2006 Stats Update: Italy

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Have Fernando Alonso and Renault lost their grip on the championships? The statistics of the last few races paint a grim picture as Michael Schumacher has slashed Alonso’s lead to a perilous two points, and Ferrari have nosed past Renault in the Constructors’ Championship. Take a closer look at the situation with our post-race statistics.

Red Bull: Klien out for Doornbos

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While the F1 world was still coming to terms with Michael Schumacher’s retirement announcement the news also slipped out that the Italian Grand Prix was Christian Klien’s last as a Red Bull driver. He will be free to drink whatever he pleases next year… The team’s test driver, 2005 Minardi racer Robert Doornbos, will take … Continue reading Red Bull: Klien out for Doornbos

Schumacher retirement: 39 opinions

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For the second time this year I thought it would be interesting to take a cross-section of blogger opinion – this time, on Michael Schumacher’s decision to retire. (The last time I tried this was after the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying debacle…) From heartbroken fans, to delighted ‘antis’, to conspiracy theorists and more, every conceivable … Continue reading Schumacher retirement: 39 opinions

F1 in the news

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Our weekly round-up of F1 stories and features from around the world. A 100% guaranteed Schumacher retirement speculation-free zone. (All links external). New F1 business magazine to be launched (Pitpass) – Grand Prix: The Business of Motorsport, edited by Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid, will commence publication during the last quarter of 2006. Isn’t the … Continue reading F1 in the news

Bye-bye Bill

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The man who pulled Ford out of Formula One has stepped down as President and CEO of the company. Bill Ford Jnr called time on Ford’s involvement in F1 through its Jaguar brand late in the 2004 season, jeapordising the jobs of hundreds at its factory in Milton Keynes. Happily those jobs were saved by … Continue reading Bye-bye Bill

“Enzo Ferrari: A Life” (Richard Williams, 2001)

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Formula One is just one of the sports that Richard Williams covers for the Guardian, and that breadth of knowledge gives him a refreshingly broad approach to the often insular world of motor sport in general, and F1 in particular. He is also the author of several books on motor sport and in this biography … Continue reading “Enzo Ferrari: A Life” (Richard Williams, 2001)

Teams ready ‘Monza special’ engines

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The reliabiltiy of engines will be under greater pressues than ever at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix thanks to the demands of the two-race engines rule, the forthcoming engine development freeze, and the championship battle. Three engine suppliers are bringing major upgrades to coincide with the Monza race which sees a greater percentage of maximum … Continue reading Teams ready ‘Monza special’ engines

So much for safety

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Max Mosley’s 1994 refuelling rules have gone up in smoke. Twelve years after the reintroduction of refuelling and the reaction to the disasters at the San Marino Grand Prix, three important rules governmening how refuelling would be made ‘safer’ after Imola have all been dropped. These were Mosley’s words after Imola 1994: