Often when talk turns to the lifestyle of the F1 racing driver, it is hard not to imagine them all being playboys in the mould… Read more →
Sao Paulo’s Morumby Cemetary is a beautiful place. Rolling hills, green lawns, trees and flowers, but no gravestones, only a series of discreet plaques embedded in the grass to mark the final resting places of those who have finally found peace here. On a knoll a couple of hundred metres from the main entrance, shaded by a small tree, flaps a Brazilian flag, the base of its short flagpole covered in fresh flowers. There’s no difficulty locating the spot where Ayrton Senna lies.
Unless each entrant is limited to a single car, team orders will always be part of motorsport. Banning them in Formula One was an act of hypocrisy…
With controversy in world motorsport once again on everyone’s lips, one of the things to be positive about for Red Bull is that Sebastian Vettel retains his place on the top of the Castrol Driver Rankings with pole position and points finishes for two of the three F1 rounds in July.
So, despite trying their best to throw it all away, Red Bull came away from the Hungarian Grand Prix with a good result – and the lead in the world championship. One suspects however that, in the eyes of team principal Christian Horner and Austrian team-owner Dietrich Mateschitz, the wrong man won…
Along with millions of other race fans around the world, I was aghast when I heard Rob Smedley, Felipe Massa’s engineer, passing on the thinly-veiled order to give way to Fernando Alonso at Hockenheim
Michael Schumacher takes another bite at the cherry. How much does he stand to lose?
Now that Jenson Button has clinched the title, the Brits are raving about him. But I seem to recall that when he visited Cape Town back in 2005 he mentioned having an Afrikaans granny. So crack open the witblits, South African genes have once again made the grade in the fast world of grand prix racing…
The motorsports fraternity’s thoughts are with the families of Henry Surtees and Felipe Massa after a pair of tragic racing crashes on successive weekends. And I, like millions of fans around the world, am hoping fervently that the Brazilian Ferrari driver makes a full, speedy recovery. But I’m also concerned about the ill-considered reactions from motorsports officialdom, which only increase the levels of stress in such situations.
So Rubens Barrichello can’t understand why he didn’t win the Spanish Grand Prix, leading to speculation about “team orders” in the Brawn GP outfit? Well, the Brazilian needs only to look at his pace after the first round of pitstops: whether it was his driving or an issue with the car, fact is, he simply wasn’t fast enough.