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 […]

Will all twenty drivers see out the season?

With just four races of the season left to go, none of the ten teams left in the championship has made a change to their driver line-up. No teams show any sign of ditching their drivers any time soon. Earlier on in the season there were rumours that Renault were losing patience with Nelsinho Piquet. […]

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 […]

Goodbye to Montoya and Montagny

The United States Grand Prix was Juan Pablo Montoya’s last. He decided to move to Nascar — ridiculously boring stock car oval racing in the States — after no decent long-term opportunities within Formula 1 emerged. His team boss Ron Dennis dumped him immediately, and Pedro de la Rosa will take his place for the […]

2006 San Marino Grand Prix

That was a strange race. It wasn’t very exciting, then it got very exciting, and then it became very boring again. A few points. First of all, I am not at all sure we television viewers got the full story of the race. It is a shame, but you can really tell these days whether […]

2006 Australian Grand Prix Qualifying

Well I enjoyed that qualifying session. Lots of action. The drivers seemed to find the windy and cold-ish conditions challenging — cars were going off all over the shop. I saw part of a tree branch on the track near the start of session 1, so the track must have been pretty dirty. Session 1 […]