Lotus Formula 1 cars in pictures (Autosport International 2009)

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The car in which Ayrton Senna scored his first Grand Prix victory was one of four Lotuses on display at Autosport International. Senna won the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix in the Renault turbo-powered 97T. One of the revolutionary 49s was also on display. This car introduced the Cosworth DFV power plant and the concept of … Continue reading Lotus Formula 1 cars in pictures (Autosport International 2009)

Kazuki Nakajima to make F1 race debut

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Kazuki Nakajima will take Alexander Wurz’s place at Williams for the final race of 2007 following the Austrian’s retirement. Nakajima, 22, was the highest-placed rookie in F1’s feeder category GP2 this year. Driving for the DAMS team he ended the year fifth, and though he didn’t win a race he scored five consecutive podiums in … Continue reading Kazuki Nakajima to make F1 race debut

“Mario Andretti: A Driving Passion” (Gordon Kirby, 2001)

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Lewis Hamilton is a cracking F1 driver. But just how good a racer is he, really? I want to see how he would adapt his turn-in style to the British Touring Car Championship in a front wheel drive Seat Leon. I want to see him tackle the Indianapolis 500 where they turn 230mph average laps … Continue reading “Mario Andretti: A Driving Passion” (Gordon Kirby, 2001)

Gilles Villeneuve: His victories remembered

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Today marks 25 years since the death of Gilles Villeneuve. Enough has been written about the sad circumstances of his death at Zolder in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. Much has also been written about the spectacular moments for which he is so fondly remembered. Villeneuve drove every race to win. It was not … Continue reading Gilles Villeneuve: His victories remembered

F1 in the news 33: Tea tray expose

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Rounding up this week’s top F1 press Steve Matchett’s cracking piece on flexible floors caught my eye. With the FIA committing to further restrictions of these it’s definitely an article worth reading and Matchett’s style is highly readable. Also Renault in Rotterdam, Paffet in at Prodrive (possibly) and ITV in love with, who else, Lewis … Continue reading F1 in the news 33: Tea tray expose

“Mario Andretti World Champion” (Nigel Roebuck, 1979)

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Regular readers of Nigel Roebuck’s “Fifth Column” in Autosport will know he has a couple of all-time favourite drivers. If Mario Andretti isn’t number one, he’s surely a close second to Gilles Villeneuve. But a professional closeness and admiration for someone can be a mixed blessing when it comes to writing a biography of them. … Continue reading “Mario Andretti World Champion” (Nigel Roebuck, 1979)