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…

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…

MONACO & MONTOYA

Some time ago, I dared to ponder in writing whether Formula One had ‘outgrown’ Monaco. To date it has been about the most read thing I have yet to write, not because it was any good, mind, but rather because I had been brash enough to question the principality’s place on the Grand Prix calendar;…

FERRARI – WINNING AGAINST ALL ODDS

Ironic, isn’t it? The man blamed for crippling Formula One with his devastating dominance just 18 months ago is now credited with breathing new life to the formula, using the very same arsenal that damn near brought the sport to its knees; unanswerable speed, supreme skill and sublime victory. Sebastian Vettel’s victory at Sepang was…

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…

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…