Lewis Hamilton does it the hard way to triumph at Portimao, Max Verstappen falters and Lando Norris shines again: 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix Review

Formula One in 2021 is shaping up to be a titanic battle between Mercedes and Red Bull as we came into the third round of the season; held in the Algarve of Portugal. The rollercoaster circuit of Portimao stepped up to the plate in hosting a race last year and delivered history as Lewis Hamilton surpassed Michael Schumacher’s 91 career wins. Rewarded with a return for 2021, it was no less intriguing as it followed on from what we saw at Imola.

Following the race at Imola, we received more glimpses of what is to come later in 2021. The Canadian Grand Prix will not be taking place in 2021 with that race scheduled for June 13th being replaced with the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park. Given that was the weekend after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, it is certainly now more logistically friendly for the teams. Like Portugal, Turkey returned in 2020 and delivered an exciting race as well as history as Hamilton secured his 7th title. read more

German Grand Prix 2016 Preview

Well, hello there! Welcome to my new trial of writing on F1 Grand Prix weekends. I have decided on splitting my writing into two pieces after considering feedback that some of my pieces are too long and almost a length of a dissertation. This is a trial layout so any feedback would be great appreciated and please feel free to comment.

It is the final race before the F1 drivers go on their 4-week summer break and usually marks the half-time period of the season as the teams also close down their factories for two weeks. The FIA sporting regulations insist on every team doing this at some stage during the season in order to prevent any team gaining an unfair advantage in terms of time worked on the cars. Although in terms of race laps completed the halfway point of the season was lap 35 in Hungary this is the half way point for the drivers where they can take their extended break. However, before then, they must navigate the Hockenheimering (I will from here on in be using the much shorter ‘Hockenheim’ when referring to this site) for the German Grand Prix. read more

Lewis sets Hungaroring record and the Championship lead in a weekend of controversy: The 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix

The Hungaroring circuit
The Hungaroring circuit

After a two-week break since the British Grand Prix at Silverstone; the Formula One season moves into the 11th round and the halfway point of the 2016 season (lap 35 of this 70 lap event); Hungary. The 4.381km Hungaroring circuit will play host to its 31st consecutive edition having made its debut in 1986. 70 laps and a race distance of 306.63km around this tight and twisty circuit in the past has certainly thrown up some surprises such as Jenson Button memorably winning his first Grand Prix in 2006! Compared to some of the other similarly established race circuits on the F1 calendar; 1986 is a rather late debut This is primarily due to Hungary’s geographical location and being a member of the Eastern bloc after the Second World War. Although the F1 decision makers wanted to go into Russia first, Andropov’s focus on the arms race with the US perhaps made them reconsider and opt for Hungary; a nation that had already embraced motorsport. Work began on the circuit in 1985 and opened in 1986 with the debut event attracting more than 200,000 spectators!

Jenson Button pictured) won his maiden Grand Prix at Hungary in 2006!
Jenson Button pictured) won his maiden Grand Prix at Hungary in 2006!

The Hungaroring has been fondly looked upon by many drivers throughout the years. The late Ayrton Senna won around this circuit three times while four drivers: Damon Hill (1993), Fernando Alonso (2003), Jenson Button (2006) and Heiki Kovalainen (2008) all won their maiden Grand Prix victories here! Button’s 2006 victory is still the record for the lowest starting position of the race winning having started that afternoon in 14th place and his victory in 2011 makes him of 5 drivers to win the event twice. The outright record for the number of race wins coming into the weekend was jointly held by Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton who had won four apiece. Victory for Hamilton would give him the record outright. read more