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The themes of 2008: penalties

Grid penalties, drive-through penalties, time penalties ?ǣ hardly an F1 session passed this year without some driver falling foul of the stewards. Penalties spoiled races and one particularly controversial one almost decided the drivers? championship. Why were there so many this year?

F1 links: China doubts

No Chinese GP after 2010?

The teams: BMW (F1 2008)

BMW has marched closer to the front of the F1 field in clear, measurable steps since it took over Sauber at the end of 2005. They continued that progress in 2008 with their first pole position and first victory. But did they sacrifice performance ?ǣ and potentially the championships ?ǣ by prioritising their 2009 car […]

F1 links: November 13th

Montreal hotels offer tax rise to save GP "Montreal is desperately trying to save its Grand Prix in 2009. Part of a new deal on offer is the suggestion of local hotels to up the occupancy tax and thereby raise $5 million, Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay has confirmed. In total, the city need to find […]

The themes of 2008: Mistakes

It was, by anyone?s standards, an error-strewn season. Crashes, spins and the odd pit blunder are part of Formula 1, but rarely have we seen so many of them committed by the championship front runners. Was it just a gaffe-prone year for the leading lights? Or are more mistakes inevitable in post-traction control F1?

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Clay Regazzoni book review

The teams: Renault (F1 2008)

Renault started the year struggling to get into Q3 and score points. Eight months later it has scored back-to-back victories in Singapore and Japan and re-signed star driver Fernando Alonso ?ǣ which seemed a remote possibility earlier on. Can it continue the progress over the winter and return to championship-challenging form in 2009?

The themes of 2008: Rain

Rain was one of the trends that defined the 2008 championship. Talk of the weather was seldom far from people’s lips this year, especially in the second half of the season. Time and again we were reminded of how a few drops of rain can transform a Grand Prix from a tedious procession into an […]

“From the Fells to Ferrari”

Cliff Allison biography review

F1 links: November 12th

It’s Hamilton’s title: Formula One diary, October 28 to November 4 "I am subsequently crushed by a cosmopolitan mish-mash of TV crews as I make a desperate bid to record an early Hamilton sound bite. The bruises are scarcely worth it as I escape to discover my voice recorder missed most of what he said, […]