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The year was 1986. I was still a young child and the world of motorsport had not yet captured my attention but a revolution in British motorsport got underway. Thanks to a new act of Parliament, Superprix was born.
It was a typical August bank holiday in Birmingham, torrential rain and a bumpy circuit around closed city centre roads meant F3000 racing was difficult and dangerous. Crashes on almost every corner and the tricky weather conditions meant the race was cut short and only half points awarded but even so the crowd enjoyed the experience and although the organisers made a loss the event would return again.
The following years brought the crowds to Birmingham seeking the thrill of close and personal street racing. Then the NIMBY's had their say. Led by MP Clare Short, the act of Parliament was opposed and 5 years after it's creation Superprix would just become a memory.
Fast-forward to 2014 and due to recent events such as London 2012 &...
For the 28th time in a row we come to the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix. That actually makes this the 3rd longest serving track on the calendar with Spa taking a break for 2003 and Silverstone not having the British Grand Prix in 1986. So rightfully should be given the ‘classic’ status as an event. It isn’t a phrase used very often for the track though as it greatly divides opinion amongst fans due to the difficult nature if passing on the track. Its often described as Monaco without the walls and whilst to some that is a negative tag for me, as I love Monaco, it’s a compliment. The twisty nature of the dust bowl that is Hungry is a great leveller for car performance or for at least mixing up the running order as due to the place barely having a straight the teams can’t just rely on horsepower to blast their way through. One of the reasons I personally love the track is because a driver who dials himself into the track can really make a difference. If a driver picks...
Winning the World Title is a great achievement. Defending is a lot more difficult. With the talk of the decline of Sebastian Vettel, it is an apt time to look at how the World Champions have fared the year after their title victory.
1951 - Guiseppe Farina
Farina was 1950 champion off the back of Juan Manuel Fangio's greater record of unreliability, which was not carried forward into 1951. Farina's only victory came as Fangio hit problems, finishing 4 laps down in 9th place. Alfa Romeo were challenged in 1951 by Ferrari too, with Ascari and Gonzalez eclipsing Farina's total to leave the Italian fourth in the final standings.
1952 - Juan Manuel Fangio
Although Fangio's chances in 1952 would have been minimal in anything but a Ferrari, as it was he was injured and competed in no Championship events.
1953 - Alberto Ascari
Victorious in all of his races in 1952, Ferrari's dominance of the F2 formula used for the World Championship was maintained. Ascari won the first three races with...
The races are now coming thick and fast and the Drivers Championship is warming up nicely after Nico Rosberg's first DNF of the season gave a relatively easy win to Lewis Hamilton. The circus moves on now to Germany, at the emasculated Hockenheim circuit.
Last year Vettel won the first home race of his career. This year I'm sure another German driver, in the shape of Nico Rosberg, will be hoping this will be his turn. After Lewis won his home race maybe Mercedes will have something predetermined (oops, I've just started the first conspiracy theory).
Outside of both Mercedes cars failing it's hard to see any other team winning. Should the Silver Arrows falter Williams are looking best placed to pick something up but I suspect it's more likely to be a podium for either Massa or Bottas. McLaren appeared to find some pace at Silverstone, maybe their technical team have finally realised they have the best engine on the grid and should, perhaps, take advantage of it. Red Bull...
As we are fastly approaching the highlight of the British Motorsport year with the meeting at Silverstone coming up, and as we seem to have a heavy splattering of British hopefuls in the single seater feeder series, I thought it might be a good idea to look at the current hopefuls and see who might have a chance of getting to the top. Whilst Britain is currently represented in by 3 of the best drivers in the world in Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and...ermmm...Max Chilton, its always interesting to see who might fly the flag in future years. With most of them racing at Silverstone this weekend as well it will give you chance to take a good luck. I'm sure our none Brit members will forgive the indulgence and maybe read with interest. I'll probably look at other nations in future.
So below are the current Brits trying to make it into the big money:
Name: Jolyon Palmer
Current Series: GP2
Can I see him at Silverstone? Yes
Palmer is the most visble of British hopefuls...
