Brawn-Mercedes name change confirmed

It seemed little more than a formality but the F1 Commission has approved the new Mercedes Grand Prix team’s request to change its name from Brawn. The FIA statement reads: The team will continue to receive payments based on its historical performance. This has been granted on a one-off exceptional basis due to Mercedes-Benz?s long-term […]

Renault F1 team saved claims BBC

The BBC’s Andrew Benson claims the Renault F1 team will remain in F1 in 2010. The story claims Renault will keep a 25% stake in the team.

Race winners could get 25 points in 2010

The FIA will vote tomorrow on a new points system for F1 proposed by the re-formed F1 Commission. The change looks radical on the surface with a winner getting 25 points instead of ten. But on closer inspection the new points system will probably make little difference at all and only act to encourage drivers […]

First Qatari drives for Williams at Losail

His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar became the first Qatari to drive an F1 car in a publicity event for Williams at Losail International Circuit. He drove five laps of the circuit in a 2009-specification FW31 and enthused about the experience afterwards: The Williams FW31 is a remarkable vehicle, unlike any other […]

Could the new world championship for Le Mans cars be a future rival to F1?

The days of a thriving World Sportscar Championship able to rival F1 for popularity among fans and car manufacturers are long past. But that may change in the future as the organisers of the the Le Mans 24 Hours have announced they are planning a world championship for LMP1 sports cars. It’s already got the […]

F1 2009 DVD “Not in a hurry” reviewed


F1 season review DVDs just keep getting longer. The 2009 edition – weakly titled “Not in a hurry” – clocks in at more than four-and-a-half hours including extras. The tightly-regulated broadcasting of Formula 1 means this is the only way you can buy video footage of Jenson Button’s championship victory and all the other highlights […]

Jenson Button: My championship year (Book review)

Of the glut of books which have appeared on the subject of Britain’s other F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton, the authorised biography was one of the less interesting efforts. The official word on Jenson Button’s extraordinary championship-winning season promises a more personal angle incorporating his race-by-race notes on the season and even text messages from his […]

F1 race ticket discounts run out soon

Buying F1 tickets isn’t cheap but you can get the best deals if you book quickly. Tracks are offering discounts of up to 20% if you buy your tickets within the next few weeks. Bahrain, Sepang, Catalunya, Silverstone and Spa are all offering discounts for their 2010 F1 races. Here’s where the best bargains can […]

Danica Patrick joins NASCAR

Danica Patrick joining NASCAR may not seem especially relevant for F1 fans, particularly those of us in Europe. But you have to pause for a moment and consider the scale of the missed opportunity. Here is a talented, female, American racing driver who, had things gone differently, might have ended up in F1. Simply being […]

Update on improvements to F1 Fanatic

A few weeks ago I asked for your suggestions for how to improve F1 Fanatic. The response was great, with plenty of useful ideas and – just as important – lots of poeple telling me which bits to keep because they like them. I have compiled your suggestions along with the many improvements I want […]

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