MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

As I type, the once dominant, all-conquering Michael Schumacher lay on a French hospital bed in an induced coma – words that some 36 hours after his life-threatening skiing accident still seem difficult to believe. At first the details of the off-piste incident were sketchy at best; first just a bump on the head, now,…

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MOVING FORWARD, SIDEWAYS

As Formula One moves toward a new dawn – a new era – one consisting of ever subtler aerodynamic tweaks, fuel efficiency and hybrid energy systems, edging closer to a ‘real-world’ relevance often thought missing, the sport may inadvertently begin to echo its glorious past… An overhaul of Formula One’s technical regulations is on the horizon;…

MAKING HIS MARK

2am, March 3rd 2002. My 11 year-old self is awoken by my Uncle with news that the Australian Grand Prix is about to start. It was new to me, this; not only was getting up at 2am an unwelcome novelty but this was to be the very first Grand Prix I was to witness in…

MONEY vs TALENT

Search in the right places and you’ll find the internet awash with journalist’s outspoken opinions on the current state of Formula One, particularly where young drivers are concerned. It’s long been known that money talks and a wad of cash counts for more than a barrel of talent these days but is the situation getting…

A SIDE-EFFECT OF DOMINANCE

Red Bull may have given Sebastian Vettel the wings to fly to his fourth straight title but I wonder what he’s giving them in return. Success, glory and riches beyond most mere mortals’ belief, of course; four consecutive constructors’ championships and a place among Formula One’s elite, yes. But that’s Red Bull Infiniti Racing, the…

KIMI RAIKKONEN AND THE ALLURE OF FERRARI

It’s been known for many years that the allure of Ferrari is a strong one for any ambitious racer and rarely does the chance to race in red get turned down. For many though, the call from Maranello never comes, for even fewer, it comes twice. From 2014, for the second time in his career,…

THE WRONG REACTION

From its very conception motor racing was designed for the participation of those who display a certain gentlemanly behaviour; from the pre-war charming personality of Tazio Nuvolari and his peers, through the post-war wealthy enthusiasts battling against such professionals as Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio to today’s media aware racers, there has always been…

SPA AND MONZA – OLD-SCHOOL THRILLS

The months of August and September invariably host the most thrilling races of the Grand Prix season and offer relief for fans of the old-school in the form of the highly anticipated Belgian and Italian Grand Prix; if there are two races that get the adrenalin pumping equally as vigorously for fans as they do drivers, it’s…

BSB 2013 – THE STORY SO FAR…

As the season’s narrative unfolds and we discover the form of our main characters it becomes apparent that ‘War for Four’ was perhaps an ambitious and excitable sub-title for British Superbike 2013; the original plot had the three-time BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari return to the series to take on fellow triple-champ Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne in…

ROMAIN GROSJEAN

  For all the talk of tyres and drivers being forced to compete below their maximum potential it was refreshing that the Hungarian Grand Prix was a proper race in the classical sense; strategy and speed went hand in hand to produce a tense and exciting spectacle. But something came from the race, away from the headline…