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2008 F1 testing round-up 5

Ferrari and Toyota stayed away from this week’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya, and with Super Aguri still absent that left eight teams testing at the track near Barcelona. The test was marred by ugly scenes as some of the spectators that showed up hurled racist taunts and abuse at Lewis Hamilton. And for […]

F1 must take a stand against racism


Yesterday I wrote that “I haven’t seen any evidence of a racial motivation” in the attacks Lewis Hamilton has been subjected to in Spain this week. Today damning evidence of that fact has come in from a number of sources, the worst being of four spectators at the track with blacked-up faces and gorilla masks […]

Williams denies leaked photos show 2008 livery


Photos of the new Williams have been leaked on the internet for a second year in a row. Three pictures showing the 2008 Williams livery appeared on the website of new clothing partner MacGregor. Williams denied that the pictures shows the car in its definitive form, claiming they were evaluating potential liveries for the car […]

The future of the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne

Bernie Ecclestone has been quoted in an Australian newspaper casting doubt on the future of the race: Maybe we don’t want to be in Australia. Our costs are very high in Australia and we get a lot less money. It’s bloody bad for us. We’ve got quite a few places on the list that would […]

In it for the hate

Track officials at the Circuit de Catalunya closed one of the spectators enclosures during today’s F1 testing at the circuit after prolonged abuse aimed at the McLaren team from a group of spectators. Anti-Hamilton and McLaren banners have been commonplace during testing this winter, most of which is conducted at Spanish venues such as Jerez, […]

F1 blogs review: Kazuki Nakajima’s crash

With the season drawing ever closer there’s more activity on the F1 blogs – here’s 18 articles worth reading I came across this week. Read on for thoughts on the Renault launch, Kazuki Nakajima’s crash, Gilles Villeneuve and – as always – Lewis Hamilton.

MES denies teams could cheat on traction control

McLaren Electronic Systems has denied that F1 teams could find a way around the new-for-2008 standard engine control unit. It follows a complaint from Jarno Trulli that some teams might have found away around the system to restore the banned traction control. MES CEO Peter van Manen said: Once you have decided to have a […]

F1 news review: Max and “dear old Ron”

Ferrari haven’t said anything about it for a few weeks but Max Mosley still can’t stop talking about last year’s spying scandal – he’s taken another pop at Ron Dennis. Plus more doubts over the future of Super Aguri – and the security of Anthony Davidson’s drive in F1. And a new recognition for three-times […]

Video: Renault reveals its 2008 F1 car – the R28

Renault has a lot to make up for with its 2008 car. The R28 has to return the team to its race and championship-winning form of 2005-6. It will be a few weeks before we know whether the new car can do that. But the R28 has not fixed the other major fault of its […]

Pedro de la Rosa criticises McLaren driver equality

Some people (myself not included) are sceptical about whether Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are going to get equal treatment at McLaren this year. So it was interesting to see Pedro de la Rosa not only confirm that they will get the same treatment but say he disagrees with the approach, in an interview for […]