Champ Car take F1 tickets

23 Jun 2005 |

Organisers of the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland have generously offered to honour any tickets stubs for the United States Grand Prix as entry for their round of the Champ Car calendar. For more information see The FIA and F1 teams would do well to imitate such generosity if they hope to ever … Continue reading Champ Car take F1 tickets

Mosley gets defensive

22 Jun 2005 |

When logic and persuasion are failing to vindicate your political position, reach for flimsy, vague analogies instead. In defence of the FIA’s ‘no compromise’ stance on Michelin’s tyre problems at last weekend’s United States Grand Prix, Max Mosley argued: “To make the competitors in a downhill ski race with the correct skis run on a … Continue reading Mosley gets defensive

BMW confirm Sauber purchase

22 Jun 2005 |

BMW confirmed F1’s worst-kept secret by buying into the Sauber team. They must have dropped their heads in dismay when they realised that their official announcement of the purchase would coincide with the most dismal controversy in F1 since 1994.

Schumacher wins, F1 loses in six-car sham

2005 United States Grand Prix Review

19 Jun 2005 |

The political strife that has dogged the 2005 season behind the scenes finally boiled over onto the track, leaving the US Grand Prix an unedifying farce that may have caused terminal damage to F1’s reputation in the USA.

Unforced Errors

19 Jun 2005 |

So, if you were in Jenson Button’s position last Sunday you wouldn’t have crashed into the wall? Likewise I bet that if it had been you in the cockpit of the number 10 McLaren you would have ignored the team, pitted and won the race? Of all sports, motor sport is perhaps the easiest of … Continue reading Unforced Errors


19 Jun 2005 |

Stalinist Russia had nothing on propaganda, F1-style. F1Fanatic takes an ever-so-slightly cynical look at what those team press releases really mean… You know the score, halfway through a deathly dull one shot qualifying session, Louise Goodman grabs David Coulthard or Felipe Massa to talk through their heroic drive to 12th on the grid. They will … Continue reading F1-Speak

Jordan drop Dallara

14 Jun 2005 |

Just five days after announcing the departure of technical director Trevor Carlin, the troubled Jordan team have now revealed that their 2006 car will not be manufactured by Dallara, but be built in-house. Although team owner Alex Shnaider threw a lavish party at his adopted homeland Canada last week in celebration of his team competing … Continue reading Jordan drop Dallara

Talking Money

12 Jun 2005 |

This week’s racing press has seen perhaps the biggest split since Ayrton Senna died, between those who ‘get’ racing and those who do not. I cannot believe those who comment that Kimi Raikkonen should have jeopardised a potential Grand Prix win by changing his damaged tyre. Newsflash: Raikkonen is a racing driver and he is … Continue reading Talking Money

Raikkonen takes vital win as Renault falter

2005 Canadian Grand Prix review

12 Jun 2005 |

The Canadian Grand Prix proved dramatic and incident-filled from start to finish, if lacking in much outright racing. But, with Kimi Raikkonen winning and Fernando Alonso failing to score, it gave a welcome shot in the arm for the championship battle. Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher provided the Saturday shock by stealing the front row … Continue reading Raikkonen takes vital win as Renault falter

Williams slam BMW

9 Jun 2005 |

The Williams-BMW partnership looks unlikely to last for a seventh season as both team owner Frank Williams and technical chief Patrick Head have lashed out at the Munich car manufacturer for deflecting blame from themselves for their car’s failure to win a championship so far. Rumours suggest BMW will buy into the Sauber team and … Continue reading Williams slam BMW

Carlin departs Jordan

9 Jun 2005 |

Meanwhile Jordan’s dismal start of to 2005 has been compounded by the loss of technical director Trevor Carlin, who has left to concentrate on running his F3 team. As Carlin was put in place my new owner Alex Shnaider, his departure may signal that Shnaider is indeed losing interest in entering his own team next … Continue reading Carlin departs Jordan

Safety car ‘unsafe’

8 Jun 2005 |

Mark Webber has warned that the use of the safety car could precipitate more serious accidents as the enforced low-speed running causes tyre pressures to become dangerously low. This problem has been observed in F1 since the growing regularity of the use of the safety car in 1994, when it was suspected to have been … Continue reading Safety car ‘unsafe’