Win number 4 at Silverstone for Lewis as he closes in on Nico: The 2016 British Grand Prix Review


What a difference a week makes! We are set to have a second female Prime Minister in our nation’s history, we’ve seen Andy Murray win a second Wimbledon and now a British driver winning a second Grand Prix in a matter of 7 days! Speaking of Grand Prix’s; it was Silverstone last weekend for the 10th round of the 2016 F1 season; the British Grand Prix!

The Silverstone Circuit
The Silverstone Circuit in its current layout

Silverstone was originally an aerodrome during the Second World War but the outer limits and runways were converted into a race track after the war. The basis of this original circuit is still the one we see, know and love to this day. This old style race circuit like the Spa and Monza compared to some of the newer circuits where the turns are numbered, here they have numbers and names. Spa has Eau Rouge, Monza has Parabolica and the lesmo’s, Silverstone has Stowe, Copse, Beckets and Hanger Straight to name a few. Silverstone hosted the very first F1 Championship race in 1950 which was won by Italian Giuseppe Farina and the British Grand Prix has been a permanent fixture on the F1 calendar ever since! 2016 was the 67th British Grand Prix. Although the event was initially shared between Brands Hatch, Aintree and Silverstone, it is Silverstone that has held the race every year since 1987 with the start/finish straight initially being just after Woodcote. However, Silverstone temporarily lost the event for the 2010 season to Donnington Park but their financial issues meant Silverstone kept the Grand Prix with requirements to improve the circuit for the spectator’s views and challenge to the drivers. The new layout remains unchanged with the arena section of turns coming from the Abbey Chicane and joining the old circuit layout at Brooklands via Wellington straight. The 2010 race was the first for this current layout but the last to start in its original location as the start/finish straight was moved to where it is now for the 2011 event; with the new complex by the Abbey Chicane. read more

Mercedes pair squabble as Lewis nicks it at the death and lap records tumble: 2016 Austrian Grand Prix

As we enter July, Britain and the EU might still be dealing with the consequences of ‘Brexit’; The Formula One roadshow goes on with an adrenaline fuelled month. July this year experiences four race weekends. That’s 4 races in 5 weeks; just under 1/5 of the 21 race calendar; maximum of 100 points available as well as entering the second half the season. Let the July excitement commence with its first destination: Austria!

The ninth round of the 2016 F1 Championship will be the 30th edition of the Austrian Grand Prix which made its debut in 1970. The race itself has always been hosted on the same site on each occasion but has seen several read more

No Championship but win number 19 for Nico while Lewis struggles and Azerbaijan makes its maiden bow: 2016 European Grand Prix Review

The eight round of the 2016 F1 World Championship took place last weekend with the Grand Prix of Europe. This time, the Grand Prix was held in the capital of Azerbaijan: Baku. The Grand Prix of Europe first took its place in the official F1 Championship in 1983 and since then with the inclusion of Baku has been hosted at 6 different circuits. The first three venues of were Donnington Park (where Ayrton Senna memorably won in 1993), Brands Hatch in Britain and Jerez in Spain. After that, 1999-2007 saw the race held annually at the Nurburgring in Germany perhaps due to

The last winner of the European Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso for Ferrari in 2012 alongside the man with the most wins in this event; Michael Schumacher
The last winner of the European Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso for Ferrari in 2012 alongside the man with the most wins in this event; Michael Schumacher (6) then in his comeback spell with Mercedes.

the successes of Michael Schumacher; indeed his 6 victories in this event is the record. It was Fernando Alonso’s championship successes of 2005 and 2006 that saw the Grand Prix move from Germany to the Valencia Street circuit which held races from the 2008 season until 2012. It seems fitting that the last victor of a European Grand Prix was Fernando Alonso, driving in his home country for Ferrari in 2012. read more

The EU Referendum: Questions and Answers

Although some are probably pig sick (evening Prime Minister) of hearing about the EU Referendum, 23rd June 2016 (tomorrow) could well and truly be a historic date that will feature in History textbooks in 50 or 100 years time! Tomorrow, the people of the United Kingdom will go to the polls and answer the question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union (EU) or Leave? In my last political post, I asked if my readers could forward some questions they have surrounding the Referendum. To those who did, you know who you are and I thank you! In this post, I will be answering these questions as well as some set by myself that I thought would be useful for you all to know.

When do the Polls open? read more

Near faultless Lewis reigns supreme in Montreal for the Fifth time: Review of the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix

Moving on from the narrow streets of Monte Carlo, this weekend Formula One moved to Montreal for the 7th round of the 2016 season and another much-loved event: The Canadian Grand Prix!

