The Reign of the Regie

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

Trouble waiting in the wings

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.

Prodrive F1 plan protest

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

2006 Season Statistics

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

Malaysian Grand Prix Media Review

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

Fisichella leads Renault one-two

2006 Malaysian Grand Prix review

The finely-poised qualifying session promised us a great race. But, after the high of Bahrain, the Malaysian Grand Prix failed to deliver anything in the way of thrills.

Has the bubble burst?

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?

Ferrari wing protested

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

Ferrari engine woes

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 drop live qualifying

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

Sponsor money ‘up 25%’

Business F1 magazine have reported that F1 sponsorship revenue leapt by 25% in 2005 to a staggering US$2.5bn (UK???1.4bn). 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%’

Bookies back Alonso again

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