Having followed F1 for 25 years now F1 has its highs and lows . I would like to know what has been the greatest disappointment followers have experienced following the sport
Whilst this is very broad description there have been a few that stand out and some that not so memorable in F1
For a start excluded from this are driver fatalities as these have been discussed numerous times and will always forever will be for those who follow the sport
So here are my considerations
Nigel Mansell 1986 tyre blow out -doing just enough to secure the championship . He was told to stay out as the tyres expected to last by Goodyear. His tyre spectacularly down the Brabham straight leading to Murray's infamous quote "And look at that!" Mansell's instinct took over to put himself out of harm's way and then the realisation he might have well lost the title and to compound this further the clerk of the course admitted he was prepared to red flag the race if Mansell had not parked down...
As Mark Webber kindly pointed out on the podium interviews Nico Rosberg won last years British GP. On the back of a win in Austria I'm sure Nico will be hoping for the same again and to have the chance to further extend his lead in the drivers title race. But this is the British Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton is bound to be pumped up to put on a good show for his home crowd.
I have a vague recollection of problems with tyres at this race last year. Somehow I don't think there will be a repeat even with the "sharp kerbs" which Pirelli tried to lay the blame on still in place.
Behind the Mercs Williams are clearly the best of the rest or did Austria flatter to deceive? Force India are also there or there abouts and both of the FI drivers seem to be enjoying having the most powerful engine on the grid as they stack others cars up behind them, wearing their tyres down to the canvas.
Red Bull must be getting close to some grid penalties for Vettel with another technical...
Back in 1996 two times World Champion Michael Schumacher turned his back on the team that had just won him back to back titles and went to drive for Ferrari. Ferrari had won some races in the mid 90's but weren't pushing for titles and many wondered why Schumacher had gone there, apart from the reputed $30 million salary.
Schumacher won 3 races that season, despite the car not being particularly good. Come 1997 Schumacher was challenging for the title and again in 1998. In 1999 a broken leg put paid to any drivers title but Ferrari won the constructors title. From 2000 onwards I don't think I need to go in to much detail. Schumacher and the red machine dominated F1 in a way that that hadn't been seen before and he was only knocked off his perch by a young pretender called Fernando Alonso in a Renault.
Via a troubled time at McLaren and a couple of "wilderness" years back at Renault the often quoted "best driver in F1" found his way to Ferrari. He challenged for the title in...
There is no doubt that the 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is a popular driver. His directness and monotone I don't care attitude is loved by a good majority of F1 fans the world over and that has maybe created this current elephant in the room. No one seems to be asking the question so I feel I have too, and believe me I'm bracing myself because I know passions will run high. Are we currently watching Kimi in decline or was he maybe not as good as we thought?
Due to the battle at the front in Canada it went under the radar that Raikkonen trundled into 10th out of 11 finishes almost a minute down. The biggest surprise about the result is that actually its not a surprise, its kind of how Kimi's season has been going. His season seems to have been full of half collisions, untapped speed and funny little spins when he loses the back end through slow corners at the oddest time. Whilst we keep hearing about how difficult the Ferrari is its fair to say we haven't seen Fernando Alonso...
Have reviewed the Technical Delegate reports from Canada ... and prepare a little table showing the current state of play with regard to "power unit elements" ... you reach six on any of these and you start to receive grid penalties through to having to start from the pitlane ...
The first section is the power unit element usage as at end Monaco ...
The middle section shows the new elements used during Canada ... the black shaded yellow text items are changes that were made during the weekend ... and where you see a number greater than one (1) that means not only did they take a new element after Monaco ... but they also had to / were forced to take another new element during the weekend as well ....
The last section is the (provisional) usage at the end of Canada ... which will be confirmed at the start of the Austrian GP in a couple of weeks ... usage by simple calculation should be 1.8 (say 2) after R07 ... yellow and red shaded are self explanatory ...
Did a little...
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