Renault’s first Formula One team entered the sport in 1977 at the British Grand Prix. They were the first team to exploit the regulation allowing 1.5-litre turbocharged engines as an alternative to 3.0-litre normally aspirated units – these turbo engines would, within a few years, become de rigeur for all front-running teams. Even though it … Continue reading The Reign of the Regie
The political tensions that precipitated the dismal turn of events at Indianapolis last year may have gradually quietened since then, but recently FIA President Max Mosley has noticeably turned the heat up on the manufacturer-aligned (GPMA) teams who are not yet signed up to the 2007 Concorde Agreement – McLaren-Mercedes, Renault, Honda, Toyota and BMW.
David Richard’s (pictured) ambitions of expanding his Prodrive company ahead of a mooted Formula One entry in 2008 faces protests from local residents – even though it would create jobs in the area. The ‘Fulcrum Prodrive Action Group’ (FPAG) are complaining that the expansion of the Prodrive facility would put local roads under excessive strain … Continue reading Prodrive F1 plan protest
The F1Fanatic 2006 season statistics guide is now available. Check back after ever Grand Prix for an updated statistical analysis of the season from every angle – the best qualifiers, who’s had the most crashes and who would be winning the championship in different points scenarios. Quick season facts to date: Jenson Button has the … Continue reading 2006 Season Statistics
The Daily Telegraph are taking a swipe at Formula One in an anonymous ‘Mike the money’ column. The contributor claims to have talked Hyundai boss Chung Mong Koo out of starting an F1 team in the 1990s and takes a pop at various drivers over their salaries including British driver Jenson Button: The serial English … Continue reading Telegraph slates F1, Button
Slightly later than advertised (technical problems I’m afraid, folks!) here is the media review for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Related links Malaysian Grand Prix media review F1Fanatic Volume 02, Issue 03 Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix
Bernie Ecclestone has told French sports magazine L’Equipe that up to three European Formule One Grands Prix could be under threat: “There are two Grands Prix in Italy, two in Germany … more or less two in France if you consider that Monaco and France are related. I think that three Grands Prix could disappear … Continue reading Ecclestone: 3 races could go
Headline Fisichella home and dry in Malaysia They say “Fernando Alonso, the world champion, left here last night leading this season’s title race after finishing second but he now knows that he has a challenger under his own roof.” We say Too early to put any money on Fisichella just yet. Verdict read article Headline … Continue reading Malaysian Grand Prix Media Review
Bahrain thrilled us: Formula One came back on a high with drama in qualifying, a gripping battle for race victory, an astonishing rookie debut, and plenty of overtaking. But Malaysia was a tedious damp squib. So which one was the one-off? It’s easy for an F1 fan to let their head drop after a race … Continue reading Has the bubble burst?
Eight teams have given the FIA notice of their intent to protest Ferrari running what the other teams believe is an illegal wing – but it is their front wing, not their rear wing, which is coming under fire. The teams believe the uppermost part of the Ferrari wing deflects too greatly at high speed … Continue reading Ferrari wing protested
Going into the second round of the championship at Sepang, the team struggling most with the new two-race V8 engine rules appears to be Ferrari. Felipe Massa has now had his engine changed twice and Michael Schumacher will also use a new unit and take a ten-place grid penalty. Fellow Ferrari engine user David Coulthard … Continue reading Ferrari engine woes
ITV will not be showing the qualifying session for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix live on terrestrial television, despite the action taking place early in the morning in Britain. The qualifying session will be screened from 5.30am-7.15am, but only on the digital channel ITV3. ITV1 will carry a tape-delayed replay of qualifying at 1.10pm, and … Continue reading ITV drop live qualifying
Seriously good, according to a facinating article on autosport.com. Scarily good, in fact. The article, which is only available to autosport.com subscribers, explains how quick he was relative to the leaders while running in traffic. From overtaking Yuji Ide’s Suepr Aguri on lap nine until the end of the race, he lost only 3.0 seconds … Continue reading Just how good is Nico Rosberg?
Business F1 magazine have reported that F1 sponsorship revenue leapt by 25% in 2005 to a staggering US$2.5bn (UK?âÔÇÜ?é?ú1.4bn). Kevin Eason in The Times attributes the growth to the good season’s racing we saw in 2005: Alonso’s World Championship success last season, followed by a spectacular first race of 2006 in Bahrain, has signalled a … Continue reading Sponsor money ‘up 25%’
We took a look at the odds offered by five different bookies on the Malaysian Grand Prix and found that each one tipped Fernando Alonso to repeat his 2005 win. Interestingly 2005 title runner-up Kimi Raikkonen is considered more likely to win than Michael Schumacher, who led for longest in Bahrain. The unusually competitive performances … Continue reading Bookies back Alonso again
Felipe Massa’s second Grand Prix for Ferrari is off to a poor start even before the first practice session. The Brazilian will start ten places further down the grid after Ferrari engineers replaced his faulty engine. This robs Ferrari of the option of running Massa light in qualifying in an attempt to protect Michael Schumacher … Continue reading 10-place penalty for Massa
The second A1 Grand Prix of Great Britain will be held at the end of the 2006-07 series, in April, meaning the championship will not set foot on British soil this year. The first ever A1 Grand Prix was held at Brands Hatch last August, and the same slot had been reserved for 2006, but … Continue reading No A1 ’till 2007 for UK
Headline Champion Alonso off to flyer in Bahrain Page 72-73 of 80, plug on back cover They say “Jenson, don’t you like champagne?” We say Nice synopsis of top ten drivers. Cartoons not their strong point. Verdict Headline Alonso never holds firm in desert duel with Schumacher Page 72 of 84 They say “Just in … Continue reading Bahrain Grand Prix Media Review