It’s the summer of 2002, the Orange Arrows team from Tom Walkinshaw is on the edge of bankruptcy. It’s the summer Paul Stoddart loves to see Walkinshaw burning and will have the ultimate payback in 2003 when purchasing most of the team’s assets in favour of his Minardi team. Moreover, it is the summer of many rumours in and outside the paddock. Arrows is sold to an American, Arrows is
Jos Verstappen had a contract to race for the Orange Arrows team from Tom Walkinshaw. However, just before the start of the season he ditched Verstappen, while the Arrows A23 was built around him, and hired Heinz-Harald Frentzen instead. In 2003, he signed a contract with Minardi. Not the season he expected. So what would it be for 2004? Jaguar, Jordan, perhaps Sauber or stay with Minardi? We know now
The final check-up for the teams or organisations that were interested to debut on the grid in 2022. As we know next season there are new regulations. A few years ago there seemed to be some serious interest for the Formula One. However, we all know Covid-19 happened. As well, some ridiculous fee happened, perhaps were the dreams bigger than the wallet. Let’s have a last look at the teams
You probably remember the Vodafone sponsorship with the Scuderia from 2002 until 2006. The younger once probably remember it as the main sponsor for McLaren from 2007 until 2013. Or if you’re a nut like me you remember the branding on the front wing of the Benetton B201. What many probably forgot or simply don’t know is that Jordan Grand Prix was in negotiations with Vodafone for a sponsor deal.
History books are telling us that the first race for motorised vehicles was held on the 22nd of July 1894. The race known as Paris-Rouen, a trip of 126 Kilometre won by Jules Albert, Count de Dion in a De Dion Bouton. Of course, I disagree with this idea as previously competitive races were held like in Manchester. However, the first time the Netherlands had their first taste with autosport
It felt difficult to write the story about Alan Berkov and his Formula One test that never happened. Berkov was probably one of the few drivers from the Russian Federation after the fall of the USSR that popped up in Europe. Around 1998 he was in speaking terms with the Arrows team of Tom Walkinshaw, sources state that a contract was already signed, to test for the team. Tom asked
Stand-in drivers, the drivers we mostly forget about though play sometimes a huge roll for teams. They are often at short notice in the car for most various reasons. During the covid pandemic, we have seen several stand-in drivers, well not really stand-in like Russell taking place in the Mercedes because of Hamilton or Kubica instead of Kimi. However, do you remember John Watson in 1975 for Team Lotus and
Yes, i know a weekly column that appears randomly once in two months, or twice a week. However, it’s about the message that I want to bring to you, to warp you right in some discussion. Recently the Formula One announced a Grand Prix calendar of 23 Grand Prix. First, I thought it was a joke. Then I understood it was the real deal. I really don’t understand this. Well