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F1 blogs & more: Donington news

Donington Park’s planning application is expected ‘within weeks’ but the circuit owners are refusing to discuss their plans for the 2010 British Grand Prix. What’s going on? Plus as British circuits like Brands Hatch face increasing pressure friom neighbours over noise restrictions one group is petitioning the British parliament to change the law. Read these […]

Spain’s other Formula 1 street circuits: Pedralbes and Montjuich Park

The Circuito Urbano Valencia will become the sixth Spanish circuit to host a round of the world championship this weekend. It will also be the third Spanish street track to hold a round of the championship. The previous two such circuit – Pedralbes and Montjuich Park – were lost from the championship following concerns over […]

Toyota European GP preview (Video)

This video includes footage of the new Circuito Urbano Valencia including the attractive pit buildings in the old port warehouses and the novel swing bridge (which presumably will be kept closed during the race…) Toyota’s engineers explain how they are preparing for the track including the very high braking demands they expect to encounter.

Valencia: Hockenheimring with walls?

It’s becoming clear from what the drivers are saying about the Circuito Urbano Valencia that it’s not a typical street track. Here’s a look at a lap of the circuit and some of the ways in which it seems more like Montreal than Monaco and other famous street circuits.

Robert Kubica: the driver debates

Robert Kubica: he’s just won his first Grand Prix, he’s a megastar in his native Poland, and he’s still only 13 points off the world championship lead. Whether or not he’s world championship-winning material hardly seems to be a debate any more. But who will he driving for in the future, and what is his […]

F1.com should offer more to F1 fans

F1.com, Formula 1′s official site, has a lot going for it. The live timing during F1 sessions is invaluable and it has some insightful news and features particularly on technical developments. But it falls far short of what it could provide in terms of interaction with fans, providing F1 video or other useful material. Here’s […]

Tom Onslow-Cole punts Jason Plato into the barriers (BTCC)

The TV commentators sucked their teeth and said things like “ooh, it’s a bit hard to tell what’s happened from that angle.” What garbage. They were looking at footage of a collision between Jason Plato and Tom Onslow-Cole in this afternoon’s third British Touring Car race at Knockhill. Plato is chasing Fabrizio Giovanardi (Onslow-Cole’s team […]

Top ten closest F1 race finishes

Top Ten Video

Here’s the ten closest finishes to a proper F1 race, including Grands Prix as long ago as 1954, and as recent as 2002.

Lucas di Grassi: Is he F1 material?

I keep a close eye on the GP2 championship as it is clearly the best series for spotting future F1 drivers. Plus, it’s very entertaining racing. Last season?s champion Timo Glock has already made an impact on F1 but the man he beat to the title, Lucas di Grassi, didn?t make much of an impression […]

Get a picture next to your name

You may have noticed a tweak to the comments at F1 Fanatic. Some users now have small pictures, usually called avatars, next to their names. These are Gravatars (??globally recognised avatars?) and you can get one yourself which will appear on this site and any other site that uses the same system. They also work […]