Lucas di Grassi: Is he F1 material?

I keep a close eye on the GP2 championship as it is clearly the best series for spotting future F1 drivers. Plus, it’s very entertaining racing. Last season?s champion Timo Glock has already made an impact on F1 but the man he beat to the title, Lucas di Grassi, didn?t make much of an impression […]

Get a picture next to your name

You may have noticed a tweak to the comments at F1 Fanatic. Some users now have small pictures, usually called avatars, next to their names. These are Gravatars (??globally recognised avatars?) and you can get one yourself which will appear on this site and any other site that uses the same system. They also work […]

Mika Hakkinen: How good was he?

Mika Hakkinen was the last driver to deliver a world championship for McLaren, winning the 1998 and 1999 titles back-to-back along with 20 Grands Prix. How do we now view his accomplishments, seven years after his retirement? Was he the radically quick racer who even Michael Schumacher had to give best to? Or a competent […]

100 F1 race winners: statistics

To finish our look at the 100 different driver to have won a Grand Prix here’s a statistical breakdown of the different winners so far. Which country has won the most Grands Prix? What’s been the longest stretch without the same driver winning twice? Who won his home race the most? Find out below.

Drivers and teams explain how they prepare for the Valencia street track

The European Grand Prix next weekend will be held at a new circuit for the teams: the Circuito Urbano Valencia in Spain. The venue is so new it only held its first race a few weeks ago, so how are the teams preparing for this leap into the unknown? Here’s what Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, […]

What cricket fans have to say about F1 as the BBC turns its back on them


Most British F1 fans I know are delighted the sport will return to the BBC next year. But many cricket fans have reacted with anger to the news last week that their sport of choice will no longer be on the same channel – and lashed out at the corporation taking the F1 rights instead. […]

GP3 to support F1 in 2009?

An article on an Italian website appears to suggest that the International Formula Master series could be re-named GP3 in 2009 and support Formula 1 at five rounds. The site allows you to roughly translate the article from Italian into English (see the button at the top of the page) because if anyone out there […]

100 F1 race winners part 10: 2001-2008

The final part of F1 Fanatic’s guide to the first 100 Grand Prix winners.

How the end of Nigel Mansell’s F1 career led to the start of Lewis Hamilton’s

Nigel Mansell fans would probably like to forget the embarrassing end to his career in 1995 with McLaren. After sponsors Marlboro encouraged Ron Dennis to sign the star, Mansell missed the first two races because he couldn’t fit in the car. Once that was sorted he only appeared for the team twice before refusing to […]

Should Ferrari, McLaren or BMW throw their efforts behind one driver?

Mathematically the drivers’ championship could still be won by anyone. Realistically, it’s likely to go to a Ferrari or McLaren driver, or just maybe one of the BMW duo. At present all three teams are operating equal status policies for their drivers. But as we saw at the end of last season the earlier a […]