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…

Are Alonso and McLaren heading back to Indy in 2019?

Speculation is mounting that McLaren and Fernando Alonso could be heading back to the Indianapolis 500 in 2019. Following a sensational one-off entry in 2017, several recent developments suggest both could be involved in next year’s month of May. McLaren reported to be ‘exploring options’ for IndyCar 2019 SportsBusiness Journal has reported that McLaren is…

Chasing Indy – Gil de Ferran looks back at Alonso’s Indy 500 adventure

Fernando Alonso’s assault on the legendary Indianapolis 500 was the motorsport story of 2017. The two-time F1 World Champion’s bid for part 2 of the fabled ‘triple crown’ nearly broke the Internet as an active F1 driver graced the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time since Graham Hill in 1966 The Spaniard’s bid…

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…

F1: Bahrain and Chinese Grand Prix previews with Daniel Ricciardo

The F1 circus takes on the first of this season’s back-to-back race weekends with the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix and Chinese Grand Prix. Posing contrasting challenges for drivers and teams, the 2018 season proper kicks off this weekend. Our friends at Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo…

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 2018 preview with Mobil 1 The Grid

It’s lights out in Melbourne this weekend as the 2018 F1 season gets underway. In what could prove to be a pivotal year for the sport, F1 enters the era of the halo, hypersoft tyres and potentially the next 5-time World Champion. Our friends at Mobil 1 The Grid got exclusive access to Aston Martin…

Karun Chandhok gets to grips with Pirelli’s 2018 F1 tyres

2018 sees the introduction of 2 brand new tyre compounds for the F1 season. Pirelli’s pink hypersoft and orange superhard expands the range of slick compounds to 7. Ex-F1 racer and Channel 4 commentator Karun Chandhok recently spoke to our friends at Mobil 1 The Grid about the new compounds and what they mean for…

F1 2018: Stroll faces big challenge from Sirotkin

Williams Racing are widely expected to sign Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin this month to partner Lance Stroll. The 22 year-old has become the front runner for the final seat on the 2018 F1 grid and is expected to beat Robert Kubica, Paul diResta and Pascal Werhlein to the drive. Breathing space for Stroll at Williams?…

Alonso aiming for Indy 500 return in 2019

F1 star Fernando Alonso is aiming to continue his bid for the motorsport ‘triple crown’ with a return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2019. Alonso is trying to emulate Graham Hill in becoming only the second driver to complete a hat trick of wins at the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le…

What IndyCar can learn from F1’s engine mistakes

The first public comments on IndyCar’s next generation engine formula emerged this month. They provided an early insight into discussions between the series and its existing engine suppliers. Importantly they suggest the series is poised to learn from the mistakes made by the world’s leading open wheel racing series – Formula 1 – during its…

Dutch Grand Prix return? Max Verstappen talks F1 & a new home GP

The Orange Army: Max Verstappen on the potential return of the Dutch Grand Prix The rise of Max Verstappen in F1 has brought with it the rise of the ‘Orange Army’. Across the world grandstands are turning orange as Dutch F1 fans offer their unique brand of boisterous support. Verstappen’s adopted ‘home’ Grand Prix –…