What do F1 drivers do in the off-season?

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Chaz sent in this question via Skribit: What do drivers do to keep up their race craft when season ends until it begins again five months later? With poor Mark Webber breaking his leg during an off-season activity this weekend F1 drivers may find their winter fun even more tightly restricted in the future. Here’s … Continue reading What do F1 drivers do in the off-season?

Jimmie Johnson is NASCAR’s #1 again – but how would he fare in Formula 1?

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Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR title for the third year in a row last week. In the past six years he’s also been runner-up twice, in 2003 and 2004. He doesn’t fit the NASCAR stereotype of a drawling redneck: Johnson is from California and flies to races in a Gulfstream jet. He’s also clearly one … Continue reading Jimmie Johnson is NASCAR’s #1 again – but how would he fare in Formula 1?

Did Bernie Ecclestone really scrap the South African Grand Prix over apartheid?

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The disquiet over Bernie Ecclestone’s remarks on racism which appeared in several newspapers recently has apparently calmed down after Ecclestone cleared things up with Lewis Hamilton and his family: I meant [the supporters who targeted Hamilton in Spain] were a joke, clowns… I’ve spoken with Lewis’s dad Anthony and he understands, everything’s fine. But some … Continue reading Did Bernie Ecclestone really scrap the South African Grand Prix over apartheid?

Nico H???lkenberg wins 2008 F3 Euroseries title at Le Mans

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Nico H???lkenberg captured the 2008 Formula Thre Euroseries championship in a less than inspiring fashion. He failed to get away at the start of the first race at Le Mans in France this weekend, and fell to the back of the field. But with title rival Edoardo Mortara unable to reach the seventh place he … Continue reading Nico H???lkenberg wins 2008 F3 Euroseries title at Le Mans

What cricket fans have to say about F1 as the BBC turns its back on them

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Most British F1 fans I know are delighted the sport will return to the BBC next year. But many cricket fans have reacted with anger to the news last week that their sport of choice will no longer be on the same channel – and lashed out at the corporation taking the F1 rights instead. … Continue reading What cricket fans have to say about F1 as the BBC turns its back on them

Why can?t they show F1 races at BTCC rounds? (BTCC)

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The British Touring Car Championship has revealed the dates of its 2009 races. In the press release the series organisers explained the decision for releasing the dates of the race weekends before announcing where the races would actually be held: Inevitably our dates are largely driven by the desire to avoid as many F1 races … Continue reading Why can?t they show F1 races at BTCC rounds? (BTCC)

2008 British Grand Prix preview: Toyota vs Red Bull vs Renault vs Williams

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Behind the top three of Ferrari, McLaren and BMW the battle among the midfield teams is just as excitingly close. Not least because it’s two factory teams versus their two customers: 4. Red Bull-Renault 24 5. Toyota 23 6. Williams-Toyota 15 7. Renault 12 Toyota made a major step forward in France, scoring their first … Continue reading 2008 British Grand Prix preview: Toyota vs Red Bull vs Renault vs Williams

The Ben Evans Column: F1 and tennis

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If there was any doubt before France that Lewis Hamilton?s F1 honeymoon was over there certainly isn?t now. In a weekend where the McLaren team was subject to some extremely harsh penalties (why was Heikki Kovalainen penalised but not Kimi Raikkonen during qualifying?) Hamilton?s race was effectively over midway through the first lap.

Poll: Should drivers keep their numbers?

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27. 46. 5. Some numbers are instantly recognisable to motor racing fans being linked with one driver – whether it’s Gilles Villeneuve, Valentino Rossi, Nigel Mansell, or someone else. At present F1 drivers either get the number 1 if they won the world champioship, or else have to take a number based on their team’s … Continue reading Poll: Should drivers keep their numbers?

FIA?s plans for Formula 2 shows Max Mosley wants war with Bernie Ecclestone

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A surprise announcement from today?s FIA World Motor Sports Council today revealed the FIA wishes to set up a new feeder series to Formula 1. It will be called Formula 2, reviving the name used for a similar series until 1984, before it was replaced by Formula 3000 and, later, GP2. But why is the … Continue reading FIA?s plans for Formula 2 shows Max Mosley wants war with Bernie Ecclestone

Video: Jackie Stewart on driving style

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In this fascinating video three-times F1 world champion Jackie Stewart talks about how racing drivers refine their technique for different racing circuits, how cars are developed throughout a Formula 1 season, and how drivers co-operate with their engineers to refine it to their style.