Category Archives: Centrale

GPR Awards – 2022 Formula 1 São Paolo Grand Prix

As George Russell ends an eleven month winless period for Mercedes, his double victory in both the sprint and on Sunday’s race was overshadowed by incidents and accidents throughout the field, and above all by team politics in the Red Bull garage. And of course,

An Open Letter to Sebastian Vettel

Dear Sebastian, First off, the author apologises for the awkwardness of a German writing to another German in the English language, but that comes with the territory of being an open letter.  It is over (at least for the time being): 300 Grand Prix entries,

GPR Awards – 2022 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix

The 2022 Mexican Grand Prix ended up being the dullest Mexican Grand Prix since the 2020 Mexican Grand Prix. Max Verstappen was virtually unchallenged after leading into the first corner, while a meek strategy for a strong Mercedes meant the now-two-time champion took a new

Profile – David Hobbs

David ”Hobbo” Hobbs is a man of many talents. Part-time single-seater champion, part-time sportscar champion, part-time beloved colour commentator, part-time car dealership owner, and part-time F1 driver. Succeeding in just about every discipline he laid his hands on over a five-decade period, he is, in

GPR Awards – 2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Mercedes nearly ended their win drought of 2022. Emphasis on “nearly”, however, as Max Verstappen was able to overhaul a well-placed Lewis Hamilton to take a record-equalling 13th win of the season in Austin. While the media focused on their battle along with Red Bull’s

GPR Awards – 2022 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

It was a real achievement from everyone involved behind the scenes in Formula 1, that Max Verstappen winning the world championship for a second time at the Suzuka circuit was a genuine surprise to everybody. One has to hand it to their ability to provide

GPR Awards – 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

With a surprisingly dominant win from Sergio Perez, even the unexpected seems somewhat familiar in 2022. While Max Verstappen’s chance of eclipsing Sebastian Vettel’s winning streak record came to a scruffy end around the streets of Singapore, Charles Leclerc did enough to keep the championship

Spygate Revisited

Last month’s column explored the butterfly effect of Michael Schumacher’s results getting the Tyrrell ’84 treatment when he was disqualified from the 1997 World Drivers Championship. Those of you who cast your minds over the question of what scenario I might spreadsheet next will not

Profile – Ricardo Zunino

Ricardo ‘El Colorado’ Zunino is as known for the events transpiring around him as he is for his own sake. Like Harald Ertl, he happened to be at the right place at the right time, regarding the very same man: Niki Lauda. Zunino’s last-minute replacement