Posted on Wednesday, July 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 Monday, July 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 Friday, July 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 […]

Posted on Monday, July 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 Sunday, July 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 Friday, July 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 Thursday, June 30, 2016

Austrian Grand PrixView 2016

After back-to-back flyaways in the fan favourite of Canada and the brave new world of Baku, Formula 1 returns to its heartland this weekend for the Austrian Grand Prix, beginning a spell of four races in five weekends. The return of the Austrian Grand Prix was almost unanimously welcomed back in 2014 when Red Bull’s revival of the picturesque circuit was complete, and is now a firm fixture on the Formula 1 calendar. Nico Rosberg arrives in Austria having ended his slump with a dominant […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Feature: Rosberg moves streets ahead

The inaugural Formula 1 race around the Baku City Circuit promised much but ultimately delivered little. The supporting GP2 Series races had been littered with incidents and Safety Car periods but the Formula 1 boys behaved themselves and a clean first lap led to a large field spread, which naturally grew across the course of the afternoon. Any hopes of a Mercedes tete-a-tete dissipated following a messy qualifying session for Lewis Hamilton. The Briton had been on form throughout practice but lost his way on […]

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016

Feature: Hamilton's gain, Ferrari's pain

Was this a race in which Ferrari snatched defeat from the jaws of victory? For a second successive weekend Lewis Hamilton mastered a one-stop strategy to profit over a rival with an advantage, while once more Ferrari failed to capitalise on an opportunity which came its way. Around the high-speed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve it was expected that the battle would be between the two Mercedes drivers, but Red Bull’s progress and Ferrari’s form – aided by an upgraded turbocharger – indicated that a three-way fight […]

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016 Canadian Grand PrixView

Formula 1 travels across the Atlantic this weekend for the 47th Canadian Grand Prix, which will mark the seventh round of the 2016 championship. Montreal will be the first stint of a sequence of back-to-back races this season and the first event in a series of six races within eight weeks. Montreal may be a street circuit, like Monaco, but it has vastly different characteristics, with an array of chicanes, long straights and heavy braking zones. The same tyre compounds will be used but the […]

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016

Feature: Dancing in the streets

The 2016 running of the Monaco Grand Prix was an event which two drivers deserved to win, though ultimately, the rational nature of sport meant only one could emerge victorious. This was a weekend in which both Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton were electric around the streets of the Monte Carlo and La Condamine districts of Monaco, as wet weather and strategic decisions played out in intriguing fashion. Hamilton had been supreme during Thursday morning’s opening practice session on a dirty circuit but come the […]

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 […]