Championship points after the French GP

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Felipe Massa now leads the F1 drivers’ championship for the first time in his career. It’s also the first time a Brazilian driver has led the championship in 15 years, since Ayrton Senna topped the table after the 1993 Monaco Grand Prix. There was more good news for another Brazilian driver, Nelson Piquet Jnr, who … Continue reading Championship points after the French GP

2008 French GP qualifying: Raikkonen storms to Ferrari’s 200th pole position

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Ferrari were in crushing form at Magny-Cours and annexed the front row of the grid with little difficulty, Kimi Raikkonen leading Felipe Massa. It was Ferrari’s 200th pole position at a circuit where they’ve enjoyed great success in recent years. Lewis Hamilton, in what is expected to be a lightly-fuelled McLaren, was unable to beat … Continue reading 2008 French GP qualifying: Raikkonen storms to Ferrari’s 200th pole position

Fernando Alonso takes a swipe at Lewis Hamilton over driving errors

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These days interviews with drivers tend to be the same recycled PR platitudes over and over. ‘The team did a great job’. ‘The car was really good’. ‘We’re looking forward to the next race’. ‘For sure’. It’s unusual to hear one of them slagging off their rivals as Fernando Alonso has with Lewis Hamilton today: … Continue reading Fernando Alonso takes a swipe at Lewis Hamilton over driving errors

Kubica, Schumacher and Hamilton: Why they are ‘the ones who got away’

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Robert Kubica scored his maiden Grand Prix win for BMW this weekend. But if someone at Renault had been paying better attention four years ago he could have been driving for them instead. He’s not the only top driver to have slipped through the fingers of a top team early in his career. For a … Continue reading Kubica, Schumacher and Hamilton: Why they are ‘the ones who got away’

Why do million-dollar F1 drivers keep making mistakes at red lights?

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Lewis Hamilton would be best advised to skip today’s newspapers. Unless he wants to read several unfortunate comparisons between his father’s prang in a Porsche last week and his crash with Kimi Raikkonen in the pits (see video here). Hamilton is not the only F1 driver to have messed up at a red light in … Continue reading Why do million-dollar F1 drivers keep making mistakes at red lights?

2008 Canadian GP qualifying: Hamilton takes pole as track starts to crumble

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Lewis Hamilton put his McLaren on pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix but there are concerns about tomorrow’s race due to the state of the Circuit Villeneuve track. The session was hardly a few minutes old when it became clear that the track was disintegrating particularly at the Casino hairpin. It may jeopardise the … Continue reading 2008 Canadian GP qualifying: Hamilton takes pole as track starts to crumble

F1 blogs & more: Raikkonen retiring?

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A selection of highlights from F1 blogs and news sites including speculation on Kimi Raikkonen retiring at the end of the year. Plus the latest on the new Valencia and Singapore street tracks, Lewis Hamilton samples a hard-tuned Porsche. and Niki Lauda appears on a chat show with a difference.

2008 Monaco Grand Prix notes

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Here are my notes on last week’s Monaco Grand Prix. Some people have suggested it showed McLaren now have the upper hand in the championship but I’m not convinced. Plus, Massa’s impressive start to the race, the drivers who missed opportunities, and more.

Might have been Hamilton: Magnussen

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Concluding the two-part series begun yesterday Ben Evans looks at the career of Dane Jan Magnussen (right, with Rubens Barrichello), another ex-McLaren driver who showed great promise in his pre-F1 career but never reached the heights expected of him in Formula 1. In Formula Ford and Formula 3 both McNish and Magnussen were-once-in-a generation fast, … Continue reading Might have been Hamilton: Magnussen

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