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The return of F1 has a fresh look in Melbourne
The return of F1 has a fresh look in Melbourne

So, the 2014 Formula One season is officially under way, and if the first qualifying session was the precursor for the action to come, fans should be ready for a vintage year of racing. Pre-season was dominated by talk of new engines, double points and a struggling Red Bull team. These changes have ignited the title race once more, as 2014 is all about the new contenders rather than the one-man show of recent years. With Lewis Hamilton taking pole for Mercedes in qualifying on Saturday and his teammate Nico Rosberg following in third, Mercedes are showing that they can, at the very least, force a challenge to Red Bull's recent dominance. Toto Wolff is sensibly playing down his team's chances, but Mercedes are unquestionably the frontrunners in these early stages. ...

The excitement of exploding tyres
The excitement of exploding tyres

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.  ...

Time for Lewis Hamilton to win.
Time for Lewis Hamilton to win.

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. ...

Monaco
Monaco

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. ...

Formula One shows its racing flair
Formula One shows its racing flair

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. ...