Mosley and teams set to clash again

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Today brought new evidence of an impending and potentially massive clash between the FIA and the Formula 1 teams over costs. While FOTA is already talking about relaxing the restrictions on testing in 2009, Max Mosley is pushing for massive cuts to drastically reduce the cost of competition to around ??50m. And rumours claim he’s … Continue reading Mosley and teams set to clash again

Is the FIA’s take on medals irrelevant? Clive thinks not – here’s why

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Guest writer Clive of F1 Insight takes another look at the FIA’s take on Bernie Ecclestone’s contentious ‘medals’ plan. To be fair to the FIA, their list of what would have happened in the past if a medals system had been in place is relevant because it is, at least, an attempt to test the … Continue reading Is the FIA’s take on medals irrelevant? Clive thinks not – here’s why

How do the 2009 F1 cars compare to other single-seater racing cars?

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The 2009-style F1 cars have got a lukewarm reaction from fans – less than half of F1 Fanatic readers thought they looked good when we did a poll on it last week. To get to the heart of what’s gone wrong with F1 car aesthetics I thought we should compare them to top single-seaters from … Continue reading How do the 2009 F1 cars compare to other single-seater racing cars?

Formula 1’s lost nations: New Zealand

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Last world champion: Denny Hulme, 1967 Last Grand Prix winner: Denny Hulme, McLaren, Buenos Aires, 1974 Last Grand Prix starter: Mike Thackwell, RAM, Montreal, 1984 Last Grand Prix: None held Only eight drivers from New Zealand have ever started Grands Prix. But they include a world champion, the founder of one of the great F1 … Continue reading Formula 1’s lost nations: New Zealand

Formula 1’s lost nations: Austria

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Last world champion: Niki Lauda, 1984 Last Grand Prix winner: Gerhard Berger, Hockenheimring, Benetton-Renault, 1997 Last Grand Prix starter: Alexander Wurz, Shanghai, Williams, 2007 Last Grand Prix: A1-Ring, 2003 Austria is the only European country on this list. It has had championship winners and dozens of Grands Prix, but no race and active driver today.

The FIA ??analysis? of Ecclestone?s medals proposal is flawed and irrelevant

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Bernie Ecclestone?s plan to replace the F1 points system with the awarding of ??medals? for winners has been widely received as a bad idea. Today the FIA waded into the argument by publishing some research. Their effort shows much the same lack of care and consideration that Ecclestone put his idea forward with. Titled ??The … Continue reading The FIA ??analysis? of Ecclestone?s medals proposal is flawed and irrelevant

Formula 1?s lost nations: South Africa

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Last world champion: Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, 1979 Last Grand Prix winner: Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, Monza, 1979 Last Grand Prix starter: Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, Watkins Glen, 1980 Last Grand Prix: Kyalami, 1993 South Africa was a Grand Prix host for many years. But its only driver to attain Grand Prix success was Jody Scheckter – the … Continue reading Formula 1?s lost nations: South Africa

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