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F1′s new reason for cost cutting

Why cut costs in Formula 1? Is it to give the smaller teams a chance? To make sure it isn?t the team with the biggest wallet that always wins? Or is it to stop the car manufacturers from leaving the sport? F1 is faced with complaints that it is a frivolous, environmentally-unfriendly waste, as the […]

Formula 3000: a brief history (part 3)

The final instalment in our columnist Ben Evans’ look at the history of Formula 3000. In the 1990s the series briefly tasted success before grid numbers tailed off again. Although it could still occasionally provide great comedy moments and good racing, it was pensioned off at the end of 2004 to make way for GP2.

Video: BMW testing at Valencia

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Here are two new videos of BMW testing their new F1.08 at Valencia. Robert Kubica is driving the car and you can clearly see him struggling to put the power down at the start of the second clip, as he wrestles with a car that has no traction control on a dusty track. You can […]

Formula 3000: a brief history (part 2)

Ben Evans continues his look back at the turbulent history of F1′s former feeder category, Formula 3000. Strange tracks and bad accidents dogged the sport in the late ’80s / early ’90s, but these were the years when Johnny Hebert and Jean Alesi made their way into F1 via F3000.

Williams reveal their 2008 F1 car: the FW30

Williams elected to launch its 2008 F1 car with zero fanfare. The new FW30 was rolled out at a foggy Valencia on Monday morning.

Formula 3000: A brief history (part 1)

Juan Pablo Montoya, Nick Heidfeld, Vitantonio Liuzzi – just three recent F1 drivers to have reached the sport through Formula 3000. The series lasted two decades from 1985 to 2004. In the first of a three part series F1Fanatic columnist Ben Evans looks at the rise and fall of F3000.

Remix an F1 track

How hard can it be to design a decent race track? Herman Tilke?s circuit designs tend to draw sighs of disappointment from F1 fans. So what would you change about the tracks on today?s calendar? In the past two and a bit weeks I?ve covered the history of every track used for world championship F1 […]

New F1 video service at F1 Fanatic

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I’ve been looking for a way to bring better quality F1 video onto F1 Fanatic for some time. Video services like Youtube are great, but due to the short-sightedness of F1′s broadcasting rights owners most F1 videos get taken down from there very quickly. Today I’ve created a new section of the website dedicated to […]

2008 testing round-up 3

How much can you tell from F1 testing times in January? Not very much, especially when rain interrupts the running as happened at Jerez this week. It?s too early to say for certain who?s fastest and which driver is doing better than his team mate. But trends are emerging already: Ferrari and McLaren not only […]

F1 circuits history part 16: 2008 and beyond

The final part of the guide to F1 circuits looks at the new street circuits in Valencia and Singapore set to join the calendar this year. And there are three more new venues set to host F1 races in the next two years – Abu Dhabi, India and South Korea. The Formula 1 calendar could […]