A manipulated sport

The way the race and the incidents during it were managed raise doubts that could see F1 lose some credibility again, as it was seen around the world. –Ferrari statement, 27 June 2010 It’s a shame, not for us because this is racing, but for all the fans who came here to watch a manipulated […]

The toughest job in F1: being Luca Badoer

In my review of the European Grand Prix, I didn’t mention Luca Badoer, who made his high-profile Ferrari d├ębut at the race. It was always going to be a tough ask, because the odds were so heavily stacked against him. For one thing, he had to get used to the car, which he had never […]

The legacy of Michael Schumacher

The world of Formula 1 will be waking up to a very different world this morning. Some say that Michael Schumacher is very important to Formula 1, that his success has attracted fans who want to be able to say to their grandchildren that they watched the greatest racing driver of all time. I don’t […]

Goodbye to Montoya and Montagny

The United States Grand Prix was Juan Pablo Montoya’s last. He decided to move to Nascar — ridiculously boring stock car oval racing in the States — after no decent long-term opportunities within Formula 1 emerged. His team boss Ron Dennis dumped him immediately, and Pedro de la Rosa will take his place for the […]

2005 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix (+ Imola reflections)

I heard Eddie Irvine being interviewed by Maurice Hamilton on the radio last night. He said Michael Schumacher is too boring. According to Irvine, at Imola he should have just dived down the inside and had an accident, or make Alonso settle for second. Hamilton: He’d have done that ten years ago. Irvine: He’d have […]