1-ready track – earlier this year. Now the track is open for business and F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari is racing there this weekend in the World Series by Renault. Tilke’s tracks are often criticised for being featureless and flat but his latest effort has […]

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton – how Britain’s world champions compare

For the first time in 36 years, Britain has two world champions competing in F1: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. To put into perspective how rare and unusual this is, the last country to have a pair of champions competing was Brazil, thanks to Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet, in 1991. So how do Britain’s […]

Jean Todt is the new FIA president

Jean Todt’s victory in today’s FIA election is not likely to be greeted with a great deal of surprise. He was the preferred choice of outgoing president Max Mosley, and that clout was always going to count for a lot. Sure enough, Todt won with 135 votes to Vatanen’s 49, with 12 abstentions. The FIA […]

Who do you want to see in F1 in 2010?

With potentially six new places available on the grid for F1 drivers in 2010 we’re set for an influx of new names next year. Who will be the lucky half-dozen to get the places? Fresh new rookies? Experienced hands making comebacks? Third drivers hoping for race team promotions? Here’s a list of some of the […]

F1 links: Donington fund-raising fails

End of the road for Grand Prix dream? (Leicester Mercury) "The Leicester Mercury understands that £120m worth of bonds issued earlier this week have now been withdrawn." Silverstone stands by as Donington fund-raising bond is withdrawn (Daily Telegraph) "'Silverstone will have the opportunity of exactly the same contract as Donington,' he said two weeks ago […]

The FIA goes to the polls

After months of build-up the FIA presidential elections finally take place today. But will the winner be Max Mosley’s choice Jean Todt, or the fans’ favourite Ari Vatanen?

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