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 […]

How charging for online content might work

In my previous article, I argued that the problems that are hitting journalism are more to do with the quality of the content than with the fact that it’s difficult to charge for content these days. “Why pay to read Telegraph Digg-bait when you can read BBC churnalism for free?”, I asked. I am sure […]

From the vaults: Old F1 magazines

Okay, so it’s not from the vaults, it’s from my attic. I just happened to mention in passing to “me” from Sidepodcast on Identica the short-lived F1 magazine GPX. He asked me to upload it so that he could see what it was like, so I took photos of the two issues of GPX I […]

Two contrasting diets

One of the stories that emerged during the recent Olympic Games was the extraordinary diet of Michael Phelps who won eight Olympic gold medals this year. The swimmer takes in an incredible 12,000 calories per day. Here is his intake for the day: Breakfast Three fried egg sandwiches topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions […]

Focus on Ferrari’s engines

Unfortunately the Valencia Street Circuit did not come up with the goods. There was excitement in some quarters about the possibility of overtaking in Valencia, but the race was in fact one of the most processional we have seen all year. The only decent overtaking move was Coulthard on Piquet very early on in the […]

A breath of fresh air from F1 Racing

I’m taking a brief break from my break because I think I can afford to now. When I last wrote about the racism issue in F1, it was to bemoan the media’s role in fuelling the fire. If you have been reading for a while you might know of the distaste I have for some […]

Can’t even move house in peace

I can’t believe that the fact that Lewis Hamilton is moving is still in the news. They were talking about it on the radio last night. I mean, when was this announced? Two, three weeks ago? And the media is still yammering on about it. I will actually defend Lewis Hamilton here. It is not […]

The most biased article about Lewis Hamilton I have ever read

And that’s saying something! And would you credit it, it was by ITV-F1. WHY LEWIS IS TAKING THE FLAK, the headline screams, stomping its feet. The article by Mark Hughes (who is normally one of the more sensible ITV-F1 people) starts as it means to go on, by taking a true event and completely twisting […]

2006 Formula 1 season review

Here is how I voted in the F1 Racing magazine awards. Pit crew of the year: Ferrari Most improved team of the year: BMW Sauber — Undoubtedly the surprise package of the year. In some races — notably at Monza — this was probably the second fastest car! Team principal of the year: Flavio Briatore […]

The cost of F1

The amount of money spent in Formula 1 is disgustingly large, as most people probably know. Formula 1 Linksheaven reports that Business F1 magazine has produced estimates of F1 teams’ budgets. McLaren: $400m Toyota: $393m Honda: $382m BMW: $378m Ferrari: $329m Renault: $300m Red Bull: $201m Williams: $134m Super Aguri: $95m Midland: $75m Toro Rosso: […]