Lewis Hamilton is to feature on a new Hornby Scalextric. But will the sets come with real life cranes for pulling Hamilton (and only Hamilton) out of the barriers?
A crazy race threw up some interesting statistics – we had a rookie driver leading the race, a rare red flag and – give thanks – the first proper pass for the lead on the track!
Spyker boss Michel Mol has confirmed that Christijan Albers will no longer race for the team. The team are yet to announce a replacement driver for the Nurburgring round next week and any one of a number of racers could fill Albers’ place.
Want to know who the fans were supporting at Silverstone? Simply count their caps. You might think that everyone was there to support Hamilton but ten minutes spent looking at what the fans were wearing on their heads told a different story – I spotted support for all but one of the F1 teams. Here’s … Continue reading Silverstone Cap Count
Eddie Jordan recently published his autobiography. But how does it stack up against a more detached view of the Irishman’s celebrated character? Collings’ book came out in 2003 and so it can’t tell the entire Jordan story – but there are plenty of other gaps it can filll in.
Antonio Pizzonia’s slim hope of resurrecting his F1 career may have been dealt a final, fatal blow. Pizzonia last raced in F1 two years ago and was trying to use GP2 as a route back to the top. But rumours suggest he is about to be replaced and Giancarlo Fisichella’s team FMS International by Venezuelan … Continue reading Pizzonia’s F1 dream finally over?
Eddie Jordan is Marmite personified. To some he’s F1’s much-missed wheeler-dealer cheeky chappy – but plenty of others remember him as a whingeing upstart whose team might have been more successful ahd he run a tighter ship. This being an autobiography it will doubtless provide plenty of fodder for both sides to support their points … Continue reading “An Independent Man – the Autobiography” (Eddie Jordan, 2007)
What’s it like to drive an F1 car? One blogger found out – check out our Post of the Week. Plus Michael Schumacher’s final Ferrari sold, great F1 quotes and a lot of ranting.
When Norbert Hamy wanted a name for his F1 team, he just turned his first name back to front. Trebron Racing Systems were set to join F1 racing in 1993 – but the obscure Japanese entry, run by a Canadian who claimed to have designed all manner of exciting technologies, simply disappeared. Plus, a contractual … Continue reading The Old Rumour Mill – May
After the months of anticipation the opening shots of 2007 were fired in what was a very ordinary Australian Grand Prix. There was little ‘racing’ to speak of and the front-of-field positions running the same form as they did at the end of 2006 – apart from Honda. Despite the absence of on-track excitement there … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: Musings on Melbourne
Everything I read about BMW’s 2007 season rotates around the same hang-up. Apparently they are doomed to suffer ‘second album syndrome’, where a team that impresses in their first season struggles in the next. Case studies: Stewart, 1998; Prost, 1998; Jordan, 1992 and so on. But this cuts no ice with me. BMW are no … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: BMW
I wonder if Michael Schumacher will ever write an autobiography? I doubt it very much – he apparently has little interest in Formula One beyond the time at which he was active in it. It’s a shame – doubly so given how poor most of the biographies of him are. But if there’s one contemporary … Continue reading “Alex Zanardi: My Story” (Alex Zanardi with Gianluca Gasparini, 2004)
Controversy, comedy, and water fights. Formula 1 press conferences have proved the unlikely venues for all manner of hi-jinxs. Today we take a look at some of the funniest moments in F1 press conferences captured on video – and a few of the arguments that erupted in front of the press. And we’ll have a … Continue reading Video: Great F1 press conference moments (part 1)
Four Formula One cars raced by Michael Schumacher have gone up for sale. All four cars are offered for purchase jointly and include the 1991 Jordan-Cosworth 191 in which he made his Grand Prix debut; The 1991 Benetton-Cosworth B191 in which he scored his first championship points at the Italian Grand Prix; The 1994 Benetton-Cosworth … Continue reading Four Michael Schumacher cars for sale – just $6.5m!
There are 68 days days of grinding, fingernail-chewing tedium until the new Grand Prix season starts. Happily, F1Fanatic can recommend two ways to enliven the tedium. One is to head off to Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC this weekend (see below for ticket information). But also make sure you don’t let the off-season pass … Continue reading Gallery: Donington Grand Prix Collection
In the news this week a few interesting developments in the driver market as Adrian Sutil will make his race debut as a rookie in 2007 with Spyker, Sebastian Bourdais courts an ’08 race seat with Toro Rosso, and Timo Glock nabs a testing contract. This and more in our weekly headlines round-up.
What big F1 news story broke one year ago today? Have a guess… It was Fernando Alonso’s shock switch to McLaren for 2007 – a move that caught most, if not all, F1 followers completely unaware. Of course it’s not the first time in F1 history that a shock driver or team move has caught … Continue reading Top ten… F1 bombshells
The cameras follow the fight at the front: there’s nothing wrong with that. But at the other end of the grid Minardi and Jordan are battling each other with equal ferocity, and a fascinating duel is beginning to develop between the two minnows of Formula One. Jordan and Minardi are, in relative terms, the poor … Continue reading The Battle at the Back
Like it or not, crashes will always be a part of F1’s appeal, as any form of motorsport. They are especially fascinating in F1, because these drivers are supposed to be the world’s best. It is in celebration of the fact that this isn’t always the case that we reveal the F1Fanatic Crash Awards. Every … Continue reading The Crash Awards
The Grand Prix greats are household names – even in car-hating, vegetable-munching, solar-powered homes. Ayrton Senna, Juan Manuel Fangio and Jim Clark are legendary names throughout the world, and all three appear in our list of all-time greatest wins. But what about those drivers who never got to show their talent, had a career stuck … Continue reading The Nearly Men