F1 Chinese Grand Prix practice notes

Rain and more rain wrecked free practice at the 2017 F1 Chinese Grand Prix. A quick review of the (limited) highlights. A wash out in Shanghai Mixed weather conditions might not be the excitement-inducing variable we had hoped for in Shanghai. The vast majority of FP1 was a right-off due not to the rain but…

Ferrari & Bottas just limited Alonso’s F1 options

Fernando Alonso’s Australian Grand Prix weekend was bad enough thanks to continuing failings by Honda. But the resurgence of Ferrari  and the performance of Valterri Bottas made things even worse. The great McLaren Honda project version 2.0 is a disaster. Even with the kind of progress Honda made in 2016 – which was very impressive…

F1 Australian Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Lewis Hamilton took a record-equalling 6th pole position for the 2017 F1 Australian Grand Prix. Sebastien Vettel put Ferrari on the front row by splitting the Mercedes pairing, suggesting the Italian team’s pre-season form may be real. Giovinazzi and Grosjean star in qualifying Antonio Giovinazzi and Romain Grosjean were the surprise of the session. Giovinazzi narrowly…

F1 – Under the skin of the new Red Bull RB13

Thanks to the team at Mobil 1 The Grid check out this new video as we go under the skin of the new Red Bull RB13 F1 car. Red Bull RB13 with Chief Aero Engineer Dan Fallows As we await the start of the 2017 F1 season, Red Bull’s Chief Aero Engineer Dan Fallows offers an insight…

F1 alternative 2017 season preview

We are on the cusp of the new F1 season and there is a plethora of season previews for you to choose from. So instead I’m offering up an ‘alternative’, slightly tongue-in-cheek 2017 F1 season preview. There won’t be any predictions on who will become the 2017 F1 World champion or tips for the Constructors title. Instead I’m…

F1 2017 pre-season test 1 review

The first F1 pre-season test of 2017 in Barcelona gave us a chance to see the new era of F1. Wider cars, more aerodynamics and giant tyres saw lap times tumble in Spain. So what did we learn ahead of the 2017 F1 season? Mercedes AMG Make no mistake, the regulation changes for 2017 have…

Bernie’s F1 legacy (from a fan’s perspective)

Many articles have been written recently about Bernie Ecclestone’s F1 legacy. Since the abrupt departure of the former F1 commercial chief much has been said about what he did for the sport. Most articles have been written from the perspective of an F1 insider. But what about his legacy from a fan’s perspective? The people on the outside looking in?…

If I was Chase Carey…

Bernie is out and the new ‘dream team’ heading up F1 is led by Chase Carey and Ross Brawn. Since the shock departure of F1’s dictator last week Brawn and Carey have been on something of a charm offensive. Everything they have had to say has been met with varying degrees of cautious and fervent optimism. As…

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…