Does F1 need a playoff?

The NASCAR ‘Chase for the Cup’ playoff system has been heavily criticised and blamed for a significant drop in spectator numbers. But it could be the perfect solution for F1’s perennial ‘two horse race’. Lewis Hamilton’s fifth World title and his elevation to a position among the absolute greats of F1 has temporarily distracted the…

Alonso and IndyCar: a long con?

Despite months of tweets, loaded comments, suggestive remarks and that test run at Barber, Fernando Alonso’s flirtatious entanglement with IndyCar appears now to be nothing more than a long con. It seems the series and its fans have been caught up in the ego-trip of a driver who knows his relevance is diminishing and his…

Liberty Media: same as the old boss?

Liberty Media promised a fan-focused, F1 revolution when they took over from Bernie Ecclestone. On the surface, their approach seems like a breath of fresh air. But 18-months since their takeover Liberty appear no less elitist than their predecessor. The takeover of F1’s commercial rights by Liberty heralded the end of Bernie Ecclestone. After decades of…

Austrian Grand Prix preview with Red Bull’s Christian Horner

What drives one of the most successful F1 teams of the modern era? Ahead of the team’s home Grand Prix, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner looks ahead to the Austrian Grand Prix and what drives his team in search of more F1 glory. #F1 #AustrianGP

Why Hamilton and Alonso are wrong about Monaco

At face value, the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix was not one that will live long in the memory. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton branded the event “the dullest race ever” and “not racing” respectively. Hamilton going a step further by suggesting a change of format or even the circuit itself was required for F1s most…

Making the Magic of Monaco

Nothing comes close to the spectacle, grandeur and romance of the Monaco Grand Prix. On the calendar almost continuously since 1950, the race is F1’s jewel in the crown. Creating such an iconic race however is no easy task. Turning the millionaires paradise of the Mediterranean principality into a race track takes meticulous planning. Our…

Are Alonso and McLaren heading back to Indy in 2019?

Speculation is mounting that McLaren and Fernando Alonso could be heading back to the Indianapolis 500 in 2019. Following a sensational one-off entry in 2017, several recent developments suggest both could be involved in next year’s month of May. McLaren reported to be ‘exploring options’ for IndyCar 2019 SportsBusiness Journal has reported that McLaren is…

Verstappen’s limited F1 ‘apprenticeship’ comes back to haunt Red Bull

At the time of Max Verstappen’s accelerated graduation to F1 and subsequent promotion to Red Bull, those who questioned the wisdom were lambasted. Verstappen is undoubtedly a prodigious talent and the old adage “if you are fast enough, you are old enough” was frequently rolled out as justification. But being fast is not the sum…

Clones, customer cars and playing by the spirit of F1

The 2018 Haas F1 car is not a ‘Ferrari clone’ but neither is it in the spirit of Formula 1. And that is where the problem lies as the issue of undefined technology partnerships rears its head once more. The pace of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen during the recent Australian Grand Prix raised eyebrows…