Lando Norris’ comment regarding his lack of sympathy for drivers on the edge of losing their drive may have come across as brutal, but it was nothing if not honest. To admonish him would betray the truth exposed on track and Norris deserves better than that.
“Daniel Ricciardo, Tangled Webs, and the McLaren Conundrum”
A heady mix of a highly regarded and expensive, yet struggling driver, alongside the availability of a cache of youthful exuberance may be about to give McLaren a headache – albeit a good one, on the surface. But are the options available as refined or as speedy as the incumbent? “We ultimately just weren’t quick … Continue reading “Daniel Ricciardo, Tangled Webs, and the McLaren Conundrum”
“F1: Williams recruit Simon Roberts from McLaren”
Simon Roberts will join Williams Racing from June 1st as Managing Director of their F1 programme.
“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”
“Italian GP: Vandoorne turns it on”
McLaren racer Stoffel Vandoorne may have retired at the end of lap 33 of the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, but the Belgian racer impressed many with his performance at Monza. On paper, the 2017 was a disaster for McLaren. Another race and another pair of retirements for the Honda-powered team, with neither Stoffel Vandoorne … Continue reading “Italian GP: Vandoorne turns it on”
“McLaren: A race through gritted teeth”
If their performance at Australian Grand Prix is anything to go by, McLaren-Honda’s winter of discontent looks set to add Spring, Summer and Autumn to that mix, but it is not all doom and gloom at Woking. While Fernando Alonso drove what he felt was one of the drives of his career and was happy … Continue reading “McLaren: A race through gritted teeth”
“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.
“F1: Alonso withdrawn from season opener”
McLaren Honda racer Fernando Alonso has been withdrawn from the season opening Australian Grand Prix following his test crash in Barcelona nine days ago.
“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.
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.
“Drivers of 2014: Stoffel Vandoorne”
Following a season long battle with eventual GP2 Series champion Jolyon Palmer, in the end Felipe Nasr couldn’t hold onto the runner-up spot. In his stead, the super impressive and quick Stoffel Vandoorne piped the Brazilian at the last and considering the Belgian’s natural speed and rate of improvement during what was his first GP2 season, this was a deserved position
“Thoughts on McLaren, Alonso and a teammate”
Ever since Red Bull dropped the bombshell that Sebastian Vettel was departing Red Bull Racing, rumblings of Fernando Alonso’s return to McLaren have only strengthened. However should the Spaniard confirm a move back to Woking, then team boss Ron Dennis will have little choice but to cut either Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen loose.
“Berger Steps Aside from FIA”
Former McLaren and Ferrari Formula One driver Gerhard Berger will step down from his position as President of the FIA Single-Seater Commission at the end of the year. The Austrian took the position toward the end of 2011, but it was believed that the placement was only to last one year. Berger, whose primary industry … Continue reading “Berger Steps Aside from FIA”
“Vandoorne and Izawa fill ART GP2 line-up”
Rising Belgian star Stoffel Vandoorne has made a move to the GP2 Series with ART Grand Prix.
“All go as Ferrari power the Florida Winter Series”
The new-for-2014 Florida Winter Series is set to launch at Homestead Speedway in eleven days time; however this is one that looks at young drivers in a slightly different way.
“Dennis and Goddard confirm FIA F3 seats”
Jake Dennis and Spike Goddard solidified their seats in this year’s FIA European F3 Championship yesterday.
“Thoughts on François Cevert”
With Jackie Stewart set to retire from Formula One at the end of the 1973 season, preparations had been made to promote his understudy, François Cevert, to the lead seat in Ken Tyrrell's world championship winning team.
“Looking Back: Fuelled to the finish”
In today’s ultra-precise Formula One, it may seem almost unfathomable for a driver to run out of fuel prior to the end of a race, but in previous generations, it wasn’t a completely unusual situation.