Articles tagged FRANK DERNIE

Page 43 of June 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 43, June 1981

Notes on the cars and teams at Imola

Now that the Grand Prix season has begun in Europe and teams can work from their home bases we should see some interesting strides forwards in the mechanical scene in the paddock. For the first three races everyone was "on tour" leading a gypsy-like existence which made it impossible to do much in the way of serious development. The craze of the moment to develop ways of cheating the "no-skirt"...

Page 73 of August 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 73, August 2012

1992: Nigel Mansell

Monza, 1989. As we walked through the paddock, Nigel Roebuck, Alan Henry and I, a forlorn figure limped towards us. The moustache bristled. “Ohh,” Nigel Mansell groaned theatrically, before we’d even had a chance to offer greetings. “I’m not sure if I can race this weekend…” “Why ever not?” we asked, dutifully, imagining some horror that must have befallen him. A shunt we hadn’t heard of, perhaps...

Page 9 of February 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 9, February 1989

Formula One scene

Exiting times ahead When the new Formula One due to start in 1989 was announced it sounded deadly dull and I thought about taking up model-car collecting. That was two years ago and I am happy to say that since then things have changed for the better. At the time when we were told that turbocharged 11/2-litre engines would be outlawed at the end of 1988 we were at a fantastically high peak of...

Page 42 of January 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, January 2001

Williams and McLaren: It's not what you've got, it's what you do with it

While the Brabham-BMW combo made its debut in the opening round of the 1982 season, it wasn't until the second half of '83 that McLaren and Williams raced turbos. And they, like Brabham,discovered how a huge leap in power immediately highlighted — or indeed, created — chassis deficiencies. "There were three fundamental problems with the FVV09 in 1983/84:' says Frank Dernie,then Williams'...

Page 29 of December 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 29, December 1979

Williams Grand Prix Engineering

Sponsorship The heading to this article is the official title of the firm that runs the Williams team in Formula One and it can be said that it is financed by Saudi Arabia. However, it has not always been so, for the initial influx of money from Saudi Arabia came solely from the national airline Saudia, but over the past two seasons interest in the Formula One team has spread throughout the land...

Page 106 of September 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 106, September 2000

Williams FW07

Impressed by the pioneering use of ground effects by Lotus, the Williams team were convinced they could do it better - and proved they could with this championship-winning design I would go for the Williams FW07. Williams won their first GP with it, in 1979, and, refined for the following year, it won the championship with Alan Jones. It just about qualifies for this series as, although I was...

Page 18 of December 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 18, December 1988

Formula One scene: Australian GP

The end of an era Adelaide, November 13 On the face of it, it was all just another crushing McLaren-Honda demonstration run, as Ron Dennis' machines sped to their tenth 1-2 of a season in which the team has re-written the parameters of Formula One. Alain Prost apparently cruised to his seventh win of 1988 and another nine points, which brought his total to 105, although thanks to the silly...

Page 50 of March 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, March 2010

The view from Chapman's crew

Key figures associated with Team Lotus tell us what they think about the return of the famous name to Formula 1, and recall why it was special to work at Norfolk’s finestBy Paul Fearnley Clive ChapmanSon of Team Lotus founder Colin Chapman & MD of Classic Team Lotus I have always said that if the Lotus name was to return to Formula 1 it needed to be in association with the factory, Group...

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Hook, line and thinker

John Watson’s approach to racing was always well thought-out. Now his passion for fishing helps him reflect on life – and F1 By Rob Widdows Away from the pressures of grand prix racing, drivers are well used to the one that got away, some of them to landing the big catch. Fishing, intriguingly, is a favoured pastime among racers. Ross Brawn enjoys a day on the river, the ultimate escape from the...

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Lunch with... Lola

Lola’s founder and its saviour recall 50 years of entrepreneurial effort which has taken in almost every category of motor racing By Simon Taylor There are easier ways to make money than by building racing cars for sale. In fact, the major makers since the 1950s – the likes of Cooper, Lotus, Elva, Brabham, March, Reynard – have all, for one reason or another, hit the buffers and disappeared. The...

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