Michael Schumacher’s retirement is surely the biggest driver news story of the year. Unless Nigel Mansell is planning another comeback. That leaves only one top seat for 2007 left to be claimed – at McLaren alongside Fernando Alonso. With that in mind, let’s see how the teams and drivers for next year line up.
Fernando Alonso may have added to his advantage over Michael Schumacher in Istanbul, but Ferrari are almost level with Renault in the constructors’ championship. Let’s take a look at how all the drivers and teams are performing statistically.
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?
The title contenders tripped over each other allowing some new faces through to claim the big points. Take a look at how that has affected the championship battles.
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?
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
This week’s Trackside was on the story that dominated motor sport news last week – Juan pablo Montoya’s defection to NASCAR. Related links Autotrader.co.uk: Trackside – Montoya dumps F1 for NASCAR (external) Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport / juan pablo montoya / nascar
After the seismic tremor of Juan Pablo Montoya’s decision to move to NASCAR in 2007, comes the aftershock: he will not race in Formula One with immediate effect. His F1 career is over, and his place will be taken by Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa. In retirement he brings to mind a driver he has … Continue reading F1 is over for Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya was surely having the worst season of his Formula One career to date this year. But even so the news that he is to leave F1 and to go to NASCAR must have shocked the entire pit lane. Why did such a popular driver with a string of wins and pole positions … Continue reading Shock as Montoya quits
Nine races into the 2006 season the drivers’ championship is looking increasingly one-sided. The second part of our half-season report looks at the drivers who have excelled so far this year – and one or two who may be worried about their prospects of getting a good seat for 2007. Tags f1 / formula one … Continue reading Drivers half-season report – Part 2
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
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
The annual game of ‘who goes where’ for next year is on hiatus until the truth about Michael Schumacher’s future is known – and that is not expected to come until September. F1Fanatic has it’s own view on what Schumacher will do, but team principles up and down the pit lane are wisely biding their … Continue reading Too many drivers, too few drives
Fernando Alonso’s fifth win of 2006 is his third in a row and takes him to 74 points from a potential 80 – that’s 92.5% of the maximum available. Giancarlo Fisichella’s failure to get ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the dying stages of the race meant that the Finn edged ahead of him by a … Continue reading 2006 Stats Update: Britain
Earlier than usual, and clashing awkwardly with the football World Cup, it’s the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. With Spa-Francorchamps off the calendar for the foreseeable future and Suzuka axed for dull Fuji from next year, this could soon be the best circuit on the calendar. The drivers raved about the track on their first … Continue reading British Grand Prix 2006 Preview
How the top ten lined up, what their fuel credit was after qualifying and when they made their first spit stops in the race. Position Driver Lap of first pit stop Fuel allocation (laps) 1 Fernando Alonso 24 16 2 Mark Webber 25 14 3 Kimi Raikkonen 22 16 4 Juan Pablo Montoya 21 14 … Continue reading Monaco: Starts and stops
Rubens Barrichello and Juan Pablo Montoya gave interestingly different verdicts on whether the Monte-Carlo circuit is too dangerous in Wednesday’s press conference. Barrichello reckoned: It is a very difficult circuit and it is dangerous everywhere… I don’t think there is any place for overtaking and it is dangerous everywhere. But Montoya answered: Dangerous [parts]? There … Continue reading Is Monaco dangerous?
Fernando Alonso’s second pole position of the season means he is now the driver with the best average starting position. He demotes Jenson Button, whose eighth position on tomorrow’s grid is his worst of the season so far. Alonso and Button are the only two drivers to have made it to the final part of … Continue reading Alonso top qualifier in ’06
How the top ten lined up and when they made their first stops. Position Driver Lap of first pit stop 1 Fernando Alonso 17 2 Michael Schumacher 18 3 Felipe Massa 17 4 Rubens Barrichello 20 5 Kimi Raikkonen 23 6 Jenson Button 21 7 Jarno Trulli 25 8 Jacques Villeneuve 21 9 Juan Pablo … Continue reading Europe: Starts & stops
Fernando Alonso stamped his authority all over the Australian Grand Prix – while the field behind him fell by the wayside. Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jenson Button were among the casualties. Button rocketed to pole position on Saturday on a very competitive fuel load, and successfully converted the advantage into the race lead. … Continue reading Alonso wins again after pole winner Button blows up