Incredible Le Mans Series start failure

This is from today’s Le Mans Series race at Le Castellet. Is this one of the biggest failures of race organisation possible? The safety car doesn’t peel in. Yellow flags continue to wave. Yet the green lights switch on to signal the start of the race. Chaos ensues. As many have pointed out, it is […]

Has Barrichello hit the ceiling?

It can’t be easy being the oldest driver in F1. Just ask the BBC’s commentators. I remember Martin Brundle once describing how the fact that he was the oldest driver in the 1996 season caught up with him and began to define him as a driver. Despite having a reasonable season, by the following year […]

The grim realities of early motor racing

I saw this extraordinary video of accidents from the early days of motor racing over at Axis of Oversteer. Note: This video is probably not for you if you are squeamish about seeing people being flung out of cars at high speed. It is a shocking but fascinating video from a truly different era of […]

Singasnore — What makes a good F1 race?

What do viewers at home love about F1? It is great wheel-to-wheel racing? Lots of overtaking? Strategy calls? Or the venues? Looking at the polarised reactions to this past weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix got me wondering. A few of the journalists were pretty effusive about the race. Will Buxton was particularly euphoric: Epic race. One […]

Is Alonso now the championship favourite?

All of a sudden, the complexion of the championship has changed. Just a few races ago, Fernando Alonso was one of the outsiders in the championship. As has been widely noted, when he declared himself capable of winning the championship at Silverstone a few races ago, his remarks were met with scepticism. He was, after […]

Why Vettel should not have been penalised

I have long felt that there have been too many penalties in F1. Many talk about the inconsistency. This is indeed a problem. But the main issue is that they are handed out far too often. Today I feel that the stewards overstepped the mark once again and interfered with the race when it was […]

F1 2010 mid-season rankings — part 2

You can read part 1 of my mid-season rankings, where I assess the bottom half of the grid. 6. Force India Force India have come along way in the past couple of years. From being perennial tail-enders, they are now solid midfield runners and can regularly expect to beat the likes of Williams, BMW Sauber […]

Coulthard’s comments are anti-racing

I suppose it is inevitable, but I dislike the blame game that has gone on since the horrendous crash between Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen during the European Grand Prix last week. The most important thing after an incident like that is to take stock. I was in awe of the extremely high safety standards […]

Is it time to tear up the FIA rule book?

In terms of racing, this year’s race at the Valencia Street Circuit was easily the most successful of the three that have been held so far. Although arguably it was mostly as a result of the shake-up that occurred after Mark Webber’s horrendous accident with Heikki Kovalainen — which we really do not like to […]

A guest post for F1 Badger

For those who aren’t tired of hearing about Red Bull following the Turkish Grand Prix, I have written a guest post for F1 Badger about the potential public relations damage that the team is facing: Are Red Bull losing their fizz? When I closed down vee8 during the winter, I originally envisaged that I would […]