‘Kimi, Sebastian is faster than you’ and other victims of team orders

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

Is Jolyon Palmer as bad as his critics make him out to be?

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?

The Future is in the Past

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

How not to spectate at the WEC: A rookie’s guide

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

Australia: Is the Hamilton/Vettel fight on?

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?

What makes Finland so successful?

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?

F1 pre-season testing: Drawing conclusions from the inconclusive

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

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