2009 half-term F1 driver rankings part 1

The summer break is the traditional mid-point of the season, and a good time to take stock of who’s doing well and who’s struggling so far this year. Here’s part one of my rankings of the F1 drivers so far this year including some of your observations from the forum:

Lewis Hamilton in Ayrton Senna’s McLaren-Honda MP4/4


Pictures of Lewis Hamilton in Ayrton Senna’s 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4/4.

F1 links: New Briatore broadside from Piquet

Nelson Piquet Jr. again criticizes Flavio Briatore “A manager, in his view, is someone who takes 20 percent from the drivers’ money. In our view, it would be someone trying their best for a good contract.” Ele ta otimo …vivaaaa Picture posted by Rubens Barrichello of him with a recovering Felipe Massa The Name’s Alguersuari… […]

Why three-car teams isn’t a great idea

Three Lotuses in the top four places at Brands Hatch in 1968 Unhappy at missing out on the opportunity to get Michael Schumacher back in one of his cars, Luca di Montezemolo is pushing for teams to be able to run three cars again: We’re continuing to fight until every team has the right to […]

Youth and experience: the leading candidates for USF1’s seats in 2010

USF1 is considering some very different drivers for its inaugural F1 season next year. The team has indicated it is looking at a mix of young American drivers (Jonathan Summerton, Graham Rahal or Ryan Hunter-Reay) alongside a more experienced F1 driver from Europe (Pedro de la Rosa or Alexander Wurz). Who will they pick? Here’s […]

Luca Badoer could be the first Italian to race for Ferrari at Monza since 1992

Although it’s a disappointment that Michael Schumacher will not return to F1 in the European Grand Prix, Ferrari’s second choice of replacement – Luca Badoer – is an interesting one. Not everyone’s happy about it, though – Spanish motorsport federation president Carlos Gracia has criticised Ferrari’s decision to pick Badoer over their other test driver, […]

Jenson Button’s 250mph Bugatti Veyron up for sale – a snip at ??899,995

Jenson Button’s taste in road cars reveals an appetite for machnes almost as quick as his Brawn BGP001: this is his 250mph Bugatti Veyron, up for sale on Auto Trader. It has just 1,500 miles on the clock – and if you want to sample nought to 62mph in 2.5 seconds you’ll have to part […]

Michael Schumacher cancels F1 return

Michael Schumacher has announced he will not be returning to race at the European Grand Prix at Valencia. A statement on his website says: Yesterday evening, I had to inform Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali that unfortunately I’m not able to step in for Felipe. I really tried everything to […]

Competition: Win one of ten copies of “Williams” by Maurice Hamilton

Maurice Hamilton’s new book on Williams doesn’t hit the shelves until August 20th – but you can grab one of ten copies in this exclusive competition. Enter now for your chance to win.

F1 links: Suzuka return for Massa?

Massa deve voltar no GP do Japão Massa to return at the Japanese Grand Prix? (Portuguese) My life in cars: Sebastian Vettel Vettel on Schumacher: “I grew up with posters of him on my bedroom wall. It’s a huge surprise for everybody and I think a lot of fans will be very happy to see […]

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