“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”

“Coming Soon – World in Motorsport: Volume 2”

Some of TheMotorsportArchive.com’s more eagle-eyed readers may have noticed a couple of new buttons at the top of the site’s drop-down options, including “cart”, “checkout”, “my account” and “shop”. These have been included to take into account the release of World in Motorsport: Volume 2, which is looking like going on sale next month.

“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”

“The First Time”

Just over twenty years ago, I attended my first Grand Prix as a fan with my Dad and some family friends. Although a long-time home viewer, to actually go to a Grand Prix was, until then, a luxury beyond me. A rare precious trip and at the age of 18 and a first break broad, the sheer size of the event grabbed my attention with both hands.

“F1: The More You Do, The More You Understand, The More You See – Grosjean”

Throughout his career, Romain Grosjean has proved an enigmatic racer, whose profile has been dominated incidents intertwined with undoubted speed. Recently World in Motorsport spoke to the Haas driver about the moments that have defined his career and how mind management has allowed him to keep his feet on the ground.

“Motorsport Diaries, Ep 12 – Super Formula at Okayama”

With the 2nd round of the 2020 Super Formula Championship from Okayama completed, I recorded some thoughts about events surrounding the race. Also, I looked over the rule changes introduced at this round, included mandated tyre stops and also took a moment to consider the future of Red Bull junior driver Juri Vips.

“Super Formula: Tsukakoshi to replaces Calderón for Okayama”

Super Formula veteran Koudai Tsukakoshi is to replace Tatiana Calderón at Drago Racing for this weekend’s Super Formula round at Okayama. With only four days until drivers are required to sign-on at Okayama, Calderón will not have time to sufficiently quarantine in order to take part in the event, allowing Tsukakoshi to claim his 82nd start in the series.

“Super Formula: Race changes ahead for Okayama”

Following a tepid season opener at Motegi just over two weeks ago, it has been revealed that Super Formula are altering the race format for round 2 at Okayama. Like the Motegi round, the Okayama event will enjoy two practice sessions through Saturday (Sept 26th), with qualifying and the race both continuing on Sunday (Sept 27th). However, the race length has been extended from 168km to just under 189km (a maximum run time of 75 minutes in a two-hour window), with the race taking in 51 laps and falling some 60km short of a full-length Super Formula race.

“Boom Time – Where War Ends and Racing Begins”

The late-1940s was an incredible boom time for motorsport. The second World War had finally drawn to a close and motorsport – for years stifled in numerous territories due to conflict and / or strained resources – began to breathe once again. Formula A regulations were drawn up in 1946 for 1.5 litre supercharged cars … Continue reading “Boom Time – Where War Ends and Racing Begins”

“First of the Year, the First of Many”

Sunday morning saw the Japanese Super Formula season finally begin. Alas, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rumble on, there were no visits to the studio for the race – this was a home conversion. And beyond some minor technical setbacks, it all worked out rather well. In the end, the race was not the … Continue reading “First of the Year, the First of Many”

“F1: Bottas 3.0 Needs a Hamilton 1.0 Upgrade”

Lewis Hamilton barely had to look in his mirrors during the Spanish Grand Prix, such was his dominance. Indeed, Sunday’s race is a reflection of how the 2020 Formula One season is developing – and never was that more clear-cut than at Mercedes. “I was just in a daze out there, I didn't even know … Continue reading “F1: Bottas 3.0 Needs a Hamilton 1.0 Upgrade”

“F1: Sublime Verstappen Conquers Mercedes”

Max Verstappen’s victory at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix yesterday was a masterclass of skill and pace over the normally dominant Mercedes. It was a result that required skill, maturity, tyre preservation and no small dose of heat. A key overtake for the lead, followed by six blistering laps of pace. On the surface, that’s … Continue reading “F1: Sublime Verstappen Conquers Mercedes”

“Lance Stroll, Imola, Pasta and the Art of Preparation”

“Jesus Christ! What that f*** is that!?” Or something to that effect. Imola. Friday October 10th, 2014 and a colleague had sent a message urging me to come down to the far end of the paddock. Apparently, there was something that needed to be seen. Things had quietened down somewhat. Having just finished – and … Continue reading “Lance Stroll, Imola, Pasta and the Art of Preparation”

“Anatomy of a Story Timeline: the Fast and Slow Reveal of Fernando Alonso”

When Renault F1 announced Fernando Alonso as one of their 2021 driver’s, the story punched a hole in motorsport media for much of the week. The process was deliberate, intricate, carefully crafted and hugely successful and Renault owned the headlines. The twitching on Monday evening was pretty hard to miss. After a couple of months … Continue reading “Anatomy of a Story Timeline: the Fast and Slow Reveal of Fernando Alonso”

“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”