Articles tagged Japanese GP

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Nigel Roebuck

A sense of perspective The Ferrari conundrum Farewell to a friend Back in 1964 three British drivers – Jim Clark, Graham Hill, John Surtees – went to the final Grand Prix, in Mexico, to settle the world championship. In the end the title went to Surtees, after Clark’s Lotus had led all the way until its engine seized on the last lap, and Hill’s BRM had been delayed by a coming-together with...

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The Passage of Rarities

Back in the 1980s I was occasionally asked to buy classic and competition cars on behalf of the wealthy Japanese collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi. His pink Italya Trading sponsorship livery became quite familiar on assorted Group C cars, racing not only in Japan but also internationally. Those occasional commissions proved a useful avenue to my actually handling some great cars, and learning so much...

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This month on the Motor Sport website

Nigel's Q&A Nigel Roebuck has stirred things up on the website this month in his Q&A column after Pat Kenny asked whether it would leave a bad taste if Alonso were to win the 2010 F1 title following the team orders drama at Hockenheim. “I grow rather weary of the anti-Alonso sentiment which seems rife in this country,” wrote Nigel. “What I find staggering is that for countless years...

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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...

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Letters: Vox pop

A voice in the wilderness Sir, I enjoyed your articles in the Motor Sport October issue ... being a fervent Senna fan, it was good to hear him praised for a change. Prost has demeaned himself with all his carping over unfair treatment. Look how many times Senna has had bad luck with his car's mechanics! And yes, he has done the occasional inexplicably stupid thing. I think the rot set in when...

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Alonso expected to stay at Renault

The final gaps in the 2009 F1 entry list will be plugged when Fernando Alonso finally confirms his plans after the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Spaniard told Motor Sport: “I know what to do 99 per cent, but after Brazil, everybody will know.” It is widely assumed he will stay at Renault rather than take up an offer from Honda, the team’s recent surge in form having tipped the balance in Flavio...

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Jacques Villeneuve

Busman's holiday Part of a sportscar line-up that would nowadays cost a fortune, the Canadian made an instant impression at Mine. He may yet make it to Le Mans, too Words: Adam Cooper. Photography: i-dea In November 1992 TOM'S Toyota created a three-man 'junior' team for the finale of the Japanese Sports-Prototype Championship at Mine. This obscure domestic event saw the only appearance of one of...

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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...

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Big in Japan

In Japan some passage of time is usually required before an event, an artefact or an era can be defined as a classic. But the 1976 Japanese GP was different In pouring rain on a circuit built in the shadow of Mount Fuji, what was possibly the most exciting season of Formula One came to a spectacular conclusion in a race memorable for many different reasons. Because it was the Hunt versus Lauda...

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Lunch with John Coombs

That he ran so many top-line drivers is proof of how successful a car entrant John Coombs was. Today, in his eighties, his enthusiasm for enjoying classic machinery still burns bright By Simon Taylor Motor racing’s history is peppered with significant private entrants – highly professional operators who were content to provide cars for others to race, in return for the joy of being involved. In...

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