The Master and the Doctor

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Six years into the new millennium and so far the top levels of four- and two-wheeled motorsport, Formula One and Moto GP, have been dominated by two men: Michael Schumacher and Valentino Rossi. Both have been practically unbeatable, but comparing them reveals intriguing differences. The first, obvious, similarity is their astounding successes and shared desire … Continue reading The Master and the Doctor

The Battle at the Back

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The cameras follow the fight at the front: there’s nothing wrong with that. But at the other end of the grid Minardi and Jordan are battling each other with equal ferocity, and a fascinating duel is beginning to develop between the two minnows of Formula One. Jordan and Minardi are, in relative terms, the poor … Continue reading The Battle at the Back

Editorial: Bad Losers

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Ferrari boss Jean Todt told Autosport this week, ?????ǣOur rivals are just bad losers.?????? McLaren head Ron Dennis admitted as much after Imola: ?????ǣI was in pain for days afterwards,?????? he said. But you can be worse things than just a bad loser?????? Nick Fry and the BAR team must have seen the writing on … Continue reading Editorial: Bad Losers

BAR drop appeal

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BAR have dropped their counter-appeal against the FIA’s victory in the row over whether they ran Jenson Button’s car underweight in the San Marino Grand Prix. This is tantamount to acceptance by BAR of the claim that the car did contravene the rules, but means they do not suffer the potential greater embarassment of being … Continue reading BAR drop appeal

BAR get two-race ban

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The FIA have thrown BAR out of the results for the San Marino Grand Prix and banned them from the next two rounds (Spain and Monaco) for running underweight in San Marino. A secondary fuel tank within the main fuel tain was used to retain fuel during post-race scrutineering. When this was emptied, the BAR … Continue reading BAR get two-race ban

Montoya back for Spain

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Juan Pablo Montoya will return to the cockpit of his McLAren MP4-20 for his first race since injuring his shoulder after the Malaysian Grand Prix. He will suffer the disadvantage of running first in qualifying 1 on Saturday, but should beneift from the progress McLaren have made during his abence, and the new parts they … Continue reading Montoya back for Spain

FIA claim BAR cheated

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The hearing of the FIA appeal against BAR’s reinstatement into the San Marino Grand Prix results has begun. FIA prosecutors are aiming to prove that BAR’s ‘second fuel tank’, which retains a small amount of fuel to regulate its pressure as it enters the Honda engine, contravenes the rules. More controversially, the FIA are insisting … Continue reading FIA claim BAR cheated

Testing Times

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The dismal 2004 season was invariably eclipsed by the political disputes taking over the sport. This year the bitter division between the majority of the teams on one side, and the FIA and Ferrari on the other, threatens to ruin the action on the track and cause irreparable damage to F1. It is an appalling … Continue reading Testing Times

Webber criticises Heidfeld

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Mark Webber has slighted team mate Nick Heidfeld’s racecraft in a recent interview, in which Webber claimed Heidfeld, “just sits there,” and doesn’t try hard enough to pass other cars. Perhaps Webber needs reminding that Heidfeld was ‘just sitting there’when Webber needlessly clashed with Giancarlo Fisichella in Malaysia, promoting Heidfeld to a podium place. Something … Continue reading Webber criticises Heidfeld

ITV ‘Sorry’

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ITV have posted an apology to F1 fans on their website for showing adverts instead of the concluding laps of the thrilling San Marino Grand Prix. “It is ITV1’s firm commitment to continue to bring you the best F1 coverage that we can,” they claim. Rest assured, F1Fanatic will be keeping a very close eye … Continue reading ITV ‘Sorry’

Red faces at Minardi

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Paul Stoddart may regret signing 40 year-old Israeli Chanook Nissany – the first Israeli to drive an F1 car – after the rookie crashed into team mate Christijan Albers during one of the team’s rare test sessions.