Next year’s F1 calendar will include three street circuits – the most since the 1991 calendar took in Monte-Carlo, Adelaide and Pheonix. Are you glad to see F1 bringing the show right into the hearts of major cities? Or are street tracks slow and potentially unsafe gimmicks that belong in Champ Car and the Indy … Continue reading Debate: More street tracks good for F1?
Ron Dennis and McLaren-Mercedes made an almighty mess of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. But even though I think the punishment meted out to Alonso was just, I have some sympathy for them team over what happened. It would be better for the sport if McLaren’s championship points were reinstated at the appeal hearing.
Since McLaren escaped last week’s World Motor Sports Council hearing without punishment last week, the war of words between Ferrari and McLaren has escalated profoundly. First Jean Todt attacked, saying that Ferrari would have been punished had they been in the same position, adding there was, “not even a sign of logic in this verdict.” … Continue reading Debate: Has F1 been brought into disrepute?
With attention turning to the driver market for 2008, several of F1’s seasoned campaigners have already bagged contract extensions. Rubens Barrichello will stay with Honda – and should surpass Riccardo Patrese’s record number of career starts (256) early next year). David Coulthard is set for a fourth year at Red Bull – when many had … Continue reading Debate: Youth vs experience
Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Adrian Sutil and Scott Speed all found themselves in the gravel on the outside of turn on after a downpour at the start of last weekend’s race. Button, Rosberg, Liuzzi, Sutil and Speed all retired. Hamilton waited in the car with his engine turned on, got dragged … Continue reading Debate: Was Hamilton’s restart legal?
BMW’s Mario Theissen wants the FIA to delay rules planned for 2009 that would require teams to use energy recovery systems on their cars. FIA president Max Mosley is pushing for kinetic energy recovery systems to be mandatory on F1 cars to make them more environmentally friendly and road relevant. Do you want to see … Continue reading Debate: Postpone energy recovery rules?
Ferrari-McLaren scandal, Stepney-gate, the Ferrari espionage affair – call it what you will, everyone’s talking about it. Lewis Hamilton may be big news in the back pages of newspapers but the increasingly strange details of industrial espionage between F1’s two top teams is commanding column inches in the front pages. Every top sport from football … Continue reading Debate: Stepney scandal good for F1?
We’ve just passed the halfway point in the championship and the battle for the title remains as finely poised as ever: 1. Lewis Hamilton 70 2. Fernando Alonso 58 3. Kimi Raikkonen 52 4. Felipe Massa 51 With eight races left, who will be champion this year?
Silverstone circuit has hinted that fans might be allowed to come onto the track after the British Grand Prix has finished. The Daily Mail yesterday quoted track operations manager Gary Dearn saying they were, “considering allowing some spectators on to the pit straight at the end.” Track invasions at Silverstone common in the years of … Continue reading Debate: Should Silverstone allow track invasions?
Formula 1 might have seen the last of the Circuit Nevers. Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that F1 will not return to the isolated venue in the future. F1 has raced at the track for the past 17 years and has seen precious few great races. So are you glad to see the back … Continue reading Debate: Will you miss Magny-Cours?
It’s Renault’s home race this weekend but it doesn’t look as though a repeat of their 2005 victory is likely. The team lies fourth in the constructors’ championships with 25 points. After seven rounds last year they led the championship with 91, 28 more than Ferrari. Are last year’s champions going to end the year … Continue reading Debate: Will Renault win a race this year?
What on earth happened to Ferrari? At the start of the year it was if the Schumacher dream team had never gone away. Kimi Raikkonen cruised to victory at Melbourne with one hand on the wheel. Despite a hiccup in Malaysia Felipe Massa was the man to beat in Bahrain and Spain. But now McLaren … Continue reading Debate: Ferrari throwing the championship away?
It’s the year of the super-rookies. Seven races in and Lewis Hamilton hasn’t been off the podium yet. Sebastian Vettel just became the first teenager to score an F1 point. Has F1 gotten too easy? Or is it just coincidence?
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s contract to hold the United States Grand Prix runs out this year – should it get an extension on the contract? Or should the race be held somewhere else. The circuit has been criticised for being too unchallenging for the drivers and not worthy of the evocative name ‘Indianapolis’. But American … Continue reading Debate: Where should the US Grand Prix be held?
A light-hearted debate this afternoon, I thought. ITV have been bringing F1 races to us in Britain live for over a decade. From the original funky Jamiroquai theme, to the Bachman Turner Overdrive remix, to today’s Moby tune, which is the best? Check out the videos below and pick your favourite.
Every F1 car is an exercise in function over form. But sometimes the by-product of ultimate speed is automotive beauty. Most F1 fans can reel off a list of the F1 cars they found the most attractive. Today’s cars are distinctive for being peculiarly narrow – as demanded by the regulations – and bristling with … Continue reading Debate: Are 2007 F1 cars ugly?
What other F1 websites do you view? Got any particular favourites? Perhaps you run an F1 or motor racing site of your own – if you do, please post a comment below and tell us what’s on your site.
Ralf Schumacher is the second highest-paid driver in Formula 1. He earns more money than double world champion Fernando Alonso. These are his results compared to Toyota team mate Jarno Trulli so far this year:
Both have been hailed as the greatest race in the world – and both take place this Sunday. Each has a long and proud history and have been won by the greats of motor racing. But with American open wheel motor racing in a terrible state, does the Monaco Grand Prix outstrip the Indianapolis 500 … Continue reading Debate: Monaco Grand Prix vs Indy 500
Scott Speed is under pressure. The season started poorly for him when team boss Gerhard Berger waited until the 11th hour before confirming him alongside Vitantonio Liuzzi. This week his Toro Rosso team are testing three times Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais for the second time. Rumours link BMW protege Sebastian Vettel with Speed’s seat … Continue reading Debate: Scott Speed heading out of Toro Rosso?