Sebastian Vettel continued his love affair with the Suzuka circuit with an emphatic win from pole position.
The layout used today is very similar to that which Giuseppe Farina won the first world championship on 60 years ago. But even with three slow chicanes installed today’s cars will lap it at an average of 250kph (155mph) – 75kph quicker than they did in Farina’s time.
Jochen Rindt lost his life in an accident during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, and became F1’s only posthumous world champion.
Here are three drivers who refused to let their team mates pass when ordered to – or overtook them when they weren’t supposed to.
First lap collisions are an occupational hazard for F1 drivers. When it all goes wrong, it goes wrong in a big way – as you can see in this selection of ten of the most spectacular first lap pile-ups.
French F1 driver Patrick Depailler died 30 years ago today, while testing an F1 Alfa Romeo at the Hockenheimring in Germany. Depailler never really fitted the mould for Formula One drivers. Some said he risked too much off the track and ruined what could have been his best season in 1979 by breaking his legs … Continue reading 30 years today: The death of Depailler
Keke Rosberg became the first driver to lap an F1 circuit at an average speed of more than 160mph (258kph) on this day 25 years ago.
Find out more about F1’s tyre wars.
Today is the 25 anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s first win in Formula 1. Despite atrocious conditions, which F1 cars would not be allowed to race in today, the Brazilian dominated and won by more than a minute.
Jenson Button scored his second win of 2010 in a rain-hit Chinese Grand Prix. Team mate Lewis Hamilton was second despite making an early change to intermediate tyres.
Jenson Button scored his first win for McLaren in his second start for the team at Melbourne. The world champion made an early switch to slick tyres on a damp track which paid dividends. But once again Sebastian Vettel lost the lead with an apparent car failure on his Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton endured a … Continue reading Button wins thrilling Australian GP
Whn Martin Donnelly’s Lotus 102 speared off into the Jerez barriers at 140mph it exploded into pieces. Donnelly was thrown across the track with his seat still strapped to his back.
The Lotus 72 is featured at this year’s Autosport International show as one of the great racing cars of the last six decades. Although 40 years have passed since the 72 first appeared its designer faced much the same challenges the likes of Adrian Newey do today: like how to make the car work on … Continue reading Great F1 cars of the last six decades: Lotus 72 (Autosport International)
Every F1 points system from 1950 to 2010 with all the Formula 1 points rules explained.
Sebastian Vettel took advantage of problems for Lewis Hamilton to win his fourth Grand Prix of 2009. It was a one-two for Red Bull as Mark Webber kept Jenson Button at bay to take second place in an exciting end to an otherwise predictable race.
Lewis Hamilton seized the lead of the Hungarian Grand Prix and never let it go as McLaren bounced back from their terrible start to 2009.
There’s no Canadian Grand Prix on the calendar this year – but FOTA and many F1 fans hope the sport will return soon. F1 Fanatic guest writer Andrew Tsvyk looks back on one of the earliest world championship round in Canada.
I came across an excellent picture on another blog which shows every Formula 1 car from 1950 to 2004 side-by-side. Here’s a sample of it: You can download the full file – a hefty 18.7Mb at 9362×6622 pixels – from the F1 Fanatic drop.io. Discover Simple, Private Sharing at Drop.io What’s your favourite F1 car … Continue reading Over 500 F1 cars in one picture
This weekend sees the 77th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. The great race has been won by 117 different drivers and over half of them – 62 – also competed in the Formula 1 world championship at some point in their career. Many of them were race winners in F1, some were even … Continue reading F1 drivers who won at Le Mans
With five wins and a third place from the first six races, Jenson Button has made one of the best starts to the world championship ever seen in F1. His achievement equals Michael Schumacher’s in 2002, and is bettered only by Schumacher in 1994 and Nigel Mansell in 1992.