Clones, customer cars and playing by the spirit of F1

The 2018 Haas F1 car is not a ‘Ferrari clone’ but neither is it in the spirit of Formula 1. And that is where the problem lies as the issue of undefined technology partnerships rears its head once more. The pace of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen during the recent Australian Grand Prix raised eyebrows…

F1: Manor’s financial woes strengthen case for customer cars

News that the Manor F1 team has gone into administration and is on the brink of financial collapse once more raises serious questions about how small teams can survive in F1. In recent years the F1 off season news has focused on which teams are in financial trouble as much as driver rumours and new car launches. But with the successful arrival…

F1: Haas debut points to customer cars future for F1

After a point-scoring debut for Haas F1, their continued success in 2016 will leave F1 with a dilemma over customer cars. MotorSportNotes examines the reasons why Formula 1 continues to fight against customer cars in the modern era. Customer cars are a taboo subject. Many F1 purists stick their fingers in their ears at its very…

F1: customer cars a better solution than 3-car teams

Three car teams are back on the F1 agenda as multiple teams teeter on the brink financially and the future of Red Bull/Toro Rosso remains in serious doubt. MotorSportNotes examines the solution that F1 needs to finally accept. Even without the serious risk of Red Bull and Toro Rosso disappearing from the grid in 2016, the…

If I was Chase Carey…

Bernie is out and the new ‘dream team’ heading up F1 is led by Chase Carey and Ross Brawn. Since the shock departure of F1’s dictator last week Brawn and Carey have been on something of a charm offensive. Everything they have had to say has been met with varying degrees of cautious and fervent optimism. As…

F1: Australian GP 2016 ‘hot & not’ list

A slightly delayed catch up on the heroes and zeros from the 2016 F1 Australian Grand Prix in our ‘hot and not’ list. Hot Jolyon Palmer The race performance by the British rookie was a brilliant advert for the single-seater ladder system to F1. Palmer demonstrated race craft that many of the recent crop of…

F1: Melbourne Grand Prix preview

The opening race of the 2015 F1 season could be more about what is happening off the track and less about Sunday’s excitement. Sauber, Fernando Alonso and the return of Manor/Marussia are the hot topics ahead of the Melbourne weekend. Race predictions Mercedes are expected to romp home in Melbourne. Little from pre-season testing suggested…

A better way to help F1’s small teams

News emerged today that Marussia’s attempt to re-enter F1 has been rejected. Despite the depth of feeling regarding F1’s pluckiest team, it is a good thing for the sport. It would have been just another ‘band-aid’ approach to one of the sport’s core issues. The best solution however for the sport’s minnows will not be…

Fernando Alonso: Honda’s early Christmas present for Chevy

Honda’s refusal to allow Fernando Alonso to use their engines for a second assault on the Indy 500 was supposed to be the final chapter of a painful story. Yet far from marking the end of what had become a protracted public relations fiasco, confirmation that Alonso will use Chevrolet power could yet provide a…