Archive:
August 2008

Liveblog: European Practice

I can’t wait to see what happens this weekend, as we are visiting the Valencia Street Circuit for the first time. Practice will give us a great idea of what sort of things to watch out for, and it promises to be the most vital practice session of the year so far. Click below to […]

Guide to the Valencia Street Circuit

This weekend’s European Grand Prix is held on a brand new circuit, the Valencia Street Circuit. The circuit has a contract for seven years, so we may as well try and get acquainted with it as best we can. We won’t know exactly what to expect until the F1 cars arrive there. But for a […]

How KERS will ruin great racing

It is worth remembering that the 2008 season so far has been, by all accounts, an exciting season for on-track action. There have been plenty of overtaking manoeuvres of note. Felipe Massa’s double move on Kovalainen and Barrichello in Canada was a stormer that I won’t forget quickly. Nick Heidfeld managed two double overtakes at […]

Exclusive: New Ferrari engine for 2009

It has been revealed that software company Moog have been selected to make Ferrari’s new synthesiser simulator. Reading between the lines of this statement, it seems as though Ferrari will have to have a new engine next year for the synthesiser simulator to sound realistic. So I can exclusively reveal that next year’s Ferrari engine […]

Does Formula 1 really have an overtaking problem?

The 2009 season will bring a completely new look to Formula 1, with one of the most drastic and far-reaching overhauls of the rulebook in the sport’s history. The only comparable change I can think of in my lifetime is the rules brought in for 1998 (grooved tyres and narrower cars), but even that pales […]

Has the end of the tyre war changed anything?

By the end of 2006, I was thoroughly fed up with the tyre war. When Michelin left Formula 1 I was glad. This wasn’t because I have anything against the French company, but because I was simply fed up with championships seemingly being decided almost entirely by tyres — literally black boxes. Formula 1 had […]

Which drivers missed slicks?

One driver whose coat is on a shoogly peg is Sébastien Bourdais. After a strong Australian Grand Prix, Bourdais’s season has been rather disappointing to say the least. He is completely anonymous during races. While this at least means he isn’t making many mistakes, the fact is that he is being utterly outclassed by his […]

Is Felipe Massa championship material?

Felipe Massa remains, to me, the most mysterious driver on the grid — perhaps even more mysterious than Kimi Räikkönen. He has a reputation of being a highly erratic driver. And yet, had his engine now blown in Hungary he would be leading the championship. Indeed, as things stand he is only eight points away […]

A new look (and some more admin stuff)

Hello there. I misplaced my F1-blogging mojo for a bit, hence the lack of proper posts. Mind you, that may be just because Formula 1 is on its annual summer break at the moment so there’s not a lot of news going around just now. I knew it would be like that, so I thought […]

On being a contrarian

I was pleased to see that Scottish Unionist named me as his number one Scottish political blog. My increasingly sporadic and rambling posts probably do not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as, say, Ideas of Civilisation or Jeff Breslin, but I will not complain! Better than being number 1 in Scottish Unionist’s […]