Articles tagged Ralph Firman

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 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 80, January 2014

Racers, Rivals and fellow Scots

"It hardly seems possible that I've been racing cars for more than 25 years and karts for a few seasons before that. I've met some great people and driven some wonderful machinery along the way, but there have been a few conspicuous duds, too. Overall, though, the positives outweigh everything else..." 1. McLaren MP4-5B The Chassis McNish fine-tuned for Ayrton et al It was a very easy car to...

Page 4, August 1995

The month in Motor Sport

June 21: Allan McNish's Paul Stewart Racing-run F3000 Reynard sets the fastest time in the one-day test at Monza. 22: Lola wins the contract to supply the chassis for the F3000 replacement formula in 1996. Which company will provide the engine remains a closely-guarded secret. 23: Japanese driver Hideki Noda is seen with the Pacific team at Silverstone, and is expected to drive for it at the...

Page 112, January 2014

Lunch with... Gil de Ferran

He never raced in F1 but achieved great success in America, and remains one of the foremost Brazilian racers of his generation.Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell There’s a history of young Brazilians who came over to learn the European motor racing way, grabbed everyone’s attention by winning the British Formula 3 Championship, and rapidly rose towards the upper slopes of Formula 1...

Page 4, November 1995

The month in Motor Sport

September 14: Factory BTCC Ford driver Paul Radisich tests Team Dynamics' successful privateer Mondeo at Snetterton, sparking renewed speculation about the Blue Oval's 1996 plans. 15: Benetton releases Michael Schumacher's Italian Grand Prix telemetry in an attempt to absolve the world champion from any blame for the accident which eliminated him and Damon Hill. 15: Benetton test driver Emmanuel...

Page 78, October 2009

Lunch with...Julian Bailey

He’d have liked ‘sensible’ Damon Hill’s Formula 1 career, but Julian reckons he wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun along the way… By Simon Taylor It’s a common complaint that today’s professional racing driver is too squeaky-clean, too focused on his career to have any fun out of the cockpit. His own personality must be subdued by the requirements of PR and brand image, and what little free...

Page 93, June 2011

The go-to guy

F1, Champ Car, GTs, historics - if you need a driver in a hurry, Roberto Moreno has always been ready to give it everything. And he's still got the fire...By Rob Widdows In America they called him 'supersub'. Super he may be, but he is so much more than a substitute. When Roberto Pupo Moreno left his home in Brazil he was still a teenager and had never raced a car. His mother promised to keep his...

Page 94, February 2013

Lunch with... Oliver Gavin

He accepted that he wouldn't make it to F1 early on, but since then he's claimed five ALMS titles and four class victories at Le Mans By Simon Taylor Formula 1 is naturally the summit of every young driver's ambition, the goal that spurs him on to scale each successive rung of the ladder. When his early efforts go well, when the pundits' plaudits start to include prognostications of future...

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