Sayonara Toyota

The day after Bridgestone announced that they would be leaving Formula 1, it emerged that Toyota were poised to do the same. This was not as much of a shock as Bridgestone’s exit, but it is nonetheless major news. Toyota are the third major manufacturer to leave F1 in just twelve months, and now rumours […]

Sayonara Bridgestone

The end of this season has not been a particularly healthy one for Formula 1. Two major names have left, and another has had an emergency meeting to consider if it should leave too. First of all, the sole tyre supplier, Bridgestone, has announced that it will quit F1 at the end of 2011 when […]

Barrichello will be the perfect partner for H├╝lkenberg

Perhaps the worst-kept secret in F1 this season (apart from Alonso’s move to Ferrari) has been that Rubens Barrichello and Nico H├╝lkenberg will be driving for Williams in 2010. Today it was finally announced. Historically, Williams has been a team that has been all too happy to dispense with even their best drivers. The fact […]

Toyota’s driver dilemma — what are they playing at?

I must confess to being rather perplexed by Toyota’s stance in the driver market over the past couple of months. It may be correct that neither Jarno Trulli nor Timo Glock have the potential to truly set the world alight. But neither are they complete disasters. In fact, they are both rather competent. Even though […]

Ethics and Formula 1

Normal service will resume here shortly. But for the time being, you may be interested in an audio report, and accompanying article (largely a transcript), about Formula 1 which I have produced for a podcast. It is the opening item of this week’s edition of The Pod Delusion. You can listen to it below. If […]

Brilliant Brazil

I love the Brazilian Grand Prix. It is a unique circuit — not only anti-clockwise, but uniquely short in the same way you might think of Spa-Francorchamps as being uniquely long. It is also special because it has now comprehensively replaced Suzuka as the proper place to settle a World Championship, particularly due to its […]

Congratulations to Jenson Button and Brawn GP

A report on the stunning Brazilian Grand Prix will follow at some point this week. I will also consider the vexed question of whether Jenson Button deserves to win the World Championship. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting Button to seal it in Interlagos, especially after his poor grid position. So I must […]

Japanese Grand Prix ponderings

This won’t take long. First of all, it is worth pointing out just how awesome Sebastian Vettel was at Suzuka. At this “drivers’ circuit” which suited the Red Bull car down to the ground, Vettel was untouchable. An error meant that instead of the normal on board channel, the BBC broadcast the on board camera […]

The Singasnore Grand Prix

There is not a great deal to say about the racing at the Marina Bay Street Circuit this weekend. With the novelty of the night race concept having worn off, Singapore’s street circuit revealed itself to be on a par with Valencia’s in terms of on-track boredom. That is not to say there aren’t a […]

Thoughts on the Renault punishments

Apologies I’m so late on this one. I have had a busy and tiring week. On Monday, before the outcome of the WMSC meeting was known, I decided to think about what the outcome might be. Was there any punishment — even zero punishment — that I could not imagine the FIA handing out? I […]