F1: news round up – 15 July 2015

Our take on this week’s F1 news including McLaren’s financial black hole, tyres, Honda’s in-house only policy and the Raikkonen hot seat. Financial woes Despite the continually positive comments from McLaren about their partnership with Honda, it seems their bank balance is not as upbeat about the pairing. Racing director Eric Boullier was quoted highlighting…

The most versatile racing driver of the moment?

The rehabilitation of Nelson Piquet Jnr from F1 ‘cheat’ to one of the most versatile active drivers has been a long one. But that does not diminish the fact the Brazilian can legitimately be considered the most versatile active driver in motor sports. Piquet is one of the few that gives me hope that the…

F1: Spanish Grand Prix ‘hot and not’ list

The drivers, teams and standouts that impressed and embarrassed in equal measure at the Spanish Grand Prix. Hot Nico Rosberg – ditched the ‘preparing for Sunday’ approach to qualifying and took a more aggressive tact that paid off. Looked calm and in control all race and dictated the result himself (despite what Hamilton suggested post-race regarding…

F1: A different perspective on Red Bull’s F1 quit threats

One of the most regular features of pre- and post-race interviews with anyone at Infiniti Red Bull has been some Renault-bashing. Commentators – myself included – have postulated that Red Bull’s lack of progress with their engine partner via a softly, softly ‘carrot’ approach has seen them reverting to the big stick instead. Focus has been…

F1: Bahrain Grand Prix ‘hot and not’ list

The drivers, teams and standouts that impressed and embarrassed in equal measure at the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix. Hot Lewis Hamilton – despite sitting in the hot seat once again, the defending champion was in imperious form in the desert. With Ferrari’s challenge seemingly linked to track temperatures and his team-mate mired in a downward spiral,…

F1: Bahrain Grand Prix preview

Previewing the Bahrain Grand Prix we look at Kimi Raikkonen’s chances as he inches closer to Sebastien Vettel, the thrilling rookie battle at Toro Rosso and whether Nico Rosberg can do anything about Lewis Hamilton. Return of the Iceman Kimi Raikkonen has been making very positive noises about his chances in Bahrain. With a superb…

F1: Malaysian Grand Prix preview

Time to be tricky It may only be the second race of the season but Nico Rosberg needs to focus on irritating his team-mate in Malaysia. Last season it was clear that when Lewis Hamilton drives with his emotions, there are chinks in his armour. Based on the Australian GP, Hamilton’s head is fully engaged….

F1: Melbourne Grand Prix preview

The opening race of the 2015 F1 season could be more about what is happening off the track and less about Sunday’s excitement. Sauber, Fernando Alonso and the return of Manor/Marussia are the hot topics ahead of the Melbourne weekend. Race predictions Mercedes are expected to romp home in Melbourne. Little from pre-season testing suggested…

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…

A better way to help F1’s small teams

News emerged today that Marussia’s attempt to re-enter F1 has been rejected. Despite the depth of feeling regarding F1’s pluckiest team, it is a good thing for the sport. It would have been just another ‘band-aid’ approach to one of the sport’s core issues. The best solution however for the sport’s minnows will not be…