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Eurosport’s WRC coverage: quite pleasing

FIA President Jean Todt addressed the media today to discuss the situation surrounding the World Rally Championship. The Monte Carlo Rally has begun without the championship having a confirmed promoter for the 2012 season. Jean Todt said, “The ACM has been dealing directly with Eurosport and the result is quite pleasing.” Yes — it is […]

A new beginning for the World Rally Championship?

To say the least, it’s been a difficult few weeks for the World Rally Championship. The future of the WRC’s promoter, North One Sports, has hung in the balance. Its parent company, Convers Sports Initiatives, went into administration following the arrest of its backer Vladimir Antonov. Just days before the start of the 2012 season, it was […]

2011 Formula 1 constructor rankings (part two)

Unfortunately 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 finishes (although the first of these ended in disqualification). The Saubers were noted for […]

2011 Formula 1 constructor rankings (part one)

See also my driver rankings. 11. Virgin Racing Conventional wisdom suggests that HRT have the slowest car, and perhaps they do. But HRT have always had their back against the wall, and perform regardless. Virgin Racing have, for the second year in succession, finished in last place in the Constructors’ Championship. Often they are slower […]

What’s happened to all the racing?

I have noticed that Britain will be losing a lot of top international motor racing next year. The calendars for the World Series by Renault, the World Touring Car Championship and the GT1 World Championship all omit British rounds that had been regulars before. I am not too fussed about the WTCC. But I was considering […]

2011 Formula 1 driver rankings (part four)

5. Michael Schumacher I never expected to be placing Michael Schumacher this far up my driver rankings. But there is no doubt about it — he has raised his game, and has proved that there is still some life in the old dog yet. He is being outperformed by Nico Rosberg, but perhaps this shouldn’t […]

2011 Formula 1 driver rankings (part three)

10. Nick Heidfeld Heidfeld did a solid job in difficult circumstances at Renault GP. Parachuted in to drive a car that was designed primarily for injured Robert Kubica, Heidfeld struggled at times. But he did secure an impressive podium at Malaysia, and continued to score points while the car’s performance slumped. He was kicked out […]

On 909 and 693…

Does anyone know what channel number Sky’s new F1 channel will be on? Because judging by all the broadcasters they have poached from BBC Radio 5 Live, they might as well go all the way and have it on channels 909 and 693.

2011 Formula 1 driver rankings (part two)

19. Pedro de la Rosa Super sub or what? De la Rosa was in Canada as an employee of McLaren, and found himself being bundled into a Sauber for Practice 2 at the last minute after Sergio Pérez felt unexpected after-effects from his Monaco qualifying crash. De la Rosa acquitted himself excellently, finishing 12th in […]

2011 Formula 1 driver rankings (part one)

28. Karun Chandhok A very likeable personality and a brilliant commentator, but on the few occasions he has been in the car has demonstrated why he struggles to get a full-time drive. Chandhok started the season inauspiciously by crashing straight away in practice for the Australian Grand Prix. A full race weekend in Germany was only […]