The belated F1 2020 Season Review

That was an incredible season of F1. Incredible that it even got going during the Coronavirus pandemic, let alone getting to the finale in Abu Dhabi. It is testament to the FIA, Liberty media, F1, the circuit organisers, the teams and drivers that we even had a season of F1 in the first place after the Australian Grand Prix started but never went ahead after two McLaren team members tested positive for the virus and the first 8 races were cancelled.

The season eventually got underway in July, 217 days after the 2019 season finale; the third longest gap between seasons in F1 history as the 70th anniversary season started. It was historic as Michael Schumacher’s win record (91), podium (155) were beaten and his seven World Championship were equalled by Lewis Hamilton [Feature image above from formula1.com].  read more

Verstappen’s Interlagos redemption, Mercedes struggle and the Ferrari’s collide: 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix Review.

Just when both Championships had been decided and it looked like F1 would be slowly winding down for the year, we get this! A chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix that was thoroughly worth the watch and perhaps the most dramatic since the rain-soaked German Grand Prix in July. The old school Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo is no stranger to dramatic races and the 2019 edition saw 52 overtakes, 46 pit stops (including a new world record), two unlikely maiden podiums, teammates colliding and woe for Mercedes. And all that without a drop of rain as Red Bull and Max Verstappen took their third victory of the season.

Verstappen really likes Interlagos. He produced a masterclass drive there back in a wet 2016 race and should have won here last year if not for that incident with Esteban Ocon while he was leading. He had been keen not to talk of it as redemption coming into the weekend but deep down there must have been a niggling thought there as the post-race team radio messages suggest. read more

F1 2019: Updates and what to look out for in the remaining two races

Both the Constructors and Drivers Championships have been decided with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes ensuring a record-breaking sixth successive double success. So, with two races to go, you may be forgiven for thinking there is nothing left to play for as the F1 219 season winds down with the penultimate race of the season at Interlagos this weekend. That said, there are still several thongs to look forward to before the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi in two weeks…

Constructors-Battle for 6th

Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull all loo set to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the third successive year and with McLaren holding a 42 point leade over Renault for 4th, it looks like the only tasty battle in the Constructors Championship is the battle for 6th. read more

Build up to Belgium and the second half of the 2019 F1 season.

After four weeks of no F1 racing, the action returns with the traditional starter for the second half of the campaign. Situated in the Ardennes Forest, it’s the true racers circuit; Spa-Francorchamps. With nine races to go between this weekend and the end of the season in Abu Dhabi, there is still a lot that can be decided but there are also interesting developments worth discussing. The first of those is the big development at Red Bull during the summer recess…

Gasly dropped, Albon promoted

The big news of the summer was Red Bull’s decision to demote Pierre Gasly to Toro Rosso with Alexander Albon being promoted the other way to the Red Bull team. Gasly has not had the best of seasons at Red Bull and his future has been the subject of speculation leading into the four-week break. The decision though came as a surprise considering what Christian Horner told Sky Sports F1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix. read more

F1 2018 Season Preview

Well, 2017 was an entertaining year in Formula One and was certainly tenser in terms of the Championships. That was in no small part down to Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari who took the battle to Mercedes. However, it was Mercedes who won both titles for the fourth successive year as Lewis Hamilton won his 4th title in a record-breaking year!

2017 Australian Grand Prix Podium with Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari (centre) the race winner; Lewis Hamilton (left) in 2nd and Valtteri Bottas (right) in 3rd [Image from The Daily Mirror]

Vettel’s claim to the title began when the overcut worked well in Australia. Ferrari keeping him out longer than Hamilton allowed them to leapfrog the Mercedes to their first opening-round victory since 2010. Victories in Bahrain and Monaco left Vettel in a commanding position in the standings. Despite Grand Slam victories in China and Canada, Hamilton was still a fair way behind the German which was contributed to by the stir caused by Valtteri Bottas. The Finn took pole in Bahrain as well as victories in Russia and Austria to keep Hamilton earnest. Vettel still had the upper hand after F1’s crazy weekend in Azerbaijan. The German had steered into Hamilton behind the Safety Car prompting the stewards to give him a 10-second penalty. Hamilton though had a headboard issue to deal with meaning Vettel finished ahead as Daniel Ricciardo picked up his only win the season. It seemed luck was not on Hamilton’s side. Hamilton stormed to a fifth British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone and closed the gap down to a single point after a late puncture for Vettel saw him drop to 7th. Vettel came back with a victory in Hungary with Raikkonen either unable or not allowed to overtake his teammate. read more

