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: 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…

Insights from McLaren’s 2015 line-up

It was a long time coming but did not disappoint with a twist few thought likely. McLaren-Honda’s 2015 driver line-up kept us guessing and arguably raised more questions than answers. There are however some interesting conclusions that can be drawn. Once bitten, twice shy McLaren’s recruitment of Sergio Perez was a misjudgement that contributed to Martin Whitmarsh’s…

Alonso & McLaren: making financial sense

At a rumoured $35m – $45m per season salary, the prospect of Fernando Alonso’s return to McLaren being financially beneficial to the team seems far-fetched. Such a staggering salary implies this is nothing more than a sporting decision surely? Win at all costs? Perhaps not. Missing decals Aside from McLaren’s decline in form, most noticeable in…

US Grand Prix preview

Looking ahead to the 3rd US Grand Prix in Austin, events off the track once again dominate. Despite a title battle heading down to the wire, the fate of F1’s smallest teams has centre stage. Missing minnows The grace given to both Caterham and Marussia to miss this weekend’s grand prix seems like an early…

Singapore GP preview

The radio ban for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix is set to throw up many interesting issues on reliability, fuel and the title battle.