The Monaco Grand Prix left Kimi Raikkonen fans the world over heartbroken the Iceman didn’t manage to convert his first pole in nine years into a win. Speculation that Ferrari’s prioritisation of Sebastian Vettel’s title bid robbed them of a Kimi win has only contributed to their unhappiness. There are arguments that Raikkonen hadn’t done… Continue reading ‘Kimi, Sebastian is faster than you’ and other victims of team orders
If you’ve missed the cascade of criticism that Jolyon Palmer has been subjected to in the last few months you must be both blind and deaf. While social media may have come to a pretty damning conclusion about his talent or lack of it, the British driver must have done something right to have retained… Continue reading Is Jolyon Palmer as bad as his critics make him out to be?
While F1 might have been getting more of the headlines, it isn't the only form of motorsport to embark on a fresh start in 2017 by reviving aspects of their past. Just like F1, the World Rally Championship has had a massive re-haul of their technical regulations in order to make the cars faster and… Continue reading The Future is in the Past
Six hours is a very long time, was my first thought as I came through the gates of Silverstone. Twenty minute sprint races, half an hour for touring cars, even up to two hours F1 races, that I was used to. But six hours of solid racing? That was something entirely different. I have to… Continue reading How not to spectate at the WEC: A rookie’s guide
With Antonio Giovinazzi making a splash on his debut, I've decided to take a look at another ten drivers who surpassed all expectations their first time on track. These racers did even better than Giovinazzi's 12th, and went on to get poles, wins and even the odd championship. From F1 past... In 1972 Carlos Reutemann… Continue reading First-Race Wonders
For the first time in three years, Mercedes is not the team topping the results screen of the Constructors' Championship. After Lewis Hamilton's pace over the initial part of the weekend it seemed unlikely, but an early pitstop by the polesitter allowed Sebastian Vettel to go for the undercut and take Ferrari's first win since… Continue reading Australia: Is the Hamilton/Vettel fight on?
When Valtteri Bottas leaves the pits in Melbourne for his first weekend as a Mercedes driver, two out of the four most desirable seats in F1 will be filled with a Finn. Eight Finnish drivers have qualified for a Grand Prix and three of those have gone on to become World Champions. If Nico Rosberg… Continue reading What makes Finland so successful?
Some things don't seem set to change. Despite Ferrari topping the timing boards in pre-season testing, Mercedes reportedly still have a lot more to give and between their two drivers they racked up a very healthy number of laps indeed. Honda almost seemed to go backwards with the McLaren getting through countless power units and… Continue reading F1 pre-season testing: Drawing conclusions from the inconclusive
It's 2017. Motorsport has come a long way from its origins, nearly a century ago. Deaths are a rare, tragic event rather than an accepted part of life on the track. Motorsport has spread from its homeland of Europe across the globe, with F1 visiting 13 non-European countries in 2016. Regenerative braking, electrical energy boosts,… Continue reading Grid Lock on Grid Girls?
The 2017 World Rally Championship was being hailed as a return to the Group B era, with an excited buzz from commentators about how these are the fastest cars in the history of rallying. Sadly, the speed of the cars wasn't the only aspect of 2017 to be reminiscent of the Group B era; the… Continue reading 2017 World Rally Championship so far…