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 […]

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 […]