Formula 1

Has Bernie sought Force India revenge?

Twitter was alight with speculation during this afternoon’s qualifying session for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Force India pulled out of yesterday’s second practice session due to safety concerns. Since then, the team’s cars have been conspicuously absent from the television coverage, which is centrally provided by Bernie Ecclestone’s company, Formula One Management. Despite the fact […]

Formula 1’s business model inherently politicises the sport

FIA statutes, article 1: The FIA shall refrain from manifesting racial, political or religious discrimination in the course of its activities and from taking any action in this respect. This is a principle that the FIA takes seriously. We know this, because the organisers of the Turkish Grand Prix got themselves into very hot water in 2006 […]

Dark times for British motorsport?

At the top of the tree, British motorsport has a lot to cheer about. If the British-based Red Bull Racing isn’t dominant, McLaren are on a resurgence. This weekend in Melbourne, Lewis Hamilton took pole position. Jenson Button took the victory. But nearer the bottom, things don’t seem to be quite as rosy. I have […]

Avoiding spoilers

This weekend was the first time in very many years that I have had to avoid spoilers for a grand prix. I missed quite a few races live during 2007 due to work, but I always watched them as soon as I got home so there was not much problem with spoilers. Today, I had to […]

New teams’ struggles remind us to salute Stewart’s success

In just one week’s time, the Formula 1 bandwagon will be making its way towards Australia for the first grand prix of the 2012 season. Two teams will be feeling particularly unprepared. With the test sessions finished, Marussia and HRT will head to Melbourne having done no proper running. The two teams failed to pass […]

Is it worth getting Sky Sports F1?

Like most other Formula 1 fans, I have been spending part of this winter seriously considering whether it’s worth continuing watching every race live. With half of the races now being exclusively on Sky, for the first time in my life I need to seriously ask myself the question: I love F1, but enough to […]

Grand Prix pre-season meetup

Have you ever wanted to meet me? Then tough, because you might have to if you are going to Badger GP’s Grand Prix pre-season F1 fan meetup! The good people at Badger GP kindly invited me to attend as a guest. While it’s a fair trek for me to go down to London, it was in […]

Former World Champion makes sensational Renault comeback

There was excitement in the Formula 1 world today when a former World Champion made his first outing in a Formula 1 car for some time. The Renault team has turned to the ace after a turbulent period for the Enstone-based team, which has recently seen a change of ownership. Some have questioned the choice […]

2011 Formula 1 constructor rankings (part two)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series 2011 Formula 1 constructor rankings

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series 2011 Formula 1 constructor rankingsUnfortunately my top five is a bit predictable, but here we go nonetheless. 5. Sauber F1 Team Sauber actually had a worryingly variable season. The start of the season was very promising, with Kamui Kobayashi stringing together seven consecutive impressive points […]