Damon Hill interview

17 Jul 2006 |

Damon Hill speaks about Formula One technology, test driving the Williams-Renault FW14B, how to improve Formula One cars and much more. He’s not a fan of grooved tyres… This is the full transcript of an interview that was published in Trackside on Auto Trader two weeks ago (see below). Read on for the full interview.

F1 book review: “Lotus – The competition cars” (Anthony Pritchard)

15 Jul 2006 |

Colin Chapman’s death in 1982 was an untimely shock. But if he were still wielding his brutal, uncompromising design genius in modern times, would the restrictive regulations completely neuter his capacity for thinking the unthinkable? It’s a question you can’t help but think as you flick through the 264 pages of this exhaustive history of … Continue reading F1 book review: “Lotus – The competition cars” (Anthony Pritchard)

Trackside: Hill and Goodwood

13 Jul 2006 |

In this week’s Trackside a day at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Plus, the interview with Damon Hill, the full transcript of which will be available here later. Related links Autotrader.co.uk – Trackside: Glorious Goodwood (external) Autotrader.co.uk – Trackside Special: Damon Hill Interview (External) Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport … Continue reading Trackside: Hill and Goodwood

A Formula One farmer?

12 Jul 2006 |

You don’t expect to find an interview with an ex-Formula One World Champion in the pages of the Society Guardian. But there it is, page nine, Jody Scheckter on the joys of biodynamic organic farming. Hmm. Sexy. Scheckter only did one more season of F1 following his 1979 World Drivers’ Championship for Ferrari – their … Continue reading A Formula One farmer?

Ayrton Senna Road

12 Jul 2006 |

Listening to the radio this morning I was surprised to learn that there is a road named after Ayrton Senna in Reading. The residential road was apparently named for the three times champion because he had a house in Wokingham during his McLaren years. The radio caller complained that the road was inappropriately covered in … Continue reading Ayrton Senna Road

ITV want more from F1 ads

12 Jul 2006 |

Are ITV unhappy with the income they generate from advertising sold during Formula One? An interview with their Sales MD Gary Digby in Media Week suggests they are. Digby was interviewed regarding ITV’s coverage of the football World Cup, which apparently failed to bring in enough advertisers to justify the ?���ܣ50m they spent on the … Continue reading ITV want more from F1 ads

F1 is over for Montoya

11 Jul 2006 |

After the seismic tremor of Juan Pablo Montoya’s decision to move to NASCAR in 2007, comes the aftershock: he will not race in Formula One with immediate effect. His F1 career is over, and his place will be taken by Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa. In retirement he brings to mind a driver he has … Continue reading F1 is over for Montoya

Trackside: DTM

8 Jul 2006 |

This week’s Trackside article covered the DTM race at Brands Hatch. This was previewed the week before and featured Damon Hill’s DTM test drive. Read on for more… Related articles Autotrader.co.uk – Trackside: Tough home race for Green (external) Autotrader.co.uk – Trackside: British bid for glory at Brands Hatch (external) Tags: f1 / formula one … Continue reading Trackside: DTM

Gallery: Glorious Goodwood

7 Jul 2006 |

The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2006 began today. We’re got three galleries of pictures from the event including Williams, Ferrari, McLaren, Benetton, Renault and other cars once driven by the likes of Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and more. Besides Formula One there are supercars galore including the Bugatti Veyron … Continue reading Gallery: Glorious Goodwood

FIA tweak qualifying

6 Jul 2006 |

The F1 Commission has made changes to the Formula One qualifying system ahead of the French Grand Prix. From next weekend’s round at Magny-Cours the third part of qualifying will be cut from 20 minutes to 15. This will reduce the amount of time drivers spend burning off fuel which has been widely regarded as … Continue reading FIA tweak qualifying

A1GP calendar expands

5 Jul 2006 |

The A1 Grand Prix series have releasesd the provisional schedule for its second season which will run over the winter of 2006-07. As expected the British round of the series at Brands Hatch (pictured) has moved from the opener to the finale. 13 events are scheduled – one more than was planned for the first … Continue reading A1GP calendar expands

Gallery: DTM Brands Hatch

4 Jul 2006 |

Ex-F1 racers Mika Hakkinen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Jean Alesi and Bernd Schneider were in action at Brands Hatch last weekend for the British round of the German Touring Car Championship. Seven-times Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen led most of the race but crashed out due to a car failure late on. Briton Jamie Green took over … Continue reading Gallery: DTM Brands Hatch

F1 gets mixed reaction in USA

4 Jul 2006 |

After the 2005 farce, Bernie Ecclestone’s remarks to the media about the ‘unimportance’ of America to Formula One, Scott Speed’s lap one retirement, and a generally tedious 2006 race, the response of the American press to F1 was somewhat mixed. The dividing lines between America’s devoted band of F1 followers and those who seem perplexed … Continue reading F1 gets mixed reaction in USA

2006 Stats Update: USA

4 Jul 2006 |

Michael Schumacher broke Fernando Alonso’s streak of pole positions and victories at Indianapolis. It also breathed new life into Ferrari’s World Constructors’ Championship bid. With eight rounds remaining, we look at how the United States Grand Prix changed the balance of the championship battles. Tags: f1 / formula one / grand prix / motor sport