John Surtees, who died today at the age of 83, achieved the unique feat of becoming world champion on two wheels and four.
A special tribute to 1964 champion John Surtees forms part of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed including F1 cars he drove and entered as a team owner.
Two British title-winners go head-to-head in the latest round of Champion of Champions.
The second day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed saw Formula 1 drivers past and present driving a selection of spectacular racing machines. World champion Jenson Button drove Alain Prost’s McLaren which won the 1986 world championship while Mark Webber demonstrated last year’s Red Bull. Bruno Senna drove his uncle’s last McLaren and HRT team … Continue reading Button, Webber, Senna, Hakkinen and more in action at Goodwood (Pictures)
I’ve just heard the terrible news that Henry Surtees, son of former F1 champion John Surtees, died today following a crash in a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch. He was 18 years old. The accident happened in the second of the day’s F2 races. Surtees’ crash helmet struck a wheel which had been lost … Continue reading Henry Surtees dies after F2 crash
Ferrari’s new 2009 F1 car launched yesterday may mark another change in the team’s somewhat esoteric approach to naming its cars. Here’s a brief guide to how Ferrari have named their F1 cars from 1950 to 2009.
He may be the youngest ever Formula 1 world champion but the British public snubbed Lewis Hamilton in the voting for Sports Personality of the Year 2008. Hamilton was beaten by cyclist Chris Hoy, who was supposed to be racing Hamilton in the Race of Champions at Wembley today. That event was cancelled due to … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton loses Sports Personality of the Year Award for a second year
The fourth part of our series looking at F1’s 100 winners includes four champions: Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, John Surtees and Denny Hulme. Plus which Italian driver only won once – at home, in a Ferrari? Read on to find out.
Poor Felipe Massa. Had his Ferrari engine gone three laps further he?óÔé¼Ôäód be sitting on top of the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó championship now. Formula 1 cars may be extremely reliable nowadays but they do break down occasionally. But it’s one thing to drop out of the race in the early stages – it’s quite another when you’re … Continue reading Last-lap losers (p1/2)
Kimi Raikkonen achieved Ferrari’s 200th pole position in qualifying for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix. The Italian team are far ahead of their rivals in terms of total pole positions, with McLaren on 135 and Williams on 125. Here’s a complete breakdown of their achievement including every driver who scored a pole position for Ferrari.
Kimi Raikkonen won his first title – and Lewis Hamilton joined the bitter collection of drivers to lose the championship lead in the final round. Plus another former F1 driver’s son made his F1 debut, and all the other interesting statistics from the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen has become Finland’s third world champion by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix. He is the 28th F1 world champion in 58 years. It comes after he finished runner-up in the 2003 championship (to Michael Schumacher) and in 2005 (to Fernando Alonso) His triumph puts Finland up to fifth among the countries that have … Continue reading Kimi Raikkonen finally wins the F1 title
Three drivers will go into the last race of the season still able to win the championship. It’s the first time this has happened since 1986.
Kimi Raikkonen’s victory in the Chinese Grand Prix was the 200th Grand Prix win for Ferrari. The great Italian team is the only outfit that was present in the first ever championship Grand Prix still competing in Formula One. Until 1988 the team was headed by founder Enzo Ferrari. But it has won more races … Continue reading Ferrari score their 200th Grand Prix victory
The bookies reckon if Fernando Alonso is to storm out of McLaren at the end of the year it will be to return to his former team Renault. Also in the news this week, work set to begin on the Singapore street circuit and a young Canadian scoops the Gilles Villeneuve award.
The classic names of F1 are all returning to the sport: Senna, Mansell, Prost, Piquet, Lauda and more could all be a feature on the grid one day. A quick search threw up 20 such drivers in the lower echelons of motor sport that could break into F1. Can you think of any others? Two … Continue reading F1’s famous names return
With the season getting close F1 bloggers are asking big questions. Like will Lewis Hamilton eclipse Jenson Button as the British media darling? Are there too many young drivers in F1 today? And how on earth does Ralf Schumacher command a higher pay packet than Fernando Alonso? All this plus our most recommended post of … Continue reading F1 in the blogs 19
John Surtees: Tip-top bloke whose stunning and unmatched achievement doesn’t get talked about often enough. That being the unique feat of winning both motorcycle and motor-car world championships. This Duke video in the ‘Champions’ series provides opportunity to see this great, under-rated British champion at work.
In the news this week a few interesting developments in the driver market as Adrian Sutil will make his race debut as a rookie in 2007 with Spyker, Sebastian Bourdais courts an ’08 race seat with Toro Rosso, and Timo Glock nabs a testing contract. This and more in our weekly headlines round-up.
The battle for the Formula One drivers’ championship has gone down to the final race. As much as F1 gets slated for being ‘predictable’, this is not as unusual an event as you might think.