NEWS ARCHIVE

31 AUGUST 2008

SUPER LEAGUE?

The opening round of the new Superleague Formula took place at Donington Park with victory going to Davide Rigon, driving a car in the colours of Beijing Guoan. He finished ahead of AS Roma's Enrico Toccacelo and Duncan Tappy, who was representing Tottenham Hotspur.

29 AUGUST 2008

WHY PHIL HILL WAS IMPORTANT

Phil Hill is the only native-born American to have won the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, although naturalised US citizen Mario Andretti would follow Hill to the title in 1978. Hill's importance was as the trailblazer.

28 AUGUST 2008

PHIL HILL 1927-2008

Phil Hill, the first American driver to win the Formula 1 World Championship, has died at the age of 81. Hill, who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, died early on Thursday at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in California.

THE DRIVER MARKET

In the next few days there may be some more driver announcements for 2009. The end of August is often used as an option date and so it will be no surprise to learn that one or two variables have been removed from the market.

26 AUGUST 2008

IRL TO GO TURBO. F1 TO FOLLOW?

The Indy Racing League is set to switch away from normally-aspirated engines in 2011, and intends to adopt rules with small displacement turbo engines.

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH KIMI RAIKKONEN?

Formula 1 is a world which tends to make judgements based on what happened five minutes ago, rather than looking at longer-term trends or the bigger picture. Thus it is no surprise that Felipe Massa's victory in Valencia is seen as confirmation that the Brazilian is now Ferrari's challenger for the World Championship.

25 AUGUST 2008

RACE REPORT - A SIESTA RATHER THAN A FIESTA

Before the start of the European GP on the new Valencia street circuit we had a quick straw poll in the Media Center. How many Safety Cars are there going to be? "Seven," said one chirpy soul. "Three," said another. In the end, there were none - and the race was worse off for it.

TENSIONS AT FORCE INDIA

The Force India team has been doing rather better this year than in previous incarnations in previous seasons, thanks in large part to the arrival of Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya, who has provided the team with financial stability.

MARLBORO ON THE MOVE?

The e-magazine GrandPrix+ is reporting that Marlboro may be preparing to end its relationship with Ferrari - earlier than has been thought.

24 AUGUST 2008

RACE NOTES - MASSA DOMINATES EUROPEAN GP

European GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

European GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Sunday Press Conference

FERRARI'S $10,000 FINE

The FIA Stewards have decided that Ferrari should be fined $10,000 for "unsafe release" of Felipe Massa from his pit stop. The stewards ruled that Massa had not gained any advantage from what happened and should not be further punished.

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

European GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

European GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

European GP - Race Results

23 AUGUST 2008

QUALIFYING REPORT - FELIPE PASSES THE PORT

Felipe Massa took pole position for the European Grand Prix after a weird qualifying session on the streets of the port of the Spanish port of Valencia.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

European GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

European GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

European GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - KUBICA AT THE TOP

Robert Kubica set the fastest time of the morning session on Saturday at Valencia, on a track that had been washed clean by a huge storm on Friday night.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

European GP - Practice 3 Results

22 AUGUST 2008

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - FERRARI LEADS THE WAY

Kimi Raikkonen ended the second session for the European GP at Valencia fastest for Ferrari. The times, however, remain rather suspect as Fernando Alonso was second for Renault and Jenson Button was third in his Honda, a rather unlikely result.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

European GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Friday Press Conference

FORMULA 1'S OLYMPIC GOLD

Brazil's Maurren Higa Maggi won the gold medal in the women's long jump at the Olympic Games in Beijing. She became the first ever Brazilian woman athlete to win an Olympic gold. Maggi is nicknamed "The Phoenix" because of her ability to come back from adversity.

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

European GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

European GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - A QUIET START IN VALENCIA

The Formula 1 cars took the streets in Valencia this morning with the drivers discovering the new circuit around the port. This produced a rather unexpected result with Sebastian Vettel fastest in his Toro Rosso-Ferrari and team-mate Sebastien Bourdais fourth fastest.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

European GP - Practice 1 Results

21 AUGUST 2008

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Thursday Press Conference

INGENUITY STILL BRINGS SUCCESS IN FORMULA 1

For years engineers have complained that the rules of Formula 1 mean that there is little room left for innovation but Cambridge University's engineering department has just revealed that this is not the case at all.

