Stewart-Haas driver Clint Bowyer told Racefans that getting to new circuits was key to audience growth – for NASCAR and F1.
Plans for an F1-standard race track in Croatia have a familiar look to them.
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.
A new video of the “Circuit Run” event at the Korean International Circuit on Saturday shows more of F1’s latest new venue. It includes more footage of Karun Chandhok’s demonstration run and reveals more of the state of completion of the venue less than eight weeks before it is due to hold the Korean Grand … Continue reading New video of Chandhok driving at Korea
An onboard video of Karun Chandhok’s lap around the Korean International Circuit gives a good impression of the new F1 track – and how much work the circuit organisers still have to do before the first race there next month. The overall impression is of a layout rather like the Hungaroring but with a couple … Continue reading Onboard video lap of Korea’s F1 track
Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium is one of four tracks on the current Formula 1 calendar which also featured in the first world championship in 1950. Here’s how it’s changed since then.
The Belgian Grand Prix organisers have made some tweaks to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit ahead of this weekend’s F1 race. The outside of the La Source hairpin – turn one – now has a longer strip of astroturf which has been increased to three metres wide. This may discourage drivers from going off the track there … Continue reading Track tweaks at Spa ahead of race
Safety restrictions have made life difficult for track designers who want to create exciting and challenging racing circuits. To make tracks worthy of the best racing series in the world designers have to strike compromises between spectacle and safety – and satisfy the conflicting demands of bike and car racing. Drew MacDonald of Populous explained … Continue reading Silverstone’s architects on making F1 circuits challenging but safe (Part 2)
The organisers of the Korean Grand Prix have shrugged off speculation their inaugural race might be cancelled. The Korean International Circuit is set to officially open on September 5th. In preparation for its first F1 race it will host the Asian Festival of Speed on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of September. Formula … Continue reading Korean GP track to open on September 5th
Four new pictures published by Hermann Tilke’s company show what the Jaypee Group Circuit will look like when it hosts the first Indian Grand Prix in 2011. The images show the pit buildings, the grandstand along the main straight and part of the pit lane. A track layout was revealed last November. At that the … Continue reading New images reveal 2011 Indian GP plans
Looking ahead to the next round of the world championship at Spa-Francorchamps, Heikki Kovalainen enthused about the track but reserved some criticism for the slow chicane added to the circuit in 2007: I think Spa is one of the circuits where it’s still possible to have a big accident. It’s little more risky than some … Continue reading Kovalainen: Spa is great, but not the chicane
The Hockenheimring used to be one of the fastest tracks on the calendar, where F1 cars would blast through the forests at over 360kph. But that all changed in 2002.
The Automobile Club de Monaco has played down remarks attributed to Bernie Ecclestone by some media earlier this week. Ecclestone was claimed to have said the famous round could be dropped from the world championship. A statement issued by the event organisers said: The Automobile Club de Monaco does not intend to comment on the … Continue reading Monaco unmoved by Ecclestone comments
Silverstone was packed with fans – and dozens of F1 Fanatic readers – last weekend. Some were sat at Beckets enjoying the view of the new and old parts of the track, others witnessed that controversial moment between Alonso and Kubica unfold at Club, and more watched events unfold before and after the race in … Continue reading Ten F1 fans’ stories from Silverstone
You take great risks when you tamper with a masterpiece – but that’s just what the British Grand Prix organisers had to do at Silverstone ahead of this year’s race. The changes added a fast new corner to the track at Abbey and the new section of track was the scene of some exciting racing … Continue reading Was new Silverstone a success? (Poll)
Bridgestone say the revised Silverstone circuit will be even tougher on tyres than the previous layout – which was already one of the hardest on the calendar for tyre wear. Director of motorsport tyre development Hirohide Hamashima said: The track was previously one of the most severe for the tyres in terms of layout and … Continue reading New Silverstone ‘even tougher on tyres’
It wasn’t just slow stewards which inadvertently helped Lewis Hamilton hold onto second place after his drive-through penalty. Valencia’s short pit lane was the difference between him finishing second instead of sixth. See below for more data on the European Grand Prix including the race progress and lap time interactive charts.
Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Deficit to fastest lap 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.766 2 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.968 0.202 3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.141 0.375 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.156 0.390 5 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’39.489 0.723 6 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.517 0.751 7 Robert Kubica Renault 1’39.542 0.776 8 Adrian Sutil Force … Continue reading European Grand Prix fastest laps
Whatever you thought of the result, the European Grand Prix was certainly a more exciting affair than previous races at Valencia had been. Look back on a dramatic and controversial race with this collections of pictures from the European Grand Prix.
Pos Num Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Grid 1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 57 1 2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 57 5.042 5.042 3 3 1 Jenson Button* McLaren-Mercedes 57 12.658 7.616 7 4 9 Rubens Barrichello* Williams-Cosworth 57 25.627 12.969 9 5 11 Robert Kubica* Renault 57 27.122 1.495 6 6 14 Adrian … Continue reading European Grand Prix result