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…

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…

Adrian Newey on the Rise of Red Bull in F1

A Charge to Glory – Adrian Newey on the Rise of Red Bull Racing Adrian Newey is the design genius that has single-handedly shaped the style of F1 since the 1990s. Widely credited as the key to Red Bull Racing’s four F1 World Championships, Newey remains as determined as ever to push the engineering limits…

Liberty Media: same as the old boss?

Liberty Media promised a fan-focused, F1 revolution when they took over from Bernie Ecclestone. On the surface, their approach seems like a breath of fresh air. But 18-months since their takeover Liberty appear no less elitist than their predecessor. The takeover of F1’s commercial rights by Liberty heralded the end of Bernie Ecclestone. After decades of…

Austrian Grand Prix preview with Red Bull’s Christian Horner

What drives one of the most successful F1 teams of the modern era? Ahead of the team’s home Grand Prix, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner looks ahead to the Austrian Grand Prix and what drives his team in search of more F1 glory. #F1 #AustrianGP

When a competitive F1 season isn’t competitive

On paper, the 2018 F1 season is shaping up to be the most competitive of the turbo-hybrid era. Despite grumblings about the ‘dull’ races in Monaco and Canada, the statistics back up the belief that this year will be one to remember. Sadly the reality is that this year’s ‘competitive’ F1 season is just as…

Why Hamilton and Alonso are wrong about Monaco

At face value, the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix was not one that will live long in the memory. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton branded the event “the dullest race ever” and “not racing” respectively. Hamilton going a step further by suggesting a change of format or even the circuit itself was required for F1s most…

Making the Magic of Monaco

Nothing comes close to the spectacle, grandeur and romance of the Monaco Grand Prix. On the calendar almost continuously since 1950, the race is F1’s jewel in the crown. Creating such an iconic race however is no easy task. Turning the millionaires paradise of the Mediterranean principality into a race track takes meticulous planning. Our…

Verstappen’s limited F1 ‘apprenticeship’ comes back to haunt Red Bull

At the time of Max Verstappen’s accelerated graduation to F1 and subsequent promotion to Red Bull, those who questioned the wisdom were lambasted. Verstappen is undoubtedly a prodigious talent and the old adage “if you are fast enough, you are old enough” was frequently rolled out as justification. But being fast is not the sum…