“A Brief Story About Antonio Giovinazzi”

Antonio Giovinazzi’s late call-up for Sauber for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix was certainly a surprise, particularly given the reasons for which Pascal Wehrlein was withdrawn. But had one told the Italian about his Formula One less than two years ago, it is doubtful whether he would have believed it. During the early stages of … Continue reading “A Brief Story About Antonio Giovinazzi”

“Australian GP: Wehrlein withdraws, replaced by Giovinazzi”

Sauber F1 team have decided to sit driver Pascal Wehrlein out for the rest of the Australian Grand Prix following the continued after effects of his Race of Champions crash. The German racer complained of a “fitness deficit” following the Friday practice sessions, leaving Sauber little choice but to bring in reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi for his Grand Prix debut.

“A short story about Nico Rosberg”

-- For no reason, this little story about Nico Rosberg popped into my head today, so I thought it would be nice to share it with you. -- Over the weekend of the 2015 DTM season finale at Hockenheim, then Mercedes racer (and future world champion) Nico Rosberg was brought in to take part in … Continue reading “A short story about Nico Rosberg”

“Conclusions from Singapore invaders”

During the second half of last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, a member of the public breached security and entered the circuit – a moment of madness that could have rewritten the race. Beyond the obvious alterations to the form of the event – the track invasion necessitated a second safety car period – the wandering … Continue reading “Conclusions from Singapore invaders”

“I Did Not Know Jules Bianchi”

I did not know Jules Bianchi. In acknowledging that, it is the case that I had met him on a few occasions, but at no stage did I ever know him – there is quite a difference. Over the years, there was plenty of stumbling along as I shadowed a few steps behind the young … Continue reading “I Did Not Know Jules Bianchi”

“The Other ‘Drive of the Day'”

While much of the post-race talk of the Monaco Grand Prix focussed on Mercedes’ strategic mix-up that cost Lewis Hamilton the race win, one highly successful run went largely unnoticed in the melee. Starting from the pitlane, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz slipped serenely up the order to eventually take home 10th place and one point come the final order.

“The Art of Being Human”

Despite what the Internet will tell you, simple human error and confusion cost Lewis Hamilton the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. If nothing else, it was a timely reminder that at the heart of our sport lay not just computers, but banks of people making split-second decisions – and sometimes they get it wrong.

“Australian GP: McLaren take stock amidst struggles”

Fans who were so eagerly anticipating the renewed McLaren/Honda love affair should have been aware as to how tricky things might be at the start, but few in their wildest nightmares would have predicted yesterday’s horror show. In dreams, it was never supposed to be like this. The veteran Jenson Button ended the day 11th and last and two laps adrift of the victorious Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), while substitute teammate Kevin Magnussen never even made the start.

“Further Details Regarding Fernando Alonso”

McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is on the road to a solid recovery in hospital following his test crash on Sunday. According to a release by the Woking-based team, the 33-year-old Spaniard has been chatting to family, friends and staff at the hospital; however it is unknown at this stage whether he will participate in the final pre-season test which begins later this week.

“The Power of Exaggeration”

Fernando Alonso’s crash on the final day of the second pre-season Formula One test at Barcelona did more than take him out of the rest of the running. It gave a speedy rise to unfounded speculation and exaggeration. It also displayed how sensitive the sport still is to developing stories surrounding driver care.

“Newey: Mercedes have the advantage”

Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, believes Mercedes are once again leading the Formula One charge for the world championship this year. Speaking in Jerez during the opening pre-season test last week, Newey claimed that the current engine dominated formula offers Mercedes a huge advantage, ahead of their Renault, Ferrari and Honda-powered competitors.

“Diff’rent Strokes”

Stoffel Vandoorne and Jolyon Palmer - two of the most impressive junior formulae talents of 2014. As a pairing, they took the top two spots in the GP2 Series last year, with Palmer emerging as clear victor, yet as February turns and Formula One testing begins in earnest, both are, to a degree, on the outside looking in.

“Thoughts on McLaren, Honda and success”

After the brief winter break, Formula One teams began unveiling their 2015 machines last week. However unlike last year, when a brand new set of technical regulations made sure attentions were focused with each new machine, this year’s cars – with their technical evolutions, as opposed to revolutions – have commanded fewer column inches or digital space.