The height of the summer sporting season is passing and once again two sports are left to rue another year spoiled by drugs scandals. In cycling, Floyd Landis faces being stripped of his Tour de France victory after testing positive for excessive and unnatural levels of testosterone. In athletics, world and Olympic 100 metres champion … Continue reading F1 winners don’t use drugs
When you think of great first laps in Formula One you inevitably bring Ayrton Senna’s at the 1993 European Grand Prix to mind. But last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix saw a pair of scintillating starts – and I reckon one of them was better than Senna’s. Let’s take a look at all three in detail.
The BBC’s web chief Ashley Highfield spoke in an interview with The Independent today about how he wants to open the BBC’s archives via the Internet. Of greatest interest to Formula One fans would be the archives of Grand Prix, the BBC’s Formula One coverage programme which ran from 1978 to 1996. The two most … Continue reading Could BBC open ‘Grand Prix’ archive?
Four years ago when rain fell on a race that meant a Bridgestone benefit. But at last weekend’s wet Hungarian Grand Prix the Ferraris, Toyotas and Williams all struggled for pace relative to the Michelin runners – even ‘regenmeister’ Michael Schumacher. That was the third rain-disrupted race in a row than Michelin have won. So … Continue reading Wet tyres: Have Michelin turned the tables?
Promoters of the third Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai have come up wih the unusual step of offering separate seating for fans of title duellists Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso. Schumacher fans get stand H and Alonso fans stand K which are opposite each other on the entrance and exit (respectively) of the hairpin corner … Continue reading Shanghai offer special Schumacher and Alonso seats
I was very lucky to get my hands on this the other day. This is a full sized F1 model car styled on a Ferrari F2005. Built by Yuval Attias, it features removal wheels for timed pit stop trials and a PlayStation 2 mounted in the right hand side pod. It comes with a monitor, … Continue reading The best F1 toy car ever?
Jenson Button has finally broken his Formula One duck – and to celebrate, we’ve dug out some old video of Button in his karting years. And of course, dad John is on hand for some choices quotes: What he wants to do in the future? Well, I don’t know, they all say they want to … Continue reading Video: Baby Button!
Former Formula One driver Cristiano Da Matta recently suffered a terrible crash in testing for the Champ Car World Series round at Elkhart Lake. At over 140 kph he struck a deer that had somehow gotten onto the track. Da Matta (pictured in 2003 with former team mate Olivier Panis and the managing director of … Continue reading Will Villeneuve replace injured Da Matta?
Formula One explodes across the nation’s newspapers and all the stories are about one man – Jenson Button. The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Metro even put him on the cover! More on the biggest F1 story for the nationals this year in our media review. Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / … Continue reading Hungarian Grand Prix 2006 Media Review
So Mark Webber will ‘return’ to Red Bull Racing – the team which, as Jaguar, he departed in 2004. And with Jacques Villeneuve officially out of BMW now is the time to take a second look at how the teams will line up in 2007.
The eyes have it. Jenson Button emerged from a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix to score his first ever win in Formula One in 115 attempts. It was a dramatic, ever-changing race which saw neither Fernando Alonso nor Michael Schumacher advance their championship challenges.
This week’s Trackside followed up Paul Tracy and Alex Tagliani’s fist fight in San Jose Champ Cars with a look at some of the most memorable pit lane punch ups. Featuring Nelson Piquet vs. Eliseo Salazar, Nigel Mansell vs. Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher vs. David Coulthard. Plus win Lotus books and tickets to next … Continue reading Trackside: win GP Masters tickets and more
The stakes have been raised in the dispute between the FIA and car manufacturers over the FIA’s controversial plans to freeze engine development. According to an article in today’s Sunday Times the GPMA-aligned manufacturers are threatening to leave the sport if the terms of Max Mosley’s engine plans are not changed. One executive summer up … Continue reading F1 car makers threaten walk-out
As if the tension and expectation ahead of today’s Hungarian Grand Prix wasn’t great enough, the GP2 race this morning was run in heavily wet conditions, raising the prospects of a wet Hungarian Grand Prix. In 20 years of Hungarian Grands Prix there has never been a wet race. Championship contenders Michael Schumacher and Fernando … Continue reading Heavy rain in Budapest
Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher both punished before the Grand Prix gets started? You better believe it happened, and here’s how. Fernando Alonso brake-tests Robert Doornbos (video, external) Alonso was held up by Doornbos in the second practice session on Friday. He reated by waving his fist at the Red Bull-Ferrari test driver, and brake … Continue reading Hungary for controversy?
Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso’s indiscretions in practice at the Hungaroring have left them 11th and 15th respectively on the grid. The last time we saw such a grid was at Suzuka last year when Schumacher started 14th, Alonso 16th and Kimi Raikkonen 17th. Raikkonen won from Giancarlo Fisischella, followed by Alonso with Schumacher seventh. … Continue reading Can Hungary serve up a Suzuka?
The drivers’ and constructors’ championships get ever closer. But there are intriguing battles up and down the F1 field this year. Take a closer look at who’s beating who in our statistics update. Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport
UK Formula One broadcaster ITV suffered very poor TV ratings in July and are set to lose their chief executive. Their audience share in July was 16.7% – one-fifth less than they managed last year. Poor advertising revenue has seen their revenue drop by 4.6% in the first half of 2006. Their Sales MD Gary … Continue reading ITV ratings woe