Ferrari were in crushing form at Magny-Cours and annexed the front row of the grid with little difficulty, Kimi Raikkonen leading Felipe Massa. It was Ferrari’s 200th pole position at a circuit where they’ve enjoyed great success in recent years. Lewis Hamilton, in what is expected to be a lightly-fuelled McLaren, was unable to beat … Continue reading 2008 French GP qualifying: Raikkonen storms to Ferrari’s 200th pole position
Lewis Hamilton is not the first person to receive a grid penalty for a race before the weekend has even started. But this weekend’s French Grand prix will be the first time a leading driver has gone into an event knowing he will drop ten places. Despite this Hamilton last week said he was “quite … Continue reading 2008 French GP preview: McLaren tactics
Nine F1 teams tested at the Circuit de Catalunya last week – Force India were absent from the test. Each day’s running saw a little rain, but not very much, and the cars typically completed around 80 laps each. Here’s what they were doing and how they go on:
With Robert Kubica winning the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix for Poland there’s a bumper crop of facts and statistics following yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld is now the driver with the most second places and no wins, Kimi Raikkonen set yet another fastest lap, and McLaren & Ferrari’s domination of the top … Continue reading 2008 Canadian GP facts & stats
Lewis Hamilton slammed into the back of Kimi Raikkonen in the pits which let Robert Kubica in to score the first win for himself and BMW.
Lewis Hamilton sits on pole position for the second year in a row at Canada. Last year he made a poor start but held onto the lead as Fernando Alonso went off at the first corner. It’s an unusual first corner at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and with Hamilton’s career-long rival Robert Kubica alongside him … Continue reading Canadian GP: thoughts on the start
Lewis Hamilton put his McLaren on pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix but there are concerns about tomorrow’s race due to the state of the Circuit Villeneuve track. The session was hardly a few minutes old when it became clear that the track was disintegrating particularly at the Casino hairpin. It may jeopardise the … Continue reading 2008 Canadian GP qualifying: Hamilton takes pole as track starts to crumble
Fernando Alonso?óÔé¼Ôäós prospects of joining Ferrari in the near future appeared to have been killed off earlier this year when Luca di Montezemolo said in public that he did not want Alonso to partner Kimi Raikkonen in the future. But the rumours re-surfaced over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend with sources claiming Alonso had signed … Continue reading How do the new Alonso-Ferrari rumours affect the 2009 F1 driver market?
Wet conditions got the better of Ferrari at Monaco allowing Lewis Hamilton to claim victory at the principality despite hitting the barrier in the early running.
The ten remaining Formula 1 teams spent Wednesday to Friday testing at Paul Ricard, former home of the French Grand Prix. It was very much a test in two parts, with the teams testing high-downforce configurations for the Monaco Grand Prix, the next round of the championship, and low-downforce settings for the Canadian Grand Prix … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 12: Paul Ricard
It’s the Monaco Grand Prix next and to get in the mood here’s some fantastic pictures of great Formula 1 cars from the 1960, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s in action in the 2008 Monaco Historic Grand Prix last weekend. Joris Meuffels kindly let me use a selection of these pictures he took including loads of … Continue reading Pictures: 2008 Monaco Historic GP
Felipe Massa remains the man to beat at Istanbul after his third win from pole position at the track in as many years.
Felipe Massa’s love affair with the Istanbul Park circuit goes on. He took his third pole position in a row at the circuit where he scored his first in 2006. It leaves him perfectly poised to turn the trick again in the race tomorrow. Joining him on the front row is McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen. He … Continue reading 2008 Turkish Grand Prix qualifying: Hat-trick of poles for Felipe Massa
In pre-season testing Williams were one of the most promising teams but their performance in the first four races of the year is a little hard to read. They are jostling for position in the heart of the midfield where just a few hundredths of a second in qualifying can make the difference between points … Continue reading 2008 Turkish GP preview: Williams
Thanks to D Winn and David Watkins who sent in further analysis of how each team’s drivers compare against each other in each part of qualifying, in response to yesterday’s comparison of team mates so far this year. If you want to contribute an article to F1Fanatic, have a look at the guest post section. … Continue reading Analysis: F1 team mates in qualifying
There are three drivers who have beaten their team mates in each qualifying session and race so far this year. So is that because they’re much better than their team mates – or some other reason? Here’s a look at the side-by-side comparisons of the F1 drivers so far this year.
It’s early days, but Luca di Montezemolo’s comments last week about Ferrari not needing Fernando Alonso started me thinking about which drivers might be on the move for 2009. On the face of it Montezemolo doesn’t seem to want to change his pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. And after three driver changes in … Continue reading 2009 F1 drivers – early predictions
Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa’s winning margin of 0.9s over Lewis Hamilton suggests the Spanish Grand Prix was a close run thing. It was anything but.
The big question after qualifying is this: how much fuel does Fernando Alonso have in his Renault? The Spanish driver in his home race sent the crowd into rapture by snatching provisional pole position, only to lose it at the last to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
The first official test since the start of the season ended at Barcelona today. The four-day test threw up some confusing times as some drivers tried out slick tyres for next year while others stayed on grooves, and today’s running was spoiled by rain. They will be back at the track in just eight days … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 11: Catalunya