F1: The frustrating Mr. Rosberg

After Nico Rosberg’s dismal performance at the Monaco Grand Prix, media attention focused on his ‘gentlemanly’ agreement to move over for team-mate Lewis Hamilton. This latest installment in the Nico vs Lewis saga created yet another source of frustration for those hoping for another titanic title battle. Nico Rosberg: aiming for top step or top pay?…

F1: Spanish Grand Prix ‘hot and not’ list

F1’s youngest winner of all time – Max Verstappen – tops our ‘hot and not’ list after a spectacular Spanish Grand Prix. 2016 Spanish Grand Prix Hot list Max Verstappen We all knew he was good but perhaps not this good or able to be this good, this quickly. The Dutchman’s performance was one that would…

F1: Russian Grand Prix ‘hot and not’ list

Looking back on the 2016 F1 Russian Grand Prix from Sochi as we rate the heroes and zeroes from race 4 of the season. Hot Nico Rosberg Completed his first ‘grand slam’ of pole-win-fastest lap-all laps led and extended his championship lead. Detractors will say it was an ‘easy’ weekend but Rosberg still had to…

F1: Haas debut points to customer cars future for F1

After a point-scoring debut for Haas F1, their continued success in 2016 will leave F1 with a dilemma over customer cars. MotorSportNotes examines the reasons why Formula 1 continues to fight against customer cars in the modern era. Customer cars are a taboo subject. Many F1 purists stick their fingers in their ears at its very…

F1: the dangerous lack of ‘halo’ criticism

F1 is turning to the halo concept in the challenge to protect drivers in open cockpit racing. Aside from a few drivers voicing concerns, MotorSportNotes considers whether the lack of open criticism of the halo concept is dangerous for F1 and open cockpit racing in general. Simple issue, complicated solution The fundamental issue facing open cockpit…

F1: Australian GP 2016 ‘hot & not’ list

A slightly delayed catch up on the heroes and zeros from the 2016 F1 Australian Grand Prix in our ‘hot and not’ list. Hot Jolyon Palmer The race performance by the British rookie was a brilliant advert for the single-seater ladder system to F1. Palmer demonstrated race craft that many of the recent crop of…

F1: the cost of another ‘2015’ for McLaren-Honda

The odds are stacked against McLaren Honda to make the gains in 2016 they need to bridge the gap to F1’s leaders. Honda claim they are targeting dramatic gains in both performance and reliability from the internal combustion element of their F1 hybrid engine. Pre-season testing in Barcelona has left most questions unanswered but MotorSportNotes considers that…

F1: Barcelona 2016 test day 2 round-up

MotorSportNotes rounds up day 2 of F1 testing at Barcelona as Ferrari continued to lead the way and we got our first glimpse of Pirelli’s new ultra-soft tyres, resulting in some super quick lap times. Red Bull Red Bull demonstrated plenty of pace on day 2 with some very quick laps by Daniel Ricciardo. Taking…

F1: Barcelona 2016 test day 1 round-up

MotorSportNotes rounds up the first day of F1 testing for the 2016 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona and looks at what conclusions, if any, can be drawn from the first runs of the season. Mercedes The World champions have started where they left off in 2015 with pace, near bullet-proof reliability and the…

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…