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Lapped legends: Piercarlo Ghinzani

It is one thing to spend a season or two in a bad car or under-performing team. But it’s quite another to pass an entire decade in this fashion, scoring only two points in 111 Grands Prix. This is the story of Piercarlo Ghinzani.

Which ‘blatantly illegal car’ won a championship?

I’ve long enjoyed Nigel Roebuck’s writings on Formula 1 and I’ll miss my weekly dose of the ‘Fifth Column’ and ‘Ask Nigel’ when he departs Autosport for Motor Sport next year. His final ‘Ask Nigels’ have been especially entertaining but this startling claim really caught my eye: Anyone in the paddock, for example, will tell […]

Did you get an F1 gift for Christmas?

Were you opening presents for Christmas (or anything else) this morning? Did you get any F1 goodies? Perhaps you received one of the gifts suggested in the F1 Fanatic Gift Guide? Brag about your F1 gifts below – I’ll add mine later if it turns out I’ve been a good boy this year…

The four drivers fighting for a 2009 F1 drive

These are the four drivers who have landed the most desirable seats in GP2, the top feeder category for Formula 1: Romain Grosjean, Luca Filippi, Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna. For the past three years the GP2 champion has gone straight into F1: Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and, in 2008, Timo Glock. So who will […]

“Memories of The Bear” (Eoin Young, 2007)

Formula 1 World Champions are a fascinating breed. For every Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna or Juan Manuel Fangio – giga-stars whose names are writ large across the motor racing firmament – there are the slightly more obscure, less well known holders of the title World Drivers’ Champion. Denny Hulme, 1967 world champion is one of […]

F1 blogs review: Ayrton Senna karting video

In the F1 blogs this week some rare video footage of Ayrton Senna karting in 1982. Plus one writer’s thoughts on meeting Jenson Button, the perfect T-shirt for Lewis Hamilton and more worries over that divisive ten-year engine development freeze.

F1 news review: Threat to Valencia Grand Prix

In the F1 news this week an EC investigation could put next year’s European Grand Prix at the new Valencia street circuit in danger. Silverstone is getting a lick of paint and the row continues over the McLaren-Ferrari spy saga and the future of Ron Dennis despite the FIA officially finishing the matter. All this […]

Lapped Legends: Andrea Moda

I sometimes wonder what the FIA are setting out to achieve with their spoilsport rules. In particular, what is gained by raising the entry fee from $100,000 to $50,000,000? Sure a few bad apples slipped in through the net, but it?s now nigh on impossible for a privateer team to enter F1. Of the bad […]

Rumoured qualifying changes for 2008

I’ve seen a few details on F1 forums about changes to next year’s qualifying regulations that apparently were agreed by the teams last week. I encourage you to take the following with a pinch of salt, but the changes seem sufficiently odd and unnecessary to convince me this really is something the FIA has suggested. […]

Speeding Hamilton joins Fisichella, Button, Montoya…

Lewis Hamilton has had some unwanted negative publicity after being caught speeding in France. Although I can’t condone speeding, nor can I say ‘I’m holier than thou’ – I picked up a ticket of my own this year. Ironically enough I was returning from the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the time… Hamilton is not […]