Be it Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen or Carlos Sainz, Red Bull and Helmut Marko have long reaped the rewards of investing in young talent. Instead of paying out for established stars, Red Bull’s philosophy of supporting and nurturing promising junior drivers has consistently given them topline talent without the burden of star driver … Continue reading Why Red Bull’s captive third driver should be released
Not since Nico Hulkenberg (who systematically steamrolled the opposition as he climbed the rungs of the junior ladder through Formula BMW, A1GP, F3 and GP2) has a driver so well accredited arrived on the F1 grid. Much like Max Verstappen’s ascendancy, to speak of Stoffel Vandoorne in the paddock was to be met with hushed … Continue reading Where has McLaren’s star of the future gone?
It was a controversy befitting of the race that gave us carpark-gate in 2006, Hamilton's potty-mouthed, crash-strewn race in 2011, or Rosberg's implicitly gratuitous error that afforded him pole in 2014. Vettel's perfectly executed "overcut" was surely too convenient, too ideal for the Scuderia with their arch title rival down in 7th and on a … Continue reading Why Kimi’s fans only have the man himself to blame for his Monaco loss
For a sporting community that has always exuberantly lapped up the two opposing poles of human emotion, this was a weekend that had it all. There was controversy, calamity, heartbreak, triumph and skill beyond imagining. They might exist as polar opposites, iterations of motorsport from two different planets, but this weekend the Monaco Grand Prix … Continue reading Heroics and heartbreak in a seminal weekend for motorsport
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