Tag Archives: Formula 1

Last week Ferrari threatened to quit Formula One

That sounds quite drastic, but it’s worth remembering Ferrari boycotted races to prove a point or made similar threats to quit in 1950, 1953, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1976, 1981, 1986, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015.

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F1: Sebastian Vettel keeps making lap one mistakes

Sebastian Vettel has been involved in a lot of first lap accidents, especially for a 4x World Champion who usually starts races up front away from trouble. Vettel certainly isn’t to blame for every one of those incidents but even before hitting Verstappen and Hamilton in Mexico, he has shown he can create risky situations with careless manoeuvres and/or poor spatial awareness. In the words of Mark Webber “I think sometimes Seb forgets that where the back of his helmet is is not where the back of his car is.”

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Valtteri Bottas was lucky to avoid a jump-start penalty in the Austrian Grand Prix

As this GIF shows, Bottas actually got going before the lights went out, but cars are allowed to move the tiniest amount before the start because they’ll often shake or jolt a little when the drivers select first gear. By pure luck, Valtteri’s early movement was within the tolerance allowed, which the stewards described as “fortuitous”.

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The Bahrain Grand Prix circuit could have a more exciting layout

Perhaps the Bahrain Grand Prix would be more interesting if organisers used the circuit’s ‘outer layout’ instead of the standard F1 track. It would be an incredibly fast low-downforce lap with the potential for lots of high speed slipstreaming – like a compact version of the old Hockenheim. If nothing else it would be nice to see a modern venue offering something different.

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F1: Max Verstappen has produced another brilliant onboard video

Max Verstappen’s first lap in China was straight out of a video game. Not only does he make it look easy passing 8 cars, but it’s interesting that he starts the race in 2nd gear and also that he gains at least 100 metres on Dani Kvyat under braking for the final hairpin.

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Creating an effective Formula One feeder system

This year GP2 will be rebranded ‘Formula 2’ which is a small but helpful step towards creating a more coherent Formula One feeder system. Here are a few more ideas the FIA and F1’s new owners could look at to make it easier for the world’s best young drivers to reach Grand Prix level.

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