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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 […]

Your F1 circuit remixes

Last week I invited readers to send in their plans to re-draw Formula 1 circuits. Thanks to everyone who e-mailled in with their circuit remixes – here’s a selection of the best…

Video: Valencia street track vs road course

Video of a virtual lap of the new Valencia street circuit has been released – the track looks fast, challenging and not at all like many of the recent additions to the F1 calendar. However some of the local residents aren’t happy and have protested against the expense (financial and environmental) of transforming part of […]

You’re nine years too late, Jacques

Ex-F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve has split from his manager Craig Pollock. In a statement the 1997 world champion said: He has stuck with me through good times and bad, and I have a lot to thank him for. I think that’s incredibly charitable. If Villeneuve hadn’t followed Pollock’s half-baked idea nine years ago, to set […]

Video: F1 testing in Valencia and Jerez (part 2)


Here are some more videos of last week’s F1 test at Valencia where Ferrari, McLaren, Toyota, BMW, Renault, Honda, Red Bull and Williams had their 2008 cars. There’s also video from the earlier Jerez test with some nice shots of F1 cars travelling sideways in the wet. More of that in 2008 please…