Has Force India peaked?

It is a cliche to say, but it’s true — predicting a team’s performance on the basis of testing form is a mug’s game. Just ask Mr Sniff Petrol. But one thing I am pretty sure of is that Force India have taken a step backwards. Force India’s 2010 was a story of unfulfilled promise. […]

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 […]

The bad and ugly sides of the new F1 teams

Yesterday, I began looking at this year’s new F1 teams. This was following Ferrari’s controversial blog post and the news surrounding some of the new teams that has dominated the F1 news websites. Yesterday I looked at the good aspect of the process — the relative success of Lotus and Virgin. Today, I turn my […]

F1 season review: the constructors (11th–6th)

This is the third of my posts looking at different aspects of the 2007 Formula 1 season. I have discussed the drivers here and here. This post is the first of two in which I will assess the constructors. Or is that teams? Toro Rosso and Super Aguri barely deserve to be called constructors. Nevertheless, […]

They don’t call it Formula One for nothing

So the FIA seems to have got its way in terms of the controversial ‘engine freeze’ proposal. For those of you who don’t follow the politics of F1 too closely (and I don’t blame you), the FIA want to ban engine development. Teams will have to use the same engines race after race — not […]

2006 French Grand Prix

Well that was another bore-fest. It did not fit the occasion, which was the 100th anniversary of the first ever Grand Prix (Grand Prix motor racing having been invented in France, of course). I guess we should just count ourselves lucky that it makes the Championship battle look that much closer. It’s not that Michael […]

2006 Monaco Grand Prix

Well, that turned out to be not a bad race! Yesterday’s Schumacher incident provided an interesting talking point to frame the race in, and the race did threaten to become a procession at one point. In a way, it still was a procession, as Alonso led the race practically from start to finish. But what […]

2006 Australian Grand Prix

Better late than never. Races don’t come much more action-packed than that. It’s just as well the race itself was good fun, because by the looks of it there isn’t going to be much of a championship battle this year. Renault and Alonso look as though they could race their cars backwards and still walk […]

2006 Bahrain Grand Prix

Quite a good race. Although it wasn’t action-packed from start to finish, there were a number of notable moments. Firstly, it turned out that the Ferraris (Michael Schumacher at least, although we can’t tell with Felipe Massa) were not as lightly fuelled as some suspected. So Ferrari are back on form. Even though they did […]

Qualifying: Mixed results (in more ways than one)

Well, the new Formula 1 qualifying format was certainly different. Great fun to watch as well — at least the first two sections were. Kimi Räikkönen really showed up an interesting problem with the new format. A lot of the teams were avoiding putting in a lap until the very last moment they could get […]