Karun Chandhok is popular with Bernie Ecclestone but is he ready for F1?

Bernie Ecclestone has told the Indian press that he wanted Karun Chandhok to take Giancarlo Fisichella’s place at Force India instead of Vitantonio Liuzzi. Chandhok is the most likely driver to succeed Narain Karthikeyan as India’s next F1 driver. But is he ready for a step up to the top level?

F1 links: The case against Renault

Details of the claims against Renault by Nelson Piquet Jnr have emerged today. The former F1 driver claims he was instructed by Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds before the race that he was to crash his car on purpose. They deny the claims, and there’s no word yet on any evidence that might prove or […]

Lola reveals 2010 F1 car model

2010 F1 cars

The first F1 team to reveal a design for the 2010 F1 season is Lola – even though it doesn’t have a place on the grid.

Mercedes to take 75% stake in Brawn – but what does that mean for McLaren?

Back in April, when Brawn were striding to victory wherever they showed up, I had a conversation with one of Mercedes’ product managers. Why, I asked, weren’t Mercedes rushing to get their logos on the BGP001s, as it looked like they were going to romp to the championship? He explained that because Brawn only had […]

F1 links: Ferrari-Santander deal imminent

Ferrari is expected to announce a new sponsorship deal with Spanish bank Santander tomorrow. Will this lead to them finally announcing Fernando Alonso is joining the team? Santander to announce Ferrari deal "Ferrari will announce its sponsorship deal with Spanish banking giants Santander at Monza on Thursday." Equipe de Barrichello terá patrocinador brasileiro no GP […]

McLaren MP4-12C road car revealed

F1 car history provided the inspiration for the naming of the McLaren MP4-12C, the new sports car revealed by the company today. The car shares the same naming convention used by the team’s F1 cars. It falls between McLaren’s 1997 MP4-12 (which won three Grands Prix) and the 1998 MP4-13 (which won both world championship […]

Italian GP weather update: rain again?

Earlier this week the signs pointed to a dry weekend at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. But now forecasts are starting to indicate a chance of wet weather this weekend. The Metrociel precipitation map shows rainfall arriving at the circuit on Saturday afternoon – potentially during qualifying – and remaining into Sunday. (See here […]

Monza’s new kerbs are not likely to stop corner-cutting controversies

The Monza circuit operators have installed new kerbs in four places on the track. Significantly, the kerbs feature high raised parts to discourage drivers from using anything more than the flattest part of the corners. Ferrari themselves have acknowledged their car is not so good over kerbs, which could lead to suspicion that the Italian […]

Your questions: anthems and Glock-gate

The inbox is groaning full so it’s time to tackle another round-up of your F1 questions. This time we’re talking national anthems, libel, 2010 F1 testing, what to take to a Grand Prix… …and Lewis Hamilton passing Timo Glock in last year’s Brazilian Grand Prx. Tinfoil hats at the ready!

Malaysia isn’t ready for an F1 team

Malaysia is considering putting money into an F1 team entry. You might expect Malaysian F1 fans to be keen on the idea, but it’s not the case as guest writer Jay Menon explains. The Malaysian government is supporting a bid for Proton-owned Lotus to return to the F1 grid in 2010. I can’t say I’m […]

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