Bernie Ecclestone, Bill France and the future of F1

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Bill France – the Bernie Ecclestone of NASCAR – passed away two weeks ago. France had a plan for who would run NASCAR after him – but does Ecclestone? France, the man who transformed NASCAR from a niche south American series into one of American’s top sports died at the age of 74. He suffered … Continue reading Bernie Ecclestone, Bill France and the future of F1

“Mario Andretti: A Driving Passion” (Gordon Kirby, 2001)

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Lewis Hamilton is a cracking F1 driver. But just how good a racer is he, really? I want to see how he would adapt his turn-in style to the British Touring Car Championship in a front wheel drive Seat Leon. I want to see him tackle the Indianapolis 500 where they turn 230mph average laps … Continue reading “Mario Andretti: A Driving Passion” (Gordon Kirby, 2001)

NASCAR fans banned

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Following the dangerous behaviour of several NASCAR fans at the recent Talladega race, it’s heartening to see that the circuit has banned those responsible from future events. Zero tolerance is the only way to deal with those who would jeopardise driver safety just because they don’t like a result. NASCAR fans arrested after Talladega disgrace … Continue reading NASCAR fans banned

“Mario Andretti World Champion” (Nigel Roebuck, 1979)

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Regular readers of Nigel Roebuck’s “Fifth Column” in Autosport will know he has a couple of all-time favourite drivers. If Mario Andretti isn’t number one, he’s surely a close second to Gilles Villeneuve. But a professional closeness and admiration for someone can be a mixed blessing when it comes to writing a biography of them. … Continue reading “Mario Andretti World Champion” (Nigel Roebuck, 1979)

F1 in the blogs 21

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Formula 1 2007 is go and as the new season gets underway there’s the predictable rush of speculation and argument. Are the new tyre rules dumbing down the sport? What if the ‘B’ teams beat the ‘A’ teams? And what about that problematic points system? Catch up on the latest in the F1 blogs.

“My cars, my career” (Stirling Moss with Doug Nye, 1987)

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Having recently looked at F1 driver autobiographies from two different generations (Alex Zanardi and Niki Lauda) I decided to turn to another, even earlier subject – Stirling Moss. He collaborated on this fascinating autobiographical work with Doug Nye in 1987. Its structure is a simple chronological ‘guide’ to every car he ever raced, interspersed with … Continue reading “My cars, my career” (Stirling Moss with Doug Nye, 1987)

How do you solve a problem like Toyota?

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Are you a passionate, devoted fan of Panasonic Toyota Racing? Did you heart beat with anticipation during the unveiling of the TF107 last week? Will you tune in to the Australian Grand Prix in eight weeks’ time, praying for an all red-and-white front row? Probably not. According to last year’s FIA survey Toyota were the … Continue reading How do you solve a problem like Toyota?

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