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  • Brits on Pole suspends operations
    Today, after almost three years and nearly 2000 published stories, we have regretfully taken the decision to suspend operations on BritsOnPole.com.
  • Cromer sea swim raises £350 for Henry Surtees Foundation
    Just a quick update to say that the final total raised by BritsOnPole’s Andy & LJH was a brilliant £350 against an initial target of £200. Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed!
  • We survived the Boxing Day dip – video evidence!
    Well, we did it. Yes it was cold – but no, it wasn’t as cold as we feared! If you missed the previous post, BritsOnPole’s Andy and LJH took part in the 2013 Boxing Day Dip at Cromer in Norfolk to raise money for the Henry Surtees Foundation.
  • Boxing Day chills to help Henry Surtees Foundation
    While most people will spend Boxing Day with their feet up in front of the fire snacking on left-overs, BritsOnPole.com’s co-founder Andy Darley is to put aside the comforts of Christmas and dash into the chilly sea on behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation.
  • Formula 4 Winter Series & BritCar – the music video
    So we ended up with all this footage from Formula 4 and Britcar footage that we couldn’t fit in, and it seemed a shame to waste it. But we thought what the world really needed right now was to see the action put to music… so we did. Enjoy!
  • Brits on Pole at the F4 Winter Series
    The winter time is a quiet period for motorsport in this country, what with the weather and all. But empty void was partly filled this year by Formula 4, which ran a short championship across two weekends at Snetterton and Brands Hatch.
  • New edition: Motorsport masterpieces, Sam Bird, Duncan Tappy
    Our new episode is up on YouTube, and embedded here. It leads with a look at the UEA Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts exhibition of masterpieces, which includes a Lotus Type 72. There is also an interview with Sam Bird, five quick questions for Duncan Tappy, and a look at who’s leading the BRDC Gold Star standings.
  • Sam Bird: I’m ready for the next step
    Interviewed before the F1 Indian Grand Prix and the GP2 Series title showdown in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes reserve driver Sam Bird talks about about his career to date, his future plans, the state of F1 – and his pet tortoise.
  • The return of BritsOnPole – as a video magazine
    It seems an awful long time ago that we made the announcement that BritsOnPole was shutting down – possibly because, in internet terms, it was. But we also said we’d be back if we thought we could find a way of making it work, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
  • Tappy thrives in switch to GT3 racing despite Silverstone disappointment
    On Sunday Brits on Pole was at a rainy Silverstone for the Blancpain Endurance Series, where a number of drivers we’ve regularly covered in single-seaters were in action. They included ex-Superleague Formula race-winner Duncan Tappy who qualified his McLaren MP4-12C third. We caught up with Duncan before and after the race in the ART Grand Prix garage.
  • Tappy confirmed for full season in Blancpain Endurance Series
    Former single-seater champion Duncan Tappy has confirmed a full-season switch to endurance racing after a successful first outing for ART Grand Prix driving a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 at Monza.
  • Status GP signs Alice Powell to race in GP3 this season
    BWRDC gold star winner and 2010 Formula Renault BARC champion Alice Powell will race in this year’s GP3 series for front-running team Status GP.
  • Bacheta takes second win to sweep F2 opening weekend
    A second Silverstone victory for Luciano Bacheta on Sunday meant the 21-year-old emerged from Formula Two’s opening weekend with the clear early lead in the championship.
  • Rosberg wins in China, but Hamilton and Button lead the championship
    McLaren’s Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton served as bridesmaids on Nico Rosberg’s big day as the Mercedes driver finally broke his duck and handed the Silver Arrows their first win since the days of Fangio.
  • Second is enough as Quaife-Hobbs retains Auto GP lead in Morocco
    Adrian Quaife-Hobbs remains the clear leader of the Auto GP championship despite narrowly missing out in a thrilling battle for victory on the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech.
  • Bacheta kicks off new Formula Two season with Silverstone victory
    Essex’s Luciano Bacheta took advantage of worn tyres late in the race to fight his way through to victory in the first race of the new Formula Two season.
  • Lionheart: the career of Dan Wheldon in photos
    Dan Wheldon was marked for greatness right from the start, when as a child he battled the young Anthony Davidson and Jenson Button across the karting circuits of the UK.
  • IndyCar: Dan Wheldon killed in horrific 15-car Vegas crash
    Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon has been killed in a 220mph multi-car accident as the IndyCar Series’ season-ending celebration turned to heartbreak and disaster.
  • F1: Jenson Button’s Japanese victory in photos
    With McLaren riding high in the time sheets during practice for the Korean Grand Prix, let’s take a moment to look back and savour Jenson Button’s victory in the previous race at Japan.
  • F1 video: Step aboard the McLaren simulator for a lap of Korea
    Do you want to get the lowdown on the Korea International Circuit in time for the weekend, courtesy of a McLaren crew member? Mark Temple, performance engineer to Lewis Hamilton, talks the viewer round the track in this new video from the team.
  • Superleague Formula cancels Asian rounds
    The football-themed Superleague Formula racing series has given up on its 2011 season after announcing that it will no longer be making a scheduled trip to Asia later this month.
  • See how a lap of Singapore looks in the McLaren simulator
    As part of the build-up to this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, McLaren has released footage from its race simulator of what a lap of the Marina Bay Street Circuit looks like.
  • Superleague cancels its two South American rounds
    Superleague Formula, the football-themed series attempting to establish itself as motorsport’s new world championship, has cancelled its next two planned races.
  • F1: Sam Michael joins McLaren as Sporting Director
    The McLaren and Williams F1 teams have both announced this morning that Sam Michael will be moving to a senior management role at Woking.
  • Silverstone Classic: Guinness World Record confirmed
    It’s official – the largest-ever parade of Jaguar cars took place at this year’s Silverstone Classic, according to Guinness World Records.
  • Lola and Drayson Racing announce partnership details
    A groundbreaking all-electric prototype under development by Lola Group and Drayson Racing Technologies is set to be the fastest ever to lap a circuit.
  • F1: Paul di Resta to visit next year’s Autosport International
    Fans of Force India’s rising star Paul di Resta will be able to see him in person at January’s Autosport International show.
  • F1: Catch up with Jenson Button’s Manchester trip
    Did you miss the opportunity to see F1 star Jenson Button in action in Manchester recently? Fear not – his team McLaren were on hand with the cameras.
  • Adam Christodoulou to return to Silverstone
    Adam Christodoulou is due to race in the UK this weekend as he competes with CRS Racing in the Six Hours of Silverstone Le Mans Series event.
  • Reigning Indy champion Wheldon takes another turn around the Brickyard
    Dan Wheldon has returned to the Brickyard, in a different set of wheels to the ones that won him this year’s Indy 500, to take two feeder series machines for a spin around the iconic track.
  • Priaulx to join Button for Team GB at Race of Champions
    Andy Priaulx MBE, three-time World Touring Car Champion and Race of Champions veteran, is set to compete alongside fellow Brit Jenson Button at this year’s event.
  • Williams energy storage to be used for mass transit
    Williams’ flywheel-based energy storage system, first developed for its Formula One cars, is set to break into the world of mass transit thanks to a new business deal.
  • Christodoulou has troubled second outing in the McLaren 12C GT3
    Success at Spa, then problems brought on by a wet weekend in Magny-Cours – it’s all been happening for Adam Christodoulou, former British Formula Renault Champion and BRDC Rising Star turned tin-top racer.
  • Fangio’s Maserati 250F turns Saturday shoppers’ heads
    Even as today’s crop of Formula One stars were on track for Belgian Grand Prix qualifying, the car driven to victory at Spa more than 50 years ago by one of the all-time greats was drawing a crowd of admirers.
  • Jenson Button to appear at Race of Champions
    McLaren Formula One pilot and British fan favourite Jenson Button is set to revisit the Race of Champions after a year away.
  • Christodoulou shines as McLaren sets its MP4-12C GT3 loose at Spa
    Former Star Mazda and Formula Renault UK champion Adam Christodoulou helped McLaren return to 24-hour GT racing by setting the fastest lap recorded by the new MP4-12C GT3 at the Total 24 Hours of Spa.
  • Alexander Sims: F1 bosses want to see you dominate
    In the third of his reports from the Hungaroring, Brits on Pole reporter-at-large Scott McCarthy caught up with GP3 front-runner Alexander Sims, who went into the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as championship leader. He talked to Scott about his season to date, how it’s better to win from the front than to get there by overtaking, and whether even winning the championship will be enough on its own.
  • F1: Jenson Button’s brilliant weekend in pictures
    Weekends don’t get much better than the one Jenson Button had at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It began with celebrations to mark his 200th race, ended with more celebrations to mark his victory – and somewhere in the middle there was even a rainbow over the McLaren Brand Centre.
  • F1: Di Resta impresses with best finish of career
    Scotland’s Paul di Resta put a string of non-scoring races behind him with a confident run to seventh place for Force India in treacherous conditions at the Hungaroring.
  • Brits on Pole at large: Having lots of lovely weather at the Hungaroring
    Brits on Pole’s roving reporter Scott McCarthy was at the Hungarian Grand Prix to witness first-hand a thrilling contest and Jenson Button’s victory in his 200th Formula One race. Here’s his fan’s-eye report.
  • Milbrook testing facility gets upgrade
    A Bedfordshire test centre which contributes to the development of land vehicles from across Europe is to get new facilities as part of an upgrade.
  • GP2: Focusing on the future with Sam Bird
    Brits on Pole’s roving correspondent Scott McCarthy last spoke to Sam Bird about a year ago at the Turkish Grand Prix. Since then, the GP2 front-runner has shown impressive speed and overtaking – followed by an overdose of bad luck in more recent races. They met again at the Hungaroring to catch up and to discuss the future.
  • F1: Lewis Hamilton’s German Grand Prix victory in photos
    Lewis Hamilton triumphed in an absorbing three-way battle against Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber to take a German Grand Prix victory that seemed unlikely before the weekend begun.
  • F2: Victory for Jack Clarke at Brands Hatch
    Jack Clarke’s gradual transformation into a Formula Two front-runner took a major step forward at Brands Hatch this weekend as he won the first of the two races, then grabbed a podium in the second.
  • GP2 and GP3: The next generation
    They’re the rising stars of British single-seater racing, each ambitious to take their place on the F1 grid, and in the run-up to the British Grand Prix weekend they put aside their rivalries to pose for this Pirelli publicity photo.
  • Field wide open for the centennial Indianapolis 500
    Forget the Monaco Grand Prix – the biggest event in motorsport for the whole of 2011 takes place this weekend with the centennial running of the Indianapolis 500.
  • Jon Lancaster joins F2 grid with aim of winning championship
    Jon Lancaster made his F2 debut at the Magny-Cours event this weekend, joining the series for its second round, and clocking a pair of top-ten finishes.
  • Superleague: Dolby announced for 2011 season
    Craig Dolby is now officially set to be back behind the wheel in Superleague Formula for the 2011 season after the football-themed series announced the first names in its driver line-up.
  • F1: Vettel cruises as Hamilton and Button flounder
    Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button put on a show for the fans in Turkey, but when they finished squabbling for position they were back they started and Sebastian Vettel was the unchallenged winner.
  • GP2: Bird takes the fight to Grosjean in thrilling opening weekend
    Pre-season title favourite Romain Grosjean came away from Turkey as the GP2 championship leader – but only by the narrowest of margins as Sam Bird fought him all the way.
  • GP3: Sims opens the season with a victory
    Alexander Sims shrugged off an opening race spoiled by a qualifying penalty to dominate the second contest of GP3’s season-launching weekend in Istanbul Park, winning by more than seven seconds.
  • Sam Bird: “The clock is ticking down to my next win”
    iSport International’s Sam Bird will go into the new GP2 season as one of the title favourites – and he’s demonstrated his intention to be in the thick of the action by qualifying on the front row for the opening race of the campaign in Turkey.
  • Max Chilton: “I want to be the fastest Brit”
    BritsOnPole caught up with Carlin GP2 driver Max Chilton at the pre-season Silverstone test and asked him about his prospects for this year, his rookie season last year, and what it was like to drive for a brand-new squad that hadn’t settled on a definite team-mate for him.
  • Williams and Jaguar to collaborate on hybrid C-X75 supercar
    The Williams F1 team has announced that it is partnering with Jaguar to launch a limited-edition hybrid supercar of which just 250 models will be made.
  • Taxi! Lewis Hamilton to get behind the wheel of a NASCAR Chevy
    Did someone call a taxi for Lewis Hamilton? The McLaren driver is to take time out from challenging for the Formula One championship to get behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala from America’s NASCAR Sprint Cup.
  • Confusion over 2011 Superleague calendar
    A revised Superleague Formula calendar was released late yesterday evening – containing no confirmed British round for the first time in four years and minus several other expected races.
  • F1: Williams technical boss Michael quits – to be replaced by Coughlan
    The Williams Formula One team has announced the resignation of its well-regarded technical director Sam Michael this morning – and revealed that his replacement will be none other than disgraced former McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan.
  • DTM 2011: Paffett and Jarvis prepare for hard-fought season
    Imagine that the UK’s British Touring Car Championship was on the back page of every newspaper, discussed in every pub, bus queue and office, and generally followed with the same intensity as football.
  • Caterham: Scaring the hell out of Tony Fernandes
    “I had a go on a Caterham, it scared the Hell out of me,” recalled Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes ruefully as he announced his purchase of the company. He should have tried it the way BritsOnPole did later the same day.
  • Caterham boss sees bright future after sale to Team Lotus
    On the face of it, the sale of Caterham Cars to the Malaysian-owned Team Lotus Enterprises looks like another sad tale of an iconic British company being sacrificed to the ambitions of an overseas giant – but that would be missing the point.
  • Mark Blundell: “If I’m not in it, I can’t win it”
    It’s a sunny spring day in a pretty market town in Hertfordshire’s most northerly corner and, as shoppers bustle through Royston’s winding streets, the hectic, fast-paced world of motor racing could not seem further away.
  • Ten questions for… Junior Open-Wheel Talent
    Brits on Pole catches up with sports writer and motorsport blogger Ryan Stringfield of the Junior Open Wheel Talent blog.
  • Could holding a road race become easier in future?
    The government has announced a three-month public consultation on amending existing legislation to allow organised motorsport to take place on public roads.
  • London Marathon successes for BRDC runners
    They’ve put more than 200 miles under their collective belts – and now they need a little help from you.
  • Pippa Mann confirmed for the Indianapolis 500 with Conquest
    Pippa Mann’s search for the funding that will allow her to take her place in the IndyCar Series has ended in success with news that she will join Conquest Racing for the Indianapolis 500.
  • Mike Conway fights back to take maiden IndyCar victory
    Mike Conway, whose 2010 season was cut short by a horrific crash in the Indianapolis 500, bounced back in the best way possible with a victory in only his third race since recovering from severe back and leg injuries.
  • F1: Hamilton’s China win ignites championship campaign
    “That really was one of my best races,” declared Lewis Hamilton after a thrilling victory in China that broke the domination of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and gave F1 fans some hope that this season won’t be one long victory lap for the young German.
  • Race of Champions to visit Frankfurt in 2011
    If the motorsport season is over all too soon once the last F1 race takes place at the end of November then fear not – the Race of Champions will be staging its eighth annual event to keep things going just that little bit longer.
  • Testing conditions for GP2 hopefuls at Silverstone
    Testing for this year’s GP2 main series began yesterday at a rainy Silverstone, as the next generation of F1 hopefuls struggled to come to grips with the twin challenges of the new Pirelli wet-weather tyres and pre-season favourite Romain Grosjean.
  • IndyCar: Franchitti draws first blood in battle with Power
    The first round in the hotly-anticipated IndyCar championship rematch between Dario Franchitti and Will Power was won by the Scotsman in fine style as he took victory in the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg by more than seven seconds.
  • F1: Vettel beats Hamilton to win Australian Grand Prix
    The start of the 2011 Formula One season looked very much like the end of the 2010 one as Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel scampered away into the distance from pole position, leaving his rivals to scrabble for scraps behind him.
  • IndyCar: Power and Franchitti resume rivalry in St Pete qualifying
    The IndyCar Series starts its new season this weekend on the Streets of St Petersburg in Florida – and if qualifying is any guide it’s going to be much like the last one.
  • Winslow and Wilson team up for Andretti at St Pete
    Andretti Autosport is fielding an all-British line-up of Stefan Wilson and James Winslow in St Petersburg, Florida, for the season-opening Indy Lights street race held as warm-up for the main IndyCar event.
  • F1: Paul Di Resta qualifies in the thick of the action
    New Force India driver Paul di Resta will line up 14th for the Australia Grand Prix in Melbourne after marking his F1 debut by out-qualifying his team-mate Adrian Sutil.
  • F1: McLaren’s recovery continues in Melbourne qualifying
    Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button confirmed the improvement in McLaren’s 2011 car by qualifying second and fourth for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
  • GP2 Asia, Imola: Oliver Turvey saves best for last
    Oliver Turvey’s Ocean Racing team ended the disrupted GP2 Asia season without scoring a point, but by finishing in eighth in the Imola sprint race the Englishman was able to post the team’s best result.
  • GP2 Asia, Imola: Tough weekend for Max Chilton
    Traffic and mechanical gremlins both contributed to a disappointing weekend in Imola for Carlin’s Max Chilton, who threatened to crack the top six in qualifying but was unable to mount a challenge in the races.
  • GP2 Asia, Imola: double retirement for Sam Bird
    Fastest in practice and only pipped to pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying, it looked like Imola was shaping up to be a good weekend for iSport’s Sam Bird. But that was before the racing began.
  • GP2 Asia, Imola: Opportunity slips away for Jolyon Palmer
    An encouraging eighth-place qualifying performance by Arden’s Jolyon Palmer saw him challenge for points in the feature race at Imola, until disaster struck in his pitstop.
  • Rockingham founds new education partnership
    A new education partnership at Northamptonshire’s Rockingham Motor Speedway aims to provide hands-on projects and learning experiences for young people aged 11-25.
  • Sam Michael: F1 teams closer as a result of new regs
    Williams are looking to make a significant impact on this year’s Formula One field as the new regulations bring teams closer together and create the conditions for upgrades or innovations to have a major effect on performance.
  • Mark Blundell eyes Indy’s $5 million challenge
    Mark Blundell has announced that he is to step up his racing career in 2011 – and has also revealed that he has an eye on the $5 million prize being offered by the US IndyCar series.
  • Guest post: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines…
    It’s not too much of an exaggeration to say that 2010 was a breakthrough year for the sport of online racing. And in the vanguard was The Online Racing Association. Its president Matt Hunter tells Brits on Pole what the organisation has planned for 2011.
  • Wayne Boyd puts himself on the road to Indy
    Northern Ireland’s Wayne Boyd, who was a racewinner in 2009’s British F3 series before struggling to finance a drive last year, has crossed the Atlantic to compete in the USF2000 Series.
  • How Daniel McKenzie is planning his way to the top
    Daniel McKenzie isn’t setting his expectations too high for his Renault World Series début at Motorland Aragón next month – but by the time the series returns to Spain for its October finale he plans to be telling a different story.
  • Legge hoping to resume her open-wheel career
    Katherine Legge is hoping to return to American racing after three years in European production cars – and she is setting her sights on a drive in IndyCar.
  • Strong maiden run for Mann in Texas with Conquest
    British racer Pippa Mann has taken a step closer to securing an IndyCar Series drive with the successful completion of her maiden test at the Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Superleague: Dolby hoping for 2011 drive
    Superleague front-runner and series stalwart Craig Dolby is hoping to make a return in 2011, according to a newly-released Q&A with the driver.
  • Drayson Racing: Friends are electric
    Drayson Racing has announced that its next venture will be the pursuit of zero-emission electric racing with an entry in the newly-launched EVCUP series this summer.
  • Christodoulou to drive in this year’s Le Mans Series
    Adam Christodoulou is set to race in the Le Mans Series for 2011, pairing up with his former team CRS Racing, with whom he won the Formula Renault UK Championship in 2008.
  • Jay Howard to attempt Indy 500 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports
    Racer Jay Howard and team boss Sam Schmidt will attempt to recreate the magic that led them to the 2006 Indy Pro title when they team up to enter the Indianapolis 500 this May.
  • Award-winner Williamson to race in GP3 for MW Arden
    Scotland’s Lewis Williamson is to carry the momentum from his McLaren Autosport BRDC award victory into the new season with a drive in the GP3 Series, courtesy of MW Arden.
  • Oli Webb to race in World Series by Renault
    Oli Webb, who won three times on the way to third in his debut season in British F3 last year, has signed to compete in Formula Renault 3.5 next year.
  • ‘Determined’ Stoneman thanks fans for kindness
    Formula Two champion Dean Stoneman has thanked well-wishers for the “incredible” support shown to him since he was diagnosed with cancer last month.
  • F1: How to build your very own race car
    Ever fancied building your own grand prix-winning Formula One car? (And which of us has not?) Today is your lucky day – here’s a handy how-to guide from none other than championship-winners McLaren.
  • Driver fitness: how do they get the balance right?
    This season sees the return of the energy recovery system KERS to Formula One – and, with it, kilograms of extra weight that have to be clawed back from some other part of the car in order to maximise performance.
  • Young mechanics learn their trade at Rockingham
    A vocational course for mechanics that includes track time at Rockingham Motor Speedway has seen its 65 inaugural students complete their first full term.
  • Give virtual racing a go with the 2011 Aviano Cup
    If you want to get an insight into exactly what it takes to keep an open-wheel racing car on track in a competitive situation, you might want to take a look at a public simulator event taking place this weekend.
  • Bird, Sims and Stoneman among BRDC SuperStars
    The British Racing Drivers Club has kicked off a fourth year of its SuperStars programme with the announcement of 13 drivers that will benefit from its support in 2011.
  • F1: Di Resta gets his hands on 2011 race car
    Formula One debutant Paul di Resta has made his first outing in the 2011 Force India race car this week after testing alongside team-mate Adrian Sutil in Jerez.
  • Plowman hits charity target and tests IndyCar
    IndyCar hopeful Martin Plowman has succeeded in his mission to raise money for armed forces charities Wounded Warriors and Help for Heroes, exceeding his fundraising target with a current total of $11,190.27.
  • YRC in 2011: BTCC racing, healthy eating – and a great big tent
    It’s been an an eventful year for Hannah James and the YourRacingCar crew. We thought that, with a new season on the horizon, it would be the perfect time to catch up with our friends at the Milton Keynes-based outfit and find out how they’ve been getting on.
  • So who’s confirmed for this season so far?
    It’s only January, but we thought we’d take an early look at which British drivers will definitely be racing this season, and where.
  • Rockingham celebrates 10th birthday
    Rockingham Motor Speedway, the UK’s only major oval-style racing circuit, and also the country’s youngest, is celebrating its 10thbirthday this year.
  • Paul di Resta gets his F1 drive
    And finally – the worst-kept secret in Formula One driving circles has been officially confirmed. Silverstone-based squad Force India has confirmed that young Scot Paul di Resta will be one of its race drivers for the 2011 season.
  • Williams Hybrid Power wins second energy recovery plaudit
    Williams Hybrid Power, which took the eponymous F1 team’s energy recovery system and developed it into a technology suitable for a wide range of road and race cars, has won further industry recognition for its achievements.
  • Rockingham’s rally star wins BWRDC recognition
    Cat Lund, rally co-driver and Head of Operations at the Rockingham Motor Speedway, has won this year’s British Women Racing Drivers’ Club (BWRDC) Club GoldStar Award.
  • ‘Operation Plowey’s Buzzcut’ to raise thousands for wounded soldiers
    Indy Lights racewinner Martin Plowman has swapped his normal tousled hairstyle for a military buzzcut as part of a bid to raise money for armed forces charities in the UK and US.
  • Tom Walkinshaw memorial details
    The family of former team boss and driver Tom Walkinshaw, who has died after a three-year battle with cancer, have released details of a memorial service to be held in his memory.
  • Alexander Sims: “You’ve got to fight for whatever you believe possible”
    A past winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver award, Alexander Sims finished fourth in each of the last two Formula Three Euro Series championships and is now looking forward to a 2011 spent in either GP3 or GP2. He talked to BritsOnPole about a year of highs and lows and about what the future holds.
  • Bird to sample F1’s past and present at Goodwood Festival of Speed
    British GP2 pilot Sam Bird is to appear at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed driving two Formula One cars from two very different eras up the famous Goodwood hillclimb.
  • Thousands gather at Snetterton for the Classic Team Lotus Festival
    As far the eye could see there were cars, with seemingly every fourth one a Lotus – Elans, Eclats, Esprits, Elites, and so many Elises and Exiges they were barely worth remarking on. Unfortunately, this wasn’t Snetterton and the Classic Team Lotus Festival. This was the two-hour traffic jam on the A11 leading to the event.
  • Indy Lights: Plowman takes runner-up spot in Iowa
    Martin Plowman earned his best finish to date in the Firestone Indy Lights series with a second place in Iowa that leaves him in a tight four-way battle for second in the championship.
  • F1: Lewis and Jenson put together a DIY comedy job (video)
    Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button needn’t bother applying for work as car mechanics should the day job driving F1 cars ever go south on them, if this new Vodafone video is anything to go by – but they might just find work as improvisational comedians.
  • GP3 testing: ART’s Esteban Gutiérrez is fastest in both sessions
    Esteban Gutiérrez was driver of the day on the second day of GP3 testing in Valencia with the ART pilot topping the timesheet in both sessions.
  • Christodoulou’s single-seater prospects boosted by Indy Lights test
    The strongest hint yet that Adam Christodoulou could soon be racing once more in a single-seater has been dropped by a team owner in a position to make that dream a reality.
  • F1: Button launches his 2010 triathlon charity bid
    Jenson Button needs your help – to help make a success of his 2010 London Triathlon bid and beat last year’s total of nearly £20,000 raised for the children’s charity of which he is a patron.
  • F1: Lewis Hamilton ‘taking nothing for granted’
    Lewis Hamilton may currently be topping the drivers’ championship – but he is taking nothing for granted, according to a news item just posted on his website.
  • IndyCar: Alex Lloyd shrugs off surgery to race at Iowa
    IndyCar driver Alex Lloyd will go into this weekend’s Iowa Corn Indy 250 hoping that a sudden bout of appendicitis won’t derail the momentum that has seen him take the unfancied #19 Dale Coyne Racing car to top-eight finishes in the last two races.
  • GP3 testing: Trummer and Wickens show their style
    Simon Trummer and Robert Wickens were the beneficiaries of good conditions at today’s GP3 test in Valencia, setting the fastest times in the morning and afternoon sessions respectively.
  • Superleague: First stop in a Spanish fiesta
    Superleague Formula will make the first of three scheduled visits to Spain at the weekend for round four of this season’s championship.
  • Classic Team Lotus Festival comes to Snetterton this weekend
    Fans of all things Lotus are heading to Norfolk on Sunday for what should be one of the most entertaining racing-themed events of the summer.
  • F2: Will Bratt hopes to return to winning ways at Zolder
    Will Bratt is hoping to cash in his previous race-winning experience at Belgium’s Zolder circuit as he seeks to haul in the Formula Two championship-leading trio of Jolyon Palmer, Dean Stoneman and Philipp Eng.
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans: Audi triumph as Peugeot collapse
    Audi has taken a clean sweep in the LMP1 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race following one of the toughest and most attritional events in living memory.
  • F1: Hamilton and Button win thriller in Canada
    Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button triumphed in an engrossing five-way battle for supremacy at a Canadian Grand Prix dominated by the struggle to manage extreme tyre wear over the 70 laps of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
  • F1: Canadian Grand Prix liveblog 2010
    For the first time this season there isn’t a Red Bull driver on pole, but Lewis Hamilton got his McLaren out front during qualifying in part by gambling on the softer type of tyre – will he pay for that decision during the race?
  • F1: Hamilton breaks the Red Bull qualifying streak
    Lewis Hamilton broke the dominance of Red Bull in this season’s qualifying sessions by seizing pole position in Canada – but it took a car so light with fuel that he had to push it towards the pits afterwards.
  • England’s racing drivers on the World Cup, Beckham and supporting the USA
    With World Cup fever reaching new heights among English football fans ahead of the team’s opening match, most of the country’s top open wheel racers are in North America looking for ways to watch the game.
  • UPDATED – Le Mans: Nigel Mansell in hospital after 200mph crash
    The Mansell & Sons assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended after less than 20 minutes when former F1 and CART champion Nigel Mansell spun and crashed heavily, suffering a concussion.
  • F1: Paffett says testers need more hands-on experience
    Formula One’s test and reserve drivers need to get hands-on experience during race weekends if they are to be ready to step into a car when needed, according to one of the most experienced testers out there.
  • David Coulthard awarded MBE in Birthday Honours list
    David Coulthard, the former Williams, McLaren and Red Bull driver who became the highest-scoring Briton ever to drive in Formula One, has received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
  • Put your questions to the experts who fuel Ferrari’s F1 cars
    Is there something you’ve always been dying to know about how Formula One is fuelled – the rules, science and technology that surround what the world’s most expensive race cars put in their tanks?
  • F1: Spotlight on McLaren’s chief engineer
    Ever wondered what occupies the thoughts of a Formula One team’s chief engineer immediately before a grand prix? Today McLaren has decided to give us an insight into this question.
  • F1: Montreal practice sees close fight between top teams
    Sebastian Vettel has re-written the script for this weekend by topping timesheets at the second Formula One practice session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans: Davidson’s Peugeot qualifies second
    Team Peugeot Total has locked out the front of the Le Mans grid with the car due to be driven by Anthony Davidson starting in second place after a storming qualifying performance from his co-driver Alex Wurz.
  • F1: User guide to the Canadian Grand Prix 2010

    Following the racing in Montreal this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.

  • F1 Canadian Grand Prix preview: The return of the Wall of Champions
    Last time Formula One visited Canada the track fell to bits, Lewis Hamilton had an embarrassing front-end shunt, Robert Kubica delivered an unlikely one-two for BMW and Martin Brundle opened his mouth and inserted both feet.
  • Adam Christodoulou to join Indy Lights leaders in Mid-Ohio test
    Reigning Star Mazda title-holder Adam Christodoulou has been given the chance to pit himself against the best drivers in this year’s Firestone Indy Lights championship by joining them in their mid-season test at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • Top Gear expected back on June 27. Maybe.
    The new season of Top Gear is apparently due to hit our screens on June 27, according to the latest edition of its spin-off magazine. Or is it?
  • The Brits on Pole user guide to Le Mans 2010
    Wanting to follow the world’s most famous endurance race this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans: the Brits to watch out for this year
    Webber wins the Monaco Grand Prix and Franchitti the Indianapolis 500. Can a Brit take the 24 Hours of Le Mans podium? Put it this way – there’s a pretty good chance.
  • F3: Second isn’t enough for disappointed Sims
    For a driver who’s just finished second in a prestigious all-star race and has a couple of wins under his belt already this season, Alexander Sims is not as happy as you might expect.
  • WSR: Guerrieri sets money troubles aside to taste victory
    A double victory on his return to Formula Renault 3.5 after missing a race with funding problems showed that the toughest battles for Argentina’s Esteban Guerrieri this year are off the track, not on it.
  • IndyCar: Briscoe wins in Texas as de Silvestro escapes fire
    Just six days after Mike Conway’s terrifying Indianapolis 500 crash the IndyCar Series dodged another bullet at the Texas Motor Speedway when popular rookie Simona de Silvestro was dragged unharmed from her burning car after hitting the wall at more than 200mph.
  • IndyCar: Alex Lloyd leads challenge against the Penske/Ganassi steamroller
    IndyCar’s two dominant teams, Penske and Ganassi, grabbed the top positions in qualifying for the Firestone 550K at the Texas Motor Speedway, with Britain’s Alex Lloyd leading the challenge for the rest of the field in sixth.
  • Organisers pleased with Beaulieu MotorMart turnout
    Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum, says it is pleased with the turnout for its recent MotorMart Autojumble – the third-highest since the event was launched in 1994.
  • F3: Rising stars to do battle in masters event
    Five British drivers will be among the up-and-coming racing talents competing in the Masters of F3 all-star race to be held at Zandvoort this weekend.
  • AutoGP: Tappy says “next goal is to win”
    Duncan Tappy says his next goal in his inaugural Auto GP season is to win races after a series of steadily-improving performances that saw him on the podium at the recent Imola event.
  • IndyCar: Calls for rule changes as Conway recovers from crash
    IndyCar driver Mike Conway says he is “feeling fine” and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of a race car as he begins his recovery from his last-lap Indy 500 crash.
  • Reborn Double Twelve brings Brooklands to life
    This weekend an event designed to recall the golden era of racing at the Brooklands Circuit in Weybridge is under way. It just goes to show that residents complaining about noise from racetracks is nothing new…
  • A minute’s noise in Woking to remember Bruce McLaren
    Usually, the anniversary of a death is marked with a minute’s silence – but when staff and management of the Formula One team that bears the name of Bruce McLaren gathered to remember his loss 40 years ago in a testing accident, quiet was not the order of the day.
  • F1: Button is decorated following trip to the Palace
    McLaren’s Jenson Button has swapped the rough-and-tumble of the Turkey racetrack for a chance to reflect on his achievements of the last year after visiting Buckingham Palace today to receive his MBE.
  • Brits on Pole at large: Red-faced bulls and sunburnt fans
    Brits on Pole’s roving news and feature writer Scott McCarthy was at Istanbul Park for the Turkish Grand Prix, where he grappled with dodgy bus drivers, over-priced cola and an invasion of Spanish fans dressed as matadors – not to mention seeing Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button duelling right under his nose. Here’s his review of the weekend.
  • Brits on Pole at large: Flying high with Sam Bird
    This weekend Brits on Pole reporter-at-large Scott McCarthy was in the stands at Istanbul Park. He also popped behind the scenes to the GP2 paddock to catch up with British racer Sam Bird. Here’s his report.
  • The 2010 Indianapolis 500 in photos
    They call it the greatest spectacle in racing – in a good year, 400,000 spectators can make the Indianapolis 500 the world’s biggest one-day sporting event. Here are highlights from the day’s action, from sunrise to race end, through the lenses of the IndyCar Series’ team of photographers.
  • IndyCar: Injured Conway out for three months after Indy 500 smash
    Mike Conway, the British driver airlifted to hospital after a horrific last-lap crash in yesterday’s Indianapolis 500, will miss three months with fractured bones in his back and left leg, according to IndyCar Series medical staff.
  • British F3: Vergne rebounds from home race disappointment
    Carlin’s Jean-Eric Vergne regained the lead of the British F3 International championship as the series visited Hockenheim, winning both the first and third races with ease from pole.
  • IndyCar: Franchitti wins Indianapolis 500 as race ends in big crash for Mike Conway
    Scotland’s Dario Franchitti led for most of the Indianapolis 500, but before he could collect the win he had to endure some frantic and confused closing laps during which many drivers ran short of fuel, positions rapidly changed and Mike Conway suffered a ghastly crash.
  • GP3: Turkish delight for ART – and a podium for Jakes
    ART Grand Prix began to pull away at the top of the inaugural GP3 drivers’ and teams’ championships as Esteban Gutierrez won race one at Istanbul Park and Alexander Rossi took a race two podium behind Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto.
  • F1: Red Bull civil war hands victory to Hamilton and Button
    Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were handed a 1-2 finish in the Turkish Grand Prix after Red Bull’s championship-leading rivals Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel tripped over each other fighting for dominance.
  • GP2: Clos encounters victory in Istanbul feature race
    Dani Clos took his turn on the top step of the GP2 podium in Istanbul Park as the series produced its sixth different winner in six races, the Spaniard comfortably beating Luiz Razia after his team-mate Christian Vietoris retired from second.
  • F1: Turkish Grand Prix liveblog 2010
    Just one question is being asked among Formula One fans this morning – can Lewis Hamilton get in front of Mark Webber off the dirty side of the grid and win today’s Turkish Grand Prix for McLaren? Stick with us and find out…
  • GP2: Third for Bird as Maldonado scores easy win
    Pastor Maldonado ran away with the opening GP2 race in Turkey, beating pole-sitter Davide Valsecchi away at the start and comfortably leading home the GP2 Asia champion and ART’s British driver Sam Bird.
  • F1: Webber on pole again as Alonso misses out
    Mark Webber ensured that Red Bull’s streak of taking every pole position this season continued at the Turkish Grand Prix as he beat off a challenge from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.
  • Indy Lights: Mann’s bid for Indy glory ends in the wall
    Pippa Mann’s hopes of becoming the first woman to taste victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were destroyed when she was wiped out of the Firestone Freedom 100 by the spinning car of an opponent.
  • F1: McLaren fastest in Istanbul as Red Bull stutters
    Red Bull showed how its biggest battle in the Turkish Grand Prix could be with itself after it experienced reliability problems that allowed McLaren to shut out both practice sessions.
  • IndyCar: Carroll will make his debut at Watkins Glen
    A1GP champion Adam Carroll will make his IndyCar debut at Watkins Glen during the 4th of July weekend – and says he feels right at home in America, away from the “cut-throat” world of European racing.
  • Indy Lights: Pippa Mann makes history in Indianapolis
    The legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway has seen many things across the decades, but today it saw something new – Britain’s Pippa Mann became the first woman to earn pole position there in 101 years of racing.
  • Superleague: Walker showcases Reds’ car on Liverpool waterfront
    Liverpool’s championship-winning Superleague Formula car has been put through its paces by driver James Walker in a demonstration along the city’s Strand waterfront.
  • F1: User guide to the Turkish Grand Prix 2010

    Following the racing in Istanbul this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.

  • Turkish GP preview: Are Red Bull now too far down the road?
    A few weeks ago, if trying to pick a favourite for the 2010 Formula One world drivers championship, you would have had several names to choose from. Not so much, now.
  • The return of racing to London’s Crystal Palace
    Motorsport enthusiasts will get an opportunity to relive part of the golden age of racing this Bank Holiday weekend with an event celebrating a little-known former London racetrack.
  • Slot car winners who showed off their design skills
    Slot car racing giant Scalextric has announced the winners of a schools’ racing competition held at the Donington Park Slot Car Festival last weekend.
  • MSA announces opportunities for young drivers
    Talented drivers aged 16 to 18 have an opportunity this summer to boost both their academic and racing careers by joining a prestigious apprenticeship scheme backed by motorsport’s UK governing body.
  • Donington Park saved as new leaseholders pledge “calm, cautious, credible and sensible” approach
    The troubled future of the racing circuit at Donington Park looks to have been settled in the best possible way – by the appointment of a new leaseholder with all the expertise needed to set it back on its feet.
  • Online racers gain official recognition from national motorsport body
    Online racers using gaming platforms to simulate the cut-and-thrust of the real-world racetrack have seen their association become a member club of Britain’s national motorsport authority.
  • Project Runningblade sets new world land speed record – for a lawnmower
    The fastest grass-cutter in history demonstrated its credentials on a Welsh beach this weekend to set not one but two world land speed records.
  • Superleague: Dolby hangs on in face of Buurman assault
    Tottenham Hotspur’s Craig Dolby has once again extended his lead at the top of the Superleague standings despite a weekend at Magny-Cours dominated by AC Milan’s Yelmer Buurman.
  • F3 Euro Series: Average weekend for Sims in processional Valencia
    Edoardo Mortara opened a gap to the chasing pack in the F3 Euro Series by winning the opening Valencia race, while Kevin Magnussen won the second in his debut weekend as replacement for the GP3-bound Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.
  • F2: Second Monza win for Palmer serves notice to rivals
    Jolyon Palmer closed out a near-perfect weekend at Monza, in which he won both races from pole, by warning his rivals not to underestimate his title challenge.
  • British F3: Oli Webb conquers on French expedition
    Oli Webb dominated British F3’s visit to Magny-Cours in France, setting two fastest laps on his way to a pair of wins, a second place, and the lead of the championship.
  • Donington Slot Car Festival: size isn’t everything
    On a busy weekend for racing, with Indy 500 qualifying reaching a climax and British racers taking to the track across Europe, Brits on Pole cast aside its grown-up responsibilities and headed north to relive the pastimes of its youth at the International Donington Slot Car Festival.
  • IndyCar: Castroneves on pole for Indy 500 as Bump Day claims its victims
    Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves qualified on pole for this year’s race – but the man who believes he was the rightful winner of the Brazilian’s 2002 triumph, Paul Tracy, lost his place in the field of 33 as the final minutes of Bump Day ended in high drama.
  • AutoGP: Tappy moves up as Tambay and Iaconelli win
    Duncan Tappy has moved up to fourth in the Auto GP standings after grabbing one podium at Imola and narrowly missing out on another as Adrien Tambay and Carlos Iaconelli each took victories.
  • F1: Hamilton gets court date after Melbourne stunt
    Lewis Hamilton has been charged in Australia with intentionally losing control of a vehicle after being stopped by police following a practice session for the Melbourne Grand Prix in March.
  • How one man’s racing fix could spark a whole new sport
    If Puretech is to succeed in its ambition of inventing the new sport of competitive simulator racing, it’s essential that the technology matches the company’s ambition.
  • Bone-shaking and thrilling in about equal measure
    For a moment, as the race began, everything went just perfectly. Slow get-aways by the two cars starting on the front row allowed me to shoot the gap between them and hare off into the distance.
  • The Puretech challenge – it’s only a game if you want it to be
    “Racing’s got to change – the age of just watching it on the television is dead,” says Puretech creative director Tim Ball as he introduces his company’s system of ultra-realistic networked race simulators. “But we don’t want to replace it – we want to enhance it.”
  • F2: Palmer takes second season win on Monza rookie visit
    Jolyon Palmer has taken his second win of the season at Monza during his first-ever visit to the historic Italian track.
  • Superleague: Dolby earns pole for Tottenham at Magny-Cours
    Superleague Formula championship leader Craig Dolby will start tomorrow’s first Magny-Cours race on pole after come-from-behind victories in qualifying against Yelmer Buurman and Sebastien Bourdais.
  • How to watch the Indianapolis 500 in the UK
    The call it the greatest spectacle in motorsport, but when the field of 33 drivers takes the start for the Indianapolis 500 on May 30th it will not be easy to watch them on television in the UK. Here are some suggestions.
  • GP2: Learning year for Chilton as he looks to the future
    With a best GP2 finish so far this year of 14th place, Max Chilton is a long way from troubling the championship front-runners – but the 19-year-old Surrey racer believes this season is an investment in his future success.
  • IndyCar: ‘No-one can strip me of this chance’ says Howard
    With the Indianapolis 500 looming, Florida-based Essex racer Jay Howard has spoken about how his chance to run in the 2008 race was snatched away from him at the last moment.
  • RoC: Alain Prost joins 2010 line-up
    Four-time Formula One World Champion Alain Prost is due to make his debut at the Race of Champions this year, according to organisers, who announced his presence at the event’s official launch yesterday.
  • Superleague: Bourdais relishing home battle
    Sebastien Bourdais says he will relish the opportunity to drive at one France’s top motorsport venues this weekend as Superleague Formula prepares for its second meeting in seven days.
  • Superleague: Dolby extends title lead as Rigon grabs the cash
    Davide Rigon won one of the main races and also the €100,000 superfinal as Superleague visited Assen – but it was Tottenham Hotspur’s Craig Dolby who came away from the Netherlands with an extended championship lead.
  • WSR: Ricciardo takes overdue victory on the streets of Monaco
    Daniel Ricciardo and Brendon Hartley, reserve drivers for Red Bull’s F1 squad, provided the warm-up act for their team’s 1-2 dominance by posting the two stand-out performances of the Formula Renault 3.5 support race earlier in the day.
  • F1: Webber walks it as Monaco explodes with carbon fibre
    A succession of spectacular crashes split the Monaco Grand Prix into one sprint after another – but Red Bull’s Mark Webber was equal to all of them, outclassing the field on his way to a dominant win.
  • F1: Monaco Grand Prix liveblog 2010
    “Monaco baby, yeah” screamed Jenson Button in delight after his victory last year – but who will be celebrating this time? Stay with us as we liveblog all the action.
  • IndyCar: Castroneves fastest as Indy 500 build-up begins
    Four previous winners of the Indianapolis 500 topped the timesheets as practice opened for its 94th running, Helio Castroneves ending fastest among the 27 returning veterans and the seven rookies who are facing the Brickyard for the first time.
  • GP2: D’Ambrosio creams opposition for Monaco sprint win
    Jerome D’Ambrosio cashed in the pole position he earned for finishing eighth in the Monaco GP2 feature race, leading from the start to win the sprint ahead of Giedo van der Garde and Jules Bianchi.
  • Superleague: Return of the champion as Rigon take pole
    Davide Rigon reminded everyone how he came to be Superleague’s first-ever champion by taking pole for RSC Anderlecht in Assen, beating ex-F1 driver Franck Montagny in the qualifying final.
  • F1: Webber fends off Kubica for pole as Alonso misfires
    Barcelona victor Mark Webber bested a commanding performance from Renault’s Robert Kubica to take pole at the Monaco Grand Prix, and with it a golden opportunity to win back-to-back races.
  • Young kart champion to represent Britain
    A young karting champion has been chosen to represent Britain on the international stage according to the sport’s governing body.
  • GP2: Perez takes Monaco feature victory and leads standings
    Sergio Perez has kept his nearest rivals at arm’s length to take a victory in the Monaco feature race and rise to the top of the drivers’ standings at the midpoint of the weekend’s action.
  • F1: Alonso signals that he intends to win in Monaco
    Fernando Alonso has signalled his intention to add a third Monaco victory to his list of career achievements after a searing performance in free practice today.
  • F1: This year McLaren has two diamond geezers
    It’s becoming a bit of a tradition that McLaren rises to the occasion of the Monaco Grand Prix by piling on the bling – and this year both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are set to become diamond geezers for the weekend.
  • Superleague: Dolby looks to extend his lead at Assen
    Tottenham Hotspur driver Craig Dolby will be looking to extend his lead at the top of the standings as Superleague visits the TT Circuit Assen in The Netherlands. And it could be an unpredictable weekend’s racing.
  • F1: User guide to the Monaco Grand Prix 2010

    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.

  • Monaco GP preview: Gridlock on the narrow streets of Monte Carlo?
    And so from Barcelona to the gold-paved streets of Monaco – the favourite race of many Formula One fans, a processional frustration for others. And this year the frustrations could be more pronounced than ever.
  • GP2: Surprise winners grab the honours as season begins
    The less fashionable end of the GP2 grid came away from the opening weekend of the season with much to celebrate after Arden, Ocean, DPR and Rapax kept the expected front-runners well away from the podium.
  • GP3: Wickens tops standings after inaugural weekend
    Canada’s Robert Wickens leads the GP3 Series standings after its first weekend of competition thanks to his securing a second place in the feature race and a fourth in the sprint.
  • F1: Webber wins with ease as rivals suffer Spanish shambles
    Mark Webber cruised to an imperious victory in the Spanish Grand Prix while local hero Fernando Alonso took advantage of his opponents’ woes to reward his fans with a fortunate second place.
  • F1: Spanish Grand Prix liveblog 2010
    The saying goes that, in F1, you can be fast or you can be reliable. The thing that marks out champions is being both. So, are Red Bull champions in the making? Stick with us this afternoon and see.
  • F1: Webber on pole as Red Bulls turn the screw
    Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel fuelled fears that they only need turn up to the Spanish Grand Prix to win it by dominating qualifying, the Australian taking pole ahead of his team-mate and rival.
  • Portugal will no longer host GP2 or GP3 this year
    Organisers of the GP2 and GP3 series have announced that their Portugese round, due to take place at the Portimao circuit on The Algarve, has been cancelled.
  • GP2: Bianchi to start season on pole, Bird and Turvey close behind
    Pre-season favourite Jules Bianchi put himself on pole for the opening GP2 race of 2010 in Barcelona, ahead of Sergio Perez of Barwa Addax and his ART team-mate Sam Bird.
  • F1: Red Bull say catch us if you can
    Red Bull made a stylish bid to write their name at the very front of the Formula One form book by topping the timesheets in the first practice sessions of the European season.
  • Silverstone Classic to feature Italian superstars
    The line-up for this summer’s Silverstone Classic has been announced – and foremost among the famous faces appearing at the event will be a fleet of race-ready Fiat 500 Abarths.
  • Drivers take sick youngsters on dream Ferrari trip around Silverstone
    Seriously-ill youngsters have had the thrill of a drive in a Ferrari road car around Silverstone thanks to members of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
  • F1: User guide to the Spanish Grand Prix 2010

    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.

  • Spanish GP preview: Hitting the reset button for Barcelona
    Formula One? What’s that again? It’s been nearly three weeks since the 12 teams and 24 drivers competing in the F1 World Championship have lined up on the grid for a race – and, as far as their fans are concerned, things can’t get going soon enough.
  • Donington’s rebirth moves closer with confirmed race dates
    Donington Park’s journey back to respectability following the failure of its F1 dream took a giant step forward this week with the confirmation of several racing dates for this season.
  • GP3: Four Brits set to line up on Barcelona grid
    Four British drivers will be lining up to race in the first ever GP3 event this weekend, due to be held as part of the upcoming Grand Prix weekend in Barcelona.
  • F1: Jenson Button – Frometown hero
    As far as one small Somerset town is concerned, Jenson Button is the ultimate local boy made good – and yesterday it celebrated by greeting him in style and awarding him its highest civic honour.
  • British F3: Double victory for Calado on new Silverstone circuit
    James Calado bounced back from a disappointing British F3 debut weekend by taking a pair of victories and guest driver Alexander Sims won the other as the series became the first open-wheelers to race on the new Silverstone Arena layout.
  • WSR: Storms at Spa as feverish Aleshin seizes lead
    Mikhail Aleshin and Esteban Guerrieri took victories in Belgium as a combination of heavy rain and heavy-handed stewards played havoc with Formula Renault 3.5’s visit to Spa-Francorchamps.
  • Stoneman and Franchitti advance in the Brits on Pole All-Star League
    Dean Stoneman was the big mover in the Brits on Pole All-Star League this weekend, leaping to fifth on the back of a strong Formula Two weekend in Marrakech, while Dario Franchitti closed in on Jenson Button for the lead.
  • F2 takes a magical mystery tour to Marrakech
    A weekend in Morocco tested Formula Two’s young drivers to their limits – and sometimes beyond – as they got to grips with a street circuit, many for the first time in their careers.
  • IndyCar: Dixon wins in Kansas as the Indy 500 build-up begins
    The IndyCar Series returned to oval racing with the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at the Kansas Speedway – and its traditional powerhouse teams took the opportunity to reassert themselves.
  • IndyCar: Adam Carroll lands drive with Andretti Autosport
    Adam Carroll, who attracted the attention of the powerful Andretti family by trouncing their newest star Marco during his A1GP championship season, has been signed to drive for their IndyCar squad.
  • Donington Park announces plans to re-open by August
    The owner of Donington Park has announced this morning that he is hopeful of getting the circuit back in action by the summer.
  • As Silverstone thrives, Donington languishes
    The Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire today staged the launch of its Arena layout, redeveloped at a cost of £5 million, with guests including racing drivers past and present, team bosses and the Duke of York.
  • Delta withdraws from X-Prize following fire
    A Silverstone-based engineering company that had taken on the challenge of trying to produce the world’s greenest car has withdrawn from an international competition after a fire at its base that destroyed its entry.
  • BRDC marathon runners raise more than £85,000 for children’s cancer charity
    Members of the British Racing Drivers’ Club have raised £75,000 for a children’s cancer charity by taking on the ultimate endurance challenge – running the London Marathon at the weekend.
  • F1: Williams follows McLaren down diversification road
    The latest McLaren road car might be the most well-known example of a F1 race team diversifying away from pure track action – but McLaren is certainly not the only team travelling down that road.
  • Opinion: Why we wish IndyCar would come to Britain
    So there we were, sat high up in the grandstands at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire, watching touring cars whizzing round part of the banking and onto the infield section, thinking to ourselves ‘we want to see this oval used properly‘. Champ Car came to Britain – isn’t it about time the IndyCar Series followed?
  • Another British land speed record – this time on a lawnmower
    The glamour, the adrenaline, the waiting place in the history books – there’s something very special about a land speed record as one British team is currently hoping to prove. Even when your steed of choice is a lawnmower. Driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell’s grandson.
  • Auto GP: Filippi and Piscopo take early championship lead
    Luca Filippi and Vladimir Arabadzhiev took the honours in the opening weekend of the Auto GP championship, a re-branded version of last year’s Euroseries 3000 offering big cash prizes to winning drivers.
  • F3 Euro Series: Sims suffers as Signature racers seize lead
    Signature Racing team-mates Edoardo Mortara and Marco Wittmann lead the F3 Euro Series standings after their closest rival, ART’s British driver Alexander Sims, suffered a weekend to forget in Hockenheim.
  • Race of Champions to visit Germany this year
    Its drivers keep on winning – and now Germany is to host this year’s Race of Champions as well as regularly supplying the annual motorsport event’s most successful entrants.
  • F1: McLaren announces management shake-up
    The McLaren group has unveiled a management restructure as its chairman Richard Lapthorne announced his resignation, almost exactly one year after he was appointed, saying that his work at Woking was complete.
  • WSR: Ricciardo misses a win, but leads series
    A wet weekend at the Motorland Aragon circuit saw Red Bull F1 reserve Daniel Ricciardo convert two pole positions into two third-place finishes and top the points standings after Formula Renault 3.5’s first meeting of the year.
  • Turvey contemplates F1 future after signing with McLaren
    Oliver Turvey is the latest young driver to join McLaren’s prestigious development programme, thereby moving as close as anyone ever comes to a guarantee of following Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton into Formula One.
  • MIA conference: Lord Drayson ‘optimistic’ on motorsport’s green future
    Motorsport and mainstream motoring are giving encouraging signals about their willingness to embrace green technology according to the UK’s Minister for Science and Innovation.
  • IndyCar: ‘This one’s for Mom’, says victorious Hunter-Reay
    Ryan Hunter-Reay may carry the colours of the Indy Racing League’s title sponsor Izod on his car and race suit, but he doesn’t have the funding to run the full season for them. A confident win at Long Beach could go some way towards changing that.
  • IndyCar: Business as usual as Power takes Long Beach pole
    Will Power shrugged off his defeat in Alabama to take a third consecutive pole position and lead a Team Penske charge in qualifying for the Long Beach IndyCar race this weekend.
  • F2 at Silverstone: Sunday liveblog
    Day two of the year’s opening Formula Two season, and we’re back to update you with all the action.
  • F1: Button and Hamilton shoulder Red Bull aside for 1-2 win
    Jenson Button got the tyres right in the rain again and turned his third-row start at today’s Chinese Grand Prix into his second win of the season, ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
  • F1: Chinese Grand Prix liveblog 2010
    Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is the only game in town this morning – will Shanghai be the venue of his finally managing to translate a commanding track performance into an equally dominant position in the world championship standings?
  • F2 at Silverstone: Saturday liveblog
    This weekend the F2 championship kicks off its 2010 season with two rounds at Silverstone and a grid of 22 drivers. We’re here to bring you the sights and sounds of a brand-new season of motor racing
  • F1: Red Bull take rivals for a ride in Shanghai
    Red Bull kept its streak of qualifying on pole at every race this season alive after Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locked out the front row for the Chinese Grand Prix, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg.
  • F1: High-speed horror for Buemi as McLarens top Shanghai practice
    McLaren’s Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton each topped one of the two Friday practice sessions for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix – but both drivers warned fans not to expect the same dominance in qualifying.
  • F2: More testing success for Jolyon Palmer
    The strong pre-season form of Jolyon Palmer continued as the teenager topped the time-sheets in the final Formula Two testing sessions to be held before the season kicks off this weekend.
  • Auto GP: Tappy to join DAMS squad for 2010
    Duncan Tappy will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his former Formula Renault UK adversary Will Bratt after it was announced he would be joining DAMS for the 2010 season to race in the Auto GP championship.
  • F1: No Prodrive or Lola entries for 2011
    Prodrive has stated its intention of concentrating on the World Rally Championship and sportscar racing next year, explicitly ruling out the possibility of a F1 entry.
  • F1: User guide to the Chinese Grand Prix 2010

    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.

