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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Is this the end for Fota?

It does not seem to have been a good year for the Formula One Teams’ Association. One of Fota’s mantras has been about improving the show. The biggest Fota initiative to this effect has been the drag reduction system, originally suggested to the FIA by Fota. I feel quite strongly, along with most other F1 […]