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: Alonso (almost) vindicated on McLaren move

Fernando Alonso was widely pilloried in 2015 for his move from Ferrari to the second generation McLaren-Honda partnership. Mid-way through the 2016 season and the validity of that decision is starting to swing back in favour of the Spaniard. Another bad Alonso career move The grim reality of how far off the pace McLaren were…

F1: Austrian Grand Prix ‘heroes and zeroes’ 2016

The Austrian Alps reverberated to the sound of smashing carbon and exploding tyres at the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix. I rate the heroes and zeroes from a dramatic afternoon at the Red Bull Ring. Austrian Grand Prix 2016 heroes Hero – Jenson Button The former world champion was back where he belongs at the sharp…

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: the cost of another ‘2015’ for McLaren-Honda

The odds are stacked against McLaren Honda to make the gains in 2016 they need to bridge the gap to F1’s leaders. Honda claim they are targeting dramatic gains in both performance and reliability from the internal combustion element of their F1 hybrid engine. Pre-season testing in Barcelona has left most questions unanswered but MotorSportNotes considers that…

F1: Button retirement will add to McLaren-Honda woes

As speculation mounts that Jenson Button will retire from F1 at the end of the season, MotorSportNotes examines why the former world champion’s retirement will only compound the problems facing the troubled McLaren-Honda partnership. Despite the PR rhetoric, the 2009 World Champion has lost patience with McLaren-Honda. In the midst of a season that has turned sour…

F1: Italian Grand Prix preview

MotorSportNotes previews the Italian Grand Prix as tyre blowouts, a Monza ‘special’ engine for Ferrari and the Hamilton juggernaut top the headlines. Tyres Following the Spa blowouts and subsequent finger pointing between Mercedes, Pirelli, Ferrari and the FIA, racing on the super-quick Monza circuit is going to leave everyone on tenterhooks. Ferrari were adamant Pirelli…

F1: What next for McLaren, Honda, Red Bull and Renault?

Red Bull continue to bash their engine partner Renault. McLaren are starting to lose patience with Honda. Audi are looking in to the bizarre bubble of F1 with great interest and a select few know what is actually going on. So let’s try to shed some light on the latest behind-the-scenes moves. Return of a legend? For…

F1: stats that prove McLaren-Honda is on the up

At face value, McLaren-Honda’s start to the season is the stuff of nightmares. A once mighty and feared partnership reduced to battling with the perennial tail-enders. The gushingly upbeat comments regarding the potential of the ‘size zero’ experiment and Fernando Alonso proclaiming the good times are coming seems at odds with reality. For McLaren fans…

F1 – Jerez 2015 Day 2

Though the 2015 season should, in theory, feature cars that are an evolution from last season, those chasing Mercedes are pushing the envelope. Jerez day 2 went some way to proving that. After catching the eye on day 1 with their camouflage livery, Red Bull were once again catching the eye today but for the…