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Brawn GP tests its 2009 F1 car

The new Brawn GP team tested its 2009 F1 car at Silverstone today. Jenson Button was at the heel of the BGP001.

FOTA’s F1 fans survey results in full

The F1 teams’ association’s plans for the future of Formula 1 attracted a huge amount of interest yesterday. Much of the teams’ recommendations were based on a survey of 8,500 F1 fans conducted by FOTA. F1 Fanatic can now reveal the results of that survey in full for the first time.

What was the F1 news on your birthday?

Yesterday F1 Fanatic celebrated its fourth brithday. By sheer coincidence a couple of days ago I came across the issue of Autosport that was printed on my own birthday: November 5th, 1981 (see picture). This got me thinking – can we find out what the big F1 news was on the day (or week) of […]

Brawn GP takes Honda F1’s place on the 2009 F1 grid – official

Ross Brawn has confirmed that his new team Brawn GP will take over from Honda and contest the 2009 F1 season. As has been rumoured in recent weeks the team will use the same Mercedes engines as McLaren and Force India. Ross Brawn will be team principal of his eponymous outfit and Jenson Button and […]

F1 links: Spa’s $4.7m loss

Belgium loses $4.7m The Belgian Grand Prix last year lost $4.7m. The race day attendance was just 52,000, which was 10,000 down on the previous year. 'A wicked shame' if F1 consigns Senna to DTM Bruno Senna's former GP2 boss Paul Jackson: "We really do believe he's a talent, but for some reason a lot […]

F1 Fanatic is four!

F1 Fanatic first appeared on March 5th, 2005 and today it is four years old! In the past I have marked the site’s birthdays by wheeling out new site designs but I’m sticking with the same basic layout for the foreseeable future, though with some minor updates in the pipeline for the coming weeks. As […]

BBC revamps Formula 1 site

The BBC has re-launched its Formula 1 website ahead of the 2009 F1 season. ‘Formula One’ now gets its own tab on the Sport homepage (which, confusingly, is separate from the ‘motor sport’ section). There are some excellent offerings on the site including video clips from past races. There are new columns from pundits including […]

The F1 teams’ plans: what’s good, what’s bad and what’s missing

The teams’ plans for the future of F1 revealed today are a mixture of sound ideas plus a couple of complete and utter howlers. There was a lot to commend in the ideas they put forward today, but a few worrying omissions as well. Here’s my take on FOTA’s F1 proposal.

Should F1 races be shorter? (Poll)

The F1 teams’ association has recommended that F1 race distances should be cut from 320km (200 miles) to 250km (155 miles).

Honda ‘saved’ says Nick Fry

Nick Fry has told the BBC that the Honda F1 team has been saved. Fry said: “All the teams and their support have helped us preserve our team. So I, Ross [Brawn] and our 700 employees thank them.” The team is expected to field Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello in its two cars, which they […]