Nigel Mansell made a return to racing action at Silverstone last weekend at the wheel of a Ferrari F430 in the FIA GT championship. He and Silverstone were synonymous in the Mansell-mania years of 1987-92. In that time he scored some of the most memorable home victories the circuit ever saw, and the crowd mobbed … Continue reading Debate: Should Ecclestone buy Silverstone?
It’s been a long four week gap ahead of the next F1 race this weekend. Have you been watching any motor racing in the meantime? Have you been to any races? I watch various touring car races this weekend and went to the BTCC round at Rockingham two weeks ago. Last weekend I was at … Continue reading Debate: What other motor racing do you watch?
Flavio Briatore is banging the “let’s spice up the show” drum again: A one hour and 30 minute race is too long because the last 30 minutes is really boring. Maybe one race of 45 minutes and one race of one hour with a reverse grid in the second race like we do in GP2. … Continue reading Debate: Are F1 races too long?
I’ve heard a lot of criticism lately of Fernando Alonso not being a good World Champion. Not that he hasn’t deserved his titles of the last two seasons, but that he doesn’t do enough as an ambassador for the sport. Alonso admits that he has no desire to be a celebrity. But many feel that, … Continue reading Debate: Is Fernando Alonso a good World Champion?
1. Fernando Alonso, 22pts, 1 win, 1 second, 1 fifth 2. Kimi Raikkonen, 22 pts, 1 win, 2 thirds 3. Lewis Hamilton, 22 pts, 2 seconds, 1 third Lewis Hamilton has finished all three of his first Grands Prix on the podium. An earlier switch onto hard tyres at Bahrain could quite conceivably have seen … Continue reading Debate: Can Lewis Hamilton be world champion?
We all had start somewhere – so how did you first start following Formula 1? The first race I saw – on television, not live – was the 1989 British Grand Prix. Nigel Mansell, then in a Ferrari, lost buckets of time with a puncture and then went on one of his classic charges trying … Continue reading Debate: When did you start watching F1?
The banning of traction control for 2008 is, for many, the remedying of one of Formula 1’s greatest ills. But what is the next big problem the sport needs to fix? However big a difference it may make to the racing is debatable. Already F1 designers are queueing up to downplay the importance of the … Continue reading Debate: Traction control gone – what’s next?
The huge growth of internet video sites has made all manner of F1 footage readily available – even if it doesn’t meet with the approval of Formula One Administration.
Rumours suggest Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have upset their respective fan bases by not giving them enough face time. Now, I’m all in favour of drivers spending more time meeting their fans who, after all, have often paid substantial amounts to get to races in the first place. Racers in American series like Champ … Continue reading Debate: Do you collect autographs?
On 9th October 1991 Max Mosley defeated incumbent FIA President Jean Marie Balestre by 43 votes to 29. In the 16 years that have passed with Mosley at the helm the sport has changed dramatically in character. But has it changed for the better? Has Formula 1 been efficiently and professionally managed under Mosley’s stewardship? … Continue reading Debate: Your verdict on Max Mosley
The collision between David Coulthard and Alexander Wurz in yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix left me wondering what direction F1 car safety might take in the future.
Are you going to a Grand Prix this year? If so, which one, and have you been before? If not, why, and are you going to any other races instead? Last year I went to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix and Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix – and this season I’m fulfilling a … Continue reading Debate: Are you going to a race?
Radical changes are taking place in F1 this year – but what one thing are you looking forward to the most? Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren? Heikki Kovalainen in a Renualt? Or an Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull? Are the new safety car and tyre rules going to put some spice back into the racing? Or … Continue reading Debate: Most exciting thing about 2007
The disappearance of Cosworth from the 2007 entry list points to a very big change that has taken place in Formula One: all the teams are now run by a major car manufacturer, or dependant upon them for an engine supply. In some respects this is great: it proves that Formula One is the pinnacle … Continue reading Answer me this: Which manufacturers will quit?
Kicking off a new weekly series we want to hear from you on the big questions in Formula 1. First up: the calendar. For decades the F1 calendar hovered at around 16 races, most in Europe. But Bernie Ecclestone has stated his aim of taking it up to 20 races, with more races in more … Continue reading Answer me this: How many races does F1 need?