Top F1 pundit Peter Windsor recently wrote this in response to a question on how he would improve F1: I would change nothing. I think F1 is fantastic as it is. If you want to watch a million meaningless overtaking manoeuvres and lots of shunts go and watch NASCAR or bikes or IRL or something. … Continue reading Boring races
This year’s IndyCar race at Michigan will be the last at the superspeedway for the foreseeable future. Michigan will hold two NASCAR events next year but failed to find a suitable slot for an IRL race. The IndyCar series expanded its roster of road courses this year while the rival Champ Car World Series moved … Continue reading No IRL at Michigan next year
Today marks one year since Juan Pablo Montoya abruptly called time on his F1 career and returned to the United States to race in NASCAR. He scored his first victory in the Nextel Cup last month, underlining his talent and versatility as a driver. Few modern drivers have a CV to rival Montoya’s, with victories … Continue reading Montoya, come home
Formula One Group aren’t keen on unauthorised F1 video appearing on the internet – but one blog does a brilliant job of shooting their own F1 video material. Check it out in our post of the week – along with more on the Ferrari scandal and how much money F1 drivers earn.
Bill France – the Bernie Ecclestone of NASCAR – passed away two weeks ago. France had a plan for who would run NASCAR after him – but does Ecclestone? France, the man who transformed NASCAR from a niche south American series into one of American’s top sports died at the age of 74. He suffered … Continue reading Bernie Ecclestone, Bill France and the future of F1
A rare chance to compare F1 with NASCAR machinery arose this week as Terry Labonte tested a NASCAR Busch car on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve mere days after the F1 teams had packed up and left. NASCAR Busch is GP2 to the NASCAR Nextel Cup’s Formula 1 – Busch cars have 650-700hp, Nextel racers about … Continue reading NASCAR Busch 34sec slower than F1
Lewis Hamilton is a cracking F1 driver. But just how good a racer is he, really? I want to see how he would adapt his turn-in style to the British Touring Car Championship in a front wheel drive Seat Leon. I want to see him tackle the Indianapolis 500 where they turn 230mph average laps … Continue reading “Mario Andretti: A Driving Passion” (Gordon Kirby, 2001)
In the F1 news this week the safety car drivers that race each other every F1 weekend. Plus the fallout from 2005 United States Grand Prix is still in the air, Lewis Hamilton’s little brother gets an F1 trophy, and the Goodwood Festival of Speed is coming up.
Both have been hailed as the greatest race in the world – and both take place this Sunday. Each has a long and proud history and have been won by the greats of motor racing. But with American open wheel motor racing in a terrible state, does the Monaco Grand Prix outstrip the Indianapolis 500 … Continue reading Debate: Monaco Grand Prix vs Indy 500
The world of Formula 1 blogging is growing all the time. These are the thoughts of fifty different F1 bloggers, including diehard fans, teams, professional journalists, and even one F1 PR person. Covering speculation, humour, history and more – here are the highlights of F1 blogging.
Following the dangerous behaviour of several NASCAR fans at the recent Talladega race, it’s heartening to see that the circuit has banned those responsible from future events. Zero tolerance is the only way to deal with those who would jeopardise driver safety just because they don’t like a result. NASCAR fans arrested after Talladega disgrace … Continue reading NASCAR fans banned
Several NASCAR fans were arrested after ugly scenes at Talladega. A group of Dale Earnhardt Jnr fans showered the track with beer cans after the hated Jeff Gordon won the race, surpassing the late Earnhardt Snr’s victory tally. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gordon had earlier implored the fans to behave – and even … Continue reading NASCAR fans arrested after Talladega disgrace
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)
John Barnes, the owner of Indy Racing League team Panther Racing, reckons the series would be better off as a support series to NASCAR: We would make it where we would race on Saturday to replace a Busch or ARCA race, and they (Nextel Cup) would race on Sunday. I have no problem being second … Continue reading IRL boss wants NASCAR alliance
Formula 1 2007 is go and as the new season gets underway there’s the predictable rush of speculation and argument. Are the new tyre rules dumbing down the sport? What if the ‘B’ teams beat the ‘A’ teams? And what about that problematic points system? Catch up on the latest in the F1 blogs.
In just a few days the 2007 motor-racing season will kick off with the Australian Grand Prix. And boy, does it promise to be a good year. I’m not talking about Ferrari’s radical design or the new McLaren line-up – because that has all been done to death. No I’m going to highlight some of … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: The alternative 2007 preview
Kicking off a new weekly series we want to hear from you on the big questions in Formula 1. First up: the calendar. For decades the F1 calendar hovered at around 16 races, most in Europe. But Bernie Ecclestone has stated his aim of taking it up to 20 races, with more races in more … Continue reading Answer me this: How many races does F1 need?
Having recently looked at F1 driver autobiographies from two different generations (Alex Zanardi and Niki Lauda) I decided to turn to another, even earlier subject – Stirling Moss. He collaborated on this fascinating autobiographical work with Doug Nye in 1987. Its structure is a simple chronological ‘guide’ to every car he ever raced, interspersed with … Continue reading “My cars, my career” (Stirling Moss with Doug Nye, 1987)
This week’s F1 stories include the race fans suing a Grand Prix promoter and the Grand Prix promoters desperately trying to attract more race fans. Plus the surprising withdrawal of the Auto Union auction, Fernando Alonso has another row with the press, and who the hell is Hinny Rikinen?
Faced with an empty Sunday morning and the motivation to do even less I found myself browsing Amazon to see if there were any new motor sport books or DVD’s. Aside from the usual Christopher Hilton rent-a-bio’s my attention was grabbed by a series of novels endorsed by NASCAR. This is a terrifying proposition to … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: NASCAR Nookie