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?…

Why Hamilton at Ferrari makes sense

Most of the rumours that circulate the F1 paddock turn out to be just that: rumours. But over time, some (even the most outlandish) turn out be right on the money. The rumour that Lewis Hamilton will join Ferrari at the end of 2018 could be the next one that list. Why would Hamilton leave…

Is Bottas/Hamilton set to be Rosberg/Hamilton rebooted?

Heading in to the Russian Grand Prix life was pretty good for the Mercedes AMG F1 team. A burgeoning bromance was forming between their drivers – in stark contrast to the at times fiery Rosberg/Hamilton pairing. Ferrari were offering a challenge but not quite enough to completely turn the tide of recent F1 form. Plus…

F1 Australian Grand Prix – heroes and zeroes

In my usual post-race wrap-up I rate the heroes and zeroes from the 2017 F1 Australian Grand Prix. Find out who covered themselves in glory and who covered themselves in gravel. 2017 F1 Australian Grand Prix Heroes Heroes – Ferrari When Ferrari kept Sebastien Vettel for several laps following Lewis Hamilton’s pit stop, we all thought…

Why Bottas’ deal is for only 1 year

The worst kept secret in F1 was confirmed earlier this week as Valterri Bottas signed for World champions Mercedes AMG. But a single year deal for the Finn means 2018 could see a seismic shift in the F1 driver market. Why Bottas made sense for Mercedes Mercedes signing Bottas was inevitable for a number of…

F1: Manor’s financial woes strengthen case for customer cars

News that the Manor F1 team has gone into administration and is on the brink of financial collapse once more raises serious questions about how small teams can survive in F1. In recent years the F1 off season news has focused on which teams are in financial trouble as much as driver rumours and new car launches. But with the successful arrival…

F1: What do Mercedes mean by a ‘brave’ decision?

Toto Wolff was quoted this week saying that the Mercedes F1 team are prepared to make a ‘brave’ decision on Nico Rosberg’s replacement. What that means is open to interpretation and could end up with a surprising end result. Mercedes want to be in a position to secure a fourth successive drivers and constructors world…