Category Archives: Centrale

2014: The Sorry Saga of Sauber

Peter Sauber’s eponymous racing team became synonymous with midfield competency during their years in Formula One, notwithstanding a brief BMW-assisted detour to the front of the grid in the late 2000s. After Bavaria withdrew its factory support in 2009 as a result of the global

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1985: From Alfa to Omega

In Formula One’s formative seasons, the Alfa Romeo name provoked fear into their competitors. By 1985 the Italian team were little more than a laughing stock in the F1 paddock. What went wrong?  The first powerhouse of Formula One, the works Alfa squad swept the first two seasons of the championship with

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Six of the Best: Rejects in the Daytona 500

Every category has its jewel in the crown. Formula One has the glittering, glamourous Monaco Grand Prix, the World Endurance Championship has the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans, and IndyCar boasts the grandiose Indianapolis 500. They’re all fantastically unique events, and plenty of racing drivers have

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Pedro Diniz: Formula One’s best pay driver?

The 1990s are often considered to be the heyday of the “pay driver” in Formula One, with such luminaries as Giovanni Lavaggi, Taki Inoue and Jean-Denis Deletraz thrilling audiences worldwide in their quest to drive F1 cars as slowly as possible. Pedro Paulo Diniz was

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Reject of the Year: 2017

Another season of Formula One has entered the record books, but before 2017 can be laid to rest there’s a rather prestigious award to hand out. That’s right, it’s Reject of the Year time once again. The new aero regulations for 2017 gave us a genuine

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Las Vegas 1981-82: The worst track ever?

With the superb new facilities available at circuits these days, drivers hardly complain about the track any more. Well, maybe except for Sochi. But if they do complain, at least there’s nothing these days quite like the Las Vegas street circuit, which held the final round of

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2001: A Benetton Odyssey

In 1995, the Benetton Formula One team was on top of the motorsport world, and bagged both World Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships that year. Six years later, the Benetton name left the sport having scored a measly ten points all year long. Where did it all

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Reject Games: F1 Career Challenge

Since 2010, Codemasters has been the sole company responsible for producing Formula 1 games, but between the late 1990s and early 2000s, F1 game enthusiasts were spoiled for choice. Different developers and publishers had access to the much-coveted FOM license, meaning that there was plenty

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Larrousse Abuse: When team-mates collide

At the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix, the intensifying battle for supremacy between Force India team-mates Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon boiled over. Pérez’s recalcitrance to let Ocon through at Montréal became the first sign of tension between the two, and their subsequent collisions at Baku

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Reject Games: Checkered Flag

After the video games crash in 1983, it could be argued that the previously-successful Atari were the biggest losers in the whole debacle. Credited with taking gaming out of the arcades and into the living room, Atari tasted huge success with the 2600 (and considerably