Michael Schumacher may be long gone from F1 racing, but his lasting impact in increasing the number of German drivers in the sport is clear to see. Five of the 20 drivers in F1 this year have their home race at the Nurburgring this weekend. And one of them is hotly tipped for victory following … Continue reading Will Vettel become the new home hero? (German Grand Prix preview)
Ferrari were the closest team to Brawn at Monaco – but can they repeat their form at Turkey this weekend? Felipe Massa has won the last three Turkish Grands Prix. If his F60 is on the pace he looks a strong bet to become the second driver to beat Jenson Button to victory this year.
Many F1 teams are expecting a boost in performance at the Spanish Grand Prix as the return to Europe gives them a chance to bring a host of news parts. Several of them are likely to introduce their versions of the ‘double decker diffusers’ that were confirmed legal last month. But with Brawn bringing updated … Continue reading Teams bringing new parts to catch Brawn (Spanish Grand Prix preview)
F1 returns to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix just five races since its last visit. The earlier appearance for the track on the schedule means the teams can expect cooler conditions – and a greater chance of rain. They will also have to get to grips with the super-soft tyre which caused so many … Continue reading Button eyes hat-trick at Shanghai (Chinese Grand Prix preview)
Brawn GP locked out the front row, led every lap and finished one-two in Melbourne. Can anyone stop them in Sepang? It’s a totally different circuit in a punishing climate – and we just might in for some rain as well.
Every first race of a new F1 season his hard to predict. But this is different. This is a revolution: the most radical new rules in a generation, and testing form which suggests the world champion’s team are nowhere, and the outfit that was sold over the winter could win the race. Is Lewis Hamilton’s … Continue reading A giant step into the unknown (Australian Grand Prix preview)
Lewis Hamilton goes into the final round of 2008 knowing that he has the car to win the race – and that he only needs fifth place to guarantee the world championship and a place in the F1 history books. Nothing in F1 is ever as simple as that, but there are several reasons why … Continue reading McLaren look strong again as Hamilton goes for title (2008 Brazilian GP preview)
Ferrari has an enviable record at the home of the Chinese Grand Prix: 2004 winner: Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari 2005 winner: Fernando Alonso, Renault 2006 winner: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari 2007 winner: Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari On the face of it, Ferrari will be the team to beat this weekend, which is good news for Felipe Massa’s title … Continue reading Shanghai: Ferrari’s stomping ground (2008 Chinese Grand Prix preview)
The weather forecast for the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend is for a largely dry event. There’s a small chance of rain on race day, and air temperatures will be in the mid to low 20s (Celsius). Details and links below.
The Fuji circuit looks like a Ferrari track. And if McLaren were banking on the race weekend being wet, they’re in for a disappointment. Which of the title contending teams will have the upper hand at Fuji Speedway?
Early weather forecasts for the Japanese Grand Prix suggest the weekend will be cool with a chance of rain. Here’s some useful information on weather forecasts for the F1 weekend at Fuji.
At Valencia Ferrari and (Ferrari-engined) Toro Rosso dominated the speed traps. Monza has a similar mix of long straights and slow corners, so will the Ferrari-powered cars be at the front once again? And can McLaren or BMW do anything to stop the red cars running riot in front of their home crowd?
Kimi Raikkonen hasn’t lost a Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps since 2002. If he wins this year, he’ll match the achievements of Ayrton Senna and Jim Clark in winning four times in a row at Spa in F1. But he also hasn’t won a race since the Spanish Grand Prix in April. One of those streaks … Continue reading Kimi Raikkonen to win four in a row at Spa? (2008 Belgian Grand Prix preview)
It’s becoming clear from what the drivers are saying about the Circuito Urbano Valencia that it’s not a typical street track. Here’s a look at a lap of the circuit and some of the ways in which it seems more like Montreal than Monaco and other famous street circuits.
The European Grand Prix next weekend will be held at a new circuit for the teams: the Circuito Urbano Valencia in Spain. The venue is so new it only held its first race a few weeks ago, so how are the teams preparing for this leap into the unknown? Here’s what Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, … Continue reading Drivers and teams explain how they prepare for the Valencia street track
Here’s the Hungarian Grand Prix preview video with a video lap of the Hungaroring circuit, Murray Walker on Jenson Button’s maiden Grand Prix win in 2006 and some unusual behind-the-scenes footage from McLaren.
Here’s the German Grand Prix preview video with a video lap of the Hockenheimring circuit, Murray Walker on Niki Lauda’s near-fatal crash in 1976 and interviews with Timo Glock and other drivers.
The German Grand Prix will have more home drivers competing than any other round of the championship. Five F1 drivers are German – that’s one quarter of the field! But ironically, Germany has only one race this year where two years ago it had two because of the popularity of Michael Schumacher. So which driver … Continue reading 2008 German GP preview: Home drivers
Here’s the British Grand Prix preview video which features a virtual lap of the Silverstone Circuit, Murray Walker on the memorable 1987 race, and a feature on Sebastien Bourdais.
Toyota drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock talk about the Silverstone circuit in this video previewing the British Grand Prix.