The most controversial season in memory drags on as the World Motor Sports Council waits to hear another enquiry into alleged spying tomorrow. This could turn out to be an important moment for the sport particularly if Renault are found to be guilty of the same misdemeanour as McLaren. It determine whether Fernando Alonso races … Continue reading The consequences of Thursday’s Renault-McLaren spy hearing (updated)
I’ve read a lot of remarks by people who think that Ron Dennis will just stick any old driver in the second McLaren seat next year. The assumption seems to be that he’s already got Lewis Hamilton and all he needs and wants to do is stick a loyal but not super-quick number two in … Continue reading Ron Dennis doesn’t want a seat filler in 2008
Not to be outdone by Mercedes’ ‘Anything you can do…’ advert with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton (oh, the irony) Ferrari owners Fiat have lined up Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen to advertise one of their new cars. The pair who have eight world championships between them swap seats in the new Fiat Bravo T-Jet. … Continue reading Video: Schumacher and Raikkonen star in new Fiat ad
Estonian Marko Asmer, who will test for BMW in Jerez this week, won the British Formula Three championship this year by a commanding margin.
McLaren’s exclusion from the constructors’ championship was a just punishment according to Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo – but BMW team principal Mario Theissen doesn’t think his team really were second in 2007. McLaren could have been world champions this year had they not had all their points confiscated after being found guilty of bringing … Continue reading Montezemolo & Theissen disagree on McLaren’s exclusion
The FIA offered up another of its more unusual ideas for future engine rules a few weeks ago: banning engine development for ten years I didn’t write much about it at the time because there was much more interesting stuff going on and Max Mosley has a habit of threatening daft ideas like this as … Continue reading What comes after a ten year engine freeze?
Lewis Hamilton made a hotly-anticipated appearance on BBC TV’s Top Gear tonight – no doubt part of a smartly choreographed PR offensive ahead of next Sunday’s Sports Personality of the Year Award. His performance in the celebrated ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ spot will have done his chances no harm. Set the task of … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton matches Jenson Button on Top Gear
Lewis Hamilton has driven 17 Grands Prix so far and had eight books written about him. At that rate, by the time he’s racked up a tally to rival Michael Schumacher’s 250, vast swathes of forests will have been plundered to record his every movement in microscopic detail. Many would question the point of having … Continue reading “Michael Schumacher: The definitive record” (Christopher Hilton, 2007)
This is the sixth Lewis Hamilton biography I’ve reviewed and at ?é?ú14.99 it’s among the cheapest. Published by ITV Sport, one would expect this to be targeted towards casual F1 followers rather than dedicated fans. Appropriately enough, “The People’s Champion” is also the title of the work of unintended comic brilliance that is Nigel Mansell’s … Continue reading “Lewis Hamilton: The People’s Champion” (Bruce Jones, 2007)
In the F1 blogs this week watch Michael Schumacher take victory in charity kart race organised by Felipe Massa and featuring top Brazilian talent such as Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet Jnr. Plsu thoughts on the years McLaren Autosport BRDC award, the top teams in 2007, and more of those F1 drivers in one … Continue reading F1 blogs review: Schumacher vs Massa in karts
Plucky underdogs Super Aguri had a reasonable year in 2007, scoring their first ever points and worrying the factory Honda team on several occasions. But I can’t help but wonder what the future holds for this team that basically exists just to give one driver – Takuma Sato – a seat in Formula 1. Are … Continue reading The future of Super Aguri
In the F1 news this week Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen are avoiding each other, seven drivers are fighting over one seat at Force India and Grand Prix Masters is dead and buried. Read on for 24 news stories from the world of Formula 1.
Lewis Hamilton claimed five gongs in the annual F1 Racing ‘Man Of The Year Awards’. As well as the overall prize for Man of the Year, Hamilton scooped Driver of the Year, Personality of the Year, Qualifier of the Year (I’d have put Mark Webber, Jarno Trulli or Nico Rosberg top) and Rookie of the … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton dominates F1 Racing Awards
I’ve been using the free Google Calendar application to keep track of F1 events for a while but I haven’t been able to find one that shows more than just the F1 races. So I’ve created one of my own which everyone else can also use. It not only lists all the F1 races for … Continue reading F1Fanatic 2008 F1 calendar for Google
In an excellent article in last week’s Autosport (November 22nd) former Jordan and Stewart designer Gary Anderson tackles the question of how to improve racing – and overtaking – in Formula 1. It’s a brilliant technical mini-study that I strongly encourage you to read – here’s a brief outline of his suggestions.
Over the off-season I’m going to be working on several changes to the site. To help me make the site better, please fill in this quick survey on your interest in Formula 1 and what you think of F1 Fanatic. It’ll only take you about 5-10 minutes. Update: Survey is now closed. Many thanks to … Continue reading Feedback wanted on F1 Fanatic
Tomorrow it will be 19 months since the FIA confirmed that Prodrive would be the 12th team in Formula 1 in 2008. Last week David Richards confirmed what many people had suspected for a long time: that Prodrive will not be racing in F1 next year. Prodrive’s absence next year is because the FIA have … Continue reading The FIA owe Prodrive an apology
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The weekly reviews slot has temporarily turned into the Lewis Hamilton book corner as I make my way through the eight biographies of the British driver due out in time for Christmas. This slender, wide format 150+ page book is penned by Andrew van de Burgt, the second Autosport writer to put out a book … Continue reading “Lewis Hamilton” (Andrew van de Burgt, 2007)
A few particularly interesting finds in the blogs this week including a Vodafone executive writing about meeting Lewis Hamilton and Karun Chandhok on his Red Bull test. Plus loads of opinions on Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. Read on for 30 stories from the world of F1 blogs.