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…

F1: Button retirement will add to McLaren-Honda woes

As speculation mounts that Jenson Button will retire from F1 at the end of the season, MotorSportNotes examines why the former world champion’s retirement will only compound the problems facing the troubled McLaren-Honda partnership. Despite the PR rhetoric, the 2009 World Champion has lost patience with McLaren-Honda. In the midst of a season that has turned sour…

F1: British GP ‘hot and not’ list

Our now habitual post-race list of those who impressed and embarrassed at the British Grand Prix. Hot Hamilton. Bided his time after Bottas’ stellar start and took his chance with blistering in and out laps around his first stop. Got lucky that the heavier rain came just after his switch to inters. In the dry/damp…

F1: What next for McLaren, Honda, Red Bull and Renault?

Red Bull continue to bash their engine partner Renault. McLaren are starting to lose patience with Honda. Audi are looking in to the bizarre bubble of F1 with great interest and a select few know what is actually going on. So let’s try to shed some light on the latest behind-the-scenes moves. Return of a legend? For…

F1: Spanish Grand Prix ‘hot and not’ list

The drivers, teams and standouts that impressed and embarrassed in equal measure at the Spanish Grand Prix. Hot Nico Rosberg – ditched the ‘preparing for Sunday’ approach to qualifying and took a more aggressive tact that paid off. Looked calm and in control all race and dictated the result himself (despite what Hamilton suggested post-race regarding…

F1: Bahrain Grand Prix preview

Previewing the Bahrain Grand Prix we look at Kimi Raikkonen’s chances as he inches closer to Sebastien Vettel, the thrilling rookie battle at Toro Rosso and whether Nico Rosberg can do anything about Lewis Hamilton. Return of the Iceman Kimi Raikkonen has been making very positive noises about his chances in Bahrain. With a superb…

F1: Malaysian Grand Prix preview

Time to be tricky It may only be the second race of the season but Nico Rosberg needs to focus on irritating his team-mate in Malaysia. Last season it was clear that when Lewis Hamilton drives with his emotions, there are chinks in his armour. Based on the Australian GP, Hamilton’s head is fully engaged….

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…

F1: Could Raikkonen upstage Vettel in 2015?

Make no mistake, Ferrari are pinning the hopes for the next 3-5years on Sebastien Vettel. Pre-season testing suggests Ferrari could surprise us in 2015 but the greatest surprise could actually be Kimi Raikkonen upstaging his 4-time Champion team mate. Vettel moved to Ferrari for two reasons: one, to address the lack of enthusiasm he felt…

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…