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Will the 2009 F1 rules allow Honda to catch McLaren, Ferrari & the rest?

Next year will see the biggest change in the technical regulations for some time. It’s certainly the greatest since the grooved tyre/narrow track switch in 1998, and perhaps the largest overhaul of the rules since turbo engines were banned after 1988. In 2009 F1 wing sizes will be reduced, movable front wing flaps allowed, slick […]

European GP history 1984-2007 (video)

Here’s the second part of Journeyer’s video guide to the European Grand Prix. Read part one here. One reason that the European Grand Prix became a regular round of the championship can be summed up in two words: Michael Schumacher. His popularity was such that from 1995 Bernie Ecclestone decided to have 2 races in […]

A1 Grand Prix takes radical step to level playing field (A1GP)

A1 Grand Prix has taken further measures to help its less experienced and less capable teams narrow the gap to the front runners. In the 2008-2009 season it will make the telemetry available from the car that sets the fastest lap in practice and qualifying. But will it actually help the teams at the back […]

McLaren-Mercedes ‘have 25bhp more’

McLaren weren’t quite on Ferrari’s pace early in the season but now they’ve won three races in a row. Part of their improvement is probably down to the improvements we discussed after the German Grand Prix. But new rumours suggest McLaren’s Mercedes engine produces 25 horsepower more than any other F1 car. I was a […]

Ten jobs for Ecclestone – one year on

Last year I wrote an article suggesting ten things Bernie Ecclestone should do to improve F1. He probably doesn’t read this site (although Max Mosley does read F1 blogs) but I wondered how many of the problems he had tackled in that time. When I looked back at my original post I was surprised how […]

European GP history 1950-1997 (video)


F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer is back with a two-part series on the history of the European Grand Prix. The European Grand Prix is an oddity. It’s unique in that it doesn’t necessarily represent a single country, but a whole continent. Various versions of the name have been in use ever since the world championship […]

Renault join Ferrari’s call for softer tyres

At the beginning of the month Ferrari claimed Bridgestone’s choice of harder tyres was disadvantaging them. Now Bridgestone has revealed its tyre choices for the final four races of the season and again it is bringing a harder set of tyres to one round – Interlagos, for the Brazilian Grand Prix. And now Renault as […]

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.