“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)

F1 2007 Preview: New rules at a glance

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As is now customary, the sporting rules have had a shake-up ahead of the new season. The changes range from the seismic (like engine homologation) to tiny acts of bureaucratic house-keeping, tidying up the loose ends from past instances when FIA President Max Mosley was let loose on the F1 sporting regulations. They have also … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: New rules at a glance

“Alex Zanardi: My Story” (Alex Zanardi with Gianluca Gasparini, 2004)

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I wonder if Michael Schumacher will ever write an autobiography? I doubt it very much – he apparently has little interest in Formula One beyond the time at which he was active in it. It’s a shame – doubly so given how poor most of the biographies of him are. But if there’s one contemporary … Continue reading “Alex Zanardi: My Story” (Alex Zanardi with Gianluca Gasparini, 2004)

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