First Qatari drives for Williams at Losail

2009 F1 season

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His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar became the first Qatari to drive an F1 car in a publicity event for Williams at Losail International Circuit. He drove five laps of the circuit in a 2009-specification FW31 and enthused about the experience afterwards: The Williams FW31 is a remarkable vehicle, unlike any other … Continue reading First Qatari drives for Williams at Losail

F1 news review: Lewis Hamilton’s ego

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“Hamilton’s ego got the better of him” – Briatore – Flavio Briatore on Lewis Hamilton: “You need to respect these people behind you – and not only your ego.” Super Aguri confirms new partner and drivers for 2008 season – The sums of money involved have not been declared but Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato … Continue reading F1 news review: Lewis Hamilton’s ego

F1 news review: Alonso looked at Renault move in March

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In the F1 news this week Fernando Alonso first approached Flavio Briatore about returning to Renault in March of last year after just one round of the championship. Plus Ralf Schumacher comes clean about his claims of having an F1 seat for 2008, Kimi Raikkonen hints at his eventual retirement, and Bahrain International Circuit takes … Continue reading F1 news review: Alonso looked at Renault move in March

Mosley reiterates Spanish GP threat ahead of test

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Max Mosley has re-affirmed his threat to cancel this year’s two Grands Prix in Spain if there is any repeat of the racist abuse aimed at Lewis Hamilton at the Circuit de Catalunya last week. He has also revealed Hamilton was racially abused by Spanish spectators at the Chinese Grand Prix: Anthony Hamilton told me … Continue reading Mosley reiterates Spanish GP threat ahead of test

McLaren out of ’07 championship and fined $100m

2007 F1 season

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The FIA have announced that McLaren will not score constructors’ championship points this year and face an unprecedented $100 million fine for their role in the ‘Spygate’ espionage case. However Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso will still be allowed to score points towards the drivers’ championship. McLaren will also not be allowed any constructor’s representatives … Continue reading McLaren out of ’07 championship and fined $100m

Switzerland ends 52-year motor sport ban

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Switzerland’s parliament has voted to end the country’s ban on motor racing. It was outlawed in 1955 following the crash in that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours that killed over 80 spectators along with Mercedes driver Pierre Levegh. Time trials have been the only legal form of motor sport since 1955. Five world championship Swiss … Continue reading Switzerland ends 52-year motor sport ban

F1 in the news 36: Honda faster

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Rubens Barrichello reckons Honda have made a significant step forward with their recalcitrant 2007 car. Plus Suzuka is tipped to make a return in 2008, Red Bull will run a special livery at the British Grand Prix, the cars of the turbo era, and more.

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