Time to simplify the tyre rules

I have not yet had the chance to write about the British Grand Prix, but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. In comparison to many races this season, which have left me cold, I felt like I had seen a proper race. The DRS was present, but I didn’t feel like it […]

What’s going on with the F1 calendar?

What a tangle Formula 1 has found itself in, again. The sport has ended up on the front pages for the wrong reasons yet again. The problems with rescheduling Bahrain The reinstatement of the Bahrain Grand Prix is somewhat of a surprise. Clearly the situation in Bahrain is not the sort of circumstance where you […]

Is Vettel now the most complete driver in F1?

Another grand prix, and another Sebastian Vettel victory. In terms of race results, it is now on a par with Michael Schumacher’s 1994 campaign. Five wins and a 2nd place from the first six races. It is difficult to get much more dominant than that. For the 2010 World Champion, 2011 is looking much easier. […]

Lewis Hamilton, why ruin it?

I feel sad. The Monaco Grand Prix was a great race — easily the best of the season so far. At a track notorious for processions, Monaco was producing a corker. Pirelli’s tyres held up for a change, meaning genuinely good racing through strategy, not cartoon-style degredation. The DRS is little use round here too, […]

Tyre strategies explained

Hi, I’m Guy Slick, Chief President and Vice Team Operations Principal of Scuderia Schattspeed Formula 1 Grand Prix Engineering Solutions Racing Team, and representative of the Formula One Teams’ Association. At Fota, we have been listening intently to the fans’ concerns regarding the complexities of the tyre strategies in 2011. We have heard your concerns […]

Why I am finding F1 less gripping in 2011

There have been four grands prix in 2011 so far, and they have been widely hailed as a great success. There is no doubt that the races have been action-packed, with something always going on. But I wasn’t feeling it quite as much as many others were. I thought the Chinese Grand Prix was okay. […]

Force India step up in the tight midfield battle

It’s time to eat humble pie. Before the season began I wrote a couple of posts outlining my pessimism for the prospects of Force India and their new driver Paul di Resta. I think it’s now fair to say that I was wrong on this! The “midfield battle” for sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship […]

Hamilton’s major weaknesses exposed in Malaysia

Whether you like or dislike the philosophy behind Pirelli’s tyres, which have been designed to be dodgy, there is one undenable benefit. It leaves those that cannot manage their tyres exposed. Lewis Hamilton has long had a repuation for ruining his tyres too quickly. Up to this point, it has only bitten him once in […]

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 […]

Stories behind colourful Pirelli tyres

To help the fans distinguish between the six different types of tyres being used in Formula 1 in 2011, Pirelli have introduced an innovative colour code. According to Pirelli, the colours “reflect the unique personality of each tyre”. Here is your handy guide to each of the tyre colours, and the personalities that define the […]