A RACE TEAM'S NIGHTMARE

Penske Racing is one of the most successful in US racing, but even the great suffer setbacks from time to time and early on Wednesday morning disaster struck Penske when the transporter carrying its race cars west to California, for this weekend's race at Sears Point, caught fire at four o'clock in the morning on a stretch of remote road in Wyoming.

THE POWER OF POKER

Poker has enjoyed a boom in recent years with the televising of the game and its influence has managed to achieve something which Formula 1 has struggled to do for years - it has got the drivers socialising at races.

20 AUGUST 2008

AND SO TO VALENCIA

Formula 1 teams have been visiting the city of Valencia for some time, to test at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo. This was not enough for the local government, which was looking for a sporting event to draw people to the city, following the successful America's Cup event in 2007.

A FAMOUS NAME LEAVING THE SPORT?

Chevron Corporation announced on Tuesday that it is dropping its Texaco NASCAR sponsorship at the end of the year, bringing to an end a relationship that has endured for 20 years.

18 AUGUST 2008

A NEW TARGET IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Not long ago, motor racing was banned in Saudi Arabia, but as the sport spreads through the Middle East, things are changing. In 2007 the kingdom was included in the FIA calendar for the first time with a round of the FIA International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas.

THE ENGINE FREEZE HURTS

Mecachrome International Inc, the Montreal-based engineering firm, has announced a second quarter loss of $18.7m. The news was announced at the same time as the firm said that chairman Gerard Casella would be taking over the roles of president and chief executive officer and would be restructuring the business to increase profitability.

15 AUGUST 2008

AN INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT

The FIA announced recently that it was going to start a new Formula 2 championship and there was speculation that this would be based on the Formula Master championship, which runs with the FIA World Touring Car Championship. This made a lot of sense.

NOW SUPERLEAGUE GETS SERIOUS

Superleague Formula has not been taken very seriously thus far, with no-one really understanding where the funding will come from for teams to run in the colours of the various soccer clubs that have announced their involvement.

13 AUGUST 2008

RENAULT AERODYNAMICIST DINO TOSO DIES

Former Renault F1 Director of Aerodynamics Dino Toso died Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer at the age of 39. Toso stepped down from his position at Renault this June.

12 AUGUST 2008

MORE RACES VERSUS THE NEED FOR COST-CUTTING

The Formula 1 life is a tough one and the annual summer break - in which F1 is at the moment - gives most of those on the race teams the chance to get one week of vacation with their families in the summer holiday period.

11 AUGUST 2008

FOLLOWING THE FAMILY TRADITION

Belgian Jules Bianchi has had a reputation for being rather wild in his two seasons of car racing to date, but on Sunday he outshone his ART Formula 3 team-mates to win the Masters event at Zolder. The much talked about Nico Hulkenberg ended up second ahead of a third ART car of Jon Lancaster.

SOCCER CARS AIM TO GENERATE INTEREST

Tottenham Hotspur has become the first English Premiership football club to join the Superleague Formula series, which is due to start later this month at the Donington Park. Tottenham will be the 15th club to decide to run a car in the new series.

DOWN MEXICO WAY

Talk of F1 races in Mexico is intermittent and in recent years has never seemed to be very serious. There is, nonetheless, a long history of F1 in the country and good reasons for F1 to want to be there, to help expand interest in the sport in the US timezone and attract the attention of the vast Mexican population.

10 AUGUST 2008

SPEED WINS AGAIN

Scott Speed won his fourth ARCA race of the season on Saturday night in Nashville. The former Scuderia Toro Rosso driver now leads the championship in his Red Bull-sponsored Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota.

7 AUGUST 2008

ROYALS USE MOSLEY CASE FOR PRIVACY CLAIM

Mr Justice Eady's ruling in the Max Mosley sex case has established a new privacy law in the UK, based on precedent and it seems that this could, as feared by the media, be used to stop reporting of people's private lives.

ENGINE FAILURES IN F1

What is interesting about Felipe Massa's engine failure in Hungary is that it is a sign that engine development is not dormant as it is supposed to be with the FIA-imposed engine freeze.

KERS, SAFETY AND THE BATTLE FOR PERFORMANCE

The main issue in Formula 1 at the moment, beyond the obvious political fight between Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone, and the need for a new Concorde Agreement, is the introduction of the Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS).

5 AUGUST 2008

ROSSITER GOING TO AMERICA?

