Category Archives: Features

Formula Two: A Subtle Proposition

The second-tier series that runs below Formula One has gone through many names and changes since it was first formalised as the FIA European Formula Two Championship in 1967. For around the first dozen years of Formula Two, Formula One drivers would sometimes appear on

Book Review: Nigel Mansell – Staying on Track

Back in 2015, 1992 Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell published his most recent autobiography entitled Staying on Track. With a title as thrilling as the man himself, this author finally got around after some years to review it, and share some nuggets of wisdom

Batchelor’s Shot at Brilliance

When Geely’s boutique manufacturer Lynk & Co. joined the fledgling WTCR series in 2018, they boasted of being the first Chinese manufacturer to take it to the global motorsport stage. However, thirteen years prior, another Chinese manufacturer could have made history play out differently. Brilliance Auto

Grands Prix that Never Happened: Australia and Oceania

Any self-respecting Formula One history geek knows the majority of the World Championship venues like the back of their hand. Some of the 70-odd circuits on that list have become a distant memory of the different eras of F1 – but most of them managed

Steward Ops: Michael Masi’s Inconsistent Line

The 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix provided a thrilling start to the 72nd Formula One season, with an epic, race-long battle for top honours between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. However, there was a controversial incident which decided the race in Hamilton’s favour.  The incident and how track limits affect

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

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

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

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

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