The Ecclestone saga, modern F1’s banality, Foyt at Brands Hatch
When the announcement was made that Bernie Ecclestone was indeed to face bribery charges in the German court, it’s fair to say that in the paddock there was a measure of surprise, for, Bernie being Bernie, the widespread assumption had been that it wouldn’t come to that, that he would manage to sidestep this potential threat to his...
Will the new F1 regulations destabilise Red Bull? When will one of the top teams see sense and sign Nico Hülkenberg? And has F1’s safety crusade taken a step too far?
It is the evening of Sunday, November 17, as I write, and a few minutes ago a Texan lady in my hotel asked me what seemed to her a very reasonable question. “Is anyone else,” she said, “ever going to win another Grand Prix? I mean,...
...or how the schedule might look if it were driven by sport rather than commerce
By Nigel Roebuck
Many years ago I asked Frank Williams if he still considered Formula 1 a sport, and he paused before replying. "Mmm, I'd say yes it is — between the hours of two and four on a Sunday afternoon. All the rest of the time, quite honestly, it's just commerce..."
This was some time before Max Mosley had...
– Mosley wins, but F1 could be the loser
– Brundle’s assessment of the season so far
– Kubica sparks memories of old-style Monaco
The effects of ‘Whippergate’ smoulder on, and threaten at any moment to erupt into forest fire. Over the Montréal weekend there were serious concerns about the state of the track, which in several places broke up alarmingly during qualifying, but not too...
– Back from the brink of a breakaway series
– Prost’s self-sacrifice for the good of McLaren
When Max Mosley came to Suzuka in 1991, he was newly installed as the president of FISA, then the motor sport arm of the FIA. In short order, of course, he was to do away with FISA, and become president of the FIA proper, but in those early days his focus was on the sport alone.
In Japan he...
– F1 in crisis – but it need not have come to this
– Surtees’s GP assessment still resonates today
On Wednesday, December 3, I was due to attend Honda’s traditional end-of-season lunch, but on the Monday a letter, signed by Nick Fry and Ross Brawn, arrived by e-mail. In light of the prevailing economic situation, it said, and the fact that the company’s English plant was down to a...