Peter Collins recalls Hakkinen (FIN) (Right) talking with Lotus team manager Peter Collins. Mika retired on lap 30 with clutch failure. Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, 31 May 1992.

Peter Collins recalls Hakkinen’s debut

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This is the English wording for an article I wrote for the Japanese magazine “Racing On”. In mid 1989 Peter Collins attended the F3 race at Silverstone. He knew his friend Keke Rosberg was looking after a young Finnish driver who Rosberg thought was very good. Standing at Luffield corner on the old National circuit, Peter […]

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The Information Superhighway

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This morning I read a blog post of a long-time friend and a respected F1 journalist, Joe Saward. He wrote about Humanity after he received an abhorrent comment to one of his other posts. I was speechless at the kind of person who could say such a vile thing with the hope that it would be approved and […]

Brendon Leitch wins Race 2 in Manfield for the Toyota Racing Series ahead of the NZ GP

The Real Fabric of Motorsport

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Toyota Racing Series 2016 Victory for Lando Norris in the final race of the 2016 Toyota Racing Series, in New Zealand, and in the Series, is the result of an intensive career path that has seen the young British driver pack the maximum experience into the minimum time. Norris has prepared well since graduating to […]

Carmen Jorda (ESP) Lotus F1 Development Driver at Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Austrian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spielberg, Austria, Thursday 18 June 2015.

Carmen Jorda

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As someone who has been brought up to appreciate the talent and skill of a racing driver, regardless of gender, nationality, appearance, when it comes to the Jorda / Sorensen debate I know who my money would be on. Carmen Jorda is a very attractive young woman. And while her looks, that have not escaped […]


Elliott Shaw

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This week we met a determined young man who is incredibly passionate and focused about Motorsport, racing and becoming a professional driver. Elliott made a big impression on us with his obvious commitment to his long-term goals. The thirteen year old’s passion for cars started before he could even fully speak and was able to […]

Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) Lotus 107C Mugen-Honda. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 13-15 December 1993.

Lessons of Motorsport

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In the summer school holidays of 1993 I went to Spa with my father for the Belgian Grand Prix at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit. It was the first time I had gone to a race with just him, and I was more excited than ever to spend the weekend at the track. It didn’t matter […]

Lotus team principal Peter Collins (GBR) talks with Johnny Herbert (GBR) after his retirement from the race
Italian GP, Monza, 11 September 1994

1994 – A Year of Darkness

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If you’re reading this as an F1 fan the first thing that will probably pop into your head is, that’s the year Ayrton Senna died. Well of course you’d be correct, but for the Collins family that wasn’t the only tragic event to occur that year. My father had been fighting what seemed like an […]


Unwavering Support

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I wouldn’t be surprised if you have been wondering as you have read these blogs, how much my mother supported my father; the man who spent their entire wedding night on the phone to the UK trying to get a job interview with Colin Chapman? Then, barely a month later, he whisked her off to […]

(L to R): Nigel Mansell (GBR) Lotus; Peter Collins (AUS) Lotus Team Manager and Nigel Stroud (GBR) Lotus Engineer. Monaco Grand Prix, Rd6, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 31 May 1981. BEST IMAGE

Dangers in Brazil

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Tuesday 24 March 1981 Peter Collins nearly drowned in Brazil. Nigel Mansell saved him. Here’s what happened… In the midst of the Lotus Type 88 saga, and having squeezed in some extra testing while in the States, the Team took a well deserve two days break upon their arrival in Brazil ahead of the second […]

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An Evocative Moment – An Opportunity Missed

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With the number of Grand Prix in a season it is not at all surprising that more often than not we are busy working at Formula Renault events on GP weekends, and such was the case last weekend when we were at Silverstone for the Formula Renault Eurocup round and unable to be at Monza […]