Three races in, three different winners. The 2008 season hasn’t quite taken shape yet – there are still more questions than answers – but over the next few races that’s bound to change. Barcelona and Istanbul are next on the itinerary and both are Ferrari strongholds. The red team have won five of the last … Continue reading The races that will define the season
Michael Schumacher was back at the wheel of an F1 car this week. But sadly it seems we will not see him return to the track to take on Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari, and square up against new talent like Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica. He’s probably done enough winning in F1 and that … Continue reading Which Schumacher title was the best?
The first official test since the start of the season ended at Barcelona today. The four-day test threw up some confusing times as some drivers tried out slick tyres for next year while others stayed on grooves, and today’s running was spoiled by rain. They will be back at the track in just eight days … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 11: Catalunya
Rumours began circulating that Ferrari were readying a radical new nose cone arrangement several weeks ago. They finally tested the device in public at Barcelona today and Autosport has a picture. Ferrari has essentially created a slotted hole in the nose through which air can pass. It allows air to flow at high pressure through … Continue reading Ferrari has an unusual new nose
When Robert Kubica put his BMW second on the grid at Melbourne I asked just how fast are BMW – and quite a few of you were cautious not to predict big things for them on the strength of one qualifying performance. Now three races in they’ve had their first pole position and are leading … Continue reading Are BMW championship contenders?
Here are some of the stats and facts from the Bahrain Grand Prix – post any more you’ve spotted below…
Ferrari made it look easy in the Bahrain Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton’s bid for victory self-destructed once again.
On paper, Bahrain should be an easy win for Ferrari. The team have usually been strong here, with victories in 2004 and 2007, and the slimmest of defeats in 2006 (to a seriously inspired Fernando Alonso). Plus the F2008 seems to have a decisive edge in performance over the McLaren MP4-23s at the moment. Is … Continue reading 2008 Bahrain GP preview: Ferrariland
Two races, two DNFs for Felipe Massa. There were plenty of people speculating that the Ferrari driver would struggle without traction control and electronic engine braking – and they appear to have been proven correct.
Who’s ahead in the battle at the top? Lewis Hamilton was fastest of all in practice but Ferrari seem to be quicker over long stints…
Australia was an unmitigated disaster for Ferrari, and the Italian press left them in no doubt of that. Tuttosport said: “Raikkonen was a shadow of himself and Massa [was] inattentive. Not since 1992 has Ferrari started a season so badly.” They pointed out that it was the team’s first race without Jean Todt (who joined … Continue reading 2008 Malaysian GP preview: the Ferrari fight back
Lewis Hamilton shrugged off the disappointment of losing the 2007 championship at the final round and started the new season back at the front of the title race.
Nick Heidfeld has publicly praised a system he claims McLaren have to make their starts more effective. He told Sport Bild: McLaren have a starting system that allows [Lewis] Hamilton and [Heikki] Kovalainen to pull away with only 9,000 revs. On the other hand, we [BMW] need to use much higher speeds when we begin … Continue reading Heidfeld reveals McLaren start system
Felipe Massa’s peddling his hard luck stories again. Pass me the miniature violin: Hopefully this weekend will go better than the last two in Australia. I have not been so lucky at this circuit in the past. This after his claim that he lost last year’s title because of bad luck. No other driver chooses … Continue reading Stop whingeing, Felipe
Here’s a selection of some of my favourite pictures from winter testing along with high resolution versions.
When I did the site redesign last week I added a list of F1Fanatic’s most popular posts in the menu on the right. Unfortunately it does not cover all the articles published from 2005-7 because not all of the data is available. However I have been able to compile a list of the ten most … Continue reading The top 10 posts on F1Fanatic.co.uk
What are your predictions for 2008? Here are mine… Who will have the best car? Ferrari. On balance, an F2007 was the car to have last year, and at the very least I expect them to have slightly increased their advantage over McLaren. Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? If it … Continue reading 2008: Predictions
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?
A few years ago I went for dinner at one of those trendy Italian restaurants where the tablecloth is a big sheet of paper and they give you a jar of crayons. Knowing one of the waiters was an F1 fan I scrawled “Forza Minardi” in fat letters on my side of the table. “Who … Continue reading Forza Minardi! (Simon Vigar, 2008)
On paper, 2008 should be all about Ferrari. Double champions last year, they ended the season on an upswing in form that saw them dominate the Brazilian Grand Prix. They appear to have carried that momentum through into the off-season where Kimi Raikkonen has usually been the man to beat. As far as technical director … Continue reading 2008: Ferrari