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Sunday 24th May 2015


F1 History

1980 and the Balestre vs Bernie battle

As Formula 1′s potential to make money becomes clear, Ecclestone and Balestre try and wrestle control from each other

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“Did you ever meet him?”

Rob Widdows on the time he spent with Ayrton Senna

History is on Hamilton’s side

Paul Fearnley looks back at the history of drivers who won four GPs on the trot, an achievement within Lewis Hamilton’s reach in Spain

The marvel of Hesketh

Andrew Frankel recounts the unlikely story of Hesketh Racing and James Hunt’s win in only its car’s third race

Ferrari’s sporting directors

With the resignation of Stefano Domenicali from Ferrari, Paul Fearnley looks back at the Scuderia’s past team bosses

Ayrton Senna at McLaren

Simon Arron shares Ron Dennis’s thoughts on his time working with Ayrton Senna

How will Mercedes manage its drivers?

Paul Fearnley thinks that Niki Lauda has the right experience to help manage Hamilton and Rosberg this season

Simon’s snapshots #1

British Grand Prix, Silverstone,
July 16 1977

Mercedes once again setting the standard

Paul Fearnley looks back to 1955, the last time a factory Mercedes was the car to beat in Formula 1

Schumacher at his sporting best

Paul Fearnley looks back to the 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix, one of Michael Schumacher’s greatest performances

Keke and Nico’s Australian GP wins

Paul Fearnley sees similarities between Keke Rosberg and son Nico’s Australian Grand Prix victories, almost 29 years apart

Jacky Ickx’s final flourish in Formula 1

Paul Fearnley looks back to the 1974 Race of Champions, Jacky Ickx’s last win in an F1 car

The new F1: part of a cycle of change

Paul Fearnley thinks that F1′s new formula will be easy to get used to in time, just as previous changes were

GP drivers in the Monte Carlo Rally

Paul Fearnley looks back on the history of GP drivers on the Monte, from Wimille to Kubica

Alex Harmer’s highlight of 2013

Working at Motor Sport certainly has its perks. In April I visited a BMW Classic workshop near Munich to see …

Brooks: one of the greatest talents

In celebration of the upcoming Motor Sport Hall of Fame, we look back on the careers of our founding members …

Gordon Cruickshank’s highlight of 2013

Like all the best awards ceremonies I’ll air my runner-up highlight first: fighting off the BBC to get time with …

Moss: in a category reserved for icons

From the archive: why Sir Stirling Moss is one of the all-time greats

The farce of the 1999 title decider

Nigel Roebuck looks back at the 1999 title decider and wonders whether it’s perhaps a little easier to have double points…

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Motor Sport on F1 History

“I get disappointed when I hear about modern racing drivers not having any interest in the past,” said Sir Jackie Stewart when he came into the office to edit the December 2011 issue of Motor Sport. “The one thing about history, and the one thing about knowing a bit of it, is that you learn from it”. Not only that, but the sight of Grand Prix machines tackling the old Nürburgring and Spa circuits is enough to get most of us hooked on the sport for good. Motor Sport has always delved into interesting stories from the past and although the magazine looks to the future, it constantly keeps an eye on F1 history.