Monthly Archives: July 2013

He said what?! – Hungarian Grand Prix edition

In the green room following the Hungarian Grand Prix, the three podium finishers, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel, and Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn were watching the results on a television monitor.  Seeing that Pastor Maldonado had finished in tenth place, Brawn (I think, as he was off-camera) pointed out “a point for Williams,” and […]

Driving the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Have you ever wanted to take a lap around a real-life Formula One track?  If you live near Montréal, you can.  The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, home of the Canadian Grand Prix, is open to the public most days of the year for biking, running, or, if you prefer, driving.  The only catch: the speed limit is […]

The Grand Prix of Finland

Many times Hungary has been called ‘the Grand Prix of Finland’. A lot of Finns go to this race every year and it is always nice to see the blue and white flags waving. – Kimi Räikkönen, preparing for the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix Ever since I started watching Formula One in the late 1990s, while Mika […]

Saving Sauber (but at what cost?)

Sauber is not the first team to run a driver in exchange for sponsorship money (in this case, from three Russian firms to secure a 2014 race seat for 17-year-old Sergey Sirotkin).  Nor, in fact, is this a new ploy for the Swiss team (see: Diniz, Pedro; as well as current #2 driver, Esteban Gutiérrez, who, despite […]

Penalty points and the return of testing

On the Friday before the British Grand Prix, the World Motor Sport Council (the most powerful decision-making body in the FIA), passed a long list of changes to the Formula One sporting and technical regulations, effective for the 2014 season.  Two days later, tyres were exploding all over the Silverstone circuit and, just as the dust (or rubber) was settling, Mark Webber’s […]

He said what?! – German Grand Prix edition

Kimi Räikkönen is a man of few words (at least in public).  This should come as no surprise to anyone even slightly acquainted with his F1 career.  And his concise, brusque style has produced a number of entertaining quotations.  At the German Grand Prix last weekend, he provided another one.  With Räikkönen leading the race on lap […]

He said what?! – British Grand Prix edition

There is only one thing everyone is talking about following the British Grand Prix: the tyres.  Of course, they have been a hot topic all year, but the multiple high-speed blow-outs we witnessed over the weekend have made Pirelli and their tyres the story of the week. Photo credit: Gil Abrantes via Flickr For anyone […]