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French site claims Bourdais to sign this week

French website Toile F1 claims to have ‘exclusive’ information that Sebastien Bourdais will sign for Toro Rosso this week. If you can read French, check the original article out here. Thanks to Paul for the tip! Read more: 2009 F1 drivers and teams

Sebastian Vettel’s WSR debut (Video)

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Here’s some video I found of Sebastian Vettel, one year before he made his F1 race debut. Vettel, who was racing in the F3 Euroseries at the time, got a chance to enter the World Series by Renault race at Misano in Italy. As the video shows, it worked out rather well for him.

Formula 1’s lost nations: New Zealand

Last world champion: Denny Hulme, 1967 Last Grand Prix winner: Denny Hulme, McLaren, Buenos Aires, 1974 Last Grand Prix starter: Mike Thackwell, RAM, Montreal, 1984 Last Grand Prix: None held Only eight drivers from New Zealand have ever started Grands Prix. But they include a world champion, the founder of one of the great F1 […]

F1 links: Donington Park funding concern

British Grand Prix still awaiting green light Concern over Donington Park’s funding. Teddy Mayer 1935-2009 “Edward Everett “Teddy” Mayer died at his home in England on Friday, at the age of 73. He is survived by a son, Tim, and a daughter, Anne” anotherf1podcast A new F1 podcast. Button facing the end of his Formula […]

2008 Formula 1 race statistics – and those quiz answers in full…

Congratulations to Steffen, who was not only the first person to correctly identify all of the 2008 F1 season lap charts, but he also corrected one of them as well… All the finished lap charts in full are below – including Steffen’s correction of course!

Top 10 F1 Fanatic posts – January 2009

It’s been all about car launches this month with Ferrari, McLaren, Toyota, Renault BMW and Williams pulling the covers off their 2009 challengers. And so it’s been a gigantically busy month on F1 Fanatic with over 380% more visitors and traffic than this time last year. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to have a […]

F1 links: Brabhams and the BBC

Speaking of the BT49… “I consider the Brabham BT49 to be better than any Lotus ever produced. Nothing before or since has been so pure, elegant and satisfying to the eye as the BT49.” Clive reacting to a comment on F1 Fanatic. The Top Formula One Driver on Facebook “And how do Nascar drivers compare? […]

Formula 1’s lost nations: Austria

Last world champion: Niki Lauda, 1984 Last Grand Prix winner: Gerhard Berger, Hockenheimring, Benetton-Renault, 1997 Last Grand Prix starter: Alexander Wurz, Shanghai, Williams, 2007 Last Grand Prix: A1-Ring, 2003 Austria is the only European country on this list. It has had championship winners and dozens of Grands Prix, but no race and active driver today.

Toyota test the TF109 (Video)

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Toyota has issued some video of the first test of its 2009 F1 car, the TF109, at Algarve Motor Park. There is a high quality playback option on the video above. Annoyingly, they seem to have added audio over certain portions of the video…

The FIA ??analysis? of Ecclestone?s medals proposal is flawed and irrelevant

Bernie Ecclestone?s plan to replace the F1 points system with the awarding of ??medals? for winners has been widely received as a bad idea. Today the FIA waded into the argument by publishing some research. Their effort shows much the same lack of care and consideration that Ecclestone put his idea forward with. Titled ??The […]