The Gilles Villeneuve Cicruit
The Gilles Villeneuve Circuit

The Canadian Grand Prix has been on the Formula One calendar consistently since 1961 with the 2016 race being the 53rd edition of the event with the last time the event was not held in the F1 Championship was 2009. The race has always been held in the South Eastern area of Canada being originally held at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario on one year and Mont-Tremblant in Quebec the next. Mosport park would hold the race by itself as the latter circuit was deemed unsafe in 1970. 1978 saw the Canadian Grand Prix move permanently to the Ile Notre-Dame Island in Montreal where organisers connected roads on the man-made island into a race circuit. The first winner of the event in Montreal read more

Euro 2016 Preview

We are just a matter of hours away from the start of the European Championships; affectionately known as the Euros! When France and Romania kick off on Friday night, they will start a whole month of football (10th June to 10th July) and the 15th edition of this tournament. The tournament has changed a lot since it began in France back in 1960. Having started with 4 participating teams from an eligible 17; the 2016 tournament will feature 24 teams! France host this tournament for the third time in its history (having also hosted Euro 82) while Spain come into the tournament as defending champions and the only nation to have defended this title (2008 and 2012).  This will also be the first time since Portugal in 2004 that one nation alone is hosting the tournament as Austria and Switzerland followed by Poland and Ukraine hosted the 2008 and 2012 tournaments respectively.

Map of the 10 venues in France
Map of the 10 venues in France

The initial tournament in 1960 used only two venues. Fast forward again to 2016 and this time France are using 10 stadiums spread throughout the country. read more

How should I vote in the EU-Debate: Review of the TV debate!

As some of you may have heard, or are sick of hearing…there is something called an EU Referendum happening this month. Each and every one of us will all have the opportunity to answer one simple question; should the United Kingdom remain a part of the European Union, or leave the European Union? Although this seems to be said by one politician or the other during the course of a major election is that it will be a generation-defining election. The importance of this vote cannot be underestimated; it will be generation-defining if not a historically defining vote! Therefore, It could never be more crucial to register to vote and have you voice heard! To register to vote please follow this link and register by midnight tomorrow!

This piece will be reviewing a debate surrounding the referendum broadcast live by the BBC on Thursday 26th May called, ‘How should I vote-The EU debate’. The debate took place in Glasgow and was hosted by Victoria Derbyshire. Participating in the debate was Alex Salmond of the read more

Lewis wins race number 44 with car number 44 in the Principality: Monaco Grand Prix, 2016 Review

Hello there and welcome to my first ever blog post regarding Formula One and I could not have chosen a more spectacular or prestigious event on the Formula One calendar than the Monaco Grand Prix, around the narrow streets of Monte Carlo! The Crown jewel of Motor Racing and the one place that ever driver dreams of winning!

Circuit layout of the Monaco circuit
Circuit layout of the Monaco circuit

The 78 lap Monaco Grand Prix; with a race distance of 260.286km, is the sixth race of the 2016 season and has been ever-present on the F1 calendar since 1955. Located on the Mediterranean coast, the circuit is the tightest of all circuits on the calendar and with its winding barriers makes overtaking very difficult (but not impossible). So, the qualifying hour on Saturday is perhaps one of the most important of the season. Before 2015, the previous 6 races had been won from pole position with the only exception in the previous ten years being Lewis Hamilton winning in the wet in 2008 and the wrong decision to pit in 2015 gifting the win to Nico Rosberg. Rosberg coincidentally, was going into the weekend having won the previous three races in the principality and aiming for a fourth straight Monaco success although he does not have the record for most wins around this circuit. That record belongs to the late, great Ayrton Senna who won the race a total of 6 times and 5 in succession from 1989 to 1993. read more

NUFC 2015-16: What went wrong?

Mike Ashley during his interview 24th May 2015
Mike Ashley during his interview 24th May 2015

On Sunday 24th May 2015, Mike Ashley surprised Newcastle United fans when he gave his first ever interview to Sky Sports. That day, Newcastle were fighting for Premier League survival and secured it with a 2-0 win over West Ham. Ashley spoke of not anticipating Newcastle being in the situation were in; a horse and cart scenario where the horse needed bolting on; aiming to win something and creating our own luck. However, one year on and after failing to create their own luck, Newcastle are staring at a season in the Championship. For some, this past season has been a difficult pill to swallow however for others, the anticipation of much closer away days in the Championship such as Leeds United (I’m looking forward to this one in particular for family reasons) is relatively pleasant. But, what went wrong? How did it come to this?

This can be analysed in two categories. The first is the organisational structure and management of the club at board level including player and manager recruitment. The second main category coincides with Ashley’s rhetoric of creating own luck and that is what actually happens on the pitch. read more