Alonso wins as Hamilton and Massa stumble

2008 Japanese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has been accused of being too hot-headed and risking too much in championship-deciding situations. Felipe Massa has been criticised for making mistakes in wheel-to-wheel battles. Watching the Japanese Grand Prix, it wasn’t difficult to understand why. As the two championship contenders provoked controversy in the opening laps, Fernando Alonso motored through to claim … Continue reading Alonso wins as Hamilton and Massa stumble

How will reliability affect the title race?

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In the last two seasons we’ve seen car failures at critical moment have a huge bearing on the championship: like Michael Schumacher’s engine failure at Suzuka in 2006, or Lewis Hamilton’s gearbox failure at Interlagos last year. Will another car failure change the course of the 2008 championship? Here’s a breakdown of how reliable each … Continue reading How will reliability affect the title race?

Will Fernando Alonso pick BMW, Honda or stay at Renault in 2009?

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Ferrari has confirmed Kimi Raikkonen will drive for the team for at least one more season in 2010. With Felipe Massa contracted for the same duration, the Scuderia will not be looking for any news drivers until 2011 at the earliest. So where does this leave Fernando Alonso? The Renault driver was widely tipped to … Continue reading Will Fernando Alonso pick BMW, Honda or stay at Renault in 2009?

Will the 2009 F1 rules allow Honda to catch McLaren, Ferrari & the rest?

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Next year will see the biggest change in the technical regulations for some time. It’s certainly the greatest since the grooved tyre/narrow track switch in 1998, and perhaps the largest overhaul of the rules since turbo engines were banned after 1988. In 2009 F1 wing sizes will be reduced, movable front wing flaps allowed, slick … Continue reading Will the 2009 F1 rules allow Honda to catch McLaren, Ferrari & the rest?

2008 German Grand Prix preview ?ǣ Ferrari looking strong in title race

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The drivers? championship race is perfectly poised with the top three drivers tied on 48 points. But Ferrari has been ahead in the constructors? championship race for almost all the season. At Silverstone McLaren finally arrested their progress but are still 24 points behind with eight races remaining. If Ferrari can add to their lead … Continue reading 2008 German Grand Prix preview ?ǣ Ferrari looking strong in title race

Has Flavio Briatore lost interest again?

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What’s the problem with Renault? It was no great surprise to see the champions of 2005 and 2006 lose their way in 2007. There was certainly no shortage of explanations: they had lost their champion driver and talisman of the team, Fernando Alonso. They had lost the Michelin tyres to which generations of Renault chassis … Continue reading Has Flavio Briatore lost interest again?