The USA and Formula 1 have had a turbulent relationship for the past three decades. Back in the days when the US Grand Prix was held every year at Watkins Glen, a steady trickle of drivers from the States tried their hand in F1; however the intervening years has seen that relationship weakened considerably.
This week saw the confirmation of a further five drivers in the midpack. At both Force India and Toro Rosso, both squads confirmed that they will be holding on to their current line-ups for 2011. At Sauber, GP2 Championship runner-up Sergio Perez will partner Kamui Kobayashi, leaving Nick Heidfeld out in the cold. Still to … Continue reading The 2011 Formula 1 World Championship Grid
Well, pre-season testing is completed and all the teams have unveiled their cars and, of course, it has been confirmed that the USF1 squad will not make it to Bahrain for first practice in nine days or for the rest of the season - I cannot wait for that book to be written. The final … Continue reading The 2010 Formula 1 World Championship Grid
The final list for the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship was announced yesterday evening and unsurprisingly both USF1 and Stefan GP were omitted from the final form. In recent week, there have been a number of voices in the sport questioning whether Stefan GP would pick up USF1's place on the grid should the American … Continue reading Does Formula 1 Need Thirteen Teams?
Words can no longer describe the utter mess involving these three squads, so here's an episode of Fawlty Tower's instead...
For the third week of testing, the biggest news this week was the return of the Lotus team to Formula 1. It may be questionable as to how much (or little) Lotus actually have in common with the original marquee as led by the late Colin Chapman, but with Mike Gascoyne as technical chief, the … Continue reading Formula 1 Testing (Jerez, February 17th-20th)
For the last couple of days, whispers of USF1's imminent demise have become full blown chatter as stories of rumours of the team's primary backer, Chad Hurley (of You Tube), has walked away from the project. Also thought to have left is USF1's Business and Development Executive, Brian Bonner. After so much speculation in recent … Continue reading The Collapse of USF1
The second test got under way on Wednesday and saw the first runs for the Force India and Virgin F1 teams, the latter of which should raise an eyebrow for a few reasons. Firstly, the new Virgin machine is the first F1 car to run that was developed by Nick Wirth using just Computational Fluid … Continue reading Formula 1 Testing (Jerez, February 10th-13th)
With only seven weeks to go before the start of the 2010 Formula 1 season, the last set of racing seats look ready to fill up with another two positions taken up in the last few days. Since the beginning of the week, Spanish veteran Pedro De La Rosa finds himself back with a competitive … Continue reading Musical Chairs (**Update)
This has been an interesting week for not just Formula 1, but Motorsports to an extent with a raft of changes being either announced or proposed; however out of all of the changes, the most visible and immediate is the complete restructuring of the rewards in Formula 1. The new points system, which now ranges … Continue reading Securing the Future of the New Formula 1 Teams
Economies do strange things to motor racing. During the boom times, you will no doubt see manufacturers throw hundreds of million of Pounds/Euro/Dollars at a team in a bid for success and during the crashes, you often witness the large companies run for cover as plucky privateers with bigger ideas than budgets make the best … Continue reading The Economy’s of Attraction
News is slowly but surely leaking about the fate of Honda F1. If rumours are to be believed, former Ferrari Technical Director, Ross Brawn, has led the buy-out with help from Bernie Ecclestone (in lieu of a portion of next season's prize money) - a buy out that is thought to have finished Nick Fry's … Continue reading Brawn Racing?