In the late 1980s it often seemed like good tracks were dropped for safety reasons, and less good tracks found their way onto the calendar because money talked. How else could you explain a circuit like the awful Phoenix street track holding three Grands Prix? Or why the slow and dull Hungaroring remains on the … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 10: 1985-9
I’ve long enjoyed Nigel Roebuck’s writings on Formula 1 and I’ll miss my weekly dose of the ‘Fifth Column’ and ‘Ask Nigel’ when he departs Autosport for Motor Sport next year. His final ‘Ask Nigels’ have been especially entertaining but this startling claim really caught my eye: Anyone in the paddock, for example, will tell … Continue reading Which ‘blatantly illegal car’ won a championship?
Lewis Hamilton has had some unwanted negative publicity after being caught speeding in France. Although I can’t condone speeding, nor can I say ‘I’m holier than thou’ – I picked up a ticket of my own this year. Ironically enough I was returning from the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the time… Hamilton is not … Continue reading Speeding Hamilton joins Fisichella, Button, Montoya…
Kimi Raikkonen won his first title – and Lewis Hamilton joined the bitter collection of drivers to lose the championship lead in the final round. Plus another former F1 driver’s son made his F1 debut, and all the other interesting statistics from the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen has become Finland’s third world champion by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix. He is the 28th F1 world champion in 58 years. It comes after he finished runner-up in the 2003 championship (to Michael Schumacher) and in 2005 (to Fernando Alonso) His triumph puts Finland up to fifth among the countries that have … Continue reading Kimi Raikkonen finally wins the F1 title
In the F1 blogs this week, the lighter side of the Alonso-Hamilton row… Plus meet the only five women to have entered a F1 race weekend, past champions on this year’s battle, and is Rubens Barrichello about to get dropped?
Another chapter of F1 history will be written this weekend. Will it be a glorious celebration of a worthy champion? Or yet another of F1’s sensational championship controversies? Here’s a collection of 17 of the most memorable F1 title deciders on video – with the original commentaries where possible – from Fangio to Alonso…
Three drivers will go into the last race of the season still able to win the championship. It’s the first time this has happened since 1986.
Ferrari scored their 200th Grand Prix win in China – check back later for a comprehensive look at their career history. Here are the rest of the facts and statistics from the Chinese Grand Prix.
An unofficial round of the F1 drivers’ championship is being fought in a Parisian courtroom today. And if the outcome of the hearing has a major effect on the championships one way or another, it would be a terrible way to decide the titles. There have been some disappointing championship finales in the past, though. … Continue reading Ten worst… Championship anti-climaxes
It’s one of the most famous clips of F1 video – indeed, of any sport. Nelson Piquet launched a barrage of punches at Eliseo Salazar after the backmarker took him out of the lead of the 1982 German Grand Prix. But what I’d never seen before was an equally entertaining video of another F1 fight … Continue reading Video: F1’s other great punch-up
In the F1 news this week – is Lewis Hamilton really Scottish? No, I’m not joking… Plus a lap with Michael Schumacher, changes to the Sepang track, Nelson Piquet loses his licence, and lots more.
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!
The eyes of the F1 world are fixed on the twists and turns of the Ferrari-McLaren espionage scandal. F1 is no stranger to controversy – here’s ten of the juiciest from recent years…
The British Grand Prix is one of only two races to have held a round of the world championship every year since the series started. So it must have held a few decent races in 57 years? Damn right. Here’s ten of the best:
The Daily Telegraph recently compiled a top 50 sporting moments and two F1 highlights featured in the list. They were: #31 – Fernando Alonso passing Michael Schumacher, Japanese Grand Prix 2005 #33 – Michael Schumacher winning the San Marino Grand Prix after the death of his mother, 2003 Memorable moments no doubt – but I … Continue reading Perfect sporting moments
The inter-McLaren battle between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton is already being compared to the great McLaren rivalry of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Hamilton is cast in the role of new boy Senna – Alonso is a two times champion just as Prost was in 1988. But at that year’s French Grand Prix Prost … Continue reading Grand Prix flashback: France 1988
The classic names of F1 are all returning to the sport: Senna, Mansell, Prost, Piquet, Lauda and more could all be a feature on the grid one day. A quick search threw up 20 such drivers in the lower echelons of motor sport that could break into F1. Can you think of any others? Two … Continue reading F1’s famous names return
Twenty-five years ago the F1 circus visited the United States three times in one season. The first ever Detroit Grand Prix was the second round in the USA that year.
Gilles Villeneuve won his first ever Grand Prix at his home race in 1978. It was the first time the Canadian Grand Prix was held at the Montreal circuit. A year later he returned hoping to win again in front of his home crowd, having lost the World Championship battle to Ferrari team mate Jody … Continue reading 1979 Canadian Grand Prix flashback