“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”

“F1: And So, It Begins Again”

There may be rain in the Styrian hills. More than a little in fact. And as it peppers the some re-propositioned stretch of tarmac once called the Öesterreichring, one realises that it really doesn’t matter how long Formula One has been away. All that matters is that it’s here. It is not just noise. It’s … Continue reading “F1: And So, It Begins Again”

“WRC: Four or Five Events Possible – Matton”

The FIA’s Rally Director, Yves Matton, believes four-to-five more events will be necessary to validate the World Rally Championship this season. Yet as the year reaches its halfway point, the task of finding replacement rallies is becoming a trying task, as he tells World in Motorsport. “It’s not like in racing. We are not able … Continue reading “WRC: Four or Five Events Possible – Matton”

“Super Formula: Provisional Calendar Revealed” (*Updated*)

The Japanese Super Formula Championship has revealed a reconfigured calendar for the 2020 season. The rejigged schedule will see all seven rounds crammed into the final four months of the year. Following many questions and numerous delays, a new provisional calendar for the 2020 Super Formula season has been released. The provision schedule is as … Continue reading “Super Formula: Provisional Calendar Revealed” (*Updated*)

“WRC: Rallying Needs to Act, Not React If It Wants to Survive – Adamo”

For Hyundai’s WRC team boss Andrea Adamo, the pandemic is yet another sign that a new way of thinking is needed if motorsport is to survive. “If we don’t react now, or if we don’t act now, we will find a problem.” Andrea Adamo is not a man known for pulling punches. The Italian has … Continue reading “WRC: Rallying Needs to Act, Not React If It Wants to Survive – Adamo”

“I Have a Passion for Racing – Barrichello”

With 11 wins from 322 Grand Prix over 19 seasons, Rubens Barrichello is fondly remembered as one of the quickest and most highly respected drivers in the history of Formula One. However, as 2020 stutters along amidst the seemingly endless Coronavirus pandemic, Barrichello – now a stock car racer in South America – is more … Continue reading “I Have a Passion for Racing – Barrichello”

“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”

“WRC: Safari Rally return pushed back to 2021”

The retuning Safari Rally has been pushed back to 2021, it was confirmed today, as the Coronavirus pandemic claimed another victim. Scheduled for mid-July, this was due to be the event’s first appearance on the WRC calendar since 2002, where the late-Colin McRae took his final win. However, as countries were forced into lockdown and … Continue reading “WRC: Safari Rally return pushed back to 2021”

“Super Formula: No real racing for Real Racing in 2020”

Super Formula stalwarts Real Racing have withdrawn from the 2020 season, following a tumultuous campaign last time out. Established by former racer Katsutomo Kaneishi in 2003, Real Racing entered Super Formula’s predecessor – Formula Nippon – in 2011 and have been a near constant presence in the following years, mainly with Koudai Tsukakoshi behind the … Continue reading “Super Formula: No real racing for Real Racing in 2020”

“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”

“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”

“A Confession, of Sorts. A Reprisal, for Certain”

Five weeks ago, I became quite unemployed from my full-time job. Thankfully, the redundancy was more than ample, and it cured a number of problems and also helped in other areas. For the period, my goal was to write. Research and write. Research and write. Exercise, lose a little weight and reset my health somewhat. … Continue reading “A Confession, of Sorts. A Reprisal, for Certain”