Is Mercedes perfection all that F1 now has to offer?

In response to the tidal wave of criticism of the French Grand Prix, F1’s insiders adopted a familiar tone. With more than a hint of condescension they asserted that if you cannot appreciate the brilliance of Hamilton and Mercedes as they throttle the opposition, you cannot be a true fan of F1. While the elite…

Teammates the weak link in Rossi’s IndyCar title challenge

In isolation, the component parts of Alexander Rossi’s 2019 championship bid are as robust as any of his rivals. Driving at the peak (so far) of his abilities, the 27-year-old has become a formidable competitor in his three-and-a-half seasons in IndyCar. But in what promises to be another tight championship run-in it is Rossi’s Andretti…

Past master Bourdais a dark horse for victory at Road America

At Road America, attention will be focused on the emerging 3-way IndyCar title fight between Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi. But if you are looking for a quality outside bet for the win, veteran Sebastien Bourdais might be worth a look. During his dominance of the CART ChampCar World Series, Sebastien Bourdais never…

Indy 500 2019: the year of the fairytale result?

While Fernando Alonso’s quest for a  fairytale finish at the 2019 Indy 500 failed before it started – thanks to a catalogue of blunders by his McLaren team – plenty of drivers are still on track for the win of their life. Ahead of the 103rd Indianapolis 500, Andy Webb runs the rule over the…

Rahal still sore over Long Beach, expects tight INDYCAR Grand Prix

Nearly 4 weeks may have passed since the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach but Graham Rahal remains convinced he lost a genuine podium finish on the California streets. Penalized by stewards for blocking eventual podium finisher Scott Dixon, Rahal took the checkered an unhappy 4th. “Am I disappointed with the ruling? Absolutely, I don’t…

IndyCar Grand Prix: tire management the key for Rosenqvist

Rookie Felix Rosenqvist believes improved tire management is the key to unlocking a strong finish at the IndyCar Grand Prix. The Swede has struggled for consistency since a stellar opening race of the season in St. Petersburg but heads into this weekend’s now traditional month of May curtain-raiser with renewed focus. “I view that as our…

Scott Dixon: An open wheel racing icon

In a championship as competitive as the NTT IndyCar Series, becoming a 5-time champion is the mark of a true racing icon. By doing so Scott Dixon – the New Zealander who moved halfway around the world to pursue his racing dream – has secured a place amongst the greats of American open-wheel racing. Now…

Guaranteed Indy 500 entries: get mad or get involved

Guaranteed Indy 500 entries was the hand-grenade Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi and Michael Andretti collectively lobbed into IndyCar last week. Fans – indignant at yet another assault on one of the few remaining month of May traditions – have been unequivocal in their response. But as Andy Webb writes, instead of digging in for a…