Has Ferrari stopped Italy producing world champion drivers?

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Former Minardi team owner Giancarlo Minardi reckons they have: Ferrari paralyses the growth of young drivers by attracting the interest of companies to its championship, but the team is changing direction and, therefore, I hope that it will start to give opportunities for young talent to take part in a few days of testing. Italy … Continue reading Has Ferrari stopped Italy producing world champion drivers?

F1 testing round-up 10: Catalunya & Jerez

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The final big test before the 2008 season was completed this week and it wasn’t Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen or Michael Schumacher who set the fastest time – it was Jarno Trulli. Afterwards a confident Trulli praised the new Toyota: The TF108 is a completely different car. Last year straightaway I knew we had a … Continue reading F1 testing round-up 10: Catalunya & Jerez

F1 news review: Changes to Canadian GP track

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In the F1 news this week the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve gets some changes – but are they safety fixes or just cosmetic tweaks? Also in the F1 news this week a pair of excellent features in “The Times”, one adapted from the hugely expensive new book “F1 Opus”. Plus Michael Schumacher on Nico Rosberg, and … Continue reading F1 news review: Changes to Canadian GP track

Is Jarno Trulli complimenting or complaining about Ferrari?

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Drivers don’t pay compliments to other drivers or other teams very often. On the face of it, Jarno Trulli seems to think Kimi Raikkonen should start clearing a place on his mantlepiece for the 2008 FIA F1 World Drivers’ Championship trophy: When you watch Ferrari’s performance on the track your arms drop [in amazement]. They … Continue reading Is Jarno Trulli complimenting or complaining about Ferrari?

Is Bernie Ecclestone sticking up for McLaren again?

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Rumours abound that McLaren will not have to set up base at the poor end of the pit lane this year after all. Frecon spotted this in a Spanish newspaper and the report has also been run by the Finnish publication Turun Sanomat. Allegedly, Bernie Ecclestone has struck a deal with the teams to let … Continue reading Is Bernie Ecclestone sticking up for McLaren again?

Video: F1 testing at Bahrain (part 4)

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Ferrari looked very quick in testing at Bahrain International Circuit last week. Here’s some video from the test and an interview with a very happy-looking Kimi Raikkonen. But it didn’t all go well for the team – there’s some footage of Felipe Massa pulling to a halt with apparent technical problems. Toyota, who were also … Continue reading Video: F1 testing at Bahrain (part 4)

F1 news review: McLaren pulled back into spy row

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Top McLaren personnel Ron Dennis, Martin Whitmarsh, Paddy Lowe and Mike Coughlan (who is still ‘suspended’ rather than ‘fired’) are among those to face questioning from Italian magistrates conducting their own investigation into the spying case. Plus further developments in the Lewis Hamilton racism row, interviews with past F1 greats Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney, … Continue reading F1 news review: McLaren pulled back into spy row

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