Video: German GP history 1977-2008

Here’s the second part of Journeyer’s guide to the German Grand Prix. After 1976 the German Grand Prix was no longer held at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. From 1977 to 2006 the race was held at the Hockenheimring with one exception – in 1985 when the race was run on the new Nurburgring circuit.

Video: German GP history 1950-1976

While many modern fans have seen the Nurburgring in its short, stadium-based configuration, the old Nurburgring Nordschleife was a behemoth of a track. More than 20 kilometers long, an F1 car needed around 7 minutes to complete a lap. Watch these first two videos showing laps of the old Nurburgring in all its glory.

Luca Filippi and Sakon Yamamoto ride the GP2 merry-go-round

Luca Filippi has lost his ART seat to ex-Formula 1 driver Sakon Yamamoto. In the latest GP2 driver market move Filippi has switched to Arden taking Yelmer Buurman?s place, leaving the Dutchman without a drive. Rumours suggest a falling-out between Filippi and ART, allegedly because the team neglected the Italian while favouring Romain Grosjean, who … Continue reading Luca Filippi and Sakon Yamamoto ride the GP2 merry-go-round

Sebastian Vettel confirmed as Red Bull driver for 2009 ?ǣ try to look surprised

Sebastian Vettel will take David Coulthard?s place at Red Bull in 2009. Anyone not see that coming? Vettel is one of the stars of Red Bull?s young driver development programme. Dozens of aspiring young drivers have worn Red Bull colours at one stage or another in their careers. Only a handful made it into F1. … Continue reading Sebastian Vettel confirmed as Red Bull driver for 2009 ?ǣ try to look surprised

Nico Rosberg ?ǣ the driver debates

Nico Rosberg isn?t having the season many of us expected him to have. Since scoring his first podium finish at Melbourne he?s only added to his points total with a pair of eighth places. What?s gone wrong for the Williams driver?

Nigel Mansell considering sports car comeback with sons?

Nigel Mansell is planning another return to motor racing according to Motor Sport magazine. The magazine claims Mansell, along with sons Greg and Leo, is planning to race a Lola LMP1 sports car. The Mansells tried out a Lola-AER 06/10 LMP1 at Estoril, former home of the Portuguese Grand Prix during a Dunlop tyre test.

Monaco Grand Prix top race so far

Halfway through the season it’s probably not a surprise to learn the Monaco and British Grands Prix have been the most popular races so far. The two action-packed races have been voted the most popular so far on this site. Here’s the results in full:

2008 German Grand Prix preview ?ǣ Ferrari looking strong in title race

The drivers? championship race is perfectly poised with the top three drivers tied on 48 points. But Ferrari has been ahead in the constructors? championship race for almost all the season. At Silverstone McLaren finally arrested their progress but are still 24 points behind with eight races remaining. If Ferrari can add to their lead … Continue reading 2008 German Grand Prix preview ?ǣ Ferrari looking strong in title race

Video: 2008 German GP preview

Here’s the German Grand Prix preview video with a video lap of the Hockenheimring circuit, Murray Walker on Niki Lauda’s near-fatal crash in 1976 and interviews with Timo Glock and other drivers.

Bridgestone to widen difference between tyres in 2009 ?ǣ but how will we know?

Slick tyres are making their long-awaited return to Formula 1 next year. Drivers and fans have largely welcomed the return of proper racing tyres to F1. The FIA apparently intends to keep the rule requiring teams to use two different compounds per race. But in order to make this more of a challenge Bridgestone plans … Continue reading Bridgestone to widen difference between tyres in 2009 ?ǣ but how will we know?