  • F1: Chinese Grand Prix preview – settling down for a long run in Shanghai
    What with all the growing excitement over next weekend’s London Marathon, we can’t help but feel that the Formula One field goes into this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix looking like nothing so much as the opening stages of the nation’s most popular footslog.
  • GP3 testing: Arden give ART something to think about on final day
    Mark Webber’s MW Arden squad has given the otherwise dominant ART team something to think about in the final session of this week’s two-day GP3 test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
  • Election candidates challenged to support British racing circuits
    Householders who try to use strict planning rules to cripple British racing venues are about to be made a general election issue by the UK’s motorsport governing body.
  • MSA: Young drivers to get bursaries of up to £10,000
    Bursaries worth up to £10,000 are to be made available to young drivers thanks to a new initiative from British motorsport’s governing body.
  • BRDC drivers swap horsepower for leg power in marathon fundraiser
    A clutch of British racers will be swapping high-performance engines for their own two legs later this month in a bid to raise £50,000 for a children’s cancer charity.
  • Millbrook Proving Ground: 40 years of British vehicle testing
    This year a relatively unregarded piece of British motoring history celebrates its 40th anniversary – but if you have ever owned a European car the chances are it has had an impact on your motoring life.
  • Competition: Meet The Stig and drive the Top Gear track
    Ever fancied trying your hand at legendary, world-famous corners like Hammerhead, Gambon and the Bacharach Bend – in something more glamorous than a reasonably-priced car? Look no further.
  • IndyCar: Castroneves breaks Power’s winning streak
    A Team Penske car won at the IRL’s first visit to the Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama, but it was the veteran Helio Castroneves who drove it, and not the victor of the first two races Will Power.
  • Indy Lights: Second victory for versatile Vernay
    JK Vernay, who won on the bumpy, rain-soaked Streets of St Petersburg, has followed his success up with a second triumph – this time on the smooth, flowing and sunny road course at Birmingham, Alabama.
  • F3: Sims and Mortara open Euro Series with wins
    Alexander Sims shrugged off a disappointing qualifying session to grab third in the F3 Euro Series season opener at Le Castellet, then followed it up by winning race two.
  • IndyCar: Power surge continues with Alabama pole
    Mike Conway scored his best-ever IndyCar qualifying result to earn a front-row start at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama later today – but he will line up beside the seemingly-unstoppable Will Power who is on pole.
  • GP2 testing: Vietoris is today’s fastest runner
    Racing Engineering’s Christian Vietoris became the third driver to top the timesheets in three days of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today after setting a fastest lap of 1:27.284.
  • Hot lava and tyres don’t mix, as Top Gear has found out
    If you want to get maximum wear from your tyres, your best bet is probably not to drive to an active volcano and test them to destruction by driving on hot lava. But, there again, when did Top Gear ever give a flying fig about the practicalities of motoring?
  • GP2: d’Ambrosio dislodges Maldonado in testing
    Jérôme d’Ambrosio finally did what no-one else has so far been able to do in GP2 testing by knocking Pastor Maldonado off the top of the timesheets.
  • GP3: Carlin swoops to save Smith’s season
    Dean Smith, winner of the award for last year’s top young British driver, has been saved from a possible season on the sidelines after the Racing Steps Foundation teamed up with Carlin to secure him a seat in GP3.
  • F2 testing: Stoneman tops the timesheets on maiden outing
    Dean Stoneman has celebrated his first outing in a Formula Two car by topping the timesheets during this year’s first two official days of testing.
  • GP2 testing: Can anyone beat Maldonado this week?
    Pastor Maldonado swept away the rest of the GP2 field at last month’s Paul Ricard tests – and the Venezuelan set out his stall again today for another dominant performance.
  • Festival of Speed to have Italian theme – and extra ‘motor show’ day
    This year’s Festival of Speed will have an Italian theme, according to organisers, with the July weekend event set to focus on that country’s passion for motorsport.
  • British F3: Carlin take a hat-trick from season-opener
    Red Bull-backed Carlin has proved that it will be the team to beat in this year’s British F3 International championship after sweeping up a full slate of honours in the opening rounds at Oulton Park.
  • Superleague: Dolby stamps his mark on new season
    Craig Dolby took a dominating victory in Superleague Formula’s €100,000 Silverstone super final to cap an impressive day during which he won the first race and charged through from the back to take fourth in the reverse-grid second race.
  • F1: Vettel wins as Red Bull finally beats its gremlins
    Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix by jumping from third to first at the start, relegating team-mate Mark Webber to an afternoon of staring at his gearbox as the Red Bulls conquered their reliability problems to take a dominant 1-2.
  • Superleague: Max Wissel heads Dolby and Walker in qualifying
    Max Wissel took pole for the first Superleague meeting of the weekend, knocking out Sebastian Bourdais, home favourite Craig Dolby and Virgin F1 refugee Alvaro Parente on the way.
  • F1: Malaysian Grand Prix liveblog 2010
    It’s race day in Malaysia, and this time it’s Mark Webber’s turn to see if a pole-sitting Red Bull car can make it to the chequered flag without breaking. Stick with us as we live-blog the action, leave comments or find us on Twitter as @britsonpole. Hit refresh to see the latest below this line.
  • F1: Webber surfs to pole in Malaysia as rivals flounder
    In a qualifying contest full of guesses and second guesses it was Mark Webber who took the last and best gamble, putting his Red Bull convincingly on pole by using intermediate tyres when no-one else dared risk anything other than wets.
  • David Coulthard confirms race return in DTM series
    David Coulthard has confirmed that he will be making a return to the track in 2010 with Mercedes in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series.
  • Superleague: Dolby, Walker and Tappy ready to kick off new season
    Some said it was a joke and it wouldn’t last. But Superleague Formula, the football-themed racing championship with cars branded to match leading soccer clubs, begins its biggest season yet with three races at Silverstone this weekend.
  • James May spearheads bid to preserve Brooklands heritage
    A plan to help preserve the heritage of the historic racing circuit at Brooklands Museum in Surrey is banking on public support – and the first person to respond was none other than Top Gear presenter James May.
  • GP3 testing: ART are the pre-season front-runners
    French team ART Grand Prix established themselves as pre-season favourites for the new GP3 series, Esteban Gutierrez and Alexander Rossi proving the fastest of the 29 hopefuls across the two days of testing at Paul Ricard.
  • F1: Hamilton grabs the initiative in Malaysia practice
    Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets for McLaren in both sessions of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix today after clocking a time nearly three-tenths of a second in advance of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
  • British F3: Talent flocking from across the globe, claim organisers
    British Formula Three kicks off its new-look 10-event, 30-race calendar this weekend with a visit to Oulton Park, and series organisers are bullish about this being one of the best years yet for the championship.
  • F1: User guide to the Malaysian Grand Prix 2010

    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.

  • F1: How rain is saving the season start from being a washout
    Last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix saw the drivers rained off the track little more than halfway through the race and awarded half points for their efforts. And this year, by all accounts, we’re probably in for another downpour.
  • Donington: fans asked to remain patient
    Motorsport fans keen to discover whether the Donington Park circuit will be in a position to host racing during 2010 are being asked to remain patient while the search for a new leaseholder is concluded.
  • F3: Henry Surtees’ former team to hold fundraising run at Oulton Park
    The mechanic who helped driver Henry Surtees to victory during his sole Formula Three outing is organising a charity run in his memory at this weekend’s British F3 season-opener at Oulton Park.
  • Martin Plowman on America: “I’m going flat out or I’m going home”
    Two years ago, things were looking bleak for Martin Plowman. With very limited options for the 2008 season, he feared his career was losing momentum. Not so these days, where he’s rapidly becoming a fixture on the American open-wheel circuit. He talks to BritsOnPole.
  • Indy Lights: Vernay wins opener as rain takes toll
    French rookie JK Vernay mastered the rain in St Petersburg, Florida, to win the opening Indy Lights race of the season, ahead of Belgian journeyman Jan Heylen and Britain’s Stefan Wilson.
  • The return of Lotus in photos: F1, IndyCar and Renault World Series
    For years, the iconic British Racing Green and yellow colours of Lotus were visible only in history books, classic race car rallies and the dusty memories of nostalgic fans – but this year they’re back with a vengeance.
  • F1: Button wins in Australia as Vettel fails and Hamilton fumes
    Jenson Button took his first victory for McLaren in an incident-filled Australian Grand Prix thanks to a mechanical failure for chief rival Sebastian Vettel and a bravely-timed tyre change that left the rest of the field standing.
  • F1: Australian Grand Prix liveblog 2010
    Can Sebastian Vettel snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again this weekend? Follow our minute-by-minute liveblog and see.
  • IndyCar: Power continues to lead the way
    Will Power continued his impressive early season form in the IndyCar Series as he followed his victory in Sao Paulo with a pole position in St Petersburg.
  • F1: Vettel on pole again as Hamilton slips up
    Sebastian Vettel led home-town hero Mark Webber to a Red Bull 1-2 in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix – but Lewis Hamilton became the first big-name casualty of the season by failing to make the pole shoot-out.
  • Superleague: Dolby returns to lead Spurs title challenge
    One of the worst-kept secrets in motorsport was finally made public today when Superleague Formula, the football-themed racing championship entering its third season, confirmed Craig Dolby will return to drive for Tottenham Hotspur.
  • IndyCar: Field wide open in St Pete – but Power looks strong
    The IndyCar Series holds its first North American race of the season this weekend, returning from its wild Brazilian season opener to the street course in St Petersburg, Florida, where last year Ryan Briscoe took victory.
  • F1: McLaren fastest in Melbourne practice as Ferrari bide their time
    McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button set the best times in a fragmented Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix as red flags disrupted the first session and rain the second.
  • F1: Stevenage boy racer in bother again
    Lewis Hamilton might just be feeling that he never wants to hear about the Australian Grand Prix again at the moment.
  • GP2 testing day three: Maldonado makes it a hat-trick
    GP2 returnee Pastor Maldonado has put his name down for an impressive season after topping the timesheets on all three days of testing.
  • Indy Lights: James Winslow crashes the party at St Pete
    British drivers will make up a quarter of the 16-strong field when the Firestone Indy Lights series launches its 2010 campaign on the Streets of St Petersburg this weekend in support of the IndyCar Series.
  • Superleague Formula unveils calendar changes
    European circuits Monza and Oschersleben been dropped from this year’s Superleague Formula calendar as the result of a number of tweaks made less than two weeks before the season kicks off.
  • A1GP: Your chance to buy an open-wheel motor racing series
    The company handling the sale of A1GP’s assets is stepping up its bid to find a buyer for the series with an invitation for interested parties to get in touch to arrange a private sale.
  • The UK’s highest-ever car insurance payout is not going to Sir Jackie Stewart
    A Pagani Zonda S supercar is the subject of a £300,000 insurance payout after it crashed in Scotland in September during a test drive, leaving it in need of extensive repairs.
  • F1: User guide to the Australian Grand Prix 2010

    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.

  • F1: Will Melbourne provide a much-needed shot in the arm?
    So, with the Australian Grand Prix coming up this weekend, what shape is Formula One in following one of the dullest season starts any of us can remember for a long time? Can homeboy Mark Webber Red Bull put on a spectacle to turn things around?
  • F1: Will you be the one to uncover Lewis Hamilton’s secret?

    A slightly-built young man dodges through the shadows, face partly hidden by a black hoodie. But even as he tries to conceal his identity, there’s something incredibly familiar about him. Welcome to the secret world of Lewis Hamilton, international crime-fighter.

  • GP2 testing day two: Maldonado takes bragging rights again
    Racing Engineering’s Dani Clos battled Rapax’ Pastor Maldonado for the bragging rights of the second day of GP2 pre-season testing today – but could not knock yesterday’s leader off his perch.
  • GP2 testing day one: Maldonado and Rapax lead the way
    Venezuelan GP2 veteran Pastor Maldonado made the most of a wet day at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France yesterday to put his Rapax team at the head of the unofficial timesheet with a fastest afternoon lap of 1:12.987.
  • F1: Jenson Button goes tintop Down Under
    McLaren’s Jenson Button is working up to the Australian Grand Prix, scene of his first win of the 2009 season, by sampling a little red-hot tintop action courtesy of the country’s brutal V8 Supercar series.
  • Sir Stirling Moss is recovering well from his accident
    Sir Stirling Moss is recovering well from the accident that saw him fall three floors down a lift shaft at his Mayfair home earlier this month, injuring his feet and ankles.
  • Goodwood promo: Biker runs amok once again round stately home
    If you’ve ever fancied experiencing for yourself how the other half lives, imagining the luxurious peace and solitude of breakfasting at leisure in a stately home, then you probably haven’t allowed for the presence of Dougie Lampkin.
  • F2: Stoneman the latest to sign up for 2010
    Dean Stoneman is the latest British driver to have signed up for this year’s Formula Two championship.
  • F1: Renault to offer new opportunities to young engineers
    Fancy making your career in F1? If so you need to know that Renault F1 is offering two six-month internships which can be taken at its Oxfordshire base and which will offer young engineering graduates the opportunity of a lifetime.
  • Star Mazda: Kent has subdued start to season
    A mechanical gremlin has cost Richard Kent one of his two planned Star Mazda Series races in 2010.
  • F1: Duxford gets the go-ahead to continue as a testing venue
    The chance to see F1 teams testing up close and personal will still be available to fans in the east of England after the Duxford aerodrome was given permission to carry on hosting the events – albeit with conditions imposed.
  • Davidson and Peugeot win 12 Hours of Sebring
    Anthony Davidson has scored his first major race victory for nine years after taking the win for Team Peugeot Total in the 12 Hours of Sebring sportscar race – the American Le Mans Series season-opener.
  • Three days left to take to the track with YRC and support British motorsport
    One of the worst things about running a site like Brits on Pole is all the drivers you don’t hear about but we do – the talented youngsters without family backing or sympathetic local businesses who are sitting on the sidelines or moving on to more conventional jobs because the money just isn’t there for them to race.
  • Bratt and Rees join F2 while Jakes takes on GP3
    Will Bratt and Paul Rees have become the latest British drivers to sign up for Formula Two this season, while James Jakes looks to have found a place in the new GP3 series.
  • Can Motorsport Valley produce the world’s greenest car?
    Can a British motorsport company produce a car with the smallest environmental footprint the world has ever seen?
  • Who’s flying the flag for the Brits in IndyCar this year?
    As American fans bemoan the lack of home-grown racers in the IndyCar Series this year, British fans will have an embarrassment of riches when deciding who to cheer on.
  • The women powering motorsport roar into Silverstone
    Racing journalist Louise Goodman, young drivers such as Sarah Moore and Alice Powell, and Brits on Pole co-owner LJ Hutchins joined more than 50 women from across motorsport to celebrate International Women’s Day at Silverstone last week.
  • IndyCar: Power returns from injury with victory in chaotic Brazilian race
    Australia’s Will Power shrugged off a torrential rainstorm, the best efforts of Ryan Hunter-Reay and any lingering effects of the broken back that ended his 2009 season to take victory in a chaotically entertaining IndyCar season opener in Brazil.
  • GP2 Asia: Filippi and Ricci take final wins of season
    Luca Filippi and Giacomo Ricci won the final two races of the GP2 Asia season to tie on points for the runner-up spot in the championship, with Filippi taking the honours on count-back.
  • F1: Ferrari throw down the gauntlet with opening 1-2
    The remorseless pace and reliability of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa destroyed the hopes of Sebastian Vettel in his fast but fragile Red Bull as the 2010 Formula One season opened in Bahrain with a 1-2 finish for Ferrari.
  • F1: Bahrain Grand Prix liveblog 2010
    Welcome to the first race of the 2010 Formula One season. And it should be an interesting one.
  • IndyCars: Sato to walk in Clark’s shoes as Lotus returns to Indy
    Almost four decades after the glory days of Jim Clark and Colin Chapman, the famous green and yellow of Lotus will return to the Indianapolis 500 thanks to a deal with KV Racing to field Takuma Sato for this IndyCar season.
  • F1: The British boffins powering Ferrari past the refuelling ban
    On the eve of Jenson Button’s championship defence, we look at how the scientists at the Shell Technology Centre in Thornton, Chester, are working with Ferrari to show him a clean pair of heels.
  • Superleague: James Walker takes on champion’s mantle at Liverpool FC
    Liverpool FC is to defend its Superleague Formula championship with a British driver at the wheel – in the shape of Jersey-born Formula Renault 3.5 graduate James Walker.
  • F1: Red Bull’s Vettel on pole as Button struggles with car
    Sebastian Vettel has thrown down the gauntlet to four world champions with his thrilling curtain-raiser at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain today, after parking his Red Bull neatly on pole and challenging the rest of the field to catch him – if they can.
  • Button and Brawn GP add Laureus awards to 2009 season honours
    Jenson Button and the former Brawn GP team personnel have joined sports stars Usain Bolt, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters in winning the 2010 Laureus World Sport Award categories in which they were nominated.
  • F2: Jolyon Palmer back to build on late-season success
    In one of the least surprising driver announcements of the pre-season, 19-year-old Jolyon Palmer is to drive for a second season in Formula Two – the championship run by his father Jonathan.
  • F1: Paffett gets four-race call-up in McLaren’s reserve slot
    McLaren has confirmed that British DTM star and long-time tester Gary Paffett will be acting as its reserve driver for the first four races of the season – until his own racing season starts.
  • Donington track video shows scale of outstanding work
    So, what’s it like to drive a lap around Donington Park right now? That question has been answered – and you can see the results – after Motor Cycle News did a filmed tour of the out-of-action Leicestershire circuit.
  • F1: 2010 Bahrain GP preview – no-one knows anything about anyone at all
    Friday practice in Bahrain taught little about the prospects of the 12 F1 teams that will take to the grid on Sunday as mechanical problems kept some drivers off the track for all or most of the day, while others were testing different strategies that could not be directly compared.
  • Sir Stirling Moss speaks from his hospital bed
    British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has updated supporters concerned about his condition following an accident at the weekend by filming a 40-second video message from his hospital bed – and having it posted on YouTube.
  • F1: User guide to the Bahrain Grand Prix 2010

    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.

  • Sir Stirling Moss recovering in hospital after lift shaft accident
    British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss is recovering in hospital following a shocking accident that saw him fall three floors down a lift shaft after attempting to step inside when the car was not present.
  • The ‘Save Donington’ rally in photos
    Some of the sights from the ‘Save Donington’ rally – the cars, the crowds, and the work that’s needed before the circuit is back up to scratch.
  • Donington throws open gates as fans flock to show support
    Thousands of car, bike and motorsport fans descended on Donington Park today in a gesture of support for the beleaguered circuit, which is trying to rebuild its future following the Formula One fiasco.
  • GP3: Trevor Carlin gives series thumbs-up after first team outing
    The boss of one of Britain’s most successful junior formula motorsports teams has given the new GP3 series the thumbs-up after its first two days of testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.
  • Motorsport’s governing body launches young driver award
    The British governing body for motorsport has announced its own Young Driver of the Year award to recognise the achievement of a student on its apprenticeship scheme.
  • F1: Lewis and Anthony Hamilton to end their professional relationship
    This week we learned how Lewis Hamilton had lost a manager and gained a father.
  • GP3: First track outing for teams and drivers
    The ten teams participating in this year’s GP3 championship took to the track at Paul Ricard yesterday for their first day of testing.
  • Sample some Great & British racing at Rockingham in April
    Rockingham Motor Speedway will be kicking off its 2010 season with the Dunlop Great & British Motorsport Festival – and tickets are now on sale.
  • F1: di Resta’s progression to a race drive looking good
    Is any team doing more to promote the future career of one of its reserve drivers than Force India?
  • British GP tickets: what’s your best bet?
    Silverstone has announced that general admission race-day tickets for July’s British Grand Prix have sold out – so what’s your best bet if you are still hoping to attend the race?
  • Drivers turn out at Daytona to Race for Heroes
    Six hours of racing came down to a handful of seconds at the line – but for the drivers, celebrities, soldiers and grid girls at the first Race 4 Heroes charity karting event it wasn’t the winning that was important.
  • GP3: What the team bosses think

    Wondering what to expect from the upcoming GP3 series, due to make its debut at Barcelona in May this year? Here are some insights from the people that will be managing the new teams – including former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, now involved in the management of Germany’s RSC Mucke Motorsport team.

  • F1 testing: Hamilton and McLaren pull out all the stops
    Lewis Hamilton pushed McLaren to the top of the unofficial timesheets in Barcelona today, also helping to secure the fastest combined performance for the team in three of the four Spanish winter test sessions.
  • F2: Jack Clarke returns with hopes of strong results
    Jack Clarke, who led home a cluster of British drivers in the lower reaches of last year’s Formula Two championship, is to return to the series in 2010 – with high hopes of putting his hard-won experience to good use.
  • GP2 Asia: iSport take double title in Bahrain
    Oliver Turvey scored the point that won Norfolk’s iSport the GP2 Asia constructors’ crown, but that was the only consolation for him on a weekend that saw him lose second place in the drivers’ standings while his team-mate wrapped up the title.
  • F1 testing: Button and Schumacher both optimistic after rainy test
    Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets for Mercedes GP at Barcelona today, just a day after his team-mate Michael Schumacher said he didn’t feel the team was in a position to win races – and then declared he had been wrong.
  • Superleague: who’s taking part for 2010
    Superleague Formula has announced which football teams and racing outfits will be working together to get its 2010 season to the starting grid.
  • F1 testing: Youth beats experience in Barcelona showdown
    Williams rookie Nico Hulkenberg narrowly beat double world champion Fernando Alonso to the unofficial timesheet’s top spot during today’s testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
  • Christodoulou passes on Atlantic Championship to go Grand-Am
    America’s beleaguered Atlantic Championship has announced that more than 10 drivers have so far signed up for the season opener in Sebring on March 19th – but Britain’s Adam Christodoulou says he won’t be among them.
  • F1 testing: Webber blasts off on Red Bull wings
    Mark Webber stamped the authority of the Red Bull team on the first day of Barcelona testing with an unofficial fastest lap that was nearly a second faster than his closest rival – but other teams were quick to play down the significance of the time.
  • F1: Lotus opens its doors to the great and the good
    While new Lotus drivers Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli and Fairuz Fauzy have been busy on the racetracks of Spain, developing the team’s F1 challenger, its Norfolk factories have been entertaining royalty, heads of state and supermodels.
  • F3: Calado tops Snetterton timesheets on first day of 2010 testing
    Racing Steps Foundation driver James Calado topped the timesheets on the first day of British F3 testing yesterday as a field of 22 got to grips with the first sessions of 2010.
  • Kieren Clark becomes a BRDC Rising Star
    Kieren Clark, the 21-year-old Formula Renault BARC champion, is among the latest young drivers to become a member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s Rising Stars scheme.
  • Brits on Pole hits the front with Sam Bird, Duncan Tappy and YourRacingCar
    When GP2 driver Sam Bird takes to the track in Bahrain this weekend try to get a good look at the nose of his car – because, if everything goes to plan, it will be sporting the Brits on Pole logo.
  • F1 testing: Button saves best for last as McLaren go fastest
    McLaren’s Jenson Button rounded off the second bout of Jerez winter testing with a timesheet-topping performance in his MP4-25 in the face of subdued performances from his major rivals.
  • F1 testing: Webber fastest on day three in Jerez
    Mark Webber took advantage of a long-overdue day of dry running to match Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s feat of topping the timesheets on the third day of the second session of pre-season testing at Jerez.
  • F1 testing: Barrichello puts Williams out in front
    The rain in Spain once again fell mainly on the complaining F1 teams as the second day of the second pre-season Jerez test went the way of all the rest.
  • F1 testing: Vettel fastest as di Resta and Lotus make debuts
    World championship contenders Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa were fastest as pre-season testing resumed at Jerez, while Michael Schumacher completed the most laps of anyone down in sixth place on the time sheets.
  • F1: Brawn GP and Jenson Button in line for Laureus awards
    Single-season stars Brawn GP have taken another step towards having their incredible 2009 performance immortalised after driver Jenson Button and his former Brawn GP team were each nominated for a prestigious international sports award.
  • GP3: Teams all set for Paul Ricard test
    The teams competing in the inaugural GP3 series are all set to go after each took delivery of the third of three race cars this week.
  • Indy Lights: Drivers get test laps under their belts
    British Indy Lights drivers Pippa Mann and Martin Plowman have been getting to grips with their new teams by taking part in winter testing in Florida.
  • Donington Park’s future due be revealed to fans on March 7
    The future operator of the Donington Park racetrack is due to be announced at the fan rally scheduled for the venue on Sunday March 7.
  • British F3 series outlines its new-look race weekend
    Fans of the British F3 series can expect a new qualifying and race format for 2010 as well as an updated points system designed to fit with its expansion from 20 to 30 races.
  • ‘Go West, young drivers’, says Christodoulou
    The opportunities for young drivers to develop their careers in America are far greater than those offered in Europe, according to reigning Star Mazda champion Adam Christodoulou.
  • F1 testing: Hamilton puts the hammer down in Jerez
    Lewis Hamilton put in the fastest time of any set during the four days of testing at Jerez as all the teams seized on a dry afternoon to make their drivers work for their salaries.
  • F1 testing: Alguersuari gives the home fans a thrill
    Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari turned an already strong showing by Toro Rosso at Jerez into a timesheet-topping performance today, narrowly besting his team-mate Sebastien Buemi who had scored second place on both the previous days.
  • F1: Silverstone rings the changes with new GP track layout
    Formula One fans attending this year’s British Grand Prix will be sampling something new despite the fact the race is returing to its tried and tested venue – an enhanced track layout.
  • Paul di Resta to contest DTM title alongside F1 duties
    Force India reserve driver Paul di Resta has confirmed that he will be returning to DTM in 2010 to have another crack at the title for Mercedes, combining the championship with his Formula One role.
  • F1 testing: Kobayashi tops timesheets for Sauber
    It’s not been quite as dramatic as Jenson Button’s and Rubens Barrichello’s 2009 ascendancy with Brawn GP – but the subtle strength of Sauber and of its two race-deprived drivers could turn out to be the story of the 2010 tests.
  • Porsche’s new hybrid racer to feature Williams tech
    Porsche has announced that it will be entering a hybrid race car in May’s 24 Hours of the Nurburgring featuring a technical collaboration with Williams born from that company’s development of KERS.
  • F1: Ron Dennis joins new Motorsport Hall of Fame
    A new UK hall of fame for motorsport’s great and good has opened its doors for the first time – with McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis among the inductees.
  • Superleague: Series boss reveals global ambitions

    A1GP’s World Cup of Motorsport may be on hold but the football-themed Superleague Formula aims to step into the gap and pull in a truly global audience, maybe even one that will rival F1.

  • F1 testing: Rosberg defeats the rain to top Jerez timesheet
    Nico Rosberg shone for Mercedes GP on track at Jerez today after rain blighted the first day of resumed F1 testing for many of the teams.
  • F1: Did Williams’ “viral car launch” pay off or backfire?
    It looks like the Williams F1 team just staged the first-ever viral launch of an F1 car – but did it work, and what might come next? We examine the evidence.
  • F1: Alexander Sims is rising with Gravity
    Former McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver award-winner Alexander Sims has put himself onto the fast-track to the pinnacle of motor racing by signing with the management programme run by the new owners of the Renault Formula One team.
  • A1GP: Australian police are investigating Gold Coast deal
    The five-year contract for A1GP to appear at Australia’s annual Gold Coast motorsports festival is now under investigation by that country’s police following a damning auditor’s report.
  • Donington Park deal very close, says Wheatcroft
    A deal to secure the future of the Donington Park racetrack is very close, according to owner Kevin Wheatcroft, who says he is in advanced talks with several potential new leaseholders.
  • IndyCars: Wilson and Conway announcement video
    Here’s the video of the announcement of Justin Wilson and Mike Conway as Dreyer & Reinbold’s new driver pairing, with co-owner Robbie Buhl predicting they’ll push each other to make it one of the team’s best-ever seasons.
  • Le Mans 24hrs: Team Mansell, Andy Priaulx and Drayson Racing
    This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans is set to offer a treat for British racing fans with the debut of Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell in the top-tier LMP1 class.
  • Opinion: Is Adam Carroll’s F1 dream still alive?
    A year ago Adam Carroll was closing in on the A1GP championship. Now, if rumours linking him to Campos Meta are correct, he might be closing in on an F1 drive. We look at his prospects.
  • GP2 Asia: It’s iSport’s weekend as Valsecchi wins sprint
    iSport’s Davide Valsecchi was expected to dominate this weekend’s GP2 Asia event in Abu Dhabi after his near-shutout in November – and he delivered the goods in the sprint race.
  • GP2 Asia – Victory for Turvey as iSport clean up
    Oliver Turvey led home a 1-2 finish for the Norfolk-based iSport squad as the GP2 Asia cranked up to speed again, despite bashing wheels with team-mate Davide Valsecchi while the pair battled for the lead at the Yas Marina circuit.
  • F2: Tandy makes last-chance bid for 2010 drive
    Bedford racer Nick Tandy reckons that a drive in this year’s F2 championship could be his last realistic prospect of a full-time career in single-seater racing.
  • F2: New car makes ‘hugely impressive’ track debut
    This season’s Formula Two car has made what series organisers call “a hugely impressive track debut” after recording times of around three seconds a lap faster than its predecessor.
  • Indy Lights: Stefan Wilson signs for full-season drive
    Sheffield’s Stefan Wilson has become the third British driver to be confirmed for the 2010 Indy Lights season after signing with the team set up by IndyCar veteran Bryan Herta.
  • GP2 Asia: Twilight race marks return to Abu Dhabi
    The first GP2 Asia race of 2010 is set to be held at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit at the weekend for a twilight contest featuring five new drivers.
  • Dalziel triumphs over Wilson in Rolex 24 endurance race
    Scotland’s ex-Superleague and Champ Car driver Ryan Dalziel has cemented his move into sports cars with victory in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race, beating Ganassi teams that included Justin Wilson and Dario Franchitti.
  • F1 testing: Button says ‘times mean nothing’ on first run-out
    Jenson Button warned McLaren fans not to read much into the times he set at testing in Valencia after his debut for the team saw him finish fifth-fastest of seven drivers, ahead only of rookies Vitaly Petrov and Nico Hulkenberg.
  • All-British IndyCar pairing as Wilson joins Conway at DRR
    Mike Conway has been re-signed for a second year at IndyCar midfielders Dreyer & Reinbold – and, in a surprise move, he will be joined at the team by fellow Brit Justin Wilson.
  • F1 testing: Massa and Sauber team fastest again
    Day two of F1 testing in Valencia was much like the first, with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa showing a clean pair of heels to all-comers and the unsponsored Sauber car putting on a show in second place.
  • F1 testing: Teams take first 2010 outing at Valencia
    Ferrari’s Felipe Massa returned to the race track today for his first proper day at the office since a horrific accident at the Hungaroring in July looked to have put an end to his racing career – and promptly stuck his car at the top of the unofficial timesheet.
  • McLaren car launch: quotes of the day
    So, what were the highlights of McLaren’s hour-long video feed of the launch and the following press conference?
  • All smiles as Button and Hamilton launch the MP4-25
    It was all smiles between Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton as the pair teamed up to launch McLaren’s challenger for the 2010 season, the MP4-25.
  • F1: Paul di Resta to get some track time
    The role of reserve driver for Force India is really going to mean something for young Scots hopeful and DTM star Paul di Resta, according to one F1 team principal.
  • F1: Whitmarsh says he’s still keen to know what you think
    Heard the one about the head of the Formula One Teams’ Association who was actually bothered with hearing what fans thought about the sport?
  • Teixeira sees hope for A1GP’s future with F1 tie-in
    Just as the overwhelming majority of race fans had finally written off A1GP’s World Cup of Motorsport as over and done with, its promoter Tony Teixeira has claimed to be in talks to reposition it as a feeder series for F1 team Campos.
  • Opinion: Mercedes team launch is bittersweet for Brawn fans
    It had to happen, ever since the announcement in November that Mercedes had bought a controlling stake in Brawn GP. Any chance for fans to remain in denial any longer about the corporate German takeover of our plucky British privateers went out of the window on Monday with the official launch of the 2010 Mercedes Grand Prix car and its drivers.
  • Rockingham freezes ticket prices for second year
    The Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire has announced a price freeze on adult admission tickets for the second year running in a bid to encourage fans to come along and enjoy the fun of live racing.
  • Superleague’s engine manufacturer wins industry award
    The performance engineering company responsible for building the V12 engines that power Superleague Formula, as well as contributing to the Bloodhound SSC land speed record project, has won the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) Technology and Innovation Award.
  • GP3: New car breaks cover in Britain
    The British teams set to take part in 2010’s inaugural GP3 season have got their hands on the first of the three cars they will be racing when the series kicks off in May.
  • Could Anthony Davidson move to DTM?
    We all enjoy listening to Ant Davidson’s F1 commentary on the radio, but what his fans really want to see is the fomer Honda and Super Aguri driver back in a race car. Could that now be on the cards again?
  • David Brabham is MSA National Race Coach
    Top sportscar racer David Brabham has been announced as the National Race Coach for the new Motor Sport Association (MSA) Academy Team UK driver education and development scheme.
  • Donington: Behind-the-scenes battle for a circuit’s future
    A glimpse of the behind-the-scenes battle for control of Donington Park that took place in the final weeks of 2009 has emerged from the release of the administrators’ report into the fall of its leaseholders.
  • Revealed: How Donington’s F1 plans collapsed
    A fuller version of the story behind the failed bid to turn Donington Park into a Formula One venue has been revealed courtesy of the administrators winding up its former leaseholders’ company.
  • Donington advisors out of pocket after F1 scheme collapse
    The finance and development experts brought in to help give credibility to Simon Gillett’s Donington F1 dream were among those burned when the plans collapsed, the report into its administration has revealed.
  • F1: All work and no play on Button’s 30th birthday?
    Jenson Button celebrates his 30th birthday today – and will be marking it by going into work at the McLaren Technology Centre.
  • F1: Stakes rarely higher as McLaren prepares for car launch
    Fans of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will get their first glimpse on January 29 of the car they hope will win the 2010 Formula One World Championship.
  • British DTM stars testing F1 cars
    Mercedes DTM stars Paul di Resta and Gary Paffett are both set for roles as test drivers with F1 teams next year. And one of them has his eye on a race seat in 2011.
  • Charity champions retain celebrity karting crown
    A star-filled charity karting race featuring celebrity drivers and ordinary members of the public was settled at the final corner as the team led by Duncan Tappy took victory for the third time in four years.
  • Racing Steps Foundation moves to support more young drivers
    The hunt for the British racing champions of the future has received a major boost with the news that the Racing Steps Foundation will be throwing its weight behind a new national elite squad.
  • Join us Over The White Line in 2010
    The Christmas cards are at the back of a cupboard, the snow has melted (again) and the fridge is stuffed with healthy salads. Well, alright, you have a bit of leeway on that last one. It’s the perfect time to sign up to the Brits on Pole weekly newsletter!
  • £100,000 prize will fast-track Formula Palmer Audi champion into F2
    The close links between Formula Palmer Audi and Formula Two have developed further with the news that the winner of the junior series in 2010 will get £100,000 off the cost of running in the next year’s F2 campaign.
  • Hamilton tells young racers to do their homework
    Over-enthusiastic young racers who neglect their school work to spend all their time on track are being targeted by a new campaign fronted by Lewis Hamilton.
  • F1: Williams KERS is heading for the road, not the racetrack
    The Williams F1 team has revealed that it is no longer focusing on KERS technology for its racecar, with resources directed into developing a system for road cars instead.
  • Superleague: 2010 champion may get F1 test drive
    Superleague Formula has announced that it is in negotiations to offer its 2010 champion a Formula One test drive as well as putting up a prize fund of one million euros (£890,000).
  • Lewis’ Lego adventure is an advert too far for Santander
    He’s one of British motoring’s most famous faces with a job we’d give our eye teeth for, he’s done Airfix, he’s done Scalextric, and now he’s doing Lego – no, not Top Gear’s James May but Lewis Hamilton.
  • British F3: Expanded schedule brings race bonanza
    The British F3 championship has increased the number of races on its 2010 schedule after introducing an extra event at each meeting.
  • Superleague: 2010 calendar is here
    British fans of open-wheel racing will have two chances to catch Superleague Formula when it comes to the UK in 2010 with dates confirmed at both Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
  • Silverstone: check out what’s on offer this year
    Silverstone is urging F1 fans to avoid missing out on discounted British Grand Prix tickets as it announces its full race schedule for 2010.
  • Racing academy launched to remember Joe Tandy
    The family of Bedfordshire racer, engineer and team boss Joe Tandy, who died last year in a car accident, are to keep his memory alive by founding a racing academy in his name.
  • McLaren garage reshuffle means new engineers for Button and Hamilton
    Formula One’s slimmed-down costs plus a commitment to parity between its two world championship-winning drivers are the reasons behind a newly-announced pit-lane reshuffle at McLaren.
  • Fans welcome Wheatcroft pledge to secure Donington’s future
    The threat to Donington Park following the collapse of its Formula One ambitions looks to have lifted after the family owning it pledged to protect its future.
  • Q&A with Hannah James of YourRacingCar.com
    YourRacingCar is an attempt by team principal and motorsport professional Hannah James to fund a race squad through the force of fan power, providing opportunities for up-and-coming drivers in the process. We asked Hannah to explain a little more about the YRC concept, what it has achieved so far and what she thinks the future might hold.
  • YRC: The fan-fuelled British team aiming for American glory
    A fan-powered racing team that puts its cars on track through subscriptions from ordinary supporters and support from small businesses has set its sights on NASCAR as its ultimate goal.
  • What have fans been talking about in the off-season?
    What have racing fans found to talk about since the end of the season? We try to find some answers with blog analysis tool IceRocket.
  • F1: Button arrives at McLaren
    On January 1 Jenson Button officially became a McLaren driver – and the team has wasted no time in making the most of its latest asset.
  • Brawn GP’s fabulous year wins it two honours list entries
    Ross Brawn and Jenson Button have both received awards in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list after their team’s fairytale season saw it become the first ever to win a double championship in its initial year of competition.
  • No buyer for Donington Park lease means Wheatcrofts regain control
    Donington Park is set to be handed back to the Wheatcroft family after no buyer could be found who was prepared to take it on in its present state.
  • Atlantics: Christodoulou debuts with strong test
    Adam Christodoulou’s bid to win a third title in three years has begun successfully with pre-season testing in the Atlantic Championship car that Simona de Silvestro drove to victory four times during the 2009 campaign.
  • F1: Button loses out to Hamilton in Top Gear’s reasonably-priced car
    Jenson Button’s second opportunity to put one over new team-mate Lewis Hamilton has come to naught after he was two-tenths of a second slower in Top Gear’s Reasonably-Priced Car challenge.
  • Superleague: Spurs want Dolby and a championship in 2010
    Tottenham Hotspur FC want Craig Dolby back in their Superleague Formula car next year so that he can win the championship for them, according to a team spokesman.
  • F1: Virgin’s birth shows new team is not so innocent
    Virgin Racing launched its F1 effort this week, unveiling drivers, sponsors, innovative technical and managerial systems – and a pair of very sharp elbows.
  • F1: Renault stays on grid – but Prodrive misses out
    Renault’s Oxfordshire-based F1 team has announced it will be on the 2010 grid after selling “a large stake” to a Luxembourg-based investment firm.
  • Silverstone redevelopment moves forward with £10 million loan bid
    Silverstone has won the financial backing of a local authority in its bid to raise £30 million for redevelopments that include a new pit and paddock complex.
  • GP2: Chilton cruises into Ocean line-up
    British F3 race-winner Max Chilton has bounced back from the disappointment of failing to secure a drive in the GP2 main series with his Barwa Addax team by signing for rival Ocean Racing Technology.
  • Button beaten to BBC Sports Personality of the Year award by Giggs
    Jenson Button missed the chance to score a psychological victory over his new team-mate Lewis Hamilton when he could only finish runner-up in the voting for BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
  • F2: Dean Smith impresses on testing debut
    Dean Smith carried the momentum of his McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award victory forward into Formula Two testing in Portimao, topping two of the six sessions and finishing third-fastest overall.
  • Button and Soucek make room on the sideboard for new silverware
    It’s the time of year when the season’s most successful teams and drivers are making room in the trophy cabinet – and some of 2009’s more significant silverware was handed over on Friday evening.
  • Indy Lights: Mann bags top drive for 2010
    Pippa Mann’s gamble of basing herself in Indianapolis over the winter has paid off after she landed herself one of the plum seats for next year’s Indy Lights campaign.
  • F1: Brawn GP team swaps cars for bikes
    Members of Brawn GP squad have been proving that they are not just winners on tarmac, but can take on Britain’s finest on the cycle track too.
  • F2: Field strengthens as drivers follow Soucek’s lead
    Formula Two’s second winter test kicks off tomorrow in Portimão with McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver award winner Dean Smith, Atlantic Championship runner-up Jonathan Summerton and ex-Formula Renault UK champion Duncan Tappy among the drivers taking part.
  • GP2: Perez proves an obstacle to Chilton ambitions
    The likelihood of Max Chilton making the leap from GP2 Asia to the main series with his Barwa Addax team is vanishing after it unveiled a driver pairing for 2010 that did not include him.
  • F1: Silverstone experiencing record ticket sales
    At bloody last. Silverstone’s Monday morning announcement that it had secured a contract to host the British Grand Prix for the next 10 years has uncorked a mass of fans desperate to finally book their race tickets.
  • Franchitti, Button and Brawn win recognition at BRDC awards
    At a time of year when Jenson Button is sweeping all before him, Dario Franchitti’s achievement in winning a second US IndyCar championship has been recognised by the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
  • A hopeful future for Donington despite its F1 defeat
    Donington Park could see its status as one of the country’s leading national and club venues safeguarded as soon as the end of this week, according to administrators who are working to sell the lease.
  • F1: Silverstone wins 17-year British Grand Prix contract
    Silverstone has agreed a new contract to host the British Grand Prix from 2010, ensuring the future of Formula One in the UK for at least a decade – and tickets are already on sale.
  • Dean Smith wins Young Driver award as Moore and Button also triumph
    A parade of British champions were honoured at the Autosport Awards tonight, with 15-year-old Ginetta Juniors victor Sarah Moore kicking off the evening by being named Club Driver of the Year.
  • F2: Jokinen fastest in testing again
    Denmark’s Johan Jokinen was again fastest in the second day of Formula Two winter testing in Valencia, his morning time of 1min 26.106sec outpacing Britons Jolyon Palmer and Dan Clarke.
  • Coulthard: BRDC award is still as important as ever
    The first-ever winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC young driver award has been reflecting on its 20 years of promoting British talent.
  • F1: Rookie Ricciardo rockets to testing triumph
    Formula One’s young driver testing ended today with the familiar sight of an Australian topping the time-sheets in a Red Bull as Daniel Ricciardo signalled his intention to follow in Mark Webber’s footsteps.
  • F2: Winter testing kicks off in Valencia
    Denmark’s Johan Jokinen topped the timesheets on the first day of Formula Two’s winter test in Valencia as the only driver able to get under the 1:27 mark.
  • F1: Hamilton drives Prost’s McLaren MP4-2C
    Lewis Hamilton may have missed his chance to drive Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4-4 at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed after it developed a problem while in the hands of the great man’s nephew Bruno. But luckily his employers have a number of iconic Formula One cars at their disposal.
  • F1: Is Renault selling out to Prodrive?
    Renault’s exit plan from F1 competition could involve selling its Enstone operation to Prodrive, according to a report in a French newspaper.
  • Dan Clarke targets Formula Two in search for 2010 drive
    Former Champ Car and A1GP driver Dan Clarke has widened his search for a 2010 drive by signing up for the Formula Two testing taking place this week at Valencia.
  • F1: Paffett shows the kids a thing or two in Jerez
    Veteran McLaren driver Gary Paffett may seem like a dad at a disco compared with some of the youngsters at the Jerez Formula One rookie test this week, but he proved he could still bust out some moves by topping the timesheets on day two.
  • F1: Carroll still chasing a Virgin drive
    A1GP champion Adam Carroll is unlikely to be able to defend his World Cup of Motorsport title for Ireland next year after financial troubles floored the series – but its loss could still be F1’s gain.
  • F1: Di Resta best of the rest as Soucek is quickest

    Andy Soucek’s gamble of entering Formula Two as a backdoor route into F1 took a step closer to paying off today as he topped the timesheets for Williams in rookie testing at Jerez.

