F1 winners don’t use drugs

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The height of the summer sporting season is passing and once again two sports are left to rue another year spoiled by drugs scandals. In cycling, Floyd Landis faces being stripped of his Tour de France victory after testing positive for excessive and unnatural levels of testosterone. In athletics, world and Olympic 100 metres champion … Continue reading F1 winners don’t use drugs

Could BBC open ‘Grand Prix’ archive?

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The BBC’s web chief Ashley Highfield spoke in an interview with The Independent today about how he wants to open the BBC’s archives via the Internet. Of greatest interest to Formula One fans would be the archives of Grand Prix, the BBC’s Formula One coverage programme which ran from 1978 to 1996. The two most … Continue reading Could BBC open ‘Grand Prix’ archive?

Wet tyres: Have Michelin turned the tables?

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Four years ago when rain fell on a race that meant a Bridgestone benefit. But at last weekend’s wet Hungarian Grand Prix the Ferraris, Toyotas and Williams all struggled for pace relative to the Michelin runners – even ‘regenmeister’ Michael Schumacher. That was the third rain-disrupted race in a row than Michelin have won. So … Continue reading Wet tyres: Have Michelin turned the tables?

Shanghai offer special Schumacher and Alonso seats

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Promoters of the third Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai have come up wih the unusual step of offering separate seating for fans of title duellists Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso. Schumacher fans get stand H and Alonso fans stand K which are opposite each other on the entrance and exit (respectively) of the hairpin corner … Continue reading Shanghai offer special Schumacher and Alonso seats

Will Villeneuve replace injured Da Matta?

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Former Formula One driver Cristiano Da Matta recently suffered a terrible crash in testing for the Champ Car World Series round at Elkhart Lake. At over 140 kph he struck a deer that had somehow gotten onto the track. Da Matta (pictured in 2003 with former team mate Olivier Panis and the managing director of … Continue reading Will Villeneuve replace injured Da Matta?

Trackside: win GP Masters tickets and more

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This week’s Trackside followed up Paul Tracy and Alex Tagliani’s fist fight in San Jose Champ Cars with a look at some of the most memorable pit lane punch ups. Featuring Nelson Piquet vs. Eliseo Salazar, Nigel Mansell vs. Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher vs. David Coulthard. Plus win Lotus books and tickets to next … Continue reading Trackside: win GP Masters tickets and more

F1 car makers threaten walk-out

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The stakes have been raised in the dispute between the FIA and car manufacturers over the FIA’s controversial plans to freeze engine development. According to an article in today’s Sunday Times the GPMA-aligned manufacturers are threatening to leave the sport if the terms of Max Mosley’s engine plans are not changed. One executive summer up … Continue reading F1 car makers threaten walk-out

Hungary for controversy?

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Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher both punished before the Grand Prix gets started? You better believe it happened, and here’s how. Fernando Alonso brake-tests Robert Doornbos (video, external) Alonso was held up by Doornbos in the second practice session on Friday. He reated by waving his fist at the Red Bull-Ferrari test driver, and brake … Continue reading Hungary for controversy?

Can Hungary serve up a Suzuka?

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Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso’s indiscretions in practice at the Hungaroring have left them 11th and 15th respectively on the grid. The last time we saw such a grid was at Suzuka last year when Schumacher started 14th, Alonso 16th and Kimi Raikkonen 17th. Raikkonen won from Giancarlo Fisischella, followed by Alonso with Schumacher seventh. … Continue reading Can Hungary serve up a Suzuka?