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On This Day: 4th January 2002 - Jaguar launch the R3

Whatever happened to that green team from Milton Keynes?

Sidepodcast: On This Day: 4th January 2002 - Jaguar launch the R3

by Christine Blachford

The early days of a new year should be put aside for easing yourself gently back into business after either a festive season of too much relaxation or, perhaps, too much fun. Either way, it's still too soon to get serious about the new F1 season, but in 2002 things were different. Jaguar were the first team to launch their car ahead of the 2002 season, and they did it on the fourth day of the year.

On This Day: 12th January 2009 - Ferrari launch celebratory F60

Recognising sixty years in Formula One

Sidepodcast: On This Day: 12th January 2009 - Ferrari launch celebratory F60

by Christine Blachford

Three years ago, to this very day, Ferrari were launching their new car for the 2009 season - the F60. A change of chassis numbering reflected the team celebrating their 60th year in the sport, and they were coming off the back of a Constructor’s Championship the previous season. In fact, they had secured the previous two constructor titles, and would have also been defending double driver’s titles too, if not for that very last emotional minute at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

On This Day: 8th January 2004 - Teams consider the tusk-nosed Williams

The new Formula One car design raised eyebrows

Sidepodcast: On This Day: 8th January 2004 - Teams consider the tusk-nosed Williams

by Christine Blachford

Seven years ago, Williams debuted the design of their brand new car - the FW26 - to much consternation amongst fans and the paddock alike. The design featured a much shorter nose than normal, with the front dipping down rather suddenly. The struts split into two with a wide gap between, and that gave it an odd look, resulting in the car being dubbed "tusk-nosed".

On This Day: 16th October 2005 - Schumacher's formation lap crash

Accidents before the race begins can be embarrassing

Sidepodcast: On This Day: 16th October 2005 - Schumacher's formation lap crash

by Christine Blachford

Whilst still puzzling over Lucas di Grassi's formation lap accident in Japan last weekend, several other pre-race crashes have been highlighted, and it just so happens one took place on this very day five years ago. The Chinese Grand Prix was the final race of the season - a year refreshingly led by Renault and McLaren, after the previous Ferrari dominance.

On This Day: 9th September 2006 - Midland become Spyker

The team changes that occurred before Force India arrived

Sidepodcast: On This Day: 9th September 2006 - Midland become Spyker

by Christine Blachford

I have always loved the tale of how Jordan became Force India - through Midland F1 and Spyker. I like that a team can continue onwards even when the owners choose to say goodbye. It happens a lot, I know, but the Force India tale is an epic one. Jordan quit the sport in 2005, and the Midland outfit took over for just one solitary season. Canadian Alex Shnaider headed up the Midland Group, who saved the ailing team, but his support only lasted for a year. By the end of 2006, the team were sold again, to Dutch car manufacturer Spyker.

On This Day: 7th August 2006 - Webber confirmed at Red Bull

Mark Webber's departure from Williams was followed by a new team

Sidepodcast: On This Day: 7th August 2006 - Webber confirmed at Red Bull

by Christine Blachford

In the midst of the 2006 season, Mark Webber was racing with Williams F1 and not doing particularly well. He was with the Grove-based team for two years, with the highlight one solitary third place podium finish at Monaco in 2005. After a string of retirements the next season, the relatively new Red Bull squad snapped him up for the 2007 season. Hasn't he come a long way since then?

On This Day: A shadow over Silverstone

Tracking the issues hanging over the British racing track

Sidepodcast: On This Day: A shadow over Silverstone

by Christine Blachford

It's fair to say that Silverstone is one of the more popular circuits on the calendar. Whilst the racing isn't always superb, the track is supported by lots of history, plenty of emotion, and of course, passionate fans. Why is it, then, that Silverstone is the one track that always seems to have a shadow hanging over it? If something is about to kick off in F1, just wait until the British GP for it all to become clear.

On This Day: The forgotten man - Roland Ratzenberger

Paying tribute to the fallen at San Marino, 1994

Sidepodcast: On This Day: The forgotten man - Roland Ratzenberger

by Leigh O'Gorman

When Roland Ratzenberger hit the wall at Villeneuve corner at Imola on April 30th 1994, Formula 1 was left to face with its first competitive fatality since Ricardo Paletti at Montreal twelve years earlier. The sudden brutality of the accident fractured the base of Ratzenberger’s skull and sent shockwaves through an already nervous sport – Rubens Barrichello having crashed heavily the previous day at Variante Bassa, knocking him unconscious and breaking his nose.

On This Day: 30th June - Ralf through the wears

Celebrating Schumacher's birthday with an annual update

Sidepodcast: On This Day: 30th June - Ralf through the wears

by Christine Blachford

It is Ralf Schumacher's birthday today, and as our series of posts reminiscing on F1 gone by continues, let's take a look at what the German was getting up to on his special day while he was in the sport. A young Ralf, aged just 21, made his F1 debut in 1997. On the 29th June that year, he lined up on the grid in third place - behind his brother on pole for Ferrari, and Heinz-Harald Frentzen second for Williams.

On This Day: 11th May 2008 - Fisi completes a collision hat trick

Giancarlo finds history repeating itself year on year

Sidepodcast: On This Day: 11th May 2008 - Fisi completes a collision hat trick

by Alianora La Canta

Continuing Sidepodcast's series of entries reminiscing on events that have occurred in seasons past, I offer a curious statistic. Two years ago today, Giancarlo Fisichella was involved in his third consecutive first-corner collision in Turkey. I am not sure if this constitutes a record, but it is a difficult chain of events to explain. Nonetheless, I will try.