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Todt: ‘FIA would have punished Ferrari’

Jean Todt has sensationally claimed that had it been Ferrari in the dock over spying charges yesterday, they would have been found guilty: I wonder if they had found in the house of a Ferrari chief designer 780 secret papers, 780 classified documents of another team. There would have been cries of a scandal, an […]

McLaren spy verdict: Why the FIA were right

McLaren’s escape from yesterday’s World Motor Sports Council hearing without a punishment has been met with criticism. Jean Todt called the verdict “incomprehensible and grave” and threatened an appeal. Renault team boss Flavio Briatore admitted he didn’t understand the decision: “If someone had some advantage from the possession of the material, it would have been […]

Provisional 18-race F1 calendar for 2008

The provisional 2008 F1 calendar has been released with a couple of interesting changes. As has recently been speculated the French Grand Prix has not been dropped, but earlier reports that the season would open in Bahrain proved wide of the mark. As predicted here the new street races at Singapore and Valencia will be […]

This weekend’s F1 alternative: DTM Zandvoort

Want to catch up with the latest exploits of F1 debut race leader Markus Winkelhock? Then don’t miss the seventh round of the German Touring Car Championship this weekend at the classic former F1 venue of Zandvoort – one of the top tracks on the touring car calendar. Other racing action for those of you […]

Your questions: Schumacher’s British wins

Lesley wrote this week with the following query: How many times did Michael Schumacher win the British Grand Prix? Well I can tell you for sure he won in 1998 – because I was there! And it was seriously wet…

Qualifying disaster for Asmer at Spa

Marko Asmer will start the first of two British F3 races at Spa from 29th on the 30 car grid. The Estonian, who is leading the championship, crashed in morning practice and was only able to do one lap in his hastily-repaired car. His championship rivals Stephen Jelley, Maro Engel and Sam Bird occupy the […]

F1 in the news 45: Hamilton Scalextric

Lewis Hamilton is to feature on a new Hornby Scalextric. But will the sets come with real life cranes for pulling Hamilton (and only Hamilton) out of the barriers?

McLaren not punished in spy case (updated)

The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council have decided not to punish McLaren following a hearing into the Ferrari spying row. However it has found the team guilty of possessing Ferrari’s documents and described at the penalties may be levied in the future if it emerges that McLaren had used the information: If it is found […]

Top ten… Minardi heroes

Watching Markus Winkelhock lead his first ever Grand Prix having qualified his un-competitive Spyker at the back of the grid had me reminiscing about backmarker heroes Minardi. The Italian team became cult heroes during their two decades in Formula 1. They were often the first to get lapped, but they also made some giant-killing performances […]

Debate: Was Hamilton’s restart legal?

Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Adrian Sutil and Scott Speed all found themselves in the gravel on the outside of turn on after a downpour at the start of last weekend’s race. Button, Rosberg, Liuzzi, Sutil and Speed all retired. Hamilton waited in the car with his engine turned on, got dragged […]