Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 Monaco Grand PrixView

Formula 1 rolls into Monaco this weekend with perhaps Max Verstappen as the only leading driver in the field with reason to be content. The friction within Mercedes’ camp burst into life as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg eliminated each other on the first lap in Spain, Daniel Ricciardo sought to take advantage only to be skewered by the wrong strategy and a puncture, while Ferrari lacked pace, and guile, as a win slipped through its fingers for the second time in 2016. In this […]

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

Feature: Verstappen's teenage kicks

The meteoric rise of Max Verstappen from karting to Formula 1 winner in the space of just over two years is nothing short of extraordinary, as in his 24th Grand Prix, and first with Red Bull, he became the youngest driver, and first from The Netherlands, to secure victory in the sport. This was a race which began with the drama of the two title rivals colliding before opening up into a nail-biting strategy game as two different approaches played out in tantalising fashion. SILVER […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

2016 Spanish Grand PrixView

The European season starts this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as the paddock travels to Spain for the fifth round of the campaign. Barcelona is a familiar venue for the teams after all eight days of pre-season running took place at the circuit, and this weekend’s stay will be extended with two days of running set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. After an intriguing start to the year, teams and drivers will now have a reality check on their development since the […]

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016

Feature: Rosberg's Russian redemption

Nico Rosberg’s previous attempts at winning the Russian Grand Prix fell apart during the early stages of the race. In 2014 it was his eagerness to overhaul Lewis Hamilton which led to him locking both front tyres, compromising his strategy, while last year he was benched by a throttle problem. This year it was his rivals who, in keeping with the 2016 narrative, once again encountered troubles, clearing Rosberg’s path to another comfortable success. Rosberg admitted that his Russian Grand Prix was likely to be […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 Russian Grand PrixView

Formula 1 returns to Europe this weekend as the sport makes its third visit to the semi-permanent Sochi Autodrom, constructed around the former home of the Winter Olympics. The first two races took place in the autumn but calendar changes mean that Russia has a new date on the roster, only six months after Lewis Hamilton made it two out of two at the circuit. Hamilton has not quite enjoyed such fortune in 2016 and occupies second in the standings, 36 points adrift of Mercedes […]

Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016

Feature: Rosberg seals the hat-trick

If the opening two rounds of the season fell into Nico Rosberg’s lap, then everything went his way once more in China, as he swept to win number three of 2016, his sixth on the bounce. Rosberg crushed the opposition at the Shanghai International Circuit as he demonstrated the capabilities of the Mercedes W07 Hybrid, leaving the rest of the field to fight it out amongst themselves. Sebastian Vettel recovered from an incident at Turn 1 to finish as runner-up, while Daniil Kvyat took only […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chinese Grand PrixView 2016

Formula 1 heads to the Shanghai International Circuit in China this weekend for the third round of the 2016 season, with Nico Rosberg looking to extend his early advantage in the championship. Rosberg triumphed in both Australia and Bahrain, though World Champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton remains within touching distance despite a difficult opening pair of rounds. Ferrari remains Mercedes’ primary challenger overall though reliability concerns have left both Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel adrift in the standings, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Haas’ Romain […]

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016

Feature: Rosberg reaps rewards as rivals falter

Nico Rosberg swept to his fifth successive victory though it proved to be a relatively serene stroll for the Mercedes driver as his primary rivals were all compromised within the first few minutes of proceedings beneath the bright lights at Sakhir. Rosberg had been on form throughout the weekend in Bahrain but a stupendous lap from Lewis Hamilton denied the German pole position. It was the fastest ever lap of the circuit and while such a statistic was aided by Super Soft tyres and cooler […]

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bahrain Grand PrixView 2016

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix brought a controversial qualifying format, a massive crash for Fernando Alonso, some unexpected points for Haas in their debut race and a Mercedes 1-2 finish. The next destination for the Formula 1 Paddock is the island kingdom of Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf, where drivers will complete the first night race of the season. The 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix brings the challenges of high temperatures and dusty conditions, on a track where good traction is crucial and a versatile compromise […]

Posted on Monday, March 21, 2016

Feature: Ferrari hands it to Rosberg

A Mercedes 1-2, with Sebastian Vettel in third position, appeared on the surface to be an underwhelmingly predictable result, as if 2015 hadn't quite finished. However, the path to the podium positions was one of intrigue, as Ferrari initially exploited Mercedes’ weakness before snatching defeat from the jaws of victory when an unexpected variable was thrown in its way. Lewis Hamilton had romped to his 50th career pole position, joining only Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna in achieving the feat, having topped all three practice […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Australian Grand PrixView 2016

Following a tightly-packed winter testing schedule, the sport has rolled into Australia for the opening round of the 2016 campaign, as Lewis Hamilton begins his charge for a fourth World Championship. This season will be the longest in Formula 1 history, with 21 rounds, two more than 2015, with the addition of the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, and the return of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. The grid has remained relatively stable, but there have been some changes, including the return […]

Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2016

Feature: Gutierrez's second chance

Towards the end of 2014 Esteban Gutiérrez weighed up the options placed in front of him and plumped for the direction which few drivers would gladly take. He decided not to race. However, it’s now paid off, as through resilience he is back on the Formula 1 grid with Haas, as he prepares for a second chance in the sport. Gutiérrez made his Formula 1 test bow with BMW-Sauber in 2009 and remained linked to the team throughout his time in GP3 and GP2, stepping […]