Twelve years of ITV-F1

As well as David Coulthard’s career, the Brazilian Grand Prix brought down the curtain on another fixture of Formula 1 life. ITV broadcast their last grand prix before Formula 1 moves back to the BBC for 2009 onwards. ITV’s first race was way back in 1997, the Australian Grand Prix. “Do not adjust your sets,” […]

Ferrari: Constructors’ Champions

Even though most of the focus tends to be on the Drivers’ Championship, the Constructors’ Championship is the prize that reflects a team effort. Ferrari are the sort of team that, if it misses out on the Drivers’ Championship, it will pick up the Constructors’. The last time McLaren won the drivers’ Championship, with Mika […]

Lewis Hamilton: A deserving champion

This is the first of a series of posts rounding up my final thoughts on the season. You probably don’t need to be told that Lewis Hamilton is the 2008 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion. At the age of 23 years and 300 days, he eclipses Fernando Alonso to become the youngest ever World Champion. […]

A first from FOM — videos of the controversial incidents

It is increasingly a rarity. But today the powers that be in Formula 1 have done something right. Bernie Ecclestone’s website,, has uploaded videos of the three controversial incidents that happened during the Japanese Grand Prix. The intention is clear as the title of the video asks, “what do you think?” This includes a […]

Welcome to Formula None, where racing is illegal

So another race, another clutch of dodgy stewards’ decisions. During the ITV broadcast today, Martin Brundle got it bang on: we are now watching a nanny state F1 where we are constantly paranoid about penalties. And that was even before the most ridiculous penalty of the lot — to S├ębastien Bourdais — was doled out. […]

Mosley misses the point about Ferrari International Assistance jibes

The BBC have done a very interesting interview with Max Mosley. During it, the FIA president was pressed on the perception that F1’s governing body is biased in favour of Ferrari. Adam Parsons: You have a Ferrari over there. Ferrari International Assistance — that’s one of the things I’ve read on a blog — for […]

BBC 2009 F1 commentary team confirmed

This morning Pitpass has a scoop that reveals details of the BBC’s team that will be covering Formula 1 next season. The names mentioned are Martin Brundle (the only person to move from ITV), David Coulthard, Jonathan Legard, Lee McKenzie and Jake Humphrey. Some of the names are not connected to any roles, but it […]

Alonso takes surprise victory in a hard-fought season

Well thankfully the predicted procession around the streets of Singapore failed to come and instead we were treated to an action-packed race. Okay, so it needed a couple of crashes, safety car periods and another calamitous weekend from Ferrari to make it so, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I’m just glad it wasn’t […]

Final thoughts on the GP2 season

Another thing I haven’t got round to writing about yet is the climax of the GP2 season which happened in Monza. As it was, Giorgio “Pants” Pantano took the championship with a sprint race to spare. He had a commanding lead in the championship for a long time running up to Monza, so that was […]

More complaints from teams about FIA-supplied equipment

The Belgian Grand Prix was frustrating not just because of the stewards’ decision to penalise Lewis Hamilton, but because for almost all of the race the indispensable Live Timing was not working. Live Timing is without doubt the best feature of Bernie’s website. And like many of life’s great things, you never realise how much […]