Category Archives: Features

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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

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Stefan Grand Prix: A Tale of Persistence

Every few years or so, the FIA opens up a tender process to add potential new entries to Formula 1. CNC magnate and NASCAR team owner Gene Haas was the last recipient of an official FIA entry, which he wisely deferred until 2016 to give

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Power Strangers: Asiatech’s short F1 stint

After seven years in Formula 1, Peugeot Sport decided to pull the plug on its engine supply program having achieved relatively little during its time in the sport. Spiralling costs and the deterioration of the partnership with Prost Grand Prix became the final nail in

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Analysis: Prost’s setup for miserable millennium

If you were to look up the phrase “annus horribilis” in any contemporary Latin dictionary, you could be forgiven for expecting a picture of a world-weary Alain Prost, circa 2000, with fingernails neutorically gnawed down to the quick. Annus horribilis became an almost clichéd phrase

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Reinventing the wing: how a reject almost changed motorsport

The mid-1950s were simpler times. Full employment was widespread in the Western world. Stalin had just died, and the Khrushchev thaw was in full swing. The internal combustion engine reigned supreme. As atomic research made huge leaps year after year, the status quo was satisfactory