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)
Lotus has produced a special version of its Elise dedicated to Jim Clark. Clark, widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula, won two championships for Lotus in 1963 and 1965. The Clark Type 25 Elise SC comes in the distinctive British Racing Green and yellow livery of the Type 25 Lotus Clark won his … Continue reading Lotus commemorates Jim Clark with car
It’s the Monaco Grand Prix next and to get in the mood here’s some fantastic pictures of great Formula 1 cars from the 1960, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s in action in the 2008 Monaco Historic Grand Prix last weekend. Joris Meuffels kindly let me use a selection of these pictures he took including loads of … Continue reading Pictures: 2008 Monaco Historic GP
In the same way that accidents will always attract onlookers, so there is a degree of vicarious pleasure in observing an F1 team in its dying throes. What ridiculous sponsorship deals will they sign? Which drivers, thought retired, will pop-up for a cameo? At what point will they draw the line and shut the doors … Continue reading Lapped legends: Philippe Adams
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
The eyes of the F1 world are fixed on the twists and turns of the Ferrari-McLaren espionage scandal. F1 is no stranger to controversy – here’s ten of the juiciest from recent years…
The Royal Mail is issuing six Grand Prix stamps to celebrate one hundred years of UK motorsport and the 50th anniversary of Stirling Moss winning the British Grand Prix. The six stamps feature Moss’s 1957 Vanwall, Graham Hill’s 1962 BRM P57, Jim Clark’s 1963 Lotus 25 Climax, Jackie Stewart’s 1973 Tyrrell 006/2, James Hunt’s 1976 … Continue reading Grand Prix stamps
The inter-McLaren battle between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton is already being compared to the great McLaren rivalry of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Hamilton is cast in the role of new boy Senna – Alonso is a two times champion just as Prost was in 1988. But at that year’s French Grand Prix Prost … Continue reading Grand Prix flashback: France 1988
There’ll be plenty more F1 photos from Goodwood to follow but here’s a taster of some of the F1 cars to whet your appetite. Around 300 cars are taking to the famous Goodwood Hill this year and F1 machinery ranges from Ferraris and Mercedes from the 1950s right up to todays F1 cars from Honda, … Continue reading Pictures from Goodwood
Which ten drivers scored their first Grand Prix win right at the start of their careers? Lewis Hamilton scored his first race win at his sixth attempt last week. Find out how many others beat him to it – including the first ever to win for Ferrari.
The classic names of F1 are all returning to the sport: Senna, Mansell, Prost, Piquet, Lauda and more could all be a feature on the grid one day. A quick search threw up 20 such drivers in the lower echelons of motor sport that could break into F1. Can you think of any others? Two … Continue reading F1’s famous names return
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)
Every F1 car is an exercise in function over form. But sometimes the by-product of ultimate speed is automotive beauty. Most F1 fans can reel off a list of the F1 cars they found the most attractive. Today’s cars are distinctive for being peculiarly narrow – as demanded by the regulations – and bristling with … Continue reading Debate: Are 2007 F1 cars ugly?
The 1972 Monaco Grand Prix was in many ways a strange affair. It produced the debut victory for a man who would never win again and the circuit was in a state of flux.
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
The world of Formula 1 blogging is growing all the time. These are the thoughts of fifty different F1 bloggers, including diehard fans, teams, professional journalists, and even one F1 PR person. Covering speculation, humour, history and more – here are the highlights of F1 blogging.
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
When Norbert Hamy wanted a name for his F1 team, he just turned his first name back to front. Trebron Racing Systems were set to join F1 racing in 1993 – but the obscure Japanese entry, run by a Canadian who claimed to have designed all manner of exciting technologies, simply disappeared. Plus, a contractual … Continue reading The Old Rumour Mill – May
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)
Before a racing wheel has been turned in anger 2007 is already shaping up to be one of the most interesting seasons for a long time. The deck has been well and truly shuffled with many new drivers in new teams. And for once it’s not just confined to the minor men – there is … Continue reading The Ben Evans Column: 1984