Dissatisfaction in the Williams team with their start to the season has become focused on the performance of lead driver Nico Rosberg. That the merest hint of criticism of Rosberg was allowed to creep into the team?óÔé¼Ôäós official press release after the Spanish Grand Prix hints at the depth of the team?óÔé¼Ôäós concerns. Patrick Head … Continue reading Williams to replace Rosberg for 2010?
F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer looks back on the F1 career of Toyota’s Jarno Trulli. The Monaco Grand Prix has given lots of people a day in the spotlight lately – they’ve had 7 different winners in the past 8 years. One of them was Jarno Trulli. While his win here in 2004 has been … Continue reading Jarno Trulli’s F1 career in video (part 1)
With Monaco Grand Prix practice starting on Thursday we’ll be live blogging earlier than usual this week. Join us here for live blogging during all five sessions of the Monaco Grand Prix at the times below. We’re also looking for people to help moderate the live blogs. If you’d like to help out please leave … Continue reading Monaco Grand Prix live blogs
As revealed on Friday, Ferrari today are attempting to prosecute the FIA in the French courts for, they claim, breaking the terms of their now-infamous 2005 agreement. The outcome of the trial could be crucial for the future of the sport, but most likely it will prove just another chapter in the latest F1 row … Continue reading Ferrari to present case against FIA
A few weeks ago I mentioned I was being interviewed for a Radio 4 programme called “What?óÔé¼Ôäós the point of Formula 1?”. The finished show airs today. You can catch the half-hour show on Radio 4 at 9am and 9.30pm, and after that it should be available on BBC iPlayer for a week. As far … Continue reading “What’s the point of Formula One?” – Radio 4 programme featuring me today
Q & A with USF1’s Ken Anderson Interestingly he doesn't confirm they would use the budget cap. Racing Engineering hoping to enter F1 in 2011 "One of the GP2 teams showing its interest to move up one level is Racing Engineering, owned by Spanish business man Alfonso de Orleans." Williams wants established drivers Patrick Head: … Continue reading F1 links: USF1 not sure about budget cap
The Monaco Grand Prix weather forecast indicates we’re not going to have a repeat of last year’s heavy rain this time. Meteo France, official suppliers of weather forecasts to the F1 teams, predicts three days of dry running, though Saturday and Sunday will be cloudy. The European weather rainfall radar shows no signs of rain … Continue reading Monaco Grand Prix weather forecast
Here are the BBC F1 broadcast times for the Monaco Grand Prix practice and qualifying, and the race itself: Thursday 21 May Monaco Grand Prix first practice: 8.55-10.35am, BBC red button and online (video), BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra (audio) Monaco Grand Prix second practice: 12.55-2.35pm, BBC red button and online (video), BBC Radio … Continue reading Monaco Grand Prix TV times
With a great sense of timing the F1 world, torn apart by rows over how much the teams should be allowed to spend, heads to round six at Monaco – where conspicuous consumption is a way of life. Whatever F1 does to itself, the Monaco Grand Prix will hopefully always remain one of its great … Continue reading Unique Monaco offers opportunities for Brawn’s rivals (Monaco GP preview)
Silverstone could be sold to Bernie Ecclestone "This could be a sign that the BRDC is considering an end to the unequal struggle to make a profit from the grand prix while attempting to meet the financial demands of Bernie Ecclestone, formula one's commercial-rights holder. It could also pave the way for Ecclestone, or his … Continue reading F1 links: Ecclestone to buy Silverstone?
The political deadlock dominates the F1 headlines but on the hunch that many of you are as sick of it as I am I thought it would be a good time to write about something a bit more positive. We’ve had many discussions about whether the new technical rules for 2010 would improve the quality … Continue reading At least the racing is (slightly) better
In-depth interview – Max Mosley Video interview with Max Mosley on the BBC. He criticises Toyota F1 boss John Howett for being “childish” in trying to lead a walkout during the F1 rules discussions yesterday. KERS now available to Brawn GP Ross Brawn: “Mercedes have made [KERS] available to us. We’ve just got to find … Continue reading F1 links: Mosley criticises “childish” Howett
Today’s meeting between the F1 teams representatives, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone failed to resolve the row over the 2010 regulations. Two hours into the meeting Max Mosley received a text message from his lawyer informing him that Ferrari were beginning legal action in France to block the new rules. The proceedings came to a … Continue reading Stalemate: Ferrari taking FIA to court but who is in the right? (Poll)
Ferrari, Toyota, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Renault are threatening not to participate in the 2010 world championship. With the deadline for entries just two weeks away, the teams’ representatives are meeting FIA president Max Mosley and commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone to hammer out a deal. Will they get the job done? Will the impasse … Continue reading Compromise, stalemate, war: What will be the outcome of F1’s budget cap talks?
Lola moves ahead with F1 project “Following completion of its evaluation of the technical regulations for cost-capped Formula One teams announced by the FIA World Motorsport Council on 29th April 2009, the Lola Group is pleased to announce that it will be submitting an entry for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship?óÔÇ×?ó.” F3 squad … Continue reading F1 links: Lola and Litespeed’s 2010 entries
I’ve been invited to appear on Sky News’s Sky.com programme tonight to talk about – what else? – the budget caps row. If you’ve got Sky News tune in at 7pm tonight to see if I can explain budget capping, two-tiered regulations and FIA rules without confusing myself… I’ve been on the programme a couple … Continue reading Talking budget caps on TV tonight
Remember I said I didn’t see the point of autographs? I take it all back. Have a look at these great pictures from Igor’s massive collection of F1 driver autographs. From Vettel to Andretti, and Massa to Scheckter, his collection spans six decades of Formula 1 and mainly centres around Ferrari drivers, plus a few … Continue reading Six decades of great F1 drivers in Igor’s collection of pictures and autographs
Gianni Alemanno – the mayor of Rome – will be hoping that Ferrari’s threat to pull out of F1 is a bluffing exercise. This is the street circuit in Rome which is at the centre of Alemanno’s hopes to hold a Grand Prix from 2012. Update: See below for new track map and more details … Continue reading 2012 Rome Grand Prix circuit revealed
The pride of making Formula 1 great Ferrari now has a list of its F1 achievements on its home page which ends with the question: "Who wants this marvellous story to end?" Montezemolo to the fans: “Thank you for your support” "It is important to know that we can count on the support of our … Continue reading F1 links: Ferrari say fans back their stance
Bernie Ecclestone was widely quoted yesterday saying: If the work at Donington is not finished in time, we would be happy to skip a year. I don?óÔé¼Ôäót want to lose the British Grand Prix ?óÔé¼ÔÇØ that?óÔé¼Ôäós the last thing we want to do, but we aren?óÔé¼Ôäót going to Silverstone for sure. I’m not in the … Continue reading British Grand Prix to skip a year in 2010? They said that about San Marino…