Articles tagged Flavio Briatore

Page 88, April 2014

Lunch With... Paul Tracy

This ever-determined, hard-charging Indycar driver didn’t always mind his Ps and Qs but invariably gave his all in the cockpit Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer Michael McNamara These days your average professional racing driver tends to be slight and slender. He is unfailingly polite to team personnel, to sponsors and to rivals, and speaks to the media in unexceptional sound-bites while a PR...

Page 102, November 2014

Lunch with... Kenny Bräck

He reached Formula 3, stepped back to Renault Clios and then went on to conquer Indianapolis... via an argument or two with Tom Walkinshaw Writer: Simon Taylor, Photographer: James Mitchell Every sportsman tends to be remembered, above all, for one particular achievement: one win, one record, one defining moment in his career. Kenny Bräck feels that most people primarily recall his victory in the...

Page 76, March 2011

Lunch with... Alex Wurz

Tall men are not meant to make top racing drivers, yet he had a busy 12-year career as F1 racer and tester. Now his heart is set on a third Le Mans winBy Simon Taylor Alex Wurz looks like Hollywood’s idea of a racing driver: alert, clear-eyed, charming yet steely, wiry and very fit. And tall. But, as we know, in real life the most successful racing drivers tend to be little guys. It’s not just...

Page 106, September 2014

Lunch with... Perry McCarthy

Formula Ford champion, F3 front-runner, Grand Prix non-qualifier, pioneering Stig, works Audi driver and perennial optimist... Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell The road to Formula 1 is steep and stony. For every rookie who takes his place on a Grand Prix grid there’s a long queue of hopefuls who never get there. Among the ones who come closest, talent – pure talent – may not be...

Page 38, July 2014

Decline of a superpower

Ferrari once boasted the greatest team in Formula 1 history, but those glory days are long past. Worst of all, its long fall from the top was entirely self-inflicted Ferrari’s new team principal sat confident but silent alongside president Luca di Montezemolo at a press gathering in the Scuderia’s motorhome during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend. Silent because he’s still learning the ropes of F1...

Page 66, November 2008

Smooth sailing, or troubled waters?

When Vijay Mallya docked at Valencia for the European GP, it provided an opportunity to find out how Formula 1’s newest team boss is faringBy Rob Widdows An ancient Indian proverb warns that, when an elephant is in trouble, even a frog will kick him. By this stage of the 2008 Grand Prix season, cynics predicted, the Force India team would be in trouble. There would be those who would take...

Page 74, May 2014

Senna vs Schumacher, a rivalry unfulfilled

It was a tantalising prospect, if a little troubling for Ayrton Senna. How would the proven maestro handle a potential nemesis, fast emerging in the form of Michael Schumacher? Sadly, we’d never see them tussle at their respective peaksWriter Paul Fearnley Brother Ralf looked embarrassed and turned away. He didn’t understand. How could he? Mika Häkkinen had raced Ayrton Senna; had hoped for the...

Page 30, May 2014

“Michael and I had been in the trenches together”

Departed Mercedes-Benz team principal Ross Brawn analyses the key moments of a long, successful F1 career… and outlines the reasons for his decision to step down at the end of 2013 Ross Brawn and Adrian Newey have won all but three of 22 world championships for constructors since 1992. The current score is Newey 10, Brawn 9. These two, more than any drivers, have provided F1’s competitive thrust...

Page 50, March 2014

Nigel Roebuck

In the slipstream of his final Grand Prix season, Mark Webber sat down to discuss Formula 1 politics, Sebastian Vettel, Porsche, the idiocy of DRS and much else besides... A catch-up with Mark Webber over lunch in a Buckinghamshire pub, near the delightful house in which he and his partner Ann have lived these many years. It was perhaps no more than inevitable that we should begin by talking...

Page 98, March 2008

Bashes and 'tashes

High jinks mixed with high drama at the 1994 Australian GP, as former Benetton mechanic Greg Field tells Rob Widdows There is not much Greg Field hasn’t seen in over three decades as a racing mechanic, but 1994 was a particularly momentous year for him and the Benetton team. By Adelaide, the last race of the year, the world championship hung in the balance between their man Michael Schumacher and...

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