QUESTIONING THE PINNACLE

When only fifteen cars make it to the start of a Grand Prix, it’s obvious Formula One is struggling with some demons. For the opening race of 2015 in Australia, the sport failed to live up to expectations; some blamed the teams – namely Manor, Red Bull and McLaren, each of whom failed to get…

WILKS RACING – GOING IT ALONE!

Motor racing is an intensely intimidating world; to those immersed in it, the constant pressures – political, financial and sporting – can verge on the unbearable. For those trying to forge their way into the sport, those pressures only ever seem to be worse. The thrills and rewards can be staggering, of course, but anyone…

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…

GOING BAYLISSTIC IN BIRMINGHAM

We’ve all seen the film or had the dream where the star sportsperson is struck down by injury, leaving the coach no choice but to pick a plucky fan from the crowd to take his or her place. The film inevitably sees the lead character score the winning goal, get the girl and head towards…

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.…

A TALE OF TWO WHEELS

Regularly looked down upon by the MotoGP faithful, the World Superbike Championship is all too often perceived as being the former’s less attractive sister; not as technologically advanced; less exotic somehow. Some of that is down to those mechanical animals that appear untameable for mere mortals such as you or me; the motorbikes at the…

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…

ASTONS AT GOODWOOD

Firstly, an admission: I am hopelessly under-qualified to offer any noteworthy opinions on a road car’s performance; my car history consists of barely two chapters. Chapter one stars a 15 year-old Ford Fiesta called Queenie, equipped with non-matching hubcaps and not a lot else. Chapter two features a newer Citroen C4 Coupe, this time with…

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…