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I’ve just finished reading Alan Henry’s new book “The Top 100 F1 Drivers of All Time” – I’ll be posting the review as usual on Sunday. But I got a pleasant surprise when I flipped through the back pages and found the publishers had printed a portion of my review of Mark Hughes’ “Lewis Hamilton: […]

Spygate and racism: F1 back in the news (updated)

Every major British newspaper has at least one Formula 1 story in it today – and they aren’t good news for the sport. McLaren boss Ron Dennis’s home has been raided as the spygate investigations intensify. Two days ago a report in Spanish newspaper Marca alleged Mercedes were on the verge of taking over McLaren […]

What F1 can learn from other racing series

The other week I wrote about lessons that F1 could learn (and forget) about NASCAR and got a big response. It got me wondering what other ideas should F1 steal from other sports? Here are a few of my suggestions. What other motor sports do you watch – and what would you like to see […]

Video: 3D lap of the Singapore Grand Prix track

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Big thanks to Toncho who spotted this 3D video lap of the Singapore Grand Prix track made using Google Earth. I do hope the track doesn’t really go through that grandstand. You can also compare it to the video of the Valencia Street Circuit that was seen earlier. More on the Singapore Grand Prix Night […]

Video: F1 testing at Barcelona (part 6)

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I always find the closer a new season gets, the more sharply I feel the pangs of withdrawal. Happily these days we have Youtube, and the wonderful people who go along to the F1 tests and film them, which keeps me going… Here’s some footage of Michael Schumacher testing on Monday alongside Kimi Raikkonen at […]

2008: The calendar

Last year Ferrari and McLaren took every race victory on offer and, more often then not, filled the top three. On only five of 51 occasions did we see a driver in something other than McLaren or Ferrari overalls on the podium. But we also saw the two teams dominate at different types of track: […]

The FIA must solve the customer car problem

Once again the Super Aguri transporters have departed a testing session with the teams’ F1 cars not even having turned a wheel. The teams presence in the 2008 championship looks less likely with every passing day. They could be the second team to announce their non-participation in F1 this year, following Prodrive who were originally […]

2008: The rookies

I can’t remember the last season to see such a diverse crop of rookies. There’s a four-times Champ Car champion, a guy who actually made his F1 debut four years ago then disappeared off into the wilderness, one who looks fast but wild and is perhaps reaching F1 12 months too soon, and one who’s […]

Poll: should F1 have push-to-pass?

Next year F1 cars will have to use KERS which will allow them to re-use energy generated under braking. The FIA intends for drivers to be able to used the stored energy to get an 80bhp power boost on-demand. Other series like A1 Grand Prix use similar systems called ‘push to pass’ where drivers can […]

Poll results: NASCAR vs F1

Last week I asked how many of you watch NASCAR as well as Formula 1. I also watched the Daytona 500 and suggested some things F1 can learn from NASCAR. Here are the results of the poll: