As a part of the Countdown to Singapore Grand Prix I will be refreshing some older posts on the Singapore GP topic. Here is the first one, originally published on F1Wolf on September 2, 2007 focusing on the history of the Singapore Grand Prix. Yes, there is history.
Singapore will be hosting its first Formula 1 race in 2008 but it will not be its first Grand Prix. The Singapore Grand Prix was a regular feature in the 1960s and early 1970s.
The Formula Libre & Australian AF2 rules races were held on a Thomson Road clockwise 4.865km long clockwise street circuit. (more…)
Japanese Grand Prix traditionally held towards the end of the F1 season provided us with some excellent races and exciting individual performances in the past, even in the recent past. Last year, Michael Schumacher’s engine failure effectively decided the driver championship, requiring Schumi’s win and Alonso DNF in the last race. The 2005 race started with sort reverse starting grid, after the top drivers had to run their qualifying laps in the wet. This was one of the most memorable F1 races, with Kimi Raikkonen winning it after starting from P17. Then there is the 2002 Japanese GP and the excellent Sato bringing his Jordan home at 6th, in what was the last race for Honda powered Jordan. This all however happened at the Suzuka track. The coming 2 years the Japanese GP will be held at the Fuji Speedway, before returning to Suzuka in 2009.
We had a quiet week but the rumours are now back and with vengeance. The day began mildly with news coming out of Spyker’s Adrian Sutil:
“Several (teams) have shown interest in me. The question is: will one agree? And then it’s whether it’s something I want. Naturally none says: drive for me. Each team inquires very carefully. There have already been many discussions. But my contract with Spyker also applies to 2008. If a move is possible into a top ten, then I must speak with Colin Kolles. But I am also motivated to move Spyker forward. However there has been contact with three other teams but naturally I may not say who they are.”
The trip down the history of F1 looks continues with 2004 liveries. This was the last year of Ferrari dominance, the best year of BAR Honda, the year of ugly walrus Williams but also the year when Ford chickened out leaving Jaguar and Cosworth for sale. Five out of the ten 2004 teams are no longer on the grid in their 2004 form. What a difference 3 years make…
This Sunday 34 years ago Canadian GP was held in Mosport Park. This race is a proof, that there is a long history of mess ups in Formula 1.
The rainy and foggy weather on the race day was not exactly race worthy, however after an hour’s delay the race eventually went ahead. Ronnie Peterson (Lotus) lead the away before spinning out on lap 17. Then Niki Lauda (BRM) built a 30-second lead from Emerson Fittipaldi (Lotus). Then the mess started. After 20 laps, the track started to dry and cars began changing tyres. 54 tyre stops were counted, and the lead changed from Stewart (Tyrell) to Beltoise (BRM) to Oliver (Shadow). (more…)
Another look back to the history, helmets of race drivers in 2005. There are few drivers that only participated in 1 race – Wurz, de la Rosa (standing in for injured Montoya), Davidson (standing in for sick Sato), Zonta (standing in for crash shaken Ralf Schumacher). Davidson’s only race lasted all 2 laps (engine). Zonta’s was even better, he only managed the warm up lap before parking the car in the garage at the Indy farce GP… Here are the helmets.
As expected McLaren decided not to appeal the punishment handed to the by the WMSC on September 13.
‘Having now had time to study the judgement of the World Motor Sport Council with its lawyers and shareholders, McLaren thinks it is in the best interests of the sport, and its goal of winning races and World Championships, not to appeal. (more…)
Montoya has his own experience with life under Ron Dennis. And he believes that there are similarities between his McLaren case and current problems between Fernando Alonso and Ron Dennis. And surprise surprise, guess whom he blames: (more…)
According to Daily Express, RENAULT boss Flavio Briatore has asked his main sponsor ING for a few more millions to help bring back world champion Fernando Alonso from McLaren for next season. ING pays about £15m ($30m) a year to Renault F1 team.
They may have to come up with another £5m as their share of the “Alonso Back To Renault” deal. Whether this is just another rumour or a fact and a sign that things are moving, that remains to be seen.
It looks like FIA messed up big time when releasing the WMSC transcripts. Before they released them to public, FIA announced this:
“Complete transcripts of the July 26th and September 13th hearings have been sent to both McLaren and Ferrari this afternoon. The teams now have the opportunity to redact any confidential technical or financial information prior to publication.
The transcripts will be published on the FIA web site at 1200 hrs on Wednesday, September 19th.”
As became the tradition, F1wolf and the gang will be shooting off to Shanghai in 2 weeks time for another weekend of racing and heavy partying. Some of you may be planning to go to Shanghai, here are our experiences from the past.
First and most important – you have to realize that Shanghai is China and China is, well, China. Expect unexpected.
Jean Eric VERGNE
2014 F1 Calendar
14-16 March - Australia
28-30 March - Malaysia
4-6 April - Bahrain
18-20 April - China
9-11 May - Spain
22-25 May - Monaco
6-8 June - Canada
20-22 June - Austria
4-6 July - Great Britain
18-20 July - Germany
25-27 July - Hungary
22-24 August - Belgium
5-7 September - Italy
19-21 September - Singapore
3-5 October - Japan
10-12 October - Russia
31 October-2 November - USA
7-9 November - Brazil
21-23 November - Abu Dhabi