F1 teammate battles and what is riding on them: Mercedes and Ferrari

Beat your teammate is the first rule of F1. The sport’s greatest rivalries and bitterest feuds have come from intra-team battles and the 2019 F1 season looks set to ignite a few more. We fire up this series examining the teammate battles for the new season with a look at the reigning champions and undisputed…

Ferrucci happy with top 10 times at COTA, eyes top 5

Rookie Santino Ferrucci believes his Dale Coyne Racing team are in good shape for the start of the 2019 NTT IndyCar season after testing this week at the Circuit of the Americas. The former Haas F1 development driver was completing his first pre-season test of 2019 alongside teammate Sebastien Bourdais. Ferrucci – who competed in…

Mixed feelings for Ganassi drivers after IndyCar COTA test

The final day of NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training proved to be a mixed bag for new Chip Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist. For the reigning series champion it was a troublesome day as set up issues on his PNC Bank Honda compromised running at the Circuit of the Americas. Dixon’s crew tried…

F1 – the rise of Pierre Gasly

F1 – the rise of Pierre Gasly Pierre Gasly‚Äôs GP2 series championship victory in 2016 became the springboard for his entry into F1 with Toro Rosso. Now, two years later, the Frenchman has made the step up from promising Red Bull junior to driving for the senior Red Bull Racing team. Lining up against long…

Predicting the big IndyCar storylines of 2019 – part 2

Last week we fired up the NTT IndyCar Series pre-season with a look at the big storylines we expect to dominate 2019. This week we continue with a look at Alexander Rossi’s prospects, the financial realities for Juncos and Harding-Steinbrenner Racing, whether Laguna Seca can deliver where Sonoma couldn’t and how IndyCar’s international aspirations might…

Predicting the big IndyCar storylines of 2019

On the eve of the first pre-season test, we decided to get our magic eight ball out of storage and see which storylines will dominate the 2019 season in this two-part feature. Dixie goes for 6 Scott Dixon enters the 2019 NTT IndyCar season at the peak of his powers. Closing in on AJ Foyt’s…

IndyCar: importing talent or just plain importing?

Throughout the modern era, IndyCar – and not just the Indy 500 – has enticed drivers from across the globe. For decades, international drivers looking for a chance to prove a point have raced alongside Americans with big dreams of lifting the Astor Cup. Ex-F1 pilots with unfinished business running against Europeans who should have…

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…

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…