Vettel, Baku, the FIA and Liberty Media

The machinations of F1 politics meant the decision not to punish Sebastien Vettel further for his clash with Lewis Hamilton was inevitable. Despite rumours suggesting FIA President Jean Todt wanted to make an example of the German there are plenty of reasons why there was a slim chance of that ever happening. First up is…

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix heroes and zeroes

A riotous Azerbaijan Grand Prix ended with unexpected victory for Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and rookie Lance Stroll. Controversy was around every corner in Baku as Lewis Hamilton and fellow title protagonist Sebastien Vettel got too close for comfort under the safety car. Contact between the two sparked a chain of events…

Alonso expects “more movements” in 2018 F1 driver market

Fernando Alonso expects more F1 race seats for 2018 to become available. The Spaniard – talking to Sky Sports News – believes more opportunities exist than current paddock talk suggests. “I know there are even more movements than probably we all know and there are some teams we think are set for next year, I don’t…

F1 Monaco Grand Prix heroes and zeroes

Sebastien Vettel took Ferrari’s first Monaco Grand Prix win since 2001. The championship leader extended his lead over Lewis Hamilton as the Mercedes driver finished a distant 7th. 2017 F1 Monaco Grand Prix heroes Hero – Sebastien Vettel The four-time World champion delivered a near perfect performance to take Ferrari’s first Monaco win in 16 years….

F1 Russian Grand Prix Qualifying results

For the first time since 2008 Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen created a Ferrari front-row lock out in Sochi. Ferrari set the pace and the agenda Critically for Ferrari they were able to lead the tyre strategy through qualifying, putting pressure on Mercedes. The Silver Arrows were already struggling for grip especially in the final…

F1 Chinese Grand Prix – heroes and zeroes

Lewis Hamilton cruised to his first win of 2017 at the Chinese Grand Prix. Mixed weather in Shanghai made for an up and down race, swinging from procession to some of the best overtaking F1 has produced in several years. Here is my run down of the heroes and zeroes from the 2017 F1 Chinese Grand…

F1 Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Lewis Hamilton scored Mercedes’ 75th pole position to lead the field at the 2017 F1 Chinese Grand Prix. The 3-time World Champion hooked up an unbeatable lap when it counted, having trailed Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel through Q1 and Q2. Mercedes keep their qualifying advantage Mercedes retained their slight qualifying advantage over Ferrari in Shanghai. Despite Ferrari…

Ferrari & Bottas just limited Alonso’s F1 options

Fernando Alonso’s Australian Grand Prix weekend was bad enough thanks to continuing failings by Honda. But the resurgence of Ferrari  and the performance of Valterri Bottas made things even worse. The great McLaren Honda project version 2.0 is a disaster. Even with the kind of progress Honda made in 2016 – which was very impressive…

F1 Australian Grand Prix – heroes and zeroes

In my usual post-race wrap-up I rate the heroes and zeroes from the 2017 F1 Australian Grand Prix. Find out who covered themselves in glory and who covered themselves in gravel. 2017 F1 Australian Grand Prix Heroes Heroes – Ferrari When Ferrari kept Sebastien Vettel for several laps following Lewis Hamilton’s pit stop, we all thought…

F1 Australian Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Lewis Hamilton took a record-equalling 6th pole position for the 2017 F1 Australian Grand Prix. Sebastien Vettel put Ferrari on the front row by splitting the Mercedes pairing, suggesting the Italian team’s pre-season form may be real. Giovinazzi and Grosjean star in qualifying Antonio Giovinazzi and Romain Grosjean were the surprise of the session. Giovinazzi narrowly…