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USA Day: Not the US Grand Prix

Today, one week after the Canadian Grand Prix, should be the United States Grand Prix. But the race fell off the calendar this year after Bernie Ecclestone and Indianapolis circuit owner Tony George failed to agree terms. American fans make up the second-largest group of F1 Fanatic readers by nation (16% in May) and many […]

KERS not powerful enough for F1?

Honda’s Ross Brawn has suggested F1 teams may not use the much-vaunted Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems next year as they are not sure they will improve the performance of their cars: I think each team will be covering both options because no one knows how good KERS will be. Therefore I’m certain that each team […]

Report: Australian Grand Prix saved

An Australian newspaper is reporting that the Australian Grand Prix will remain on the F1 calendar until 2015. According to the Herald Sun the race will stay at Albert Park where it has been since 1996. Bernie Ecclestone had been pressuring the organisers to turn the event into a night race for the benefit of […]

How quick would F1 lap at Le Mans?

The Le Mans 24 Hours is underway at the 13.6km (8.4m) Circuit de la Sarthe. It’s an unusual track, dominated by the huge Mulsanne straight, and then looping back to the start/finish straight via a succession of straights and high-speed corners. In terms of size it has no equal in Formula 1 – the next […]

2008 Canadian Grand Prix Notes

Here are my notes on the Canadian Grand Prix including final thoughts on that pit lane crash, the BMW drivers shuffling position, and another unhapy race for Fernando Alonso. Add your observations below…

The Times? free digital archive captures 45 years of Formula 1 history

The Times newspaper has made two centuries of its archives freely available on the internet. A vast amount of F1 history is contained in this excellent resource. Here are seven examples I found with a quick search but make sure you have a look at the archive too.

2009 F1 driver rumours

An interesting new rumour about the 2009 F1 driver line-up puts Fernando Alonso at Honda alongside Jenson Button next year. Do you believe it? And what should we make of these other rumours about who goes where in 2009?

Engine rules and the F1 monopoly

Over at F1 Insight Clive is concerned about possible future F1 engine regulations: The FIA seem to want every engine involved to produce the same amount of power. Where is the logic in that unless what they really want is a spec formula? There are rumours the FIA wants to extend its control over F1 […]

Canadian Grand Prix circuit may change for 2009 but will it be necessary?

Before the Canadian Grand Prix when I asked if F1 had become too fast for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Cooperman nailed the problem on the head: A bigger issue at Canada has to be why the tarmac reacts in such a way that only the racing line is anywhere near grippy. Why, when a driver […]

Is Bernie Ecclestone’s power waning?

The outward impression is that Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley are at war with one another. Writing in Autocar this week Alan Henry said that relations between the two have deteriorated to the point that Mosley has stopped taking Ecclestone’s calls. Ecclestone made a big play in the run-up to the FIA General Assembly last […]