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F1 in the blogs 39: Defending McLaren

This week’s top post is an excellent article by a dedicated McLaren fan as the team goes through tough times. Also in the blogs a good feature on visiting the European Grand Prix and some more thoughts on the espionage scandal.

Bourdais replaces Liuzzi for 2008

Toro Rosso have confirmed that Vitantonio Liuzzi will follow Scott Speed out of the door at the end of 2008. As has been widely expected, Liuzzi will make way for Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais. Bourdais has won the Champ Car World Series for the last three years and currently leads the championship. Bourdais has already tested […]

This weekend’s F1 alternative: Champ Car Road America

If you’ve never seen racing at the fantastic Elkhart Lake (Road America) then make sure you tune in to the Champ Car World Series round this weekend. The ultra-fast circuit has been described as America’s answer to Spa-Francorchamps – and if Bernie Ecclestone weren’t so sniffy about paddock standards and the like it would be […]

F1 in the news 47: F1′s $2.9bn debt

F1 owners CVC already owe the banks $2.9bn (???1.43bn) – but they reckon they can make more money by taking even more debt on board… Plus is the FIA doing enough to promote road safety? How much are parents shelling out to turn their kids into the next Hamilton? And more on the McLaren fallout […]

ITV extends live BTCC coverage

Two of the three British Touring Car rounds at Brands Hatch next week will be shown live on ITV. In addition to the third race being shown live on ITV1, the second race will be live on ITV4, and preceded by a full replay of the first race. See below for race times:

Top Ten: Team mate rivalries

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The delicate relations between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso broke down spectacularly at the Hungaroring. But it’s two girls pulling each other’s hair in the playground compared to some of the inter-team mayhem F1 has seen in the past.

Debate: Is it all over for Button?

Nigel Mansell has criticised fellow Briton Jenson Button, saying he’s wasted his F1 opportunity: Jenson should have won more races, he has under-performed and that is down to him. He had the opportunity and he didn’t take it – there won’t be any more. Do you agree with the 1992 world champion? Or are Button’s […]

For sale: Ecclestone & Hill’s Mercedes

Fancy picking up some cars previously owned by F1 stars? Bernie Ecclestone is auctioning off a number of cars from his collection. The vehicles, including a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing and a Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, are expected to fetch a total of ???15m. Also flogging an old Mercedes is Damon Hill – whose SL […]

More essential & cheap summer reads for F1 fans

After last week’s five must-read F1 summer paperbacks went down so well I thought I’d pick out another five. Once again these are all titles I’ve read and can wholeheartedly recommend – and you can pick them up for pennies from our affiliate partner.

Maserati commemorates Fangio anniversary

Maserati is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Juan Manuel Fangio’s final F1 world championship with a special website dedicated to the great Argentine. Fangio drove 16 races for Maserati in 1957 and won 10 of them. That included his final F1 victory and arguably his greatest ever drive, when he recovered a deficit of over […]