Gallery: WTCC Brands Hatch

The gallery has been updated with 46 pictures from the round of the World Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch. Ex-F1 drivers present included ’92 champion Nigel Mansell, Alessandro Zanardi, Nicola Larini, Gabriele Tarquini, Gianni Morbidelli and more. Plus WTCC champion Andy Priaulx and a host of former British Touring Car champions. Related links: Gallery: … Continue reading Gallery: WTCC Brands Hatch

2006 Stats Update – Spain

Fernando Alonso has stormed the start of 2006 – finishing every race so far in either first or second place. The F1Fanatic statistics update tells shows you how the drivers’ and constructors’ championship battles are progressing, who has suffered the most DNFs, how the drivers’ championship would look under old points systems, who are the … Continue reading 2006 Stats Update – Spain

The five-second peace

Three turgid Grands Prix in a row were unsettling enough. But now the ugly spectre of political conflict in Formula One has reared its head once more. The news that the GPWC-aligned teams were ready to agree terms with Bernie Ecclestone had scarcely sunk in, the hopes for a new era of political stability in … Continue reading The five-second peace

Home hero Alonso wins tactical struggle against Schumacher

Spanish Grand Prix 2006 Review

A ferocious, bitter battle for supremacy is being fought in Formula 1. Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher have waged war on one another for three consecutive, bruising rounds. But, such is the nature of Formula 1 in 2006, the blows being exchanged are not the cut and thrust of passing and defending, but quick laps … Continue reading Home hero Alonso wins tactical struggle against Schumacher

V8s hit reliability

The switch to 2.4 litre V8 engines for 2006 has had a predictable effect on reliability: Cars are failing at a greater rate than last year. There were seven mechnical retirements in last week’s European Grand Prix. Retirements due to mechanical failure had dropped from 29% in 2002 to 11% last year. The new points … Continue reading V8s hit reliability

F1’s Friday farce

Somewhere near the bottom of the ‘Things to Fix with F1’ list, beneath ‘overtaking’, ‘distribution of income’ and ‘fuel burn-off in qualifying’, is the dearth of Formula One action on the Friday of a race weekend. 130,000 Spaniards are at the Circuit de Catalunya to watch Fernando Alonso this weekend. So far, he’s done just … Continue reading F1’s Friday farce

DC to join the 200 club

David Coulthard will become the tenth driver to have participated in 200 Grand Prix at the Spanish Grand prix this weekend. Fittingly, it is also the circuit where he started his Formula One career in 1994 at Williams, replacing the late Ayrton Senna. Two active drivers have already passed the 200 mark – Michael Schumacher … Continue reading DC to join the 200 club