Former Honda and Super Aguri F1 test driver James Rossiter has been announced as a driver with the Andretti Green Racing (AGR) in at least the next two races in the American Le Mans Series. He will join another former F1 man Franck Montagny.

THE 2009 DRIVER MARKET

The end of July - a classic option date - came and went with little action in F1 this year. McLaren confirmed Heikki Kovalainen for 2009 and Nico Rosberg let it be known that he will be staying with Williams.

4 AUGUST 2008

RACE REPORT - SMOKE SIGNALS END FOR MASSA

You had to feel a little sorry for Felipe Massa on Sunday at the Hungaroring. The chirpy little Brazilian did everything that was needed to win the Hungarian GP in impressive fashion. He made a superb start and went around the outside of Lewis Hamilton in the first corner.

3 AUGUST 2008

RACE NOTES - KOVALAINEN SCORES HIS FIRST GP WIN IN HUNGARY

Hungarian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Hungarian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Hungarian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

Hungarian GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Race Results

2 AUGUST 2008

QUALIFYING REPORT - A PRETTY DECENT WEEKEND

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix and, with Heikki Kovalainen behind him on the grid and Kimi Raikkonen back in sixth place, was well-placed to improve his World Championship chances after qualifying in Budapest. With two wins behind him and the McLaren obviously getting better all the time, Lewis seemed very confident.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Hungarian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Hungarian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

BOURDAIS GETS A PENALTY

Sebastien Bourdais has been given a five-place grid penalty for impeding Nick Heidfeld during the Q1 qualifying session in Budapest. This meant that Heidfeld was unable to get through the session and so ended up 16th on the grid. Bourdais went on to qualify 14th, but the penalty will drop him to 19th.

CVC AND ECCLESTONE "CLARIFY"

CVC Capital Partners has issued a press statement saying that "press speculation" about them is not true.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Qualifying Results

POWERBROKERS

Before the British Grand Prix relations between Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley were best described as frayed. Things were then patched up. This was rumoured to have come about because CVC Capital Partners, which owns the majority of the Formula One group, was becoming increasingly uncomfortable about the situation between F1's two powerbrokers.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - HAMILTON STAYS AHEAD

Lewis Hamilton stayed ahead of the field in the third practice session for the Hungarian GP, beating rival Felipe Massa by three-tenths of a second.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Practice 3 Results

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Last weekend was an embarrassing one for the NASCAR world. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard was disrupted by tyre problems, which were not dissimilar to what happened to Formula 1 in 2005.

WHAT HAPPENED AT ENSTONE?

William Millar, a research and development engineer, was found on Wednesday morning lying by a footpath at Renault's Whiteways Technical Centre in Enstone, Oxfordshire.

1 AUGUST 2008

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - MCLAREN GOES FASTEST

Lewis Hamilton took the fastest lap of the second session on Friday in Budapest with a best time that was two-tenths faster than his nearest challenger, on this occasion Nelson Piquet.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Hungarian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Hungarian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Practice 2 Results

THE DEADLINE FOR 2009 ENTRIES IS PASSED

The FIA deadline for entries in Formula 1 in 2009 has now passed and although the list of teams has yet to be announced, there is no indication that any application has been made by an 11th team.

TRACK DEVELOPMENTS IN HUNGARY

The contract for the Hungarian GP runs until the 2011 race but the circuit president Laszlo Palik has told the local media that negotiations for a five-year extension until 2016 is close to being finalised and may be announced this weekend.

MOTORSPORT AND YACHTING TO MINGLE IN MONACO

This year’s Motor Sport Business Forum will offer even more value for delegates, sponsors and exhibitors as it is running in tandem with the World Yacht Racing Forum. The two world's will come together with a jointly-hosted cocktail event at the end of the first day.

A DEATH AT ENSTONE

The Renault F1 team was shocked on Wednesday when a research and development engineer was found dead at the team factory in Enstone. Police and paramedics were called and William Millar was pronounced dead at the scene.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - FERRARI ON TOP IN HUNGARY

The morning session for the Hungarian GP resulted in a 1-2 for Ferrari with Felipe Massa three-tenths of a second faster than Kimi Raikkonen. The two McLarens of Heikki Kovalianen and Lewis Hamilton were next up, with Fernando Alonso fifth fastest, ahead of Timo Glock, Robert Kubica, Nelson Piquet, Nick Heidfeld and Jarno Trulli.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Practice 1 Results