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Why the Brawn GP story was no fairytale
Brawn GP's rise from the ashes of Honda's moribund F1 team to world championship success 10 years ago was a rare story of triumph against adversity. But was that really the case? Stuart Codling assess the biggest talking point of the 2009 season
"This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
The punchline of the classic western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance aptly sums up the theme of a film that meditates upon the enduring power of myth on the human psyche: a quarter of a century after a celebrated shoot-out, a newspaperman learns the truth about what happened but burns his story rather than publish it.
Formula 1 history is redolent with powerful myths treasured by fans, and few in recent years have proved so potently alluring - intoxicating, even - as the underdog narrative of Brawn GP, the team that came from virtually nowhere to snatch the 2009 world championship. Just over ten years have passed since Jenson Button swept to victory in the season-opening Australian GP, which is why you'll have seen plenty of features celebrating the anniversary in recent weeks.
As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire
On a baking hot afternoon in Texas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield
It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment.
Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man Anthony Peacock explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it).
As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground
Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be set to be another close contest.
The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes
Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold
Overtaking could increase by 50% in some F1 races
Alonso not just "having fun" with post-F1 challenges