Does F1 need a playoff?

The NASCAR ‘Chase for the Cup’ playoff system has been heavily criticised and blamed for a significant drop in spectator numbers. But it could be the perfect solution for F1’s perennial ‘two horse race’. Lewis Hamilton’s fifth World title and his elevation to a position among the absolute greats of F1 has temporarily distracted the…

Alonso and IndyCar: a long con?

Despite months of tweets, loaded comments, suggestive remarks and that test run at Barber, Fernando Alonso’s flirtatious entanglement with IndyCar appears now to be nothing more than a long con. It seems the series and its fans have been caught up in the ego-trip of a driver who knows his relevance is diminishing and his…

An alternative to W Series Racing

The new female-only W Series Racing is yet to turn a lap but the championship and its objectives have already polarised opinion like a high profile courtroom drama. But beyond both sides of the argument, a far more useful alternative exists writes Andy Webb. The two sides of the W Series argument Pitching the case…

Rossi still going “win or bust” at Sonoma despite Portland dramas

IndyCar title contender Alexander Rossi will still take a ‘win or bust’ approach to this weekend’s Sonoma finale despite losing out in Portland last time out. Punished by an ill-timed full course caution, the American is not about to start driving conservatively in his quest for a maiden IndyCar championship. Rossi: “I’m going to win”…

IndyCar veterans say Portland “totally different” circuit

IndyCar veterans Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais say their previous experience of the Portland Raceway will offer them little or no advantage this weekend. Both drivers took part in IndyCar’s open test ahead of the series’ return to the circuit – the first time since 2007 – and admitted the road course is a very…

Penske teammates ready to battle to the end in 2018 title fight

Team Penske title protagonists Will Power and Josef Newgarden are not about to give way to each other in the final races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar season. Despite sitting 68-points and 78-points respectively behind championship leader Scott Dixon, both remain focused on the ultimate goal. “There’s a lot of competition between myself, Scott Dixon,…

Opinion: F1 Halo debate was never about head protection

The debate around F1’s halo system was never about additional protection for drivers. It was whether halo was the end of the process writes Andy Webb. Sunday’s shocking first lap accident at Spa has been considered a defining moment in the debate about F1s introduction of the halo. Proof – proponents of the much-maligned system…

Newgarden knows he needs to do better to defend IndyCar title

Reigning Verizon IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden admits that he and his Penske team need to up their game in the closing races of the 2018 season. Sitting 66-points off championship leader Scott Dixon, Newgarden is under no illusions about what is needed for the championship run-in: “We’ve stayed in the same spot in championship points,…

Dixon: Rossi and Andretti have the advantage

Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon says Alexander Rossi and Andretti Autosport have the advantage heading to this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Dixon believes testing by Andretti Autosport at Gateway – by virtue of their IndyLights team – will prove advantageous to Rossi and his championship challenge: “I think Andretti…

Why Honda should run Alonso in IndyCar

Rather than compounding the misery and embarrassment of the failed McLaren-Honda F1 project, allowing a Honda-backed IndyCar team to run Fernando Alonso in 2019 only has upsides for the Japanese brand. Fernando Alonso’s decision to take a sabbatical from F1 in 2019 has raised the real prospect of the two-time champion returning to IndyCar. The…