Posted on Saturday, December 3, 2016

Nico’s what?? Retired you say?

On Friday afternoon the Formula 1 world was stunned by the news that newly crowned World Champion Nico Rosberg announced he is to retire with immediate effect. This news came as a shock; however, after an afternoon digesting it, I understand his decision. Firstly, he is the World Champion, and nobody can say he doesn’t deserve it. He arrived in Formula 1 fresh faced in 2006, driving for Williams. This Championship victory has been a decade in the making. Announcing his retirement, Nico Rosberg mentioned […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The title path and how Ferrari beat Red Bull with a slower car

The season finale was packed with drama and tension, especially at the end as Lewis Hamilton tried everything to change his situation and win the world championship. His personal strategy was clear, meanwhile team race strategy decisions had a huge bearing on what happened behind him, with Red Bull trying to win the race using a different strategy gambit, but getting caught out by some excellent work by Ferrari. The Scuderia beat Red Bull despite having a slower car, thanks to strategy. Here’s the inside […]

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016

2016 Brazilian Grand PrixView

Teams and drivers will travel to São Paulo this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2016 Formula 1 Championship. As Lewis Hamilton won the previous two rounds in USA and Mexico, the title battle is still open between the two Mercedes drivers going into this race. The Brazilian Grand Prix is one of the most exciting events on the calendar due to the undulating nature of the circuit that has always produced great racing as well as to the enthusiastic Brazilian fans. The track […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Was Red Bull aggressive enough in Mexico?

Mexico was a strange race for many reasons and doing well was all about taking care not to fall into the trap of believing your own assumptions. Year two in a new venue, there were some assumptions from last year that needed to be debunked. There were 21 overtakes last year. But the reality was that most of those overtakes happened because teams had underestimated the braking requirements at altitude and this year were more prepared, so overtaking was really difficult. And that meant no […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How Mercedes avoided Red Bull's trap

The US Grand Prix was not one of the most exciting races of the season, but the strategic side was very interesting, with Red Bull continuing to probe Mercedes in a chess game; they might have split the two Silver Arrows had they had more luck with a Virtual Safety Car, triggered by one of their drivers to the detriment of the other. Meanwhile further back some important results were achieved for Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz by a combination of brilliant driving and decision-making. […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How Ferrari missed the podium in Suzuka

This year’s Japanese Grand Prix was one of only three in the last 25 years where all cars finished, making it a tough race in which to make progress, especially if you weren’t running towards the front. It was also unusual for a Suzuka event in not featuring either a Safety Car or a Virtual Safety car, to mix up the race and offer some strategic dice rolling opportunities. But there were some major talking points about the decisions that were taken with Ferrari again […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

2016 Japanese Grand PrixView

Formula 1 travels from Malaysia to Japan this week to one of the legendary circuits on the calendar that will host the 17th round of the championship. Drivers will take the challenge of an old-school track that is fast, technical, difficult but really fun to drive. With a top speed of almost 340kph, Suzuka records one of the highest speeds seen in the second part of the season. As demanding and unforgiving as it is, it brings plenty satisfaction to the drivers when they manage […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Could Red Bull beat Hamilton in Sepang?

One of the best Grands Prix of the season featured close racing, heartbreak for Lewis Hamilton with a late race engine failure and a fascinating strategic battle at the heart of it, as Red Bull challenged Mercedes in a war game. For the second season in a row the dominant Mercedes team did not win in Malaysia, as Nico Rosberg fell to 21st at the start and Red Bull split the strategies across its two cars to attack Hamilton. There is much to digest and […]

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 Malaysian Grand PrixView

The paddock turns its sights to Sepang International Circuit this weekend, the purpose-built Formula 1 racetrack outside Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur. After fifteen editions held in spring, the Malaysian Grand Prix returns to its original October spot on the calendar, same as on its debut in 1999. This first part of a double-header with Japan next week will be held on one of the most technical circuits, that combines long straights with tight and complex corners. Sepang has often been the scene of on-track […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Could Singapore have had a different winner?

This year’s Singapore Grand Prix was one of the most interesting races of the season from a strategy point of view. It showed that when the performance of the leading cars is closely matched, the strategy possibilities created by having three different tyre compounds make for unpredictable racing and close finishes. There was a great deal of variation in the decisions made before and during the Grand Prix and some big decisions to be analysed, which gained places for some and cost places for others. […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

2016 Singapore Grand PrixView

Formula 1 paddock moves from the shortest race of the year in terms of duration to the longest event on the calendar. It’s the Singapore Grand Prix, an event embraced by the drivers despite its tough challenges in terms of track and weather conditions. As much as the Singapore Grand Prix is run at night for aesthetic purposes, nighttime is the coolest time for drivers and spectators alike. Nonetheless, temperatures inside the racecar can reach 60 degrees Celsius. With the barriers so close to the […]

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016

What could F1 takeover mean for the sport?

It’s not every day you switch on your TV or open your web browser, to discover one of the world’s biggest sporting series has been taken over by new owners. This week, such an occasion took place as Liberty Media bought Formula 1, for just over six billion pounds. It had been well rumoured among F1 regulars before the official confirmation came through late on Wednesday night. The deal itself is very interesting and exciting for the future of the sport. Now owned by a […]