Duel in the Dessert Round Two: 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Review

The penultimate race of the season in Brazil was certainly eventful. The weather in Brazil is always a factor and it proved to be the case in 2016. The rain led to a delayed start due to Romain Grosjean crashing his Haas on the way to the grid so he did not start a Grand Prix for the second time this season. Inevitably, the race started under the safety car and eventually the drivers were allowed to race from the end of lap 6. This would not be the case as an incredible 33 laps were under the Safety Car as the race was also red flagged twice, taking the total race time to just over three hours!

Max Verstappen completing his nominated Action of the Year move on Nico Rosberg round the outside of Championship leader Nico Rosberg [Image from motorsport.com]
Max Verstappen completing his nominated Action of the Year move on Nico Rosberg round the outside of Championship leader Nico Rosberg [Image from motorsport.com]

When the racing did eventually start on lap 7, Max Verstappen showed glimpses of what was to come as he made a late great move on the inside of Kimi Raikkonen at turn 1. It could have been so much more for Verstappen in Brazil as when racing began again on lap 31, he produced another sublime move. This time, around the outside of Championship leader Nico Rosberg at turn 3. He wouldn’t finish ahead of the Mercedes driver though as Red Bull made the same mistake twice in pitting their drivers for Intermediate tyres. The second time, they reverted their drivers back on to the full extreme Wet tyres. This dropped Verstappen to 14th and allowed for his star of the race performance as he rose through the grid to take an astonishing 3rd place. read more

2016 Brazilian Grand Prix Review: Verstappen the star of the show as Nasr is the hero for Sauber and title race goes to the wire

The Brazilian Grand Prix at the Jose Carlos Pace Autodrome always springs some surprises. I predicted anything could happen in Brazil and after the 2016 edition produced one of the longest races of the decade behind Jenson Button’s 2011 victory in Canada; it did not disappoint. There were cheers, celebrations, heartache and tears alongside boos from the fans in the grandstands after 2 Red Flags during the race and an unbelievable 33 tedious laps behind the Safety Car. Then there was the action when it eventually got going and the emotional farewell from Sao Paulo crowd to home favourite Felipe Massa.

The podium in Brazil with Lewis Hamilton in the centre, Nico Rosberg and a Mercedes team representative to his right and Max Verstappen to his left [Image from Grandprix247]
The podium in Brazil with Lewis Hamilton in the centre, Nico Rosberg and a Mercedes team representative to his right and Max Verstappen to his left [Image from Grandprix247]

After over three hours and a delayed start by 10 minutes, it was Lewis Hamilton who took the chequered flag to take the Drivers Championship battle to the finale in Abu Dhabi. Two records tumbled with Hamilton’s victory. It was his 52nd victory in F1 and now he has 2nd place in the all-time winners list to himself as well as it being a win at the 24th circuit in his F1 career. No another driver in F1 history has won at so many circuits. read more

2016 Belgian Grand Prix Preview

It has been a long 4 weeks hasn’t it? The football season has started up again, the Olympics in Rio have come and gone; Team GB came back with 67 medals and the UK is still no nearer to leaving the EU. However, F1 is back! The drivers have had their summer holidays in which Kimi Raikkonen got married, Nico Rosberg spent time with his dogs, Lewis Hamilton took a trip round the Caribbean, Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo met up in the US while Fernando Alonso trained at Palm Springs in California.. They’ve had their fun and it is time for them to get back down to business for the final 9 races of the 2016 season. It’s time to get back in the car, extract the maximum from it, fight for points, pole position, podiums wins and championship position. For some it will be glory or pride’s sake, for others it will be about saving their F1 career.

The 9 Grand Prix’s left are: read more