They say that anticipation only makes the event sweeter. Kimi Raikkonen has been stretching the limits of that theory for some time now, with the Finn always seeming to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. He nearly gave the Scuderia what would have been their only pole of 2016 in Shanghai, and again came … Continue reading Better late than never: a look at Raikkonen’s Monaco pole lap
A capable pair of hands to diffuse Nico Rosberg's bombshell, a competent and commendable support act to Lewis Hamilton's title challenge. However beyond that the paddock consensus was cynical about Valtteri's ability to mount a credible challenge to perhaps the modern era's most imposing all-rounder. Whilst fans, pundits and paddock sages didn't expect him to … Continue reading “Nice Man” trumps “Iceman”: did F1 underestimate Valtteri Bottas?
F1 is not a sentimental sport. As a circus that boils down in its totality to numbers on a stopwatch and numbers on a balance sheet, the human factor can sometimes lost in the relentless pursuit of better numbers. However only the most icy-hearted, hard-nosed cynic could honestly profess to not having missed Jenson Button's … Continue reading Why Monaco will be a reminder of who is missing from the 2017 grid
In many ways, Zak Brown and Fernando Alonso's plan to run the Indianapolis 500 was a triumph of heart over head. In a narrowly rational sense, to allow your driver - on whose experience and tremendous ability the team is almost completely dependent - to miss the Monaco Grand Prix - both McLaren's best chance … Continue reading The consummate competitor – how Alonso became a stateside sensation
Allow me to place an asterisk ahead of this article. I would qualify any reservations I may have about Lance Stroll's promotion to F1 by saying that that does not infringe upon the fact that he is a commendably mature young man who has struck me by how confidently and calmly he has conducted himself off … Continue reading Enjoying a Stroll away from the points: what Williams should learn from Force India
100 days of a new American administration lurching between scandal and painfully comedic incompetence has no doubt inspired nostalgia in many given the relative intellect and sentience of the previous regime. The direct inverse has been the case in F1 in recent months. The advent of a Liberty Media regime so outwardly committed to fan … Continue reading 100 Days of Liberty Media
Ricciardo has always been a tremendous qualifier. With Vergne as his teammate the gap he managed to pull over the Frenchman on Saturdays always gave the distinct impression of the Aussie out-pacing the car, as did heroic laps in Bahrain in 2012, or Silverstone in 2013. For Red Bull, from the outset in his breakthrough 2014 … Continue reading VIDEO: Onboard analysis – Ricciardo’s echo of the past