These four teams ended 2008 propping up the constructors’ championship table. One of them had gone bust so long ago many had forgotten they were ever there. Where did it go wrong for Williams, Honda, Force India and Super Aguri in 2008? And will things be better for the three that remain in 2009?
Todt, Briatore, unlikely for FIA top job "Radovan Novak, a member of the Paris body, the chief of the Czech motoring federation, and believed to be a close ally of Mosley…believes Mosley will opt to remain in the job for 'another term'." Novak was the same man who suggested Ron Dennis was linked to the […]
Honda and Renault are leading the push for F1 engines to have equal power outputs in 2009. Renault?óÔé¼Ôäós Flavio Briatore is said to have demanded the equalisation because Renault, unlike many other teams, did not get around the ?óÔé¼?£engine freeze?óÔé¼Ôäó rules to enhance its power output in 2008. Should the FIA equalise engine power in […]
Force India?óÔé¼Ôäós technical tie-up with McLaren-Mercedes, which was rumoured for several weeks, was announced today. Having used Ferrari engines in 2006 (as Spyker) and 2007, Force India is embarking on an ambitious project which will see them use the same gearbox, KERS, Mercedes engine and other parts as McLaren. How will this massive acquisition of […]
How will you remember the 2008 F1 season? A close battle for the title that built to a glorious crescendo? Or a comedy of errors between two racers seemingly desperate to throw the championship away? Here are six memories of the 2008 championship that stand out in my mind – share yours below.
Too much money is wasted in F1 – Klien Christian Klien: "Perhaps too much money is wasted. Take for example Jenson Button: he uses 18 helmets per season and every one costs 6,000 euros before the paint." Piquet says he was ‘green’ on F1 debut Nelson Piquet Jnr said: "It wasn't the season I dreamed […]
We shared every twist and turn in the 18 Grands Prix of 2008 here on the F1 Fanatic Live Blogs. Here’s a reminder of how each race unfolded and what we said about the most exciting moments of the year as they unfolfed before our eyes:
Felipe Massa may not have won the world championship but he won praise for his dignity in defeat. He rallied from a poor start to the season to make a convincing championship challenge and forced his critics to revise their opinions of him. This is his year in pictures.