Getting lost in an unfamiliar park following a day at the races is far from ideal, especially when evening shadows collide with lingering darkness. In theory, navigating one’s way out of Monza should not be unfeasible and yet, it was a feat managed with indelicate ease. It did not take long to become very, very lost.
“The Joy and Realities of Crohn’s Disease, Amidst Thoughts for Jonny Edgar”
Become a Patron! When news broke that Red Bull junior driver Jonny Edgar was being forced to sacrifice his Formula 3 campaign with Trident due to his worsening Crohn’s disease, a very real pang of sympathy came across me. And I should know all about it. It’s been here with me for over thirty years. … Continue reading “The Joy and Realities of Crohn’s Disease, Amidst Thoughts for Jonny Edgar”
“Rich Men Dine on Cognac, While Children Die. But This is Not War”
It only takes one minor slip to end it all, after which silence caresses and thoughtful mourning begins. Again and again and again. One of the common tropes that always crops up when those in racing are killed or suffer injury is the same old mantra of "motor racing is dangerous, it says so on … Continue reading “Rich Men Dine on Cognac, While Children Die. But This is Not War”
“Discussion: Should motorsport become part of the Olympics?”
No. Next. (But if it had to, I would argue that karting should lead the way. Anyway...) Next.
“Motorsport Diaries, Ep 14 – Super Formula notes from Sportland SUGO”
My thoughts and notes on the 3rd round of the 2020 Super Formula season from SUGO. Also some spiel about returning and departing drivers ahead of next month's 4th round at Autopolis.
“Waiting for the Rain Dance”
Conditions at the DTM finale at Hockenheimring we’re hardly the most representative of early October in the region. Previous visits to the season ending event tended to be on the dryer side in recent years, flicking between late Autumn wind and warmth to early Winter grey and cool. For the regulars, the wet weather was … Continue reading “Waiting for the Rain Dance”
“Motorsport Diaries, Episode 6 (July 21st 2019) – DTM, W Series, Assen & reverse grid races”
In this episode of Motorsport Diaries, I look at DTM's 2nd race at Assen and a first win in two years for Mike Rockenfeller ahead of wonderful race through the field by Marco Wittmann, and some odd tyre strategies.
“Motorsport Diaries, Episode 5 (July 20th 2019) – DTM, W Series, Assen & Super Formula”
In this episode of Motorsport Diaries, I look at DTM's first race at Assen and a great battle between Marco Wittmann, Nico Müller and Rene Rast. Also, I look at the penultimate round of the W Series, with its finale coming at Brands Hatch next month.
Motorsport Diaries, Episode 3
Ahead of Sunday morning’s 3rd round Super Formula race at Sportsland SUGO, Racecar Engineering's Sam Collins and I discuss qualifying, the upcoming race and other random stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN3NrWYtJTI
“Motorsport Diaries, Episode 2”
After a little bit of a delay, I finally got around to recording the 2nd episode of ‘Motorsport Diaries’ last night. In this edition, I talk briefly about last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hour Race and the conclusion of the World Endurance Championship Super-Season. From that, I discuss the events of last weekend’s Rally … Continue reading “Motorsport Diaries, Episode 2”
“Discussions and Bonding in Departures”
Sometimes more than race circuits, airport departures are the places where tired minds meet, professional bonds created and tales told when race weekends draw to a close. These environs, so often misunderstood and underused, are where the most intriguing stories are woven. Often in the European Formula 3 Championship, it would not be unusual for … Continue reading “Discussions and Bonding in Departures”
“Speed Amongst the Tribunes”
The Norisring is an odd place. As a circuit, its layout is not up to much. As a place, one could write books...
Sunday evening following the 74th Grand Prix de Pau and come 8.15pm, it is time to leave.
One of the more curious elements of motorsport is that, sometimes, the quickest driver is not necessarily the one who is flashiest on track.
“A Day in the Life”
I’m not going to lie. I am pretty exhausted. Sitting in a Frankfurt Airport terminal, just waiting for the flight home, it has been difficult to pull most of the weekend together.
“Thoughts on Grid Girls and motorsport”
When it was revealed on Thursday that the FIA World Endurance Championship had decided not to taken on the option of using of grid girls during their events, the reaction from a sizeable corner of the motorsport community was sad, but not surprising. The usual wails of “leftism”, “political correctness gone mad” (etc.) were alive, … Continue reading “Thoughts on Grid Girls and motorsport”
“Happy New Year”
Happy New Year everybody.
With his outwardly laconic nature, one might be forgiven for thinking Tom Blomqvist approach ill-suited to the higher reaches of motorsport. Yet when properly supported, the English-born 'Son of Stig' is no slouch behind the wheel.
“The Opposite of Winning”
It was far from the best of seasons at Maranello. Rather being the champions or contenders that they used to be in Formula One, Ferrari were mere bit players through 2014.
Evening in Abu Dhabi and even though the sun withdraws, the cars continue to circulate. It is the 2nd Free Practice session on Friday and the twenty Formula One drivers pull at speed, gauging the conditions ahead of Sunday's twilight race.