“Thoughts on Naomi Osaka, Motor Racing and Sport’s Relationship with the Media Machine”

There is a living in hell in press conferences. It is probably that a great many people don’t really want to be in them at all. It is the pointlessly repetitive nature of it all. The empty lame duck questions that question nothing and answer even less. The open-ended queries that are so vague, so … Continue reading “Thoughts on Naomi Osaka, Motor Racing and Sport’s Relationship with the Media Machine”

“Yuki Tsunoda and The Art of Calm, Patience and Experience”

Yuki Tsunoda’s post-qualifying outburst during this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix earned him no favours with his AlphaTauri team. If the Japanese rookie is to lift himself out of his current dip, he may need to call on elements he does not have in his personnel possession – particularly calm and experience. This is where his team needs to come in.

“Is Nikita Mazepin Good Enough for F1? Well, That’s Complicated…”

Few drivers have courted as much controversy on their promotion to Formula One as Nikita Mazepin. The Haas racer debuted in F1 with a desperately poor personal reputation, but does this correlate with his on-track analysis? The answer is rather complicated. Even beyond that, questions are raised, such as, "When is any driver good enough … Continue reading “Is Nikita Mazepin Good Enough for F1? Well, That’s Complicated…”

“Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton Expand Diversity Foundation”

Reigning Formula One world champions Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have agreed to expand their joint commitment to improving the representation of minority ethnic groups in UK motorsport. This expanded commitment is due to take the form of a joint charitable foundation, which is designed to support wider diversity in motorsport and nurture talent that would … Continue reading “Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton Expand Diversity Foundation”

“George Russell: The Art of Winning – In Spite of Losing”

George Russell may not have won the Sakhir Grand Prix on Sunday, but his efforts in replacing Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes may have formerly confirmed his potential. It may have also gone a great distance to settling his driver from 2022 onward. “Very quick, very tidy. Great potential.” As the 2015 European Formula 3 season … Continue reading “George Russell: The Art of Winning – In Spite of Losing”

“A Grand Portimão Cop-Out”

Of the drivers competing at this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix, Lance Stroll, Antonio Giovinazzi, Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Alex Albon all raced there in F3 in early September 2015. Yet despite the nods to it in various record books and websites, none of the above group managed to race on the Grand Prix layout … Continue reading “A Grand Portimão Cop-Out”

“OPINION: F1 – Renault Driver Selection is Symptom of Banality Disguised as Ambition”

Rumours are rife that Renault may be ready to announce Fernando Alonso to replace the departing Daniel Ricciardo on Wednesday. But is this indicative of Renault’s need for experience amidst restructure or something far more banal? It may have slipped by many in recent months, but as it stands, there is still a vacant seat … Continue reading “OPINION: F1 – Renault Driver Selection is Symptom of Banality Disguised as Ambition”

“F1: It Was Clear for Me to Change My Life – Gerhard Berger”

Gerhard Berger may be fondly remembered as one of the jokers of Formula One’s past, but with ten victories over the course of fourteen seasons, he is also one of the most highly respected drivers of the 1980s and 90s. Now 60 and long retired as a Formula One driver, the Austrian tells World in … Continue reading “F1: It Was Clear for Me to Change My Life – Gerhard Berger”

“F1: Bad Strategies Found Fumbling in the Dark”

Sunday morning’s Japanese Grand Prix opened the door to another series of “what ifs” in what has been a topsy-turvy second half to the 2019 season. The only guarantee was that Mercedes is still very much the dominant force at the top-level of motorsport. What if Sebastian Vettel had not botched the start, thereby not … Continue reading “F1: Bad Strategies Found Fumbling in the Dark”

“F1 Russian GP: Joy and relief for Hamilton; Terse and Tense at Ferrari”

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas may have rounded off a Mercedes 1-2 at Sochi yesterday to record the German marquee’s sixth win at the Russian Grand Prix, but it was a race that could so easily have belonged to Ferrari {note 1}. There was a mixture of joy and relief in Parc Fermé and again … Continue reading “F1 Russian GP: Joy and relief for Hamilton; Terse and Tense at Ferrari”

“F1: For Kubica and the Fairytale, the Dream is Over”

Robert Kubica’s decision to leave Williams at the end of this season may prove to be the final hurrah for the Polish driver. It is a sad epilogue for a driver who looked so promising and whose potential was unfulfilled. The writing has been on the wall for quite some time. Such has been the … Continue reading “F1: For Kubica and the Fairytale, the Dream is Over”

“F1: Haas re-sign Grosjean”

American Formula 1 squad Haas F1 have re-signed Romain Grosjean, continuing a partnership with Kevin Magnussen for the 2020 season. With seats disappearing fast, it is a move that pushes Renault refugee Nico Hülkenberg to the sidelines. Romain Grosjean has signed for another year with the Haas Formula One team, despite what has been a … Continue reading “F1: Haas re-sign Grosjean”

“F1: Leclerc – the Prince of Monza”

In winning last week’s Belgian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc raised notice to Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel that change was coming. By repeating that success at Monza seven days later, the Monegasque became the Scuderia’s new leader in Ferrari’s heartland. “There are no words to describe the emotions I felt during the race, after the race, … Continue reading “F1: Leclerc – the Prince of Monza”

“F1: Is Ferrari’s Inner Fight Already Over?”

Incredible as it may seem, August 26th marked a year since Sebastian Vettel last won a Formula One Grand Prix, when he triumphed at Spa-Francorchamps. In that year, his form has been blighted by errors and a marked loss of form, while new teammate Charles Leclerc goes from strength-to-strength. But is this the continued sign … Continue reading “F1: Is Ferrari’s Inner Fight Already Over?”

“F1: Thoughts on Gasly, Albon, Red Bull and Maturity”

Monday’s announcement that Alexander Albon was to replace Pierre Gasly at Red Bull Racing may not have been the biggest shock in the world, but its timing most certainly was. With Monday morning came another change in Red Bull’s Formula One roster, as Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly swapped seats at Red Bull and Toro … Continue reading “F1: Thoughts on Gasly, Albon, Red Bull and Maturity”

“Defining Valtteri”

Valtteri Bottas finished 5th in this year’s Formula 1 Driver’s Championship, a long way distant of team leader and champion Lewis Hamilton. Has the highly rated Finn been broken or is something else holding him back? ---- “When it's so close, you start to think about every lap and every corner after the race, trying … Continue reading “Defining Valtteri”

“Thoughts on The Peter Principle and Ferrari”

Sebastian Vettel’s and Ferrari’s descent from Formula One championship contenders to also-rans since July has been painful to watch. But is this form truly a surprise or the reality of a team and driver combination having reached their Level of Incompetence? There is a concept known as The Peter Principle, more commonly known today as … Continue reading “Thoughts on The Peter Principle and Ferrari”