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

Vettel leads the Championship but Max Verstappen takes the headlines: F1 2018 Bahrain and China double bill review

After the season opener in Australia, the night of Bahrain hosted the second round of the 2018 F1 World Championship and it certainly threw up an intriguing and exciting race. But if Bahrain, served up an exciting race, it was nothing compared to the Chinese Grand Prix the following weekend.

In Bahrain, Red Bull threatened to make it a three-way battle for ole position and the win but their place in the day FP1 session did not cross over into the night of Qualifying as Verstappen spun at turn 2 in Q1 while Ricciardo qualified 5th. Mercedes struggled in Qualifying so it was Sebastian Vettel who took pole position in Bahrain. 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

2017 Canadian Grand Prix Preview

Well, I am well and truly back into the swing of blog posting now and I move this time from the General Election (I will be returning to that so don’t worry) to the Formula One World Championship. I have not covered a Grand Prix since the season opener in Australia. A lot has happened since Sebastian Vettel won in Melbourne …

• That victory in Melbourne was the first time Ferrari won the season-opening race since the 2010 season read more