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…

F1 – Jerez 2015 day 1

We are all desperate to read anything and everything in to winter testing. Even beyond the fans, the experts in the F1 media are prone to it as well – if only to stoke up some early season bylines for their articles, magazines and blogs. Day 1 of 2015 winter testing at Jerez served up…

IndyCar round up – 29 January 2015

The 2015 prospects for an American young gun, an ex-F1 back marker and an ex-race director are the focus of this week’s round-up. Karam races in to contention? One of the highlights of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was the performance of Sage Karam. The question on everyone’s lips on Sunday was whether he…

IndyCar: in defense of a spec series

IndyCar reached a landmark last week with the homologation deadline for the new 2015 aero kits. Diversification in design is coming and elements of the existing fan base are delighted. But I’m not convinced. I wrote a pros and cons piece last year on aero kits. Given what I like about IndyCar and what I…

What Dakar can teach the WRC

At a time when the WRC seems perpetually in limbo about it’s future, the recent Dakar Rally felt like an event that could teach it a few things. 700,000 people turned up to watch the start, thousands more lined the (accessible) stages and it was trending worldwide on twitter. Here are 3 things the WRC…

F1 round-up – 9 January 2015

McLaren’s lack of a title sponsor, the disadvantages of being a Wolff and the FIA’s new super licence points system dominated the week in F1. No logo Eric Bouiller was quoted as saying that McLaren may run without a title sponsor in 2015 – the second successive season. At a time when Marussia are bust,…

IndyCar needs ‘electric’ performance by Marco

As Marco Andretti gears up for his Formula E debut this weekend in Argentina, a strong performance will be important to the Verizon IndyCar series’ continued resurgence. Despite the importance of the opportunity, the circumstances of Andretti’s entry are not ideal. Whether it has been publicly stated or not, his last-minute announcement was conspicuously close…

F1 2015 – New Year mind games & engine development

The first serious skirmishes of the 2015 F1 season kicked off last week. Deep in contract negotiations with World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff opened 2015 with some early mind games. Reading between the lines Despite his relative lack of F1 management experience, the Mercedes boss indulged in some Ron Dennis-esque mind games. Publicly stating…

3 reasons Bernie is backing V8s

Bernie Ecclestone has bemoaned Formula 1’s hybrid power units throughout 2014. Occasional barbs about their volume and the like have now given way to more calculated comments about a return to noisier, less efficient V8 units. Of course for someone like Bernie, volume has nothing to do with it. Ferrari No matter how successful Mercedes,…

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…