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…
Formula E is now well into its third season, and now seems a perfect time to reflect on its success. Before its very first race, there was scepticism surrounding the almost soundless, relatively slow, 'experiment' that required two cars per driver because one engine couldn't manage a whole race distance. The series was seen as… Continue reading Formula E- The Story So Far…
Although there is only one true rookie on the F1 grid in 2017, that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a huge amount of change to the driver line ups. Only three teams remain unchanged (Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso) and only Ferrari goes into 2017 with the same drivers that it began 2016 with.… Continue reading F1 Drivers 2017
A new season and a fresh start to the world of Formula 1. With some quite dramatic regulation changes for 2017, and with a startling new direction in F1 leadership, there is going to be a big year ahead. To help you get your head around all the differences as well as the winter break… Continue reading Your guide to F1 2017