This weekend’s build-up to the Grand Prix at Silverstone had British motorsport fans bursting with anticipation at the thought of a home victory for Lewis Hamilton. Unfortunately, for fans of the former world champion, their hopes imploded as fast as the rubber at the rear end of Hamilton’s Mercedes car.
For the drivers, today’s race has raised serious questions about their safety, as Pirelli are once again at the centre of a media storm. Fives tyre punctures over one race weekend will fill nobody with confidence. However, the high drama made the entire race unmissable viewing. Continue reading →
There is much to discuss for those who have followed the 2012 Formula One season; it is an understatement to say that it has been a strange year of racing. Sebastian Vettel has not been able to replicate the same form that he showed last season and with no outright leader after six races, it is hard to pick a winner.
For this reason, some are saying that this is one of the most exciting seasons in recent years. Yet, for others, the season has lacked any clear rivalry, with the biggest battle being between the drivers and their rapidly disintegrating tyres.
The fact that Lewis Hamilton is still tipped by many to win the title should be an unusual choice when considering that he hasn’t won a race after securing three pole positions on the grid. However, few would disagree that Hamilton has been one of the outstanding drivers of the season so far.
In April and May, Monaco will host two of my favourite events in the sporting calendar. The Monte-Carlo Masters begins this weekend and next month the Monaco Grand Prix will take place there.
It may just be my personal opinion but I think that Monaco is such a great sporting location. This is not just because of the luxurious nature of the place. Both of these events have been staged here for many years and so there is an illustrious sporting history attached with Monaco. Continue reading →
Last night, I finally saw the critically acclaimed documentary film Senna (2010). I expected it to be engaging as a documentary piece but it had such an emotional impact on me that I had to write about it . This is not just a documentary for fans of Formula One but a film for us all to watch and take note.
After a tame start in Australia, today’s Malaysian Grand Prix felt like the real start to the 2012 Formula One Season. There’s nothing like a good thunderstorm to make a predictable race become essential viewing.
For Ferrari, Fernando Alonso showed his World Championship credentials. His display was imperious. To take pole in a Ferrari car that is clearly not the pick of the bunch (just look at Felipe Massa) is an unbelievable achievement, especially in only the second race of the season. The emotional reaction from the Ferrari garage told its own story.
Although we have only seen the first race of the Formula One season, Jenson Button’s victory for McLaren in Melbourne has already sparked debate over whether the McLaren MP4-27 is the best in the field. In fact, there has been an incredible amount of discussion based purely on its appearance. There is no doubt that McLaren’s car is aesthetically the best on the track, but does this lead to success?
I would have to say yes. This may appear slightly ignorant, as the focus for everyone involved in Formula One is to create a car that can beat the rest. It is why engineering work and meticulous tests on the mechanics of the cars are continuously carried out. However, design and engineering go hand in hand; so if the car appears perfectly symmetrical, finely balanced and is wonderful to watch glide across the track this is no coincidence; it leads to titles.
Here is my pick of some of the greatest Formula One cars ever to grace the sport, let’s see how they compare: