Defending Mercedes F1 driver programme

Mercedes F1 junior driver programme came in for significant criticism when Valtteri Bottas was given the nod to partner Lewis Hamilton. Despite Pascal Werhlein’s lack of F1 experience many expected the young German to replace his compatriot Nico Rosberg. When he did not, the Mercedes junior driver programme – particularly in contrast to the Red Bull…

F1: the drivers who’ve outstayed their welcome

With the Formula 1 silly season ramping up for the summer, a look at the drivers who should be moving on. Time gentlemen please… Felipe Massa – Williams Mercedes Felipe was expected to struggle at Williams against the much-vaunted Valtteri Bottas. The Brazilian is due a load of credit for showing everyone (myself included) that…

F1: customer cars a better solution than 3-car teams

Three car teams are back on the F1 agenda as multiple teams teeter on the brink financially and the future of Red Bull/Toro Rosso remains in serious doubt. MotorSportNotes examines the solution that F1 needs to finally accept. Even without the serious risk of Red Bull and Toro Rosso disappearing from the grid in 2016, the…

F1: if Red Bull and Pirelli leave F1, what do they do next?

Pirelli appear to have joined Red Bull and their stablemate, Toro Rosso in actively considering their future in Formula 1. MotorSportNotes examines an intriguing – if unlikely – scenario where all could come together with spectacular results. All out of options? When pretty much everyone significant at Red Bull starting sounding off about their future…