FIA tweak qualifying

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The F1 Commission has made changes to the Formula One qualifying system ahead of the French Grand Prix. From next weekend’s round at Magny-Cours the third part of qualifying will be cut from 20 minutes to 15. This will reduce the amount of time drivers spend burning off fuel which has been widely regarded as … Continue reading FIA tweak qualifying

A1GP calendar expands

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The A1 Grand Prix series have releasesd the provisional schedule for its second season which will run over the winter of 2006-07. As expected the British round of the series at Brands Hatch (pictured) has moved from the opener to the finale. 13 events are scheduled – one more than was planned for the first … Continue reading A1GP calendar expands

Gallery: DTM Brands Hatch

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Ex-F1 racers Mika Hakkinen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Jean Alesi and Bernd Schneider were in action at Brands Hatch last weekend for the British round of the German Touring Car Championship. Seven-times Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen led most of the race but crashed out due to a car failure late on. Briton Jamie Green took over … Continue reading Gallery: DTM Brands Hatch

F1 gets mixed reaction in USA

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After the 2005 farce, Bernie Ecclestone’s remarks to the media about the ‘unimportance’ of America to Formula One, Scott Speed’s lap one retirement, and a generally tedious 2006 race, the response of the American press to F1 was somewhat mixed. The dividing lines between America’s devoted band of F1 followers and those who seem perplexed … Continue reading F1 gets mixed reaction in USA

2006 Stats Update: USA

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Michael Schumacher broke Fernando Alonso’s streak of pole positions and victories at Indianapolis. It also breathed new life into Ferrari’s World Constructors’ Championship bid. With eight rounds remaining, we look at how the United States Grand Prix changed the balance of the championship battles. Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport

United States Grand Prix 2006 Media Review

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Formula One coverage is still being squashed by World Cup and Wimbledon repors. We size up the write ups in our media review. Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport

F1 Exhibition Opens

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Formula One – The Great Design Race opens today at the Design Museum in Shad Thames, London. The exhibition features some pioneering examples of design in Formula One such as the ground effect Lotus 79 and active suspension Williams FW14B. It spans the entire history of Formula One from the 1950s (Cooper T51) right up … Continue reading F1 Exhibition Opens

Throwing caution to the wind?

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I was intruged to read on Autosport.co.uk that several Formule One drivers are asking for a change to the rules regarding safety cars. They are asking for a change to the system common in American racing where lapped cars are allowed to pass the safety car and return to the rear of the field, gaining … Continue reading Throwing caution to the wind?

Good news (mainly)

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Digital channel ITV4 will be showing the qualifying for the United States Grand Prix live. Earlier information on their website did not indicate whether the session would get live coverage, and the Radio Times website stated it would not, but the listing on the ITV-F1 website now shows that it will be. But it’s scant … Continue reading Good news (mainly)

Drivers half-season report – Part 1

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The Canadian Grand Prix marked the halfway point in the 2006 season, which seems a worthwhile time to take stock of how the drivers are faring up and down the pitlane. Don’t miss the second part coming up before the United States Grand Prix. Tags f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport

100 Greatest F1 Videos – Part VIII (30-21)

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Numbers 30 to 21 of our top 100 F1 videos. Todays classic Formula One videos include a thrilling win by Jackie Stewart, a stunning pass by Fernando Alonso, a sensational lap with Ayrton Senna and… Taki Inoue. Read on for the eighth part of our top 100.

Canada: Starts and stops

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How the top ten lined up in Canada, how much fuel they were allocated after qualifying part three, and when they made their first stops. Position Driver Lap of first pit stop Fuel allocation (laps) 1 Fernando Alonso 23 16 2 Giancarlo Fisichella 25 (after lap 8 drive-through penalty) 16 3 Kimi Raikkonen 25 15 … Continue reading Canada: Starts and stops

FIA fan survey II

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The FIA have launched a second survey of fans’ opinions on Formula One. The first survey was conducted last year and polled over 96,000 fans. It found that, among other things, the fans’ favourite circuits were Spa-Francorchamps (pictured) in Belgium and Suzuka in Japan. Spa was dropped from the 2006 calendar and Suzuka is set … Continue reading FIA fan survey II