Ross Brawn has confirmed that his new team Brawn GP will take over from Honda and contest the 2009 F1 season. As has been rumoured in recent weeks the team will use the same Mercedes engines as McLaren and Force India. Ross Brawn will be team principal of his eponymous outfit and Jenson Button and … Continue reading Brawn GP takes Honda F1’s place on the 2009 F1 grid – official
Belgium loses $4.7m The Belgian Grand Prix last year lost $4.7m. The race day attendance was just 52,000, which was 10,000 down on the previous year. 'A wicked shame' if F1 consigns Senna to DTM Bruno Senna's former GP2 boss Paul Jackson: "We really do believe he's a talent, but for some reason a lot … Continue reading F1 links: Spa’s $4.7m loss
The BBC has re-launched its Formula 1 website ahead of the 2009 F1 season. ‘Formula One’ now gets its own tab on the Sport homepage (which, confusingly, is separate from the ‘motor sport’ section). There are some excellent offerings on the site including video clips from past races. There are new columns from pundits including … Continue reading BBC revamps Formula 1 site
The teams’ plans for the future of F1 revealed today are a mixture of sound ideas plus a couple of complete and utter howlers. There was a lot to commend in the ideas they put forward today, but a few worrying omissions as well. Here’s my take on FOTA’s F1 proposal.
The F1 teams’ association has recommended that F1 race distances should be cut from 320km (200 miles) to 250km (155 miles).
It’s the final day of F1 testing at Jerez this week although Renault have packed up and left the test already after Fernando Alonso went fastest yesterday. Force India have done the same. Much of yesterday’s discussion surrounded exactly what McLaren are up to and whether their continued use of a 2008-spec rear wing hints … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: 5th March (Update: pictures added)
The F1 teams’ association is holding a press conference in Geneva today to reveal its plans for the future of F1. We?óÔé¼Ôäóve had a few glimpses of what they?óÔé¼Ôäóve got planned ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ some good, some bad. Here?óÔé¼Ôäós what we know and what we expect from today?óÔé¼Ôäós announcement. Update: See below for the announcement in full.
Mansell: I'm the top man, Lewis Nigel Mansell: “No disrespect to Lewis but what’s the point of a championship where you only have 18 or 20 cars running? When I won the title, I beat 25 other cars. That makes Lewis’ title 20 per cent less credible than mine.” Lewis Hamilton's F1 world title not … Continue reading F1 links: Mansell vs Hamilton
An F1 application for the iPhone has been launched featuring news headlines from F1 Fanatic. It also offers race day countdown and weather forecasts, drivers and constructors championship standings, event information, team data and more. According to the team behind the application: “We are now the number two most popular sports application in the UK, … Continue reading F1 on the iPhone
With the Formula 1 teams?óÔé¼Ôäó association set to announce its plans for the future of F1 (more on that later) Felipe Massa has served up a side show to the main event with some entertainingly barmy suggestions of his own. He wants F1 races to be shorter: ?óÔé¼?ôbecause in the last 15 laps nobody cares … Continue reading Massa wants shorter F1 races
Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen join in the testing action at Jerez today. McLaren have been using their 2008-spec rear wing again recently, prompting speculation over whether they are having problems with their MP4-24. Timo Glock has been fastest for Toyota over the past two days. Will Jarno Trulli keep the team on top as … Continue reading 2009 F1 testing: March 4th (Update: pictures added)
Vijay Mallya wants results now Vijay Mallya: "Past is passe. Others might talk and write what they want, but I knew what I wanted. And it has gone as per expectations. But this year there will be no excuses. I want results." The Test That Nobody In F1 Can Pass 'Melbourne is, in any case, … Continue reading F1 links: Mallya wants results
More rain at Jerez yesterday meant Ferrari didn’t even bother sending Felipe Massa out on track. Fernando Alonso joins the test today and Adrian Sutil will get his first run in the Force India VJM02. But will they get a reprieve from the rain?
‘Barrichello has deal with Honda’ "Rubens Barrichello has a new deal with Honda for 2009 and will be testing the car at Silverstone this week, GPUpdate.net has been informed. Chances of the popular Brazilian retaining his drive increased last week, with a management buyout of the team now looking more likely." Michael predicts much closer … Continue reading F1 links: Honda rumours and overtaking
A fearsome battle is brewing in F1 between Bernie Ecclestone – the man who has the biggest say in where money goes in the sport – and the teams, who want a bigger slice of F1’s revenues. Money is always a hot topic in F1 as too little of the enormous revenues the sport generated … Continue reading Where the money goes in F1
Testing continues today with eight F1 teams in action at Jerez. Yesterday a spate of red flags and brief rain show hindered the teams’ testing efforts – will things go more smoothly today?
Dozens of drivers were named by F1 Fanatic readers in the quest to find F1’s greatest underdog winner. Here’s the final ten to make your choice from – with videos of each race below to help you make up your mind…
BBC head of F1 and football Niall Sloane has left his job only one week after the BBC’s ambitious F1 coverage plans were announced. It follows the planned departure of director of sport Roger Mosey who takes charge of the corporation’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics. Mosey was replaced by Barbara Slater, the first woman … Continue reading BBC F1 boss quits
Today saw all eight of the 2009-specification F1 cars launched so far on track together for the first time at Jerez in Spain. Sebastian Vettel was comfortably fastest in the Red Bull, over 1.3s quicker than Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.
The F1 world is waiting to discover whether Honda’s team will make it onto the grid next year. Becken has unearthed an interesting detail potentially revealing the name of the new team as Brawn Racing: There?óÔé¼Ôäós an interesting history regarding an internet domain registered by a lawyer named Caroline McGrory (former BAR employee!). She taken … Continue reading Brawn Racing? Surely not…