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F1 circuits history part 10: 1985-9

In the late 1980s it often seemed like good tracks were dropped for safety reasons, and less good tracks found their way onto the calendar because money talked. How else could you explain a circuit like the awful Phoenix street track holding three Grands Prix? Or why the slow and dull Hungaroring remains on the […]

F1 circuits history part 9: 1979-84

The major changes were happening to the F1 calendars in the early 1980s. Several attempts were made to find new homes for the United States Grand Prix after Watkins Glen and Long Beach were dropped. In addition to the several American circuits below F1 also looked at holding a race in New York, which came […]

F1 blogs review: Launch season

In the F1 blogs this week plenty of reaction to the Ferrari and McLaren launches. Meanwhile the row over traction control goes on. Will it make the racing better? Will it make F1 more dangerous? Everyone is having their say.

F1 circuits history part 8: 1975-8

Tracks being altered to include slower corners became commonplace in the second half of the 1970s. Silverstone’s flat-out blast was rudely interrupted by a crude chicane at Woodcote. The other super-quick circuit – the Osterreichring – was also slowed, although both tracks retained much of their essential character. And two tracks we are familiar with […]

Autosport International 2008 pictures

Pictures

I just got back from Autosport International 2008 which was jam-packed with racing cars including a full roster of F1 cars in 2007 liveries, classic Formula 1 machines and more. There’s Ayrton Senna’s 1985 Lotus Renault, a pair of Arrows from the 1990s and Giancarlo Fisichella’s 1997 Jordan. Have a look at my full gallery […]

F1 news review: Lewis Hamilton’s ??70m deal

In the F1 news this week speculation over the value of Lewis Hamilton’s new McLaren contract, while Ferrari suggest the Briton will struggle without traction control this year. There’s also intrigue over the futures of two of the sport’s top team bosses – Jean Todt at Ferrari and Ron Dennis at McLaren. Read on for […]

F1 circuits history part 7: 1971-4

In the 1970s F1 continued to visit some of the sport’s great circuits, particularly in South America which boasted the original Interlagos circuit and the extended and very quick Buenos Aires track. But in Europe the trend was away from road courses and towards ‘safer’ autodromes, although many of these new venues (Paul Ricard, Zolder) […]

Toyota reveal their 2008 F1 car: the TF108

Toyota have received a lot of flak in recent years for the poor performance of their cars. Team boss Tadashi Yamashina recently admitted he has two years to get the F1 project back on track. See below for the first images of the car they hope will Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock closer to the […]

2008 driver line-up almost set as Fisichella joins Force India

Another piece in the 2008 driver line-up jigsaw puzzle has fallen into place. Giancarlo Fisichella, F1’s ‘nearly man’ for so many years, has returned to the back of the grid by signing for Force India. Fisichella was dropped by Renault after his third season with the team in which he had once again failed to […]

F1 circuits history part 6: 1967-70

Today’s look at the history of F1 circuits features some of the most popular tracks of the 1970s that were phased out of F1 in the 1980s as the sport looked to improve safety – and make more money. They include Kyalami in South Africa (where political pressures were also at work) and the Osterreichring […]