F1 links: Walker’s win and Alonso’s deal

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It’s out! Alonso has a Ferrari contract My good friend and colleague Pino Allievi is writing in La Gazetta dello Sport in Italy that Fernando Alonso has a four year contract with Ferrari starting 2011, but with clauses which allow that contract to be brought forward one year to 2010. Fans vote John Motson’s Tottenham … Continue reading F1 links: Walker’s win and Alonso’s deal

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?

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

Debate: Are some starting grids unfair?

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Nik left an interesting comment in the Turkish Grand Prix Facts and Stats article about how much of an advantage the drivers who started on the clean side of the grid had at Istanbul: Hamilton (third) overtook Kovalainen (second) Kubica (fifth) overtook Raikkonen (fourth) and Kovalainen (second) Alonso (seventh) overtook Webber (sixth) and Raikkonen (fourth) … Continue reading Debate: Are some starting grids unfair?

Video: Funny F1 moments

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And now for something completely different. It’s Sunday afternoon and, as a break from the story we’re all a bit sick of, here’s a selection of some of my favourite funny F1 moments – featuring Nigel Mansell, Mika Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher, and everyone’s favourite F1 comedy double act: Nelson Piquet and Eliseo Salazar.

The Ben Evans column: qualified failure

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Another week, another qualifying rules change, as F1 strives to create a made-for-TV-extravaganza that also produces a good race. The one-hour, 12 lap, sessions used to be cracking TV and a rare opportunity to see what the teams and drivers could conjure up when they focussed their efforts on a single banzai lap. Problem was … Continue reading The Ben Evans column: qualified failure

Mosley refuses to resign over scandal

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Max Mosley has issued a statement about the infamous News of the World allegations, two days after the claims were made by the newspaper. Mosley claimed he has been the target of, “a covert investigation of my private life and background has been undertaken by a group specialising in such things, for reasons and clients … Continue reading Mosley refuses to resign over scandal