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What went wrong with Williams?

I’ll be upfront here. While many like Williams, with their “plucky underdog” status and stridently independent approach, they have never been my among my favourite teams. To the extent that I have ever liked them, it has been as the anti-Ferrari. In other words, I like them about as much as I like McLaren, which […]

2009 driver rankings: top ten

10. Timo Glock Timo Glock has started to show real signs of improvement this year. While the Toyota team may have bizarrely liked to have criticised Glock for the car’s poor performance, the fact is that Glock put in some great performances in 2009. Particularly notable was his heroic performance in Singapore, where he finished […]

2009 driver rankings: #25-#11

25. Nelsinho Piquet I don’t think there is much need to justify why I have placed Piquet at the bottom of the list. Suffice it to say that I hope he never races competitively again. 24. S├ębastien Bourdais S├ębastien Bourdais spent the 2008 season explaining that we should wait to judge him until the return […]

Mercedes Schumacher move – crass marketing stunt

After weeks of speculation, it is set to be revealed today that Michael Schumacher has signed a three year deal with for Mercedes. The rumour first surfaced when Eddie Jordan opened his notoriously big mouth. Everyone laughed at the time, but as the weeks went on it became clearer that the prospect was serious. By […]

Jenson Button: a deserving champion?

Belated congratulations to Jenson Button for becoming the 2009 World Champion. I know it’s long overdue, but hey — that’s what happens when real life takes over (more on that real life stuff can be found here). I have not always been convinced that Jenson Button is a good driver. In fact, the only times […]

Real life intervenes

Hi everyone. Thanks, as ever, for persevering with me and the infrequent updates on this blog. Real life is intervening, and while this is good for me personally, it does mean that I have less time to dedicate to updating vee8. You may well have noticed that my “daily news updates” are now seldom updated […]

Brawn — another historic name disappears

Okay, so Brawn may only have been in Formula 1 for less than one year. But undoubtedly it is a name and a team that will go down in history. There was a magnetic attraction to the Cinderella story that was the life of Brawn GP. Until March, the existence of the former Honda team […]

Competition winner gets behind the wheel of a Williams

You may remember that during the summer, when I visited the Williams F1 factory, I wrote about a competition run by Philips where you could win a chance to drive a Williams F1 car. Last week, the lucky winner of the Philips Driving Academy drove the Williams FW29 round Silverstone for five laps. That person […]

Au revoir Renault?

On top of the exits of Bridgestone and Toyota came news that Renault had held an emergency board meeting to discuss their future in Formula 1. According to Andrew Benson at the BBC: The French car company was considering whether to remain in the sport with its own team, switch to simply being an engine […]