It’s been a long and busy winter here at F1Fanatic. For those of you who were with us last year, welcome back! I hope you’re enjoying to new site design. And for those of you who’ve recently joined us – and I’m delighted to say that’s 75% of you – welcome! 2006 promises to be … Continue reading On with the show
Alonso or Raikkonen? Schumacher or Montoya? Button or Coulthard? The 2006 Formula One season will feature some cracking driver duels – and we want to know who you think will come out on top. Visit the F1Fanatic 2006 Driver Battles and pick which drivers can beat their team mates, their countrymen, and their most bitter … Continue reading Cast your votes for who will triumph in 2006
Ferrari are one of five teams ready to sign a new pact restricting testing ahead of the 2006 season, according to German site Auto Motor und Sport. Auto Motor und Sport believe the pact has already been signed and a fax confirmation will soon be received. Renault, Williams, Mclaren and Honda are the four other … Continue reading New test pact for five?
With the reliability of the Mercedes FO 108 V8 engine (pictured) still suspect, McLaren are still running their V10-engined cars with just one week left until the start of the new season. According to F1 Linksheaven Pedro de la Rosa completed 115 laps in a V10 McLaren only yesterday. Aside from the obvious explanations why … Continue reading McLaren still running V10
The Finnish press are up in arms about Kimi Raikkonen’s rumoured move to Ferrari in 2007. Three newspapers carried the story today according to Paddock Talk. Related links Paddock Talk: Raikkonen signed by Ferrari? (external) Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / ferrari / mclaren / raikkonen
Ferrari’s Bahrain-spec aerodynamic bodywork has been spotted being tested at the Sakhir circuit by Michael Schumacher. A deep front wing scoop, replacing the ‘chin wing’, and cascading inner front wings are clearly discernible, taking styling cues from 2005 front-runners Renault. Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / ferrari
Honda appear to have the most reliable car having completed more kilometers per car and per day of testing than any team to date using their 2006 cars. Honda have managed 438 km per car each day compared to Renault, second, with 399 km: Team Distance per car per day (km) Honda 438 Renault 399 … Continue reading Reliable Honda top testing
Is Max Mosley about to pull another rabbit out of his hat by forcing F1 cars to become more fuel-efficent? Remarks made to the Sunday Mirror this weekend seem to suggest so: Some time in the next few years we are almost bound to have a major oil crisis, for political reasons that have nothing … Continue reading Mosley warns of F1 fuel threat
John Frankenheimer’s 1966 classic film Grand Prix is set for a September DVD release by Warner Home Video, according to this month’s F1 Racing. This follows a campaign supported by over 6,000 fans to have the film released.
An excellent hack for Google Earth allows you to sweep across the globe and zoom in on the 18 tracks of the 2006 Formula One season at the touch of a button. Some of the tracks are captured in far greater quality than others, and one or two are missing due to the age of … Continue reading Preview the 2006 tracks with Google Earth
In response to Max Mosley’s comments about A1 Grand Prix, series founder Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al-Maktoum has reportedly told a Shanghai newspaper that Mosley does not wish to see any other motor sport offer competition to Formula One. He is reported to have said It is very unfortunate when the president of the FIA, … Continue reading Maktoum: Mosley is biased in favour of F1
Max Mosley may not be impressed with A1 Grand Prix, but the series has just attracted its seventh Formula One driver to start a race. 2005 Minardi pilot Patrick Friesacher will turn out for his home nation of Austria. He replaces Matthias Lauda, son of three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda, who has struggled … Continue reading Patrick Friesacher is A1’s seventh ex-F1 driver
The Daily Telegraph are reporting that the plans to renovate Silverstone are causing alarm among British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) members. New developer St. Modwen’s proposals include: Building residential homes on part of the site Changing parts of the circuit to accommodate new buidings, which may require reprofiling Club, Abbey and Bridge Although the article … Continue reading Silverstone must adapt to survive
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport are canvassing public opinion on what the greatest icon of England is. One of the nominees is the fantastic Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, recently voted the third best track in Formula One. We urge you to vote for Silverstone and give our great circuit your full support! Related … Continue reading Vote Silverstone!
In recent days FIA president Max Mosley has given all kinds of signals about how Formula One could look in the future including: Preventing manufacturers from receiving F1 revenues to protect independent entries (F1Talk) Insisiting the Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) rebel teams sign up to Formula One from 2008 by April (The Formula 1 … Continue reading Mosley in overdrive on future formulae
Super Aguri have confirmed press speculation that they will run an all-Japanese line-up in 2006, partnering Takuma Sato with F1 rookie Yuji Ide. Ide joins Nico Rosberg and Scott Speed as the three new drivers for 2006. They have not yet announced a test driver. The full driver line-up for 2006 is as follows: Renault … Continue reading Super Aguri name drivers and complete the 2006 grid
“In the end what (the fans) like to watch is the big names…That is the things the teams often forget, you could run some quite ordinary cars and still have the public.” Max Mosley criticised A1 Grand Prix thus earlier this week, criticising the series for not boasting enough top-line names to be able to … Continue reading Why is Max Mosley slating A1 Grand Prix?
Rumours concerning ITV’s Formula One coverage in 2006 are gathering apace. The broadcaster has already confirmed the departures of Jim Rosenthal and Tony Jardine, and Rosenthal’s replacement with former BBC Grandstand anchor (from the Grand Prix glory days) Steve Ryder. Now Pitpass are suggesting that they may finally give full, uninterrupted coverage of the races … Continue reading ITV to give full live coverage in 2006?
There’s plenty to be said for and against the value of Formula One as a marketing tool. One major car manufacturer who continue to steer clear of the world’s greatest motor sport series is Volkswagen, who instead recently ran a strange marketing campaign ‘to discover what fast looks like’. This is what they came up … Continue reading Volkswagen don’t know the meaning of ‘fast’
Renault are showcasing eight Formula One cars at their Champs-Elysees showroom in Paris to celebrate their first championship win as a constructor. The cars include the 1983 Renault with which Alain Prost finished second in the World Driver’s championship, four championship-winning Renault-powered Williamses, a Michael Schumacher Benetton, and Fernando Alonso’s championship-winning car. They also showcase … Continue reading Renault F1 Story at the Champs-Elysees