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F1 links: Renault crashes in demo run

Renault Roadshow ends up in a crash "Multiple Middle Eastern Rally Champion Mohammed Ben Sulayem brought his involvement in Renault's Formula 1 roadshow in Dubai to an early end on Thursday, when he smashed up an R28 in a sizeable accident." How long until they draft him in to replace Nelson Piquet Jnr? The fallout […]

Eight non-F1 races I won?t miss in 2009

F1 is great – but it’s only on 17 times a year! On other weekends I look elsewhere to get my racing fix – whether I’m in the stands or on the sofa. Here are the races I’ll make sure to see in 2009 – what are you favourites?

Do you have an F1 video collection?

Here’s one of the question I get asked very often: I missed the Grand Prix last weekend ?ǣ is there anywhere I can get a copy of it? Obviously I thought it would be a good idea to write a post where I answer that question. But it also got me wondering whether many fans […]

F1?s overtaking problem solved?

The first two races of 2009 are in the books, giving us our first chance to see if the radical new regulations designed to increase overtaking have had the desired effect. So far the signs are good ?ǣ but will it last?

McLaren called before WMSC again: what will their punishment be?

Some developments are met with such little surprise they barely even qualify as ‘news’. The FIA summoning McLaren to appear before the World Motor Sports Council surely meets this criteria. The team are being called to explain why they misled stewards about Lewis Hamilton allowing Jarno Trulli past under the safety car in the closing […]

F1 links: Brawn’s exhausts under scrutiny

Brawn GP bodywork legality questioned "A small scandal is brewing about the legality of the winning Brawn GP cars at the Australian Grand Prix. It is claimed that the cars ran throughout the weekend with its exhaust pipes protruding from the bodywork by 10cm, which could be outside the regulations. The Brawn bodywork was changed […]

Alonso’s mega-start and Button’s killer laps (Malaysian Grand Prix analysis)

Here’s a closer look at some of the outstanding moments of the Malaysian Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso’s incredible getaway, Jenson Button’s race-winning pace, and Timo Glock’s inspired switch to intermediate tyres.

Technical review: Australia and Malaysia

F1 Fanatic guest writer John Beamer examines the technical changes and controversies over the first two races of 2009. Formula 1 never changes. We’re not even two races in and controversy continues to rage around the paddock – as it has done so every year since 1954 and will do so until we humans are […]

Unravelling the mayhem in Malaysia

F1 Fanatic guest writer Duncan Stephen, who writes Vee8, reflects on the chaotic ending to Malaysian Grand Prix and how it was handled. Before I write about the Malaysian Grand Prix, it is worth reflecting on the issues surrounding the curtailment of the race. I have no particular problem with a race being stopped if […]

BBC F1 TV ratings for first two races of 2009

How is the BBC faring since taking over from ITV as Britain’s F1 broadcaster? Here’s its preliminary viewing figures for the first two races: 2009 Australian Grand Prix live: 2.1m average, 3.4m peak 2009 Australian Grand Prix repeat: 2.8m average 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix live: 4.4m average, 5.2m peak Last year ITV’s replay of the […]