Articles tagged Steve Nichols

Page 66 of October 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, October 2014

“I never considered early on that Niki could beat me to the championship. That was a mistake!"

In 1984, Alain Prost joined mighty McLaren and confirmed what we already knew: he was the fastest man on the grid. But wily old team-mate Lauda wasn’t about to roll over… F1 was set for an epic – and the tightest finish in history Writer Adam Cooper Just as the 2014 F1 season has turned into a battle between two team-mates, so it was 30 years ago when Niki Lauda and Alain Prost fought out one of...

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Nigel Roebuck

Warring team-mates, matters acoustic, Senna and Ferrari When Jochen Rindt’s Lotus crashed massively at Montjuich in 1969, he was extraordinarily fortunate to escape with relatively light injuries. This was the time of the ludicrous ‘tall’ wings, and the flimsy supports on Rindt’s car simply collapsed, as they had – a few minutes earlier, at the same spot – on the sister car of Graham Hill, the...

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New competition cars

McLaren MP4/4 At one time, a brand new car winning its first Grand Prix was an outstanding achievement, but nowadays it seems to be an accepted thing, especially where McLaren International is concerned. At the end of last season the McLarenTAG-Porsche contract ended and the Woking-based team, masterminded by Ron Dennis, switched its allegiance to the Japanese Honda firm for the supply of engines...

Page 31 of November 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 31, November 1988

Cotton On....

Whither Mercedes? If anyone is wondering how serious is Mercedes' involvement in motor racing today, they should note the reaction of the firm's public relations manager, Bernd Harling, when I speculated that, "if Mercedes wins at Le Mans next year . . . ". He cut me short: "When Mercedes wins at Le Mans next year!" From that source, I thought I should take serious note. Harling is a member of...

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...

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The enmity within

It’s war between Ferrari and McLaren in 2007, but this rivalry goes back over three decades By Adam Cooper The ongoing spy scandal involving Nigel Stepney and Mike Coughlan provides a distracting background to yet another World Championship battle involving McLaren and Ferrari. The two teams share an interwoven history, and have been locked in battle since the 1970s. Bruce McLaren entered his own...

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"His was the most complex character I ever encountered in the sport."

Our editor-in-chief recalls Ayrton Senna as a talent feted for F1 greatness - but also as a driver with a dark sideBy Nigel Roebuck For a few days after seeing Senna, I couldn't get the man out of my mind, and perhaps not surprisingly so. I had, after all, been present at all but a handful of his 161 Grands Prix, and inevitably the movie brought that time alive again, releasing a deluge of...

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The worst car I ever drove - A dream in ruins...

The chance to drive for Ferrari was his dream job. Little was he to know how badly it would turn out. Adam Cooper reports. Most of the drivers who've related the tale of their 'Worst Racing Car' can now look back on the experience with a smile. It may have been awful at the time, but at least it gave them an amusing story on which they've been able to dine out over the years. For Ivan CapeIli,...

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Reflections

By Nigel Roebuck The inexorable growth of aero clutter Missing AJ Foyt at the Daytona 24 Hours Dario Franchitti’s love of motor sport history When Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton pulled the wraps off the McLaren MP4-27, it was a relief — and perhaps a bit of a surprise — to note that the car did not have the 'stepped nose' common to all the other new cars revealed to that point. A rule...

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

I came here in 1979 and 1980 and each time it was a French victory. "Jean-Marie Balestre was in the mood to crow at his Saturday morning press conference in Sao Paulo, when he recalled the successes of Jacques Laffite and Rene Arnoux. He'd dragged himself to Brazil "despite precarious health state" and said he'd enjoyed the reception he got from "a raving crowd" of angry Paulistas still steaming...

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