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Belgian Grand Prix: record breaker Rubens Barrichello celebrates 300 not out

Some really nice stuff from Rubens Barrichello this afternoon. The Brazilian had more than the usual cluster of journalists around him at his 2.05pm sit-down for two reasons. Firstly, everyone wanted to know if he was still seething from the incident with Michael Schumacher in Hungary before the summer break when his old Ferrari team [...]

Michael Schumacher's arrogance can no longer be tolerated in Formula One

Should he stay or should he go? The jury was out on Michael Schumacher even before he attempted to send Rubens Barrichello to heaven in Hungary. Has the picture changed in the wake of Sunday’s grand prix? Yes, but not because he is a dangerous and controversial racer – we knew that already. He should [...]

Quick update on hotel situation in Korea

In the wake of my post on my trip to Korea, I promised some intel on the hotel situation out there and here it is, courtesy of one of my travel companions, Eugene Bari (who runs… it made me chuckle so much I thought I would reproduce it in its entirety. Eugene writes… The interesting thing [...]

Ferrari and Fernando Alonso backed by Schumacher. What does that tell you?

Here’s an easy way to decide debates about sporting morality. 1. See which side Michael Schumacher’s on. 2. Take the other side. Rarely will you be in the wrong. And so it proved again at the German Grand Prix, when Schumacher immediately defended Ferrari’s blatant and cack-handed team orders. Well, at least he’s not a hypocrite. Clearly, [...]

Abalone porridge and karaoke… gearing up for October's Korean Grand Prix

I really didn’t expect to be spending the week in between Silverstone and Hockenheim belting out karaoke on a bus in South Korea. Yet somehow that is exactly what I found myself doing after accepting a late invitation from the Korea Tourism Organisation to recce the new circuit they are building out there, which is [...]

Someone is not telling the truth. Is it Ferrari or FIA race director Charlie Whiting?

Fernando Alonso had a funny day on Sunday. His race was ruined once again by a safety car – the second time in two weeks after the “manipulated” (according to the Spaniard) result in Valencia. He then got changed into his football strip and watched his country win the World Cup from Ferrari’s motor home [...]

Does Robert Kubica's contract extension mean Michael Schumacher is staying at Mercedes?

The news that Robert Kubica has signed to stay on at Renault until the end of 2012 has been largely glossed over in the British GP feeding frenzy, but it could hold the clue to one of the paddock’s most interesting ongoing storylines. Kubica is one of the most highly-regarded drivers on the grid and was [...]

Red Bull's Mark Webber gives new meaning to demonstrations in Parliament Square

The intense battle between McLaren and Red Bull now extends to YouTube videos… McLaren have been big on viral marketing in recent months with videos of Lewis and Jenson building their own race car and sitting in Ayrton Senna’s famous Mp4-4. Now Red Bull have followed suit with a PR stunt in Parliament Square at [...]

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button imagine driving Ayrton Senna's MP4-4 around Monte Carlo

Another McLaren viral marketing video on YouTube. I don’t know where Lewis and Jenson find the time…

Fernando Alonso apologises for suggesting Valencia race was 'manipulated'

Interesting blog from Fernando Alonso on the Ferrari website, effectively apologising for his post-Valencia outburst when he intimated that the race had been “manipulated” in Lewis Hamilton’s favour. “Obviously, in the clear light of day, I am much calmer than I was in the moments immediately following the race,” Alonso said. “At the time, I [...]

Whither now for Formula One's in-season testing regulations?

Following my blog last week asking whether Ferrari’s ‘media’ track day was a bit on the dodgy side, it was interesting to watch the debate heat up in Valencia. I was assured the issue would be “discussed by engineers in small huddles” but in fact it attracted the attention of some rather larger fish. First [...]

Mark Webber: "Proposed 2011 regulations good for Playstation… not so good for F1?

Mark Webber has had a go at the moveable rear wings planned for 2011, which were announced yesterday in an FIA statement following a meeting of its World Council. “It is good for the PlayStation I think, but I don’t know how well it is going to work in F1,” said Red Bull’s refreshingly blunt [...]

FOTA keen to get F1 fans involved

More positive stuff from FOTA (the Formula One Teams Association) with news that they are to host a Q & A with fans at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London next Thursday. The line-up of F1 figures features FOTA chairman and McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes, [...]

It would take a thriller in Valencia to knock the football off its perch – but this season has surprised us enough times already

No point trying to deny the fact that the nation’s sporting eyes will be concentrated almost exclusively on Bloemfontein on Sunday afternoon. Win, lose or draw against Germany, England’s football fortunes will be the only story in town. Even a third successive one-two for Hamilton and Button in Valencia would be unlikely to make much [...]

Did Ferrari extract a competitive advantage from last week's 'media' track day?

The grainy footage posted on YouTube of a Ferrari F10 flying around Fiorano last Friday has provided a bit of a talking point going into this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia.. I have heard some grumbling about ‘loopholes’ being exploited, although no team I have spoken to would say as much on the record, [...]

Pat Fry joins Ferrari as assistant technical director

It has been confirmed that Pat Fry, the former chief engineer at McLaren, will be joining Ferrari as assistant technical director at the start of next month. The 46-year-old, who had been at Woking for 18 years, was one of two engineers (the other being Tim Goss) who took it in turns to design the [...]

Would you drive this car built by Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton?

Bit slow off the mark on this one but I’ve been on holiday for the past week so apologies… However, if you haven’t seen this YouTube viral effort from McLaren then it’s worth a look. I particularly enjoyed the ending where they give McLaren’s test driver Gary Paffett a bit of banter. And Lewis taking [...]

Championship success for Ferrari this season could lay stereotyping to rest

One of the many interesting things to come out of the Canadian Grand Prix was the re-emergence of Fernando Alonso as a title contender. Not that he ever wasn’t – it just seemed for many weeks as if the Red Bulls and McLarens were getting away from him, especially in Turkey where Ferrari were very [...]

He's not one for a soundbite but Renault's Robert Kubica has to be driver of the season so far

In Turkey the other week a few of us in the press room sat down and listed our top five drivers of the season so far. Think about it for a minute. There has been some thrilling racing from the likes of Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Vitaly Petrov; faultless performances from Jenson Button, Mark Webber, [...]

Ferrari sign 11-year-old driver – what would Nigel Mansell say?

Remember what Nigel Mansell said a fortnight ago about Lewis Hamilton being a “manufactured driver”? Mansell’s argument was that young drivers these days are being plucked too early and then bankrolled all the way to the top. “I know drivers now are being signed up at seven, eight, nine years of age,” said Mansell, who [...]

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