The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix circuit is probably my least favourite track on the Formula 1 calendar. Apart from probably the first four corners, there are no interesting points on the track from a racer’s point of view. On top of that, the concept behind the Grand Prix is something I oppose massively: the day to night transition, the marina, Ferrari World and of course the Yas hotel – it’s all shiny and gorgeous, all to create the impression that the city is just as magical as the Grand Prix would be if the track would have been interesting in any way. Continue reading
As you may have noticed, my output has decreased over the summer break. That’s not because I have suddenly lost interest in historic Grand Prix racing, but that’s because I’m planning on something very exciting for 2014!
The problem I had with my approach was that it was too random and not very cohesive. Hence I have decided that from next year onwards, I will be covering an entire historic Formula 1 season, which includes a number of previews and reviews, Grands Prix (both championship and non-championship races) and some special events like the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. So on the date that the British GP took place, the article on the British GP will also be published.
The season I have chosen to cover next season is 1964, i.e. Formula 1 fifty years ago. I’m thinking of keeping the ‘fifty years’ theme, so in 2015 I’ll be doing 1965 and so on. I will decide that after the first season of coverage, depends if people like it…
2013 British Grand Prix – Comment
It’s now been three weeks since the already infamous British Grand Prix. During this race, three blow-outs occurred in the first 16 laps of the race, after which the FIA decided to let the safety car slow the cars’ pace down to figure out why this was happening. I’ve spent some time collecting my thoughts on this and I’ve come to the conclusion that the decisions by the FIA during that race were absolutely disgraceful, as were the crowd’s reactions. Continue reading
1937 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Sunday, Nico Rosberg won the second Grand Prix of his career, becoming the first son of a former Monaco Grand Prix winner to win in Monte-Carlo himself. Rosberg was dominant all weekend, topping all three practice sessions, pole position and leading every single lap of the race. It’s the sort of dominance that has characterized Mercedes-Benz throughout Grand Prix history. An example of that is the last victory for the Silberpfeile in the streets of Monaco, which surprisingly takes us back all the way to 1937. Continue reading
1971 United States Grand Prix
Rarely you come across a podium with this much unfulfilled potential: three drivers, each one of them a potential world champion. Sadly, none of them had the time, or the luck, to actually achieve that. For one of them, the 1971 season finale was the highlight of his career in terms of achievement, though in this episode, luck was on his side at the Glen. Continue reading
2013 Malaysian Grand Prix – Comment
For the first the first time since I can remember, the three men on the podium all didn’t want to be there. The rivalry within the Red Bull team was clearly displayed on track, on team radio and in post-race body language. As if it were written in a script, Mercedes had the exact same issues, but the result could not have been more in contrast to the way things went at Red Bull. Continue reading
1970 Monaco Grand Prix
When they passed the finish line for the final lap, Jack Brabham’s mechanics cheered their team leader on, while the Lotus mechanics did the same for their leading man, the Austrian Jochen Rindt. The old Lotus had been repainted red, white and gold, while their old and classic colour livery was now featured on the car Rindt was chasing. After all that had gone wrong that weekend, second place already felt like victory, but it would be sensational if he could overtake veteran Brabham! Continue reading