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WTCC slashes BMW’s advantage over rivals

The bureau in charge of the World Touring Car Championship have acted to rein in the BMWs than ran away with the first two rounds of the championship. Augusto Farfus, Jorg Muller and reigning champion Andy Priaulx dominated the races in Curitiba, Brazil with their Seat, Alfa Romeo and Chevrolet rivals lagging far behind. BMW’s […]

F1 in the news 31

In the F1 news this week, Ayrton Senna comes top in a poll of top Honda racing drivers – by a long way – an interview with Nigel Mansell and today’s drivers react to the long-overdue banning of traction control. All this – and more…

Di Resta to DTM

Reigning F3 Euroseries champion Paul di Resta will race in the DTM in 2007 – shame he’ll be doing it in a Mercedes-Benz C-Class from 2005. One can’t imagine he’s too happy to see his career take such a sharp swing away from single seaters. Lewis Hamilton preceded him as champion and walked into the […]

Return of the Hamilton Hype-ometer

“Lewis: I’m in front of Alonso” screamed The Sun today. It doesn’t sound like the sort of thing Hamilton would say about his team mate. And, sure enough, it’s not.

1999 Malaysian Grand Prix flashback

The Formula One circus arrived at an Asian Grand Prix venue outside of Japan for the first time in its history in 1999. It delivered a surprising race – if not exactly a vintage one. For a few days it even seemed to have settled the drivers’ championship in favour of Mika Hakkinen – before […]

Coulthard mulls cockpit covers

Following the F1Fanatic debate after the Australian Grand Prix it was interesting to hear David Coulthard’s remarks in today’s Malaysian grand Prix press conference. The ex-GPDA representative and staunch safety advocate publicly raised the possibility of cockpit covers on F1 cars, and other solutions to the problems of debris intruding into the cockpit:

Banned! X-wings

Over a pint a former Tyrrell mechanic once told me where the idea came for the hideous ‘X-wings’ that the team brought to the sport came from. This was in 1997, at which point the team was in its death throes – the last year in which boss Ken Tyrrell was still at the helm. […]

Debate: Traction control gone – what’s next?

The banning of traction control for 2008 is, for many, the remedying of one of Formula 1′s greatest ills. But what is the next big problem the sport needs to fix? However big a difference it may make to the racing is debatable. Already F1 designers are queueing up to downplay the importance of the […]

The Ben Evans column – Which path to F1?

At this time of year I’m usually foaming at the mouth in anticipation of the new Formula Three season. But this year I can’t summon up the enthusiasm for a trip to Oulton Park to see the British series get underway – much less the Eurories later in the year. Both series seem low on […]

Tout threat for Grands Prix?

Could ticket touting be a problem for the British Grand Prix and other F1 races this year? Ticket touting has attracted increasing public debate of late, in Britain at least. It kicked off around the time of the Live 8 concerts when public pressure forced auction site eBay to pull auctions for tickets. Since then […]