  • Jenson Button heads Sport Personality Award shortlist
    Jenson Button has been installed as instant bookies’ favourite for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award after the broadcaster released its final shortlist of 10 names.
  • GP2: Sam Bird to partner Bianchi at ART next year
    British driver Sam Bird has been confirmed at front-runners ART for the full GP2 season in 2010, building on the experience he is gaining with the team in the Asia series this winter.
  • British drivers line up for David Brabham’s Celebrity Karting Challenge
    A karting fundraiser due to be held in January is shaping up into a who’s who of UK motorsport with drivers including Anthony Davidson, Allan McNish, Paul di Resta, Oliver Turvey and Adam Christodoulou.
  • F1: Paffett hoping to stay in McLaren test role
    Long-time McLaren tester Gary Paffett is hoping to be confirmed in his role for 2010, as well as continuing his successful DTM career with Mercedes.
  • F1: Turvey cashes in BRDC prize at Jerez
    Prospective GP2 driver Oliver Turvey will be cashing in his BRDC Young Driver prize of a test with McLaren at Jerez.
  • Work experience with Strakka Racing on offer for one young engineer
    A golden opportunity for a youngster interested in working in motorsport is up for grabs from the organisers of an industry event.
  • Minister: Green technology offers “enormous opportunities” for UK
    The UK’s motorsport industry is uniquely placed to take the opportunities presented by developing green motoring technologies, according to a government minister.
  • F1: McLaren say Button will be fully involved in car development
    Jenson Button will be fully involved in developing McLaren’s next-generation race car, according to team principal Martin Whitmarsh. And he has confirmed that the team will be sticking to its policy of allowing its drivers a free hand to race each other.
  • F1: Conway to test for Mercedes
    British GP2 and IndyCar pilot Mike Conway is set to take part in all three days of the young drivers’ test at Jerez in December on behalf of the Mercedes team.
  • F1: Williams KERS system to go mainstream
    Williams is moving outside F1 in the development of its innovative energy-recovery system in the face of the technology’s absence from the sport in 2010.
  • F3: Boyd comes down to earth after Macau crash
    British F3 racer Wayne Boyd says the high-speed end-over-end crash that ended his participation in the Macau Grand Prix won’t knock his confidence as a driver and won’t stop him testing.
  • F3: Teamcraft to line up on British F3 grid
    A new entrant is set to take its place on next year’s British F3 grid, saying that it aims to be a front-running outfit from lights to flag, and to challenge for the championship podium.
  • Superleague: Taking a hand in the world land speed record bid
    The roar of the Superleague Formula 4.2-litre V12 engine may have a great appeal for fans attending a race weekend – but they’re not the only ones to appreciate its advantages.
  • F1: di Resta confirmed for F1 test in Jerez
    Force India have confirmed reports that Scottish DTM star Paul di Resta will be one of their drivers at the F1 young driver tests in Jerez in early December.
  • Bloodhound SSC: Landspeed challenge team picks final car design
    The British supersonic car that will challenge for the World Land Speed Record is taking shape after engineers settled on how it will be powered and where it will be built.
  • F1: MPs say a Silverstone race is ‘vital’
    The British Grand Prix should remain at Silverstone in order to secure the future well-being of the British motorsport industry, according to a group of MPs.
  • F1: British Grand Prix deal is almost done, says Silverstone boss
    The deafening silence surrounding the negotiations to hold the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next year has been broken by the circuit’s managing director Richard Phillips, who went on BBC Radio to say a deal is close to being struck.
  • F3: Third for Bird as Mortara wins Macau
    Britain’s Sam Bird worked his way through the field to take third place in the Macau Grand Prix, behind Signature team-mates Edoardo Mortara and Jean-Karl Vernay.
  • F1: ‘It’s still my team’ says Sir Frank as he sells a stake in Williams
    “The company is still entirely within my control and that is not going to change,” said Sir Frank Williams after announcing the sale of a shareholding in his Formula One team to Austrian investment specialist and occasional race driver Toto Wolff.
  • Wilson tests for McLaren at wet and windy Silverstone
    Indy Lights hopeful Stefan Wilson has cashed in his prize for winning the Autosport BRDC Young Driver award – a Formula One test drive at Silverstone in Lewis Hamilton’s championship-winning McLaren.
  • F1: Di Resta in Force India car for young driver test?
    Remember last year, when the world of F1 couldn’t get enough of the idea of young Scots DTM star Paul di Resta stepping up to the top-flight series? Well, he could be back in a car soon for a Force India test.
  • GP3: First car test takes place at Paul Ricard
    The new GP3 feeder series has launched its new car at the Paul Ricard circuit in France with none other than Red Bull F1 driver Mark Webber behind the wheel.
  • F2: Series to call at Silverstone and Brands next year
    British race fans will have the chance to attend two race weekends on home soil with the 2010 Formula Two championship, including a season-opener at Silverstone.
  • Top Gear: Why James May is becoming the ultimate geek made good
    It’s our habit to review the first episode of Top Gear in a new season to see how well the formula is still working – and this time around we’ve come to rather a startling conclusion. Increasingly, it’s all about James May.
  • Opinion: A Silver Arrow through Brawn’s heart?
    It’s barely been two weeks since the F1 season drew to a close with a mostly unexciting race in the opulence of Abu Dhabi that gave little indication of the thrilling eight months that preceded it. This week, however, both Jenson Button and Brawn GP have hardly been out of the headlines.
  • F1: Donington throws its hat back into the Formula One ring
    Wanted: people of vision to keep the dream of Formula One at Donington Park alive and bring a race to the ailing circuit in 2011. That’s the appeal made today by Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd administrator Nigel Price
  • Superleague: a shift in the thinking of British sports clubs?
    What motivates a football club to diversify into backing a race team? Superleague Formula put this question to Ian Ayre, the commercial director of Liverpool FC, in the wake of its affiliated team winning the 2009 championship with driver Adrian Valles – and his answers could point to a shift in the thinking in the management of British sports clubs.
  • F1: Button to join Hamilton at McLaren for 2010 season
    It’s official at last – McLaren has confirmed that Jenson Button will be leaving the team with which he won the 2010 drivers championship to drive alongside fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton next year.
  • Your last chance to grab a SPOTY ticket
    Will Jenson Button be in the running for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year? Here’s your chance to find out in person.
  • Sadness for fans as Brawn’s perfect year ends in Mercedes buyout
    One perfect year – and then it was all over. Brawn GP is consigned to the pages of F1 history as the new Silver Arrows team takes to the grid – and Button still waits to firm up his 2010 drive.
  • Superleague: Jarama – so near yet so far for Craig Dolby
    Nick Ledger, a keen photographer and mate of Superleague’s Tottenham Hotspur driver Craig Dolby, was in Spain for the season’s final meeting as part of a large contingent of Dolbyistas. He’s written us this great trackside report of the events at Jarama where Dolby pursued his outside shot at the title.
  • GP2: Bumper crop of Brits shine in Ricard testing
    Three days of GP2 testing at the Circuit Paul Ricard saw James Jakes twice top the timesheets and every session feature at least one British driver among the top three fastest performers.
  • Carlin restructures after Chilton investment
    Carlin Motorsport, one of Britain’s most succcessful F3 squads, has been restructured following a major investment by Capsicum Motorsport – a company established by the father of racers Tom and Max Chilton.
  • Superleague: Kennard hopes for English club in 2010
    Jonathan Kennard is hoping for a second season in football-themed racing series Superleague Formula in 2010, after representing Italian and Brazilian clubs this year – and says he would like to drive for an English team.
  • BARC Winter Series: Blomqvist Jr makes his mark at Rockingham
    The Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire offered racing fans their last fix of the 2009 season on Saturday by hosting the final event in the BARC Winter Series.
  • Q&A with Rob Tarlton
    Rob Tarlton, a 21-year-old aerospace engineering student from the University of Illinois, USA, flew over to Britain last week with his twin brother Tom. We had the chance to chat with him during his prize day, at the point when he had been out in a F3 car but was yet to attempt his F1 drive. Here’s what he had to say.
  • Rob Tarlton’s F1 drive: what the experts thought
    So, what happens if you put a novice driver in an F1 car? It turns out that, with plenty of expert help and assistance, he does just fine. Here are three of the people who worked to make Rob Tarlton’s prize a success.
  • The Philips/Williams F1 Driving Academy winner’s day in photos
    After months of preparation and anticipation, it came down to this: one powerful car, one iconic race track and one amateur driver about to go where millions of fans would give their eye teeth to follow. Except, as this photo gallery shows, there was far more to it than just one man and one machine.
  • The fan, the F1 car – and the experience of a lifetime
    Imagine this: instead of watching the British Grand Prix from the safety of your sofa at home, or sat in the Silverstone grandstands with ear protectors and a bacon sarnie, you’re suddenly transported to the pitlane, strapped into a powerful F1 car, and told ‘off you go’. Reckon you could cope?
  • F1: Lewis’ end-of-season Q&A
    Lewis Hamilton looks back over the 2009 season with a Q&A released via his website.
  • Superleague: Liverpool fend off Spurs to win title
    The safe hands of Adrian Valles guided the Liverpool FC car to the Superleague Formula championship at Jarama today, despite two barnstorming performances by his closest challenger Craig Dolby for Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Indy Lights: Mann tests again with Sam Schmidt
    Pippa Mann is about to embark on a second test with Sam Schmidt Motorsports in her quest for an Indy Lights seat for next year.
  • Upside-down in a Reliant Robin – it’s Top Gear Live 2009
    Top Gear Live, the stunt-filled live-action version of the BBC TV show, launched its 2009-10 tour at Earl’s Court on Bonfire Night. Title sponsors Shell V-Power invited Brits on Pole to the launch, so we scrambled roving reporter Scott McCarthy and sent him into action. Here’s his review.
  • A1GP: Two more events lost as series fails to find its feet
    A1GP is facing the indefinite postponement of two more events in its 2009/10 season with the China and Malaysia dates joining the inaugural Australia race in falling off the calendar.
  • Tom Wheatcroft: 1922-2009
    The British racing community has paid tribute to Tom Wheatcroft – the building contractor and racing enthusiast who renovated Donington Park in the 1970s and brought a F1 championship race to the circuit.
  • RoC: Ekstrom beats Schumacher to drivers’ title
    Double DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom has taken his third Race of Champions title – by winning every single race he competed in then beating Michael Schumacher in the event’s final.
  • RoC: Germany make it three straight wins in Beijing
    You wouldn’t have wanted to bet against Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel going into this year’s Race of Champions and, sure enough, the pair have pulled off their third straight win in the Nations Cup in as many years.
  • F2: Champion Soucek dominates season finale
    Andy Soucek seemed to have missed the memo telling him that he’d already won the championship when Formula Two convened for its last meeting of the year at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend.
  • F1: Vettel secures runner-up spot with Abu Dhabi victory
    Sebastian Vettel led home a Red Bull 1-2 as the new Yas Marina circuit served up a contest every bit as dull as the billion-dollar venue was sparkling.
  • GP2 Asia: Valsecchi and Vietoris take first wins of season
    DAMS rookie Christian Vietoris managed to stop a Davide Valsecchi juggernaut on the first weekend of the new GP2 Asia season as the drivers took to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit for their inaugural meeting.
  • F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix liveblog
    The last race of the Formula One season – and, even with both championships decided, there’s still plenty to keep us interested.
  • F1: Polesitter Hamilton aims to end season with win
    Lewis Hamilton’s strong run of form during the second half of the season continued with the first-ever F1 pole position at the new Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
  • F1: McLaren look to make a splash at Yas Marina
    McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets during a twilight second practice session at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
  • F1: Ecclestone finally kills off Donington’s Grand Prix dream
    Donington Park’s scheme to stage the British Grand Prix is finally and officially dead after Bernie Ecclestone today confirmed the circuit’s management had missed one deadline too many.
  • F1: User guide to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: ‘I’m still number one,’ Hamilton tells Button
    Lewis Hamilton isn’t quite ready to give up being Formula One world champion, despite the widespread reporting that he had ‘handed his crown’ to Jenson Button at the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • F1: Abu Dhabi the scene of goodbyes as four champions line up to race
    The first-ever race at the newly-built Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi is likely to be as notable for its farewells as for its new beginning.
  • IRL: Wheldon returns to Panther for next year
    Dan Wheldon has signed to drive with Panther Racing again in 2010, despite a string of disappointing results this season that reportedly prompted driver and team to each look for other options.
  • SLF: Dolby gets a rousing reception at the Lane
    Superleague Formula title contender Craig Dolby has prepared for his Spanish showdown with Liverpool FC rival Adrian Valles next weekend with a trip to meet his team’s home fans.
  • GP2 Asia: Drivers test at Yas Marina
    This season’s GP2 Asia drivers have been getting a sneak preview of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit as they tested this week ahead of the season’s first event as a support race for the F1 season finale.
  • WSR: Baguette and Fauzy aim for F1 after topping championship
    World Series by Renault champion Betrand Baguette won both of the season-ending races at Motorland Aragon while Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy jumped from sixth in the standings to finish as runner up.
  • F3: Euroseries ends with Sims fourth and absent Bird eighth
    F3 Euroseries wrapped up its season at Hockenheim with wins for champion Jules Bianchi, who took a comfortable race one victory, and for Jean Karl Vernay on a challenging wet track in race two.
  • F3: Who’s racing in this year’s Macau Grand Prix
    It’s less than a month to the Macau Grand Prix – an iconic motorsport event taking place in the far East that allows some of open-wheel racing’s most promising youngsters to strut their stuff.
  • F1: Hamilton tells Button: it’s your year, enjoy it.
    Lewis Hamilton’s advice to Jenson Button on passing on his world champion’s mantle? “Enjoy your year – you’ve earned it.”
  • F1: Button takes the long way round to a 2010 drive with Brawn
    Jenson’s driving style is well-known as one of the smoothest on the F1 grid. It’s a pity that the management side of things hasn’t always had the same reputation.
  • Get karting at this year’s Autosport International
    The Karting Show is set to return to the NEC in Birmingham in January when it will form part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Autosport International.
  • Pippa Mann: “I’m English, but an Indy girl too”
    On the day of our interview, Pippa Mann is sitting in her new Indianapolis apartment waiting for her furniture to arrive. Surrounded by packing boxes, she is taking time out from the tasks of sorting through them to speak to us, before making a return to her demanding fitness regime.
  • RoC: Coulthard to join Button and Priaulx in Beijing
    David Coulthard will be back behind the wheel of a race car in November when he joins Formula One World Champion Jenson Button and three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx in Beijing for the Race of Champions.
  • SLF: Two British dates – and a clash with A1GP
    An accidentally-released provisional calendar for next year’s Superleague Formula brought good news for British fans of the football-themed series this week – but potential bad news for fans of A1GP.
  • Five things you can do to support the British Grand Prix
    What can you do to make it clear to decision-makers that you want to see a Formula One Grand Prix held in Britain in 2010? Here are a few ideas from us.
  • Pippa Mann’s Iowa adventure, in her own words
    On June 20th this year Pippa Mann lined up with the rest of the Indy Lights field for the Miller Lite 100 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, little knowing that she would end the race with her car upside-down on the track as rivals shot past at near full speed just feet away. Asked by BritsOnPole to talk us through what happened, she replied in such detail that we thought it worth publishing her answer in full.
  • Pippa Mann: “Next year I’ll be back – and stronger”
    “Going out to do a qualifying run on one of the ovals is, to me, one of the most special sensations out there,” says Indy Lights driver Pippa Mann. “When a car’s absolutely right on an oval it’s mega.”
  • F1: Jenson Button’s championship victory in photos
    Photos of qualifying, the race and the podium/championship celebrations at Interlagos, courtesy of Bridgestone, McLaren, Red Bull and Brawn GP.
  • F1: Jenson Button and Brawn GP win world championships in Brazil
    Mark Webber won the Brazilian Grand Prix – but nobody noticed as Jenson Button raced from 14th on the grid to finish fifth and become the 2009 Formula One drivers’ championship.
  • Opinion: Brawn GP, Brazil and beyond
    Ten months ago, Honda F1 stood on the brink of extinction. Today, its successor, Brawn GP stands on the brink of winning not just the Formula One constructors’ championship, but also the drivers’ title for either Jenson Button or Rubens Barrichello. There has to be a movie script in this incredible story of rescue and recovery.
  • F1: Brazilian Grand Prix liveblog
    Rubens Barrichello snatched pole at his home grand prix yesterday after a chaotic qualifying disrupted by long delays caused by weather so bad that the Interlagos track was too dangerous to drive.
  • F1: Button overshadowed by Barrichello as rain stops play
    Rubens Barrichello will start his home grand prix from pole position after proving best able to cope with a rain-hit and much delayed qualifying day at Interlagos.
  • Opinion: Despite appearances, A1GP is far from dead
    In Australia, they’re calling it the worst-kept secret in sport: A1GP, the self-styled World Cup of Motor Sport, is not coming to play in the sun and surf of the Gold Coast later this month.
  • A1GP: ‘Breach of contract’ leads to second cancelled debut in two years
    A1GP’s season five debut race in Australia is not going ahead after organisers of the country’s SuperGP at Surfers Paradise terminated its contract in the absence of sufficient assurances that it would make the start line.
  • F1: Alonso fastest in Interlagos practice
    Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix, but he did so without dominating as all 20 cars ran within a second of each other on a rainy day at Interlagos.
  • GP2: Turvey signs for iSport in GP2 main and Asia championships
    Up-and-coming British driver Oliver Turvey has signed with iSport International to compete in the GP2 Asia series this winter and the full 2010 GP2 season next year.
  • Star Mazda: Christodoulou’s championship win – in his own words
    Star Mazda winner Adam Christodoulou has been describing the events of the weekend that saw him drive to a victory in the series’ final race at Laguna Seca – and with it the championship.
  • F1: User guide to the Brazilian Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: Will Brazil get the championship showdown it deserves?
    It should be the venue for the climactic race of the season. Instead, Brazil’s Interlagos has been relegated to the penultimate slot in favour of an untried venue already beloved of the F1 establishment – but which still needs to win over fans.
  • Atlantics: Edwards wins championship tie-break as De Silvestro crashes out
    Simona de Silvestro’s attempt to become the first woman to win a major open-wheel motor-racing title ended in disappointment when she was knocked out of the Atlantic Championship finale on the opening lap at Laguna Seca.
  • F3: Euroseries champion Bianchi heads to GP2
    Jules Bianchi won the F3 Euroseries title in Dijon and has been promoted to GP2 by his team ART, the same outfit that sent Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Romain Grosjean and – probably – Nico Hulkenberg into Formula One.
  • A1GP: Team GBR on the grid for Australia
    A1 Team GBR is due to line up on the grid for A1GP’s first event of the season, a slot at Australia’s SuperGP event due to be held on the country’s Gold Coast in 10 days’ time.
  • F1: McLaren’s other sort of race against the clock
    It’s moody, it’s atmospheric, it’s not exactly full of hold-the-presses information, but it’s interesting for all that. Here’s another video from Vodafone and McLaren showing the race cars being transported to Monza for the Grand Prix.
  • Goodwood’s got some dates for your 2010 diary
    Thinking of attending Goodwood’s Festival of Speed or its Revival Meeting in 2010? In that case, get your diaries out because the organisers have just released the provisional dates.
  • A1GP: Teixeira says cars about to fly to Australia for season start
    The fifth season of the World Cup of Motorsport is on the verge of getting under way despite recent financial problems that have seen it fighting in court for control of its associated companies.
  • Star Mazda: Adam Christodoulou wins championship showdown
    Adam Christodoulou upset the odds to win the final Star Mazda race of the season at Laguna Seca, and with it the series title, after championship leader and polesitter Peter Dempsey was punted out of the race.
  • IndyCar: Patient Franchitti wins championship in Miami
    Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe did their best to liven up a deathly dull IndyCar season finale with a tooth-and-nail battle for the lead – but it was Dario Franchitti, jogging along behind them for most of the 200 laps, who came through to win both the race and the championship.
  • Indy Lights: Romancini wins thriller as Plowman looks to future
    Mario Romancini won the final Indy Lights race of 2009 with a last-gasp lunge for the line to snatch victory from champion-elect JR Hildebrand in the second-closest finish in the history of the series.
  • IndyCar: Franchitti on pole for title show-down
    Dario Franchitti will start the three-way battle for the 2009 IndyCar title from pole position after outpacing his closest rivals Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe in qualifying on the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami oval.
  • 2009 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver shortlist is announced
    Who will it be this year? Is one young British hopeful on his way to a dream career in the top flight of motorsport?
  • It’s all happening in America this weekend
    A quiet weekend in European racing allows attention to switch to the other side of the Atlantic – where no fewer than four open-wheel series all have their final races.
  • GP2: Jerez testing round-up, days two and three
    Guido van der Garde and rookie Marcus Ericsson set the fastest times in the second and third days of GP2 testing in Jerez – but the much-anticipated arrivals of F1 hopeful Bruno Senna and rally star Sebastien Loeb failed to set the timesheets aflame.
  • GP2: Valsecchi fastest as Asia-bound Jakes joins test
    Davide Valsecchi set the pace in the first day of GP2 testing at Jerez, with James Jakes as a late addition for Super Nova bringing the number of British drivers in action across the three-day test to five.
  • Superleague: Bourdais wins again as Dolby keeps championship alive
    Sebastien Bourdais won the Superleague opener at Monza and charged from the back of the reverse grid to take third in the next race, securing the €100,000 prize for the weekend’s top driver for the second time in two appearances.
  • F1: Vettel’s display keeps the Brawns at bay
    Sebastian Vettel kept up the pressure on Jenson Button and Brawn GP with a commanding win in the Japanese Grand Prix, surviving a start-line challenge from Lewis Hamilton to cruise to victory.
  • F1: Japanese Grand Prix liveblog
    First there was practice, almost entirely rained off, leaving a number of rookie drivers with no useful experience of the testing Suzuka circuit. Then there was qualifying, with three heavy crashes and five grid penalties. What is left for the race itself?
  • Superleague: Greek gift for Guerrieri as Olympiacos take pole
    Greece’s Olympiacos will be on pole in the first of Superleague Formula’s Monza races tomorrow after Esteban Guerrieri benefited from a Sebastien Bourdais mistake to win the pole shoot-out.
  • F1: Button cops five-place post-qualifying grid penalty
    Jenson Button’s hopes of tying up the drivers’ championship this weekend lie in tatters after a misjudgement during a chaotic qualifying session left him facing a five-place grid penalty.
  • F1: Vettel on pole at crash-strewn Suzuka
    Sebastian Vettel qualified on pole for the Japanese Grand Prix at a pitiless Suzuka circuit that punished the slightest weakness shown by drivers struggling with form, illness or an unfamiliar car.
  • GP2: British hopefuls set for Jerez test
    At least four up-and-coming British drivers will be in action at the three-day GP2 main test in Jerez next weekend, where most of the series’ teams will evaluate possible recruits for the winter GP2 Asia series and next year’s main championship.
  • GP3: Manor, Carlin and Hitech line up for new series
    Ten teams will form the grid when the new GP3 feeder series kicks off next year, with the competitors forming a who’s who of the junior formulas that make up the path to F1.
  • F1: Suzuka still a mystery after rain stops play
    McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen topped a rain-soaked Suzuka practice session that saw an unusually large number of drivers venturing out to get their first-ever taste of the track, and then some cars not attempting to set a time at all.
  • F1: Check here for latest news on the British Grand Prix
    Finally, after months of highs and lows, near-breakthroughs and crushing disappointments, an end to the saga of the British Grand Prix is here. The Powers That Be at Silverstone have held a press conference and announced that they have secured a 17-year lease.
  • F1: British Grand Prix developments liveblog November 19-December 3
    This is the fifth part of our rolling coverage of the saga of where the 2010 British Grand Prix will be held – or if it will happen at all. It covers the period from November 9th to December 3rd.
  • F1: British Grand Prix developments liveblog October 29 – November 18
    This is the fourth part of our rolling coverage of the saga of where the 2010 British Grand Prix will be held – or if it will happen at all. It covers the period from October 29th to November 18th.
  • F1: British Grand Prix developments liveblog October 20-28
    This is the third part of our rolling coverage of the saga of where the 2010 British Grand Prix will be held – or if it will happen at all. It covers the period from October 20th to 28th.
  • F1: British Grand Prix developments liveblog October 12-19
    This is the second part of our rolling coverage of the saga of where the 2010 British Grand Prix will be held – or if it will happen at all. It covers the period from October 12th to 19th.
  • F1: British Grand Prix developments liveblog October 2-11
    This is the first part of our rolling coverage of the saga of where the 2010 British Grand Prix will be held – or if it will happen at all. It covers the period from October 2nd to 11th.
  • GP2 Asia: Cost-cutting means truncated Middle East calendar
    The GP2 Asia calendar has just been released – but don’t blink, or you might miss it.
  • F1: User guide to the Japanese Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: Will we see back-to-back British champions at Suzuka?
    Jenson Button could theoretically win the Formula One Drivers’ Championship at Suzuka this weekend if he finishes far enough ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello.
  • A1GP: Revealed – why Brands is off the 2009/10 calendar
    The fifth season of A1GP contains no date at Brands Hatch because the circuit’s owners were concerned about dwindling crowds and the series’ precarious finances.
  • Atlantics and Star Mazda titles to be decided in final races
    Both the Atlantic and Star Mazda Championships will be decided in their season-ending races at Laguna Seca after all the title contenders managed podiums this weekend.
  • F1: Untroubled Singapore victory for Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix and Jenson Button moved a big step closer to succeeding him as world champion as their closest rivals all saw their races wrecked by errors and mechanical failures.
  • F1: 2009 Singapore Grand Prix liveblog
    Formula One is under the lights of Singapore and the scrutiny of millions today as it embarks on its second night race and tries to put the Renault crash scandal behind it. Stick with us and keep refreshing for lap-by-lap updates.
  • F1: Hamilton on pole as Brawn suffer qualifying ‘disaster’
    Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying at the Singapore Grand Prix, outpacing both Red Bulls and Williams’ Nico Rosberg to take pole, while the Brawns suffered through a dismal day and will start 10th and 12th.
  • F3: Chilton on path to F1 with GP2 move
    Max Chilton, winner of the Challenge Cup for the best UK driver in British Formula Three, is to spend his winter in GP2 Asia after confirming he has a seat with Barwa Addax, one of the top teams.
  • A1GP: Series sends out mixed messages about the future
    The financial future of A1GP has been secured, with funds available to pay existing creditors and see the series through the next three years, according to its boss Tony Teixeira.
  • F1: Vettel fastest as Red Bull and Brawn face off
    Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was fastest in practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, with the Brawns and McLarens also looking dangerous and Fernando Alonso giving the beleaguered Renault team some good news with the second-fastest time.
  • Guest post: Why junior formula racing matters
    Ryan of the Junior Open-Wheel Talent blog explains for our readers why Formula One is great – but there’s so much more to being a racing fan.
  • User guide to the Singapore Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: Webber accepts defeat as Singapore tries to forget last year
    Red Bull’s Mark Webber has admitted on the eve of the Singapore Grand Prix that he has no realistic hope of winning the Formula One drivers’ title.
  • Superleague puts spotlight on young stars
    Superleague Formula is backing two of its young stars for greatness following the second season of the football-themed series – and one of them is Britain’s Craig Dolby.
  • IRL: Dixon’s Japan win sets up last race shoot-out
    One of the closest title chases in IndyCar series history will go to a showdown at the final race after Ryan Briscoe threw away the chance to build a decisive advantage at the Indy Japan 300.
  • A1GP not scheduled to visit the UK or Ireland in season five
    British and Irish race fans are going to have to do without an A1GP event next year after the series published its calendar and revealed it will not be visiting either country.
  • F1: 2010 calendar reveals new British Grand Prix blow
    Patriotic sports fans may be forced to choose between Button and Beckham or Hamilton and Heskey next summer after the new FIA calendar pitted the British Grand Prix head to head with football’s World Cup Final.
  • F2: Soucek is the re-born Formula Two’s first champion
    Andy Soucek has taken the first F2 title for 25 years – and is hoping that the formula will provide him with the perfect launch-pad for greater things.
  • WSR: Baguette takes title as P1 comes back fighting from blaze
    Bertrand Baguette won the World Series by Renault championship at the Nürburgring with two races to spare, while Norfolk’s P1 Motorsport bounced back from a devastating factory fire with strong performances by Daniil Move and James Walker.
  • F3: Bianchi extends lead as Sims bags brace of podiums
    Jules Bianchi, who blitzed the British F3 field into submission as a guest competitor at the Algarve circuit, returned to the F3 Euroseries to take a pole position and a win in Barcelona, extending his series lead to 23 points with four races left.
  • F3: Max Chilton wins the season’s final race
    A strong weekend from Max Chilton saw him take a second place, a victory and a driver of the weekend award as well as the trophy for the season’s top British entrant – and now his next target is GP2 Asia.
  • GP2: Algarve finale sees ART triumph
    Nico Hulkenberg took 10 points from the inaugural GP2 visit to the Portimao circuit on Portugal’s Algarve to add a constructors’ title for his ART team to his own drivers’ championship win.
  • BritsOnPole at the Goodwood Revival (includes photo gallery)
    There’s nothing quite like it – whether it’s historic racing cars, vintage fashion, air displays, nostalgia or just the chance of an absolutely unique weekend, a visit to the Goodwood Revival meeting is a must as part of any British summer of motorsport.
  • F1: New teams mean new opportunities for British talent
    The influx of new teams due to race in Formula One during the 2010 season means plenty of opportunities for British engineering – and maybe even racing – talent.
  • F1: Khan appears at Renault’s Russian demo event
    The beleagured Renault F1 team to put its troubles to one side at the weekend and headed to Russia to drum up interest in a country which has been mooted as a possibility for a future race.
  • Is there any future for A1GP in Britain?
    The fifth season of the World Cup of Motorsport is due to start in less than one month – and, at the moment, it is highly questionable whether there will be a British team or race date. British fans may have to get used to the fact that there will be no driver to cheer on and no late-season appearance at Brands Hatch in 2010, as has happened for the last three years.
  • F3: Ricciardo secures title and promise of F1 test
    British powerhouse team Carlin Motorsport has won its second consecutive British F3 International title, sending another of its alumni in the direction of F1.
  • F1: Brawn’s Monza 1-2 re-ignites title charge
    Brawn GP’s Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button struck what may turn out to be the killer blows in their battle with Red Bull Racing by finishing first and second in the Italian Grand Prix while their rivals struggled.
  • GP2: Hulkenberg secures championship win
    Nico Hulkenberg has become the first driver in the five-year history of GP2 to secure a championship victory before the last weekend of the season.
  • F1: Italian Grand Prix liveblog
    What are we expecting this morning? Well, Lewis Hamilton’s pole to prove a little bit shaky, for a start, KERS or no KERS.
  • F1: Monza pole for Hamilton but Brawns look threatening
    Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position from his long-time friend Adrian Sutil in the dying seconds of qualifying at Monza, setting up an intriguing contest in the Italian Grand Prix tomorrow.
  • Important site news – please read
    So, why does Brits on Pole look a bit bare at the moment? Well, over the last few months our site has been outgrowing the server it’s hosted on, occasionally knocking it over, and our web hosts decided that the eve of the Italian Grand Prix was the perfect time to draw a line in the sand.
  • Keeping the faith – a Brawn fan’s perspective on the F1 season so far
    Who would have thought, when Honda pulled out of Formula One in December last year, that within three months the team would have been rescued and unveiled a very sprightly-looking car?
  • F1: Sutil tops timesheet during inconclusive practice
    Force India’s charge to the front of the F1 field continued during the practice sessions for the Italian Grand Prix – but all bets are off for qualifying thanks to the cards held by the KERS-equipped teams.
  • F1: User guide to the Italian Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: On eve of Monza, teams now view KERS much more positively
    It’s the eve of the Italian Grand Prix and the championship is wide open. You’re looking down the Monza straight and contemplating the fact that Ferrari and McLaren will be able to use that magic KERS button not once but twice as qualifying kicks off.
  • DTM: Di Resta takes first season win in Brands thriller
    Scottish F1 hopeful Paul di Resta has scored his first win of the season in his home race at Brands Hatch as the DTM touring car series visited the UK at the weekend.
  • Join David Brabham at 1000km of Silverstone charity event
    Racing driver David Brabham is offering sportscar fans the chance for an exclusive behind-the-scenes day out at Silverstone while also raising money for a good cause.
  • F1 competition: Win a special edition AT&T Williams Philips shaver
    Smooth performance is the key to F1 success – and now you can make it work for you every day. Brits on Pole has teamed up with Philips to bring our readers the chance to win one of its special edition AT&T Williams shavers, with a host of special features in addition to its sleek team-branded design.
  • SLF: Brilliant Bourdais is back with a bang
    Sebastien Bourdais shrugged off his Formula One nightmare and rediscovered the taste of champagne by winning the 100,000 Euro ‘dash for the cash’ final as Superleague Formula visited Estoril in Portugal.
  • F3 Euroseries: British podiums during Brands weekend
    Brits Alexander Sims and Sam Bird had a great outing during their home event at Brands Hatch in Formula Three Euroseries as the Mucke Motorsport team-mates both made it to the podium in race two.
  • F2: Soucek tightens title grip as Aleshin leads pursuers
    With two rounds of the inaugural Formula Two championship to run, Russia’s Mikhail Aleshin has been promoted to second in the standings following a maiden win at Germany’s Oschersleben circuit.
  • Grand Prix Shootout: have you got what it takes?
    A scheme to identify future racing stars and guide them up the ladder of feeder series towards Formula One is holding two more assessment days later this month – and is looking for new entrants.
  • Race to win a drive in an F1 car is ‘still up for grabs’
    With a fortnight left to go before the closing date, the contest for an ordinary fan to win a drive in a Williams Formula One car is still wide open, according to competition organiser and team sponsor Philips.
  • IRL: Alex Lloyd secures end-of-season race seat
    Alex Lloyd, who has barely turned a wheel in anger since winning the Indy Lights championship in 2007, will close this year’s IndyCar season on October 10th by racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Newman/Haas/Lanigan.
  • SLF: Pizzonia on pole as Superleague shakes up line-up
    Antonio Pizzonia earned his third pole in four outings as Superleague Formula began its visit to Estoril, but the field behind him will include some major changes since the football-themed series’ last meeting at Donington – including the disappearance of two out of the three Brits who raced there.
  • IRL: Briscoe wins another Chicago thriller
    Ryan Briscoe took a big step towards the IndyCar championship by winning pole position, the race and the bonus for leading the most laps at the Chicagoland Speedway – but the result was anything but the one-sided affair those statistics suggest.
  • GP2: Hulkenberg net winner after troubled weekend
    Nico Hulkenberg looks to be two weekends away from securing this year’s GP2 championship after extending his lead during a troubled weekend at Spa-Francorchamps – despite a retirement in the sprint race.
  • F1: Raikkonen holds off Force India charge to win in Spa
    Giancarlo Fisichella had speed, momentum, a career to kick-start and every neutral fan at Spa cheering him on – but Kimi Raikkonen had the KERS button and that was enough to win him his fourth Belgian Grand Prix.
  • Star Mazda: Kent wins at Mosport as title fight tightens
    Richard Kent saw off a spirited challenge from Conor Daly to win round 11 of the Star Mazda Championship at Mosport International Raceway in Ontario by more than six seconds.
  • F1: Belgian Grand Prix liveblog
    Well, who would have thought it? Force India would have been quite satisfied with an appearance in Q2 and thrilled with Q3. Instead veteran driver Giancarlo Fisichella is on pole on a topsy-turvy grid that sees the midfield players promoted to the front.
  • Indy Lights: Hildebrand wins title in wheel-to-wheel thriller
    J.R. Hildebrand was confirmed as the 2009 Indy Lights champion during a fast-paced and closely fought Chicagoland 100 in which all the cars on the lead lap finished within three quarters of a second of each other.
  • F1: Fisichella stuns F1 with pole for Force India
    The rain stayed away from Spa during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix – but it made no difference as the grid was turned on its head anyway, with Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella taking a shocking pole position.
  • IRL: Wheldon and Wilson doing it for the kids
    IndyCar drivers Dan Wilson and Justin Wilson, both fathers of very young children, will be racing at Chicagoland this weekend with reminders of youngsters in need on their cars and helmets.
  • IRL: Briscoe wins pole to pressure championship rivals
    Ryan Briscoe grabbed pole position for the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway – and with it a bonus championship point that might prove crucial in this tightest of tight IndyCar title battles.
  • Walker’s Norfolk motorsport team razed by fire
    The Norfolk-based motorsport team behind driver James Walker has seen its headquarters destroyed by a fire that burned for around five hours yesterday evening – but it remains determined to stay on track.
  • F1: Hamilton comes good on dry track to top timesheet
    Lewis Hamilton has topped the timesheets in a dry second practice session at Spa after calling off the morning session thanks to heavy rain.
  • F1: User guide to the Belgian Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: Spa falters as crowds fail to flock to rural Belgium
    With the Belgian Grand Prix just a few days away, are we seeing yet another threat to one of F1’s iconic racing circuits because of money troubles?
  • F2: BRDC rising star Hancock to complete season
    Formula Two will be seeing a new entrant for its final three rounds as 21-year-old BRDC Rising Star Ollie Hancock is set to take part in the series.
  • British team breaks land speed record with near-140mph steam car
    A British engineering team has bested a land speed milestone that has stood unbroken for more than a century with a steam-powered car that raced into the record books in the California desert.
  • Silverstone has go-ahead to seek investors
    Silverstone’s management has been given the go-ahead to negotiate with potential investors in a move that could see the circuit regain the rights to stage the British Grand Prix.
  • F1: Brawn seals sponsorship and starts driver talks
    Brawn GP is in business for the next three years, according to its chief executive Nick Fry, and will now be opening contractual negotiations with its drivers.
  • F1: Williams ‘seeks to make a broader contribution’
    The Williams F1 team has set up a not-for-profit foundation designed to promote education, energy efficiency and road safety, with its initial project set to take place in the African nation of Angola.
  • IRL: Franchitti wins as Conway finishes on a charge
    Dario Franchitti led from start to finish to win an unexpectedly interesting Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma ahead of Ryan Briscoe, with under-fire Brit Mike Conway breathing down their necks in a potentially career-saving third place.
  • Indy Lights: Hildebrand heads home to victory
    JR Hildebrand ran away with the Carneros Indy 100 at the Infineon Raceway while his team-mate Sebastian Saavedra, sent to the back as penalty for an engine change, carved through the field to finish seventh.
  • F1: Victory for Barrichello as McLaren blunder
    Rubens Barrichello reversed Brawn GP’s sliding fortunes at Valencia by taking his first Formula One win since 2004 – with a little help from a botched McLaren pitstop that cost Lewis Hamilton the lead, and perhaps the victory.
  • IRL: Horror crash overshadows Franchitti’s pole
    Dario Franchitti qualified on pole for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, but his performance was overshadowed by the crash in practice that left Will Power and Nelson Philippe in hospital, one with two fractured vertebrae and the other with a broken bone in his foot that needed immediate surgery.
  • Ecclestone: Donington has 38 days left to find the money
    Donington Park has until the end of September – that’s just 28 working days – to provide Formula One promoter Bernie Ecclestone with a bank guarantee showing the funds are available to redevelop the circuit to F1 standards. If that does not happen it has lost the race.
  • GP2: Hulkenberg holds off Petrov’s challenge
    Nico Hulkenberg is a step closer to the GP2 2009 drivers’ title – and an almost-certain move to Williams F1 – after extending his lead over his nearest rival to 20 points.
  • F1: European Grand Prix liveblog
    The first F1 race for a month and suddenly the form book has been rewritten – McLaren have seemingly overcome the development problems that wrecked the early part of their season and shut out the front row.
  • F1: Lewis on pole as McLaren shut out Valencia front row
    McLaren signalled their recent return to form was no fluke by dominating qualifying on the Valencia street circuit to lock out the front row for the European Grand Prix.
  • F1: Anthony Davidson is actively seeking a 2010 drive
    Former Super Aguri and Honda pilot Anthony Davidson is hoping the influx of new teams into Formula One may offer him an opportunity to return to the grid in 2010.
  • F1: Alonso’s crowd-pleaser infuriates Heidfeld
    Brawn are quietly confident about their weekend after two solid practice sessions that saw a subdued performance from title rivals Red Bull as well as fireworks from potential polesitters Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.
  • Button: I have no contract for 2010
    Jenson Button has confirmed that he is a free agent for next season right now, as Brawn does not have him signed up beyond the end of this season.
  • User guide to the European Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: Red Bull’s chance to tighten the screw on Brawn
    Right, as you were, ladies and gentlemen. After our month’s enforced break from Formula One the carnival is on the road again and readying itself to roll into Valencia, one of the most unloved venues on the entire calendar.
  • Mark Grain: the view from the McLaren garage
    The chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at a Grand Prix is something that every single Formula One fan would love and precious few actually get. But McLaren have made the whole process that little bit more transparent.
  • Mansell & Son opens for business at Silverstone
    Veteran British Formula One champion Nigel Mansell is making a return to top-flight racing with the announcement that he will be entering September’s 1000km of Silverstone sportscar event.
  • Hamilton to appear at Brands Hatch DTM round for second year
    Want to see Lewis Hamilton in action? Then your best bet may well be to get yourself along to Brands Hatch in September.
  • It’s IndyCar or bust says Speedy Dan Clarke
    “Anywhere else besides IndyCar is not really what we want to do,” says Champ Car and A1GP veteran Dan Clarke when asked about his plans for next season. The flamboyant Brit is currently in the US, courting team owners in a hunt for a place on next year’s IRL grid.
  • NASCAR’s success should inspire F1, says branding expert
    Formula One risks being caught up by its rivals in the multi-million pound sports marketing battle – and could learn a thing or two from the commercial success of NASCAR, according to one expert working in the field.
  • Q&A with Stuart Humm
    Stuart Humm, who has responsibility for overseeing the commercial aspects of Shell’s technical partnership with Ferrari, talks to Brits on Pole in depth about branding, sponsorship and driver management.
  • Paul Drayson: “I’m determined to go back, having done the 22hrs of Le Mans”
    Most motorsport fans dream of going racing. But Paul Drayson, UK government minister, member of the House of Lords, father-of-five and pharmaceuticals multi-millionaire, has worked for the last six years to make that dream a reality. He spoke to Brits on Pole about his first Le Mans.
  • Donington Park: no news before September
    Donington Park has said that no details of the progress of its construction work and fundraising attempts are going to be released before September.
  • Will Middle Eastern money secure Silverstone’s F1 future?
    Calling in Middle Eastern financiers is likely to be the only way the Silverstone circuit will ever be able to afford to bring its facilities up to the standards required by Formula One promoter Bernie Ecclestone, reports suggest.
  • F2’s tribute to Henry Surtees (photo gallery)
    Formula Two’s drivers and personnel held a minute’s silence in memory of Henry Surtees before their races at Donington this weekend. Here are a selection of photos from that tribute.
  • F2: Surtees is mourned as Soucek extends his lead
    For the second time in Formula Two’s comeback year the blue and yellow number seven car of Henry Surtees sat on pole position before a race – but this time it was there not to compete, but as a tribute to its late driver.
  • Atlantics: De Silvestro takes record-breaking fifth win
    Atlantic Championship points leader Simona De Silvestro has taken a step closer to the series title after a close win over the second-placed John Edwards at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Quebec.
  • Star Mazda: Last-lap pass gives Ardoin victory
    The Americans came out to play as the Star Mazda Championship headed north of the border into Canada, Louisiana’s Alex Ardoin overtaking Texan Rusty Mitchell on a last-lap restart to win the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres on a day in which the Brits and Irish faltered.
  • F3: Sims gets his maiden Euroseries win
    Alexander Sims has taken his first victory in Formula 3 Euroseries victory in a one-two for his Mucke Motorsport squad at the Nurburgring.
  • F3: Ricciardo on for championship after Silverstone weekend
    Carlin’s Daniel Ricciardo has extended his British F3 championship lead by what may prove to be an unassailable margin during a subdued weekend for most of the British drivers at Silverstone.
  • F2: Series reconvenes and remembers Henry Surtees
    Formula Two is gearing up this weekend for its first meeting since the death of Henry Surtees at Brands Hatch in July.
  • F1: Silverstone sets British GP ultimatum
    Silverstone has issued a British Grand Prix ultimatum to Bernie Ecclestone and Donington Park – it’s six weeks or bust if you want us to stage the 2010 race.
  • Indy Lights: Top-5 for Plowman as Davison cruises to win
    A year ago James Davison won the Mid-Ohio Indy Lights race under bizarre circumstances in a rain storm – this season he returned to do it the conventional way, leading from pole to flag and giving Vision Racing its first-ever victory.
  • Atlantics: De Silvestro closer to series win as Winslow bags best-ever result
    Jonathan Summerton cemented his form as one of the most promising up-and-coming young US racing drivers with a win in the Atlantic Championship event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at the weekend. And it was also a good race for British rookie James Winslow.
  • IRL: Dixon sets win record as Wilson dries up
    Scott Dixon won the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after his closest challenger Justin Wilson appeared to mistime his last pitstop and ran out of fuel, costing himself a certain podium and a possible victory.
  • IRL: Wilson hopes for repeat of Glen triumph
    Championship leader Ryan Briscoe and Sheffield’s Justin Wilson will start on the front row at Mid-Ohio as the IRL attempts to follow last weekend’s thriller in Kentucky by proving it can also serve up an entertaining road-course race.
  • Williams F1: where racing is oxygen
    Brits on Pole’s Andy and LJH were invited by Williams F1 sponsor Philips to join other bloggers and web journalists for a tour of the team’s factory in Grove, Oxfordshire. All in all we were there for half a day – here is what it’s like to be behind the scenes at an F1 factory.
  • Through the photographers’ eyes: Triumphs and tragedies
    The highs and lows of motor racing were put into stark contrast during July, and our latest round-up of the photography featured on Brits on Pole during the month catches the joy of victory, while reminding us of the price at which it can come.
  • New development scheme for young British racing talent
    A new motorsports academy has been announced that seeks to back promising youngsters from the age of eight with the aim of finding the top-flight drivers of the future.
  • Bridgestone Q&A with Jenson Button
    The current drivers’ world championship leader is a fan of the Kings of Leon, dislikes being in the passenger seat of a car and regards Lance Armstrong as his sporting icon.
  • SLF: Brits out at Galatasaray as Tung replaces Mansell
    Turkish Superleague Formula team Galatasaray has ended its experiment with British drivers after failing to score the podiums its passionate supporters are demanding.
  • SLF: Sara Morgan on pole with Hitech and Superleague
    Sara Morgan is one of those Brits on pole you don’t hear quite as much about – but whose contribution to her racing series is every bit as important as the people who appear on the podium.
  • IRL: Underdog Carpenter is unlucky in Kentucky
    Ryan Briscoe broke the hearts of fans of the underdog everywhere by pipping Ed Carpenter to the narrowest of victories in the Meijer Indy 300 at the Kentucky Speedway.
  • Remember Henry Surtees with a donation to Headway
    John Surtees has said he hopes his son’s death will not be in vain and that safety lessons will be learned from the accident that killed him, possibly through a foundation in his son’s memory, as well as supporting the brain injury charity Headway.
  • F1: Button puts in personal best and raises £17k in London Triathlon
    Jenson Button put in a superb performance in the weekend’s London Triathlon, recording a time that was a personal best and in the range of the elite athletes taking part, as well as raising £17,000 for his chosen charity.
  • A1GP: Hedge fund investor posts second consecutive loss
    RAB Capital, a London-based hedge fund management company and major shareholder in A1GP, has posted interim results that show profits dipping into the red and the assets under its management shrinking by nearly a third.
  • WSR: Lancaster takes maiden series win
    Comtec Racing’s Jon Lancaster has taken his first Formula Renault 3.5 win after a fiercely-fought race at the Algarve’s Portimao circuit.
  • F1: Hamilton hits Delhi for six
    It’s good news for racing fans that Lewis Hamilton took up karting and progressed to become a top F1 driver. His sporting CV as a youngster also included cricket and footballl – and he’s been giving a batting exhibition for Indian fans on a promotional visit to Delhi.
  • Donington recruits expert in struggling developments
    Donington Park is attempting to kickstart its redevelopment bid by engaging a consultant who worked on the Wembley Stadium building project and for sports entertainment firm AEG – but who has also specialised in buying up developments that have run into trouble.
  • RoC: Jenson Button confirmed for China event
    What will Jenson Button be doing on November 2 this year? Will he be celebrating a close-fought victory in the Formula One drivers’ championship? Or rueing the missed opportunities that cost him his first title?
  • Tappy lands testing role, eyes Superleague return
    Duncan Tappy might currently be absent from Superleague Formula, but he’s hoping for a return – and, in the meantime, testing for a brand-new racing series that plans to launch around Britain next year.
  • GP2: Could Grosjean’s promotion open doors for a Brit?
    Could the prospective promotion of Barwa Addax driver Romain Grosjean to a Formula One seat with Renault be good news for a British driver?
  • Indy Lights: 100th race spoiled by needless caution
    The Firestone Indy Lights drivers served up a thrilling side-by-side contest for their series’ 100th race – only to see the ending spoiled by a completely unnecessary caution flag that forced them to cross the line in single file.
  • F1: Hamilton vs Schumacher – game on!
    It’s one of the world’s great sporting topics of conversation. The temporary return of iconic F1 world champion Michael Schumacher to racing has provided fans with hours of material for speculation down the pub.
  • Davidson third in class for Spa endurance race
    Anthony Davidson had a successful outing in last weekend’s Spa 24 Hours when he helped put the new Nissan GT-R through its paces in the FIA GT series endurance race.
  • SLF: Martin and Dolby cash in as Swiss timing fails
    Rangers and Spurs took advantage of an unlucky break for the weekend’s best driver, Max Wissel of FC Basel, to take first and second in Superleague Formula’s €100,000 superfinal at Donington Park.
  • Button helps Bridgestone listen to drivers’ grumbles
    F1 championship leader Jenson Button took questions from fans and set a time for them to beat in a driving simulator when he helped Bridgestone launch its ‘Driving Nation’ roadshow in Birmingham.
  • F1: ‘Sorry about the swearing, guys’ says Lewis
    Lewis Hamilton has returned from victory in Hungary to thank McLaren staff for their work, talk about how racing drivers bond with their cars – and to apologise for his language as he celebrated crossing the line as winner.
  • F1: Renault’s Duxford test suggests Piquet out, Grosjean in
    Thought that all F1 testing was banned this year? Well you’d be wrong. Turns out Renault have found an excuse – and Brits on Pole reporter-at-large Scott McCarthy was there to watch. Here’s his report.
  • Q&A with Duncan Tappy
    Duncan Tappy talked about some of the challenges faced by drivers at a recent event to promote Superleague Formula in the UK. To find out more, read our exclusive Q&A.
  • IRL: Narrow escape for TK as Power surges to victory
    Australia’s Will Power, supposedly the understudy at Team Penske, took centre-stage in the Indycar Series by winning a gruelling Rexall Edmonton Indy that had plenty of drama – but very little overtaking.
  • Q&A with Jonathan Kennard
    Jonathan Kennard’s first SLF race was a baptism of fire as he came to terms with a new car, a new track, a new team, his first rolling start and unaccustomed pitstops. Read our exclusive Q&A to find out how the experience benefited his driving career.
  • All-Star League: Hamilton and Star Mazda duo advance
    There was little movement in the Brits on Pole All-Star League this weekend, despite a large number of Brits in action, as most fell short of the results they might have hoped for.
  • Star Mazda: Dempsey steamrollers opposition at Joliet
    Ireland’s Peter Dempsey dominated the Star Mazda Series double-header in Joliet, Illinois, by setting the fastest practice times, qualifying twice on pole, and leading every lap on the way to a pair of wins ahead of Adam Christodoulou.
  • F1: Hamilton returns to winning ways
    Lewis Hamilton returned to winning ways with a dominating victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, while Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber survived post-race stewards’ investigations to secure second and third.
  • GP2: Hulkenberg’s win boosts F1 hopes
    F1 hopeful Nico Hulkenberg has improved his chances of a drive with Williams next season after taking a win in Hungary and extending his lead at the top of the championship standings.
  • F1: Hungarian Grand Prix liveblog
    Well, we’ll all be sitting down to watch this race in a pretty sombre mood, with Felipe Massa in hospital with an awful head injury after being hit by debris from Rubens Barrichello’s car in the second session of qualifying yesterday.
  • IRL: Team Penske sets the standard in Edmonton qualifying
    Part-time IndyCar driver Will Power took his second pole position of the season by leading a Team Penske 1-2-3 during qualifying for the Rexall Edmonton Indy, beating his full-time team-mates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves to the top spot.
  • Indy Lights: Hildebrand increases championship lead
    JR Hildebrand led every lap of an uninspiring Indy Lights Grand Prix of Edmonton to win from pole and extend his championship lead to 69 points over team-mate Sebastian Saavedra.
  • F3: Ricciardo extends championship lead at Spa
    Daniel Ricciardo saw off the challenge of title hopeful Walter Grubmuller to extend his lead in the British F3 International Championship at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend to 37 points – the biggest gap he has enjoyed all season.
  • F1: Felipe Massa in intensive care after qualifying accident
    Formula One veered from near tragedy to total farce during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Felipe Massa’s narrow escape from death by flying debris was followed by a timing failure that left puzzled drivers comparing their performances to see who had won pole.
  • Williams F1 team will assist Surtees death investigation
    Williams’ technical director Sam Michael has confirmed that the Formula One team is to be involved in the investigation into the death of F2 driver Henry Surtees, who lost his life after being hit by a wheel that had broken free from a rival’s car.
  • SLF: Craig Dolby – get in!
    A trackside view of Craig Dolby’s maiden victory: “After an early pit stop Craig was able to put in some quick laps on fresh tyres. They must have been bloody quick, because when the rest of the field had pitted he was comfortably in the lead.”
  • F1: McLaren owns Hungaroring during practice
    McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen have put in the fastest laps of today’s practice sessions at the Hungaroring to take a stunning and unexpected one-two at the top of the unofficial timesheets.
  • Win a chance to drive a Williams F1 car – for real
    If you’ve watched F1 drivers on the telly and thought ‘I could do that’, here’s your chance to prove it in a competition that could put you behind the wheel of a Formula One car for five laps.
  • F1: User guide to the Hungarian Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: Can Brawn and Button turn this season around?
    Just how far can current drivers’ and constructors’ insurgent challengers Red Bull get this season by relying on cool weather to blunt the Brawn charge? This weekend might provide some answers to just that question.
  • Q&A with Craig Dolby
    Craig Dolby’s dad had a philosophy that the driver has used since his karting days to help him become a Superleague Formula race-winner with the prospect of an exciting future ahead of him. However, to find out what it is, you’ll have to read our exclusive Q&A with him…
  • Inside Williams F1: photo gallery
    This week saw the Williams F1 team open up its Grove, Oxfordshire, HQ to a party of bloggers and web journalists to publicise a competition it is running with its sponsors Philips.
  • IRL: Rough ride for Conway and Franchitti
    Dario Franchitti spent an alarming amount of his last full IRL season airborne, while Mike Conway’s début season has involved flying into the wall far too often – but this time the two Brits were in the sky by choice.
  • F1: ‘I’d love a crack at NASCAR’ says Lewis Hamilton
    It’s an image almost impossible for the mind to conjure up – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton plucked from the high tech glamour at the pinnacle of motor sport and dropped into the brash and noisy world of American stock car racing instead.
  • Davidson has GT1 drive at Spa
    Anthony Davidson will be forsaking the commentator’s chair for the racetrack this weekend when he contests the fourth round of the FIA GT championship at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
  • Damon Hill finally hits out at Ecclestone
    In the whole saga of the future of the British Grand Prix Damon Hill, former F1 world champion and son of a F1 world champion, has been one of Silverstone’s greatest assets.
  • WSR: Brits left with crumbs as Baguette rolls over opposition
    Bertrand Baguette tasted victory in both World Series by Renault races at Le Mans as the British charge faltered following a strong start to the weekend.
  • SLF: Craig Dolby wins for Spurs in Zolder
    Tottenham’s Craig Dolby has tasted Superleague Formula victory for the first time by leading home a 1-2-3 for the British clubs in the football-themed championship’s first race at Zolder this weekend.
  • F2: Henry Surtees killed in freak racing accident
    Formula 2 driver Henry Surtees has been killed in a chance racing accident in which he was hit in the head by a flying wheel as he took part in the second race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.
  • F3: Maiden victory for Wayne Boyd
    Ulsterman Wayne Boyd has taken his maiden win in Round 12 of the British F3 International series held on a damp weekend at Britain’s Donington Park circuit.
  • Why Ecclestone has harmed F1 more than he may realise – and why Vatanen may only make it worse
    With the fuss finally calming down after Bernie Ecclestone’s ill-considered remarks to The Times, in which he said that dictators like Hitler at least got things done, you might be feeling grateful that the whole sorry episode is out of the way. Unfortunately we may not be able to forget it yet.
  • F3 Euro Series: Double win for Bianchi as Bird grabs podium
    Championship leader Jules Bianchi won both F3 Euro Series races in Zandvoort, while Britain’s Sam Bird shrugged off qualifying 15th to score a point in the first race and take second place in the next.
  • Atlantics: Dominant De Silvestro beats Legge’s record
    Katherine Legge’s record as the most successful woman in Atlantic Championship history has fallen as Simona De Silvestro took her third win of the season and fourth of her career at Lime Rock, Connecticut.
  • Superleague Formula hits Donington (photo gallery)
    Superleague Formula, the football-themed racing series currently in its second season, has put on a demonstration at Donington Park featuring the Liverpool, Rangers and Spurs cars to promote its upcoming British race weekend.
  • Superleague Formula: we’re not green and we don’t care
    “We like to consider ourselves the naughty boys of motor sport,” says Superleague Formula’s competition director Robin Webb, proudly staking his championship’s claim to be the most politically incorrect series in racing.
  • Brits on Pole At Large: Goodwood Festival of Speed podcast
    Wanting to experience the sights and sounds of the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed first-hand? In that case, welcome, you’ve come to the right place.
  • All-Star League update: The Wilson Boys are on the move
    Sheffield Brothers Justin and Stefan Wilson made the biggest gains this weekend in the Brits On Pole All-Star League, with both performing well on the street circuit in Toronto, Canada.
  • IRL: Franchitti takes third win of season in Toronto
    Dario Franchitti rode his luck, a fast car and some controversial decisions by race control to take victory in Toronto and regain the lead of the IndyCar Series championship.
  • GP2: Hulkenberg excels in front of home crowd
    Nico Hulkenberg has displaced Barwa’s Romain Grosjean from the top of the GP2 championship after taking every point available to him in front of a home crowd in his native Germany.
  • F1: Victorious Webber makes his mark at last
    Red Bull’s Mark Webber gave Australian sports fans something to talk about besides the cricket by shrugging off a drive-through penalty at the Nurburgring and cruising to his first-ever Formula One victory.
  • F1: German Grand Prix liveblog
    Sebastian Vettel scored his first ever win last year on a soaking-wet track in Italy. This year he’s got the prospect of rain, possibly the best car in the field and a home crowd egging him on – but he hasn’t got pole position.
  • F1: Hamilton keen to be involved in 2010 development
    Lewis Hamilton has stated his intention to get more involved in testing the 2010 McLaren car – what we imagine will be the MP4-25 – in hopes that the Woking-based team will get it right next time around.
  • Young British engineer wins Renault F1 placement
    A British woman has won an international competition for a Renault F1 engineering scholarship with her work on enhancing energy efficiency through moveable aerodynamics.
  • F1: DC reveals solution to sunglasses poser
    Why does DC always wear his sunglasses on his head? And what’s on his iPod? The answers to these crucial questions and more have been revealed in a Q&A the Red Bull driver turned BBC presenter completed for the corporation’s website.
  • IRL: Franchitti, Wilson and Conway battle for Toronto pole
    Dario Franchitti took pole for the Honda Indy in Toronto as his championship rivals all failed to make the cut to join the shoot-out that decided the top six qualifiers.
  • Indy Lights: Saavedra cleans up after storm
    Colombia’s Sebastian Saavedra won the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto from pole, grabbing back the lead on lap 18 after losing it when the field pitted to change tyres on a track drying out from a pre-race thunderstorm.
  • Star Mazda: Ireland’s Dempsey knocks Christodoulou off top spot
    Ireland’s Peter Dempsey must be wondering if there’s something particularly aerodynamic about green hair after adopting the style in celebration of his Star Mazda pole in Iowa – and converting it into a race win.
  • F1: Webber takes first pole in Nurburgring rain
    Mark Webber and Rubens Barrichello outshone their team-mates in qualifying for the German Grand Prix, the Australian scoring his first-ever pole position as rain and equipment upgrades produced an exciting battle behind them.
  • F1: Hamilton fastest in Nurburgring practice
    Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets on Friday as rain and cold weather at the Nurburgring caused problems for teams hoping to understand how their two types of tyres would function during the German Grand Prix weekend.
  • F1: User guide to the German Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: What does Red Bull have left in the tank for Germany?
    At Silverstone three weeks ago Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel deprived formerly-unassailable championship leader Jenson Button of an emotional first victory in front of his home fans. Can Button return the favour?
  • F1: Ross Brawn is great and it’s official
    Breaking news: Ross Brawn is outstandingly good at what he does, and has been recognised by his colleagues as such. Oh wait…
  • F1: Lola and Prodrive ‘chose wrong engine supplier’
    Allegations are surfacing in the national press that it was impossible to get a place on the Formula One grid for 2010 unless you were prepared to sign up to an engine deal with independent Northampton-based supplier Cosworth.
  • A1GP: Carroll may not be driving for Team Ireland next year
    Team Ireland boss Mark Gallagher says signing driver Adam Carroll was the best decision he ever made in A1GP – but that doesn’t mean the Portadown native will be piloting the car in season five.
  • IRL: Justin Wilson wins for Dale Coyne at Watkins Glen
    Justin Wilson held off the big names of Ganassi Racing and Team Penske to score a dominant victory at Watkins Glen, handing team boss Dale Coyne his first triumph in 25 years of top flight racing.
  • WSR: Brits put on a show at Silverstone
    Oliver Turvey took a pair of podiums and James Walker moved up to second in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship as both home drivers put on a show for fans at the World Series by Renault’s visit to Silverstone.
  • F3: Riki Christodoulou takes maiden win
    Britain’s Riki Christodoulou has denied Renger van der Zande a shutout by winning round 10 of the British Formula 3 International championship at Snetterton, earning his maiden victory in the process.
  • F3: Nick Tandy switches to Euroseries
    JTR Racing’s Nick Tandy has announced he is leaving the British F3 International series with immediate effect to compete in F3 Euroseries instead.
  • F1: Why Lewis and Heikki should stick with their day jobs
    You might think that the day jobs of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen aren’t up to much at the moment, with McLaren’s MP4-24 misbehaving so badly, but we bring you evidence that they should definitely stick to race driving.
  • IRL: Wilson and Conway shine in Watkins Glen qualifying
    Justin Wilson’s patient wait for the IndyCar series to return to road courses paid off with a front row qualifying performance for the Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen.
  • Martin Whitmarsh promises FOTA will listen to you in future
    Formula One’s team bosses have opened up a whole new front in their war with Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone – by using social media and viral video to get their point across direct to fans.
  • Indy Lights: Hildebrand rewarded as closest rivals all falter
    JR Hildebrand won a final-lap shoot-out in the Indy Lights Corning 100 at Watkins Glen after Wade Cunningham became the third championship front-runner to crash out of the race, bringing out a safety car.
  • F1: McLaren tries a new approach
    McLaren is going back to the drawing board on its strategy of trying to wring some performance out of the desperately underwhelming MP4-24.
  • F1: Virgin to pair with first-timers Manor?
    Richard Branson could be switching his company’s financial backing from Brawn GP to F1 newcomers Manor in 2010, according to press reports yesterday.
  • 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed photos
    A sunny summer’s day, an English country estate, the roar of engines and the smell of oil, petrol, brake discs and bacon sarnies – what else can it be but the Goodwood Festival of Speed?
  • Dare you venture Over the White Line?
    A few things have changed with our Over the White Line feature since we started sending it out in newsletter form – and we thought you might like to know about them.
  • A1GP: Jarvis was major loser in Team GBR collapse
    The collapse of A1GP’s Team GBR in April left driver Oliver Jarvis owed nearly £170,000 according to figures filed with Companies House outlining the state of its finances.
  • High Court winds up A1GP’s British operations
    A1GP’s British arm has been wound up in the High Court after creditors chasing unpaid bills applied for it to be shut down, leaving 40 staff working without pay and lending new urgency to the series’ planned restructuring.
  • F1: Put DC on the spot in the BBC’s Q&A
