Bland race ignited by McLaren strategy blunder

I knew the streak of exciting races had to come to an end sooner or later, and sure enough it came to an end at Hockenheim. Or so I thought. Then Timo Glock had a massive shunt that changed the race. Glock’s crash was quite worrying. The result of an apparent suspension failure on the […]

Mid-season report: Top 11 drivers

This is the second part of my mid-season report on the drivers’ performances so far. Read the first part here 11. Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel is now widely regarded as one of F1’s hottest young talents. While some still have their doubts, I am in the camp that fancies Vettel for at least some kind […]

Mid-season report: Drivers 22nd–12th

The British Grand Prix marked the mid-point of the season. It is the perfect opportunity, therefore, to look back on the season so far. Which drivers have impressed and which have disappointed? This post outlines the drivers that I have ranked from 22nd to 12th. 22. Giancarlo Fisichella I am starting to think that Giancarlo […]

Bluffer’s guide — Part 5: Other motor racing series (continued)

This is the second part of my two-part series looking at other motor racing series. Read the first part here. Entry-level series (yellow boxes) These series are — as the heading suggests — ideal for those drivers who have just finished karting and are racing cars for the first time. Formula Renault 2.0 The most […]

Bluffer’s guide — Part 4: In context from F1 to F3

As outlined in a previous bluffer’s guide, there is no promotion or relegation and the decision for teams and drivers to enter F1 is essentially a business decision. But of course drivers (and sometimes teams) do not just appear out of thin air. There are countless other categories of motor racing that drivers also compete […]

More surprises sprung in Canada

This is a continuation of my Canadian Grand Prix report. See yesterday’s post for the first part. It was not just BMW who sprung a major surprise at the Canadian Grand Prix. David Coulthard put in an excellent performance to gain the third spot on the podium. It has come at just the right time […]

Kubica excels, but where is Kimi?

Well thank goodness for that — the second good race in a row. Just what the doctor ordered to let us forget about all the politics going on in F1 at the moment. So where to start? First of all, hats off to Lewis Hamilton who drove a great race despite banging into the barrier […]

The teams with one driver

A month ago Mark Webber said, “We have two drivers. Williams and Renault have only one.” Since then it has become clear that Webber’s own team is another with just one driver. And following the Turkish Grand Prix, Mike Gascoyne speaking on the Inside Line podcast added Toyota and Honda to the list of “one […]

Thoughts on Australia and Malaysia

Well I didn’t get a chance to post my thoughts on the Australian Grand Prix. The Malaysian Grand Prix came around so quickly. It’s a bit much to have back-to-back races straight after the off season — like being thrown in at the deep end. Anyway, it’s a good opportunity now for me to get […]