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[23 Aug 2012 | No Comment | 4,202 views]
F1 Tales: Brushes With The Law

There may be continuing speculation that Bernie Ecclestone could be charged by prosecutors in Munich over bribery allegations but it’s far from the first time that Formula One has become embroiled with the law, and I mean more serious crimes than ‘hooning’ or Eddie Jordan’s shirts. In the final of the series of tales from Formula One, we take a look at some of the sport’s more nefarious characters…

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[16 Aug 2012 | 3 Comments | 8,003 views]
F1 Tales: An Eye on the Prize

Despite it’s obsession with tradition, little stays unchanged in Formula One: There’s a driver and a car and Monaco is still recognizably Monaco but even the number of wheels hasn’t always been four. The same goes for the celebrations after the race. Once upon a time, it was case of the drivers being handed their garlands in a brief ceremony before being driven around the track on the back of the car to wave at the crowds. Now, the podium is a strictly choreographed affair…

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[9 Aug 2012 | 6 Comments | 5,346 views]
F1 Tales: All in the Timing

At the heart of Formula One is time. A world were a thousandth of a second equates to around seven centimetres at the end of an entire flat-out qualifying lap and, potentially, the difference between pole and second on the grid. Time keeping in Formula One has come a long way from the humble stopwatch in an interesting history all of it own: A story of heroines and villains, technological advances and problems, and a few seemingly improbable twists…

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[3 Aug 2012 | 9 Comments | 22,013 views]
F1 Tales: I Hope Nobody Saw That

You might think a driver with Michael Schumacher’s experience would be able to remember where he was parked just minutes ago but alas, as they formed the grid in Hungary, it wasn’t the case. It’s far from the first time it has happened but then maybe the seven times World Champion missed all the fun from his usual position up at the sharp end of the grid. And the grid is just the starting point for drivers to find themselves in embarrassing situations…

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[26 Jul 2012 | 2 Comments | 16,915 views]
Formula One at the Olympics

Tomorrow, the 2012 Olympics will be officially opened and, later this summer, former Formula One driver Alessandro “Alex” Zanardi will be taking part in the Paralympics. However, the Italian is not the first Formula One driver with Olympian links – seven others have gone before him, taking part in sports as diverse as bobsleigh, shooting and sailing…

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[6 Jul 2012 | 6 Comments | 6,335 views]
The Changing Face of Silverstone

Few circuits have undergone as many changes as Formula One’s first circuit: Silverstone. Indeed, the changes even start before that 1950 British Grand Prix which started it all off. A very different looking circuit layout greeted the drivers in 1948. After that it was a tail of gradual change, largely in the name of safety until 2010. At the point, the new ‘Arena’ section significantly altered the configuration