    Got a question for veteran F1 driver, top all-time British points-scorer and newly-minted BBC broadcaster David Coulthard? Well, here’s your chance to ask it.
  • F1: Coulthard says “2009 could have been my year”
    David Coulthard might be regretting his decision to quit F1 for a more leisurely life as a BBC summariser, in light of his old team’s recent race-winning form, according to an interview in a Scottish newspaper.
  • SLF: Reds ahead after round one
    Liverpool FC’s Superleague Formula team came away from Magny-Cours with a two-point lead in the standings after Adrian Valles won the first race of the day and managed sixth in the second contest despite starting at the back of the reversed grid.
  • F2: Hegewald unstoppable during Spa weekend
    Pole to flag is one thing – but young German driver Tobias Hegewald managed to dominate no less than six sessions at this weekend’s Formula Two event at Spa-Francorchamps.
  • The Brits on Pole All-Star League is launched
    In every form of motor sport, in every corner of the world, there are British drivers taking part and winning – but which one of them is doing best? We decided to find out.
  • Racing, live music, no mud – the perfect summer event?
    Have you wondered in the last week or two whether it wouldn’t be rather a wonderful thing if two great summer events, the British Grand Prix and Glastonbury, could somehow be combined? If so, we might have just the thing for you.
  • F1: Brawn on the Skidz – all in a good cause, naturally
    A scheme offering opportunities for young people to learn practical mechanical skills is in pole position when it comes to recruiting patrons.
  • Donington Park planning permission is signed off
    Donington Park has finalised its planning permission after the process was thrown into doubt following a legal challenge for unpaid rent by the circuit owners.
  • IRL: Dixon wins “awful, awful” Richmond race
    The slow-burning controversy about the quality of racing in this year’s IndyCar Series flared into life after the SunTrust Indy Challenge turned into such a procession that the drivers felt compelled to apologise to fans afterwards.
  • F1: Manor gets its first taste of paddock politics
    F1 newcomer Manor is getting its first taste of paddock politics after it was revealed the FOTA teams are preparing a formal complaint against FIA chief steward Alan Donnelly over the handling of its PR strategy.
  • F1: Can Williams and Force India repair FOTA damage?
    The Williams F1 squad, suspended from the Formula One Teams’ Association for beating its own path to the FIA’s door over 2010 entry, is now hoping that it can come back in from the cold and join the other teams in shaping the future of the sport.
  • Through the photographers’ eyes: Pole to pole with Dario
    Time for another round-up of the best of the photography from the teams, series and motorsport companies that allow us to use their imagery – and this time Dario Franchitti gets the first and last words.
  • IRL: Franchitti’s charge continues with Richmond pole
    Dario Franchitti tightened his grip on the short oval part of the IndyCar season by taking pole for the SunTrust Indy Challenge in Richmond, ahead of his team-mate and his two closest rivals.
  • SLF: Reds fastest in testing as new season takes shape
    Liverpool topped the timesheets as the football-themed racing series Superleague Formula held a pre-season test and shakedown at Magny Cours ahead of the opening weekend of its second campaign.
  • F1: Lewis Hamilton calls for Goodwood volunteers
    Fancy helping Lewis Hamilton raise money for disadvantaged children at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next weekend – and getting free entry to the event while you do so? Read on…
  • Top Gear: Peppercorn, Jaguar, Black Shadow… and the man they call The Stig
    So… it’s a tough call, taking a series into its 13th season. And we’re asking the question we always ask at this point in the run. Is the format still fresh? Can the guys still cut it? Is it still, basically, as silly, as laugh-out-loud funny and as occasionally poignant as we’ve come to expect?
  • Updated: FIA reveals rules for unified F1 in 2010 – including Mosley’s retirement
    A deal has been struck that will prevent the breakaway of eight Formula One teams to form a new series, according to a FIA statement following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris this morning.
  • F2: Honours shared as series visits Czech Republic
    The newly-launched Formula Two championship is developing into a close affair, with no one driver seizing control of the standings after two meetings and four races.
  • Star Mazda: Christodoulou regains championship lead
    Adam Christodoulou regained the lead of the Star Mazda Championship at the Milwaukee Mile with a second-place finish after polesitter Richard Kent was taken out in a first-corner accident.
  • IRL: ‘Timing is everything’ says victorious Franchitti
    Dario Franchitti seized control of an engrossing Iowa Corn Indy 250 with 50 laps to go and closed out a win that leaves him just three points off the series lead.
  • Indy Lights: Horror crash for Pippa Mann in Iowa
    British Indy Lights driver Pippa Mann escaped unscathed from the Miller Lite 100 at the Iowa Speedway despite a high-speed crash in which her car was sent into the wall at speed, went airborne and finally skidded down the track on its roof.
  • Top Gear: The Stig unmasked – it’s Schumi!
    It is said that he once ate 15 jars of pickled onions then refused to use the bathroom for a week. And secret racing driver cabals meet to worship stacks of his used tyres. Who else could The Stig be but Schumi?
  • F1: Vettel begins fightback with crushing win
    Sebastian Vettel poured a bucket of cold water over the feverish excitement at Silverstone by turning the British Grand Prix into a demonstration drive as Red Bull Racing scored their second 1-2 finish of the year.
  • GP2: Barwa Addax hangs on through turbulent weekend
    The Barwa Addax team has maintained its GP2 championship one-two through a turbulent weekend at Silverstone despite failing to score a podium in either race.
  • Trailer for tonight’s new series of Top Gear
    Tonight The Stig is unmasked on BBC Two in front of a waiting nation. Michael Schumacher? Lewis Hamilton? Billie Piper? Oh, no, not Jason Kay, for the love of God.
  • F1: British Grand Prix liveblog
    The grandstands are fast filling up at Silverstone for what could be any or none of the following: the last F1 race at Silverstone; the last British Grand Prix; the last race under the Formula One banner. But the fans don’t care – they’ve come to watch the racing.
  • Opinion: Bernie’s British Grand Prix climbdown is a trap
    F1 rights holder Bernie Ecclestone went on live television from the British Grand Prix paddock on Saturday and said the words that a nation’s motorsport fans desperately wanted to hear: there will be a race in 2010, and it could be at Silverstone. So what was the catch?
  • F1: In the Silverstone pitlane with Shell and Ferrari
    They’re the people you don’t usually see – the scientists and engineers whose expertise and hard work behind the scenes make reality out of Formula One’s proud boast to represent the cutting edge of motorsport. Hear them in their own words.
  • F1: Button undone as Vettel takes Silverstone pole
    Sebastian Vettel took pole for the British Grand Prix ahead of Rubens Barrichello, as the battle between Brawn GP and Red Bull for supremacy showed signs of starting to swing away from the championship-leading newcomers.
  • F1: Webber and Vettel fly on Red Bull wings
    Red Bull served notice that they plan to spoil Jenson Button’s fairy tale return to Silverstone by dominating both Friday practice sessions for the British Grand Prix.
  • Silverstone, the morning after the night before
    It was quiet in the Ferrari garage – first practice was over, second was some way off, and team members were buried deep in their motorhome offices and meeting rooms, planning who-knows-what technical wizardry. For a team supposedly engaged in tearing Formula One asunder, there was very little evidence of turmoil.
  • F1: Win a paddock pass to the European Grand Prix
    So, how do you fancy Spain in August? Long, hot summer afternoons, the sun glinting off the Mediterranean, the scream of F1 cars around Valencia Harbour… sounds good? Thought so. Well, we’ve teamed up with Renault F1 (honest, we have) to give you the chance of going to the European Grand Prix as their guest.
  • Breaking news: F1 splits as teams launch rebel series
    Negotiations on the future of F1 have broken down after an 11th-hour meeting at Renault’s Oxfordshire headquarters led to the late-night annnouncement of a breakaway series.
  • F1: Fan gets ahead of the pack with Jenson Button
    One lucky fan of Jenson Button has a very good chance of seeing his unique helmet design leading the pack at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
  • SLF: Valles returns for Reds but champions are gone
    Spaniard Adrian Valles will return to drive the Liverpool FC car in the new Superleague Formula season later this month – but he will not get the chance to renew his rivalry with champions Beijing Guoan as the Chinese club is not defending its title.
  • Panther trio hope for transferable skills in Iowa
    Last year, Dan Wheldon won in Iowa for his old team while his new team, Panther, won the Indy Lights race with a driver who has since left. This year the team hopes to assemble those elements into a winning combination for its trio of English racers.
  • F1: User guide to the British Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: Drivers and teams back Silverstone and British GP
    Last year’s British Grand Prix was overshadowed by a cheap publicity stunt of Bernie Ecclestone’s. This year it is set to be overshadowed by an almighty spat between promotor, regulator and competitors that could consign top-flight open-wheel racing to the wilderness for the next decade, as a similar row did in the US. Is it just us, or are you getting a bit sick of this sort of thing too?
  • F1: Our manifesto for the British Grand Prix
    It’s the British Grand Prix. Brits on Pole’s biggest weekend of the year. A chance for Lewis and Jense to race in front of their home crowds – and, very likely, for the latter to take another decisive step towards securing a fairytale drivers’ title. So why can’t we get more excited?
  • F1: Lola withdraws its 2010 entry
    The Lola Group has decided that enough is enough in the current battle to shape the 2010 grid – and has withdrawn its entry.
  • Star Mazda: Kent wins as Christodoulou slips back
    A suspension failure in the second race at New Jersey Motorsports Park cost Adam Christodoulou the lead of the Star Mazda Championship on Sunday as Richard Kent won from pole.
  • SLF: Dolby’s coming home to join Spurs
    Craig Dolby, one of the unexpected stars of the inaugural Superleague Formula season, has been named as the driver for the Tottenham Hotspur car next season.
  • F1: Hamilton and Button to do battle the Scalextric way
    If last year’s retro toy / Formula One cross-over classic was Lewis Hamilton and his Airfix advert, 2009 looks like being the year we all rediscover the joys of chasing out-of-control Scalextric cars as they tumble across the carpet shedding wing mirrors and tyres.
  • F1: Hamilton gets his revenge on Fleet Street
    Would you get in a performance car with a man that you’d dubbed ‘Liar Lewis,’ ‘Houdini’ for his sanction avoidance – or even ‘a quitter’? Well, all credit to some of Fleet Street’s finest, they did just that, on a wet day at Silverstone recently.
  • Lola is considering future of F1 project
    British sportscar company Lola is considering whether or not it will pursue the project of Formula One entry any further – with a decision likely tomorrow.
  • Peugeot score Le Mans one-two as Aston’s hopes are dashed
    Peugeot has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans at its third attempt with its current car, breaking the recent dominance of its major rival Audi and dashing the hopes of Britain’s Aston Martin team.
  • F1: The 2010 entry – who’s in and who’s out
    The entry list for the 2010 Formula One World Championship has been published, and it includes all the current teams – but at a price.
  • F1: Messrs Sue, Grabbit and Runne pile into historic name fight
    The family of Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham has announced that it has begun legal action against F1 hopeful Formtech in a bid to stop it using the name in its forthcoming entry. And there are questions over the Lotus entry too.
  • IRL: Alex Lloyd takes leap of faith by quitting Ganassi
    British IndyCar driver Alex Lloyd has taken a major gamble on his future by walking away from his development contract with powerhouse IRL team Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the hope of finding a full-time drive elsewhere.
  • F1: Sir Jackie Stewart celebrates 70th birthday
    As a young racing driver he saw friends and colleagues killed in horrific accidents – and, after retiring earlier than planned thanks to the death of a team-mate, he set about ensuring it happened as rarely as possible in future.
  • Le Mans: which British drivers are taking part?
    Brits at Le Mans. There are a lot of them. Who might you think about cheering on? Here’s our handy guide.
  • Pssst… wanna buy a used Honda?
    Fancy owning a Honda chassis like the one in which Jenson Button secured his first race win? If so read on – fans of the defunct BAR and Honda teams, and of drivers like Panis, Villeneuve and Sato, could be in for a rare treat.
  • Lewis: my car will struggle at high-speed Silverstone
    Lewis Hamilton has said that he expects his McLaren to struggle on the high-speed Silverstone circuit next weekend – but promised that he will do his best to put on a show for his British fans.
  • F1: Damon Hill looks to IRL for breakaway warnings
    Former Formula One World Champion Damon Hill has warned that F1 should only stage a breakaway series if it wants to go through the same trials and tribulations that split American open-wheel racing apart for years and handed dominance to its rival NASCAR.
  • F1: Latest rumours have Red Bull in, Renault out
    Two British-based F1 teams appear to be taking opposite paths this morning, as one raises questions over its future F1 involvement and the other is rumoured to have thrown its hat into the ring long-term.
  • Lewis Hamilton’s portrait in oil – engine oil
    It’s not exactly a major recycling initiative capable of slashing Formula One’s environmental impact, but at least something from Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 British Grand Prix-winning car ended up being reused.
  • F3: Ericsson makes it two as Grubmuller breaks his duck
    Carlin’s Daniel Ricciardo emerged from the Hockenheimring still leading the British F3 International Series championship, despite not managing to finish better than fourth in either race.
  • F1: Button pounces to punish wayward Vettel
    Jenson Button made the most of a first-lap mistake by Sebastian Vettel to sweep into the lead of the Turkish Grand Prix and off down the road to his sixth win from seven races this season.
  • GP2: Grosjean’s championship lead extinguished by team-mate
    Three different drivers took pole and two successive chequered flags during a sweltering weekend’s racing for the GP2 series in Turkey. And the upshot? Romain Grosjean losing his championship lead to team-mate Vitaly Petrov.
  • IRL: Castroneves steals Texas win from team-mate
    For the second race in a row Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe dominated his rivals, only to see a late caution wipe out his lead and allow a rival to snatch victory from under his nose.
  • F1: Turkish Grand Prix liveblog
    It’s as wet as a haddock’s bathing suit in Britain this weekend, so bad that the Isle of Man’s iconic TT bike race has been delayed – but that’s hardly likely to bother the F1 circus on its stay in sunny Turkey. Keep up with the action here.
  • F1: Mercedes sheds around 50 jobs at Brixworth
    Workers at Mercedes’ high-performance engine plant in Northants are facing job losses after the company announced it was cutting back due to the new F1 rule changes.
  • F1: Vettel pips Button to Istanbul pole
    Sebastian Vettel served notice that he doesn’t plan to concede the World Championship battle to Jenson Button just yet by seizing pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix from the Englishman at the last gasp.
  • IRL: Franchitti on pole in Texas
    Dario Franchitti’s strong return to IndyCars from NASCAR continued with a pole position for the Bombardier Learjet 550 at the Texas Motor Speedway, ahead of championship rivals Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon.
  • F1: what is the MP4-24 good for? Here’s an answer…
    You may be able to think of a few uses for this year’s McLaren that are not exactly what the makers intended. But driving it through a giant vat of paint…?
  • F1: Kovalainen finds the magic petrol in Turkey practice
    McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen was a surprise at the head of the timesheets following today’s practice sessions in Istanbul. Both of the team’s drivers professed themselves pleased with the pace of the car on a track that was predicted to play to the very worst of the MP4-24’s weaknesses.
  • British Grand Prix weather forecast – hot, dry, maybe thundery
    We’re still too far away from the British Grand Prix for proper, detailed weather forecasts, but the early signs are pretty good – so long as Silverstone can dodge the bullet of scattered heavy rain or thunderstorms.
  • Breaking news: Donington Park court case settled
    The court case between Donington Park promoter Simon Gillett and circuit owner Tom Wheatcroft has been settled just days before it was due to be heard, according to a statement on the circuit’s website.
  • Though the photographers’ eyes: Monaco, Indy and more
    A round-up of all the photos we featured in the image gallery on the front page of the site in late May and the beginning of June, from Indy 500 practice and Monaco qualifying to the launch of Formula Two.
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed in pictures
    Those nice people at the Goodwood Festival of Speed have given us access to some pictures of last year’s event, to give a taste of what to expect from this year.
  • Brabham family takes legal advice over F1 entry
    News that a British-based Brabham team could be lining up on the F1 grid in 2010 has not been universally welcomed after the family bearing the name pointed out that the public announcement was the first they had heard.
  • Fantasy F1: Monaco – we find gloom amidst the glamour
    This never happened to the man who broke the bank in Monte Carlo – we played one of our Fantasy F1 jokers in the Monaco Grand Prix and scored big on Jenson Button, but so did everybody else and it earned us naff all.
  • F1: User guide to the Turkish Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: Istanbul race is Massa’s – or Ferrari’s – to lose
    If it’s the Turkish Grand Prix then the man with the heavy weight of expectation on his shoulders must be Jens… No, wait, it’s Felipe Massa.
  • F2: Wickens dominates launch weekend from pole to flag
    Much of the field that turned out for the first F2 event to take place for 25 years must be wondering why they bothered after Red Bull junior driver Robert Wickens dominated the weekend from start to finish.
  • IRL: Dixon ambush sinks Briscoe’s Milwaukee hopes
    Scott Dixon’s return to form continued in Milwaukee when he pounced late in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 to deprive Ryan Briscoe of a victory that the Australian had all-but earned after qualifying on pole and leading for most of the contest.
  • F3: Nick Tandy dedicates maiden win to late brother
    Nick Tandy has claimed an emotional maiden win in the fifth round of the British Formula Three series two weeks after his elder brother and team boss Joe was killed in a road accident.
  • Indy Lights: Mann takes her first top 10 finish
    Mario Romancini led the Indy Lights Milwaukee race from flag to flag, taking a debut victory over a thinned-down field that has lost 11 cars since the season opener eight weeks ago.
  • Hamilton to demonstrate Senna’s McLaren at Goodwood
    There are now less than five weeks to go until this year’s 2009 Festival of Speed, so if you’re thinking about going but haven’t got tickets, it’s definitely time to act.
  • IRL: Briscoe takes pole in Milwaukee
    Ryan Briscoe took pole at the Milwaukee Mile as his team-mate Helio Castroneves came down to earth with a bump following his Indy 500 win by crashing in qualifying.
  • British motorsport: be in the know with Brits on Pole
    We’ve been adding some new content behind the scenes. Here’s the low-down on some of the new stuff that we hope you will enjoy reading.
  • F1: Update on the 2010 British entries
    Keep up with the latest developments among the British-based F1 entrants and hopefuls here – updated with new information whenever we get it.
  • Adam Khan rebranded – goodbye A1GP, hello F1
    For those people wondering what happened to A1GP’s Team Pakistan seatholder and driver Adam Khan this year, it appears that he’s been in the middle of a serious rebranding exercise.
  • F1: Webber to set Donington lap record – on a bike?
    Jenson Button’s reputation as Formula One’s most high-profile athlete is about to take a knock – with super-fit Aussie Mark Webber re-establishing himself on a Donington Park bike ride after recovering from a broken leg.
  • Saudi prince visits Donington Park circuit
    The Donington Park motor racing circuit has recently enjoyed a royal visit – from a Saudi prince who is a very keen motorsports enthusiast. What does two plus two make?
  • F1: Where will Jenson Button drive in 2010?
    Will Jenson Button form a long-term successful partnership with Brawn GP? Or will he be looking for a new team to drive for in 2010?
  • A1GP: Time to vote for your season favourites
    The A1GP series is reminding fans that the time has come round for its annual awards – and this year it wants your vote in no less than four categories.
  • Verstappen crashes Davidson’s Le Mans Aston 008
    Just when Anthony Davidson has sorted himself out a decent drive… his co-driver Jos Verstappen takes the car for a test outing at Monza and sticks it in a wall. You couldn’t make it up, coud you?
  • WSR: Turvey takes first win in Monaco
    Oliver Turvey’s World Series by Renault campaign got a serious boost at the weekend after the Cumbrian driver turned a Monaco pole position into a convincing race win.
  • IRL: Live Tweeting of the Indy 500
    Throughout the Indy 500 – from the first false start to Helio Castroneves celebrating in Victory Circle – fans, bloggers, journalists and race teams pumped out a steady stream of updates using microblogging service Twitter.
  • IRL: Indy 500 win makes Helio’s comeback complete
    The rollercoaster career of Helio Castroneves took another major leap skywards when he converted pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway into his third Indy 500 victory.
  • GP2: Grosjean shows more class at Monaco
    Renault test driver Romain Grosjean’s transition to Formula One is looking increasingly assured as he dominates the GP2 season – in a way that’s curiously reminiscent of Jenson Button’s trip to the senior series title.
  • F1: Button’s Monaco victory extends Brawn’s dominance
    Jenson Button continued his dominance of the 2009 Formula One season with an unruffled victory from pole in Monaco, leading home team-mate Rubens Barrichello for Brawn GP’s third 1-2 finish of the season.
  • F1: Monaco Grand Prix liveblog
    Well, Jense looks to have it in the bag after his superb qualifying yesterday. But – hang on a minute – who’s that on the front row next to him?
  • IRL: Runners and riders for the Indy 500
    The parades, the talk show guest spots and the PR photo opportunities are over and the month-long build up to the 93rd Indianapolis 500 is almost over – but who will triumph when the race begins tomorrow? We assess the prospects of all 33 drivers.
  • F1: Hamilton to start Monaco Grand prix from back row
    Question: how could Lewis Hamilton’s weekend possibly get any worse? Answer: a gearbox change.
  • F1: McLaren pin hopes on new rear wing
    This content has now been removed from the site – thanks for your interest.
  • IRL: Lloyd relieved after sponsor wins $2.5m bet
    Although he didn’t know it, there was a bit more riding on Alex Lloyd’s performance on Pole Day than a place at the top table at one of motorsport’s most prestigious events.
  • F1: Button leaves it late in Monaco qualifying
    Jenson Button stunned the opposition with another late pole-grabbing lap after looking off the pace during the majority of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
  • Indy Lights: Last-minute Howard grabs fourth in thriller
    Jay Howard made the most of a last-minute call-up for the Indy Lights Firestone Freedom 100 to take a careful fourth place in a race of wheel-to-wheel action and high attrition.
  • F1: Home is where the heart is for Button
    Jenson Button may live in Monaco these days but, even with the glamour and excitement of the Principality’s grand prix upon us, it’s still the British race he wants to win most of all.
  • Brawn GP announces support for Stevens
    Jenson Button is not the only former Honda driver enjoying a bit of good news at the moment. Development squad member Will Stevens gets to continue on the Brawn GP books.
  • F1: iSport boss Jackson sheds no tears for Ferrari
    iSport’s team principal Paul Jackson has come up with the best imaginable response to being ridiculed by Ferrari for not being worthy of a Formula One grid slot next year.
  • McLaren road car offers prospect of UK jobs boost
    Work on a new McLaren road car could boost UK manufacturing to the tune of more than 800 jobs as well as supporting the country’s exports, according to Ron Dennis.
  • Le Mans: Davidson to compete for Aston in potential race-winner
    At last something on the race track has come good for Anthony Davidson – the former F1 pilot and BBC radio commentator is to drive for Aston Martin in this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans in June.
  • F1: Brawn knocked back by Rosberg and Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton must be hopeful that his much-criticised MP4-24 will have some traction on the streets of Monaco this weekend after he came close to topping the second-practice timesheets – behind session specialist Nico Rosberg.
  • F1: User guide to the Monaco Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • Monaco Grand Prix shines despite F1 stormclouds
    It’s not a very pleasant irony to find yourself writing a preview of the iconic Monaco Grand Prix, one of the world’s truly great motor races, while awaiting the outcome of a court case that could severely affect the future of F1.
  • Utah: Atlantics points for Winslow, Star Mazda victory for Christodoulou
    James Winslow remains seventh in the Atlantic Championship after the second race in the series, finishing in the points again despite having to find a new team to drive for.
  • Could the BRDC sell Silverstone?
    Claims that the Silverstone race circuit could be put up for sale in order to ease financial pressures on its owners have been made by a newspaper this weekend.
  • IRL: Indy 500 field finalised – Tagliani, Lazier, Barrett miss out
    The final day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 ended in high drama, as Ryan Hunter-Reay knocked Alex Tagliani out of the field of 33 cars with the last laps of the day.
  • IRL: Conway grabs his place in the Indy 500
    Mike Conway shrugged off the after-effects of his high-speed crash and hospital stay to provisionally qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with a four-lap average speed of 220.124mph that put him 28th in the field of 33.
  • F1: Lola jumps in – as teams and FIA fail to agree deal
    It’s a good thing, really, that racecar manufacturer Lola has confirmed that it is throwing its hat into the F1 ring for 2010. Because, at the rate things are going, only a handful of the existing competitors could be there to join the prospective newcomers.
  • F1: That Lewis Hamilton’s a diamond geezer…
    McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen will be letting the Monaco Grand Prix go to their heads – by once again wearing helmets decorated with Steinmetz diamonds.
  • F1: Litespeed is latest team to declare entry
    Norfolk-based F3 team Litespeed is the latest to declare that it plans to apply for a 2010 entry to the Formula One championship – with a little help from Mike Gascoyne.
  • How you can support Jenson Button’s London Triathlon bid
    Jenson Button is asking his fans to support his London Triathlon bid in August and help him with funds and publicity for for his chosen charity.
  • F1: What effect will a pull-out have in the UK?
    If the teams and manufacturers threatening to boycott next year’s Formula One championship were to make good on that threat, how big an impact would it have on the UK’s motorsport industry?
  • Through the photographers’ eyes
    A round-up of all the photos we’ve featured in the image gallery on the front page of the site so far in May.
  • Opinion: Now Ecclestone threatens no British GP in 2010
    It looks like the fears of everyone who believes this year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone could be the last for a while are a step closer to being realised.
  • F1: Lewis Hamilton takes on Steve McQueen
    This one’s either a triumph or an outrage depending on your point of view – Lewis Hamilton and his MP4-24 dubbed into one of the all-time classic racing movies.
  • Fantasy F1: it’s like we never turned up…
    We kind of feel that, reviewing the results of our fantasy F1 league for the outcome of the Spanish Grand Prix that Team Brits on Pole might have been better off not turning up at all.
  • IRL: Mike Conway out of hospital after Indy crash (video)
    British Indycar driver Mike Conway was released from hospital in Indianapolis this evening after being taken there with concussion and bruising to his lungs following a high-speed crash during a practice session for the Indy 500 on Sunday.
  • F1: Rule changes ‘harming UK motorsport industry’
    Rule changes designed to cut the cost of competing in F1 and to increase the competitiveness between teams could be having serious unintended consequences for the UK motorsport industry, according to a new report.
  • F1: Baffled Barrichello beaten by buoyant Button
    Jenson Button spoiled Rubens Barrichello’s party in Barcelona with a mid-race strategy switch that handed him his fourth victory of the season and consigned his team-mate to a puzzled and frustrated second place.
  • GP2: Grosjean opens his account with pole and win
    The Circuit de Catalunya hosted the first races of the GP2 season this weekend – events which saw Renault tester and Campos driver Romain Grosjean establish an early championship lead and become the man to beat.
  • IRL: Helio Castroneves on pole for Indy 500
    Barely a month ago, Helio Castroneves was sitting in a Florida courtroom on tax evasion charges, staring at a possible prison sentence and the ruin of his career. Now he sits on pole for the 93rd Indianapolis 500.
  • F1: Spanish Grand Prix liveblog
    Jenson Button on pole. Sebastian Vettel on the front row looking to make up for his qualifying mistake. Barrichello and Massa on row two with something to prove. Rain forecast. No wonder the pole-sitter has predicted first-corner mayhem.
  • F1: Last-gasp blinder from Button secures pole
    Jenson Button turned around a weekend spent struggling for pace by seizing a dramatic pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.
  • F1: Early leaders still saying ‘catch us if you can’
    The raft of aero and other upgrades that Formula One teams have brought to Barcelona in the hope of overhauling the early season pace-setters seem to have made little difference, if practice is any guide.
  • Donington regains track licence
    Donington Park’s interrupted racing season can resume after safety improvements following construction made the grade and led to it being awarded a new licence.
  • F1: User guide to the Spanish Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • IRL: Forgotten man Alex is sitting pretty in pink
    Alex Lloyd won the 2007 Indy Lights title and then disappeared almost without trace into the Target Chip Ganassi Racing development programme – but his pink race gear and car will be impossible to miss at Indy this month.
  • F1: Can Alonso shine in Barcelona?
    Could a combination of new parts and guts from Fernando Alonso in front of his home crowd possibly bring home a maiden 2009 grand prix win for Renault?
  • IRL: Practice begins for the Indy 500
    With the Month of May well under way, rookies and veterans alike are dodging the weather to grab as much practice time as possible for the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500.
  • GP2: Jakes misses out on DPR drive
    It’s now looking certain that there will be no British drivers on this year’s GP2 grid after DPR filled its remaining seat with Italian Giacomo Ricci, dashing the hopes of GP2 Asia graduate James Jakes.
  • F1: Could Super Aguri – and Davidson – ride again?
    Could it happen? Could Aguri Suzuki really put a second successful F1 entry together and get his much-missed underdog team back onto the grid? And, if he did, would he re-hire Anthony Davidson?
  • A1GP on a knife-edge between triumph and disaster
    With season four of A1GP done and dusted the self-styled World Cup of Motorsport increasingly looks like the hero of an action movie, crossing a bottomless chasm on a bridge that collapses behind him as he runs.
  • F1: Planners refuse to sink British GP
    Planners have given Donington Park two months to collect the necessary signatures to finalise its planning permission for F1-standard upgrades after deciding they could not pre-judge the outcome of a court case.
  • A1GP: Brands Hatch season finale in photos
    A1GP may have faltered during its fourth season, with delayed cars and cancelled races, but it also showed it still knows how to put on a good show. Here is a selection of photos from the season finale at Brands Hatch that prove it.
  • F1: Is British GP protected by the Concorde Agreement?
    The possibility of crucial protection for the British Grand Prix and four other classic European races to remain on F1’s calendar has emerged – courtesy of an unnamed team principal.
  • A1GP: Clarke takes positives from wretched season
    It was a year during which nothing went right for Team GBR. Even so, Dan Clarke finds reason to be hopeful after the season finale at Brands Hatch.
  • F3: Ricciardo extends his series lead at Silverstone
    Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo has extended his lead at the top of the British F3 International drivers’ points table this weekend – but he has no less than three Brits hot on his tail.
  • Adam Carroll and Ireland win A1GP title
    The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport trophy is on its way to Ireland after Adam Carroll completed a dominant weekend at Brands Hatch with his second win of the day and fifth of the season.
  • A1GP: Carroll half way to the title
    Adam Carroll scored a workmanlike win in A1GP’s Brands Hatch sprint race and needs only to finish fifth in this afternoon’s feature race to send the championship across the sea to Ireland.
  • F1: Simon Gillett finally speaks on Donington debentures
    Details of the debenture scheme designed to fund upgrades at the Donington Park circuit in time for the 2010 British Grand Prix have finally been made public – 10 months after the plan was first announced.
  • A1GP: Adam Carroll on the brink of glory
    Adam Carroll blew away the opposition in qualifying at Brands Hatch with a double pole position that could propel Team Ireland towards the A1GP championship – and the Portadown driver to a seat at the top table of world motorsport.
  • A1GP: British race timetable
    Looking to catch the events at Brands Hatch this weekend? Here’s the official timetable listing everything that is going on.
  • A1GP: Fans back Carroll in final shoot-out
    It’s Team Ireland or bust this weekend for the A1GP finale at Brands Hatch – so it’s a good thing that our boy from Portadown is in with a shot at the title.
  • A1GP: Can Carroll take the title for Ireland? Good question…
    Right, get your thinking hats on if you want to have any hope of understanding what’s happening with the A1GP season-ender at Brands Hatch this weekend.
  • Fantasy F1: Bahrain marked by modest gains
    In Bahrain we picked up 28 places as a result of all of our drivers finishiing the race, as well as occupying the top four spots. But we were far from the only people who started the main season feeling that Button, Vettel and Trulli would shine.
  • F1: Mandelson leans on Ecclestone over British GP – and other stories
    Here’s some further reading for those of you following the fate of the 2010 British Grand Prix – things have really been kicking off today under cover of the McLaren penalty. Is Bernie really now the race promoter…?
  • F1: McLaren handed a three-race ban – suspended
    McLaren have been given a suspended three-race ban for misleading stewards at the Australian Grand Prix, as team principal Martin Whitmarsh’s strategy for handling the crisis was shown to have paid off admirably.
  • A1GP: Season to end at Brands thanks to swine flu scare
    Mexico’s swine flu crisis has led to the cancellation of the final date of the A1GP series – meaning that Brands Hatch will once again be hosting the season finale.
  • F1: McLaren verdict is due from FIA
    Today the McLaren F1 team is due to go to Paris and face the consequences of its actions following the Australian Grand Prix held in Melbourne this year.
  • F1: Ecclestone says banks no longer backing Donington
    The banks working with Donington Park’s promoter to fund essential upgrades in time for the 2010 British Grand Prix have reportedly “pulled back” – according to none other than Formula One promoter Bernie Ecclestone.
  • F1: Ecclestone hints McLaren might be spared harsh penalty
    On the eve of McLaren’s appearance in front of the World Motorsport Council on five charges of bringing Formula One into disrepute, there is a glimmer of hope for the team of the reigning world champion.
  • F1: Silverstone redeemed from ninth circle of hell
    So, the signs are that, despite all his erstwhile fulminations against Silverstone, Bernie Ecclestone is beginning to soften very, very slightly towards the idea of future grands prix there.
  • Norwich’s iSport eyes F1 – if price is right
    iSport International, the Norwich-based GP2 entrant that saw Timo Glock to victory and a F1 drive in 2007, is the third British outfit to state that it will consider a F1 entry if the price is right.
  • GP2 Asia: Kobayashi is series champion in DAMS lock-out
    DAMS drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Jerome d’Ambrosio secured a one-two in this year’s GP2 Asia championship in Bahrain, as well as a constructors’ title for their team. Meanwhile, Britain’s James Jakes had a respectable season finish.
  • IRL: Dixon on the march as May approaches
    Reigning champion Scott Dixon kick-started his title defence with a win at the Kansas Speedway as the IndyCar series returned to ovals – and to business as usual.
  • Indy Lights: Plowman makes hay in Kansas crashfest
    A combination of a fast oval, a field full of rookies and the aftermath of a nearby tornado strike meant the Indy Lights Kansas Lottery 100 turned into an endless round of high-speed crashes.
  • F1: Button wins in Bahrain to keep Brawn top
    Jenson Button shrugged off fears that the field had caught up with Brawn GP’s early-season pace to take a confident win at the Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel and polesitter Jarno Trulli.
  • F1: Bahrain Grand Prix live blog
    While we can probably expect good weather for today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, no-one is entirely discounting sandstorms, of the kind that wrecked testing at the circuit earlier in the year.
  • Indy Lights: Mann shows her oval class in qualifying
    Pippa Mann threw off the woes of a poor start to the season to recapture her testing form and qualify fifth for the Indy Lights Kansas Lottery 100.
  • IRL: N/H/L sweep Kansas qualifying as Helio and Dario are punished
    IndyCar series leader Dario Franchitti and rival Helio Castroneves will start from the back of the field at the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 in Kansas after race control punished the pair for cutting the white line in qualifying.
  • Donington’s planning permission could be revoked
    The Donington situation gets more complicated by the day – but councillors are now threatening to revoke the circuit’s planning permission over unsigned documents. At least the BTCC is still slated to turn up…
  • F1: McLaren puts its hands up to all charges
    McLaren has moved to seize the initiative on the verge of its appearance in front of the FIA on Wednesday on charges of bringing Formula One into disrepute.
  • F1: Toyota take their turn in the sun at Bahrain
    Toyota will try to become the third team this season to take its debut victory with a 1-2 finish after Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock secured the front row in qualifying for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
  • Opinion: why there’s more to racing than marble and gold taps
    Anyone watching qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix was advised to do so on an empty stomach – or risk extreme nausea from all the hype about the facilities and the hero-worship of the region’s money.
  • F1: Rosberg fastest but Alonso looks most dangerous
    Another Friday, another timesheet-topping performance from Nico Rosberg, who is widely recognised to be putting in some of Williams’ best performances for years.
  • F1: User guide to the Bahrain Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know, including a weather report, broadcast times and a circuit guide – happy reading.
  • F1: Form book back to normal in the desert?
    There may be sand on the track, drivers and teams may be in a jetlagged no man’s land between Asian and European time zones – but at least the weather is predictable.
  • GP Shootout a chance-in-a-million for one lucky driver?
    A new competition to find top unsung driver talent has no less a goal than launching the winner into a career in Formula One.
  • F1: Could a new British team soon be racing?
    Just as McLaren teeters on the edge of being shown the door out of F1, we learn that at least two other British teams are weighing up the pros and cons of entry.
  • F1: McLaren’s sponsors ask for tolerance
    Commercial and sporting interests are set to collide head-on when McLaren is summoned to the FIA courtroom to answer five charges of lying to stewards at the Australian Grand Prix.
  • British GP doomed as Wheatcroft sues Gillett for return of Donington lease?
    The death-blow to Donington Park’s hopes of staging the British Grand Prix may have been struck today – by circuit owner Tom Wheatcroft, suing Simon Gillett’s company for nearly £2.5 million in unpaid rent.
  • Fantasy F1: Subdued start for Brits on Pole
    And they’re off… the third race of the 2009 season was the first that counted towards the season total in our fantasy F1 league. Unfortunately it was not a stunning one for Brits on Pole.
  • Davidson misses out on Nissan GT-R drive
    Those people hoping to see former F1 driver Anthony Davidson back behind the wheel could be set for disappointment after two potential opportunites have failed to materialise.
  • Winslow secures open-wheel US deal
    James Winslow has got himself a three-race open-wheel drive in the United States with a team that could potentially provide a promotion to the Indy Racing League.
  • DTM: Paffett gets promoted to 2009-spec Merc
    Gary Paffett has been promoted into the front rank of his Mercedes DTM team with the announcement, a month before the season is due to start, that he will be racing in 2009-spec macinery.
  • IRL: Dario returns to winning ways
    Scotland’s Dario Franchitti tasted victory in only his second race since returning to Indycars after canny pit strategy helped him overcome a poor start.
  • Indy Lights: Hildebrand wins Long Beach stroll
    JR Hildebrand took a comfortable win over the 45 laps of the Long Beach street circuit in California as the Indy Lights series served up a procession with very little overtaking.
  • F3: Carlin celebrates double victory at season start
    Carlin Motorsport is off to a great start to the British F3 International season after driver Daniel Ricciardo won both of last weekend’s rounds at Oulton Park.
  • IRL: Wilson thrives with the minnows
    It’s a comparison that had come to us more or less as soon as we heard the bitter-sweet news that Justin Wilson had rescued his 2009 IndyCar season by landing a drive with Dale Coyne Racing – yet another team struggling to stay afloat in difficult times.
  • F1: Red Bull come of age in Shanghai showers
    For the second season running, Sebastian Vettel has delivered his team their maiden victory with a stylish and composed wet weather drive, this time leading home a Red Bull 1-2 ahead of Mark Webber in China.
  • F1: Chinese Grand Prix liveblog
    Three races into the season and we’re back in China already – where it’s raining and all bets about tyre strategies are off. The engine to have in qualifying was the Renault, with the Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso up the front – but the Brawns are lurking dangerously. Follow it live here.
  • F1: Rivals run light to dislodge Button from pole
    Brawn GP’s rivals have finally managed to dislodge Jenson Button from pole – but at the cost of running so light you could practically pick their cars up and walk away with them.
  • IRL: Helio victorious in tax evasion case
    Two-time Indy 500 winner and reality TV dance champion Helio Castroneves has emerged victorious from a tax evasion trial that could have ended his career and put him behind bars for up to six years.
  • F1: Battle of the Brits in Shanghai Friday practice
    Improvements to Lewis Hamilton’s car could see him back among the front-runners in Shanghai, as he gave Jenson Button a run for his money in today’s Shanghai practice session.
  • F1: User guide to the Chinese Grand Prix
    Following the racing at Shanghai this weekend? Here’s all you need to know.
  • F1: Chinese Grand Prix preview
    Was it only six months ago that the Formula One roadshow arrived at Shanghai, with fans of both Ferrari and McLaren on the edge of their seats, wondering whether Felipe Massa or Lewis Hamilton would be able to decide the championship?
  • F1: Button was offered Piquet’s Renault seat
    Flavio Briatore has inadvertently revealed that he attempted to recruit Jenson Button to Renault for the 2009 season, presumably at the expense of the under-performing Nelson A Piquet.
  • A1GP: Financial crisis stalls Team GBR
    The company that runs A1GP’s Team GBR has gone into administration, forcing the series to put together a makeshift squad to run the car at Portimao last weekend.
  • Britain loses the Race of Champions
    The Race of Champions event, held at Wembley for the last two years, is taking a trip to China in November.
  • Donington out of action for five weeks over safety issues
    Talks with British motorsport regulators have so far failed to provide a resolution to safety issues at the Donington Park racetrack following work to upgrade its facilities to F1 standards.
  • McLaren diversifies away from F1
    McLaren is to move its focus away from Formula One racing and towards production cars, according to an announcement from the company this morning.
  • F1: Diffuser decision is good news for Button
    The aerodynamics that provide such a fundamental part of Jenson Button’s double race-winning car are legal, according to a decision by FIA stewards yesterday.
  • A1GP: Penalties dent Irish title charge
    Adam Carroll thought he’d fought back from a drive-through penalty to score a pair of second places for A1GP’s Team Ireland in Portugal at the weekend – only to lose one of them to a post-race steward’s decision.
  • F1: Khan drives in Dubai but not in Portugal
    Just when A1GP’s Team Pakistan seemed ready to race at last, its driver was in Dubai showcasing an F1 car that was shortly to be smashed up by a rally driver.
  • A1GP: Team GBR in subdued Algarve performance
    A1GP’s Team GBR managed to salvage four points from a troubled weekend at Portugal’s Portimao circuit despite putting out an announcement suggesting it had written off the remainder of the season.
  • Fantasy F1: Collect those McLaren points while you can…
    Dilemmas, dilemmas. Having used up our two races’ worth of introductory fantasy F1 flexibility, the picture about how the season will play out is still distressingly unclear.
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  • IRL: Dan Wheldon’s Silverstone dream
    He may have spent so long in America that he prefers gridiron to soccer, but English Indycar racer Dan Wheldon still dreams of coming home to challenge his rivals around the famous straights and corners of Silverstone.
  • F1: “I’m chuffed to bits,” says Jenson
    Jenson Button’s second Grand Prix audio diary reveals how he won pole position in Malaysia despite a heavy cockpit control box slamming into his ankles every time he braked.
  • F1: McLaren to face the FIA music
    McLaren has been summoned to appear before the World Motorsport Council at the end of March to explain its employees’ actions in misleading race stewards following the Australian Grand Prix.
  • F1: Brawn says Button will raise his game still further
    Here’s a reminder, as if one were needed, that Ross Brawn didn’t just win seven world championships with Michael Schumacher by accident.
  • F1: Khan on parade for demonstration in Dubai
    Adam Khan is to visit Dubai later this month – to take the opportunity of getting behind the wheel of a Renault Formula One car.
  • IRL: So close for Wilson as win slips away
    Justin Wilson came agonisingly close to scoring one of the all-time great underdog victories in the IndyCar season opener at St Petersburg, dominating much of the race but losing the lead at a late restart.
  • Indy Lights: Strous shows fellow rookies how to win
    Junior Strous won both races of the Firestone Indy Lights season-opening double header on the Streets of St Petersburg, while the five-strong crop of British rookies suffered a torrid introduction to American open-wheel racing.
  • Brits on Pole Twitter updates for 2009-04-05
    A dump of the day’s Twitter updates – covering the whole of the Malaysian Grand Prix and the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
  • F1: And finally… it’s the Brits on Pole ebook
    We’ve been threatening this for a while – and finally it has come to pass. The Brits on Pole ebook, which is a complete record of our coverage of the 2008 Formula One season, is ready at last. Find out how to get your free copy.
  • F1: Button splashes to victory in Malaysia
    Jenson Button won his second consecutive race behind a safety car as Formula One’s attempt to defy the rain gods and run an evening race in the Malaysian monsoon season ended in farce.
  • GP2: Podium for Jakes in Malaysia
    James Jakes traded his third place on the Malaysia GP2 Asia grid for a podium in the feature race, but fell early victim to monsoon condition in the sprint and crashed out.
  • F1: McLaren’s problems are far from over
    The Malaysian Grand Prix weekend might be drawing to a close, but there seems to still be plenty of trouble in store for McLaren.
  • F1: Malaysian Grand Prix live blog
    Here we are again, just where we hoped we’d never be again after last year – waiting for a race to start so it will wipe away the bitter taste of off-track shenanigans. Malaysia today. Will the weather decide everything?
  • IRL: ‘I was robbed of pole’ says Wilson
    A front-row spot for the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg and his team’s best-ever qualifying position were not enough for IndyCar racer Justin Wilson, who felt he was robbed of pole when Dario Franchitti slowed in front of him.
  • F1: Button holds off Trulli for Malaysian pole
    Another Sunday, another pole position for Jenson Button as he fended off Jarno Trulli and dominated the rest of the field to set the fastest time in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
  • F1: New Scientist asks if KERS is safe
    An article recently published in the respected New Scientist magazine asks if the KERS power boost system used by F1 teams for the first time this year is safe.
  • IRL: Wilson wows ’em at St Pete practice
    Dario Franchitti and Graham Rahal ran fastest in practice for the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg – but it was Justin Wilson in the underfunded Dale Coyne Racing entry who caused the biggest stir.
  • A1GP: Will Adam Khan finally get to have a go in Portugal?
    Adam Khan could be about to salvage something from a disastrous 2008/09 season for Team Pakistan by finally taking to the track when the series visits Portugal on April 12.
  • A1GP: Brands Hatch loses season finale
    A new date has been added to this year’s truncated A1GP season – with the result that Brands Hatch will no longer be hosting the final race of the year.
  • GP2 Asia: James Jakes to line up third on Sepang grid
    Yorkshireman James Jakes has done his chances of securing a drive for the European leg of the GP2 competition a power of good today after qualifying third for the Sepang race.
  • Indy Lights: Brits field six of the best at St Pete
    There will be a strong British presence when the Firestone Indy Lights championship launches on the streets of St Petersburg this weekend, with no fewer than six drivers – including former champion Jay Howard – competing in the feeder series of the Indy Racing League.
  • F1: Ferrari show up for Malaysia practice
    Ferrari appear to have found the magic petrol can if their performance in the two Malaysian Grand Prix practice sessions today is anything to go by.
  • F1: User guide to the Malaysian Grand Prix
    Following the racing this weekend? Here’s all you need to know, including a weather report, broadcast times and a circuit guide – happy reading.
  • F1: Malaysian Grand Prix preview
    It’s hard to get one’s mind onto the racing when the press are camped outside the Sepang paddock media centre like a pack of Romans at the circus in the later period of the Empire – but we’re going to have to try.
  • Opinion: Why we need to accept Hamilton’s apology and move on
    Now Lewis Hamilton has apologised for his behaviour in Australia he should be allowed to get on with what he’s good at – it’s not in our interests as fans to keep bashing him. And here’s why.
  • F1: The balloon goes up at McLaren
    Martin Whitmarsh’s newly-minted job as McLaren team principal appears to be on the line after just one grand prix – after a error of judgement by a senior staff member led to a misleading statement to race stewards.
  • Fantasy F1: Are our results final now, please?
    Let’s get frank. 2009 has been a pretty poor season for Fantasy F1 so far – and we’re only a week in, and today’s events with McLaren are so vexing that it’s really a struggle to drum up the enthusiasm to write about it. But if we don’t start, we won’t carry on – here goes.
  • Donington loses racing licence over safety concerns
    Donington Park has had its racing licence taken away by the UK’s motorsports regulator after work to dig a tunnel under the track left an area between two crucial corners with insufficient run-off.
  • F1: Here we go again – Hamilton disqualified from Oz results
    Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of his third place in the Australian Grand Prix after stewards reconvened and decided the McLaren driver and his team had deliberately misled the original investigation into how the race had finished.
  • IRL: The Main Manning is back
    Yorkshire’s Darren Manning will drive in the IndyCar Series season opener this weekend after securing a last-gasp deal to team up with fellow Brit Mike Conway at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
  • F1: ‘It’s a big thank you to everyone’ says Jense
    It’s not actually a video, even though it was on Brawn GP’s YouTube channel – but here is Jenson Button’s Australian Grand Prix audio diary with his thoughts about a remarkable weekend in Melbourne.
  • F1: Brilliant Button wins in Australia
    Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello swept the board at the Australian Grand Prix in Brawn GP’s first outing – and Lewis Hamilton was handed a post-race third place after being on the right side of a stewards decision for a change.
  • F1: Australian Grand Prix live blog
    It’s time for the opening Grand Prix of the season and fans up and down the land are up at the crack of dawn to find out whether Jenson Button can win from pole, whether Lewis Hamilton can finish the race and whether David Coulthard can make it through to 9am without swearing on air.
  • Reborn Brawn one step from glory in Melbourne
    Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello grabbed the front row of tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix as the former Honda team celebrated its survival and its new sponsorship deal with Virgin by dominating qualifying.
  • F1: Button fast and Hamilton slow in first practice
    The first practice day of the 2009 F1 season was the same old story for the British drivers – one near the top of the timesheets, one stranded at the bottom driving a milk float, and a near miss for David Coulthard.
  • Silverstone Half Marathon: Up the Hanger Straight on foot
    Silverstone played host to a different sort of racing line-up on Sunday as more than 8000 runners pounded around the historic circuit. Brits on Pole contributor Scott McCarthy was among them – and he did rather well…
  • DTM: Oliver Jarvis wins praise for 2008 season
    Audi driver Oliver Jarvis has won praise for his performance in his rookie DTM year from a former series champion and double 24 Hours of Le Mans winner.
  • F1: Is British GP safe even if Donington does deliver?
    Bernie Ecclestone has appeared to cast doubt over the future of the British Grand Prix even if Donington Park delivers on its promise to have a F1-worthy track ready by next summer.
  • F1: Jenson Button’s investment in hope
    Those present at last week’s Formula One testing saw an unaccustomed sight – the reborn Honda team topping the timesheets on two successive days. Is this really the start of something big for Jenson Button?
  • A1GP: Dance the night away at Brands Hatch for a good cause
    Race fans attending the A1GP season finale at Brands Hatch in May have the chance to dance the night away in the trackside VIP hospitality suite – and it’s all for a good cause.
  • F1: Just how big a problem does McLaren have?
    The latest episode of the F1 soap opera has a twist that no-one was expecting – McLaren’s apparent failure to develop a competitive car. Just how bad are its problems?
  • F1: Barcelona testing report 12/03/2009
    In the best possible omen for Brawn GP’s first season in F1, Rubens Barrichello equalled Jenson Button’s feat in putting his car at the top of the timesheet on the final day of this week’s Barcelona test.
  • Quotes to watch out for: Lawman Mosley takes the stand
    Max Mosley has struck a public blow for probity, transparency and separation of powers in regulatory bodies. Come on, pick yourself off up the floor and stop laughing. He really did.
  • F1: Barcelona testing report 11/03/2009
    Jenson Button topping the Barcelona unofficial timesheets on a day when Lewis Hamilton crashed and came last – not something that many F1 fans were expecting to see at the start of the 2009 season.
  • F1: Who needs Lewis Hamilton when the car drives itself?
    Usually we find ourselves downright bored with Vodafone’s attempts to involve Lewis Hamilton in their viral marketing campaigns – but here’s one that actually has some racing content.
  • Lewis Hamilton collects his MBE
    Lewis Hamilton has heard how the Queen was watching as he overtook Timo Glock in a thrilling last-gasp bid to take the Formula One World Championship at Interlagos in November.
  • F1: Barcelona testing report 10/03/09
    The rain clouds may have been gathering over Barcelona for the second day of Ferrari’s final test before the season start – but it was a sunny day for Kimi Raikkonen.
  • F1 – will Brawn GP be everyone’s new favourite team?
    So, after more twists and turns than an episode of Alias, the team formerly known as Honda is now Brawn GP – a going concern with a car out on the test track at Barcelona today.
  • F1: Barcelona testing report 09/03/2009
    Jenson Button’s future as a Formula One driver got its biggest boost since the Honda crisis broke today as he took to the track in a newly-branded Brawn GP car and topped the standings for the morning session.
  • Over the White Line: Black is the new black at the Beeb
    You can tell that the F1 season is less than a month away, that a new broadcaster has the rights to screen it, and that other big, important things are afoot. Because the Beeb has turned its site black…
  • F1: Jerez testing report 05/03/2009
    A dramatic final day of Jerez testing saw the weather dominate proceedings once more with only BMW’s Nick Heidfeld venturing out for a full programme, and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton crashing off the track.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 04/03/2009
    Fernando Alonso was the third driver to top the unofficial Jerez timesheets in the space of four days in another boost to the hopes of all F1 fans looking for a close-fought and exciting season.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 03/03/2009
    Timo Glock proved that he’s not just a wet-weather specialist after topping the unofficial Jerez timesheets for the second day running – and this time Ferrari was on the track.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 02/03/2009
    Timo Glock topped the unofficial timesheet for Toyota on the second day of Jerez testing despite cold weather heavy rain that disrupted every team’s programme, causing Ferrari to abandon running altogether.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 01/03/2009
    The Red Bull team showed that it intends to be a serious player this season after its new signing Sebastian Vettel topped the unofficial timesheets during the first day of Jerez testing.
  • Over the white line: a rally car named desire
    Want to know what the world’s most desirable car is? Well, you’ve come to the wrong place, mate. It’s a question we can’t answer. Or maybe we can…
  • F1: Davidson switches to BBC commentary role
    Former Honda and Super Aguri driver Anthony Davidson is to move into a full-time commentary role for 2009, according to an announcement made today.
  • F1: Hot in-car action from the BBC
    F1 fans can look forward to in-car cameras, the option to view split-screen coverage and the ability to screen out annoying commentary when the season starts in March this year.
  • F1: Honda claims ‘no serious buyer’ for team
    Jenson Button’s hopes of lining up on the Melbourne grid have taken a possibly fatal blow this morning following fresh doubts over the saleability of his team.
  • A1GP: Swiss lead series as Brits and Irish are squeezed out
    Defending champions Switzerland have moved ominously to the front of the pack following two races in South Africa that saw Team GBR and previous leaders Ireland each beset by problems.
  • DTM: Legge steps up to Audi factory team
    Katherine Legge is due to drive for Audi in this year’s DTM championship having stepped up to a better car for her second season in the series.
  • IRL: Has Justin Wilson found a drive with Dale Coyne?
    It’s possible that Justin Wilson has secured an IRL drive for next season with Dale Coyne Racing, where he is likely to pair with existing driver Bruno Junqueira. But the team represents a significant step down from Newman/Haas/Lanigan.
  • A1GP: All to do for Brits after spare parts shambles
    Team GBR will start from 10th and 13th in A1GP’s two South African races after the trouble-hit series once again failed to supply all its teams with the machinery they needed to compete.
  • Over the white line: Ronaldo’s most expensive corner ever
    Evidence has appeared in the Brits on Pole inbox this week that money is truly not proof against life’s ills – although we will admit that it probably has quite an insulating effect.
  • A1GP: Winslow hopeful for Watts’ Team GBR drive?
    Could A1GP rookie James Winslow pick up a more regular slot with Team GBR in the wake of Danny Watts’ decision to sign a season-long contract with a sportscar team?
  • A1GP: Danny Watts is off to sportscars
    A1 Team GBR’s Danny Watts could soon be leaving open-wheel racing behind after signing with sports car team Strakka Racing for the full Le Mans Series 2009 season.
  • F1: Honda, Button, Virgin? Keep the champagne on ice
    Honda F1 has confirmed that Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is among the companies it has spoken to about a possible takeover – where does that leave Jenson Button?
  • So, does The Stig wear socks? Check for yourself…
    Some say he invented Branston Pickle and that if you insult his mother, he will headbutt you in the chest. Others claim he once wrestled an elephant to the ground using the power of his mind and an alarming hairstyle. Well, now you can potentially check all this out for yourself.
  • F1: Renault facing job cuts
    Renault F1’s Oxfordshire-based workers are facing job cuts after the team revealed that it is consulting with staff about losing up to 60 test team and aerodynamics jobs.
  • F1: Adrian Newey to quit?
    One of the biggest names in British motorsport engineering is considering his future in the light of the latest regulations changes to hit Formula One because the sport is losing its challenge.
  • F1: Silverstone is going out in style
    Silverstone will be sending the British Grand Prix off in style in its 60th year – the circuit has announced that, with four months still to go, the venue is on course for a capacity crowd.
  • A1GP: Watts to return for Team GBR in South Africa
    Danny Watts will be back in the Team GBR car this weekend for the next races of the A1GP season, as the series calls at Gauteng in South Africa.
  • GP2 Asia: Hulkenberg celebrates maiden win
    GP2 debutant Nico Hulkenberg has stamped his authority on the series after winning its first-ever night race on a weekend where he challenged the leaders from qualifying onwards.
  • F1: Bahrain and Jerez testing reports 13/02/2008
    Kimi Raikkonen put in a dominant performance in Bahrain to raise his Ferrari to the top of the unofficial timesheet after the weather-disrupted test there resumed. Meanwhile in Jerez Fernando Alonso got within two-tenths of a second of Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren.
  • F1: Bahrain and Jerez testing reports 12/02/2008
    Lewis Hamilton’s return to the test track saw him top the 2009 cars’ unofficial standings in Jerez on Thursday after only Sebastien Bourdais’ interim Toro Rosso was able to go faster. Meanwhile the three teams testing at Bahrain lamented a lost day.
  • Over the white line: Footballers avoid the Hamilton treatment in Seville
    In a news-packed week when Formula One and several other racing series began gearing up for the start of their new season, the main item to catch our eye was football-related. But bear with us.
  • F1: Bahrain and Jerez testing reports 11/02/2008
    The sand in Bahrain is mainly on the racetrack, it would appear, after a second day of testing at the Middle Eastern circuit was held up by a sandstorm.
  • F1: Bahrain and Jerez testing reports 10/02/2008
    Timo Glock put in a surprise fastest lap in Bahrain to put himself at the top of the unofficial timesheet ahead of Felipe Massa and Robert Kubica. Meanwhile, in Jerez, Sebastian Buemi continued his reign and Milton Keynes’ finest engineering was on display.
  • F1: Questions grow over Donington’s finances
    Concerns about the ability of Donington Park to stage the British Grand Prix in 2010 are growing exponentially this morning with indications that track owner Tom Wheatcroft may have lost faith in the company behind the bid.
  • F1: Coulthard doubtful on Button’s future
    David Coulthard believes Jenson Button could be facing the end of his F1 career if no buyer is found for the Honda Racing team.
  • Why there will never be a Team Great Britain in F1
    A new all-American team is slated to enter Formula One in 2010, featuring a car, drivers and engineering all based in that country. Brits on Pole asks: what does this mean for the series, for motorsport in general, and for British racing?
  • How the other half live…
    This one, from FIA president and all-round toff Max Mosley, is a few days old, but is such a classic that it transcends topicality.
  • F1: Former Donington partner sues for £150,000
    Donington Park is being sued by a former partner in the business for reported damages of up to £150,000. Lee Gill, who left the circuit’s management in September, has filed court papers claiming he was dismissed from his post unfairly.
  • F3: Turvey takes things slowly with WSR drive
    Oliver Turvey is set to race in next year’s World Series by Renault championship after talk of challenging for the GP2 title failed to translate into a drive.
  • F1: What odds on Honda and Button racing in 2009?
    So, what do the markets think of Honda’s and Jenson Button’s chances of being on the start line in Melbourne in a couple of months’ time?
  • F1: Mosley reveals British GP watching brief
    The FIA could step in to secure the future of the British Grand Prix if it runs into trouble in 2010, according to a recent statement from its president Max Mosley. The only thing is, it might choose not to interfere. And, if it did, Bernie Ecclestone might not listen.
  • IRL: Wilson’s loss could be pay driver Duno’s gain
    Imagine that Heikki Kovalainen has just lost his McLaren seat for 2009, not in favour of some talented young driver like Rosberg or Vettel, but to make way for Yuji Ide on the promise of a hefty cheque. You’d be outraged, right?
  • Over the white line: ITV F1 refuses to go quietly
    This week we were pleased to find ourselves being followed on Twitter by ITV F1. This is not to claim we’ve had a rare experience, or that we are special little flowers. But it does make us glad to see that the team is refusing to go quietly.
  • F1: Gascoyne contests Force India dismissal
    Formula One design guru Mike Gascoyne has reportedly initiated legal action against his former employers Force India after leaving the team at the end of the 2008 season.
  • F1: Teddy Mayer, founder of McLaren, dies
    The racing world in Britain and America is mourning the loss of a major figure this week – Teddy Mayer, the man who co-founded McLaren and who took the team to an iconic F1 world championship and Indy 500 double.
  • F1: Daily Mail gets right behind Jenson Button – not
    Some of our readers may be aware that the mid-market British newspaper The Daily Mail often has an unfortunate tendency to view life’s glass as half-empty – most recently in regard to the career of one Jenson Button…
  • Tiny, orange, made in the Midlands – and ready to take on Ferrari
    You know the supercar market is cutting back when you can buy a Bentley that runs on chip fat – but now economy is coming flying out of the Midlands like a tiny orange bat out of hell.
  • Over the white line: a sign of the times for Bentley
    What is the world coming to when you have to instruct your staff to run the Bentley on used chip fat?
  • SLF: Game on for 2009
    Superleague Formula, the racing series featuring teams based on football clubs that ran its maiden season in 2008, has announced this year’s calendar.
  • F1: Will Honda ask for a government bail-out?
    Honda Racing is reportedly in talks with the government about securing a share of the £2.3 billion recently earmarked for bailing out the country’s beleagured car industry.
  • F1: Adam Khan gets a break with Renault
    The dwindling ranks of British Formula One drivers have just received a welcome boost from an unexpected direction after Renault signed A1GP’s Adam Khan in a demonstration role.
  • Hot from Guildford – the new James Allen
    We reckon the BBC missed a trick when it picked its commentary team for its F1 coverage – yes it’s got Martin Brundall and David Coulthard, yes Murray Walker is involved somwehere in there, but where is Leigh Hobden?
  • A1GP: Second victory evades Irish at Taupo
    Britain’s Dan Clarke span out of the points while a rogue anti-stall system cost Adam Carroll the chance of a clean sweep of victories in New Zealand.
  • A1GP: Pole-to-flag victory for Carroll in Taupo sprint
    Adam Carroll recorded Ireland’s third victory of the season in A1GP’s New Zealand sprint race – but Dan Clarke’s hopes of recovering from a disappointing qualifying were dashed when he was forced to dodge a spinning Brazilian car on the first lap.
  • A1GP: Double pole for Ireland at Taupo
    Team Ireland got off to the best possible start in their battle to defend their A1GP championship lead by seizing pole position in both the sprint and feature races at New Zealand’s Taupo circuit.
  • F1: Ecclestone’s £14.5 million ensures Williams will start season
    The spectre of just 16 cars lining up on the Melbourne grid at the start of the 2009 season has been averted – thanks to a £14.5 million payment made by Bernie Ecclestone to the Williams F1 team.
  • GP2 Asia: Kobayashi maintains series lead
    Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez took the victories as GP2 Asia visited Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit for the third round of its championship.
  • Damon Hill given honorary award
    Damon Hill is being presented with an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Northampton in recognition of his contribution to motorsport – in his career as a World Championship-winning racing driver and for his work locally.
  • F1: Portimao testing report 22/01/2009
    And the big news from Thursday’s F1 test session in Portugal is… that there’s nothing to report after a day when the weather was the only player in town.
  • F1: Portimao testing report 21/01/2009
    Damp conditions on Portugal’s Algarve saw a subdued start to Lewis Hamilton’s 2009 campaign as he took the wheel of the McLaren MP4-24 on his first public outing with the car.
  • F1: Portimao testing report 20/01/2009
    It was close to being ‘as you were’ on day two of the inaugural 2009 test at the Portimao circuit as Sebastien Buemi topped the timesheet again. Only the kind of weather that would raise eyebrows in Britain, never mind on The Algarve, introduced a note of drama.
  • Over the white line: Ben Collins is still The Stig…
    What we’d really like to know is, if Ben Collins (aka The Stig) was a stunt driver on recent Bond film A Quantum of Solace, how many Aston Martins does he have on his conscience?
  • A1GP: ‘Speedy’ Dan rides again
    Talented but erratic ex-Champ Car racer Dan Clarke has been given the nod to represent A1GP’s Team GBR in New Zealand this weekend, standing in for Danny Watts who is at home with his partner and their newborn son.
  • F1: Portimao testing report 19/01/2008
    Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi, one of the newest drivers on the F1 grid, brought his timesheet-topping habits into the new year as he continued to make a splash in winter testing.
  • IRL: Conway lands IndyCar drive for 2009
    Former GP2 racewinner and British F3 champ Mike Conway has been confirmed with IndyCar Racing League team Dreyer & Reinbold for the 2009 season.
  • Triumph has the car…
    For those of us with an old Triumph or two lying around the place, a piece of motoring news las week seemed to bring us one step closer to the Holy Grail of a modern-day Spitfire being put into production.
  • F1: Dennis says FOTA – and proper research – crucial to sport’s future
    Co-operation between all the teams on the F1 grid, whether front-runners or back-markers, privateers or manufacturer-backed, will be the only way to secure the support’s survival, according to Ron Dennis.
  • A1GP: Could Brands Hatch lose season finale?
    Terrible news about A1GP for British fans – Brands Hatch might be in the frame to lose its status as the host of the season finale, a privilege it has enjoyed for the last two years. The May 1 event would still be slated to take place there – it just wouldn’t occupy the end-of-season slot any more if speculation kicked off by the FIA is on the mark.
