It is fair to say that many thought Mark Blundell had hung up his helmet for good. Having settled into a solid role as a Formula 1 analyst on ITV (until 2008), as well as starting his own management company, the 44-year-old appeared to be content with life outside the cockpit. Of course, once a racer...
Driver Replacement Therapy: Ricardo Zuniño
When Niki Lauda walked out on his Brabham team following practice for the 1979 Canadian Grand Prix, the British team found themselves in a dire situation. Step forward Ricardo Zuniño.
When Selling Sells
When Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was attacked in West London on November 25th, the 80-year-old and his Brazilian mistress Fabiana Flosi became the latest victims 0f a crime wave in the area.
“This Charming Man: Carlos Pace”
Something that is often lost in the grey, highly corporate world of modern motor racing is charm – that ability to please and appeal to all people with neither effort or force. It was inevitable that as Bernie Ecclestone helped reshape Formula 1 into the mammoth global entity that it is today, much of the … Continue reading “This Charming Man: Carlos Pace”
Gran Turismo 5: The Red Bull X1 Prototype
Earlier this year, Red Bull Formula 1 designer and aerodynamicist, Adrian Newey, was asked by the creators of Gran Turismo to design his ultimate racing machine.
The Lost Champion: Jochen Rindt
When Karl Jochen Rindt's Lotus 72 ploughed head-on into the guardrail at Monza's fast, sweeping Parabolica, motor racing was robbed of one of its most outstanding talents. At 28, the exuberant Austrian was to become Formula 1's first - and thankfully only - posthumous world Champion.
“The Forgotten Man: Roland Ratzenberger”
When Roland Ratzenberger hit the wall at Villeneuve corner at Imola on April 30th 1994, Formula 1 was left to face with its first competitive fatality since Ricardo Paletti at Montreal twelve years earlier.
“Fast, but Dangerous: Montjuïc Circuit”
When the first race at Montjuïc Circuit took place in 1933, the Catalonia region had already experienced a good deal of either Grand Prix or Sportscar racing events.
Reflection: 1983 Austrian Grand Prix (Round 11)
I must admit that my knowledge of the 1983 season is a little vague. Sandwiched in between the controversial 1982 and 1984 seasons, it is something of an anonymous year in the sport, despite the fact that the championship went down to the final race at Kyalami in South Africa. For 53 laps on the … Continue reading Reflection: 1983 Austrian Grand Prix (Round 11)
The Death of Jim Clark, Part 2
There is finality about death that means for the most part you only need to write about it once - essentially a life has ended and with that, details unfold and slot together to present a story about person's unique visions, feelings and experiences. The finality...... apart from a few exceptions and skeletons, there is … Continue reading The Death of Jim Clark, Part 2