Jackie Stewart had relatively few complaints about the opening to the 1970 Formula 1 season. Having claimed his first title several months previously, the Scot's defence began well with a podium under South Africa's hot, dry sun in Kyalami.
Reflections: “Prost from the Brink – 1982 South African Grand Prix (Rd 1)”
Formula 1 loves controversy; it feeds off of it. Without the public displays of placated aggravation and sugar-coated cat calling, Formula 1 would probably fall from the public eye. At the start of 1982, Formula 1 got it very, very wrong.
Peter Gethin (R.I.P., 1940-2011)
Peter Gethin passed away yesterday following a long illness. He was 71 years old. Born in Surrey in early 1940, Gethin is most famous for winning the 1971 Italian Grand Prix 0.01 of-a-second ahead of Ronnie Peterson and his Cosworth-powered March.
Guest Post: It’s All About Love
It's hard to imagine in today's professional era but until the eighties it was common practice in minor Formula One countries for local drivers to bring some local colour to the grid, joining the regulars for a one-off in their privately entered machines. One such privateer was John Love.
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.
Flying the Flag: Masahiro Hasemi
When the Formula 1 teams showed up for the final race of the 1976 season and the conclusion of a titanic battle between Ferrari’s Niki Lauda and McLaren’s James Hunt, few noticed several Japanese drivers on the entry list for the main event; one of which happened to be Tokyo native Masahiro Hasemi.
Tom Walkinshaw (R.I.P., 1946-2010)
Former Formula 1 and Sportscar boss, Tom Walkinshaw has passed away at the age of 64. The Scot had been suffering from cancer for some time, before eventually succumbing to the disease
“Speed on the Orient: The Original Singapore Grand Prix”
Mention the 'Singapore Grand Prix' and thoughts of night racing, bright lights ...and, of course, Nelson Piquet Jr instantly come to mind. Although the 2008 Grand of Singapore was the nation's first step into Formula 1, it was not the first time the Great Prize was contested there.
Paying the Way
Pay drivers in motorsport is perhaps not a subject that has come up too often in modern Formula 1. While the quality of these entrants is rarely of note, there have been occasional surprises in the history of the sport that defy such generalisations, such as Niki Lauda's becoming a three-time World Champion after he … Continue reading Paying the Way