  • F1: Is this the 2009 championship-winning car?
    The world of F1 got its first, long-awaited look at the car that’s a leading contender for the 2009 World Championship on Friday – the McLaren MP4-24 with Lewis Hamilton’s number one on the nose.
  • F1: What gives at Honda?
    A question British F1 fans are asking this week: what on earth is going on at Brackley? Strange stories have started appearing in the public prints indicating that all is not proceeding smoothly with the sale of the team formerly known as Honda.
  • F1: Dennis hands McLaren reins over to Whitmarsh
    We’d expected it for a long time – but when it finally happened, it came out of the blue. Ron Dennis has announced that, following his successful 2008 World Championship campaign with Lewis Hamilton, he will be handing over McLaren F1 to Martin Whitmarsh.
  • A bit too much right boot?
    Thanks to the wonder of the Internet, a new perspective on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ferrari incident.
  • Brits on dole as rides dry up
    Big-name British drivers on both sides of the Atlantic are facing a season on the sidelines as the global economic downturn sends teams out of business and forces the survivors to hire ride-buyers.
  • Over the white line: put a quid or two on Felipe…
    Massa has proved he is superb racer who pulled a cracking 2008 season out of the hat to become Ferrari’s lead driver against all expectations. He could do with a clean slate this year, without Bernie stirring things.
  • A1GP: Test car gets a crack at new Portimao circuit
    So, what’s all the fuss about with this new European circuit, we hear you cry? No sooner have McLaren and Ferrari tested there than GP2 announces it will hold its season finale on the Algarve and A1GP takes its car for a run-out.
  • Richards: cash crunch still hasn’t sunk in for F1
    We’ll pass on more or less without comment some recent words from Prodrive chief David Richards about the economic challenges currently facing top-flight motorsport, because they pretty much speak for themselves.
  • Prodrive in frame for job cuts
    Workers at Prodrive’s Oxfordshire facility could be facing job cuts after the company’s partnership with Subaru and its involvement in the World Rally Championship came to an end in December.
  • Anthony Davidson giving up on F1?
    British former F1 racer Anthony Davidson has said that the exit of Honda from the sport realistically ends his hopes of getting a 2009 drive, leading him to turn his attention to sports cars.
  • Over the white line: Send the British GP to Portimao!
    This week we heard, to the exclusion of almost everything else, how Donington Park got permission for the redevelopment that will, if successful, see it hosting the 2010 British Grand Prix.
  • Ronaldo writes off his Fiorano
    In our quest to serve up the exploits of those people who really shouldn’t have beautiful motors if they can’t treat them properly, we bring you… drum roll… Cristiano Ronaldo. Yes, the winger has winged his Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorino in spectacular fashion.
  • Donington gets approval – conditional on traffic scheme
    The redevelopment of Donington Park in a quest to be ready to host the 2010 British Grand Prix has cleared a significant hurdle by being granted planning permission – but the event could still be halted if its transport strategy doesn’t pass muster.
  • Honda’s and Button’s futures looking bright
    The chances of Jenson Button lining up on the grid in Melbourne are looking considerably better, according to team boss Nick Fry. He has revealed that the Brackley-based outfit is considering around a dozen “serious” offers.
  • Brundle steps down from driver management
    Martin Brundle’s partnership with fellow F1 veteran Mark Blundell has been dissolved in the face of his new commitments as a BBC commentator and manager to his son Alex.
  • F3 and GP2: new dates announced
    Curious about this year’s GP2 and British F3 International series? Both have recently published their 2009 calendars, which you can check out on our race dates page.
  • GP2 Asia to get night-racing event
    Seems like Singapore may have started a trend… now every circuit and series hopes to host its own night race, and in GP2 Asia this year the privilege goes to Qatar.
  • Max Chilton signs for Carlin
    It’s always interesting to keep an eye on which drivers are rated by Hampshire-based Carlin Motorsport, as that team numbers among its current personnel Jaime Alguersuari, Brendon Hartley and Oliver Turvey. And the good news is that another young Brit is about to get a chance to shine.
  • F1: when are the ‘motorsport valley’ car launches due?
    The launch of 2009’s F1 cars is always a moment of high excitement for fans but in Britain it plays another role – as a showcase for one of the country’s unsung industries, and one that certainly needs every boost it can get in these uncertain economic times.
  • Jonathan Palmer: motorsport will survive lean times
    Brands Hatch supremo Jonathan Palmer has said he believes motorsport can see out the lean times of the credit crunch and continue to thrive.
  • Lost Bugatti: is this the world’s most exclusive car?
    It reads like a fairytale: a car collector dies, leaving the contents of his garage to his family. It proves to contain a stunning original 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, first owned by an aristocrat and motor racing great, with two-seat Atalante coupé coachwork and an incredible provenance.
  • Now riding in an Aston could be easier than ever…
    Depressed by the gloomy start to 2009, and the feeling that both motorsport and the right to own any vehicle more exciting than a Renault Clio are luxuries we may not enjoy for too much longer? Here’s a little light relief – the glamorous, weird and wonderful or downright eccentric British vehicles making headlines at the moment.
  • British GP: East Midlands Airport the key?
    Interesting times in the continuing quest by Donington Park to be ready to host the British Grand Prix in 2010 – will the neighbouring airport prove to be a bigger issue than planning or transport, as its radar interferes with TV communications?
  • F1: How do Honda’s chances look now?
    A month ago we heard how the Honda F1 team had until the new year to find a buyer if it was to stand any chance of lining up on the grid in Melbourne in March. Well, January has arrived, and how do its prospects, and those of its driver Jenson Button, look?
  • Sun says Ferrari ‘turned into fireball’ by Saudi prince
    The Ferrari 360 Modena – the forerunner of the 430 and as nice a motor as you could want to see parked on your drive. Financial adviser Andrew Hobb was using a luxury car agency to hire his out – but, to his discomfort, he didn’t get it back again. Instead it was crashed and reduced to a blackened shell.
  • Lewis Hamilton appointed MBE
    Lewis Hamilton has been appointed an MBE in the New Year Honours list for services to motor racing after becoming the sport’s youngest-ever Formula One world champion this year.
  • F1: Jerez and Portimao test reports 17/12/08
    Sebastian Vettel wrested back his crown as Red Bull’s leading young Turk after having been uncharacteristically outpointed by the team’s test driver.
  • F1: Jerez and Portimao test reports 16/12/08
    We’re not saying it’s quite time to recall the processional days of Michael Schumacher – but we’re handing out no prizes for guessing who topped the timesheets at Jerez yet again yesterday…
  • F1: Jerez and Portimao test reports 15/12/08
    F1 testing has continued at two venues this week, with five of the nine teams furthering work on their 2009-spec cars.
  • Sports Personality: Lewis the bridesmaid again
    Track conditions meant that Chris Hoy couldn’t take on Lewis Hamilton in a man versus machine race at Wembley – but he won what was arguably the more important contest – the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
  • Race of Champions: a fan’s-eye view
    If you want to see serious wheel to wheel racing, go to Silverstone. If you want a fun day out, and to see (and hear) lots of different cars piloted by different drivers, then the Race of Champions is excellent value.
  • RoC: DC bows out on the podium
    David Coulthard missed crowning his career with a Race of Champions title at Wembley Stadium by just three tenths of a second, losing the deciding race in the final to French rally star Sebastien Loeb.
  • F1: Jerez test report 11/12/08
    Sebastien Buemi has put the seal on a dominant week of testing at Jerez by topping the timesheets once again. Alongside fellow Toro Rosso hopeful Takuma Sato, he was the only driver to clock up a sub-1:18 time.
  • Awards round-up: who else got what off who
    So, those drivers who aren’t named either Lewis Hamilton or Alexander Sims – how have they fared during the awards season?
  • F1: Jerez test report 10/12/08
    The fight for the 2009 Toro Rosso race seats continued to dominate testing at the Jerez circuit yesterday with potential drivers Sebastien Buemi, Sebastien Bourdais and Takuma Sato continuing to slug it out in a bid to lay down the fastest time.
  • Allen on Button: “Timing couldn’t have been worse”
    Yesterday James Allen, writing on his blog, asked a very pertinent question: does Jenson Button have a future in Formula One? It’s something we’d all like to know the answer to – but Allen’s got a slightly more informed view than the rest of us about how Button is viewed in the paddock and what his real chances are.
  • Alexander Sims is BRDC Young Driver of the Year
    And the winner is… Alexander Sims is the 20th young driver of the year to be named since David Coulthard took the first ever McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 1989.
  • Hamilton collects Autosport, BRDC and Seagrave awards
    Lewis Hamilton has been named International Racing Driver of the Year at this year’s Autosport Awards – for the second year running – as well as picking up a prestigious BRDC Gold Star.
  • F1: Could Force India have an all-British driver line-up?
    Sick of the grim news from Brackley? Needing to play a little mental ‘fantasy F1 team manager’ to raise your spirits? Well, here’s a far-fetched proposition to put a smile on your face – di Resta and Paffet both lining up on the grid for Force India.
  • F1: Jerez test report 9/12/08
    The first full day of Jerez testing was like a flashback to November and Barcelona for Toro Rosso drivers Sebastien Buemi and Sebastien Bourdais after the duo comfortably topped the unofficial timesheets.
  • F1: Can a phoenix rise from Honda’s ashes?
    Now the dust has settled on the news that the Honda management had been busily digging an exit tunnel out of F1, how are things looking for the team and for its British driver Jenson Button?
  • Honda’s F1 years: 1963 to 2008
    Honda’s withdrawal from Formula One marks the third time the Japanese car giant has walked away from the sport, although never before has it written off a financial investment of such magnitude on the way out.
  • GP2 Asia: rain stops play after feature race
    The weekend’s GP2 Asia racing in Dubai was cut short after a flooded track meant that running the sprint event was out of the question.
  • F1: Honda is gone, but Fry and Brawn will fight on
    Japanese car giant Honda confirmed its withdrawal from Formula One this morning, becoming the first in what could turn into a chain of falling dominoes that would change the face of the sport.
  • Over the white line: humble pie and Rocket Red
    This week the most exciting thing to happen was the long-awaited appearance of a coveted McLaren rocket red victory shirt through the letterbox of Brits on Pole Global HQ – and, gosh, it is red.
  • F1: Jenson Button’s drive about to disappear
    Word is tonight that Honda is on the verge of announcing its complete withdrawal from F1 – what terrible, heinous, unforgiveable sins did Jenson Button commit in a previous life that mean nothing seems to go right for him?
  • Ever fancied a racing licence? Read on…
    Ever had a yen to own a racing licence? Well, according to an article on The Times website today, you can pick up a basic one in a 24-hour crash (perhaps we should say intensive) course at Silverstone or a host of other UK racetracks.
  • No open-wheel drive for Davidson – but do Mansell and Le Mans beckon?
    Anthony Davidson is potentially moving on to sportscars – where he could just possibly appear alongside former F1 world champion Nigel Mansell at one of the world’s most prestigious motorsports events.
  • GP2 Asia: Jakes competing in Dubai
    The next round of this winter’s GP2 Asia series kicks off in Dubai tomorrow – with the sole British driver on the grid, James Jakes, set to race for Super Nova.
  • A1GP: Check out the Racetalk podcast from Malaysia
    A1GP has marked the start of the 2008/09 season with the introduction of a series of podcasts covering each race – including discussion, commentary plus interviews with drivers and seatholders.
  • RoC: Series-leading Carroll’s on his way to Wem-blay
    A1GP series leader and former GP2 racer Adam Carroll is to appear at Wembley later this month as part of the Race of Champions’ inaugural Team Ireland.
  • F1: How McLaren is tackling the 2009 rule changes
    Holding onto a world title is no mean feat at the best of times – but what is McLaren planning to do in the face of what it describes as the most comprehensive shake-up of regulations in the history of the sport?
  • BBC Sports Personality shortlist confirmed
    Lewis Hamilton is joined by seven Olympic medallists, a boxer and a tennis player on this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist, as revealed by the corporation this evening.
  • Opinion: Why Turvey’s ambition may be his downfall
    So, Brendon Hartley has got a shot at a F1 test with Red Bull. What does that mean for his overlooked Carlin team-mate, the UK’s Oliver Turvey? Is he still the new Lewis Hamilton? Or the new Mike Conway instead?
  • Take on your racing heroes at charity karting event
    How would you fancy the chance to test your driving skills against the likes of Andy Priaulx, Adam Carroll, Tom Kristensen or Louise Goodman? The opportunity is yours for £300 if you sign up for a charity karting event taking place at this year’s Autosport International show.
  • Over the white line: Drivers to be confined to ping-pong
    Compound fractures, gold medals and the hitherto completely unsuspected fluffy side of Dietrich ‘Didi’ Mateschitz. Read on for the best of the week’s F1 and motorsport news…
  • F1: Jense is indispensable in Japan
    Jenson Button’s gone down a storm at an event in Japan designed to say thank you to Honda’s loyal motorsport fans for their support during 2008.
  • British GP: ‘We have the time and the money’
    Construction of the new grand prix-worthy circuit at Donington Park is set to take nine months and has finance in place, according to the venue’s CEO Simon Gillett. He has also revealed that the circuit plans to deal with potential congestion problems on the race weekend by banning cars.
  • A1GP: Irish on top of the tree for Christmas
    Team Ireland will spend Christmas as A1GP championship leaders after Adam Carroll converted his Sepang feature race pole position into victory.
  • SLF: Super-sub Walker wins as Liverpool’s title dream dies
    Liverpool saw their Superleague Formula challenge end with a last lap mechanical failure while cruising to victory in the weekend’s first race at Jerez, leaving Beijing Guoan as series champions with a race to spare.
  • F1: Coulthard, Brundle, Kravitz… and Eddie Jordan too
    The BBC has finally got around to confirming what we all knew already – that David Coulthard and Martin Brundle will make up the crux of its next year’s F1 team.
  • A1GP: Swiss take sprint win in Malaysia
    It was business as usual for defending A1GP champion Neel Jani and Indycar star Marco Andretti in the sprint race at Sepang, Malaysia, as the Swiss star won from pole and the American took out two rivals in a spectacular crash.
  • SLF: Liverpool keep hopes alive with Jerez pole
    Liverpool’s slim chances of taking the inaugural Superleague Formula title received a big boost today when Adrian Valles qualified on pole position for tomorrow’s first race in Jerez, while main rival Davide Rignon’s Beijing Guoan must start on the back row after spinning.
  • A1GP: New powerboost rule shakes up qualifying
    Team GBR and the Irish will again be locked together on the A1GP grid, qualifying first and second in Sepang for tomorrow’s feature race, and sixth and seventh for the sprint.
  • Lewis Hamilton Airfix kit: get yours here
    At last! Details of how to get your hands on what is shaping up to be this year’s must-have Christmas pressie. Motorsport merchandiser OnPole.com now has the kit available for pre-order – in limited numbers, so if you want one you had better get your name down now.
  • A1GP: Team GBR tops Sepang Friday practice
    Team GB pilot Danny Watts has laid down a marker for this weekend’s event in Sepang, Malaysia, after topping the timesheets in the first rookie practice session and then improving on that to take the fastest lap of the weekend so far.
  • BRDC Young Driver Award 2008: sixth entrant named
    The sixth entrant in this year’s McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year competition has been named – Aaron Steele joins the shortlist after winning the last open spot in a Formula Palmer Audi shootout.
  • Over the white line: DC’s had his Irn-Bru and is man enough to race…
    Gosh, what a week. You’d never know we were in the F1 close season, would you? Join us in ignoring the credit crisis, the ugly-duckling cars and the loss of races, and instead searching out some of the more fun and interesting things to happen this week.
  • F1: Barcelona test report 19/11/08
    It was down to business on the third and last day of Barcelona testing but, even with most of the newbies on the plane home, the cars from the Red Bull stable were able to retain their dominance.
  • F1: Donington ‘not getting involved’ with fans’ concerns
    Does the Donington Park planning delay matter? Probably no, not much – but what matter an awful lot more are the attitudes revealed in these latest exchanges.
  • Superleague Formula rediscovers YouTube. Score!
    Curious as to what Superleague Formula’s all about but puzzled by the way its YouTube channel dried up just as its first-ever season began? Well, puzzle no longer – it’s sprung back into life.
  • F1: Barcelona test report 18/11/08
    Red Bull is certainly giving its drivers wings at Barcelona this week – a Toro Rosso one-two on Monday has been followed by a complete shut-out of the top four timesheet slots on the second day of testing.
  • SLF: Could Liverpool grab an unlikely last-gasp victory?
    The final round of the inaugural Superleague Formula season takes place this weekend in Jerez – with one British team still hanging on to outside hopes of championship victory.
  • F1: Barcelona test report 17/11/08
    Is it that time already? The first winter testing session has kicked off in Barcelona with everyone from world rally champions to former GP2 frontrunners turning up to play on a cold but bright and sunny day.
  • F1: It’s Brundle to the Beeb
    F1 fans worrying that they might have to face the new season without the wit, insight and occasional dogged determination of Martin Brundle, fear not! He’ll be on the BBC – but hopefully without the damn grid walk…
  • Macau GP: Brits fail to prosper as Kunimoto grabs surprise win
    Japanese driver Keisuke Kunimoto has taken a surprise victory in the Macau Grand Prix F3 event – the second year in a row that his Tom’s Team squad has won there. However, it was far from a classic year for the six British drivers taking part.
  • RoC: Hamilton to appear – but not compete
    Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his appearance at December’s Race of Champions event at Wembley – but rather than take on the likes of Michael Schumacher, Sebastien Loeb and Matthias Ekstrom he’ll be going head to head with a man on a bike.
  • Meet Sean Mills: a model F1 fan
    To long-time F1 fan Sean Mills, making figures to add extra detail to his model cars was the start of something special – making collectable figurines, with Lewis Hamilton his latest project. Brits on Pole caught up with him by email.
  • A1GP: Team GB does the right thing
    Double podium scoring Danny Watts is definitely back in the car for the British team in the latest round of the international A1GP series, due to be held at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit this weekend
  • Over the white line: Lewis’ biggest challenge yet
    Now the F1 season’s come to a close we’ve decided to experiment with a new weekly feature that rounds up a lot of the lesser-spotted stories from the week’s news and sport coverage.
  • F1: Report says Donington planning decision delayed
    The Evening Standard has reported that the Donington Park planning application will now not be settled before January 27.
  • Opinion: What more can Danny Watts do to prove himself?
    What? You mean A1 Team Great Britain hasn’t immediately signed up double-podium-sitting Danny Watts for the whole of the rest of the 2008/09 season? Come on, Katie Clements! Give the guy the drive…
  • Five tips for fantasy F1 success in 2009
    And so our year in McLaren’s Grand Prix League competition comes to an end. We had fun, did moderately well – and learned a few handy lessons for next year. Here they are.
  • A1GP: Carroll wins in China as Brits and Irish dominate podium
    Britain and Ireland each grabbed a pair of podiums as A1GP visited China – but it was the Irish who came off better, Adam Carroll winning the sprint race while Danny Watts saw victory in the feature race slip away in the pitstops.
  • A1GP: Marco Andretti in China for Team USA
    We have quite a few readers from across the Pond who started following this site during the Indycar season – since then, one of the blue chip teams of the IRL, Andretti Green, has taken over the USA’s A1GP entry and plans to alternate two of American open wheel racing’s biggest names, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick, as its two drivers.
  • A1GP: Brits and Irish on pole in China
    The British and Irish teams staked out the front row for A1GP’s two races in China tomorrow, Ireland’s Adam Carroll taking pole in the sprint race, then Team GBR’s Danny Watts qualifying top for the feature race with Carroll beside him.
  • F1: Will Force India shake-up give di Resta his chance?
    A major shake-up at Force India has seen the departure of its engine supplier, team principal and technical director – could the drivers be next? And, if so, will it be Paul di Resta who gets his F1 break?
  • Bernie: Even Lewis can’t save British GP if Donington fails
    Bernie Ecclestone has told British F1 fans that not even a home champion will be enough to save their grand prix in 2010 should Donington Park fail to meet its obligation to stage the event.
  • RoC: Could DC possibly get a turbo-charged Hamilton boost?
    The story about Lewis Hamilton featuring at this year’s Race of Champions just refuses to go away – despite receiving absolutely no public encouragement whatsoever from the driver or his team.
  • A1GP: Watts up among the leaders for Team GBR
    Finally, after the months of delays and disappointments, the Union Flag is again lapping with the rest of the A1GP field as Team GBR takes to the track in Chengdu, China.
  • Hamilton: “British fans’ support helps me discount racists”
    Lewis Hamilton, 2008 F1 world champion, has said he doesn’t find racist abuse aimed at him funny in the least – but he has thanked his UK fans for supporting him through such negativity.
  • F1: Honda believes Button “could challenge Hamilton”
    Jenson Button has won a ringing endorsement from his Honda team’s management, which reckons he could take on Lewis Hamilton with the right equipment. But they are not yet certain enough to give him a 2009 contract, it would appear…
  • F1: Warm welcome in Woking for homecoming Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton was greeted by 1000 cheering McLaren staff at the team’s high-tech HQ building when he made his triumphant homecoming after winning the F1 drivers’ championship.
  • F1: Did you record the race – and can you help?
    One of our readers was desperate to record the Brazilian Grand Prix – but fell victim to acute DVD malfunction. Can anyone out there help?
  • A1GP: Team GBR needs ‘instant impact’ in China
    Can A1GP’s Team Great Britain make up for its poor start to the season, caused by the lack of a working car until the eve of the second race, and get itself into the title hunt?
  • SLF: Beijing continue Superleague dominance
    Beijing Guoan took a major step towards wrapping up the first Superleague Formula title with a win and a fifth place at the football-themed series’ Italian race weekend.
  • Airfix Lewis Hamilton kit coming soon
    Good news for everyone who’s watched the now-famous Abbey advert with the Lewis Hamilton Airfix kit and wondered whether they’d ever get the chance to buy one.
  • F1: Thanks to ITV for keeping us entertained
    We’ve all moaned and complained, cursed the ad breaks and laughed uproariously at the unintended bloopers. But the Brits on Pole team has thoroughly enjoyed the last 12 years of Formula One coverage from ITV – and we’d like to say thank you.
  • Opinion: Dramatic championship climax showcases best and worst of F1
    Felipe Massa won the Brazilian Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton the drivers’ championship on a day full of sporting drama – but a day, also, where the bigots, the gloaters and the conspiracy theorists were out in force.
  • F1: Coulthard takes positives despite ‘gutting’ end to career
    David Coulthard’s Formula One career ended on the first corner at Interlagos when he found himself buffeted by the two cars of his former boss Sir Frank Williams.
  • F1: Hamilton grabs championship at the last gasp
    Lewis Hamilton broke the hearts of 80,000 Brazilians at Interlagos by sneaking the Formula One world championship in the last few yards of the season’s final lap while Ferrari were already celebrating for Felipe Massa.
  • F1: Brazilian Grand Prix in six words
    Well, that was squeaky-bum time for every Lewis Hamilton and McLaren fan in the country. But, now our powers of communication are restored, here are our six-word summaries of what happened for race, drivers and teams.
  • F1: Brazilian Grand Prix live blog
    It’s now almost eight months since Lewis Hamilton cruised to unruffled victory and Felipe Massa ended up by the side of the road in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix – now the pair face off in Brazil to decide the championship.
  • Palmer delays Snetterton work due to economic climate
    Jonathan Palmer has put a proposed redevelopment of the Snetterton circuit on hold for up to a year because he says this is no time to be undertaking big construction projects. So, where does this leave Donington?
  • SLF: Reds renew rivalry with AC Milan
    Liverpool and AC Milan, rivals on the football field, are shaping up as close competitors on the racetrack too after the Reds’ Adrian Valles beat the Italian team’s representative Robert Doornbos to size pole in Superleague Formula’s Vallelunga race one.
  • F1: Massa pole piles pressure on Hamilton
    Fans cheering on Lewis Hamilton’s title challenge face a nervous start to the Brazilian Grand Prix as the British driver was only able to qualify fourth, behind title rival Felipe Massa who took a dominant pole position.
  • F1: Stewart says Coulthard can be proud
    Veteran Scottish racer and three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has said that countryman David Coulthard can be proud of his F1 career: “For a wee country we’ve produced some remarkable drivers and David is high amongst those.”
  • F1 in 2008: sign up for a free Brits on Pole e-book
    If you’ve enjoyed the live blogs, the race reports and the ‘six word’ summaries we’ve produced for each race, we’re collecting them all together in a downloadable e-book that will be available as soon as we’ve incorporated our Brazilian Grand Prix coverage into the work so far.
  • RoC: Coulthard confirms his appearance
    David Coulthard has, to no-one’s surprise whatsoever, confirmed that he will be putting in an appearance at the Race of Champions event at Wembley in December – in the intriguingly-named ‘Team F1 Racing Great Britain’.
  • F1: Hamilton subdued in Brazil practice
    Felipe Massa got his bid to secure the 2008 drivers’ and constructors’ world championships off to a strong start today after topping the unofficial timesheets in one practice session and coming second in the other.
  • F1: DC wears white for F1 swansong
    Do not adjust your television sets: David Coulthard’s Red Bull Racing car has been repainted white for the final race of his career to promote spinal cord injury charity Wings for Life.
  • A1GP: Khan to sit out the rest of the year
    Team Pakistan’s Adam Khan has announced that he will not take part in the series’ remaining 2008 events because his car’s chassis must be modified before he can race it properly.
  • A1GP: Brands Hatch tickets go on sale
    It seems a reasonably fair bet that Team GBR will have a running car by the A1GP season finale at Brands Hatch in May 2009. Fans can get their hands on tickets for the event from this weekend.
  • DC to the BBC: we have confirmation
    David Coulthard will be joining the BBC next year to provide technical feedback during race weekends, according to a very well-informed source.
  • F1: Brawn says ‘good riddance’ to 2008 season
    For Honda, the Brazilian Grand Prix will be the last chapter in a painful year and a chance to finally look towards the future, according to team principal Ross Brawn.
  • F1: Brazilian Grand Prix preview
    Both of Formula One’s championships are up for grabs at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, as arch rivals Ferrari and McLaren battle to secure the constructors’ and drivers’ titles.
  • F1: Just another day at the office for Hamilton and Massa
    Championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa spent the pre-Brazilian Grand Prix Thursday press conference competing to out-cool each other about their title prospects and the pressure of the season climax.
  • F1: When to catch the Brazilian Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the final, deciding round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Brazilian Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: Brazilian Grand Prix weather prospects
    Roll up for the spectacle of the Brazilian with arguably the most realistic shot at the world championship since Ayrton Senna trying to secure victory at his home race despite a seven-point disadvantage.
  • F1: Moss questions Donington’s British GP readiness
    Sir Stirling Moss has said that he believes the Donington Park race circuit cannot be ready in time to stage the British Grand Prix in 2010, and that the event should remain at Silverstone. And more details of the planning application have emerged.
  • RoC: New cars and American stars
    The line-up of the US team at December’s Wembley-based Race of Champions has been announced – and it features two drivers as much renowned for aerial feats as for going in a straight line.
  • DTM: Di Resta misses title – but what does his future hold?
    Paul di Resta has come to the end of his DTM title hunt after a battering in the last race of the season which saw Audi triumph against his Mercedes team. But could the 22-year-old Scotsman’s future lie in F1?
  • IRL: Surfers Paradise video highlights
    See Sheffield’s Justin Wilson blast past Marco Andretti, Will Power throw away a certain victory, and fellow Aussie Ryan Briscoe take the chequered flag in front of his home fans.
  • F3: Gearing up for the Macau Grand Prix
    In a sport stuffed with showcase events, whether in Monaco, Indianapolis or Le Mans, one punches way above its weight – and is scrutinised every year by insiders and enthusiasts keen to identify the motor racing stars of the future.
  • A1GP: Watts to the rescue of Team GBR
    A1GP’s Team GBR has called in an experienced pair of hands for its first race in Chengdu, China from November 7 – and, with no opportunity to test the car before flying there, that’s about the only good news.
  • Monte Carlo, Singapore City, Shanghai… and now Stevenage
    Ye gods, it must have been a culture shock for Ed Gorman. Stevenage is not exactly the sort of place that the F1 press corps can be used to visiting.
  • Schumacher: Hamilton can beat my title record
    Lewis Hamilton has had an endorsement from an unlikely quarter ahead of this weekend’s championship-deciding season finale in Brazil. Michael Schumacher thinks the young Briton has what it takes to beat his record of seven world titles.
  • How Lewis Hamilton goes to work on a bowl of porridge
    Here are a few things you might not have known about Lewis Hamilton’s race preparation. For instance, his favourite pre-race breakfast is a bowl of porridge. And he drinks as much as seven litres of fluids on a hot day to combat dehydration. Read on for more fascinating facts…
  • Jet-powered British supercar aims for 1,000mph
    It’s not just potential F1 World Champions we’re producing round here these days – it’s also plans for mind-buggeringly fast jet-propelled cars. Nobody tell Richard Hammond…
  • Fantasy F1: a semi-last hurrah in Shanghai
    Never mind Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa. As we come to the close of the 2008 season, let’s not forget about all those fantasy F1 players who are on tenterhooks to find out how they’re going to do in their respective leagues.
  • F1: Last dance for DC in BA
    David Coulthard, who will make his F1 farewell in Brazil this weekend, has grabbed some early South American seat time by demonstrating his Red Bull Racing car to at least 80,000 cheering fans in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
  • IRL: Aussie Briscoe rules as season finally ends
    Almost two months after Scott Dixon wrapped up the 2008 IndyCar championship in Chicago, the series has run its final race of the season – a non-points holiday jaunt to Surfers Paradise in Australia.
  • GP2: Turvey targets top drive plus title (and a Macau Grand Prix win…)
    British F3 International runner-up Oliver Turvey is hoping for a front-running GP2 drive next year – despite losing out to 18-year-old team-mate Jaime Alguersuari in the junior series’ final round. And he’s got high hopes of the Macau Grand Prix…
  • F1: Webber backs Hamilton for title
    Mark Webber has backed Lewis Hamilton for this year’s F1 drivers’ championship, saying that the British driver probably deserves it the most.
  • Another UK venue loses a race – sounds familiar?
    Brands Hatch has not been included on the British Superbikes calendar for 2009, according to its chief executive Jonathan Palmer – and the reason is one that will look awfully familiar to F1 fans.
  • Indy 500, Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans… and now Bathurst
    Welcome to the Bathurst 1000 – the southern hemisphere’s leading motorsport event, whose fans’ Ford/Holden loyalties makes F1’s McLaren/Ferrari spat look like child’s play.
  • SLF: Liverpool take their second win
    Liverpool’s Adrian Valles took his second victory of the inaugural Superleague Formula season at Estorial in Portugal, but there was disappointment for the other British clubs and drivers in the football-themed championship’s fourth round.
  • GP2 Asia: Jakes starts with difficult weekend
    James Jakes has faced a taxing debut weekend in the GP2 Asia series after crashes by him and other drivers cost him a decent shot at qualifying and then a feature race finish.
  • F1: Hamilton on the brink of glory after China win
    Lewis Hamilton outclassed his rivals in the Chinese Grand Prix to win a race that was short of action but full of significance for both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships.
  • F1: Chinese Grand Prix in six words
    A race in which a dozen things could have gone wrong – and which turned out to be thankfully processional. Get Brits on Pole’s 60-second rundown on what you need to know about the Chinese Grand Prix.
  • F1: Chinese Grand Prix live blog
    By the time the Chinese Grand Prix is over, Lewis Hamilton could be the Formula One world champion – or he could have taken a giant step towards throwing the title away for the second year in a row.
  • F1: Hamilton and Raikkonen on Shanghai front row
    Lewis Hamilton will line up on pole for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix – but he’ll have no room whatsoever to relax.
  • Fantasy F1: Brits On Pole float a little higher
    So, how did our McLaren Grand Prix League 2008 team perform at Fuji?
  • F1 quotes: Jense nails it
    Button is denying that drivers are ganging up in the paddock to steal the Boy Wonder’s pocket money. And, in the process, he takes a wonderful swipe at Fernando Alonso.
  • F1: So, is Hamilton a menace on the track?
    It’s the eve of the Chinese Grand Prix, a race at which this year’s drivers’ championship could be decided, and it’s been greeted with a press backlash against Lewis Hamilton. The subject? Whether or not his driving style is so aggressive as to be dangerous.
  • F1: Hamilton tops Shanghai practice timesheets
    Lewis Hamilton topped the unofficial timesheets in both of today’s practice sessions ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, keeping title rival Felipe Massa and double race-winner Fernando Alonso behind him.
  • SLF: Liverpool car takes to streets of Estoril
    Liverpool FC driver Adrian Valles has been hard at work promoting the latest Superleague Formula fixture – by putting his car through its paces on the streets of Estoril.
  • SLF: Tappy surrenders Tottenham drive to Bernoldi
    Superleague Formula’s mid-season driver shakeup has come as bad news for Tottenham Hotspur driver Duncan Tappy, who has lost out to former F1 pilot Enrique Bernoldi.
  • GP2 Asia: British driver at Super Nova Racing
    Just when you thought it was safe to switch off from the support races… along comes James Jakes.
  • F1: Blundell calls stewards unfit for purpose
    Don’t bottle it up, Mark! You’ve got to learn to tell it like it is. No, but seriously, it’s very refreshing to hear somebody other than Sir Jackie Stewart in the risk-averse, conservative world of F1 actually expressing a worthwhile opinion.
  • F1: Chinese Grand Prix preview
    So, does Hamilton have any chance at all of tying up the title this weekend? Or will some combination of Massa, Raikkonen, poor tyre choices, his own team’s blunders and the race stewards prise it out of his hot little hands?
  • When to catch the Chinese Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Chinese Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: Chinese Grand Prix weather prospects
    Will the weather in Shanghai turn out to be one of the more predictable things about this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix?
  • Opinion: what F1 has in common with pro wrestling
    Dodgy penalties and unclear regulations mean that Formula One increasingly resembles the scripted ‘sports entertainment’ of American professional wrestling. Is this really what the future holds?
  • Sponsor banned for pit-lane driver assault
    Now, here’s something you don’t read about every day – the story of a sponsor who has reportedly taken his investment in a motorsport team a little bit too seriously.
  • F3: Disappointment for Turvey in season clincher
    Oliver Turvey has failed to clinch the British F3 International Series championship after his final outing saw him parked up at trackside three laps from the end.
  • Out of the black – and into the red?
    Now the Japanese Grand Prix is out of the way, we’ve got the chance to post something that caught our eye last weekend. This is the story of the Carbon Black rally, an event where people with more money than sense smash up prestige motors and, these days, get arrested for their pains.
  • F1: Japanese Grand Prix in six words
    A race that, despite fantastic performances among the middle-order drivers, only served to underline the fact that F1 is a business, not a sport – and the experience of European or North American fans in particular is currently a very long way down its list of priorities. Get a 60-second briefing as to why…
  • F1: Alonso triumphs again as Hamilton pays for blunder
    Fernando Alonso won his second race in a row after Lewis Hamilton’s rash start to the Japanese Grand Prix re-opened all of last season’s questions about the McLaren driver’s ability to stand the pressure of the championship battle.
  • F1: Japanese Grand Prix live blog
    After a series of drama-soaked races, Formula One has landed at the Fuji Speedway – where last year Lewis Hamilton’s title challenge survived the torrential rain.
  • F1: Hamilton takes Japanese pole as Massa falters
    Lewis Hamilton turned the screws on his title rivals by qualifying on pole for the Japanese Grand Prix while main rival Felipe Massa could only manage fifth.
  • F1: Glock fastest in Japanese GP practice
    Toyota’s Timo Glock gave the home fans at the Fuji Speedway something to cheer by topping the timesheets in Friday practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
  • F1: Japanese Grand Prix weather prospects
    Last year in Japan it poured buckets, the promised views of Mount Fuji were hidden by rain clouds, and Lewis Hamilton came away with what looked like a winning lead in the driver’s championship.
  • F1: When to catch the Japanese Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Japanese Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: ‘On yer bike,’ says eco-friendly Hamilton
    Fresh from lighting up the Singaporean night in a blaze of electricity, the sport with the world’s heaviest carbon footprint is trying to convince everyday drivers to behave in a more environmentally-friendly fashion.
  • F1: Button is relaxed about Honda and 2009
    Jenson Button says he and Honda are in no hurry to sign on the dotted line for next year – but he’s looking forward to getting to grips with the changes new regulations will bring to the team’s car.
  • BRDC Young Driver Award 2008: the contenders
    The shortlist for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year has been revealed. And, since any one of the five drivers on it could one day be regulars on this site, we thought we’d better take a look at them in a bit more detail.
  • F1 quotes: Bernie calls Ferrari ‘clowns’
    People in Formula One’s top tier, it would seem, are not reading from the same script at the moment after Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo vented his frustration at his team’s abject performance in Singapore.
  • GP2: our verdict on Mike Conway’s season
    To say that it’s not been a vintage year for British drivers in GP2 is something of an understatement. Our only regular starter has Mike Conway at Trident Racing, experiencing a pretty frustrating season. Brits on Pole takes a look at how he fared.
  • Brits on Pole on tour: F1 Fanatic guest series
    Check out our guest series on F1 Fanatic.com looking at how the current gridful of F1 drivers got their big breaks.
  • A1GP defies the weather to kick-start its season
    After all the delays, cancellations and no-shows the World Cup of Motorsport finally hit the track today – and served up two thrilling races run in dreadful conditions at Zandvoort.
  • SLF: Valles takes Belgian victory for Liverpool
    Liverpool shared the honours with Beijing Gouan in Superleague Formula’s two Belgian races today, while Duncan Tappy and Craig Dolby grabbed second places for Spurs and Anderlecht.
  • A1GP: Dutch on pole as series gets back on track
    A1GP took the first step towards putting its troubles behind it by serving up a close and exciting qualifying session for the first race in its delayed season.
  • SLF: Front row start for Dolby in Zolder
    Craig Dolby shrugged off a broken driveshaft at the start of today’s Superleague Formula qualifying session to secure a front row start in tomorrow’s first race in Belgium.
  • F1: Hamilton is older, wiser and more patient
    Ferrari’s dismal adventures in Singapore may have cost them more than lost championship points – with the pressure off, arch rival Lewis Hamilton was able to use the race to improve as a driver.
  • Fan pays £200k for Bond’s wrecked Aston
    A new Aston Martin DBS V12, of the sort driven by James Bond in his most recent movie outings would probably set you back in the region of £150,000. By the time it’s been used in the filming and wrecked by a stuntman? The value has gone up to no less than £200,000.
  • GP3 vs Formula Master: evidence of a house divided?
    GP2 is launching a new support series entitled GP3. And Formula Master is also due to stage extra support races at 2009 F1 events. What’s going on?
  • Donington planning process is on track
    The UK’s race fans should find out by the end of this year whether Donington Park has cleared the planning permission hurdle it faces as part of its campaign to be ready to stage the 2010 British Grand Prix.
  • BRDC Young Driver Award 2008: the shortlist
    It’s that time of year again – the point at which six young British hopefuls get shortlisted for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.
  • A1GP: Safety fears force Khan out of season opener
    The faltering A1GP series has lost another car from its delayed season opener with Team Pakistan’s Yorkshire-born driver Adam Khan’s decision to pull out on safety grounds.
  • Fantasy F1: Bring us oxygen, the air’s too thin up here
    Good results for Team BritsOnPole following the delayed Belgium and the Singapore updates…
  • A1GP: Carroll ready to lead Irish charge in Zandvoort
    The Irish may have been among the last teams to take their new Ferrari-powered A1GP car out on a circuit for testing – but Portadown’s Adam Carroll put down a marker that suggested they are ready to challenge for the title.
  • IRL: Wilson feels Newman’s loss at Texas test
    Justin Wilson made a successful return to the Texas Motor Speedway as his Newman/Haas/Lanigan team used their final test of the 2008 season to work on their lack of oval racing experience.
  • A1GP: Only 13 cars confirmed for season opener
    Just 13 of the 23 A1GP teams are certain to take part in this weekend’s season-opening contests, with another five – including reigning champions Switzerland – still racing to make it to the start line.
  • SLF: Dalziel back in the Rangers car for Zolder
    Ryan Dalziel will be on familiar ground when he resumes his duties as Glasgow Rangers Superleague Formula driver this weekend – racing at Zolder in Belgium where he last competed in Champ Car.
  • A1GP: Team GBR to miss first race
    There will be no repeat victory for Team GBR in the A1GP season opener at Zandvoort this weekend, as the delay in production of the new Ferrari-inspired race car has cost them the chance to take part.
  • F1: Singapore Grand Prix in six words
    By rights there should be lengthy inquests at some team HQs following this race – not least Ferrari, Toyota and Red Bull. However, we’ve done a quick version. Read on…
  • F1: Alonso masterclass humbles championship contenders
    Fernando Alonso reminded everyone of the skills that won him two world championships with a majestic victory from 15th on the grid in Formula One’s inaugural Singapore Grand Prix.
  • F1: Singapore Grand Prix live blog
    It’s Sunday afternoon again – but things are a bit different this time around. Formula One is about to stage its first ever night race around the streets of Singapore.
  • SLF: Dolby ‘still in shock’ after Nurburgring successes
    Craig Dolby has admitted that he’s still in shock after scoring a pair of second places in Superleague Formula’s second-ever race meeting, held at Germany’s Nurburgring.
  • Paul Newman: actor, driver, team boss, legend
    The actor, philanthropist and motor sport supporter Paul Newman has died of cancer at the age of 83.
  • F1: Massa surges to first Singapore pole
    Felipe Massa produced a stunning last-gasp qualifying lap to take the first-ever F1 night race pole position from Lewis Hamilton by six tenths of a second.
  • Indy Lights: Mann and Plowman sign for Panther Racing
    Panther Racing looks likely to be running an all-British line-up in the IRL and Indy Lights championships next season after signing English drivers Martin Plowman and Pippa Mann to run in the junior series.
  • F1: Alonso and Hamilton duel for top spot in Singapore practice
    Lewis Hamilton set the pace for most of the first practice day on Singapore’s new street circuit – but his former team-mate Fernando Alonso had the last laugh with a late fast lap.
  • A1GP: Trouble-hit series faces fresh blow
    A1GP will open its fourth season without a full line-up of teams on the grid as delays in production of its new Ferrari-powered car bite deeper.
  • Pimp my ride: McLaren’s Singapore surprise
    The challenges of F1’s first-ever night race have forced McLaren to abandon the search for aerodynamic perfection and fit headlights to Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-23.
  • IRL: Manning loses drive in Indycar musical chairs
    Darren Manning has lost his Indycar drive at Foyt Racing to Vitor Meira, the Brazilian who found himself suddenly out of work when Brit Dan Wheldon jumped from Target Chip Ganassi.
  • Racing splits: F1’s nightmare scenario
    BritsOnPole is taking a three-part look at splits in sport and what the effect would be on world open-wheel racing if F1 surrendered to the tensions that lead to civil war. In this final part, we examine what would be at stake should it happen.
  • F1: Singapore Grand Prix preview
    With F1 making headlines for all the wrong reasons again, with the debut Valencia street circuit proving a major disappointment and with weather forecasts predicting a potential washout, there’s a remarkable lack of occasion about the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix.
  • When to catch the Singapore Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Singapore Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: weather report for the Singapore Grand Prix
    Night racing. An untried circuit. A wet climate. Uncertainty about just how far drivers can or cannot go without copping an overtaking penalty. Thunderstorms forecast. This is going to be fun.
  • Racing splits 2: When civil war rages
    With the threat of splits and breakaways a constant background noise in Formula One, Brits On Pole is taking a three-part look at how other sports have been affected by civil wars, and what the effects might be on F1. In part two, we look at how other sports have fared.
  • F1: Hamilton and McLaren lose Belgian GP appeal
    McLaren and Lewis Hamilton have failed to win their appeal against the penalty that stripped them of victory in the rain-soaked Belgian Grand Prix.
  • Racing splits: Is Formula One heading for disaster?
    Earlier in the season, just when the threat of a split in world motorsport seemed to be receding, up popped Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone with dangerous talk of F1 breakaways and rivals to GP2. But if it happens, does it have to end in tears?
  • SLF: Double delight for Dolby at the Nurburgring
    Anderlecht’s Craig Dolby salvaged some British pride in Superleague Formula’s second race weekend as Liverpool, Spurs and Rangers all failed to make an impact.
  • A1GP: How many drivers will Team GBR have?
    Team GBR’s plan to attack the new A1GP season with just one driver may be scuppered by scheduling and availability problems, team principal Katie Clements has suggested.
  • GP2: Oliver Turvey to test for iSport
    British F3 driver Oliver Turvey has been hailed as the next Lewis Hamilton – and now he’s one step closer to making that a reality after securing a test with leading GP2 team iSport International.
  • Goodwood Revival: jiving and push starts
    If you feel that you were somehow born out of your era, and long for a simpler world where a spanner and a can of oil would fix almost anything wrong with a car, then here’s one for you.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 19/09/08
    McLaren’s Pedro de la Rosa has managed to put his team at the top of the unofficial timesheet during the final day of the final test of the 2008 Formula One season.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 18/09/08
    The rain in Spain fell mainly on Jerez on Thursday – but it allowed Sebastian Vettel to put in another superb wet-weather performance, this time in the Red Bull car.
  • BritsOnPole exclusive part two: Manning’s frantic season
    In part two of Brits On Pole’s exclusive interview with Indycar and Le Mans Series driver Darren Manning he talks about his plans for the future and how driving a prototype sports car around Silverstone is very different from the violence of the IRL.
  • F2 is on its way, courtesy of Jonathan Palmer
    Max Mosley’s Formula Two championship has taken a step closer to reality with the announcement that MotorSport Vision (MSV), the company belonging to former racing driver Jonathan Palmer, has won the FIA’s tender to supply chassis and engines for the series.
  • BritsOnPole exclusive: fans get raw deal from F1, says Manning
    The 1000km of Silverstone saw Indy Car driver Darren Manning return from the United States to compete for Embassy racing. He took time out after Saturday qualifying to chat with Brits On Pole about his career, his future plans, and how Formula One is failing fans and drivers.
  • Fantasy F1: we’re all in limbo following Belgium
    We’d like to bring you an update on the Brits on Pole team’s recent performance in McLaren’s Grand Prix League 2008 fantasy F1 competition – but there’s a slight hitch.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 17/09/08
    BMW Sauber tester Christian Klien put down a marker for his team in the first full day of Jerez testing after topping the unofficial timesheets.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 16/09/08
    On Tuesday three teams took to the track a day early for the final test of the 2008 F1 season, all taking the chance to evaluate young drivers.
  • Le Mans Series: Silverstone victory for McNish and Audi
    Allan McNish and Dindo Capello won a dramatic Autosport 1000km of Silverstone to help Audi take an upset clean sweep in the Le Mans Series drivers’, manufacturers’ and team championships.
  • A2GP: coming to a racetrack near you?
    A1GP chairman Tony Teixeira has recently announced the formation of a regional feeder series to be called A2GP on which Ferrari will also collaborate. What are the implications for British motorsport?
  • A1GP: Khan takes the reins of Pakistan team
    One driver on the A1GP grid who can be fairly certain of keeping his drive next season is Team Pakistan’s Adam Khan – since he’s just taken over the national franchise.
  • F1: The era of Vettel has begun
    The familiar anthems of Germany and Italy rang out from the podium at Monza after the Italian Grand Prix – but this time it was for the unlikely driver / constructor pairing of Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
  • F1: Italian Grand Prix in six words
    A brilliant first victory by Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel, the youngest man ever to win a grand prix, has made up for a lot of the disappointment felt by fans following Spa. To get an effort-free low-down on how everyone else did, read on.
  • Coming soon on BritsOnPole: exclusive Darren Manning interview
    While F1 was slip-sliding around a rain-soaked Monza on Saturday, BritsOnPole was at sunny Silverstone interviewing one of the most versatile British drivers in motor sport, Darren Manning.
  • F1: Italian Grand Prix live blog
    Hello, is there anyone out there? The Italian Grand Prix is a great circuit, one of the classic European grands prix and a calendar highlight for Ferrari fans. However numbers of fans are threatening not to watch at all…
  • GP2: Careful Pantano is crowned champion
    Giorgio Pantano was crowned GP2 champion at Monza despite two conservative drives and a penalty that kept him off the podium of either race.
  • F1: Monza practice and qualifying photo gallery
    It was a wild and wet Friday and Saturday at Monza. Torrential rain, a mass mopping-out of garages, and the field turned on its head in qualifying as some teams coped better than others – and some drivers took the opportunity to excel.
  • F1: Wet-weather qualifying shakes up Monza grid
    Rain-hit Monza qualifying produced a starting grid that no-one could have predicted, with Sebastian Vettel on pole and title rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton stranded down in 14th and 15th.
  • F1: McLaren’s Belgian GP appeal date is set
    The date has been set for the FIA’s International Court of Appeal to hear McLaren’s case for reinstating Lewis Hamilton.
  • F1: Two Max Mosley quotes, posted without comment
    We’ve long since learned that people are more interested in motor racing than Max Mosley – which suits us just fine. But sometimes he says things that can’t be ignored.
  • Fans crash German supercar on first outing
    Somewhere a couple of German petrolheads are doubtless feeling incredibly silly as they explain their lack of supercar driving skills to some unsympathetic police officers.
  • F1: Raikkonen fastest at rain-hit Monza
    Torrential rain called an early halt to the first Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, but by the end of the day the sun was shining on Kimi Raikkonen.
  • GP2: Polesitter Pantano is almost champion
    Giorgio Pantano took a giant leap towards wrapping up the GP2 series title by qualifying on pole in Monza while main rival Bruno Senna could only manage 12th.
  • F1: The farewells have begun as DC drives on
    The gathering rumours that David Coulthard’s season – and F1 career – might end after Monza seem to have been scotched in the most congenial of ways with what Red Bull describe as the “first of many” farewell parties.
  • Senna’s Donington lap record falls
    Ayrton Senna’s 15-year-old record for a lap of Donington Park has fallen during testing for the forthcoming A1GP season, with Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy the new record-holder.
  • F1: ‘We want to win all the remaining races,’ says Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton went away from the Belgian Grand Prix with a simple plan for getting over the disappointment of having his victory taken away by stewards – win the last five races.
  • F1: DC seeks chicane rule clarification before Monza
    David Coulthard has said that he and his colleagues will be looking for a clarification of the rules before the Italian Grand Prix after stewards stripped Lewis Hamilton of victory in Belgium last weekend for cutting a chicane.
  • F1: Italian Grand Prix preview
    The history of the high-speed Monza circuit and the fanatical supporters that flock there are very much at the front of Jenson Button’s and Lewis Hamilton’s minds as they prepare for the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.
  • How Winslow’s bravery saved his F3 rival
    A TV show documenting cases of real-life heroism is to feature British driver James Winslow’s rescue of a rival racer from a crashed car that was on the verge of bursting into flames.
  • F1: when to catch the Italian Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Italian Grand Prix in the UK .
  • F1: weather report for the Italian Grand Prix
    Europe’s terrible summer continues to serve up the prospect of excitement for F1 fans with the Italian Grand Prix the latest to be the subject of a wet-weather forecast. Click here for the latest news.
  • SLF: Rangers play Walker as sub for absent Dalziel
    Glasgow Rangers’ Superleague Formula car will be fielding a substitute behind the wheel at the Nurburgring after first-choice driver Ryan Dalziel was handed the chance to make a one-race return to American sports cars.
  • RoC: Andy Priaulx and Jenson Button are Team GB
    We thought it was about time we checked in with the Race of Champions event to see how it’s shaping up with three months to go – a good thing we did, because Mark Webber, Troy Bayliss and Andy Priaulx have all confirmed their attendance.
  • A1GP: series finale confirmed for Brands Hatch
    Some overdue good news for British racing fans – the finale of the 2008/09 A1GP season has been confirmed for Brands Hatch.
  • F1: McLaren publishes Belgium GP appeal statement
    McLaren has formally announced its intention to appeal against Lewis Hamilton’s demotion from first to third in the Belgian Grand Prix and has published the statement it has lodged with the FIA.
  • Boycotting F1? Five ways to get your racing hit regardless
    What with the terrible stewards’ decision in Spa, and the future of the British Grand Prix looking so extremely dodgy, it feels like a pretty bleak time to be a F1 fan this morning. So, what else is out there?
  • F1: Dull day in Belgium for DC and Button
    Somewhere in the midst of the controversy engulfing Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, 17 other drivers were in action in Belgium – including Brits Jenson Button and David Coulthard.
  • IRL: Helio wins a thriller – but Dixon takes title
    Scott Dixon lost the Indy 300 to Helio Castroneves by the second closest margin in IRL history – but his runner-up spot was easily enough to crown him champion in a thrilling final race of the season.
  • The fix is in: stewards hand Hamilton’s Spa victory to Ferrari
    Lewis Hamilton beat the rain, the challenging Spa circuit and Kimi Raikkonen to take the flag first at the Belgian Grand Prix – but the one battle he couldn’t win was against the race stewards who stripped him of his victory.
  • F1: Belgian Grand Prix in six words
    With a rain-hit finish and a controversial stewards’ decision, a lot of words will be written about this race. Save yourself the work of reading them with our six-word guide to every team and driver.
  • F1: Belgian Grand Prix live blog
    It had everything – rain, racing, and a stewards’ decision to discuss into the night… read how the Belgian Grand Prix unfolded, lap by lap in our live blog.
  • GP2: Maldonado takes ‘last man standing’ win
    An extraordinary weekend for the GP2 series was rounded off this morning when Pastor Maldonado managed a last-lap victory in the sprint race.
  • IRL: Chicago show-down favours Dixon
    Helio Castroneves can still win the IndyCar Series championship tonight – but he’s going to have to do it the hard way.
  • GP2: Stewards’ decisions dominate first Spa race
    Mike Conway lost the chance to start from pole for tomorrow’s GP2 Belgian sprint race after a stewards’ decision promoted him to seventh in a penalty-strewn feature race.
  • F1: McLaren breaks Ferrari’s dominance at Spa
    Lewis Hamilton is on pole for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix after a blinding final lap edged him past Felipe Massa for the top spot.
  • Breaking news: Donington plans are in
    Donington Park has announced, via its website, its plans for redevelopment ready for the 2010 British Grand Prix and confirmed that they have been submitted to North West Leicestershire District Council.
  • Opinion: could this possibly be the saving of Donington?
    Could the resignations of members of Donington Park’s senior management plus its PR company be the catalyst that saves the British Grand Prix?
  • IRL: Could Panther see a British invasion?
    The tantalising prospect of an all-British line-up at the IRL’s Panther Racing team was floated by Dan Wheldon and team boss John Barnes at the pair’s first interview since the announcement of the Englishman’s move there.
  • F1: Alonso gives Massa a run for his money in Spa practice
    Golden boy Felipe Massa stamped his authority on the first session of Spa practice – but in the second a strong challenge from Renault’s Fernando Alonso saw him in the runners-up position on the unofficial timesheet.
  • Breaking news: Donington director Lee Gill quits
    Autosport has just broken the news that Donington Park’s Chief Operating Officer Lee Gill has ended his involvement with the circuit and the company that runs it.
  • F1: the lighter side of Belgium
    For some reason the pre-race publicity for the Belgian Grand Prix has thrown up a bumper crop of funny quotes. We can only speculate that everyone connected with F1 is on a carbohydrate high from the waffles and the French fries.
  • F1: Belgian Grand Prix preview
    With rain forecast for all three days of the Belgian Grand Prix race weekend, it’s certain that the teams will have to get their thinking caps on in Spa.
  • F1: when to catch the Belgian Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Belgian Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: weather report for Belgian Grand Prix
    It’s the run-in to perhaps the most exciting date in the F1 calendar – Spa-Francorchamps, a track deep in the Ardennes with enough drama to single-handedly do away with Belgium’s reputation for being boring. And what does the weather forecast say? Click here to find out.
  • Why money can’t buy Vijay Mallya everything
    We all assume that it must be a great life being a billionaire – the yachts, the lavish parties, the political influence. But maybe there are annoyances that those of us on more modest incomes have never suspected.
  • BTCC at Silverstone: there’s more to life than just F1
    On Sunday the Brits on Pole team watched the Silverstone round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship – a really instructive experience. See how we got on here (hint: it was a full waterproofs kind of a day…)
  • BTCC at Silverstone: picture gallery
    Photos from the BTCC and its supporting races at Silverstone on August 31 – Jason Plato battles with Fabrizio Giovanardi, Adam Christodoulou battles with cruel fate, and everyone else battles with the English weather.
  • IRL: Wheldon out, Franchitti in at Ganassi for 2009
    Reigning IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti is to return to the series next year, driving for former rival Target Chip Ganassi Racing at the expense of Dan Wheldon who moves to Panther Racing.
  • F1: Lewis would be a “very acceptable” champion
    Lewis Hamilton could potentially do more for the image of F1 as world champion than either Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen, according to Bernie Ecclestone.
  • F1: Coulthard to quit after Monza?
    Sad news for DC fans this morning – it looks like the veteran Scot might not even make it to the end of this season. Several F1 sites are reporting the ‘paddock rumour’ that he’s set to hand over to Sebastian Vettel, his replacement from Toro Rosso, after the Italian Grand Prix on September 14.
  • IRL: Panther Racing to check out Davidson and Conway
    An intriguing snippet of driver news reaches us from the US, where Panther Racing is hoping to expand and run a second car in the IRL next season.
  • Top Gear: coming to an airfield near you?
    Here’s a question: would you pay upwards of a ton to go and watch three middle-aged blokes indulging in self-described “cocking about” for an hour and 15 minutes?
  • Fantasy F1: it’s all looking a bit less embarrassing
    We’ve been a bit lax recently in sticking with our promise to report our progress in the McLaren Grand Prix League fantasy F1 competition – in fact, we haven’t updated since Germany. So here’s a quick post about what’s happened in the last two races.
  • DTM: how the Brits did at Brands Hatch
    This weekend presented a host of options for motorsport fans – you could take your pick from DTM at Brands Hatch, BTCC at Silverstone or Superleague Formula at Donington Park. But wherever you went, you couldn’t escape the weather.
  • SLF: Spurs and Liverpool chase Beijing in the rain
    Spurs and Liverpool are tied in second place of the new Superleague Formula championship following the first two races of the season at Donington Park.
  • IRL: Dan Wheldon “tickled to death” by Lauren Bohlander
    You wouldn’t guess from this slapstick interview that Dan Wheldon recently survived a scare that might have seen him dropped by his team, Target Chip Ganassi, and has just slipped to fourth in the championship.
  • Opinion: Helio penalty shows IRL could teach F1 a thing or two
    The similarities are striking – two Brazilian drivers trying to continue a recent run of good form and eat into world championship leads, both apparently on their way to commanding race victories, both committing apparent rules breaches.
  • British GP: what might replace it in 2010?
    Clearly the best solution would be not to have to go down this road in the first place. But we think the prospect of no British race in 2010 is, unfortunately, very real. So, what might we be able to look forward to instead?
  • British GP: why we think it won’t happen in 2010
    A visit to Silverstone yesterday to watch the latest round of the British Touring Car championship has brought our thoughts back round to the vexed question of the 2010 British Grand Prix. And we are forced to admit that we don’t think it will happen at all.
  • IRL: Castroneves punishment hands win to Wilson
    Justin Wilson won the Detroit Indy Grand Prix at Belle Isle to score his first IRL victory – but only after Helio Castroneves was ordered to surrender the lead for blocking the Englishman’s overtaking attempts.
  • F1: Heidfeld outpaces Hamilton and Massa in Monza test
    BMW’s Nick Heidfeld set the fastest overall time on day two of Formula One’s Monza test, with championship leaders Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton book-ending him with the fastest laps on the first and last days.
  • SLF: Tappy and Valles to drive for Spurs and Liverpool
    The final driver line-up has been announced for the 17 cars entering the first race of the football-themed Superleague Formula at Donington Park this weekend.
  • A1GP: Khan warms up for season with a win
    A1GP’s Anglo-Pakistani driver Adam Khan has been preparing for the new season by showing a clean pair of heels to the field in the Euro 3000 series.
  • A1GP: Schedule reshuffled as tests on new car continue
    A1GP has shaken up its 2008-09 calendar, just days after being forced to postpone the planned first race because of delays in building its new cars.
  • Paffett: fans get more from DTM than from F1
    McLaren test driver Gary Paffett says he believes the DTM touring car series, in which he currently races, offers fans better value for money than Formula One.
  • Jarvis: ‘I’m still hoping for F1 drive’
    Oliver Jarvis is hoping that his decision to pursue a drive in the DTM tin-top series hasn’t put an end to his open-wheel racing career – and that he might even make it onto the F1 grid.
  • F1: Now, what does that remind us of, again?
    Hearing Ferrari fretting about its engine following Felipe Massa’s and then Kimi Raikkonen’s travails at the last two grands prix reminded us of something – it just took a while to locate what.
  • DTM: Katherine Legge looks forward to Brands Hatch
    Yeah, yeah, we know. DTM is tin-top, and we’re supposed to be about open-wheel racing. But we like an excuse to catch up with what Katherine Legge is doing.
  • F3: Oliver Turvey is riding high in championship
    Oliver Turvey is leading the British Formula Three championship on 222 points with just two races left to go – but he’ll have to wait a while before claiming a win.
  • IRL: Castroneves dancing on air after win
    After seven second places, a season full of frustrations and a trailer fire that destroyed his first-choice car, Helio Castroneves finally managed to take the chequered flag first and win an IndyCar Series race.
  • Indy Lights: Battistini’s challenge fades at Infineon
    Dillon Battistini has stopped talking about winning the Indy Lights championship and is concentrating on regaining third following a tough weekend at the Infineon Raceway that saw him drop to fifth in the title hunt.
  • F1: Hamilton reveals how flu nearly cost him European GP points
    Lewis Hamilton has revealed how a bout of flu and a stiff neck nearly cost him the eight European Grand Prix points that have helped him preserve his World Championship lead.
  • F1: European Grand Prix in six words
    Not much happened on track in Valencia, but Ferrari’s pitlane perils and Lewis Hamilton’s near-withdrawal on health grounds meant there was still plenty to talk about. As usual, we’ve compressed the performance of each driver and team down to just six words.
  • F1: Davidson views glass as half-full
    Anthony Davidson remains optimistic about a return to Formula One racing next season, saying that he is receiving interest from teams looking for race drivers as well as testers.
  • F1: Massa cruises to controversial win
    Felipe Massa dominated the European Grand Prix from start to chequered flag – but his win was mired in controversy after stewards chose to delay investigating a possible penalty until after the race had finished.
  • F1: European Grand Prix live blog
    We’re venturing into a whole new scenario at Valencia for the first-ever European Grand Prix to be held in this city – and we’re expecting an exciting race.
  • GP2: Pantano preserves lead through eventful weekend
    Lucas di Grassi’s Campos team is celebrating after his win in Valencia handed a double to the Spanish team. He followed in the footsteps of team-mate Vitaly Petrov, who took an unexpected victory in the feature race when leader Giorgio Pantano ran out of fuel.
  • IRL: Team Penske blaze a trail at Infineon
    Not even the destruction of their first-choice race cars in a fire could stop Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe from seizing the front row in qualifying for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County.
  • F1: Massa bounces back with Valencia pole
    Felipe Massa put his Hungarian disappointment behind him by beating Lewis Hamilton to pole for the European Grand Prix in a qualification session that had threatened to turn the established order on its head.
  • F1: Raikkonen sets early Valencia pace
    Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were fast, but Kimi Raikkonen was fastest in Friday practice as drivers concentrated on coming to terms with the dusty, unfamiliar, concrete-lined Valencia Street Circuit.
  • A1GP: Car failure forces delay to new season
    A1GP’s planned season opener at Ferrari’s Mugello circuit has been postponed after its newly-designed car failed in testing, causing a crash that left driver Patrick Friesacher with three crushed vertebrae.
  • Indy Lights: Make-or-break weekend for Battistini at Infineon
    Three races remain in Firestone Indy Lights and Surrey’s Dillon Battistini remains a good outside bet to bring home a third consecutive British victory in the highly-competitive feeder series for the IRL.
  • F1: European Grand Prix preview
    This weekend sees round 12 of the Formula One World Championship – and there’s still everything to play for in both the drivers’ and constructors’ battles with the top three drivers separated by a mere 12 points.
  • F1: when to catch the European Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the European Grand Prix in the UK.
  • Superleague Formula: Hometown boy Dalziel excited with Rangers drive
    Lanarkshire’s Ryan Dalziel says he’s delighted and excited to have landed the chance to drive for Glasgow Rangers in Superleague Formula.
  • F1: weather report for Valencia
    At time of writing it’s due to be sunny for practice and race day at Valencia, but heavy showers are forecast for qualifying. Click through for more details…
  • Superleague Formula: Liverpool FC become latest team to join
    Seventeen down, three to go – Superleague Formula’s ambition to have 20 football-themed 750hp, V12 single-seaters racing at Donington Park at the end of this month came a step closer with the announcement that Liverpool have signed up.
  • Manning helps Embassy to season’s best result
    Darren Manning’s mid-season excursion away from American Indycar racing and into European Le Mans Series competition has begun with a success – a fourth place at the Nurburgring, seconds short of his team’s first podium.
  • Valencia – fast, challenging and with a nasty bump to beware of
    Wondering what it’s like to drive a lap at the new Valencia street course? So are most of the F1 and GP2 drivers who are heading there this weekend.
  • F1: Regulator accepts ITV’s apology for Brundle’s ‘pikey’ remark
    The broadcasting regulator Ofcom says it intends to take no further action after ITV apologised for Martin Brundle’s use of the word ‘pikey’ during the run-in to the Canadian Grand Prix.
  • Superleague Formula: Tottenham Hotspur and Ryan Dalziel sign up
    With less than three weeks to go before the inaugural race of the football-themed Superleague Formula racing series, new teams are still being added and drivers are being chosen.
  • IRL: Castroneves unlucky in Kentucky

