Formula 1?s lost nations: Canada

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Last world champion: Jacques Villeneuve, Williams, 1997 Last Grand Prix winner: Jacques Villeneuve, Nurburgring, 1997 Last Grand Prix starter: Jacques Villeneuve, BMW, Hockenheimring, 2006 Last Grand Prix: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2008 Canada is a new addition to the ‘lost nations’: Its Grand Prix has just been cancelled, and it had a former world champion … Continue reading Formula 1?s lost nations: Canada

Formula 1?s lost nations: USA

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Last world champion: Mario Andretti, Lotus, 1978 Last Grand Prix winner: Mario Andretti, Lotus, Zandvoort, 1978 Last Grand Prix starter: Scott Speed, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2007 Last Grand Prix: Indianapolis, 2007 Although F1 has never been hugely popular in America, and probably never will be, it has a small but dedicated following in the … Continue reading Formula 1?s lost nations: USA

F1 links: Raikkonen rally video

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Kimi R??ikk??nen at the Arctic Lapland Rally Video and photos of Kimi Raikkonen in the Arctic Lapland rally. Technical Briefing With Charlie Whiting Charlie Whiting explains the 2009 rules. But don’t be surprised if he suddenly changes his mind about them… I hope India hosts F1 race by 2011: Karthikeyan ‘”It is just possible. Now … Continue reading F1 links: Raikkonen rally video

The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong

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The final 2009 F1 rules published by the FIA a few weeks ago revealed that the much-derided ??pit lane closure? rule, which ruined several drivers’ races in 2007 and 2008, is finally being dropped. But today the it has revealed that instead of returning to the pre-2007 safety car rules, drives (and fans) will have … Continue reading The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong

F1 links: “We could sue the arse off them”

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Bernie Ecclestone bucks the trend in drawing up plans to avoid another Honda Bernie Ecclestone: “I always said we should give all those fancy engineers gold-plated consoles and send them off somewhere to play. That’s all they do anyway and it would be far cheaper. We could get the real job done. If the manufacturers … Continue reading F1 links: “We could sue the arse off them”

F1 links: 2011 Indian Grand Prix bid

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India ‘will host 2011 Grand Prix’ ‘Ecclestone insists he and Indian company Jaiprakash Associates Ltd are “fully committed” to the project. “Of course we will deliver… otherwise we wouldn’t have entered into an agreement,” said Ecclestone.’ The financing of Formula 1 “Formula 1 is a big draw but when one analyzes the brand, there are … Continue reading F1 links: 2011 Indian Grand Prix bid

Damon Hill to get honourary fellowship

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The University of Northampton is to give 1996 Formula 1 champion Damon Hill an honourary fellowship. Hill, who is now President of the British Racing Drivers? Club, will receive the award next month. Press release in full: Formula One World Champion and President of the British Racing Drivers? Club Damon Hill OBE and Theatre Director … Continue reading Damon Hill to get honourary fellowship

2009 F1 testing notes: January 22nd (Update: new video and pictures added)

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Testing for the 2009 F1 season continues at three different venues today in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Heikki Kovalainen and Kazuki Nakajima are among the drivers getting their first taste of 2009 F1 cars. Ferrari and BMW are still testing on their own but yesterday we saw the first side-by-side test of 2009-specification cars in … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing notes: January 22nd (Update: new video and pictures added)