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…

A pragmatic view of F1

F1 is tying itself in knots wondering how to be greener, stay relevant to road car technology and prove some sort of value to society. Instead  it is time to dispense with the facades and token gestures and take a pragmatic view of F1 and the sport we love. F1’s relevance to road car technology…

F1: Hamilton’s ‘meltdown’, Snapchat-gate & press conferences

Following Lewis Hamilton’s antics in the pre-Japanese Grand Prix Thursday press conference, media (both off and online) and fans went in to overdrive. The whole situation that unfolded was a whirlwind tour of issues in F1. From fan access and driver egos, to the roll of the trusty press conference and allegations of Hamilton being…

F1: Debunking the Hamilton conspiracy theories

The detonation of Lewis Hamilton’s powerunit during the Malaysian Grand Prix had the man himself, his fans and much of the British media crying foul. But a look back at recent F1 history demonstrates there is nothing suspicious or premeditated about it. Somebody doesn’t want me to win – Hamilton Make no mistake Lewis Hamilton’s comments…

F1: 2017 F1 driver market update

The Italian Grand Prix weekend was massive for the F1 driver market as Felipe Massa and Jenson Button announced their respective decisions to retire and take an F1 sabbatical. The announcements left at least one seat free at Williams and confirmed the long-anticipated promotion of GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne to F1. But plenty of pieces…

F1: Hungarian Grand Prix ‘heroes and zeroes’ 2016

A look at the stars and villains from the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix – a race that turned out pretty dull after a thrilling, 2-hour qualifying session. Hungarian Grand Prix heroes 2016 Hero – Lewis Hamilton Should he have had pole on Saturday? Yes Did he command the race from lights to flag? Yes Did…

F1: Button or Vandoorne at McLaren

Many consider Jenson Button’s time with McLaren in F1 to be over. At the end of the season they believe it is a done deal for Stoffel Vandoorne to partner Fernando Alonso for 2017 as McLaren-Honda finally become competitive. But is that the only solution? Button still has something to give Despite the impressive gains made…

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: 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: Williams draw up Bottas replacement shortlist

Italian media reported confidently last week that Valtteri Bottas has signed to race for Ferrari from 2016 onwards. With Kimi Raikkonen likely to retire attention turns to the short list for what has once again become a coveted seat with Williams. One thing is certain: the shortlist of drivers Williams draw up to partner Felipe Massa…