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…

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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…

‘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…

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…