New stuff: Top 100 and past polls

It’s been an extraordinarily start to the season on F1 Fanatic. Just a few months ago I marked the 10,000th comment on the site – yesterday we passed the 15,000 mark*.

There’s already a list of the top 10 posts with the most comments on the front of the site (look up to the top right under “All time”) but I wanted a longer list so I’ve created a new page where you can view the top 100 posts with the most comments.

One of yesterday’s posts is already on there: The three Kimi Raikkonens. And it was that article that saw comment number 15,000 from The Limit.

Thanks to The Limit and everyone else who has contributed here over the past three years. Continue reading

Not enough seats to go round

Super Aguri are gone and the F1 field has shrunk down to 20 cars, increasing the competition for any seats that might become available.

That’s bad news for some of the promising drivers squeezed out of the sport who might have hoped to get back in – to say nothing of Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson, left without drives following the loss of the team.

Which of F1′s recently departed drivers do you think deserves to get back in Formula 1? Here are my pick of the drivers who do, don’t and might deserve an F1 seat. Continue reading

Mosley rejected compromise deal in April

Details of an attempt by FIA members to reach a deal with scandal-hit president Max Mosley emerged tonight.

According to the FIA Deputy President for Automobile, Mobility and Tourism Franco Lucchesi he and “almost all” the members of the World Council for the Autmobile Mobility and Tourism agreed to the offer. Under the terms of the deal Mosley would receive a declaration of confidence in exchange for an agreement to resign in November, and for him to delegate “almost all public representation of the FIA to the two deputy presidents”.

Mosley apparently turned this offer down at the beginning of this month. He has maintained he intends to step down in 2009 and begun his court action against the News of the World. You can read Lucchesi’s letter in full below. Continue reading

Gerhard Berger for FIA president?

Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger, Bahrain, 2008, 470150

When Gerhard Berger (right, with Niki Lauda) spoke out in defence of embattled FIA president Max Mosley in the Monaco Grand Prix press conference many people assumed Berger, an ally of Mosley’s, had been put up to it by FIA communications director Richard Woods.

However new rumours have emerged linking Berger with Mosley’s job. So perhaps his press conference remarks were a statement of his intentions were he to become FIA president. Here’s what he said: Continue reading

F1 blogs & more: Behind the scenes at Monte-Carlo with Mark Webber

Mark Webber, Ciaron Pilbeam, Red Bull, Monaco, 2008, 470150

Here’s some of my latest picks from the world of F1 blogs and websites, including Mark Webber’s own photographs of his weekend in Monaco.

You can also now follow what I’m reading on social bookmarking site StumbleUpon and share other articles you think I might like using it. You can still email me as usual of course.

Here are today’s picks: Continue reading

The three Kimi Raikkonens

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Monaco, 2008, 470150

On his day, Kimi Raikkonen is untouchable. Blisteringly quick over a single lap, relentlessly consistent over a stint, irrepressibly smart when it comes to the cut and thrust of wheel-to-wheel racing.

And then he turns up at the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix and puts in the kind of performance that makes you wonder whether Nelson Piquet Jnr has taken over his car. Or he meekly follows team mate Felipe Massa around for an afternoon before zipping back to Switzerland.

Raikkonen had a tough start to last season but he turned it around and was the driver to beat over the final races. With the title under his belt I expected him to assert himself at Ferrari and lead Massa home more often than not. And yet we’re still not seeing that kind of consistency from him. Why is that? Continue reading

Shakespeare, Warhol and Max Mosley

Max Mosley, Monaco, 2007, 470150

F1 Fanatic reader Stephen Snook has contributed this highly thought-provoking essay on morality and the Max Mosley debate.

Without Dante there would be no Italian; without Luther there would be no German; without Shakespeare, there would be no English. If this is an over simplification, then it is certainly true to say that modern Italian, modern German and modern English would be very different were it not for these three writers. Whether we know it or not, our everyday language is still littered with their coinages.

When these languages were growing up, most people lived, worked and died within 25 miles of their birth. They knew very little about the world beyond; they knew more, through their priests, about the world to come than they did about the real world beyond their own village. It is through their priests that the people first learned to judge of right and wrong. Continue reading

How do the new Alonso-Ferrari rumours affect the 2009 F1 driver market?

Fernando Alonso, Renault, Monte-Carlo, 2008, 470150

Fernando Alonso?σΤιΌΤδσs prospects of joining Ferrari in the near future appeared to have been killed off earlier this year when Luca di Montezemolo said in public that he did not want Alonso to partner Kimi Raikkonen in the future.

But the rumours re-surfaced over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend with sources claiming Alonso had signed for Ferrari for 2010. Alonso has already hinted he might leave Renault for Ferrari.

Should we believe the rumours? Will Raikkonen quit in 2009? And how might this change the 2009 driver line-up? Continue reading

The foolishness of crowds

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Montreal, 2007, 470150

Mark Webber is frustrated that Formula 1′s flawed safety car rules still haven’t been fixed – and he blames the team bosses for it:

As far as I know, a solution is being worked on. But there needs to be unanimity and I have heard that some teams want to keep the current rules. I don?σΤιΌΤδσt know who it is, but I hope they will change their minds.

For all the flak the sports’ governing body gets about F1′s sometimes baffling regulations, the fact is the teams are responsible for some of F1′s dumbest rules, and the delays in getting them fixed. This is just one example. Continue reading

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