The 2008 winter testing got under way at Barcelona this week as the teams prepared for the first race without traction control since 2001. This was the first of two tests before the break, the second at Jerez next month. Here’s what the teams were all up to.
Super Aguri began the season in astonishing form, and although their performance levelled off over the year it remained an extremely encouraging second year for one of Formula 1’s smallest teams. Having picked up some precious points early in the season they were consigned to the back of the midfield by the middle of the … Continue reading F1 07 review: Super Aguri
Michael Schumacher returned to cast his shadow over the rest of the F1 field by topping the time sheets at the end of the first day’s testing in Barcelona. Several 2007 racers were present including Heikki Kovalainen, David Coulthard, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica, Kazuki Nakajima, Jarno Trulli, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Anthony Davidson.
It’s been a season of thrilling highs and gut-wrenching lows. Yesterday I named the most exciting F1 moments in 2007 – here are the occasions that filled me with despair…
What were the highlights of the 2007 season for you? Here are my eight favourite moments of the year – both off and on the track.
Kimi Raikkonen prevailed in the closes ever finish to a championship between three drivers. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso both ended the season a single point behind the Finn. Ferrari were crowned constructors’ champions at the Belgian Grand Prix after McLaren’s exclusion from the championship. As McLaren will not have the world champion driving for … Continue reading 2007 championship final standings
A car failure for Lewis Hamilton gave Kimi Raikkonen the opportunity to finally win the F1 championship in a dramatic finale at Interlagos.
Felipe Massa beat all the title contenders to take pole position for his home Grand Prix. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton joins him on the front of the grid and each will have their respective team mates directly behind them at the start of tomorrow’s title decider. Mark Webber lines up an impressive fifth, behind Kimi … Continue reading Brazilian GP 2007 qualifying: Massa leads Hamilton
The news that Prodrive will not be using McLaren’s chassis next year raises more questions about who will be racing in F1 in 2008. Ralf Schumacher is leaving Toyota but his F1 career may not yet be over. Alexander Wurz’s departure opens up a space at Williams. And of course there is the unresolved question … Continue reading Alonso and Prodrive central to 2008 driver market
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix with an excellent lap to beat the Ferraris as he bids to become the sport’s first rookie world champion. It had been Kimi Raikkonen’s weekend so far at Shanghai until the Briton snatched pole position from the Finn by a tenth of a second. Massa … Continue reading Chinese GP 2007 qualifying: Hamilton edges Raikkonen
The championship battle could be decided this weekend at Shanghai and Fernando Alonso simply must beat Lewis Hamilton to stay in the hunt. Meanwhile Kimi Raikkonen will be hoping that the pair finally do what they’ve looked like doing all year and take each other off. And if that wasn’t dramatic enough, a storm is … Continue reading Chinese GP 2007 preview & TV times
Lewis Hamilton can win the drivers’ championship at Shanghai next weekend after taking a 12-point lead in the Japanese Grand Prix. But Felipe Massa’s title hopes are over as he fell over 20 points behind in Fuji. Here are the championship results in full.
Lewis Hamilton scored the fifth and surely most important pole position of his short F1 career as he bids to become the sport’s first rookie champion. The four championship contenders will line up in the top four positions with both McLarens leading the way into tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix. A wet session saw a couple … Continue reading Japanese GP 2007 qualifying: Hamilton scores vital pole
Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix as they launch their final attempts to wrest the drivers’ championship from McLaren. Kimi Raikkonen edged his team mate Felipe Massa by a few hundredths of a second. Fernando Alonso bounced back from a spin to take third ahead of team … Continue reading Belgian GP 2007 qualifying: Ferrari front row
My final set of pictures from the Italian Grand Prix – the race itself. Sadly I’ve not got any pictures of Lewis Hamilton’s pass on Kimi Raikkonen – the crowd moved too quickly for me! Here’s a selection of images from before, during and after the main event.
Ferrari are expected to have the upper hand on the fast Spa-Francorchamps circuit. But then, they were tipped to win at Monza as well, so it could be another close call. F1 returns to the stunning circuit in the beautiful Ardennes forest for the first time since 2005. There have been several major changes in … Continue reading Belgian GP 2007 preview & TV times
Fernando Alonso took revenge for the pain of his 2006 Italian Grand Prix. He dominated qualifying for the race and seized pole position. Team mate Lewis Hamilton will join him on the front row of the grid as the McLaren pair delivered a stringing blow to Ferrari at the Scuderia’s home track. Felipe Massa fell … Continue reading Italian GP 2007 qualifying: McLaren lockout
The driver market for 2008 is settling down – although everyone is still watching to see if Fernando Alonso will storm out of McLaren (and away from Lewis Hamilton), to join his old team Renault. Several teams have now confirmed their 2008 line ups and are sticking with their current drivers – with the notable … Continue reading 2008 driver line-up almost set
Historic Monza is the scene of the next round of the championship with the title battle having closed up in Istanbul. Each of the three drivers chasing Lewis Hamilton made inroads on his lead in Turkey – Fernando Alonso is now five points behind, Felipe Massa 15 adrift and Kimi Raikkonen 17 behind. There are … Continue reading Italian GP 2007 preview & TV times
Felipe Massa will start the Turkish Grand Prix from pole position for the second year in a row after an exciting and (thankfully) controversy-free qualifying session. Tomorrow offers the prospect of another battle between the Brazilian and Lewis Hamilton, who share the front row of the grid after a late surge from the Briton. Kimi … Continue reading Turkish GP 2007 qualifying: Massa back at the front