    Scott Dixon’s seemingly-unstoppable march to this year’s IRL championship continued in Kentucky with a last lap overtake of the luckless Helio Castroneves to take victory in the Meijer Indy 300.

  • F3: Turvey finds you can’t win ’em all
    Oliver Turvey came close to dominating the Spa rounds of the British F3 International series, setting the fastest time in two practice sessions, scoring pole for both races, and winning the first one.
  • F1: Hungarian Grand Prix in six words
    It was a race that featured spectacular engine failures, blazing fuelling rigs, sudden punctures and Formula One’s 100th winner – a busy afternoon, but we’ve summarised every team and driver in just six words each.
  • F1: Kovalainen wins as Massa is robbed on brink
    Heikki Kovalainen took his debut Formula One win in Hungary after a spectacular engine failure stopped Felipe Massa in his tracks just three laps from victory.
  • F1: Hungarian Grand Prix live blog
    This weekend’s race is McLaren’s to lose – can they manage it?
  • GP2: Senna closes in on Pantano’s lead
    Giorgio Pantano remains GP2 series leader following the Hungarian round of the championship – but Bruno Senna made up ground and is now hot on the Italian’s heels.
  • GP2: vote for your favourite driver
    Want to send a message to Formula One bosses about which GP2 driver you think they should be looking to recruit next year? Here’s your chance.
  • IRL: Schedule for 2009 pleases no-one
    The Indy Racing League’s 2009 schedule will feature 10 ovals, three permanent road courses, five temporary street or airport circuits – and a lot of grumbles from fans who reckon the IRL’s got it completely wrong.
  • IRL: Wilson trashes car in Kentucky testing smash
    Justin Wilson escaped unhurt after crashing heavily during testing at the Kentucky Speedway for the forthcoming Meijer Indy 300 – but his Newman/Haas/Lanigan team is fast running out of cars for its drivers.
  • IRL: Battistini fast on IndyCar testing debut
    Dillon Battistini put in a strong performance on his debut IndyCar test, impressing his Panther Racing crew with his pace around the Kentucky Speedway.
  • Conway christens Valencia circuit with a win
    Mike Conway and his Trident Racing colleague Ho Pin Tung have made a piece of history by becoming the first drivers to win on the new Valencia street circuit.
  • F1: All-McLaren front row in Hungary
    Lewis Hamilton cruised his way to an unchallenged pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix, while the rest of the field were reduced to squabbling over second place.
  • F1: Hungarian Grand Prix practice report
    Ferrari and McLaren spent today’s practice sessions duelling for position, with the Italian team topping the morning timesheets and the British one posting faster times still in the afternoon.
  • The other Lewis Hamilton
    It’s a glamorous life as an elite sportsman, as F1 racer Lewis Hamilton has been finding out recently. The experience of Lewis Hamilton, the newly-signed full back at Tonbridge Angels FC, might be rather different.
  • F1: Concorde negotiations are warming up
    We’ve all had our eyes on some thrilling racing since the British Grand Prix – but there are still some political developments going on in F1 that are worth keeping in touch with. Here’s our quick guide.
  • Silverstone plan is cleared for take-off
    The Silverstone racing circuit has scored a quiet coup while all eyes have been trained on its rival, Donington Park, and has negotiated the go-ahead for its own redevelopment plans.
  • F1: when to catch the Hungarian Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Hungarian Grand Prix in the UK
  • F1: Hungarian Grand Prix preview
    We’re past half way in the Formula One season, but the Hungarian Grand Prix could prove to be the real turning point.
  • F1: weather report for the Hungaroring
    At time of writing it’s due to be sunny for practice and qualifying at the Hungaroring, but heavy showers are forecast for the day of the race. Click through for more details…
  • IRL: Podium for Wilson as Dixon marches on
    Scott Dixon stretched his championship lead by beating closest challenger Helio Castroneves into second place in the Rexall Edmonton Indy – while Justin Wilson flew the flag for the ex-Champ Car drivers by taking third.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 25/07/08
    Heikki Kovalainen has topped the timesheets for McLaren on the final day of Jerez testing – but the Red Bull and Toro Rosso drivers ran him close with another strong showing.
  • Manning returns to European Le Mans Series racing
    IndyCar racer Darren Manning is to compete in Le Mans Series races at Nurburgring and Hockenheim this summer, it has been announced.
  • IRL: Penske pair dominate Edmonton qualifying
    On a circuit where the ex-Champ Car teams were expected to have the edge, it was the traditional IRL powerhouse of Team Penske that locked out the front row in qualifying for the Rexall Edmonton Indy.
  • Scooby-Doo, where are you!
    OK, this has eff-all to do with this blog’s core topics of British drivers in open-wheel racing cars. But, priorities. Top Gear’s Jamie Hibbard has just published its review of the new Impreza WRX STI.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 24/07/08
    Mark Webber has put a smile on the face of his bosses at after topping the timesheets on the third day of Jerez testing – securing a lock-out for the Red Bull and Toro Rosso teams.
  • GP2 blog: just don’t forget to tip…
    Fancy a lap of the Hockenheim circuit with Mike Conway, GP2’s sole British racer, at the wheel acting as an official taxi-driver? That’s exactly what some lucky fans and journalists got, according to the series’ blog, which has just been updated following the latest round in the championship.
  • A1GP: Michelin named as next season’s tyre supplier
    Michelin is the tyre manufacturer chosen to supply A1GP during the forthcoming season, according to the series organisers.
  • Mosley case: the reaction
    We bring you, without further comment, this from former Mirror editor and media pundit Piers Morgan.
  • F1: why is Donington still silent on debenture scheme?
    As few British Formula One fans will need reminding, Bernie Ecclestone announced on the eve of the British Grand Prix that he had signed a deal with Donington Park to host the race from 2010.
  • Fantasy F1: Team BritsOnPole is on the climb
    Logging into our McLaren Grand Prix League 2008 team account has been a bit less of a chore recently since our season took a welcome turn for the better round about the British Grand Prix. Much like Lewis Hamilton’s, really.
  • Mosley wins court case – but fails to punish newspaper
    FIA chief Max Mosley has won his court action against the News of the World following the newspaper’s revelation that he took part in sadomasochistic orgies with prostitutes.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 23/07/08
    Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel has proved he is no one-hit wonder by topping the Jerez timesheets for the second day running.
  • McLaren penalised for German refuelling kit
    Just when you were thinking that it’s been a while a while since McLaren were handed a penalty, Martin Whitmarsh has revealed that the team were called in by the stewards following German Grand Prix qualifying.
  • F1: Jerez testing report 22/07/08
    Sebastian Vettel’s timesheet-topping performance on the first day of Jerez testing was overshadowed after a malfunctioning component on Christian Klien’s BMW injured a team mechanic.
  • IRL: Briscoe leads home 1-2 for Team Penske
    Team Penske stamped their mark on the Honda Indy 200 by scoring a 1-2 in both qualifying and the race itself – but the luckless Justin Wilson came away with nothing despite a racy afternoon in the field’s fastest car.
  • F1: German Grand Prix in six words
    Short of time, patience or attention? Get the low-down on the German Grand Prix in less than a minute with our six-word summaries of drivers, teams and the overall race.
  • F1: Hamilton wins to save McLaren’s blushes
    Lewis Hamilton fought back from a strategic blunder by his team to win a processional German Grand Prix that was transformed into a thrilling contest by a long safety car period.
  • F1: German Grand Prix live blog
    It’s 1pm on Sunday and we’re off to Hockenheim for what promises to be a thrilling German Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton’s on a high following his Silverstone victory and his dominant performance in qualifying.
  • GP2: Pantano retains series lead
    Giorgio Pantano has retained his GP2 championship lead in Germany this weekend – despite being overtaken five laps from the end of the first race and failing to finish the second.
  • F1: Hockenheim practice and qualifying photo gallery
    Behind-the-scenes and on-track photos from the practice and qualifying days at Hockenheim in the run-in to the German Grand Prix, courtesy of the PR operations of most of the teams.
  • F1: Hamilton takes pole as Raikkonen slumps
    Lewis Hamilton won a shoot-out with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa for pole at the German Grand Prix, while their title rival Kimi Raikkonen trailed home in an underwhelming sixth place.
  • F1: German Grand Prix practice report
    Lewis Hamilton has thrown down a challenge to his Ferrari rivals for the World Championship title after topping both of today’s practice sessions for the German Grand Prix.
  • F1: Button and Barrichello will drive in 2009, says Brawn
    Honda team principal Ross Brawn has blocked speculation about his team’s activities on the driver market by confirming it will retain Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello for the 2009 season.
  • GP2: who will make a title breakthrough?
    Racing Engineering driver Giorgio Pantano will go into the Hockenheim GP2 race as the most successful driver in the series’ history – but he’ll still have to fight for a championship win.
  • Button: World championship, here I come
    We’ve read a lot about the importance of unshakeable optimism and self-belief among professional athletes and sports stars – but this takes some beating.
  • Wilson: F1 is unfriendly, too full of politics and just no fun
    “It’s fun to look back on the Formula One days and think, ‘That’s great, I was there.’ But at the time, you don’t enjoy it. In this racing, you enjoy it while you do it,” says Sheffield’s IndyCar driver Justin Wilson.
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed: if you missed it, check this out
    If you weren’t able to get along to the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the weekend – don’t worry. You can get a flavour of some of the main attractions on the web, and even on the telly.
  • F1: Hamilton takes on a Lear Jet
    Feeling it’s a bit too long until the next episode of Top Gear and the next silly film? Left pining for footage of the chaps attempting to beat a starving cheetah armed with nothing faster than a Segway? Fear not.
  • F1: when to catch the German Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the German Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: German Grand Prix preview
    Will the German Grand Prix turn into another wet-race thriller? With showers predicted throughout the weekend, it’s a possibility that the teams are preparing for.
  • BBC Sports Personality: Lewis vs the Olympians
    The early betting on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year makes Lewis Hamilton the favourite – but that’s because, with half a year to go, hardly anyone else has had a chance to perform yet.
  • F1: weather reports for Hockenheim
    The Hockenheimring, German motor racing circuit extraordinaire, will be the venue for this weekend’s 10th round of the Formula One World Championship. Click here for the latest BBC weather report.
  • F1: Brits on Pole’s half-time constructors’ round-up
    Earlier today we posted our half-time drivers’ round-up – a look at what betting patterns revealed about the likely winner of the 2008 F1 World Championship. Now it’s time to repeat the exercise for the Constructors’ Championship.
  • F1: Brits on Pole’s half-time drivers’ round-up
    Right, left and centre are people offering their two-pennyworth of how the drivers and teams have done thus far. We have our own preferred crystal ball to gaze into. As regular readers will recall, we like to consult the available betting odds.
  • IRL: Dixon singing in the rain at Nashville
    Scott Dixon was handed victory when weather forced an early end to the Firestone Indy 200 at a rain-soaked Nashville Superspeedway – but it was all a lucky mistake.
  • F1: Ferrari and McLaren declare peace
    Here’s an odd bit of news – Spygate’s reportedly reared its head again, albeit in the form of an announcement from Ferrari and McLaren that they have formally settled their differences.
  • RoC: Button will be there
    Jenson Button has confirmed that he will be taking part in the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium in December.
  • Next it’s time for the British International Motor Show
    Just in case you haven’t had enough car-related fun recently, what with the British Grand Prix and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it’s nearly time for the British International Motor Show as well.
  • F1: Hockenheim testing report 10/07/08
    Just to remind us that McLaren can’t expect to have everything their own way at the upcoming German Grand Prix, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa ended the silver cars’ reign with a fastest lap on the final day of Hockenheim testing.
  • F1: ‘Don’t get your hopes up,’ Brawn warns Conway
    GP2 driver Mike Conway is plenty good enough for F1, according to Honda supremo Ross Brawn – but that doesn’t mean he’ll ever drive there.
  • IRL: Threat to Manning’s drive recedes with podium
    There were two ways AJ Foyt could have reacted to Darren Manning’s second place at Watkins Glen – pleasure at the podium, or disgust at the under-fire Yorkshireman’s failure to hold on for the win. Happily for Manning, the team boss and veteran racer seems a pretty satisfied man.
  • F1: No, I really, really, honestly am retiring, says DC
    Two Q&As with David Coulthard following the British Grand Prix have tied up the loose ends from the interviews he gave when he announced his retirement.
  • Fantasy F1: Hurrah for Hamilton and Heidfeld
    Our McLaren Grand Prix League team has been spared humiliation in the British leg of the competition thanks to the good offices of Lewis Hamilton and Nick Heidfeld – something that we’d like to thank them both for.
  • F1: Hockenheim testing report 09/07/08
    The tantalising prospect of McLaren opening up a clear advantage over its rivals through improved straight-line speed came a little closer today after Lewis Hamilton set the pace for the second day running during Hockenheim testing.
  • F1: is this what we can expect from the BBC next year?
    The BBC has announced how it plans to cover MotoGP now its contract has been extended – can we glean any hints from this as to what it’s got in mind for F1?
  • F1: Donington Park “has submitted no formal plans”
    The stakes in the battle to ensure that Britain hosts a grand prix in 2010 are rising daily – with news today that Donington Park’s local council has not yet received any formal planning application from the circuit.
  • Whoops! There goes £50k worth of Mercedes McLaren front wing…
    Deary me, someone’s broken another £300,000 supercar – this time after it got tangled up with an 18-wheel truck.
  • F1: Hockenheim testing report 08/07/08
    By race day at Silverstone Lewis Hamilton was the only game in town – and he carried that momentum into the first day of testing at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit today, topping the unofficial timesheet.
  • IRL: “We were golden”, says Manning
    The cats fell away leaving the mice to play in the Camping World Indy Grand Prix at the Glen, as the midfield teams dominated the results and the championship leaders had a weekend to forget.
  • What’s going on at Top Gear?
    News is trickling through about a bit of a dispute between the BBC and members of the Top Gear team. And the inevitable reason is that common root of all evil – money.
  • Gear up for the Goodwood Festival of Speed
    It’s a busy life at the moment if you’re a motor racing fan. No sooner is the British Grand Prix over then it’s time to start gearing up for Goodwood.
  • IRL: Hunter-Reay and Manning upset the form book
    Ryan Hunter-Reay and Darren Manning showed you don’t need to be a well-funded multi-car outfit to nail an IndyCar race by taking first and second ahead of the more fancied teams in the Camping World Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.
  • F1: Donington CEO wants you to come up with improvements cash
    It appears that the future of the British Grand Prix might now depend on your willingness to come up with some cash to get it staged.
  • F1: British Grand Prix in six words
    Short of time, patience or attention? Get the low-down on the British Grand Prix in less than a minute with our six-word summaries of drivers, teams and the overall race.
  • F1: Hamilton races to masterful win in rain
    Lewis Hamilton gave the best possible answer to his circling critics by defying a rain-soaked Silverstone on the way to a dominating British Grand Prix victory.
  • F1: British Grand Prix live blog
    It’s here – the British Grand Prix and the highlight of the Formula One season. It’s also the one day of the year when the spotlight is on Lewis Hamilton as never before.
  • F1: the unshakeable sureness of Button
    The Guardian has decided to think outside the box today and do a welcome profile of the one British F1 driver who’s getting rather less attention than the other two – Jenson Button.
  • GP2: Sodden Senna slithers to sprint success
    GP2’s usual off-road action was ramped up by a rain-sodden Silverstone circuit – and it was Bruno Senna who made hay while the sun failed to shine.
  • F1: Hamilton tells all to the Telegraph
    Quick-hit pre-race reading: there’s a long Q&A with Lewis Hamilton in The Telegraph today.
  • GP2: Conway joins in the Silverstone flag-waving
    GP2 driver Mike Conway joined the trend for home drivers to adopt custom British-themed race gear at Silverstone by wearing Union Flag overalls and shoes this weekend.
  • F1: ‘McLaren fine broke vote rule’ claim
    The FIA vote which handed McLaren a £50 million fine may not have been conducted in line with the organisation’s own rules, according to a story in today’s Independent.
  • IRL: Wilson to start second at the Glen
    A last-gasp effort by Ryan Briscoe cost Justin Wilson pole position as the Indy Racing League returned to road-course racing at Watkins Glen after weeks of endless ovals.
  • GP2: Stormer from Pantano secures feature race victory
    Giorgio Pantano’s F1 career might have been short-lived – but he seems to have well and truly found his home in GP2, where he now convincingly leads the championship.
  • Superleague Formula tickets go on sale: don’t all rush at once
    Tickets for the first round of Superleague Formula’s launch season at Donington Park are now on sale, priced at £20 and upwards.
  • A1GP: tickets on sale for opening event
    The A1GP series has announced that tickets to its opening event, due to be held at Italy’s Mugello circuit in September 21 this year, are about to go on sale.
  • RoC: win a drive with Schumi
    Fancy getting in a car with arguably the greatest racing driver of all time? That’s what’s on offer from the Race of Champions organisers who have lined up a ride with Michael Schumacher as a competition prize to promote this year’s event.
  • For sale, F1 car. Previous careful owner: Takuma Sato
    The sad relics of the Super Aguri F1 team are about to go up for auction, with a race car top of the list of prize lots up for grabs.
  • F1: Hamilton outshone by team-mate in Silverstone qualifying
    You’d never have guessed it – but the front row of the British Grand Prix grid will be composed of McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen, in pole position, and Red Bull’s Mark Webber.
  • GP2: Silverstone preview and qualifying report
    Bruno Senna has claimed his second pole in a row at Silverstone, taking the top spot in qualifying ahead of Romain Grosjean and Andreas Zuber.
  • F1: Silverstone practice photo gallery
    A behind-the-scenes look at the teams and drivers at work, rest and play during Friday practice for the British Grand Prix, courtesy of the media operations of Red Bull, McLaren, Williams, Honda and BMW-Sauber (thanks guys!).
  • F1: Would British GP have sent BRDC bankrupt?
    Is the current claim by Bernie Ecclestone that Donington Park will be fit to stage a grand prix within two years really a blessing in disguise for the Silverstone circuit?
  • F1: Silverstone weather report
    Apparently there’s a significant chance of rain during this British Grand Prix weekend – which, as we all know, could easily send the form book out of the window. Get the latest forecast here.
  • F1: British Grand Prix practice report
    The favourite for the British Grand Prix is still too close to call after the race’s first two practice sessions – with both McLaren and Ferrari looking extremely competitive on the Silverstone track.
  • F1: Fan helps Jenson fly the flag at Silverstone
    More than 7000 fans of Jenson Button submitted entries in a competition on his website to design a helmet for him to wear at the British Grand Prix.
  • Hamilton ducks Button’s triathlon challenge
    “He’s throwing down a man challenge – you can’t turn down a man challenge,” warned David Coulthard when Jenson Button suggested Lewis Hamilton take him on in a triathlon for charity. Unfortunately, he did
  • F1: Bernie shafts BRDC, moves British GP to Donington Park
    With celebrations already under way to mark Silverstone’s 60th anniversary, Bernie Ecclestone pulled the rug out from under the Northamptonshire circuit by announcing the British Grand Prix will move to Donington Park from 2010.
  • F1: A lap of Silverstone with Nick Heidfeld
    The combined glories of YouTube and computer simulation allow BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld to talk us around a lap of Silverstone, highlighting his favourite corners and which bits of the circuit can be taken flat out.
  • Driveless Franchitti can take his pick of American racing series
    It’s alright for some – while several IndyCar teams struggle for sponsorship or dream in vain of adding a second car, Chip Ganassi would apparently only need to snap his fingers to put Dario Franchitti into a funded race seat.
  • F1: when to catch the British Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the British Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: DC is retiring – and that’s official
    Well, no sooner had we said “we’ll believe it when we see it” than we saw it – David Coulthard has announced he is to retire from F1 at the end of this season.
  • F1: British Grand Prix preview
    No pressure, Lewis… just thousands and thousands of fans poised to descend on Northamptonshire to see Hamilton defy the form-book, Ferrari, his recent difficulties and the nay-sayers to pull a fantastic win out of the hat.
  • Is Coulthard about to announce his retirement?
    Veteran F1 racer David Coulthard will take part in a press conference at 3pm today as part of the run-up to the British Grand Prix – and the BBC is far from alone in speculating he will use it to announce his retirement. But there seems precious little evidence to back it up.
  • GP2: Silverstone experience will give me edge, says Conway
    With testing and practice time cut to the bone in GP2, Mike Conway reckons his experience on the Silverstone circuit will serve him well when race day comes.
  • Sponsorship woes kill off Franchitti’s NASCAR season
    Dario Franchitti’s debut NASCAR Sprint Cup campaign, already disrupted by poor results, broken bones and failures to qualify for races, is now over for good after team owner Chip Ganassi shut him down due to lack of sponsorship.
  • F1: How pitstop protocols are helping sick children
    There’s a wonderful story now running on the official Formula One site about how a couple of doctors teamed up with McLaren and Ferrari to plug a gap in their procedures that was putting sick children at risk.
  • IRL: It’s been agony, says Howard as he returns to racing
    Jay Howard, the rookie driver dropped by Roth Racing in the run-up to the Indianapolis 500, will return to action next weekend at Watkins Glen.
  • Mercedes Benz announces fossil fuel pull-out
    Well, here’s an announcement with really far-reaching implications. The car manufacturer Mercedes Benz, motor-racing stalwart and McLaren engine supplier, has reportedly announced that it intends to stop producing cars that run on petrol or diesel.
  • F1: ‘It was different in my day’, says Watson
    Five-time F1 race winner John Watson reckons the rise of technology in the sport has damaged the experience for drivers, who now lack the opportunity to demonstrate their skills unless they compete for one of the top teams.
  • F1: How Glock took the wind from DC’s sails
    The one-man quote machine that is David Coulthard has been taking advantage of the run-in to Silverstone by demonstrating again why a media career could beckon once he retires.
  • WTC champion Priaulx to demo F1 car at Brands Hatch
    Triple World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx is to demonstrate a BMW Sauber F1 car at Brands Hatch as part of the WTCC meet there on July 26-27.
  • Being a Brummie pays off for Murray
    Murray Walker, 84-year-old national treasure and the universally-acknowledged voice of F1, returned to his home city of Birmingham yesterday to take his place among its most famous citizens.
  • F1: Hamilton aboard sponsor’s boat for collision and disqualification
    The yacht carrying Lewis Hamilton for his first taste of sea racing managed to collide with another boat before the starting gun was fired – and then faced disqualification.
  • IRL: TK wins in crash-filled Richmond
    Tony Kanaan took his first victory of the season by surviving a demolition derby at the Richmond International Raceway that wiped out more than half the field.
  • IRL: Manning’s drive in doubt after “knackered” row
    Darren Manning’s IndyCar drive with Foyt Enterprises is in danger after his retirement from the Iowa Corn Indy 250 due to exhaustion led to a pitlane row between driver and boss.
  • IRL: Wheldon says he’s having too much fun for NASCAR
    Dan Wheldon, thought last season to be hoping for a switch to Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR program, has changed his mind and wants to stay in the IRL.
  • IRL: Wilson puts focus on qualifying performance
    He may be 6’3 in his socks, but when Justin Wilson visited a kids’ basketball camp this week he proved to everyone’s satisfaction that he’d made the right career choice by picking driving over shooting hoops.
  • F1: Silverstone testing report – 26/06/08
    Lewis Hamilton took control of the third day of Silverstone testing, providing a dominant performance for the thousands of fans who turned out to see him and beating his nearest challenger by more than half a second.
  • F1: McLaren reveals the cause of Kovalainen’s crash
    Heikki Kovalainen’s heavy crash into the tyre wall during the Barcelona Grand Prix was the result of a lacquering process incorrectly applied to a wheel, which caused it to move apart and pitch his car off the racetrack at nearly 150 miles per hour.
  • F1: could McLaren really develop two separate cars?
    Here’s a really intriguing story doing the rounds on a F1 website or two – could McLaren possibly develop two versions of its 2009 car and enter the one that would give it the biggest race advantage on any given circuit?
  • Hamilton to take part in Round the Island yacht race
    Lewis Hamilton is set to experience one of Britain’s most high-profile sailing events on Saturday when he joins word record-holder Alex Thomson and Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie for the Round the Island yacht race.
  • Hill: Silverstone’s F1 future on a knife edge
    Damon Hill has rated the chances of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone remaining a fixture on the F1 calendar at 50 per cent.
  • F1: Mosley launches fusillade at Ecclestone
    The decisions made at the FIA’s latest World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris amount to a stack of grenades lobbed in the direction of Bernie Ecclestone and his Formula One Management company.
  • F1: Silverstone testing report – 25/06/08
    McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen and Toyota’s Jarno Trulli have topped the unofficial timesheet on the second day of Silverstone testing, in the face of an unusually subdued performance from Ferrari.
  • Can Top Gear still cut it?
    We’ve been watching the same old Top Gear repeats until we can lip-synch along with Clarkson, Hammond and May. But this Sunday, finally, series 11 made its debut. So, was the first episode any good? Have the blokes found whole realms of untapped silliness to conquer, or is the format starting to get stale? Brits on Pole takes a look at the first episode and finds out.
  • Race of Champions to return to Wembley – with or without Lewis?
    The Race of Champions is to return to Wembley in December for the second successive year – but there’s no word yet on whether Lewis Hamilton might take part.
  • Ticket touts told to stay away from Silverstone
    Touts trying to pass off forged or stolen tickets at the gates of Silverstone have been targeted by Northamptonshire police as one of the biggest crime threats of the upcoming race weekend.
  • F1: Silverstone testing report – 24/06/08
    Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has followed up his serendipitous victory in the French Grand Prix by topping the timesheets in the first day of Silverstone testing – a circuit that has always played well to the Italian team’s strengths.
  • F1: the 2009 race calendar is here
    The FIA has released the provisional calendar for the 2009 Formula One racing season, a series that is set to include 19 races spanning five continents.
  • F1: Brawn says ‘give Lewis a break’
    Sometimes it seems like there’s nothing new under the sun – and the travails of a young driver with a blazing talent for racing are certainly not unfamiliar to Ross Brawn.
  • Fantasy F1: Magny-Cours not the wipe-out we expected
    So, how are we doing post-Magny-Cours in the McLaren Grand Prix League competition? Well, we were expecting a rough ride since the Ferraris were always going to be dominant and that particular outfit is not represented at all in our driver or team picks.
  • How you can get race-day tickets to Silverstone for the British GP
    Regretting the fact that race day at Silverstone is sold out for the British Grand Prix? That’s a great line from competition organisers but it’s also just spin.
  • That Lewis Hamilton / Airfix / Abbey advert in full
    Of all the many adverts featuring Lewis Hamilton, the best since last season’s classic with Fernando Alonso and Mika Hakkinen is surely the new Abbey Airfix kit one.
  • F1: French Grand Prix as it happened
    We missed doing our usual live blog this week (much to our disgust) so here instead is a lap-by-lap breakdown of how the French Grand Prix developed – dodgy overtaking, flapping exhaust pipes, super-wide Toyotas and all.
  • IRL: Wheldon celebrates his birthday with Iowa win
    Dan Wheldon celebrated his 30th birthday with a winning fuel strategy gamble in the Iowa Corn Indy 250, then donated his winnings to disaster relief in the flood-hit state.
  • F1: French Grand Prix report and reaction
    A win’s a win and they all count at the end of the season – but Felipe Massa knows very well that his victory in France and his lead in the championship came not through driving dominance but through his team-mate’s mechanical misfortunes.
  • F1: Whitmarsh denies it’s McLaren against the world
    Disturbing signs that the McLaren F1 team might be developing a siege mentality began to emerge after the French Grand Prix saw their drivers weighed down under an avalanche of penalties that effectively smothered their hopes.
  • F1: French Grand Prix in six words
    Raikkonen’s mechanical woes and Trulli’s desperate defending meant that what might have been a processional race retained interest to the end. Here are our six word summaries of how all the drivers and teams performed.
  • GP2: Arden triumph in slippery sprint
    Mike Conway’s hopes of a second victory from pole position were dashed at a wet and slippery Magny-Cours, where success went to the teams that made the right tyre choices and the drivers who were best at sticking to the track.
  • F1: Victory for Massa in France
    Felipe Massa won the French Grand Prix and moves into the championship lead after a broken exhaust pipe half-way through the race derailed what seemed like a certain Kimi Raikkonen victory.
  • IRL: Another practice smash for Wheldon
    For the second race in a row, Dan Wheldon was forced to qualify in the spare Target Chip Ganassi racing car after an accident during practice – this time because a spinning car collected his as it crashed.
  • GP2: Pantano wins feature race, Conway earns sprint pole
    Twice in GP2’s French feature race the leader retired with mechanical problems – gifting Giorgio Pantano the win and Mike Conway the eighth place that will put him on pole for the sprint race.
  • F1: Disappointed Hamilton makes best of French qualifying
    Lewis Hamilton will start the French Grand Prix from 13th place – the best position available in the face of Ferrari domination and the 10-place penalty imposed for his Canada pitlane error, but still a disappointment to him.
  • F1: meet The Stig!
    Fancy riding shotgun with Top Gear’s The Stig in a two-seater Grand Prix race car? Yes, us too. Even though there probably won’t be too many opportunities to interrogate him about his identity.
  • F1: when to catch the French Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the French Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: French Grand Prix preview
    Everything points to the French Grand Prix being Ferrari’s race this weekend. Kimi Raikkonen must make an impression on the drivers’ championship soon if he intends to keep his world title, and the blazing form shown by team-mate Felipe Massa is giving him a proper run for his money.
  • IRL: Floods, fuel and fast racing in Iowa
    Chaos, controversy and calamity – the IndyCar series is facing them all as it travels to the Iowa Speedway this weekend for the Iowa Corn Indy 250.
  • F1: will Jenson Button be seeking a new drive in 2009?
    Every year in F1 it’s a toss-up exactly how early speculation about the drivers’ market will get going. And this year, with several factors making things much more lively and unpredictable than in 2007, it’s happening very early indeed.
  • F1: Hamilton says he didn’t buy LEW1S plate
    Update: seems like this one might not be true after all. ‘Scathing’ is probably the best description of Hamilton’s attitude when this was put to him at the Magny Cours press conference:
  • GP2: Carroll’s two-race FMI drive officially over
    Two brave stand-in performances for Fisichella Motorsport International, including putting the car on pole for the team in Istanbul, have not been enough to secure Ireland’s Adam Carroll a drive for the remainder of this season.
  • GP2: June e-zine now available
    Wondering how to pick a winner in the incredibly tight GP2 title battle? Or maybe wanting to know what it was like for Trident’s Mike Conway to win a race on the iconic streets of Monaco? You can find the answers to both these questions in the latest edition of the GP2 series e-zine.
  • IRL: Howard still out in the cold at Roth Racing
    Another weekend, another IndyCar race – but still no word from Roth Racing on the fate of rookie driver Jay Howard, who will miss his fourth consecutive race this Sunday in Iowa.
  • GP2: Racing Engineering and ART top test timesheets
    Teams competing in the GP2 series have converged on the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet, in southern France, for the last test session until the end of the 2008 season and the run-in to the championship’s French round.
  • A1GP: new race schedule published with finale in UK
    The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport series has published its 2008/09 race schedule – and the season finale is due once again to be held in the UK, at a venue still to be announced.
  • F1: costs of sport are accelerating as focus changes
    The costs of hosting a F1 grand prix race have grown from $11.3 million to $19.3 million in the last five years, according to an annual data report which checks out the health of the sport’s finances.
  • F1: Mercedes go back to the future at French GP
    McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are due to celebrate 100 years of Mercedes race heritage at the French Grand Prix with demonstration laps in a 1908 race car.
  • A1GP: First video of new Ferrari race car
    Ferrari’s new car for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport 2008/09 season is undergoing intensive testing at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola.
  • John Surtees recognised with OBE in honours list
    He’s the only person to win world titles on two wheels and four, he ran his own Formula One team, he was in charge of Britain’s A1GP entry – and now John Surtees can add the OBE to the MBE he earned in 1959 for his motorcycling exploits.
  • F1: Ecclestone stirs breakaway rumours in time for Magny Cours
    Just when you thought it was safe to start reading French Grand Prix previews… along comes the formerly tight-lipped Bernie Ecclestone, now positively garrulous on the subject of a split from the FIA.
  • F1: Barcelona testing report – June 14
    Renault’s ailing Nelson A Piquet has shown what a dose of confidence could do for his performance after clocking the fastest time of the recent Barcelona testing stint and ending a dominant Ferrari run.
  • F1: Barcelona testing report – June 13
    Ferrari dominated the timesheets on the second day of Barcelona testing with veteran McLaren pilot Pedro de la Rosa only able to get within four-tenths of a second of his team’s main rival.
  • F1: Barcelona testing report – June 12
    Ferrari tester Luca Badoer topped the timesheet on the first day of Barcelona testing – but didn’t have things entirely his own way. On an opening day that featured unpredictable weather, starting sunny then gradually clouding over until a thunderstorm forced the eight teams testing to abandon the track an hour earlier than expected, BMW’s Robert Kubica and Red Bull’s David Coulthard pushed him a close second and third.
  • F1: If Coulthard’s retiring, no-one’s told him about it
    It’s been a reflective few days for veteran racer David Coulthard, who reversed a run of dismal form with an unexpected – but very welcome – podium in the Canadian Grand Prix.
  • F1: Anthony Davidson back in Honda car – briefly
    Anthony Davidson was back behind the wheel of a Formula One car – albeit in a one-day testing role – just weeks after the demise of his Super Aguri team cost him his race drive.
  • Le Mans 24: Victory for McNish and Audi
    Scotland’s Allan McNish has taken his second 24 Hours of Le Mans win, and first with Audi, triumphing in a thrilling race just a year after mechanical failure cost him a probable victory.
  • F1: triathlon success for Jenson Button
    It’s been a rough racing season for Jenson Button this year – so it was encouraging to see him put in a highly creditable performance in the Nokia Royal Windsor Triathlon on Sunday.
  • Want to work or drive in motorsport? Read on…
    ‘The next Lewis Hamilton’ is a phrase that’s been done to death – but McLaren’s star driver has been pointing those coming after him in the right direction by heading a new initiative that aims to get more people involved in British motorsport.
  • F1: Dennis’ contribution to engineering is recognised
    Ron Dennis, McLaren’s team principal, says he feels “flattered and honoured” after he was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for his contribution to innovation and excellence in engineering.
  • McLaren celebrates 40th anniversary of first F1 win
    McLaren had more than one reason to hope for a good result in Montreal – the race took place one day before the 40th anniversary of the team’s first Formula One win.
  • F1: Hamilton unhappy with 10-place penalty
    When it’s time to review the 2008 F1 season, it is possible that Lewis Hamilton’s rear-end shunt of Kimi Raikkonen in the Montreal pit lane will be viewed as the pivotal moment when he threw away the World Championship.
  • Fantasy F1: Kubica and Heidfeld give Brits on Pole huge points boost
    Oh, yes! The recent off-a-cliff decline of the Brits on Pole McLaren Grand Prix League team has been dramatically reversed thanks to great performances by our drivers and teams in Montreal.
  • F1: Brundle in trouble after ‘pikey’ grid remark
    Whoops – Lewis Hamilton wasn’t the only one with a red face in the aftermath of the Canadian Grand Prix this morning. Martin Brundle is is trouble for using the distinctly un-PC term ‘pikeys’ to describe the people repairing the damaged track surface.
  • End of an era: TVR founder dies
    Trevor Wilkinson, the man who founded a small sports car company in 1947 that went on to make his name literally synonymous with some of the most desirable cars on British roads, has died aged 85. He was the inspiration for everyone who dreamed of building a prototype sports car in their garage and turning it into an international brand.
  • F1: Hamilton blunder hands Kubica his breakthough
    Before the Canadian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton teased his father, asking how he could possibly crash a high-performance car at 30mph. He won’t be asking that again.
  • F1: Canadian Grand Prix in six words
    We don’t know what sort of words were exchanged between Hamiltons senior and junior when Lewis made it back to the McLaren garage after his accident – and we’ll probably never find out. So, instead, here are our six-word summaries of how all the teams and drivers performed.
  • F1: Canadian Grand Prix live blog
    It’s hot, the track surface is a time bomb waiting to go off, and the grid’s been shaken up a little – it could be an unpredictable afternoon at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as Lewis Hamilton attempts to win for the second straight year.
  • F1: what really revs Lewis Hamilton’s engine?
    Lest any of our readers be concerned that Lewis Hamilton’s head is being turned by fame, fortune and success, fear not. Proof has come our way that the young man still knows exactly where his priorities should lie.
  • F1: Get over yourselves, already, say Canadians
    A circuit that is quite a joke? A disaster? A nightmare? That requires motorcross bikes? Regardless of events during yesterday’s qualifying session, the Canadian media has been telling F1 to get over itself this morning.
  • IRL: Dixon extends championship lead with win
    For the second outing in a row, a late Marco Andretti crash meant that the race finished under caution and Scott Dixon was denied a duel to the finish line with a Team Penske driver.
  • F1: Hamilton stands firm as track crumbles
    Lewis Hamilton made short work of a treacherous, crumbling track to seize a dominant pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
  • F1: strong rumours of split from FIA and manufacturer pullout
    Rumours of seismic splits within motorsport have gathered pace today. They include the possibility of a manufacturers’ pull-out and a breakaway F1 series – provisionally entitled ‘GP1’, a trademark owned by none other than Bernie Ecclestone.
  • IRL: Dixon takes pole in Texas
    Qualifying at the Texas Motor Speedway mirrored the big picture of the season so far: Scott Dixon came out on top, and only Helio Castroneves was close to challenging him.
  • F3: The Mirror bigs up Oliver Turvey
    “Is Oliver Turvey the next Lewis Hamilton,” asks The Mirror, in a bid to promote its newly-announced sponsorship of F3. And also possibly to compensate for the fact that rival The Sun has recently been making such a fuss about Mike Conway.
  • F1: Hamilton sets fastest lap in Canada practice
    Lewis Hamilton put down a marker for Canada qualifying by topping the timesheets overall in Friday practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
  • Bring Williams F1 engineering to your back garden…
    There are marketing tie-ins that really boost your brand image, and then there are the others…
  • IRL: Wheldon expects to qualify despite big crash (photos)
    Dan Wheldon has been cleared as fit to run in qualifying for the Bombardier Learjet 550k despite a high-speed crash that left him briefly pinned in his overturned car.
  • Get sorted for Fathers’ Day with OnPole.com
    A few tips for solving present problems for the petrolheads and racing nuts in your households from motorsport merchandising site OnPole.com. Porsche Carrera GT gifts are probably deprecated…
  • F1: Lewis on dad’s Porsche crash: “I just laughed”
    Here’s more evidence of why you should never, never expect any sympathy whatsoever from your kids.
  • F1: Hamilton looks forward to quick and dirty ride in Canada
    Lewis Hamilton says he thinks McLaren will have a job to beat Ferrari on straight-line speed in Montreal – but says his MP4-23 will have an advantage over the kerbs, and that could be enough to win the race.
  • IRL: Close finishes in Texas (video)
    The Indy Racing League hits the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Bombardier Learjet 550, as the season ramps up the action with races almost every weekend between now and early September.
  • F1: Silverstone sold out – but all is not lost
    It’s being widely reported this morning that the British Grand Prix is sold out. But all is not lost if you want to see the race. Why not see what tickets other fans have available?
  • F1: Ferrari sends out mixed Mosley messages
    Update: apparently Luca di Montezemolo didn’t mean to tell Max Mosley to resign after all. What a nasty misunderstanding.
  • Anthony Hamilton crashes Porsche supercar
    Oh, this is a story that is really painful to report. The Porsche Carrera GT is an incredibly rare, incredibly beautiful and incredibly powerful supercar. It has a 5.7L V10 power plant, a six-speed transmission, does 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds and is based on Le Mans technology. It will set you back £330,000. And Anthony Hamilton has just put one through a hedge.
  • F1: when to catch the Canadian Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Canadian Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: Canadian Grand Prix preview
    Formula One is heading off to Canada and there’s only one game in town – can Lewis Hamilton maintain his newly-minted lead in the drivers’ championship? The 23-year-old Briton is just three points ahead of arch-rival and reigning champion Kimi Raikkonen following his spectacular victory on the rain-soaked streets of Monaco. And the Finn’s Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa is just one behind him.
  • F1: DC says he can turn season around
    David Coulthard is convinced that he can regain control of his chaotic 15th season in Formula One and get some points on the board for his team Red Bull.
  • F1: once again it’s sod the politics, bring on the racing
    Earlier this year, when the Mosley scandal first broke, we used the blog search and comparison tool Icerocket to try and get a sense of what people online felt was important. We thought that, following the FIA’s vote of confidence in Mosley, it would be instructive to take another look and see how things are playing now.
  • F1: Martin Brundle answers viewers’ questions
    Over at ITV F1.com it’s Martin Brundle’s turn to answer viewers’ questions. And this week brings a particularly interesting batch as the veteran F1 racer has just taken to the track for the first time in seven years to compete against his son in the open-wheel Formula Palmer Audi series.
  • F1: more on Formula One betting
    If you enjoyed our recent post on the odds available on various drivers and teams in the F1 world championship then here are a few more links on the subject.
  • F1: Coulthard lukewarm on tintop driving
    David Coulthard is not a great fan of driving stock cars or touring cars, as he revealed in a press conference that formed part of his visit to watch the Red Bull NASCAR team at the Dover International Speedway.
  • F1: the FIA vote aftermath
    Here are some of the latest developments in the aftermath of the FIA’s vote of confidence in its president Max Mosley yesterday.
  • F1: FIA vote liveblog – Mosley wins, threat of split, fears for British GP
    So, today’s the day when Max Mosley meets his nemesis in the form of a FIA hearing that will vote on whether members feel he is fit to continue as the organisation’s president. Keep checking this post for the latest info.
  • F1: Rumour mill sends Coulthard to Renault
    David Coulthard could see out the rest of the F1 season partnering Fernando Alonso at Renault before retiring, according to a strange and rather silly rumour doing the rounds.
  • IRL: Briscoe bounces back in Milwaukee
    Under-fire Aussie Ryan Briscoe silenced his critics with a hard-fought victory over Indy500 champion Scott Dixon at a traffic-strewn Milwaukee Mile.
  • A1GP: Q&A with Adam Carroll
    The A1GP website recently invited fans to send in their questions for Adam Carroll, the Northern Irish GP2 ace who also drives in the series for Team Ireland. Here are the results.
  • A1GP: get the low-down on a Team GB pitstop
    Ever wanted to know more about what happens during a pitstop? Well now’s your chance, thanks to a TV appearance about to be made by A1GP’s Team Great Britain. The team’s pit lane skills are to be highlighted in a Channel Five TV programme next week. How do they do it? aims to explain the science behind everyday events and objects and will tell the story of the pit stop crew.
  • IRL: Wilson aims for one better at Milwaukee
    The definition of ‘rookie’ is a pretty flexible one in the Indy Racing League this year – just ask Justin Wilson, who is classed as one even though his last visit to the Milwuakee Mile saw him lead 61 laps on his way to second place in Champ Cars’ 2006 Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225.
  • GP2: Monaco blog posts go live
    Hoping to get all the latest hot gossip and intrigue from the Monaco GP2 paddock? The series blog has two episodes of a promised three-parter on the subject live and published. Since there’s no Canada race, and the next slice of GP2 action will be taking place in France in 19 days’ time, fans will need something to keep themselves occupied in the meantime – and this may be the perfect distraction.
  • F1: Hamilton, Kovalainen and the MP4-23 at Brooklands
    It’s official! Lewis Hamilton will be at this year’s Brooklands Festival on June 28 and 29 – accompanied by team-mate Heikki Kovalainen and this year’s race car, the McLaren MP4-23.
  • IRL: Roth breaks promise to bring back Howard
    Jay Howard, the IRL rookie who was controversially dropped by his team for the Indianapolis 500, will not be returning to the track any time soon.
  • F1: Jenson Button’s hidden talents
    Well, who knew? If motor racing ever palls for Jenson Button, he can always give endurance sports a go instead.
  • F1 quotes: those who can…
    We notice that the Top Gear blog is trailing a piece about a limited-edition Scots-designed supercar with the following snarky quote.
  • F1: Silverstone plans jump latest hurdle
    Silverstone’s new pit and paddock complex, essential in convincing Bernie Ecclestone that the old place can be hauled out of the 1970s and into the 21st century, has the latest piece in the jigsaw puzzle of permissions it will need to go ahead.
  • Brits on Pole on tour: Vee8 guest post
    If you’d like to know why we think the BBC should axe David Croft and Maurice Hamilton in 2009, sign up some new blood and, yes, even resist the temptation to bring back The Chain, then get yourselves along to the Vee8 blog, where we’ve written a guest post.
  • IRL: “We’re all as feisty as Danica”, says Manning
    A quick interview with IndyCar driver Darren Manning is available on a local US news channel as part of the build-up to this weekend’s race at the Milwaukee Mile.
  • Brits on Pole: the fightback begins
    Time for us to admit what has happened to our team in round six of the McLaren Grand Prix League fantasy F1 competition. And, actually, things are looking up.
  • F1: driving back to the future with Graham Hill
    Night owls who are also motorsport fans have been treated to an affectionate hour-long portrait of a British racing legend this week. Graham Hill: Driven was broadcast on BBC4 on Tuesday night, but you can still catch it for a few more days at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer. Coming as it does straight after the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix, a race which Hill made his own, it’s very difficult not to draw comparisons between the sport then and now.
  • IRL: Darren Manning’s borrowed nose (and other stories)
    Darren Manning’s career-best ninth place in the Indianapolis 500 was achieved despite a slow puncture and a borrowed nose cone, according to team owner AJ Foyt.
  • F1: the innocence of James Allen
    Ha! We were worried that the BBC had trashed its sporting quote of the week column as we couldn’t find it on the site.
  • F1: betting round-up – who do the bookies think will win?
    Six races into the season. Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton have won two races apiece. Robert Kubica has yet to score his maiden win but says he’s fighting for the title. Which of them are the markets backing to become world champion?
  • Legends: Graham Hill doc on BBC iPlayer for six more days
    If you missed the hour-long documentary about Graham Hill, broadcast on BBC4 in the small hours of this morning, you’ve still got a few days to see it, courtesy of that handy little device the iPlayer. But get along quick…
  • F1: DC visits NASCAR – but it’s only a visit, honest…
