FERNANDO ALONSO & THE CURIOUS CASE OF CONCUSSION

I could have jumped on one of the various bandwagons sooner, admittedly, but none of them seemed suitable; none of them felt right. I’m talking of course of the conspiracy theories and fabricated tales surrounding Fernando Alonso and the incident that has sidelined him from 2015’s curtain raising Australian Grand Prix. Medical personnel cite concussion…

JENSON BUTTON’S GREATEST HITS

Following the end of the 2014 Grand Prix season and not for the first time, Jenson Button entered the winter months with an uncertain future. It looked as though the returning McLaren-Honda partnership had no room for the 2009 world champion, and Jenson would find himself without a Grand Prix seat for the coming year.…

SOPWITH & SEARS – A UNIQUE TITLE DECIDER

Thirty years ago this October Alain Prost, the analytical Frenchman, fought wheel-to-wheel-to-pit-wall with blunt-talking team-mate Niki Lauda for the 1984 F1 World Championship. That defining final in Portugal will be remembered not only for the side-by-side squeeze past the pits but also for the result; it stands in the record books as the closest title…

THINKING OF JULES BIANCHI

I should explain from the start that at time of writing the facts surrounding the horrifying incident involving Jules Bianchi have not yet been collated. If they have, they are yet to be distributed to the wider public. With this is mind, to speculate as to the cause of the incident – or the ultimate…

ROSBERG vs HAMILTON vs PROST vs SENNA

Comparing drivers from different eras is not something I like doing, largely because it’s an entirely futile exercise. The cars, the tracks, the challenges and the circumstances differ so greatly that comparisons carry very little merit. The racing was entirely different in the 1950s for example, to that of today. So how could you compare…

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

At the age of 17 my days consisted of pursuing young women, squeezing spots and eating junk food – not at the same time, mind. It was all a far cry from what a 17-year-old Max Verstappen’s days will soon entail. The young Dutchman, son of former F1 racer Jos ‘The Boss’ Verstappen, has recently…

THOUGHTS ON FLAVIO

On September 28th 2008, during lap 14 of the Singapore Grand Prix Nelson Piquet Junior, son of the three-time world champion and Renault’s young charger, spun his car exiting turn 17 and crashed heavily into a concrete wall. It was initially attributed to a simple mistake by a young and relatively inexperienced driver but many…

HOME-GROWN HEROES

Nigel Mansell, world champion of 1992, once said that the power of the British home-crowd support was worth up to half-a-second per lap in extra pace. The dominant Williams FW14 of his championship-winning year probably contributed too, as did Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes W05 aid the 2008 World Champion to his second British Grand Prix victory…

SIR JACK BRABHAM

By now, the majority of motor racing fans around the world will have learned of the sad death of Sir Jack Brabham, the oldest surviving Formula One world champion who has passed away aged 88. To many he will be remembered as a triple world champion of supreme talent, but more than that, Sir Jack…

SENNA

I’m not going to regurgitate the same tales and facts that every dedicated motor racing publication worth its salt has displayed leading up to today, they’ll be nothing new to you, and if they are you probably aren’t interested anyway and have moved on to a cookery website or blog about knitting by now. What…