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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 […]

Your questions: F1 car numbers

Tom Bellingham wrote in with this question: I was wondering why certain number were on cars back in the ’80s and ’90s. Ferrari famously had the number 27 with Giles Villeneuve, was this number carried on with Ferraris as a tribute to him? Were teams allowed to choose numbers back then and how was it […]

LGT engineering enters Lexus into WTCC

This is the Lexus IS220d that LGT Engineering are planning to enter in the World Touring Car Championship. The Liverpool squad will enter the car in the late rounds of 2007, once the car has been homologated, prior to a full assault on the championship in 2008. It will contest the Independents championship. WTCC Lexus […]

Autosport to launch video service

F1 news site Autosport will launch a new video service called Autosport TV on August 20th. A demo version of the service that went live for subscribers today features clips from recent touring car races and world rally championship rounds, as well as an interview with Spyker F1 driver Adrian Sutil. It’s not yet known […]

Unhappy Alonso could blow open 2008 driver market

McLaren has reportedly told Alonso he is free to leave the team at the end of the year if he wishes. Speculation has linked him with a return to Renault for 2008, and it remains to be seen who will drive for new 2008 entrants Prodrive.

The Old Rumour Mill – August

Old stories from the depths of the F1 archives including how a pair of businessmen tried to bring Vanwall back to F1 in 1999. Plus the thwarted dream of a Grand Prix in London – and Alain Prost’s year off that never was.

British tabloids blame Alonso

There have been many comments on my blog over the past few days claiming that the British media blamed Fernando Alonso for the qualifying controversy at McLaren without mentioning Lewis Hamilton’s role. I took a look at all the reports in today’s papers and I was glad to see that all of the ‘quality’ newspapers […]

IRL Michigan: Kanaan survives race of carnage

The final open wheeled race at Michigan will be remembered for a spate of crashes, above all a violent incident on lap 145. Championship leader Dario Franchitti and fellow Briton Dan Wheldon made contact at 220mph on the back straight, causing Franchitti’s car to fly into the air. It landed on title rival Scott Dixon’s […]

Any sympathy for McLaren?

Ron Dennis and McLaren-Mercedes made an almighty mess of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. But even though I think the punishment meted out to Alonso was just, I have some sympathy for them team over what happened. It would be better for the sport if McLaren’s championship points were reinstated at the appeal hearing.