F1 2017

Winter is behind us, despite what the weather may suggest, and like a bear I emerge crusty-eyed and irritable from hibernation; I stretch my back, uncork my backside and prepare for the season ahead… I speak of course about the coming Formula One season rather than hunting season or whatever it is bears do between…

BUMPING INTO BIG JOHN

I was on a mission. I was obsessed and I had just one target in mind. I was at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the event’s 20th anniversary, and the only thing that would make the day a success was if I met, spoke with and shook the hand of Sir Stirling Moss. I…

ROSBERG, HIS REPLACEMENT & MY TELEVISION DEBUT

In the build-up to the final Grand Prix of the year in Abu Dhabi little over a week ago, a live interview aired on Hungarian television in which an interviewee said: “I look forward to seeing what happens between those two [Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg} over the next few years”. Hungarian television is rarely…

F1 – QUALIFYING WOES & HEARTBREAK

For fifteen years I have faithfully followed Formula One. I have loved it and embraced it as a large part of my life, only once having felt let down by it, in 2005, by the farcical Grand Prix at Indianapolis. That incident wasn’t entirely the sport’s doing – Michelin had supplied tyres to the majority…

PIERS COURAGE: LAST OF THE GENTLEMAN RACERS

I don’t really do book reviews, largely because I don’t really ‘do’ books. As keen as I am to write, I read comparatively little. I pick up my monthly copy of Motor Sport and then spend two months reading a page at a time; I have a back-log building up on my desk. When I…

‘OUR NIGE’

Step forth and judge me, for I am a hypocrite. Only recently was I guilty of passing a book shop and questioning the thought process of the vast crowd gathered outside, waiting impatiently to get the latest biography or cook book signed by the author. I couldn’t quite see the point; a two-second meeting with…

HAVE WILLIAMS FORGOTTEN HOW TO WIN?

It was the 14th of July, 1979, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and Alan Jones’ Williams FW07 had spluttered to a halt 30-laps shy of a seemingly assured first Grand Prix victory. Jones had started from pole-position, thanks largely to mighty strides with the improvement of the Williams’ ‘ground effect’ aerodynamics; almost overnight, Williams…