    David Coulthard is flying out to North America in advance of the Canadian Grand Prix to visit a NASCAR race – but the mere suggestion of a career change is being heavily frowned upon by his team.
  • A1GP: New car prototype gets its first outing
    The latest A1GP car design, based on one of Michael Schumacher’s championship-winning Ferraris, has had its first outing on an Italian track.
  • IRL: Dominant Dixon wins Indy500
    All through May Scott Dixon had looked the driver most likely to win the 192nd Indianapolis 500 – and in the end he out-lasted, out-lucked and just plain out-drove his rivals to victory.
  • F1: Monaco glory for emotional Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton won a rain-hit Monaco Grand Prix after an early puncture forced his McLaren team to redesign his race strategy – transforming it into exactly the right plan for victory.
  • F1: Monaco GP in six words
    A rain-soaked, incident-packed race with thrills, spills and some pretty heroic driving – you’d need a lot of words to accurately describe the Monaco Grand Prix, but we’re doing it in just six per driver and team.
  • F1: Monaco Grand Prix live blog
    Before Monaco qualifying McLaren publicly told its drivers that it expected them to “add to the illustrious history of the team at the Monaco Grand Prix.” And now Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are smarting after failing to find an answer to Ferrari in qualifying. The red cars beat them to the front row by mere hundredths of a second and they command the race. How will the McLarens respond?
  • GP2: Sweet revenge for victorious Conway
    Mike Conway, gifted pole position in GP2’s second Monaco race after being unceremoniously dumped out of the first one, took advantage with a dominant drive to victory.
  • F1: Massa earns surprise Monaco pole
    The rain held off from Monaco for qualifying and Ferrari made the most of the respite to fill the front row, with Felipe Massa taking an unexpected pole despite his well-known dislike of the Monte Carlo circuit.
  • GP2: Senna triumphs as Conway is robbed
    Mike Conway was robbed of a podium finish by a piece of last-lap idiocy in a GP2 feature race that saw the name Senna once again on the top step of a Monaco podium.
  • Could Sunday see two British winners?
    The two biggest open-wheel motor races in the world – and they’re on the same day. But how likely is it that Union Flags will be flying over the top steps of the podiums at Monaco and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway come Sunday?
  • F1: Do you recognise this man?
    We are posting this merely so that our loyal readership can reassure itself that it is on top of the latest salient points of the Mosley saga and then get back to wondering about the far more interesting possibilities of rain and spectacular upsets in the race.
  • F1: Button and Hamilton warn of weather carnage at Monaco
    The notorious Monaco circuit, which has no room for error. A number of rookies. The removal of traction control and now a good possibility of rain. Three drivers busting up their cars before practice was even completed. No wonder Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are expecting trouble. Monaco five-day forecast from the BBC is available here >>
  • F1: Monaco practice round-up
    Lewis Hamilton has everything to play for in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix tomorrow after practice times demonstrated how his McLaren team is running neck and neck with Ferrari. The race, with its famous lack of overtaking opportunities, is even more likely than usual to be won by whoever can take pole position – and the threat of rain during both qualifying and the race itself may make things considerably more interesting.
  • F1: Monaco GP is Sir Frank Williams’ 600th
    Sir Frank Williams, who has spent more than 40 years as a racing team owner, will be attending his 600th grand prix this weekend.
  • GP2: Monaco preview
    The GP2 series will be staging a double race at Monaco this year for the first time since its inception in 2005. The feature race is due to take place tomorrow (Friday) morning while the sprint race will take place on Saturday afternoon.
  • F1: when to catch the Monaco Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Monagasque Grand Prix in the UK. (Ha! we’ve been looking for an excuse to use that word all day.)
  • F1: Monaco Grand Prix preview
    At stake at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix is not just the distinction of winning one of the most coveted trophies in F1 – it’s also a chance to grab the season initiative. McLaren will be desperate to impose themselves on the race after taking the hunt to Ferrari in Turkey. But the Italian team was still dominant there and it will be looking to underline this dominance in Monte Carlo with the whole world watching.
  • F1: your exclusive view of events in Monaco…
    …is available on this webcam, covering the harbour area. You can clearly see the stands fill up and empty at the various times when things are happening on the circuit. It’s strangely exciting.
  • F1: Catch up with RBR’s Coulthard and Newey
    David Coulthard has hailed a breakthrough in Istanbul after he got to the chequered flag for the first time this season with no failures, collisions or crashes. Writing in his column on the ITV F1 website, he says: “I feel like I got a monkey off my back in Turkey.”
  • GP2: Conway’s thoughts on Istanbul
    Mike Conway’s latest column for the ITV Sport website is about the Istanbul weekend including his satisfaction in getting some points on the board, a first-hand insight into dodging stray dogs while driving racing cars and a forward look to Monaco as well as plenty of detail about the races themselves.
  • F1: Honda Racing TV – great if you can find it…
    Over at the Honda Racing website there’s some interesting stuff going on for anyone following the careers of Jenson Button and the various young British drivers on the fringes. The team has its own TV channel named (wait for it) Honda Racing TV.
  • FPA: Brundle races for first time in seven years
    Here’s a story that we’ve had earmarked for a while – the news that Martin Brundle has made his first return to competitive track racing since he drove for Bentley in the Le Mans 24 Hours event in 2001.
  • F1 quotes: McLaren get reprieve from the hoi-polloi
    Wouldn’t it be awful to be in the equivalent of Monaco’s economy class? Oh, the shame of being at the back of the queue at the F1 event of the year – and we’d like to bet that McLaren didn’t often have the equivalent experience of boarding a plane and turning right.
  • F1: will Silverstone stalemate cost Britain its grand prix?
    The British Grand Prix is under serious threat of ending, according to the Daily Telegraph, because the British Racing Drivers’ Club is refusing to sign Bernie Ecclestone’s standard European contract.
  • Monaco GP: celebrating nearly 80 years of racing history
    When Roy Hulsbergen got in touch recently, to tell us about his project to produce an online archive of video, pictures, anecdotes and memories celebrating nearly 80 years of grand prix racing in Monaco, we knew an interview with him would be the perfect way to celebrate the build-up to this year’s event.
  • IRL: Starting line-up for Indy500 finalised
    A last-gasp crash by Pacific Coast’s Mario Dominguez saved the blushes of Marty Roth as the final qualifiers for the 92nd Indy500 were confirmed on bump day. Dominguez, the last driver to make a qualifying attempt, was running fast enough to bump Roth from the 33rd and final qualifying place when he crashed entering the…
  • F1: Mosley saga takes (another) soap-opera turn
    Revelations regarding motorsport boss Max Mosley’s er, slightly idiosyncratic, sex life are now on their way from the merely ridiculous to the burlesque. Now, in an ideal precursor to the Monaco Grand Prix, there’s a suggestion that MI5 may somehow have been involved in his downfall.
  • GP2: scurrilous gossip from Istanbul
    If you’re wanting to get up to speed with the personalities and politics of the GP2 series, and possibly find out who the next young super-recruits to F1 might be, you could do a lot worse than follow the series blog.
  • F1: Paul Ricard testing report
    McLaren have had some good news about their prospects for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton put in the fastest lap on the first day at a test circuit set up to replicate the challenges of the streets of Monaco.
  • F1: reports of Hamilton backlash premature?
    We’ve been taking quite seriously the idea that a huge backlash was under way against Lewis Hamilton in the UK. But maybe we were wrong. Stevenage’s finest son has, after all, just come second in a poll to determine the nation’s favourite celebrity.
  • F1: Hamilton to shine in Monaco – literally
    It’s usually Red Bull Racing that takes the prize for most outrageously impractical commercial tie-in during the Monaco Grand Prix – but this year McLaren will outshine them, literally, thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s and Heikki Kovalainen’s diamond-studded helmets.
  • IRL: Manning, Wilson and Lloyd all qualify for Indy500
    The pressure is off the British entrants for the Indy500 – at least for a day or two – as all have now successfully qualified for the race.
  • IRL: Wilson works on race set-up
    The rain stayed away from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for long enough yesterday to finally let the drivers get back in their cars and put in a few laps on the track.
  • A1GP: drivers to get Schumi’s winning car
    Wondering what next year’s Ferrari-designed A1GP car is going to look like? Well, here’s your first shot at finding out. The series’ management has unveiled a first image of the 2009 car – a technical drawing that precedes its first test. Here it is (you have to imagine it painted red and with Michael Schumacher sitting in it).
  • F1: who d’you think you are…
    Keith Collantine, over at the F1 Fanatic blog, has had the wonderful experience of meeting and interviewing motor-racing legend Sir Stirling Moss.
  • F1: Magny-Cours is off the calendar
    Magny-Cours – the rural French racetrack famed for having facilities so poor that David Coulthard was inspired to go out and buy a motorhome – is officially off the F1 calendar.
  • F1: renewed backlash against customer car ruling
    A couple of interesting reports today for those following the arguments over whether customer cars are good or bad for the sport.
  • F1: gearing up for Monaco
    The Monte Carlo Grand Prix remains our favourite race of the year – and we know that we’re hardly original in our choice. Small wonder then that, with the Monaco event less than two weeks away, the sport is already gearing up for its showcase fixture.
  • F1 quotes: Webber threatens to get on his bike…
    A slight deviation from the script now as we take a detour from the doings of British racing drivers to report some well-chosen words from the Australian Mark Webber.
  • F1: now Massa joins Hamilton in shunning GPDA
    An article in today’s Independent does Lewis Hamilton little credit, suggesting as it does that he won’t support the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association because he rather petulantly doesn’t want to pay the fees.
  • F1: Our McLaren Grand Prix League freefall is now merely a slide
    McLaren has done its sums, and the latest scores from round five of its Grand Prix League fantasy racing competition are now up on the site. The Brits on Pole team is delighted to announce that its trapdoor-like habit of dropping hundreds of places after every race is now a slide. A mere trickle, in fact.
  • F1: Webber praises reaction to Turkey dog hazard
    Sunday’s GP2 race in Turkey brought scenes that few fans will have enjoyed watching – the sight of stray dogs venturing onto the Istanbul track and, in one case, being run down by Bruno Senna’s car.
  • F1: Hamilton’s wirework not up to his driving
    Part of being a top-flight sports star is presumably learning when to say no – and that’s a lesson which has come home to Lewis Hamilton after a stunt for sponsors left him red-faced and tongue-tied.
  • F1: Honda’s Fry has nothing to offer Davidson
    Nick Fry’s bid to prove that he’s the hardest-headed team boss in F1 goes on apace with the news that the driveless Brit Anthony Davidson currently has little to expect from Honda.
  • F1: Hamilton in “territory of champions”
    Lewis Hamilton’s been getting a fair bit of stick recently, so it was nice to read this analysis of his Turkish Grand Prix performance from Mark Blundell in The Telegraph.
  • F1: Massa magic conjures victory in Turkey
    Lewis Hamilton tried a sneaky three-stop strategy, Kimi Raikkonen fuelled up and ran a long first stint, but neither of them could find an answer to Felipe Massa who won the Turkish Grand Prix by the simple tactic of driving very fast from the front.
  • F1: Turkish GP in six words
    The perfect antidote to processional racing – today the lead swapped hands and raw speed was traded against strategy for a gripping race at the Istanbul circuit. You’d venture out to put the kettle on at your peril – but at least no drivers were felled by hitting stray dogs, as happened to Bruno Senna in the GP2 race…
  • F1: Turkish Grand Prix live blog
    On the surface it looks like more of the same – Ferrari’s Felipe Massa on pole for the third year running and seemingly on his way to another big stack of points for Ferrari. But look a little deeper and this has the potential to be a really interesting race.
  • GP2: Grosjean wins race dogged by incident
    Adam Carroll’s hopes of winning the GP2 Turkish sprint race from pole ended with an early gearbox failure – but the prize for unlucky exits went to Bruna Senna, eliminated from the race after he hit a stray dog on the track.
  • IRL: Dixon and Wheldon nail Indy500 qualifying
    Target Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed their status as the team to beat by seizing the first two qualifying positions for the Indy500 in a tactically intriguing pole shoot-out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • GP2: Pantano unchallenged for Turkey win
    Adam Carroll will start on pole in tomorrow’s GP2 sprint race after his return to the series saw him squander an impressive qualification performance in the feature race to finish eighth.
  • IRL: Lloyd to miss qualifying after crash
    Rookie Alex Lloyd will sit out weekend qualifying on medical advice after hitting the wall during Indy500 ‘Fast Friday’ practice.
  • IRL: Howard dropped for Indy500
    Jay Howard has lost his chance to drive in this year’s Indy500 after his struggling team decided to drop him for the race and bring in veteran John Andretti.
  • F1: Massa dominates Turkey qualifying
    A grumpy Lewis Hamilton struggled through qualifying at the Turkish Grand Prix and admitted to wrong decisions – but still managed to take third and expects to challenge the Ferraris.
  • IRL: ‘slow’ Lloyd is fastest rookie on day two
    From IndyCars’ official YouTube channel comes this brief interview with Alex Lloyd, who went fastest on day two of the Indy 500 rookie orientation.
  • F1: Louise Goodman says women’s influence is growing
    One of the most discussion-provoking things we have ever posted on this site was a comment that we’d like to see more female drivers participating in motorsport. It’s still a hot topic in 2008 – and one that ITV F1 journalist Louise Goodman has tackled in her latest Q&A column for the broadcaster’s website.
  • A1GP: Coulthard rumoured to be pondering A1 Team Scotland
    Here’s an intriguing story from the Formula One site OneStopStrategy.com. It reports that David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella could be among four “members of the F1 fraternity” contemplating getting involved with A1GP.
  • F1: When to catch the Turkish Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Turkish Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: will Kovalainen be fit to race in Turkey?
    Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren team-mate will find out on Friday whether or not he will be taking part in the Turkish Grand Prix. Plus race previews from Honda and Red Bull.
  • F1: Davidson hopeful for the future
    Anthony Davidson, the British driver recently unseated after his Super Aguri team went out of business, has said he is hopeful of continuing his Formula One career.
  • IRL: Indy500 rookie orientation poses no problems
    There were no slip-ups among the British drivers preparing to make their first assaults on the Indianapolis 500 as all made it through their rookie orientation quickly and efficiently.
  • GP2: Carroll is back with FMS
    Adam Carroll will be back behind the wheel for Fisichella Motor Sport International at this weekend’s Istanbul event and for the following race in Monaco.
  • A1GP: gala marks season’s end
    The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport celebrated the end of its 2007/08 season on Monday evening with a gala dinner at the Hilton on Park Lane Hotel in London. Teams, drivers, sponsors and officials gathered to mark the season’s successes, including Switzerland’s championship win, Ireland’s status as the most improved team and Canadian Robert Wickens’ victory as the top-performing rookie.
  • A1GP: final standings and race winners
    So – the A1GP season is over, the Brits came third again, the Irish charged up the field, and the Swiss were unstoppable. In September it starts again, when they’ll all be driving Prancing Horses, but until then here are the details of who won what and who finished where.
  • A1GP: Brits steal show at Brands Hatch finale
    Robbie Kerr delighted home fans with a win and a close second in the final two races of the A1GP season at Brands Hatch, seizing third in the final standings.
  • F1: Coulthard analyses his Barcelona problems
    David Coulthard’s on-track performances have been making news for all the wrong reasons recently – from crashes with Adrian Sutil and Timo Glock to being illegally cut up by Giancarlo Fisichella and let down by tyre choices in qualifying. In his latest column for the ITV F1 site the veteran racer lets fly at a few decisions made by fellow drivers – and explains how he keeps going in the face of adversity.
  • F1: Anthony Davidson loses his drive
    British driver Anthony Davidson is facing the suspension of his Formula One driving career after his Super Aguri team announced it was withdrawing from the series. The Japanese outfit is ceasing racing with immediate effect and will not be at the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend.
  • GP2: get your free e-zine here…
    Fans of thrills and spills-packed GP2 racing can enjoy a privileged glimpse into the world of F1’s feeder series with the help of the latest e-zine to be published on its website.
  • F1: Mosley faces FIA inquiry into his conduct
    A leading British barrister has been appointed by the FIA to investigate whether or not Max Mosley’s much-reported sexual exploits had Nazi connotations.
  • F1: is Hamilton feeling the after-effects of Spygate?
    Could the reason for McLaren’s relative lack of pace this season be down to the development moratorium imposed on certain aspects of the car following Spygate?
  • F1: how not to run a fantasy league team
    It’s taken us a while to make this admission. But in the interests of full disclosure we have to report that taking advantage of the transfer window has done little to boost our McLaren Grand Prix League team.
  • F1: drivers tell what Kovalainen crash must have felt like
    For most of us it’s very difficult to imagine what it must have felt like to be in Heikki Kovalainen’s McLaren when it hit the barriers at the Circuit de Catalunya at 150 miles per hour. But one or two of his F1 colleagues have been on hand to explain – and to recall being in similar crashes.
  • F1: The we-hate-Hamilton club?
    Has Lewis Hamilton taken over from Michael Schumacher’s as the most hated man in F1? Over at F1 Fanatic, Keith Collantine makes a convincing argument suggesting he has and analyses why that should be.
  • Interview round-up: Carroll, Kerr, Davidson, Button and Wilson
    The last few days has seen a spate of interesting interviews with British drivers across the different series of world open-wheel racing, from A1GP to IndyCar by way of Formula One.
  • IRL: Post-Kansas catch-up video
    Five races, five winners – and the Indy 500 is looming. Helio Castroneves leads the championship, despite not yet having won a race, while Ganassi Racing looks the team to beat. Here’s Lauren Bohlander’s ‘Up to speed’ video review – don’t forget to check out her hairstyle and wristwatch…
  • IRL: Wheldon wins in Kansas
    Dan Wheldon took a second consecutive Kansas Speedway IndyCar victory after his team-mate Scott Dixon dropped from first to seventh thanks to an unluckily-timed yellow flag seconds after he had pitted.
  • F1: where to look for Kovalainen crash footage
    Looking at our search results for yesterday and today, it’s clear that lots of people are turning up at the site because they are hunting down video of Kovalainen’s Barcelona crash.
  • F1: Coulthard on his role in F1
    David Coulthard says he’s happy with his current role at Red Bull – and is making a contribution to the sport even though he’s not challenging for race wins and the World Championship.
  • F1: drivers face no action after Glock-Coulthard collision
    It was far from being the most dramatic moment of the Spanish Grand Prix. But the collision between Red Bull’s David Coulthard and Timo Glock around Lap 54 provoked a stewards’ inquiry after the Toyota rookie appeared to shunt the veteran Scot from behind on an ill-advised overtaking manoeuvre.
  • F1: is Ecclestone’s support for Mosley wavering?
    A rather interesting story was posted on the BBC website shortly before the opening of hostilities at Barcelona on Sunday. It suggests that embattled FIA president Max Mosley might not be able to rely on the unconditional support of his old mucker Bernie Ecclestone after all.
  • A1GP: Getting racy on rainy Regent Street
    While Lewis Hamilton and his rivals laboured under the Spanish sun, the A1GP circus pitched up in a rainy Regent Street to give London’s West End a taste of life in the fast lane.
  • F1: The Red Bull takeover proceeds apace…
    When Red Bull Racing made its debut in F1 back in 2005, with more front than Dolly Parton and a motorhome big and flash enough to take on McLaren’s, jaws dropped. And everything the team did, from sending David Coulthard up onto the Monaco podium dressed in a sponsors’ Superman cloak, to encouraging its principal Christian Horner to jump naked into a swimming pool to celebrate the event, reinforced the impression that the sport now had a major new player on its hands.
  • F1: Walker to play Willis in film… no, wait
    This story, reported by ITN, is so wonderful that we simply cannot resist posting it here. It suggests that a film is due to be made about the life of Michael Schumacher, possibly starring the great man as himself. It will, apparently, also be necessary to include a portrayal of commentary legend Murray Walker. Clearly a suitable actor must be found to play the inimitable Englishman. And who do they have in mind?
  • F1: Spanish GP race report
    The story of the Spanish Grand Prix was the story of two Finnish drivers and their very different races – a comfortable win for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, a dangerous crash for McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen.
  • F1: Spanish Grand Prix in six words
    The thrills, the spills, the near-misses – it might have been a bit processional at times but no-one could claim it wasn’t exciting too. At least, now we know that Heikki Kovalainen’s OK. For anyone short of time, patience or attention, here’s our six-word summaries of race, teams and drivers.
  • F1: Spanish Grand Prix live blog
    There’s only one show in town at the Circuit de Catalunya today and that’s Fernando Alonso. The stands are lined with blue and yellow flags, representing his home region of Asturias, and the fans don’t give a damn that Renault has changed its livery. The stands opposite his garage are groaning with eager supporters hoping to get a glimpse of their hero…
  • GP2: action-packed start to European season
    The European season of GP2 kicked off in style with two action-filled races in Barcelona – but there was precious little to celebrate for British drivers Mike Conway and Ben Hanley.
  • Franchitti fractures ankle in NASCAR crash
    NASCAR driver Dario Franchitti suffered a fractured ankle after a blown tyre sent him into the path of another car during a Nationwide Series race in Alabama.
  • IRL: Dixon and Wheldon dominate Kansas qualifying
    Dan Wheldon scored his first front-row start in 18 races as he and his Target Chip Ganassi Racing colleague Scott Dixon locked up the front row in qualifying for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at the Kansas Speedway.
  • F1: Kimi rains on Alonso’s parade
    Fernando Alonso made a bold bid for pole in the Spanish Grand Prix in front of his home fans – only to see defending world champion Kimi Raikkonen snatch the prize away in the dying moments of qualifying.
  • IRL: Wheldon hopes to keep Kansas streak alive
    Here are a couple of numbers to ponder: Dan Wheldon has led almost 40 per cent of IndyCar race laps at the Kansas Speedway over the last five years, and has finished second-second-first in the last three races there.
  • A1GP: get up close and personal on Sunday
    Looking for a chance to get up close and personal with the GB A1GP car – and 21 others like it? In that case, don’t forget that A1GP is holding a simulated race start in the West End of London on Sunday to promote the series ahead of its British round at Brands Hatch from May 2.
  • IRL: Manning predicts improvement in ‘big pack’ Kansas
    Last year, according to Darren Manning, Foyt Racing learned more about their car with each passing race – and their goal this year is to turn that knowledge into results. Three races in, he’s hopeful that’s exactly what’s happening.
  • GP2 comes to Europe with Barcelona race
    The first race of the GP2 season is due to take place at the Circuit de Catalunya tomorrow – and you’ll be able to watch it on UK television.
  • IRL: Leap in the dark for Wilson in Kansas
    From Champ Car frontrunners to IRL newbies – nowhere will Newman/Haas/Lanigan’s new status be more obvious than this weekend’s Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at the Kansas Speedway, a circuit that only one member of the team has even set eyes on before.
  • F1: Spanish GP preview
    A surprise performance boost by Renault that managed to split the Ferraris in second practice may spell an interesting Grand Prix on Sunday. BMW are also looking strong on a day that saw McLaren performing roughly as expected during the first session but falling way down the field in the second.
  • IRL: Walk a mile in Darren Manning’s shoes
    A charity internet auction of IndyCar drivers’ racegear and other memorabilia is entering its closing stages – with little interest and fewer bids.
  • F1: when to catch the Spanish Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Spanish Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: new regulations leave DC unimpressed
    Racing is unlikely to be improved as a spectacle in 2009 because new regulations fail to help drivers run close to their rivals, veteran driver David Coulthard has warned.
  • F1: in the last few hours of the transfer window…
    Having got home from holiday and sat down to update the site, we were alarmed to learn we were in the last few hours of the transfer window for McLaren’s Grand Prix League fantasy F1 competition.
  • F1: Super Aguri limp on, slowly
    Battered but unbowed, F1 backmarkers Super Aguri are still expecting to be on the starting grid for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
  • F1: Brundle’s views on the season so far
    There’s an interesting analysis by Martin Brundle on the ITV F1 website, covering what he thinks of the season so far – and what he thinks might be the hot prospects for the next few races.
  • F1: what goes around comes around
    Like many other people we were interested to read this quote from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo asked whether he was planning to sign Fernando Alonso in 2009.
  • F1: asking rather too much of Giancarlo Fisichella
    We came across a very earnest and worthy press release from rapidly up-and-coming F1 team Force India today that made us die with laughter – for all the wrong reasons.
  • F1: perhaps we’ve just led sheltered lives…
    …but we can’t work out what on earth The Telegraph thinks its old mate Max Mosley’s been up to now. Take a look at this screengrab from its website.
  • F1: Mosley will not attend Barcelona GP, but will be at Monaco
    Beleagured motorsport boss Max Mosley has announced that he plans to attend the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks time. The appearance will follow his absence at the Bahrain Grand Prix, where he was reportedly asked to stay away for fear of offending that country’s royal family, and the Barcelona Grand Prix, where a friendly crown prince of Jordan, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, has come to his aid by inviting him to a rallying event instead.
  • F1: Hamilton returns to Barcelona circuit as anti-racism campaign is launched
    It’s the Spanish Grand Prix weekend – and the launch of the FIA’s much-anticipated anti-racism campaign announced after British driver Lewis Hamilton suffered racist abuse from fans at the circuit during testing in February.
  • IRL: Patrick triumphs in Japan
    Danica Patrick won IndyCar’s Japan 300, muting – but not completely silencing – the nagging voices asking when she’d finally win a race.
  • Champ Car bows out with Power surge
    The final race in Champ Car’s 29 years of competition was won by KV Racing’s Will Power after Britain’s Justin Wilson suffered an engine failure.
  • A1GP: Swiss on a roll as victory looms
    We’re back from holiday here at Brits on Pole, and catching up with everything we’ve missed – starting with A1GP’s Shanghai event, where Switzerland came close to wrapping up the championship and Ireland took another podium.
  • Keep up with Ryan Dalziel via his new website
    Ryan Dalziel’s a Scottish racing driver whose open-wheel racing career we were following while he was driving for the Pacific Coast Motorsport team in the now-defunct Champ Car series. Now he’s switched to the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series we’ll probably be writing about him a bit less – but if you want to keep in touch with his career, you can do so via his newly-revamped website.
  • Wrecked Bond car: could happen to anyone, mate…
    Brits on Pole is back from its holiday – and before we get back to srs bzns, including Danica Patrick’s IndyCar win and the Barcelona Grand Prix previews, here’s a little light relief. This is one for every single person who has ever had an embarrassing motor accident – pity this poor professional driver who has managed to completely total James Bond’s Aston Martin after losing it on a slippery bend.
  • On holiday – back soon
    We’re (mostly) away from our keyboards at the moment, but we’ll be back in time for Barcelona and the A1GP finale at Brands Hatch. Plus we’ll catch on up A1GP in Shanghai and the action taking place in IndyCar this weekend. We’re also working on a brand new look for the site!
  • F1: When The Telegraph deserts Mosley, he must be in trouble…
    How things change in the space of a week. Especially The Telegraph’s editorial line on Max Mosley, it seems.
  • F1: Brits on Pole – the Super Aguri of fantasy F1
    This morning we awaken chastened to the harsh realities of life as F1 team principals. Our refusal to invest in Ferrari, our reliance on Lewis Hamilton and our backing of lots of promising-on-paper midfield drivers who largely ended in the gravel at Bahrain mean that we’re another 4,912 places adrift this morning in the McLaren Grand Prix League.
  • IndyCar: form book upset in wet St Petersburg
    The smart money was always on Newman/Haas/Lanigan being the quickest of the ex-Champ Car teams to adapt to life in IndyCar – but even the most optimistic fan might have been stretched to predict a victory in only their second race.
  • F1: Bahrain GP in six words
    Who did what to whom, and when – the winners and losers of the Bahrain Grand Prix, in six words each.
  • F1: Fortune deserts Brits in Bahrain sands
    One British driver had a trouble-free Bahrain Grand Prix in which he got the most from his car, gained places from his grid position, and beat his team-mate. Unfortunately for the bigger names at the front of the field, it was Anthony Davidson in the lowly Super Aguri.
  • F1: Bahrain Grand Prix live blog
    Wind is already scouring the Sakhir circuit in preparation for the third race in the 2008 Formula One World Championship. We can’t quite promise to report on the progress of every last grain of sand – but we’ll be here for the next two and a half hours, live blogging the race.
  • F1: surprise Bahrain pole for Robert Kubica
    Ladies and gentlemen! Roll up, roll up for a series of splendid jokes about the Pole on pole! No, but seriously, it’s official: BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica has put his car at the front of the grid for the Bahrain GP.
  • Bloggers prefer racing to scandal, according to stats
    After a 2007 season dominated by off-track controversy, what we all wanted was a 2008 where the racing made the headlines. And it seems that the Max Mosley affair isn’t going to prevent us having it.
  • A1GP: youngsters helped by beadwork brilliance
    Thousands of underprivileged children can now enjoy nutritious meals thanks to a unique fundraising auction held by A1GP, the World Cup of motor sport, during its South African races.
  • Mosley’s counterattack admits more than it denies
    FIA president Max Mosley, under intense pressure following a tabloid newspaper sting, has issued a defiant statement attacking his critics and refusing to resign.
  • F1: British Grand Prix is selling out
    Time’s running out if you want to see Lewis Hamilton, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson race at their home circuit this year. Tickets for the British Grand Prix, taking place on July 4-6, are selling so fast that the venue has announced that it is building an extra stand seating two and a half thousand spectators.
  • F1: Coulthard’s RB3 auctioned on eBay
    Fancy a second-hand racer? One less-than-careful owner, reliability a bit of an issue, but goes like a bomb and will look as cool as, er, anything parked on your drive?
  • F1: when to catch the Bahrain Grand Prix in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Bahrain Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: changes to Bahrain qualifying follow McLaren’s penalty
    The FIA is reportedly due to change the qualifying rules in time for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Cars that have completed their flying laps will now be required to get back to their garages within a specified time.
  • F1: Bahrain Grand Prix preview
    Lewis Hamilton is evidently looking forward to returning to Bahrain for the third race in the 2008 world championship – he describes it as “a really cool circuit” and says his 2004 F3 race there was one of the most emotional he has been involved in.
  • F1: Lewis Hamilton to visit Brooklands Festival in June
    Want to catch up with Lewis Hamilton in person this summer? In that case, get yourself along to the Brooklands Motoring Festival 2008 – also known as The Double Twelve – on June 28 and 29 this year. Also attending will be F1 legend Sir Stirling Moss.
  • F1: Mosley’s future at FIA untenable, so what does the future hold?
    There are times when the truth is far, far stranger than fiction. If anyone had tried to suggest, for example, that the FIA president Max Mosley was prone to the kind of alarming sexual activities recently uncovered by the News of the World by means of a hidden camera, they would have been accused of wildly overheated imaginings.
  • F1: Hamilton’s dodgy maths
    For everyone who’s sick of Lewis Hamilton being portrayed as the golden boy of motorsport – and there are a few of them out there – fear not. We bring you the brickbats as well as the bouquets here at Brits on Pole.
  • F1: what’s it like to go wheel to wheel with Lewis Hamilton?
    One last little bit of Sepang business to attend to before we turn our attention to Bahrain. Have you ever wondered what it must be like to get into a wheel-to-wheel battle with a driver of Lewis Hamilton’s calibre? Well, Red Bull’s Mark Webber has described exactly that in his latest column for the BBC Sport website.
  • IRL: Dixon wins first race in new era
    Dan Wheldon’s hopes of charging from the back of the field to take a fourth consecutive season-opening win at Homestead-Miami Speedway were dashed by team-mate Scott Dixon.
  • A1GP: grid to form up on Regent Street
    A1GP fans will be able to get up close and personal with their own national squad’s car in the unlikely setting of London’s Regent Street next month.
  • F3: Turvey takes opening win despite snow
    A snow shower half an hour before the opening race of the British F3 International Series probably wasn’t what the teams had banked on – but it didn’t stop Oliver Turvey scoring his maiden win.
  • Ouch! 7000-place fantasy league slump for BoP
    Well, that didn’t go too well. Despite scoring almost as many points as in Australia, the Malaysian Grand Prix saw the Brits on Pole team plunge down the rankings in the McLaren Grand Prix League.
  • F1: Coulthard rumoured as in BBC’s sights
    David “Potty-Mouth” Coulthard may well have been warned to stay away from every microphone in Malaysia after his colourful threats to take on Felipe Massa were broadcast live and uncensored during the Australian Grand Prix. But, if the most recent rumour out of the Sepang paddock is to be believed, this latest lapse into laddishness might not deter the BBC from signing him up as a commentator when his driving career finally ends.
  • F1: Raikkonen eats into Hamilton’s lead
    Two races into the F1 season – and already the hottest topic is which of F1’s leading championship contenders is keeping his nose ahead in the points battle. And, after the Malaysian Grand Prix, the momentum undoubtedly lies with Kimi Raikkonen.
  • F1: Malaysian GP in six words
    Following on from last week’s bit of fun, summing up everyone’s performances in Australia in just six words per driver or team, here’s our look at the winners and losers in Malaysia.
  • F1: Malaysian Grand Prix live blog
    It’s hot and humid and just possibly rainy in Malaysia – and it’s snowing here at home as we crawl out of bed and get ready to go with the second Grand Prix of the season.
  • F1: Hamilton penalised in Malaysia qualifying
    A cluster of British drivers will start the Malaysian Grand Prix from the middle of the field – with very mixed feelings about how they ended up there.
  • Motormouth MP lashes out at BBC F1 deal
    Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay has thrown a bucket of cold water on the BBC’s celebrations at regaining the rights to show Formula One by claiming it wasn’t a real sport and should be on commercial TV.
  • F1: when to watch the Malaysian GP in the UK
    Wondering what time to get yourself in front of the telly or radio for the latest round in the F1 championship? Here are the broadcast times for the stations covering the Malaysian Grand Prix in the UK.
  • F1: BBC grabs broadcast rights from next year
    F1 coverage is moving back to the BBC from next year after Bernie Ecclestone approached the broadcaster to negotiate a new five-year deal.
  • A1GP: Irish and Brits storm podium in Mexico
    Adam Carroll scored Ireland’s maiden win when A1GP visited Mexico City last weekend, while Oliver Jarvis grabbed a pair of second places to move Team GBR up to fourth in the overall standings.
  • F1: our Grand Prix League 2008 standings
    Well, we promised that we’d tell you how we’re doing in McLaren’s Grand Prix League 2008 contest, and here we are. Team BritsOnPole pulled in 343 points from the Australian Grand Prix, placing us 1,390th out of 18,237 players.
  • F1: Stewart predicts major crash is due
    Former F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has made an uncompromising call for young, successful drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen to help maintain the sport’s impressive safety record. He says the gap of nearly 14 years since a driver was killed has led to complacency – and that, when a serious accident inevitably happens, the current crop of youngsters will be unable to deal with the consequences.
  • F1: Australian GP team and driver quotes
    A cool-headed Lewis Hamilton has triumphed in an Australian Grand Prix which saw mechanical failure, driver error, racing incidents and a bitter battle of attrition in the 50-degree heat purge the field of all but six finishers.
  • F1: Australian GP in six words
    To mark the fact that only six cars finished the Australian Grand Prix, we thought for a bit of fun we’d use just six words to sum up the performance of each driver and team. We’d love to hear your versions in the comments!
  • F1: Australian Grand Prix live blog
    It’s March, it’s silly-o-clock in the morning, and that means only one thing – F1’s back and it’s time for the Australian Grand Prix. Brits on Pole is here in front of the TV with a lot of tea and a laptop with a stuck ‘N’ key, ready to blog the action as it happens.
  • F1: Pole for Hamilton as Kimi falters
    It wasn’t supposed to be this way – but Lewis Hamilton won’t be complaining. The young Brit began his second F1 season by putting his McLaren on pole in Melbourne, while main rival and defending champion Kimi Raikkonen starts near the back after mechanical problems.
  • F1: 2008 season preview
    So, you’ve stocked up on food and booze, set the alarm clock (or planned to stay up through the night) and you’re all set for a hopefully thrilling season opener in Melbourne. Who are the runners, riders and also-rans for the coming season, and who will you be backing for the drivers’ and constructors’ championships? Here’s our take on the proceedings
  • F1: Hamilton, Räikkönen set early pace in Melbourne
    Predictions that Ferrari would romp away from the field in Melbourne were put on hold for at least 24 hours as Lewis Hamilton split the honours with Kimi Raikkonen on the first day of practice for the Australian Grand Prix.
  • IRL: no Minardi in 2008, says Stoddart
    Plain-speaking Aussie businessman Paul Stoddart says he won’t be moving his Minardi Champ Car team across to the IRL following the merger because he’s had enough of trolling around at the back of the field.
  • F1: McLaren teamcast talks up Hamilton’s prospects
    Now, we know it won’t exactly set the world of Formula One on fire to learn that Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are the best of friends going into the 2008 season. Or that the team believes Hamilton can handle the pressure of competing at the very top of the sport. But, nevertheless, McLaren’s official teamcast, issued on the eve of the Australian Grand Prix, does make for interesting viewing for anyone interested in the prospects of these two drivers. Just don’t expect any hot news on Ron’s retirement.
  • A1GP: series heads off to Mexico City this weekend
    The Australian Grand Prix isn’t the only motorsport event on this weekend, you know. While you’re dragging yourself out of bed to fall in front of the telly at silly o’clock, there’ll be a tense title fight taking place in Mexico City.
  • F1: Reports of Ron’s demise greatly exaggerated
    Well, they wrote the obits – but Ron Dennis refused to die. Today he reportedly told staff at McLaren’s Woking HQ that he was going nowhere.
  • F1: Brawn and Button break silence on Honda’s prospects
    Ross Brawn has emerged into the light to give fans of his Honda team an insight into what they might expect from the new racing season. The team maintained an unaccustomed silence throughout much of winter testing, issuing few daily statements on its progress. Well, that’s all over now. Brawn, the new team principal, has broken his silence.
  • F1: Super Aguri is safe, Davidson looks on the bright side
    Talk about making the best of a bad situation. Super Aguri’s tightrope-walk in search of the funding that would ensure their survival wasn’t all bad, according to Anthony Davidson.
  • F1: Australian GP to start 90 mins later plus UK coverage times
    A heads-up to anyone who plans to be in front of the television at an inhuman hour to watch the cars line up on the grid for the first race of the season – we’re guessing that’s quite a few of you. Plus a handy guide to the UK coverage…
  • F1: Chequered Conflict book review
    Observer journalist and BBC motorsport commentator Maurice Hamilton’s got a new Formula One book out – looking at the events of last season, and comparing them with another troubled season, 1986.
  • IndyCar: Darren Manning, celebrity chef
    It’s not quite up there with Helio Castroneves strutting his stuff on Dancing With the Stars or Danica Patrick sprawled uncomfortably on the beach for Sports Illustrated, but Darren Manning has done his bit to put a human face on IndyCar with a spot of steak-bashing.
  • Champ Car / IndyCar: what the merger means for the Brits
    Seven British drivers lined up for the start of the American open wheel season last year, the final campaign to see the sport split between IndyCar and Champ Car. Now, with the first unified season on the horizon, we look at their prospects for 2008.
  • F1: behind the scenes with Gary Paffett
    An awful lot of would-be racing drivers probably think Gary Paffett’s got it made – as McLaren’s test driver he’s got a job to die for, regularly getting his hands on one of the world’s top racing machines. On the other hand, what does it feel like to be just one step away from one of motorsport’s top jobs – piloting a car capable of winning the F1 World Championship but perpetually in the shadow of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen, unable to actually compete?
  • F1: Dennis retrospective spells the end
    So, the Ron Dennis rumours have finally hardened up enough that the BBC feels it’s safe to report them. The story comes in the form of a long profile which is a pretty interesting read, as well as setting out his different roles within McLaren and what he’s actually likely to be resigning from. It’s just a shame it reads so much like an obituary.
  • F1: More positive Super Aguri rumours
    There is still no hard confirmation that struggling F1 team Super Aguri have sorted out their finances with the help of a new investor, but the rumours are getting more persistent.
  • A1GP: Brits stick with winning formula
    A1GP’s Team GBR has announced which of its drivers will compete in each of the three remaining races of the season – and, sensibly, they’re sticking with what works.
  • F1: play McLaren’s Grand Prix League 2008
    McLaren’s annual fantasy Formula One competition is back – register a team and you could win prizes including a TAG Heuer watch and a VIP visit to the McLaren Technology Centre.
  • F1: ten top rumours about McLaren’s future
    A week ago claims that Ron Dennis would choose the start of the 2008 Formula One season to announce his departure as McLaren’s team principal seemed outlandish. But, as the week went on, the stories predicting his resignation hardened up considerably, until it became very difficult to preserve the view that Ron intends to stay at the McLaren helm for very much longer.
  • F1: young driver gives sports journo a workover
    A dictionary definition of the word schadenfreude tells us that it describes satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. Well, next time you’re thinking about press tickets to grands prix worldwide, VIP enclosures, paddock passes and exclusive access to the stars of F1, just picture The Times’ Edward Gorman experiencing a punishing training session with Lewis Hamilton…
  • Legge gears up for tin-top racing
    Katherine Legge is looking forward to making a new start as a factory driver for Audi in the DTM racing series, after describing her 2007 champ car season as “kind of a disaster, to be honest”.
  • F1: Hamilton gets backing from Prost
    Four-times world champion Alain Prost has said that he believes Lewis Hamilton has what it takes to follow in his footsteps – as long as his car is good enough. The F1 legend, who took the title three times while driving a McLaren, told the BBC that he was backing Hamilton to win this year while being interviewed for the Inside Sport programme.
  • F1: Davidson should have Aguri race drive
    Fears that F1’s most cash-strapped team might not even make it as far as the Melbourne grid seem to have been allayed – for the time being. And that’s good news for British driver Anthony Davidson, who is still waiting to sign a contract for 2008.
  • F1: will McLaren be moved up the pit lane thanks to Bernie?
    McLaren might not have to shoehorn its vast Grand Prix weekend operation into the last garage on the pit wall after all, according to an intriguing footnote in a Times story today. The paper says the Woking team, facing banishment to the far end of the pit lane following its expulsion from the 2007 constructors’ championship, has found an unlikely saviour in the person of Bernie Ecclestone.
  • F1: Coulthard interview on FormulaOne.com
    David Coulthard says he believes that his Red Bull team could be in a position to challenge for third place in the championship this year following winter testing in Barcelona. He has talked about the 2008 season, life at Red Bull and the teams he sees as his main competition in an exclusive interview for the FormulaOne.com official website.
  • F1: McLaren’s latest Spygate woes and Dennis resignation rumours
    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the paddock – like the plot of some dreadful horror B-movie, another tentacle of the Spygate row reaches out to engulf you.
  • F1: Alonso, Hamilton and racism in sport
    With winter testing finally over and the launch of the 2008 racing season imminent the hot topic in the British press is still friction between two of Formula One’s most talented drivers. The last few days have seen a stream of stories based on remarks made by Fernando Alonso following accusations of racism among his Spanish fans.
  • F1: Barcelona testing report day three (February 27)
    It was veterans’ day at the Circuit de Catalunya in the last testing session before the Australian Grand Prix, as Jarno Trulli forced a surprise burst of speed out of his Toyota to top the standings. And David Coulthard, back in action after having to give up his seat to young pretender Sebastian Vettel for a day thanks to a trapped nerve in his neck, ran him a close second.
  • F1: Hamilton Q&A posted on McLaren site
    Lewis Hamilton’s struck a confident note at the end of the latest Barcelona testing session, saying he feels good about his 2008 car and ready for the start of the new season. In an interview for his team’s website, he tells how he’s adapting to driving without traction control, what advantages the latest McLaren has over the 2007 model and which circuits are his favourite to drive.
  • Silverstone revamp plan hits hold-up
    Plans for a £25 million redevelopment at the Silverstone circuit are going to have to undergo further scrutiny after councillors decided that residents hadn’t had enough say on them.
  • Champ Car and IRL merger goes ahead
    The owners of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League (IRL) have announced that they have reached an agreement for the two series to merge. And it’s IRL that seems have come out on top – the new formula will be named the Indy Racing League and the competition will be known as the IndyCar Series.
  • F1: Stewart predicts harder year for Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton may find that his second year in F1 is a lot tougher than his first, according to veteran racer Sir Jackie Stewart. He predicts that Lewis may find that fierce expectations, a talented team-mate and a potentially under-performing car could all scupper his hopes of a title once more.
  • GP2: Conway joins Honda’s young driver programme
    It’s official – Mike Conway’s got a testing role with Honda, according to the team, which confirmed his selection earlier this month. The new Trident Racing signing will be complete a GP2 season for that team – but will also contribute to a set number of days with Honda assigned by the FIA for evaluating new drivers while developing its new car.
  • F1: Barcelona testing report day two (February 26)
    Lewis Hamilton will have a smile on his face in the run-in to the season-opening race in Melbourne, if the latest Barcelona test times are anything to go by. McLaren managed a one-two on a day when the team’s minds were on the forthcoming Australian Grand Prix, and most of the race drivers put in race distances on the testing circuit.
  • F1: Coulthard injures neck in Barcelona test
    David Coulthard has been forced to pull out of his Red Bull team’s latest Barcelona test session after injuring his neck on the first day. His stats were noticeably down after yesterday’s session when he was the slowest driver on the track, putting in a mere 25 laps.
  • A1GP: Jarvis says title hopes are over after Durban
    A strong weekend for Team GBR fell apart when a freak accident in the feature race cost Oliver Jarvis a possible second consecutive podium – and led him to admit Britain’s hopes of the title are now over.
  • F1: February round-up
    It’s been a surprisingly active month in F1, despite the fact that there’s been no actual racing. And not always in a good way, either. Here’s our handy guide to what’s happened.
  • F1: Barcelona testing report day one (February 25)
    Lewis Hamilton kept his McLaren’s nose ahead of both Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher in the closely-fought first day of the latest Barcelona test. The British driver put in a fastest lap of 1:22.276, beating Raikkonen by less than a tenth of a second, and Schumacher by just over a tenth.
  • A1GP: Kerr on the podium in Australia

