Greg – better known as Ned Flanders in the comments – makes his debut as an F1 Fanatic guest writer by picking ten of the oddest causes of driver retirements. Retiring from a motor race is often an unremarkable experience for an F1 driver. Although reliability has improved hugely in recent years, the sight of … Continue reading Top ten… Weirdest F1 retirements
Over the years we’ve seen how performing in front of a home crowd can inspire greatness in racing drivers. Can Mark Webber emulate great drivers of the past like Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna by winning his home Grand Prix? If he does expect a reaction from the Australian crowd similar to … Continue reading Top ten… Home Grand Prix wins
Ten of the best Italian drivers to race for the prancing horse.
Here’s the ten closest finishes to a proper F1 race, including Grands Prix as long ago as 1954, and as recent as 2002.
Say what you like about Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. However great the enmity between the pair was at least they never took each other off. Unlike this sorry collection of drivers from the front and back of the grid.
What better place to finish the season than Brazil? The country’s drivers have won more championships than any other nation bar Britain. And the South American atmosphere and punishing track is guaranteed to produce a great race. Here’s ten of the best Brazilian Grands Prix.
Kazuki Nakajima makes his Grand Prix debut this weekend. Long time Grand Prix fans will remember the one occasion his father made a decisive move at the front of the field – by taking Ayrton Senna’s front wing off during the Brazilian Grand Prix while Senna was lapping him. But that’s by no means the … Continue reading Top ten… Most notorious backmarkers
The Shanghai International Circuit is next – and it’s my least favourite track on the calendar. Yes, most people hate the Hungaroring and I can see why – it’s narrow, tight, slow and produces terrible races. But Shanghai annoys me because it’s a missed opportunity. With the amount of money they spent they could have … Continue reading Ten worst… F1 tracks
Two drivers on the grid today have just a single win to their names – Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button. That puts them among the 29 drivers to have only ever won one race. Here are ten of the best.
After several years of messing around with qualifying a neat system was devised for 2006 – two knockout sessions would leave the top ten battling for pole position. But there’s still one problem with the system, which F1 bosses are considering changing for next year. Making drivers qualify with their race fuel loads makes no … Continue reading Top ten… Reasons race fuel qualifying must go
An unofficial round of the F1 drivers’ championship is being fought in a Parisian courtroom today. And if the outcome of the hearing has a major effect on the championships one way or another, it would be a terrible way to decide the titles. There have been some disappointing championship finales in the past, though. … Continue reading Ten worst… Championship anti-climaxes
When F1 is at its very best there’s no other sport than can match it for excitement. And even despite some of the dodgy rules that seemed design to make racing impossibly there have been some cracking races this decade. Here’s ten of them – and no, they’re not all wet races either!
Trees get Dutch Elm Disease. Rabbits get myxomatosis. F1 circuits get Chicane Blight. Here’s ten of the worst.
It’s Istanbul next and that means the drivers once again get to grapple with the best new corner on the F1 calendar. It may have a rubbish name but turn eight on the Istanbul course is a brilliant bend. Hermann Tilke may have cursed many tracks with some tedious turns but he’s also created some … Continue reading Top ten… Corners in Formula 1
Bernie Ecclestone is looking into buying football team Arsenal – one can only assume it’s because he doesn’t have enough F1 business to occupy his time. Well I’ve got some good news for him! Having sat down and given it some thought I’ve easily come up with ten tasks for him to get on with … Continue reading Ten… Jobs for Ecclestone to do
The delicate relations between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso broke down spectacularly at the Hungaroring. But it’s two girls pulling each other’s hair in the playground compared to some of the inter-team mayhem F1 has seen in the past.
The espionage scandal may be the biggest row between the two giants of Formula 1, McLaren and Ferrari, but it’s certainly not the first. No, these two have been going at it for over three decades. Here’s ten of their earlier scraps.
Watching Markus Winkelhock lead his first ever Grand Prix having qualified his un-competitive Spyker at the back of the grid had me reminiscing about backmarker heroes Minardi. The Italian team became cult heroes during their two decades in Formula 1. They were often the first to get lapped, but they also made some giant-killing performances … Continue reading Top ten… Minardi heroes
When the modern Nurburgring was unveiled in the early ’80s everyone grumbled it wasn’t fit to share its name with the fearsome Nordschleife. If today’s Nurburgring doesn’t have a corner worthy of the name – and I think that’s a little harsh – you can’t say the same of its big, bad brother. Here are … Continue reading 10 best… Nurburgring Nordschleife corners
The eyes of the F1 world are fixed on the twists and turns of the Ferrari-McLaren espionage scandal. F1 is no stranger to controversy – here’s ten of the juiciest from recent years…