What can you say about the only team that hasn’t even got its new car ready yet? After ending 2006 strongly with Takuma Sato’s fine drive in Interlagos, Super Aguri are going into 2007 on the back foot after their new car failed crash tests. It may not even be ready for the first race. … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: Super Aguri
Formula One television could be about to catch up with the high definition broadcasting revolution. SISLink, a global satellite broadcasting company, has won a contract to supply ITV Sport with HD-ready satellite facilities for F1 coverage, starting with next week’s Australian Grand Prix. The company is building two HD-ready trucks and upgrading its facilities in … Continue reading F1 set for HD TV coverage
Proud Scotsman David Coulthard is the elder statesman of Britain’s four Formula One drivers this year. This is the most British drivers at the start of a season since 2000, when Coulthard and Jenson Button (the a rookie) were partnered by Johnny Herbert and Eddie Irvine. It’s an exciting prospect for British fans – but … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: Three lions & a Scot
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
The Team Formerly Known As Jordan kicks off 2007 under another new name. The outfit based near Silverstone are now backed by Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker. It’s brought some interesting changes to the outside of the car which is now resplendent Dutch orange and silver. A shame they decided to tone down the bright orange … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: Spyker
In belated celebration of F1Fanatic’s second birthday we’ve gone the whole hog with a brand-spanking new redesign. Many thanks to GPS Gazette for the theme and Dreamfly for the customisation. Starting today we’re delighted to share with you some exciting new features including video, wallpapers and more.
After much debate the F1 governing body has finally agreed to ensure that the two different types of tyre compounds used at Grands Prix this year will be visibly different so spectators can distinguish between them. The new sporting regulations require every driver to use one set of the two different dry weather compounds available … Continue reading F1 will get ‘red tyre rule’
Ever hear the one about Michael Schumacher teaming up with Volkswagen to create a new F1 superteam for 2007? Or Ferrari entering the Indianapolis 500? And the oval track being built at Silverstone? Sadly they weren’t true – but these stories all made the headlines a few years ago. Here’s what was said.
Time was when drivers would go throughout their career without changing their helmets. These days F1 racers seem to spend every moment they’re out of the cockpit dreaming up a new style, or finding some way of cramming more adverts on them. Home races, one-off sponsor deals, minor football tournaments – everything has been used … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: Helmets
What might have become of Tom Pryce had he not been killed in that terrible crash at Kyalami 30 years ago? He was in his fourth season of Grand Prix racing. He had spent most of that time in uncompetitive machinery he nonetheless won the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch (back in the … Continue reading Tom Pryce, 30 years on
The disappearance of Cosworth from the 2007 entry list points to a very big change that has taken place in Formula One: all the teams are now run by a major car manufacturer, or dependant upon them for an engine supply. In some respects this is great: it proves that Formula One is the pinnacle … Continue reading Answer me this: Which manufacturers will quit?
One of the strangest stories of the off-season was how Gerhard Berger put Toro Rosso drivers Scott Speed on Vitantonio Liuzzi on the rack, refusing to confirm their race seats until the last minute. Berger’s determination to wring the most from his drivers, the team’s aggressive new car and Ferrari engine supply all indicated they’re … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Fernando Alonso summed up the state of play as the last major test before the start of the season ended this week: “I think Ferrari is a little bit ahead of everybody – really quick and really consistent – and I think BMW, Renault, Williams, McLaren will be very close on timed laps.” Ferrari’s indeed … Continue reading 2007 testing round-up 6
For this weekend’s F1 book review, something a little lighter than usual. “The little book of Grand Prix Legends” is just over 100 pages on 30 of the biggest names of the sport. There’s no shortage of similar books along these lines, so what makes this one stand out from the crowd?
It’s highly unusual to see three top drivers make high-profile moves from one season to the next, but that is exactly what’s happened this year: Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber have all defected. Why did they jump ship? What lead them to the teams they chose? And, most importantly of all, what are … Continue reading F1 2007 Preview: New best friends
Would you spend ?âÔÇÜ?é?ú260 on a mouse mat? Even if it’s made of carbon fibre? Some people would… Also in the F1 blogs this week, the Williams team previewed, Felipe Massa tipped as a championship contender and Top Gear’s take on the 2007 season.
Williams slumped to eighth in the 2006 world championship, two places and 24 points behind Toyota. Now the two teams have done a deal which will see Toyota use Williams’ gearbox technology and Williams use Toyota’s engines. It offers Williams the chance not only to bounce back from the disappointments of recent seasons – but … Continue reading F1 2007 preview: Williams
In this week’s F1 news, the Brazilian Grand Prix was the most popular race of last year – and one of the top porting events by television audience. Plus the three drivers up for sportsman awards, a possible return to South Africa and why Ferrari didn’t sign Fernando Alonso.