    Robbie Kerr put Team GBR on the podium at a rain-soaked Eastern Creek Circuit, ending a run of British bad luck that had stretched back to the previous race in New Zealand.

  • A1GP: Desperate day for Britain, but Carroll and Khan shine

    A mystery mechanical fault and a controversial clash with the American car meant that Team GBR failed to finish either of A1GP’s New Zealand races and now drop to eighth in the championship.

  • A1GP: Brits falter in NZ qualifying

    Team GBR’s Robbie Kerr and the other British-based drivers have set themselves a stiff test for both the sprint and the feature races in New Zealand after disappointing qualifying sessions.

  • F1: McLaren extends Hamilton’s contract to 2012

    Call it an experiment that worked out for everyone – McLaren have extended Lewis Hamilton’s 2006 contract for a further five years and agreed to pay him a shedload more money.

  • A1GP: France and Ireland set early NZ pace

    Team Ireland scored second place and GBR sixth when the part-biofuelled A1GP field hit the track for a first, history-making, practice session on Friday.

  • A1GP: Khan eager to try out NZ circuit
    Team Pakistan will be back in action in New Zealand this weekend for the fifth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Its racing return follows a five-week break over the New Year period and marks the half-way point in the A1GP calendar.
  • A1GP: Carroll hopes to take a step up
    Adam Carroll has got his sights set on a podium finish when Team Ireland travels to New Zealand for round five of the A1GP World Cup of Motosport. The GP2 racer scored fourth place in the sprint race during the last stage, held at China’s Zhuhai circuit – and is looking to go at least one better this time around.
  • A1GP: Kerr in car for Taupo, NZ
    Robbie Kerr is to drive for Team GBR in round five of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport – due to be held in Taupo, New Zealand from Friday January 18. And he will have his work cut out to make an impression on the third-placed home team, currently nine points ahead of the Brits in the standings.
  • A1GP at Autosport International: photos
    If you were unable to get along to Birmingham NEC at the weekend for Autosport International, then never fear, take a look at this to get a flavour of what you missed. A1GP and its drivers may have been a little bit in the shadow of series such as F1 and WRC – but, on the other hand, since they’ve taken the trouble to come out in such force then we think they definitely deserve the write-up.
  • IndyCar: Franchitti honoured in series swansong
    IndyCar’s 2007 series winner Dario Franchitti has won an award celebrating his time in the sport. Franchitti, who won the 2007 Indianapolis 500 and is about to start a new career as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, was honoured alongside 14 other racing heroes at the American Automobile Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association annual get-together in Indianapolis.
  • F1: Jerez testing report – day three (Jan 16)
    Toyota F1 rookie Timo Glock has given Lewis Hamilton something to think about on the third day of Jerez winter testing, after beating the McLaren driver’s fastest lap time by more than three-tenths of a second. Plus, David Coulthard got his hands on his new car…
  • F1: Jerez testing report – day two (Jan 15)
    Fernando Alonso got back into a Renault Formula One car for the first time since 2006 in the second day of Jerez testing – and took the fight straight to McLaren and Ferrari. In what could be a great precursor for those fans hoping for a thrilling season with the focus on racing he topped the day two standings with a fastest lap time of 1:19.503.
  • F1: Jerez testing report – day one (Jan 14)
    Drivers keen to get to grips with their 2008 cars and get some laps under their belts faced initial disappointment on the first day of the latest F1 testing session at the 2.75-mile Jerez circuit. Heavy overnight rain that continued into the morning hampered testing by the nine Formula One teams that were present on Monday.
  • F1: Coulthard does in-depth interview with Autosport
    David Coulthard has spoken extensively about his hopes for the 2008 season, his concerns about safety in the wet and the chance afforded him by his recent autobiography to look back over his racing career.
  • F1 quotes: DC says Schumacher’s time is past
    We’ve never got the impression before that David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher were necessarily the best of mates. It was probably something to do with all those hand gestures and the reports of narrowly-averted punch-ups in the pit lane. But there was probably nothing worse than a healthy competitive instinct at work…
  • F1: Button wants a 2009 title shot
    We’ve a hunch, here at Brits on Pole, that we are currently looking at the definitive turning point in Jenson Button’s career. In a year or two, we suspect, we’ll know whether his recent statements about how Honda should be aiming for a title in 2009 were right on the nail, or whether he was playing on a very dusty wicket indeed (to confuse our sporting terminology for a moment). And, at this point, it’s completely impossible to tell which it will be.
  • F1: Head named in Hain donations scandal
    The world of Formula One has a link to a new political scandal – the row over donations to the Labour minister and would-be deputy leader Peter Hain.
  • A1GP: drivers turn out for Autosport International
    Anyone with a burning desire to meet the people on the front line of A1GP’s World Cup of Motorsport should get themselves right along to the NEC in Birmingham this weekend. (You could catch up with Jenson Button, Mark Webber and David Coulthard too, but that’s another story altogether…)
  • IndyCar: preparations afoot for 2008 season
    IndyCar Series teams will test under lights each day for the second consecutive year in preparation for the season opener at the facility on March 29 when Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dan Wheldon will be seeking his fourth consecutive circuit victory.
  • F1: Richards confirms Prodrive are out
    Prodrive boss David Richards has confirmed that his company is unlikely to be participating in Formula One racing in the foreseeable future. Speaking at the Autosport International Show, he said that the new Concorde Agreement which will govern the next few years of the sport, has effectively ruled out customer teams.
  • F1: Hamilton hails ‘fantastic’ new ride
    Lewis Hamilton’s had his first go in the new McLaren MP4-23 during a testing session at Jerez – and he seems pretty pleased with the outcome. He hailed the session as ‘fantastic’ – and was clearly keen to take his turn behind the wheel after finding himself third in line behind fellow drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Pedro de la Rosa for a crack at the circuit.
  • F1: Coulthard’s wet-weather warning
    David Coulthard says he fears the safety effects of removing driver aids such as traction control from Formula One cars, especially in rainy weather.
  • Champ Car: Wilson and Dalziel take on Daytona challenge
    Justin Wilson is one of five Champ Car drivers to take part in the first major motorsport event of the year in the US – the 2008 Daytona 24-hour challenge. He will be joined by Scots racer Ryan Dalziel in the Daytona Prototype class when the event gets underway on January 26.
  • GP2: Q&A with Mike Conway
    Read the Trident Racing Q&A with its newest driver.
  • GP2: Conway signs for Trident Racing – and sets his sights on F1
    British driver Mike Conway is setting his sights firmly on Formula One after signing with Trident Racing for the 2008 GP2 season. And his new team says it will be backing him all the way, with all the resources he needs to become GP2 series champion.
  • F1: Hamilton’s new car is unveiled on his birthday
    McLaren has unveiled its 2008 car – and, with it, the opportunity for Lewis Hamilton to come out fighting for the upcoming season.
  • F1: Jackie Stewart’s racing driver brother dies
    James Stewart, the elder brother of veteran F1 star Sir Jackie Stewart, and a racing driver in his own right, has died aged 76.
  • Tragedy overshadows Manning signing
    Darren Manning has been re-signed by AJ Foyt to drive in next year’s IndyCar season – but any celebrations have been cut short by the untimely death of the owner of his car’s main sponsor.
  • F1: Stevenage boy racer done for speeding
    It can happen to the most careful and law-abiding among us. A momentary lapse of concentration, a little too much pressure from the right foot and, before you know where you are, there’s an exceedingly bright flash or (far worse) a rotating blue light in your rear view mirror indicating that a burly traffic officer intends to have a few words.
  • RoC: Hamilton is top pick for next year
    Race of Champions organisers have vowed to sign up Lewis Hamilton to next year’s event in a bid to ensure a capacity-crunching sell-out crowd. This year’s event, featuring top names like Michael Schumacher, Marcus Gronholm, David Coulthard and Andy Priaulx, sold 50,000 seats at Wembley Stadium, a venue with a 90,000 capacity.
  • RoC: Germany wins, no-one much surprised
    It was at Wembley. There was a German team, and it included Michael Schumacher. Nobody was therefore very surprised when the ‘retired’ F1 legend and his team-mate Sebastian Vettel wiped the floor with their English, French, Scandinavian, American and Scottish competitors in the Nations Cup race. But, just for once, Schumacher didn’t have it all his own way.
  • A1GP: Brits move up to fourth despite China disappointments
    Oliver Jarvis failed to capitalise on a front row start in A1GP’s Chinese adventure, but still moved Team GBR up the standings after scoring respectable fifth and sixth place finishes.
  • A1GP: Ireland’s points streak ends
    Ireland maintained seventh place in the A1GP championship after the two Zhuhai races, but were squeezed off the podium by China in the sprint race and surrendered their record of always scoring during a trouble-strewn feature race.
  • A1GP: Pakistan improve in China, but remain pointless
    Team Pakistan remain one of a handful of nations yet to score a point in A1GP after two “chaotic” Chinese races in which driver Adam Khan posted a pair of 14th places.
  • A1GP: Jarvis on front row for GBR, Carroll impresses
    Ireland’s Adam Carroll, charging hard after finally solving problems with an ill-fitting seat, saw pole position snatched away from him in qualifying for A1GP’s China sprint race.
  • F1: The Times calls on Dennis to resign
    Never let it be said that the British press isn’t even-handed. The Sunday Times has recently become embroiled in a row with the FIA over remarks by Martin Brundle calling the organisation’s impartiality into question, a row that now requires the intervention of m’learned friends. And today its sister paper has Ron Dennis in its sights.
  • F1: Q&A with Heikki Kovalainen
    Read this Q&A released by McLaren, in which Kovalainen tackles head on the issues of driver equality, getting on with Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso’s exit and the politics which gave his new team such a testing time in 2007.
  • F1: it’s Kovalainen to partner Hamilton at McLaren
    Lewis Hamilton’s new team-mate at McLaren is to be Heikki Kovalainen, the team revealed yesterday. Pedro de la Rosa, the other serious contender for the seat, is to remain as the team’s third driver while Gary Paffett will continue as a test driver.
  • F1: has McLaren traded apology for clearance to race?
    McLaren has today published a statement apologising for the extent to which Ferrari data was disseminated throughout its organisation. And Max Mosley has reportedly written to members of the World Motorsport Council asking for consent to cancel the February hearing into the legality of the team’s 2008 car.
  • F1: James Allen on the Hamilton phenomenon
    Lewis Hamilton – new racing star to rival Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna? Or one-season wonder who’s blown his best chance and will now never cut it?
  • F1: Fernando Alonso returns to Renault
    Renault has announced its driver line-up for 2008 – Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jr – but there’s no indication that the double world champion intends to remain at the team for more than a year.
  • F1: Hamilton beaten to Sports Personality
    There are times when the ability to triumph over adversity, narrow the focus and just keep on going are the hallmarks of a truly great sportsman. And this must be one of those times for Lewis Hamilton, considered an odds-on favourite for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award, only to be seriously outpointed by Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe.
  • F1: Brundle hits back at FIA
    Martin Brundle has hit back in his Sunday Times column against the FIA and its decision to issue a libel writ over a piece he wrote in September questioning the impartiality of its actions.
  • F1: Scotland on Sunday calls for Mosley to go
    McLaren should expect to start the 2008 season “critically handicapped” due to the “vengeance” of Max Mosley, according to an article in today’s Scotland on Sunday.
  • F1: William Hill fancies Lewis for the double
    News just in from William Hill on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. It’s a two-horse race, with the horse being ridden by Lewis Hamilton roughly half a length in front. The Boy Wonder is odds-on at 4/7 with legendary boxer Ricky Hatton, due to take part in the fight of his life in Las Vegas this evening, at 7/4.
  • A1GP: Jarvis to drive in Zhuhai as GBR seek to bounce back
    Team GBR will head for Zhuhai next weekend hoping for better luck in A1GP’s China race than they suffered during the last round in Malaysia.
  • A1GP: Carroll hopes to continue Irish improvement in China
    Team Ireland have confirmed Adam Carroll will drive for them in A1GP’s Chinese race on December 16th, where he hopes to keep up the team’s record of scoring points in every race.
  • F1 Jerez test: day four
    The Battle of the Sebs at Toro Rosso has a clear victor. Der Seb, young Mr Vettel, has beaten Le Seb, young Mr Bourdais, hands down after topping the rankings on the fourth day of Jerez testing.
  • F1: McLaren to dump equality policy and let Hamilton lead in 2008?
    Wannabe pole-sitters hoping to join Lewis Hamilton at McLaren for 2008, then leapfrog him to the championship, look to be facing disappointment. McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh has hinted the team may quietly suspend its traditional equality policy next year and make Lewis Hamilton its number one driver in all but name.
  • F1: Conway has enjoyed his time with Honda
    Mike Conway has said that he is pleased with how his second opportunity to test in a Honda F1 car has gone. He joined fellow GP2 racers Andreas Zuber and Luca Filippi for a try-out after the trio impressed at the first winter testing session in Barcelona.
  • F1: Sunday Times sued by FIA over column
    The FIA has announced that it intends to sue The Sunday Times newspaper over an accusation that it has behaved unfairly towards McLaren. A statement issued after the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Monaco said the body had been given the go-ahead to make the legal move.
  • F1: Decision on legality of McLaren car deferred
    Will Lewis Hamilton have a potentially championship-winning car at his disposal in 2008? Or will he be forced to compete in a machine that’s been hobbled because it’s considered illegal? That question will not be answered until February – leaving McLaren with less than a month to cope with any consequences before it is required to line up on the starting grid in Melbourne.
  • F1: FIA releases full Renault spying decision
    Renault has not been penalised for possession of confidential data belonging to its rival McLaren because there was no proof that the team benefited from it. That is the finding of the World Motor Sport Council, released today after its verdict in the case was announced yesterday.
  • F1: in-depth interview with Sir Jackie Stewart
    The Times has just published a long and illuminating interview with Sir Jackie Stewart, in which he discusses his career in F1, its appalling safety record at the time and the toll that the deaths of many friends and colleagues took on him.
  • F1: Renault guilty of spying – but not punished
    The Renault Formula One team has walked out of a courtroom in Monaco having been found guilty of possessing confidential information belonging to another team – but has remained unpunished. The World Motorsport Council found Renault in breach of the regulations for its actions over computer disks with details of the McLaren car. But it imposed no penalty.
  • F1 quotes: what Raikkonen said – and what he probably meant
    This quote from Kimi Raikkonen, turning up innocuously on the BBC’s motorsport site on the day that was supposed to mark Michael Schumacher’s triumphant return to Jerez, made us smile rather broadly.
  • Walker’s words of wisdom
    Murray Walker has revealed the future to Brits on Pole (via the medium of the Daily Telegraph) and it features Michael Schumacher victorious while Lewis Hamilton struggles to fend off a rapidly-closing pack of rivals.
  • F1 Jerez test: day three
    Lewis Hamilton had to surrender his top-ranking rookie status at Jerez to Robert Kubica today after the Pole laid down a blazing lap time to easily top the standings. And youth triumphed over experience on a day when the best performance Michael Schumacher could muster was a mere eighth.
  • F1 Jerez test: day two
    Wednesday at Jerez was a great day for the British drivers – with Lewis Hamilton topping the rankings and David Coulthard running him a very close second.
  • F1 Jerez test: day one
    The BMW Sauber team shone on the first day of testing at Jerez on Tuesday, with Nick Heidfeld putting in the fastest lap of the day. He was closely followed by Jenson Button for Honda, who came in a little more than a tenth of a second behind him.
  • F1: Button insists British GP must stay
    Jenson Button has come to the defence of Silverstone’s ailing reputation following the latest salvo by Bernie Ecclestone in his long campaign for improvements there. He said it was essential that the Northamptonshire venue should continue to host a Formula One race, going so far as to say that he could not understand why its future was under discussion.
  • F1: Hamilton pockets more silverware at Autosport Awards
    The top one may have eluded him – Lewis Hamilton’s had no need to go out and buy a nice big sideboard on which to display his Drivers’ Championship silverware just yet. But still the awards keep rolling in.
  • F1: wet weather dashes Hamilton’s hopes once more
    Wet weather has dashed Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of topping a second set of F1 standings – Top Gear’s “star in a reasonably-priced car” challenge. But, with the competitive spirit that makes or breaks an F1 driver, he’s cheekily secured himself another go in the dry.
  • Legge takes part in Stars of Karting event
    Champ car racer Katherine Legge is to drive in a prestigious karting event as part of a team that also includes a drag racer and a karting and NASCAR legend.
  • F1: Hamilton makes Sports Personality shortlist
    Here comes one of those posts that falls into the ‘not really news in any sense’ category. But just for the record, the BBC has published the shortlist for its Sports Personality of the Year Awards and Lewis Hamilton is on it.
  • F1: Hamilton takes on Top Gear challenge
    Who wants to be F1 world champion anyway, when there are much greater prizes at stake? Who needs to beat Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen when the satisfaction of knocking The Stig off the top of the rankings awaits?
  • F1: David Richards on Prodrive’s future in the series
    A fascinating Q&A with David Richards on Autosport.com reveals a whole new perspective on the customer car issue, the future of F1’s Concorde agreement and the commercial viability of today’s racing teams. In it he says that he’s still hopeful that Prodrive will be able to compete as a F1 team – but the conditions will have to be right for the project to have long-term commercial viability, rather than being done on an ad-hoc basis.
  • F1 quotes: damn sport’s full of troublemakers
    Bernie Ecclestone’s been waxing lyrical about the good old days when men were men, racing cars were racing cars, not these new-fangled computerised roller-skates anyone can drive, and politics were allegedly some way off over the horizon.
  • F1: Lewis Hamilton pulls into Oxford
    Lewis Hamilton has cruised into Oxford to meet his fans and sign copies of his book – despite a nearby demonstration with the potential to upset proceedings.
  • Dancing victory for Castroneves is a win for motorsport
    It maybe a bit off-topic for this blog, but it would be churlish not to congratulate IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves on winning Dancing With the Stars, the US version of Britain’s Strictly Come Dancing.
  • McLaren Autosport BRDC Award: the contenders
    The phrase ‘the next Lewis Hamilton’ is a very overused one at present – but we’ve had an excuse to peer into the crystal ball, courtesy of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
  • F1: Autosport awards on terrestrial TV
    Watch out, all you racing fans. Your sport’s becoming truly mainstream now… Terrestrial broadcaster ITV has announced that it will be the first to show the Autosport Awards Ceremony in the event’s 26-year history.
  • F1: could a Brit test for BMW?
    A seat in next year’s BMW F1 car is likely to be a very strongly-coveted proposition. And one is still open, albeit in a testing role. But, as we all know, these seats can be among the most hotly-contested of all, because of the opportunities they provide. Could a British driver possibly be on the verge of snagging this opportunity?
  • F1: Coulthard says ‘I’ll definitely be driving for Red Bull’
    David Coulthard has moved to squash rumours that he could find himself shunted off to Red Bull’s B-team next year, or even lose his drive altogether, in order to make way for homeless double world champion Fernando Alonso. And the Scot is emphatic, saying: “I cannot see Fernando Alonso joining Red Bull in 2008, and I am 100 per cent certain that I will be racing for them next year.”
  • A1GP: Jani sweeps Swiss ahead in Malaysia
    Switzerland muscled to the top of the A1GP standings following two commanding performances by Neel Jani in Malaysia.
  • A1GP: Juggernaut Jani scores double pole
    Swiss driver Neel Jani destroyed the opposition to score a double pole for A1GP’s Malaysian races, while Britain’s Oliver Jarvis managed a solid second and third.
  • F1: Super Aguri cuts jobs, blaming budget
    F1 underdogs Super Aguri look to be cutting about a quarter of their 120-strong team, according to a report in their local newspaper the Oxford Mail.
  • F1: is Lewis your Great Briton of 2007?
    Had you been thinking that it really was time that Lewis Hamilton got a bit more publicity and recognition? Or perhaps you reckon Jenson Button really has been under-appreciated this year, or that David Coulthard could do with a bit of glory after a career as arguably the most successful British F1 driver de nos jours.
  • F1: Bernie sticks the boot into British government
    Bernie Ecclestone has renewed his attack on the facilities at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix – but the target of his fire this time is the government and not the circuit’s owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
  • A1GP: Jarvis hopes to follow up Macau success
    Oliver Jarvis will be getting back in the A1GP car this weekend to take part in the series’ Sepang stage – and he’ll be hoping to pull off another spectacular success. The Malaysian races will take place less than a week after Jarvis celebrated a commanding win in the Macau Grand Prix – widely seen as the ‘world cup’ of Formula 3 racing.
  • Champ Car: ‘Speedy Dan’ promotes road safety
    In the US, the holiday season starts with Thanksgiving weekend – and Champ Car’s resident Brits are getting into the spirit with a road safety campaign which aims to cut road deaths during the festive period.
  • RoC: can Priaulx notch up yet another victory?
    David Coulthard, watch out! Andy Priaulx, the WTCC driver who will be partnering Jenson Button to represent England in the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium in December, has just boosted the team’s credentials even further.
  • F3: Jarvis wins Macau Grand Prix
    Oliver Jarvis is celebrating after a commanding win in the notoriously demanding Formula Three race at the Macau Grand Prix. And the British racer, a former BRDC Young Driver’s Award winner who represents his country in A1GP, is hoping this success will kick-start his F1 career.
  • F1: Give the gift of Lewis Hamilton this Christmas
    A round-up of some of the best Lewis Hamilton gifts on the market this Christmas, from nose cones to newspapers, books to bath towels.
  • Comment: This fudge proves the FIA has learned nothing
    OK. Let us assume for a moment that the McLaren team is not corporately a bunch of liars, cheats and hypocritical opportunists, but a group of people very badly stung by the blows and disappointments of the last few months. We know that this might be a controversial assumption just now, but stick with us.
  • F1: Hamilton says ‘I’ll beat Kimi on track next year’
    Lewis Hamilton has said that he believes Kimi Raikkonen deserves his 2007 World Championship title and says he looks forward to beating him on the track in future.
  • F1: McLaren’s reaction to appeal verdict
    Straight from the horse’s mouth… here’s what McLaren Mercedes has to say about the rejection of its appeal over the result of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • F1 breaking news: McLaren appeal rejected
    McLaren’s appeal against the result of the Brazilian Grand Prix has been rejected by the FIA. The sport’s International Court of Appeal has reportedly that ruled the appeal against the decision of the stewards not to punish the Sauber and Williams teams at the Brazilian Grand Prix was inadmissible.
  • F1: Hamilton visits Oxford for book signing
    If you’re hoping to meet the publicity-shy Lewis Hamilton at the moment, you won’t have many opportunities, so best to grab them where you can. You may like to know that the ace British driver is shortly due to visit Borders Bookshop in Magdalen Street, Oxford, where he will sign copies of his new autobiography – just in time for Christmas.
  • F1: Button, unsurprisingly, welcomes Brawn move
    It is a maxim drummed into fresh-faced young news reporters before they are unleashed from training college and allowed out into the world to cause trouble. Dog bites man: no story. Happens all the time. Not even slightly unusual. Man bites dog, on the contrary, is a huge story, being something of a rarity.
  • F1: Kovalainen still in the dark about 2008
    Who on earth does McLaren have in mind to partner Lewis Hamilton in its second car next year? We ask this because Renault’s ace Finn Heikki Kovalainen has said that he still has no idea what he’ll be doing for the 2008 Formula One season.
  • Brits Waters and Goulding take on Mark Webber
    Anyone expecting Mark Webber to take things easy during the F1 off-season may be in for a shock. The Aussie is back home, but putting his feet up has been the last thing on his mind. Instead he has been organising the third Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge, an endurance and racing event that raises funds for charity and is due to start on November 17.
  • GP2: Mike Conway impresses at Honda
    Mike Conway is due to get another crack at driving a Formula One car after impressing Honda’s sporting director Ron Meadows at a recent outing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
  • F1 quotes: irony – it’s like goldy and bronzy, only made of iron
    Why does it seem likely that the Ferrari team would be congenitally incapable of appreciating the irony in its lawyer’s statement?
  • F1 quotes: Horner gives some hard info
    Looks like things are finally starting to firm up a bit. Here’s Christian Horner who you do hope, given that he is Red Bull team principal, might actually be close enough to the centre of things to be in the know.
  • The tough road forward in British motorsport
    British motorsport may look in good shape this year, with UK drivers winning or finishing runner-up in F1, Champ Car and IndyCar, but one blogging racing driver is warning that many promising youngsters find the road closed ahead of them.
  • F1: Davidson gets a feel for 2008 car
    Anthony Davidson had a taste of what is in store for him during the 2008 season when he kicked off winter testing for Super Aguri yesterday.
  • F1: Rossiter takes the Honda for a spin
    Britain’s James Rossiter was back on the rota for Honda yesterday as he piloted the RA107 around the Circuit de Catalunya in F1’s post-season test.
  • F1: Experience counts for DC at Barcelona
    David Coulthard’s long service in F1 has always been a key reason for his seat at Red Bull – and yesterday he was able to make that experience count at the Circuit de Calalunya.
  • F1: Paffett hard at work in Barcelona test
    McLaren tester Gary Paffett was putting in the laps alongside Pedro de la Rosa on the first day of post-season testing at Barcelona yesterday.
  • F1: Put your questions to Murray Walker
    The national treasure that is Murray Walker is about to do a filmed interview with Kevin Garside of the Daily Telegraph. Readers are being invited to submit questions for the vintage commentator, now 84 and still going strong despite giving up regular commentary in 2001.
  • F1: McLaren appeal will be heard in London
    McLaren’s appeal over the result of the Brazilian Grand Prix, which decided the outcome of the 2007 drivers’ championship, has been moved from Paris to London.
  • F1 quotes: Ross Brawn reveals the shape of things to come at Honda
    Ross Brawn has been talking this afternoon. And this is what he has to say about the drivers he has inherited along with his new role at Honda.
  • F1: Todt follows Brawn out of the door at Ferrari
    This morning we wrote that we understood internal team politics at Ferrari were swinging right away from Jean Todt. This afternoon we read that the di Montezemolo victory is complete and that Todt has been purged.
  • F1: Has Honda secured Ross Brawn?
    Former Ferrari racing supremo Ross Brawn could be heading to Brackley as Honda’s new team principal, according to reports from the BBC this morning.
  • Champ Car: Wilson does enough on bad day for Brits
    None of the three Brits running in the final race of the 2007 Champ Car season were happy with how their afternoon went – but Justin Wilson had the consolation that his only rival for second place in the championship had an even worse time of it.
  • F1: Briatore is confident of Renault’s case
    Renault will come out of the latest spying investigation unscathed, according to team principal Flavio Briatore, who says he is confident of his team’s case. He also revealed that Phil Mackereth, the engineer at the centre of the scandal, is due to be dismissed and questioned the timing of McLaren’s complaint to the FIA.
  • F1 quotes: crossing over onto the terraces
    Never mind the hype – the Boy Wonder’s so popular that he’s made the crossover into football!
  • F1: Hamilton makes career-long commitment to McLaren
    One thing’s for sure in the uncertain F1 driver market – Lewis Hamilton’s staying put, and is quite happy about it.
  • F1: Button lets fly at Honda and Hamilton
    ‘Sort it, or I’m off.’ That’s the ultimatum issued by Jenson Button to his Honda team. And he really hasn’t minced his words, either. He has told the Mail on Sunday: “I can’t be bothered with working my nuts off and qualifying 14th any more.”
  • F1 quotes: Hamilton talks of the terrible price of fame
    Few people took Lewis Hamilton’s assertion that he was moving to Switzerland to retreat from the pressures of fame very seriously. Most commentators, including this blog’s management, saw the long shadow of the taxman looming over the horizon. And so it has proved to be.
  • Champ Car: Wilson’s season hangs in the balance
    Justin Wilson spent the whole of the two Champ Car Mexican Grand Prix qualifying sessions in with a shout of pole – but ended up having to settle for fifth.
  • Comment: can Alonso possibly go to Renault now?
    If Alonso wouldn’t stay with Renault in 2007, when the possibility of manufacturer backing being withdrawn was a distant threat never destined to materialise, can he possibly sign a contract now with something like this hanging over his head?
  • F1: Renault ‘invited McLaren to inspect car and computers’
    The Renault F1 team has admitted that it possessed confidential information belonging to McLaren, and that the data made it onto its computer systems – but has denied that it was misused in any way.
  • A1GP: Team GB put on notice by Dutch
    Oliver Jarvis has been put on notice for the Malaysian A1GP weekend – don’t expect to be in third place by the time the races are over, because the Dutch are coming to get you!
  • F1 season review: 10 things we’d like to see next year
    An awful lot has been said and written about the 2007 Formula One season, and not much of it has been very positive. Rather than dwelling on feuding team-mates, the trashing of reputations among drivers and team principals alike, the alleged behind-the-scenes fisticuffs, the legalities of flexible floors or cooled fuel, and exactly what it was that Nigel Stepney said to Mike Coughlan, let’s accentuate the positives.
  • F1 season review: who won what, where and when
    No question – the 2007 Formula One season is one that will live in the memory for a mighty long time. Reputations made and broken, the closest of finishes and the biggest of scandals – re-live it all in our end-of-year round-up.
  • F1: Prodrive’s debut looks increasingly unlikely
    The possibility of F1 having a full grid of 12 teams next year is looking increasingly unlikely as the odds of Prodrive making it to Melbourne in March recede into the distance.
  • F1: rumours about DC’s future abound
    Ugly rumours that we very much don’t want to countenance here at Brits on Pole are starting to surface regarding David Coulthard’s future with Red Bull Racing.
  • Alister McRae to partner DC at Race of Champions
    December 16th’s Race of Champions is going to seem awful empty without Colin McRae – but his brother Alister will be there to fly the flag for Scotland, it has been announced.
  • F1: Hamilton picks up ‘coveted’ German award
    Consolation prizes are coming thick and fast to season runner-up Lewis Hamilton, who has been presented with a prestigious Golden Steering Wheel award by a German newspaper.
  • F1: FIA inspectors visit McLaren HQ
    If you were hoping that the inter-team feuding had finished along with the 2007 season then you are set to be sorely disappointed – we don’t advise you to read any further.
  • F1: Renault to face spy row hearing
    He may yet get his man – but is the McLaren spying row about to blow up in Flavio Briatore’s face? Renault has today been summoned to explain itself in front of the FIA over allegations that it was in possession last season of confidential information belonging to McLaren.
  • Champ Car: Wilson nominated to defend award
    Justin Wilson, currently second in the Champ Car standings with a race to go, has been named in the four-driver shortlist for the 2007 Greg Moore Legacy Award which he won last year.
  • Champ Car: season showdown looms in Mexico City
    With the title safely in the pocket of the departing Sebastien Bourdais, most of the attention at the season-ending Champ Car Mexican Grand Prix will be on whether Justin Wilson or Robert Doornbos can secure the runner-up spot.
  • F1: Alonso’s replacement – what the markets think
    So, if the pundits and insiders haven’t got much news for us on the 2008 F1 drivers’ saga, how about the bookies?
  • Award-winner Jarvis tests for McLaren at last
    Oliver Jarvis, winner of the 2005 British Racing Drivers Club Young Driver of the Year Award, has finally been able to cash in his prize of a test drive in a McLaren.
  • F1: Jenson Button puts a brave face on 2007 season
    At the height of the Ferrari/McLaren spy row, Ron Dennis said: “I don’t need my character building any more.” You really do wonder if Jenson Button might soon be saying the same, if Honda don’t make some pretty rapid improvements in the off-season.
  • Champ Car 2008 won’t be in Britain. Probably.
    Champ Car has added an extra European race for its newly-released 2008 schedule – but anyone hoping to see the likes of Justin Wilson and Katherine Legge race before their home fans is in for a disappointment.
  • F1: Schumi to McLaren? or Sutil? It’s all got rather silly
    Brits on Pole would just like confirm that neither of its editorial team will be signing with McLaren to partner Lewis Hamilton next season. And if you’re not either, then that makes three of us. The rest of the world, we’re not so sure about.
  • F1: Red Bull gives you – nothing much to go on, actually
    The lack of hard information about Fernando Alonso’s 2008 plans has triggered a tidal wave of speculation – with most of it flooding Red Bull’s way.
  • A1GP: Jarvis, not Kerr, for Malaysia
    Robbie Kerr will not get the chance to score a third consecutive Malaysia podium as Oliver Jarvis has been picked to drive there for Team GBR on November 25th.
  • Franchitti’s tin-top troubles
    Dario Franchitti is finding the stripped-down driving of NASCAR a rude awakening compared with life in the telemetry-rich IndyCar series where he was champion last season.
  • F1: The most optimistic man in motorsport?
    You may not of heard of him before but Manfred Zimmerman, manager to Spyker driver Adrian Sutil, undoubtedly deserves the title.
  • F1: Webber ‘more likely than Coulthard to leave Red Bull’
    David Coulthard is not the person most likely to leave Red Bull to make way for an incoming Fernando Alonso, according to one analysis of the newly-volatile drivers’ market. Instead, it is suggested, Mark Webber is finally on his way to Renault at the instigation of his manager – Flavio Briatore.
  • F1: Mosley manages a positive moment
    There was one nice moment in FIA president Max Mosley’s recent splenetic outburst against Lewis Hamilton, McLaren and anyone else with the audacity to believe Ferrari shouldn’t just be handed the drivers’ and constructors’ trophies on the podium in Albert Park next spring.
  • F1: Hamilton on the price of fame
    For those of you that are getting a bit sick of hearing about Lewis Hamilton – well, don’t make the mistake of thinking this young man has it easy.
  • F1: Clarkson asks Hamilton: ‘why Switzerland?’
    Lewis Hamilton was a surprise guest at this year’s National TV Awards, where he appeared to hand over a special award to Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
  • F1: What Alonso’s McLaren departure could mean for the Brits
    And they’re off! Usually the musical chairs start a lot earlier in the season. But Ferrari’s decision to re-sign Massa coupled with Alonso’s late departure from McLaren have finally kicked things off – after the last Grand Prix is long behind us. What does all this mean for the famous and the lesser-known British drivers competing for seats in Formula One? Ladies and gentlemen, please place your bets…
  • Opinion: Time for F1’s Mosley to draw his pension
    We were saddened, but not at all surprised, to hear Max Mosley’s latest outburst – this time against Lewis Hamilton. We think that, rather than provoking accusations that the sport is becoming boring, Hamilton has electrified fans in the UK.
  • F1: Mosley’s extraordinary attacks on Hamilton and McLaren
    Max Mosley has claimed that the continuing success of Lewis Hamilton next season could have a “negative impact” on F1 by reproducing the “Schumacher effect”. He has also threatened to ban McLaren from racing, or to start their season on a “negative points allocation” to compensate for any benefit the team may have gained from inside information on Ferrari’s 2007 car.
  • F1: Alonso leaves McLaren – but will he cost Coulthard his drive?
    McLaren and Fernando Alonso have announced that the driver is leaving the team with immediate effect and will be seeking a new drive for 2008.
  • F1: Lewis Hamilton – My Story, the autobiography is published
    Lewis Hamilton might only be 22 – but he’s already packed in enough incident to fill a volume of autobiography. The book, entitled ‘My Story’ is due to be published on November 5.
  • GP2’s Conway heading for Honda and F1?
    Mike Conway, whose GP2 season with SuperNova was mixed but at times highly promising, is to test for Honda’s F1 team.
  • F1: Hamilton announces move to Switzerland
    It looks like the Boy Wonder may have forseen his first tax bill…
  • F1: De la Rosa tells Alonso ‘don’t worry, be happy’
    It falls to McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa to kick off Brits on Pole’s Quotes to Watch Out For feature.
  • F1: McLaren appeal date set, Stewart not optimistic about their chances
    McLaren’s appeal against a decision not to punish the three drivers who finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos and were later found to have fuel temperature irregularities is due to be heard on November 15. However FIA president Max Mosley has already effectively stated that the appeal will fail.
  • F1: Davidson’s team posts £4.5m loss
    Super Aguri, home of the British driver Anthony Davidson, has just revealed its financial figures for its first year in business – and they amount to a £4.5 million loss.
  • F1: Will McLaren and Renault trade drivers?
    Here’s an intriguing rumour that’s doing the rounds at quite a high level – is Heikki Kovalainen about to get a drive in a McLaren?
  • F1: Ecclestone says ‘silly strategy’ cost Hamilton the title
    Bernie Ecclestone, never one to mince his words, has made his pronouncement about Lewis Hamilton’s botched race at Interlagos – he thinks it was McLaren’s “silly” pitstop strategy that did the damage
  • GP2: Could you design Minardi’s new livery?
    Fancy seeing your spiffing new racing car design streaking round some of the world’s most famous circuits? Then you need to enter the competition to come up with the new Minardi Piquet Sport livery.
  • GP2: are Carroll and Minardi a match made in heaven?
    Adam Carroll’s been making a bit of a splash recently after a cracking test at Jerez for Minardi Piquet Sports.
  • GP2: Existing teams will return next year
    It’s as you were, chaps, for the next three GP2 seasons, according to an announcement made last week by the series organisers.
  • GP2: Stars take part in UK charity kart race
    To everyone out there who’s looking towards the off-season with dismay – and thinking it’s an awful long time until next year’s British grand prix, or even the A1GP race at Brands Hatch.
  • A1GP: Team GB is, er, third again
    So, what’s been happening in the thrilling world of A1GP while we all had our eyes on Lewis Hamilton? Time for a bit of a catch-up.
  • Champ Car: Is Wilson’s next drive at N/H/L?
    Rumours that Justin Wilson is a driver of choice for the Newman/Haas/Lanigan racing team next year have been given a bit of a boost recently – courtesy of Sebastien Bourdais’ race engineer.
  • Champ Car: Bourdais wins, Wilson is runner-up
    Justin Wilson is celebrating a cracking end to his Champ Car season after finishing in the runner-up position behind Sebastien Bourdais.
  • F1: Button acknowledges ‘the only way is up’ for Honda
    Jenson Button says he’s a stronger man for the struggles he’s had with his pig of a Honda RA107 (also known as The Car That Cannot Win Sponsors) this year.
  • F1: Lewis Hamilton wins gold star from BRDC
    Lewis Hamilton might not be F1 world champion this year, but at least there’s a consolation prize on offer – in the form of a (literal) gold star from the British Racing Drivers’ Club. The boy wonder has been awarded the BRDC’s 2007 Gold Star award, handed over for his outstanding contribution to motorsport.
  • F1: And then he said…
    This is the story of two F1 teams, McLaren Mercedes and Scuderia Ferrari. These are the McLaren drivers, and these are from Ferrari, and this is F1 soap… keeping us all unreasonably entertained well into the off-season.
  • F1: Hamilton distances himself from “cruel” appeal
    Britain’s Lewis Hamilton wants to win the world championship on the race track, not in the appeal court, and says it would be “a bit cruel” if Raikkonen lost the title because of McLaren’s protest.
  • F1 season finale: McLaren called upon to explain itself
    McLaren should be explaining its actions in China and Brazil rather than trying to overturn the championship result, according to former team boss Eddie Jordan.
  • F1 season finale: McLaren to appeal FIA decision
    It’s not over until the fat lady sings… McLaren are appealing against a decision by the FIA to take no action over three cars that were found to be running with fuel temperature irregularities.
  • F1 season finale: ‘As you were, chaps,’ say stewards
    The prospect of the closest F1 season in memory ending in recriminations and derision disappeared this evening when race stewards in Brazil decided not to punish BMW and Williams for rule-breaking over fuel temperatures.
  • F1 season finale: Fun all the way for Super Aguri
    Perhaps it was because there was no championship for the team to fight for, but Super Aguri and Anthony Davidson seem to have enjoyed themselves rather a lot in Brazil.
  • F1 season finale: Could ‘dodgy fuel’ hand title to Hamilton? And should it?
    Just when you thought this crazy season was over, it just got stranger.
  • F1 season finale: It just gets harder from here, says DC
    A disappointing Brazilian Grand Prix for Red Bull couldn’t overshadow a season that bodes well for the future in David Coulthard’s eyes.
  • F1 season finale: ‘Cheer up, nobody died’ says Hamilton Sr
    “None of us are in pain, we feel great,” insisted Lewis Hamilton’s father Anthony at the end of a race that had seen his son lose the world championship but break every record in the book for a rookie.
  • F1 season finale: Unreliability kills Button’s last points chance
    Engine failure dumped both Jenson Button and team-mate Rubens Barrichello out of the Brazilian Grand Prix, just as their race strategy looked like paying off with a charge for points.
  • F1 season finale: How Hamilton’s hopes drained slowly away
    It was, in the end, a day when everything went right for Kimi and wrong for Lewis, and nobody really bothered with the other bloke stuck in the middle.
  • F1 season finale: Liveblog

    Everybody sitting comfortably? The latest action from Interlagos. Press ‘refresh’ to make sure you’re looking at the very latest…

  • F1: Hamilton does enough to stay favourite
    Lewis Hamilton will not be sweeping majestically to the world championship from pole at the Brazilian Grand Prix tomorrow – but second place on the grid leaves him well positioned when the dogfight begins.
  • F1: Coulthard blunders his way into top 10
    David Coulthard managed to qualify ninth for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix – but to listen to him, it’s a wonder the Scot isn’t on the back row.
  • F1: Davidson undone by change in conditions
    Everything was looking promising for Super Aguri in Brazilian Grand Prix practice as the track developed grip – but a total change before qualification sent Anthony Davidson slipping to the back of the field.
  • F1: Jenson off the pace in Brazil qualifying
    Jenson Button couldn’t pull a rabbit out of the hat in the final qualifying session of the season and will start the Brazilian Grand Prix a disappointing – and disappointed – 16th.
  • F1: Hamilton splashes to the edge of glory
    Brits on Pole returned from a wet week in a tent on Exmoor to find that Lewis Hamilton had also been playing in the rain and now stands a hair’s-breadth away from making history following the Japanese Grand Prix.
  • A1GP: Brits ramp up preparations for new season
    Both Team GBR drivers are looking forward to their final opportunity to get to grips with their car before the A1GP season starts in the Netherlands in a fortnight’s time.
  • Champ Car: No rest for the wicked at Minardi
    Most of the Champ Car paddock is enjoying the long break between the European races and their next outing in Australia – but not so Dan Clarke and the rest of Minardi Team USA.
  • A1GP: Pre-season news in brief
    A quick round-up of the latest news from A1GP.
  • Colin McRae: “Fearless, flamboyant, blindingly quick”
    Brits on Pole is an open wheel racing fansite but, at times like this, who cares about fine distinctions? Motorsport has too few genuine legends not to mourn the loss of a driver of Colin McRae’s calibre.
  • F1: New ‘spy row’ twist threatens to involve Renault
    Here we go again. Rumours of a new F1 spy row involving the leaking to Renault of sensitive commercial data belonging to McLaren have surfaced in the wake of last week’s events.
  • F1: Hamilton ‘hasn’t given up on title’
    Lewis Hamilton was left in no doubt whatsoever about his main rival for this year’s F1 drivers’ title after team-mate Fernando Alonso sent him flying off the race-track in the opening seconds of the Belgian Grand Prix.
  • F1: Variety is the spice of life for Coulthard
    David Coulthard must have thought he’d forsaken Formula One for the marathon after his Red Bull died of a hydraulics problem on a most inconvenient section of the sport’s longest circuit.
  • F1: Things can only get better for Button…
    Jenson Button was so sick of struggling with his wilful Honda at Spa that he admitted after the race how his retirement due to hydraulics problems actually came as a relief.
  • F1: Spa’s another day at the office for Davidson
    The Spa circuit may have a reputation for being one of the most challenging and exciting on the F1 calendar – but it didn’t do much for Anthony Davidson this year.
  • GP2: Conway consistent as Carroll spins
    Mike Conway has seen a dramatic change in his recent fortunes, leaving Spa-Francorchamps with a pair of fifth places in his pocket after GP2’s Belgian round.
  • F1: expect first-corner charge, says Hamilton
    McLaren may have ended up second best to rivals Ferrari off the track and in qualifying this week but neither Lewis Hamilton, nor anyone else in the team, is conceding that the Belgian Grand Prix itself will turn out the same way.
  • F1: Davidson on back row, no-one much surprised
    Super Aguri knew they were in for a rough time in qualifying – and so it proved, with Anthony Davidson starting on the back row for the first time since his Spa appearance for Minardi in 2002.
  • F1: Button “pretty happy” with Spa qualifying
    Honda’s Jenson Button is looking forward to race day at Spa after squeezing the best available performance from his car in qualifying.
  • F1: Coulthard must make experience count
    A terse David Coulthard will be relying on his years of race experience after failing to make the most of his Red Bull’s potential in qualifying at Spa.
  • F1 spy verdict: Things look black for McLaren
    Now the Ferrari/McLaren spy row has become an exercise in believing six impossible things before breakfast.
  • F1 spy verdict: Racing legends shocked and staggered
    The magnitude of the punishment handed out to McLaren by the World Motor Sport Council has astonished much of the racing community.
  • F1 spy verdict: Ferrari smug as McLaren mugged
    McLaren has been fined $100m and docked all its 2007 constructors’ points a in ‘spygate’ verdict that team boss Ron Dennis called undeserved but rivals Ferrari lauded as satisfactory.
  • F1: Button’s Monza struggle is far from pointless
    Running in the top 10 would have counted as failure at Honda a year or two ago – it’s a measure of how disappointing their season has been that Jenson Button could celebrate earning the single point on offer for eighth place at Monza.
  • F1: Second place is the icing on the cake for Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton started the Italian Grand Prix second and finished it second – but no-one could accuse him of not offering value for money in between.
  • F1: Davidson plays with the big boys at Monza
    Anthony Davidson spent an enjoyable afternoon at Monza, battling with drivers of vastly greater experience and working to cement a growing reputation as more than just a qualifying specialist.
  • F1: Coulthard ‘a passenger’ during high speed crash
    Red Bull Racing’s David Coulthard’s Monza weekend began with a 400 Euro fine for speeding in the pitlane – and just went downhill from there.
  • IndyCar: Franchitti snatches title on final corner
    Scotland’s Dario Franchitti won the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 – and with it the IndyCar series championship – when his closest rival Scott Dixon ran out of fuel with victory in his grasp.
  • F1: Hamilton still on top – just
    Lewis Hamilton is now defending a world championship lead of just three points after the victory of his team-mate Fernando Alonso in the Italian Grand Prix.
  • GP2: Carroll sets fastest lap as Glock cleans up
    Timo Glock destroyed Giorgio Pantano’s hopes of a fourth straight Monza win with a textbook drive to secure maximum points from race two, while Adam Carroll broke his front wing early on but recovered to set the fastest lap of the race.
  • IndyCar: Wheldon loses NASCAR seat to Franchitti
    IndyCar fans could be about to lose a British driver to another series with an announcement expected that Dario Franchitti will be moving across to NASCAR.
  • F1: McLaren statement on Italian prosecution
    The McLaren team has come out fighting following a visit from Italian law officials to their team headquarters at Monza.
  • GP2: Carroll disappointed as Pantano dominates
    Adam Carroll’s hopes of race one glory at Monza have been dashed after Giorgio Pantano produced a commanding performance to start from pole position and lead from beginning to end.
  • F1: Reports of legal action in Monza paddock
    Italian law officials are reported to be planning a visit to McLaren team headquarters at Monza with the intention of instigating a criminal prosecution for sporting fraud, industrial espionage and embezzlement.
  • F1: Coulthard book signing on Sep 10
    A heads-up for any of David Coulthard’s fans able to be in London on Monday September 10 – he’ll be doing a book signing to promote his newly-published autobiography It Is What It Is.
  • F1: Davidson ‘chuffed’ after solid qualifying
    Anthony Davidson will be starting the Italian Grand Prix from 14th on the grid after a solid qualifying performance that put the Super Aguri driver comfortably ahead of his nearest rivals.
  • F1: Coulthard struck by the Curse of the Red Bull Gearbox
    David Coulthard has been felled in Monza qualifying by a reoccurrence of the dreaded transmission problems which are wrecking his team’s season.
  • F1: Jense is tenth after superb qualifier
    Jenson Button is celebrating his second top-ten grid slot of the season after a storming qualifying session at Monza.
  • F1: Hamilton’s balance problems leave him second
    Lewis Hamilton has been left in second place on the Monza grid after a struggle with the balance on his car left him fractionally slower his team-mate.
  • F1: The state of play with McLaren and Ferrari
    Time for a round-up of all the different issues facing McLaren at the moment.
  • Opinion: Ferrari stands in glass house, hurling stones
    Time for a few blunt words on the subject of the escalating McLaren-Ferrari feud. Brits on Pole has a pretty good idea where it stands on this one – and it’s nowhere near the Scuderia.
  • IndyCar: Manning posts best finish so far
    Darren Manning’s season-best fourth place at the Detroit Indy Grand Prix was built on a combination of avoiding trouble for most of the race, and being lucky when trouble found him.
  • IndyCar: Wheldon picks his way through chaos to third
    For most of the weekend at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, Dan Wheldon was having a miserable time of it. In the end, though, he turned out to be one of the lucky ones.
  • Champ Car: Dalziel kinda sorta happy with 10th
    Scottish rookie Ryan Dalziel brought his Pacific Coast Motorsports car home for a rare top 10 finish in the Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland – but was far from satisfied.
  • Champ Car: Clarke pilots ‘spaceship’ to fastest lap
    Dan Clarke, back behind the wheel after a one-race suspension, provided the only sparkle in a generally disappointing day for the Minardi USA team.
  • Champ Car: Legge’s strong start fizzles out
    An up-and-down Grand Prix of Holland for Katherine Legge saw her force her way into the top 10 early in the race but slip back as the afternoon progressed.
  • IndyCar: Wild race puts Franchitti back in front
    Dario Franchitti regained the IndyCar championship lead after a wild Detroit Grand Prix that saw his rift with team boss Michael Andretti deepen with a disagreement over a last-lap crash.
  • Champ Car: This beats F1, says winning Wilson
    A roller coaster weekend ended in victory for Justin Wilson at Champ Car’s Netherlands Grand Prix – but even without the win he’d have judged the event a success.
  • Champ Car: Wilson wins in Holland
    Justin Wilson leapt to second in the Champ Car series standings with a win at the Grand Prix of Holland after leader Sebastien Bourdais became the highest-profile victim of a freak mechanical defect.
  • IndyCar: Franchitti to start second
    Dario Franchitti, eager to seize back the IndyCar series lead he lost last weekend, will start from second in the Detroit Grand Prix.
  • IndyCar: ‘We never showed what we had’, says Manning
    Darren Manning feels his team wasn’t able to show its true pace in qualifying for the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix and hopes to spring a few surprises during the race.
  • IndyCar: Wheldon’s woeful weekend
    Dan Wheldon believes his Saturday qualification session for IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix was the worst of his career – but things got even more painful on race day.
  • IndyCar: Franchitti hopes for Detroit improvement
    Dario Franchitti is hoping to stamp his authority on this weekend’s Belle Isle IndyCar event after a series of mishaps saw his 65-point series lead overhauled by Chip Ganassi’s Scot Dixon, leaving him trailing by four points.
  • GP2: Carroll aims to win at Monza
    Adam Carroll has set his sights on challenging for victory at next weekend’s Monza GP2 race, where he hopes the winning ways he demonstrated in Turkey will not desert him.
  • Champ Car: Clarke happy to be racing again
    Dan Clarke qualified 10th for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland – but couldn’t have been happier if he’d ended up on pole.
  • Champ Car: Deja vu for Legge in qualification
    For the second race in a row Dale Coyne Racing’s Katherine Legge saw her qualification efforts dogged by heavy traffic and errors.
  • Champ Car: Front row for Wilson
    Justin Wilson struggled with a tyre delamination in Saturday qualifying for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland but still found himself on the front row thanks to his performance during the rain-hit Friday session.
  • F1: Flav and Bernie get their hooped shirts on
    We’re wondering if we ought to create a new category on this blog – for Queen’s Park Rangers football club.
  • A1GP: Carroll tests for Ireland
    Northern Ireland’s Adam Carroll isn’t satisfied with making waves in GP2 this year – he’s also been testing for Team Ireland in the A1GP pre-season event alongside returning driver Ralph Firman.
  • A1GP: Testing facts and figures
    Great Britain’s Robbie Kerr made the most of limited track time at Silverstone’s official A1GP pre-season testing to set the second-fastest lap of the two sessions.
  • A1GP at Silverstone: video, pics and personal impressions
    A1GP threw open the doors of its Silverstone test to all comers earlier this week and there was plenty on offer for the dedicated fans who made the week-day trip to Northamptonshire.
  • Champ car: Season now down to just 14 races
    A quick scheduling heads-up for Champ Car fans: the series has cancelled its second race of the season, this time due to lack of sponsor support.
  • Champ Car: Dalziel’s crash course in Scots culture for Figge
    Champ Car driver Ryan Dalziel has taken the opportunity of being back in Europe to pay a visit to his home city of Glasgow – and he brought Pacific Coast Motorsport team-mate Alex Figge along for the ride.
  • Champ Car: Dan Clarke back up to speed for Assen
    Dan Clarke will be back in the hot seat for the second of Champ Car’s two European races after convincing officials that he has smartened up his act.
  • F1: Hamilton leads the field in Monza test
    Great news for McLaren in advance of next Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton proved to be the fastest driver on day one of Monza testing yesterday.
  • F1: Hard work pays off for Button in Istanbul
    Jenson Button turned around a horrible qualifying session complete with engine change to bring his car home 13th in Istanbul – and still managed to achieve his goal of having fun!
  • F1: Davidson just grateful to finish in Turkey
    Anthony Davidson is taking the positives from his Turkey race despite a first-corner incident that compromised his entire day and came close to costing him the finish.
  • F1: Coulthard frustrated with Istanbul car
    David Coulthard has expressed his frustration with “inconsistencies” in the Red Bull RB3 that he says cost him pace in the Turkish Grand Prix.
  • F1: Hamilton philosophical over Turkey mishap
    Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren team are putting a philosophical face on the tyre failure that cost him a podium in the Turkish Grand Prix – despite revealing that he was carrying a fuel advantage that could have won him the race.
  • IRL: Wheldon’s NASCAR hopes may be frustrated
    It’s no secret that British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon is keen to make a move to another extremely popular American racing series – but the time just isn’t right, according to his team boss.
  • IndyCar: Franchitti’s title hopes stalled by team politics
    Scottish IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti must be watching Lewis Hamilton’s pitlane troubles and be thinking ‘I wish I had your problems, mate’
  • A1GP: Silverstone test – see you there!
    We’re off to Silverstone in a few minutes to see the first day of A1GP testing, where the GB team will be hoping to put down a marker for its title hopes and where the Portuguese have announced a “technical alliance” with the British team that they hope will help them through the season.
  • IndyCar: Third not good enough for Franchitti
    Dario Franchitti’s grip finally slipped from the IndyCar championship lead on Sunday when he finished third in the Motorola Indy 300.
  • Champ Car: Disappointed Legge expects improvement next time
    Spare a thought for Katherine Legge, whose what-might-have-been race was the only disappointment in her team’s best-ever race weekend.
  • Champ Car: Wilson’s weekend bugged by flat spots
    Justin Wilson qualified fifth and finished fifth in Belgium, but a stomach bug and frustration on the race track means he won’t consider it a weekend to treasure in the memory.
  • Champ Car: Business as usual in Belgium for brilliant Bourdais
    Sebastien Bourdais won Champ Car’s Belgian expedition on Sunday, to nobody’s great surprise – but, after him, the places were decided by whose fuel strategy worked best.
  • F1: Tyre failure shreds Hamilton’s hopes
    Lewis Hamilton’s lead at the top of the World Championship has been cut to five points after a tyre failure left him limping into the pits as his title rivals roared ahead.
  • GP2: Second podium raises Carroll’s season hopes
    Adam Carroll has managed a second podium in two days by finishing third in the Turkish GP2 sprint race – results that have left him optimistic for the rest of the season.
  • Champ Car: Top-five qualifying position for Wilson
    Justin Wilson left his practice woes behind him to put his car on the third row of the grid for today’s Champ Car race in Zolder, Belgium – but still felt he could have done better.
  • GP2: Carroll on the podium in Istanbul
    Adam Carroll took third place in GP2’s opening Istanbul race after an early spin by Mike Conway brought the safety car out and made a nonsense of the field’s qualifying positions. The race was won by ART’s Lucas di Grassi, with Giorgio Pantano in second. Timo Glock, the series leader going into the race, finished…
  • F1: Turkey qualifying frustration for British quartet
    It was nearly a very good day for F1’s Brits during qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix – but not quite.
  • Champ Car slams brakes on Speedy Dan
    “Speedy” Dan Clarke hoped to celebrate a victory in Belgium with a dish of waffles: instead he’s being forced to sit on the sidelines eating humble pie after Champ Car officials banned him from at least the next race.
  • F1: McLaren rebuilding on and off the track
    Free practice for the Turkish Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time and McLaren’s feuding drivers tell the world how they’d buried the hatchet.
  • A1GP: Silverstone test to answer driver questions
    A1GP’s Great Britain team plans use next week’s official test at Silverstone to announce which of its existing drivers will start the season and who its new rookie driver will be.
  • F1: Coulthard makes Massa squirm and Dennis smile
    As if there weren’t enough allegations of skulduggery and dirty tricks flying around the F1 paddock already, David Coulthard has thrown another into the mix by turning the spotlight on Ferrari.
  • F1: McLaren drivers kept on short leash in Istanbul
    No-one can accuse McLaren of making the same mistake twice. With the pre-race publicity well underway in Turkey their drivers are almost invisible, their appearances strictly rationed and the opportunities for the press to question them extremely limited.
  • GP2: Championship wide open at Istanbul Park
    Round eight of the 2007 GP2 championship is due to take place at Istanbul Park this weekend with the season’s championship battle turning into a nail-bitingly close contest.
  • A1GP comes to Silverstone for free pre-season test
    The A1GP series is kicking off its pre-season testing with a stint at Silverstone – and spectators are invited to come along and watch free of charge.
  • Champ Car: Minardi’s Clarke ‘will celebrate win with waffles’
    ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke is another homesick Brit who’s delighted that the Champ Car series has brought him back to Europe – but the racing isn’t the only attraction.
  • Champ Car: Legge looks forward to European homecoming
    Katherine Legge is hoping to put recent problems behind her when the Champ Car series comes to Europe for the first time since 2003.
  • F1: Prodrive flirts with de la Rosa
    The excitement of watching madcap McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa duelling for race position with his swooping overtakes and seemingly death-defying approaches to his opponents’ exhaust pipes is always guaranteed to make a Grand Prix well worth the trouble of turning on the telly.
  • F1: Coulthard tells of teen eating disorder
    We all knew that being a Grand Prix driver was a pretty perilous occupation. But there are some perils we’d just never associated with it before.
  • F1: Super Aguri finds a money tree to shake
    Interesting times at Super Aguri could be about to get a little less fraught. It appears that a new source of funding may be in the works for the beleaguered team.
  • F1: McLaren points appeal set for Sep 19
    A quick heads-up for all those following McLaren’s progress through the disciplinary labyrinth laid on for it by the FIA.
  • F1: Is Christian Horner a smarter team boss than Ron Dennis?
    If Kimi Raikkonen had been partnered at McLaren in 2005 by David Coulthard rather than Juan-Pablo Montoya then he would have got those crucial extra points and challenged Fernando Alonso for the drivers’ championship. With the re-writing of motorsport history that this would have entailed.
  • F1: Nothing to see here but racing, say McLaren and Hamilton
    Somewhere inside the maelstrom of controversy that is the McLaren F1 organisation, a racing team is struggling to get out.
  • F1: Button hoping for some fun in Turkey
    Jenson Button’s miserable season hasn’t given him much to smile about, so it’s little wonder that he’s hoping for some fun at one of his favourite circuits.
  • Darren Manning to race at Silverstone in Le Mans Series
    IndyCar ace Darren Manning used to be a driving instructor at Silverstone: now he’s returning to make his prototype sports car debut there.
  • A1GP: Surtees steps down from Team GBR
    Great Britain’s A1GP team will enter its third season without its most famous face as racing legend John Surtees has announced he is standing down as team principal.
  • Coulthard: F1 a sport? Don’t make me laugh.
    The mistake F1 fans make, says veteran driver David Coulthard, is to kid themselves they’re watching a sport. If they’d only remember it’s 90 per cent business then everything would make a lot more sense.
  • Champ Car: Clarke speeds to second as Bourdais finally wins at Road America
    “Speedy” Dan Clarke is still waiting for his first Champ Car victory – but the Generac Grand Prix of Road America provided him with visible proof of progress and a great example to follow.
  • IndyCar: Air Franchitti flies again as Kanaan wins in Kentucky
    Dario Franchitti still leads the race for the IndyCar championship after the Meijer Indy 300 – but his rivals are catching fast and he’s using up all his luck just staying alive.
  • IndyCar: Kanaan, Franchitti head Kentucky qualifying
    Dario Franchitti, fresh from an airborne excursion in his last race and looking to hold off a surging Tony Kanaan, could only qualify in second place behind his rival for the Meijer Indy 300 at the Kentucky Speedway.
  • Jim Clark honoured in Utah ceremony
    The former F1 champion and Indy500 winner Jim Clark has been honoured in a ceremony at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Valley, Utah.
  • Champ Car: Dalziel targets top-ten finish in return from injury
    Ryan Dalziel is hoping for a top 10 finish at Road America on Sunday on his return to Champ Car action following a broken collarbone.
  • Champ Car: Brits hope for better luck at Road America
    Britain’s Champ Car drivers will be heading for Elkhart Lake this Sunday hoping for better luck than they experienced at San Jose in the last race.
  • Champ Car: Time to move on from “The Crash”, says Legge
    The Champ Car season moves to Road America in Wisconsin this weekend for the 10th race of the year – and one British driver will be hoping to lay a few ghosts to rest.
  • Everything and everyone is rubbish, says Mansell
    Former F1 and CART champion Nigel Mansell, who earlier this week criticised McLaren for its handling of the Hamilton / Alonso row, has now launched a salvo against Jenson Button.
  • A1GP: Third season calendar is unveiled
    Organisers of the A1 GP open-wheel racing series, dubbed “the World Cup of motorsport”, have announced a third season to begin on September 30. The first race is due to take place at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
  • F1: Super Aguri’s sponsorship woes threaten Davidson’s season
    Potentially bad news for Anthony Davidson and his fans. It is reported that Aguri Suzuki, Super Aguri team principal, is having to tighten his belt following the failure of a sponsor to cough up a considerable sum of promised cash.
  • F1: Ron Dennis – a new career beckons?
    It’s been a truly torrid few days for the hard man of F1. Surely he must wake up some mornings and ask himself: is all this worthwhile?
  • F1: Why B-teams are bad news for the Brits
    We find ourselves, here at Brits On Pole, wondering whether the trend for manufacturers to stake out great chunks of F1 real estate by running a second team is really paying off – for either them or for their drivers.
  • IndyCar: Wheldon and Franchitti crash out of Indy 400 – video
    Both Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti have been cleared as fit to drive by doctors following a spectacular seven-car crash on lap 144 of the Firestone Indy 400 in Michigan that saw Franchitti’s car cartwheel through the air.
  • F1: Hungarian GP round-up
    A quick round-up of what the British drivers and their teams thought of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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