Championship leads change hands after Verstappen capitalises on Leclerc heartbreak as Hamilton disappoints: 2021 Monaco Grand Prix Review

Before delving into the review of the Grand Prix much further, I do want to add my respects to Max Mosley, former President of the FIA whose death was announced the day after the race at the age of 81. It was in his position as FIA president that he was instrumental in helping improve the safety of the sport following the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna in 1994 until he was succeeded by Jean Todt in 2009. It goes without saying that he leaves behind a huge legacy in F1

After a year out from the F1 calendar for the first time since 1954, the Monaco Grand Prix made a return to F1 this year for the fifth round and the question marks are still there as to how crucial could it be in the shakeup of the 2021 championship.

With the narrow streets of the Principality making overtaking very difficult indeed, pole position is often critical with the race being won from pole in 8 of the previous 12 visits and you would have to go back to 2008 for the last time the race was won by a driver not starting on the front row. The Safety car has also featured heavily in recent years with Bert Mylander being deployed in 9 of the previous 10. However, with no such Safety Car for also the first time in 2021, it was a largely processional race with only one genuine on track racing overtake. You would be forgiven for not realising it was also the quickest Monaco Grand Prix in history! read more

Lewis Hamilton reaches a century of pole positions and wins a 5th time in Spain after long fought duel with Max Verstappen: 2021 Spanish Grand Prix Review

Round four of the Formula One 2021 season and what is shaping up to be a titanic battle between Mercedes and Red Bull [Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton duelling for position in feature image above; image from Eurosport] took its latest episode at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. This circuit is perhaps the one the teams and drivers know most as they traditionally use it for pre-season testing and generally if a teams car is strong here, it is a good sign it’ll be strong anywhere.

That sets F1 in 2021 up for the title battle but also for competitive racing action throughout the grid as small margins defined the weekend. In the first part of Qualifying, 17 cars were separated by a single second, in Q2 4th to 12th were separated by three-quarters of a second and pole position was decided by just 0.036s. It really does set us up for a competitive year and potentially many more records will fall and be set. read more

Hamilton miracle drive seals his third Monaco win as F1 mourns a legend: 2019 Monaco Grand Prix Review.

The principality of Monte Carlo marked 90 years of racing this year. The very first race in these famous streets was way back in 1929! Such a momentous occasion was marred slightly by the one name on everyone’s lips in the paddock; Nikia Lauda. The three-time World Champions death in the week preceding the race was marked with a minutes silence before the race [pictured above].

On the track, could Mercedes dominant start to 2019 be halted? Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was in fine form on Thursday practice topping both sessions but the home favourite Charles Leclerc looked to be in with a chance after he topped the final practice session. It went wrong for the Monegasque in Qualifying as believing him to be safe; kept him in the garage as Vettel improved to knock his teammate out. In the end, six-tenths covered 1st to 16th. Max Verstappen in the Red Bull looked to threaten for pole but it was Valtteri Bottas who looked to have pole position before Hamilton produced a stunning lap on his final Q3 run to pip his teammate by 0.082s. read more

Daniel Ricciardo gets his redemption in the Principtality: 2018 Monaco Grand Prix Review

After the opening lap drama and Lewis Hamilton’s dominant performance, Formula One moved from Spain to the Mediterranean coast and the principality of Monaco for the most prestigious race of the year; The Monaco Grand Prix!

In brief: News coming into Monaco

• The first in-season test was conducted after the race in Spain. Max Verstappen set the pace on the first day while Valtteri Bottas set a new track record of 1:16.904 on the second day. McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris had a very good performance as he ended the second day third on the timesheet. 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