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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]