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 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 […]

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 […]