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)
Before a racing wheel has been turned in anger 2007 is already shaping up to be one of the most interesting seasons for a long time. The deck has been well and truly shuffled with many new drivers in new teams. And for once it’s not just confined to the minor men – there is … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: 1984
Formula 1 in 2007 is all about change – and the change that I find most fascinating of all is Fernando Alonso’s defection to McLaren. It’s a very rare thing indeed to see a reigning champion switch teams. In the last three decades Alonso is only the fifth champion to make such a change. The … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: The defecting champion
The Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46B ‘Fan Car’ achieved an incredible 100% victory rate: It started one race, won it, and was banned.
A Lotus-Climax 25 once driven by Jim Clark is on the market.
Colin Chapman’s Lotus 88 was a victim of fraught political tensions at a time when the governing body and the British team were at each other’s throats over the rules of the sport.
There are 68 days days of grinding, fingernail-chewing tedium until the new Grand Prix season starts. Happily, F1Fanatic can recommend two ways to enliven the tedium. One is to head off to Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC this weekend (see below for ticket information). But also make sure you don’t let the off-season pass … Continue reading Gallery: Donington Grand Prix Collection
What big F1 news story broke one year ago today? Have a guess… It was Fernando Alonso’s shock switch to McLaren for 2007 – a move that caught most, if not all, F1 followers completely unaware. Of course it’s not the first time in F1 history that a shock driver or team move has caught … Continue reading Top ten… F1 bombshells
Colin Chapman’s death in 1982 was an untimely shock. But if he were still wielding his brutal, uncompromising design genius in modern times, would the restrictive regulations completely neuter his capacity for thinking the unthinkable? It’s a question you can’t help but think as you flick through the 264 pages of this exhaustive history of … Continue reading F1 book review: “Lotus – The competition cars” (Anthony Pritchard)
Formula One – The Great Design Race opens today at the Design Museum in Shad Thames, London. The exhibition features some pioneering examples of design in Formula One such as the ground effect Lotus 79 and active suspension Williams FW14B. It spans the entire history of Formula One from the 1950s (Cooper T51) right up … Continue reading F1 Exhibition Opens
Formula One fans in London should get themselves down to the Design Museum for The Great Design Race, an exhibition of F1 cars and engineering that runs from July 1st to October 29th. Examples of Formula One cars include the revolutionary ground effect Lotus 79 that Mario Andretti won the 1978 championship with and the … Continue reading The Great Design Race
Not only is the Monaco Grand Prix the most glamorous event on the motor racing calendar, it is also a living piece of F1 history. Drivers have gone to battle in the impossibly tight confines of the streets of Monte-Carlo since 1929. Nine non-championship events were run at Monaco from 1929 to 1937, followed by … Continue reading The Magic of Monaco