Jacques Villeneuve had every reason to believe he is destined to become one of F1's biggest stars ever: he had the talents, he had the pedigree, and he had a plan. Four lackluster seasons since he just barely won the 1997 World Championship, people are starting to wonder whether the French-Canadian will ever really live up to his destination. Roger Horton looks back at Villeneuve's 2001 season
Formula One history is full of drivers who made the wrong choices and moved to the wrong team, in many cases effectively obliterating their F1 career. Karl Ludvigsen looks back at some of the past examples, and at some of the current drivers who might discover soon that they have made a bad decision for the 2002 season
Some ten years ago, on the eve of the 1991 Italian Grand Prix, the Benetton Formula One team snatched Michael Schumacher away from Jordan Grand Prix, in what was to become one of the most complex and perhaps most sinister coups in the history of the sport to that day. It changed Formula One for good: that was the end of the Golden Age; it was the start of the Money era. "Welcome to the Piranha Club," Ron Dennis said back then to Eddie Jordan. Since then, Formula One has been full of intrigues and politics, heavily involved in commercial interests and legal battles. Timothy Collings brings out the bare and ever so interesting truth about the current age of F1 in his new book, The Piranha Club. Atlas F1 is honoured to publish the opening chapter of the book, in two parts, telling the gripping story behind the 'Schumacher Affair' of 1991
Marc Gene joins the Williams team as test driver
FIA removes its restrictions on F1 websites
Gabrielle Rumi regains his controlling shares in Minardi
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