Belgian GP 2007 facts & statistics

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The stats from the Belgian Grand Prix make depressing reading if you’re not a Ferrari fan. But while the red team wrapped up the constructors’ championship – appeals notwithstanding – the figures underline that the racing is hardly unpredictable these days. Only on three occasions has the driver leading at the end of lap one … Continue reading Belgian GP 2007 facts & statistics

Gilles Villeneuve: His victories remembered

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Today marks 25 years since the death of Gilles Villeneuve. Enough has been written about the sad circumstances of his death at Zolder in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. Much has also been written about the spectacular moments for which he is so fondly remembered. Villeneuve drove every race to win. It was not … Continue reading Gilles Villeneuve: His victories remembered

“Mario Andretti World Champion” (Nigel Roebuck, 1979)

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Regular readers of Nigel Roebuck’s “Fifth Column” in Autosport will know he has a couple of all-time favourite drivers. If Mario Andretti isn’t number one, he’s surely a close second to Gilles Villeneuve. But a professional closeness and admiration for someone can be a mixed blessing when it comes to writing a biography of them. … Continue reading “Mario Andretti World Champion” (Nigel Roebuck, 1979)

“Formula One 1971: Great Scot!” (DVD)

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The second of the Brunswick formula One season DVDs covers the year of Jackie Stewart’s second World Championship: 1971. These videos are real treats: full-colour footage of F1’s formative years. This particular season saw Jackie Stewart capture his second world title. 1971 was not a vintage season, but does that stop the DVD from being … Continue reading “Formula One 1971: Great Scot!” (DVD)

Japanese Grand Prix 2005 Preview

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The Japanese Grand Prix may not decide the drivers’ championship this year, but it has done on many past occasions. Even without the thrill of the showdown the challenging Suzuka circuit is an exceptional venue, which is more than can be said for its rumoured replacement in Fuji. Fernando Alonso may be on a post-championship … Continue reading Japanese Grand Prix 2005 Preview