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;…

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SAM SCHMIDT’S REMARKABLE RETURN

Sam Schmidt was a 35 year-old, one-time race winner in the fastest open-wheel race series in the world. Then he hit the wall. Hard. It was during winter testing, at the┬ádeceptively light-hearted named Walt Disney Speedway, that Schmidt’s life changed for ever; the accident rendered him quadriplegic, unable to move from the neck down –…

END OF THE ROAD FOR FRANCHITTI

The powerful, enduring image of Dario Franchitti crying from the cockpit of his race car before completing a lap of honour in the name of his friend and fellow racer Dan Wheldon, just hours after Wheldon’s life-ending crash in Las Vegas, 2011, will stay with many fans for years to come. That Franchitti continued to…

IT’S ALL OR NOTHING, T.K

Every now and again, a fairytale will come true, you just have to believe. And nobody has believed in their fairytale more than Tony Kanaan. Too few people will appreciate or comprehend the emotion of the 2013 Indy 500, and the words that follow will struggle to convey such passion and happiness. Tony Kanaan, after…

INDYCAR – THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN SPORT AND SHOW

  The world of motor racing is an odd, confusing and turbulent place right now. The balance between ‘sport’ and ‘show’ is being thrown out of whack by ‘technological gimmicks’ and ‘artificial racing’ – super-degradable tyres and DRS have called into question the purity of Formula One and the gimmicks ‘for the good of the…