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…

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…

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…

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…

US Grand Prix review

Fans could be forgiven for thinking the combination of modern track, reduced grid and Mercedes dominance would make for a dull US Grand Prix. Quite the opposite was the case as we were treated to some strong performances and mighty overtaking. One-sided shoot-out Lewis Hamilton’s smart, unflustered and tactical display on Sunday puts beyond doubt…

US Grand Prix preview

Looking ahead to the 3rd US Grand Prix in Austin, events off the track once again dominate. Despite a title battle heading down to the wire, the fate of F1’s smallest teams has centre stage. Missing minnows The grace given to both Caterham and Marussia to miss this weekend’s grand prix seems like an early…

Russian Grand Prix preview

It is difficult to write a preview for a track F1 has never visited but it is particularly so after the events in Suzuka. Jules Bianchi’s horrific accident – if you saw the footage I’m sure, like me, you wish you now had not – casts a long shadow over the sport and this weekend’s…

Japanese Grand Prix preview

Mercedes dominated FP1 & FP2 at Suzuka but it could only take a single spark to ignite the Japanese Grand Prix.