Articles tagged Grand Prix Drivers' Association

Page 38 of March 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, March 2002

The nine that got away

Graham Hill drove an electric mix of machinery in a Le Mans career that spanned three decades and 10 starts. He made his debut in the 24 Hours with Lotus in 1957, but his first taste of the Circuit de la Sarthe came the previous year. The up-and-coming driver was still working as a mechanic when he was allowed to undertake a handful of laps during practice. Jabby Crombac had smoothed the way for...

Page 30 of June 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, June 1975

Continental Notes

The Circuit National of Francorchamps "TO RETURN to Francorchamps is always exciting. You find a unique ambiance that only a circuit running through natural surroundings can supply." Those are not my words. They were written by a Belgian journalist before the recent sports car race on the Belgian circuit in the Ardennes. Certain members of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association and the Formula One...

Page 12 of July 1964 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, July 1964

Reflections on the Dutch G.P.

When Jim Clark does one of his demonstrations of the perfect Grand Prix driver at work, as he did at Zandvoort, there are people who do not enjoy watching and consider it monotonous or dull, even though he may be setting up new lap records and race records. Now I enjoy a wheel-to-wheel dice as well as anyone, and during those two classic races at Reims, in 1953 and 1961, I was standing on the...

Page 12 of June 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, June 1995

'Someone killed the king'

It was the weekend when Formula One had to come to terms with its grief in public: Imola, one year on. Officials had taken the precaution of removing the shattered remains of Ayrton Senna's Williams, still yet to divulge its secrets, to safer storage. Superficially, most of the scars resulting from last year's carnage were gone. Mentally, though, they remained. "You don't see the old Imola any...

Page 96 of September 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 96, September 2007

Crash & learn

When creating a modern F1 car, designers major as much on safety as speed. Robert Kubica is one who’s thankful they do... By Rob Widdows Grand prix racing will never be utterly safe. But the fact that more people die falling from horses than they do in racing cars is in part an indication of the major improvements that we have seen in racing car construction over the last three decades. When...

Page 19 of August 1970 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, August 1970

Matters of Moment

• The New Minister The recently-convincingly-elected Conservative Government has appointed Mr. John Peyton, who motors in a BMC Mini and a Rover 3500 V8, as Minister of Transport. We have requested a personal interview with Mr. Peyton which he has been unable to grant, because he is too busy improving British transport. We cannot believe that he is unaware of the good the Press can do his image...

Page 70 of March 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 70, March 1980

The Brazilian Grand Prix

Arnoux's first victory  Sao Paulo, January 27th Few of those who were critical of the decision to hold this year's Brazilian Grand Prix there would deny that Sao Paulo's superb 4.946 mile Interlagos circuit is one of the very best in the world. It winds its way through some fairly mundane surroundings in the Sao Paulo suburbs, but it is a most exacting facility which challenges driving skill...

Page 44 of December 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, December 2004

The diary of disaster

January 14 Benetton poaches Dutchman Jos Verstappen for its test driver just as McLaren is poised to sign him to a multi-year deal  January 21 JJ Lehto crashes at Silverstone in his first Benetton test and sustains damaged vertebrae. He will miss the first two GPs February 24 FIA President Max Mosley (right) warns of 'draconian penalties' for any team contravening the ban on traction control...

Page 49 of April 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, April 2000

Thackwell: hit or myth?

Mike Thackwell is often held up as the classic example of the driver who got too much too soon. At 16 (illegally young, but he'd lied about his age) he was winning Formula Ford races in Britain. In 1979, the following year, he was a shining talent in Formula Three, although he had to rely on a loan from Alan Jones to see him through the season. For 1980 he graduated to F2, then to F1. His Grand...

Page 12 of July 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, July 1994

A timely triumph

When Michael Schumacher's Benetton stuck in fifth gear, Damon Hill was there to scoop the spoils for an intensely relieved Williams team. There were many, it must be said, whose scepticism got the better of them after the Spanish GP. Could Michael Schumacher really have done the last two-thirds of the race in only fifth gear, including a pit stop? You can try to calculate what percentage there...

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