The state of play after Sepang

For my thoughts on the issues surrounding the suspension of the Malaysian Grand Prix, see my post on F1 Fanatic: Unravelling the mayhem in Malaysia. Here is a quick look at some of the stand-out talking points as I see them. First of all, the “Brawn supremacy” is not quite as extreme as it seemed […]

Could Melbourne be a dusk race?

We have just about become comfortable with the concept of night races, after the success of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix. But in Bernie Ecclestone’s quest to have all races starting at a sociable hour in Europe, could he have inadvertently invented the dusk race? There were a couple of close calls last season. The […]

The testing ban: another botched rule change?

It has to be said, unintended consequences are never far away in the world of F1 rule changes. For just one example, take a look at how quickly aerodynamic flick-ups have resurfaced, despite their supposed banning. Skate fins? What on earth? Now we are presented with a number of oddities that have come about as […]

End-of-season driver rankings: Top 5

The rest of the rankings came fairly easily to me. Perhaps that is because the spotlight is not on the lower positions so much. It doesn’t seem to matter so much whether I place Kazuki Nakajima 15th or 16th. But the top five is really, really tough to get right. I keep on changing my […]

End-of-season driver rankings: #22-12

Well, the season is well and truly over, and we have now had over two weeks to digest the happenings. It is high time I gave the season a thorough review, starting with my opinion on all of the drivers. First off, I should point out that I think the standard of driving was exceptionally […]

Felipe Massa: A worthy runner-up

I think this year Felipe Massa has converted a lot of people. Particularly, his performance — both on and off the track — were a demonstration on what a true sportsman should be all about. After turning in a perfect performance in challenging conditions, Massa had the World Championship snatched from his grasp by events […]

Lewis Hamilton: A deserving champion

This is the first of a series of posts rounding up my final thoughts on the season. You probably don’t need to be told that Lewis Hamilton is the 2008 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion. At the age of 23 years and 300 days, he eclipses Fernando Alonso to become the youngest ever World Champion. […]

Hamilton is Champion as Massa misses out by one sector

Even by the standards of Formula 1, the Brazilian Grand Prix was an incredibly strange affair. It proved Murray Walker’s old adage, “Anything can happen in grand prix racing — and it usually does.” And doesn’t it just. The first unexpected event was a short, sharp downpour coming just minutes before the scheduled start. The […]

The return of Hamilton’s impatience

I have been so busy that I have not yet properly turned my attention to many of the notable events of the Italian Grand Prix. Apart from Sebastian Vettel, the star of the show was probably Lewis Hamilton. He was severely compromised by  yet another odd McLaren tyre strategy call. Hamilton took a risk that […]

Forza Minardi! Bravo Sebastian!

After the controversy of Spa, which I described at the time as being among the darkest days of F1, the Italian Grand Prix has provided the sport with its best day for a very long time. It’s the good news story F1 craved. Sebastian Vettel has become the youngest ever Grand Prix winner at a […]