F1 – Jerez 2015 Day 2

Though the 2015 season should, in theory, feature cars that are an evolution from last season, those chasing Mercedes are pushing the envelope. Jerez day 2 went some way to proving that. After catching the eye on day 1 with their camouflage livery, Red Bull were once again catching the eye today but for the…

F1 – Jerez 2015 day 1

We are all desperate to read anything and everything in to winter testing. Even beyond the fans, the experts in the F1 media are prone to it as well – if only to stoke up some early season bylines for their articles, magazines and blogs. Day 1 of 2015 winter testing at Jerez served up…

F1 round-up – 9 January 2015

McLaren’s lack of a title sponsor, the disadvantages of being a Wolff and the FIA’s new super licence points system dominated the week in F1. No logo Eric Bouiller was quoted as saying that McLaren may run without a title sponsor in 2015 – the second successive season. At a time when Marussia are bust,…

F1 2015 – New Year mind games & engine development

The first serious skirmishes of the 2015 F1 season kicked off last week. Deep in contract negotiations with World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff opened 2015 with some early mind games. Reading between the lines Despite his relative lack of F1 management experience, the Mercedes boss indulged in some Ron Dennis-esque mind games. Publicly stating…

3 reasons Bernie is backing V8s

Bernie Ecclestone has bemoaned Formula 1’s hybrid power units throughout 2014. Occasional barbs about their volume and the like have now given way to more calculated comments about a return to noisier, less efficient V8 units. Of course for someone like Bernie, volume has nothing to do with it. Ferrari No matter how successful Mercedes,…

Insights from McLaren’s 2015 line-up

It was a long time coming but did not disappoint with a twist few thought likely. McLaren-Honda’s 2015 driver line-up kept us guessing and arguably raised more questions than answers. There are however some interesting conclusions that can be drawn. Once bitten, twice shy McLaren’s recruitment of Sergio Perez was a misjudgement that contributed to Martin Whitmarsh’s…

Why the plight of F1’s small teams could benefit IndyCar

Formula 1 is in a state of flux as teams go bust and others teeter on the brink. Question marks hang over existing squads and their ability to survive beyond next season. Amidst such doom and gloom, how can such issues possibly benefit any other form of motor sport? For IndyCar, In a number of ways…

2015 – Nico Rosberg’s year

The dust of Abu Dhabi has barely settled and the broken pieces of Nico Rosberg’s car have not been fully analysed. Testing proper for 2015 is still weeks away but there is every reason to believe next season could be Nico Rosberg’s year. His 2014 challenge ended in disappointing fashion. Whilst his team-mate was romping…

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix preview

So here we are – Abu Dhabi. After 18 rounds, as desired, the drivers title is still to be decided and double points have come in to their own. Lewis versus Nico is the main topic of interest but the possibility of this being the end of the F1 road for many is equally of…

Aspiration and F1

It seems that the typically divisive F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone reached a new milestone recently: uniting almost everyone associated with the sport in complete bewilderment. Ecclestone’s comments on F1, it’s audiences, social media and his preference for septuagenarian fans had pretty much everyone aghast. The reality of him being out of touch with modern communications…