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Time for grooves to go

Here’s proof that the FIA isn’t capable of joined-up thinking. 1998: Slick tyres are banned and grooved tyres introduced to control cornering speeds and make racing safer. 2006: A single tyre supplier is announced for 2008, to control cornering speeds and make racing safer. Does F1 really need both rules? No.

Japanese GP 2007 preview & TV times

With the constructors’ championship finished and forgotten about it’s all about the drivers’ title over the last four rounds. Fernando Alonso has turned the screw on Lewis Hamilton in the last few rounds – does Hamilton have anything left to come back at him with? Can Kimi Raikkonen snatch the championship from the McLaren drivers […]

Mosley wants standardised F1 cars

Max Mosley’s words highlighted in bold in the FIA president’s latest letter to the teams spells out his position on green technologies, entertainment and costs as plainly as possible: All items on the cars which are not known, visible and understood by the public should be standardised and manufactured at minimal cost. The technical contest […]

Debate: Fuji vs Suzuka

The Japanese Grand Prix switches venues this year from Suzuka to Fuji. But Suzuka will be back on the calendar in 2009. But while the former is all high-speed turns and fast flicks, the Fuji Speedway is dominated by an enormous straight and then a lot of slow corners. It might not be as demanding […]

F1Fanatic on Sidepodcast

I was very happy to be the subject of Sidepodcast’s first ever interview over the weekend – head over to their site to hear the show in full. Make sure you sign up to their regular podcast which is definitely worth a listen – I always have them on while I’m getting the dishes done… […]

WTCC Brands 2: Priaulx wins and leads series

Andy Priaulx scored maximum points in the second WTCC race at Brands Hatch to take a vital 12-point lead in the drivers championship with four races remaining. He had started from third on the grid, blasted past Pierre-Yves Courthals’ Seat heading into Paddock Hill bend before pole sitter Felix Porteiro let him pass at Hawthorns. […]

WTCC Brands 1: Easy win for Menu

Chevrolet’s Alain Menu cruised to a straightforward win from pole position at Brands Hatch. Behind him were James Thompson and BTCC racer Colin Turkington, also in the same positions they started. Jordi Gene sacrificed third place to Turkington so that he could let Yvan Muller in the other diesel Seat finish fourth. Gene ended the […]

DTM trumps F1 for scandal

F1 may have suffered one of its worst controversies for years, but it’s not the only motor sport suffering a scandal. Today’s DTM race at Barcelona was hit by a mass withdrawal of the Audi team after its bosses claimed Mercedes drivers had caused a string of unfair accidents. Read the DTM Barcelona race report […]

Audi drags DTM into fresh controversy

Several drivers made woeful mistakes on the track at today’s DTM race in Barcelona – but by far the biggest blunder of all was committed on the pit wall. Audi’s withdrawal from today’s DTM race at Barcelona was, in my opinion, a ridiculous over-exaggeration and a dismal display of poor sportsmanship. Their withdrawal hinted at […]

DTM Barcelona: Scandal as Audi withdraw

A mass withdrawal from the DTM race at Barcelona by Audi overshadowed Jamie Green’s maiden victory at the Catalunya circuit. Audi management took the unprecedented step of withdrawing all of their cars after its principal title charges Martin Tomcyk and Mattias Ekstrom were involved in controversial crashes. Audi Sport issued a statement claiming, “the Mercedes […]