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Korean Grand Prix: is this an adventure or a penance?

Talk in the Korean paddock today has mainly revolved around sex toys and kimchi. It’s fair to say that ‘cultural differences’ between East and West are leaving a distinct impression on F1’s travelling circus. To be fair most are still bleary-eyed from the 12hr+ flight to Seoul followed by the plane/train/automobile 450kms south to Mokpo, [...]

Korean Grand Prix: virtual lap of track and explanation of set-up required

Not only is the above a wonderfully creative video, simulating Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel duelling around Korea’s still virgin race track (no chance of them do likewise this weekend, mind you), it also gives us a real flavour of what we can expect from this season’s only brand, spanking new venue. In fact, Red Bull’s [...]

Korean Grand Prix: how does a team prepare for a venue they have never visited?

I don’t normally post Shell’s race weekend previews but since we know next to nothing about the Korean circuit I thought it might be interesting to link to this video showing how Ferrari are preparing for a venue they have never been to, putting their faith in their Maranello simulator etc etc

A Paul di Resta-Karun Chandhok combination would be perfect for Force India in 2011

Congratulations to Paul di Resta who won his third DTM race in a row at Hockenheim on Sunday and now leads the German Touring Car championship by three points with two races remaining. Di Resta’s recent run of success has fuelled whispers that the 24 year-old Scot will follow in the footsteps of countrymen Jim [...]

Renault in shock new driver announcement…

Just a quick one as the jet lag from Japan is still affecting me and, no joke, I’m driving a Formula One car tomorrow! Don’t want to fall asleep at the wheel. I’m writing this from my hotel room in Budapest ahead of an action-packed day at the Hungaroring. Going to be amazing. We’ve got [...]

Is Felipe Massa under-performing on purpose? And will he have a say in the drivers' championship?

Felipe Massa’s performances since Germany have raised question marks over the Brazilian’s commitment to help his team mate Fernando Alonso win the drivers’ championship, as well as his future at Ferrari. Over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, team principal Stefano Domenicali was forced to deny for the umpteenth time speculation that Massa will no longer [...]

Japanese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton has work cut out as Red Bull lock out front row in Suzuka

Lewis Hamilton said he was “happy” to be starting from eighth place in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix considering the five-place grid penalty he accrued for a change of gearbox, adding that he was confident he could still produce a decent result from there. However, it looks very much as if the Briton will lose further [...]

Japanese Grand Prix: what is Flavio Briatore going on about with his Mark Webber comments?

It’s not the first time he has said it – and because of their driver-manager relationship you can’t really take his comments seriously anyway – but surely Flavio Briatore is being mischievous when he says it is “incomprehensible” that Red Bull are not openly favouring Mark Webber? Apart from the fact that team orders are still [...]

Japanese Grand Prix: former Team Lotus boss Peter Warr dies

Have arrived in Japan to be met by news of Peter Warr’s death at the age of 72 at his home near Ste Foy la Grande in south-west France. Although too young to have crossed paths with Warr, his reputation in the sport was still huge. Warr was best known for his long association with [...]

Felipe Massa told to pull his socks up and support Fernando Alonso… the final insult?

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is sure to have raised the hackles of more sensitive F1 fans with recent comments made at the Paris Motor Show regarding Felipe Massa’s “duty” to help Fernando Alonso win the championship. Alonso has surged to within 11 points of Red Bull’s Mark Webber at the top of the standings thanks [...]

Singapore Grand Prix: are Lewis Hamilton's championship chances well and truly over?

About to leave for Changi airport after another weekend in which the championship race took a dramatic twist. It is absolutely chucking it down outside my hotel window as I type. How different might it have been had they raced on a slippery, wet track last night? As it is the question we were all [...]

Singapore Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel hits back at his critics

Very interesting chat with Sebastian Vettel yesterday as we walked into the Marina Bay circuit together from his hotel. I had intially been told to be there for midday (which considering we are all operating on European time meant that my body got up at about 3.30am in order to make it). Unfortunately when I [...]

Korean GP circuit inspection delayed again by 'long bank holiday weekend'

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted that the “final” track inspection deadline of September 21 for the Korean Grand Prix came and went with no word from the governing body. I have written about this before. F1 circuits are supposed to be signed off by the FIA 90 days in advance of racing. Somewhere [...]

Jenson Button: "From now on I'm going to be aggressive. Take risks. It's more exciting." Discuss.

Speaking with Jenson Button following the race on Sunday it was interesting to note his mood. Despite the 18 points he collected for his second place, and the fact that Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber had both failed to score big, he was still peeved that he had lost out on seven points which could [...]

What does the Ferrari team orders outcome say about FIA president Jean Todt?

Not sure if anyone noticed but there was a little news line that ran in The Sunday Telegraph last weekend concerning the outcome of the Ferrari team orders hearing. I understand that FIA president Jean Todt wanted to see Ferrari hit with a further financial penalty and a suspended ban for their shenanigans at Hockenheim. Clearly [...]

Italian Grand Prix: Christian Horner admits he may impose team orders

Ferrari’s let-off has everyone here very riled up. For me, it is simple. They should have been properly punished (as I have argued before, what is the point of a rule unless you back it up?). But as for team orders in general, allow them. Drivers would have to stand up for themselves just as [...]

YouTube strikes again as FIA launch investigation into Felipe Massa's start in Belgium

Another strike for fan power. More amateur footage – this time of Felipe Massa’s Ferrari positioned ahead of its grid slot at Spa last weekend – has prompted the FIA to launch an investigation into why the error was not picked up at the time. Technically, Massa’s positioning should have resulted in a drive-through penalty for [...]

Niki Lauda clarifies his stance on team orders

Interesting to note that Niki Lauda has denied making those comments, widely reported a few weeks back, to the effect that Ferrari would get a “pasting” at next week’s World Council hearing into their actions at Hockenheim. “I’ve never said that stuff,” Lauda told the Italian press. “On television I only said that team orders [...]

Did Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel deserve a drive-through penalty at Spa? And has the German lost the plot?

One of the most interesting talking points to emerge, wet and bedraggled, from a typically rainy Belgian GP surrounded the driving of Sebastian Vettel, who ended the race of the hapless Jenson Button after 17 laps. Most inside the media centre were of the opinion that Vettel was guilty of impetuosity (at best) and recklessness [...]

Should Fernando Alonso be punished for Ferrari's team orders?

Four team principals (well, three team principals and a chief technical officer) were put up for the press in Spa this afternoon: Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Ross Brawn (Mercedes), John Booth (Virgin) and Mike Gascoyne (Lotus). They were asked for their thoughts ahead of the World Council hearing into Ferrari’s use of [...]

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