The new rules, cars and rivals Michael Schumacher will have to get to grips with

30 Jul 2009 |

When Michael Schumacher makes his return to F1 in three weeks’ time, he’ll find a lot has changed since he parked his 248-F1 after his last race on October 22nd, 2006. That car had grooved tyres, traction control and much less restricted aerodynamics than today’s cars. Not only that, but race weekends have changed, three … Continue reading The new rules, cars and rivals Michael Schumacher will have to get to grips with

Saloolas back in the lead of the predictions championship

30 Jul 2009 |

The ever-close F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship has seen another change of lead with Saloolas nicking the top spot from Dougie once more. And with Benno, brouard21, Chua, Dank, ianhaycox, Pete Walker and Sush Meerkat locked in a seven-way tie for third, this one’s going down to the wire.

BMW F1 exit anouncement expected

29 Jul 2009 |

BMW is expected to announce later today that it is quitting Formula 1, according to Autosport. The site claims the German manufacturer will confirm the news at a press conference this afternoon attended by, among others, BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen. Update: It’s official – more in the comments.

How hard was Massa hit?

28 Jul 2009 |

The stories of Massa’s accident three days have been everywhere. But how much do we really understand about how hard a blow Massa suffered when he was struck by that spring? F1 Fanatic guest writer Kareem Shaya tries to put the crash into perspective. In all the discussion of Felipe Massa’s qualifying accident at the … Continue reading How hard was Massa hit?

McLaren jump to the front as Brawn struggle (Hungarian Grand Prix analysis)

28 Jul 2009 |

The Hungarian Grand Prix was an odd race in every respect. We saw a massive shake-up of the competitive order with McLaren and Ferrari and Brawn – the team which dominated the first third of the championship – struggling even to score. If this sets a pattern for the rest of the year, we’re in … Continue reading McLaren jump to the front as Brawn struggle (Hungarian Grand Prix analysis)

F1 links: Smedley on Massa’s crash

27 Jul 2009 |

Several interesting stories following last weekend’s momentous race. Rob Smedley has been talking about the terrible moment Massa crashed during qualifying. Meanwhile Michael Schumacher’s manager Willi Weber has denied the seven-times champion might return to take Massa’s place. In other stories, Silverstone reckon they are going to have the Grand Prix next year, following Bernie … Continue reading F1 links: Smedley on Massa’s crash

F1 drivers’ video for Felipe Massa

27 Jul 2009 |

Sky Italia recorded a series of tributes to Felipe Massa from the F1 drivers at the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. Here’s their video (it’s translated into Italian but you can hear a lot of the original comments in English). Thanks to m_compagnoni via Twitter for the link.

No easy answers to safety questions posed by Massa and Surtees crashes

27 Jul 2009 |

The terrible accidents suffered by Henry Surtees and Felipe Massa in the last eight days have left the motorsport world in general – and F1 in particular – asking questions about safety. It has reminded everyone that the oft-repeated mantra ‘motor racing is much safer than it used to be’ will only remain so if … Continue reading No easy answers to safety questions posed by Massa and Surtees crashes