Bottas on Shanghai pole as Hamilton battles with his Merc

SHANGHAI, China – Valtteri Bottas will be on pole for the 2019 Chinese F1 GP with team-mate Lewis Hamilton a notch behind him. The race is being punted as the 1000th GP but Wheel24 is scoffing that as at least three different racing styles were involved in its early meetings.Race data shows it as Bottas’…

Shanghai F1’s 1000th race: but by what definition?

LONDON, England – Formula 1 is about to run its 1000th race in Shanghai, China. Depending on how you do the calculation… Some say the racing apex has had problems with anniversaries: various statisticians, Reuters reports, have disagreed about how many starts there have been. Indeed, several race ”winners” never drove an F1 car Here’s…

F1 owner Liberty aims to keep Silverstone GP

LONDON, England – Formula 1’s American owner (since 2017) Liberty Media  is said to be closing in on a deal to keep the British GP at the historic Silverstone track. The story comes from the UK’s Financial Times newspaper and relies, the publications says, on sources familiar with the matter. The report says the final…

Hamilton had a puncture in Oz – but it wasn’t in a tyre!

LONDON, England – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton apparently did ”a fantastic job” to get what turned out to be a damaged car to the end of Sunday’s 2019 Australian F1 GP. The opinion came from Mercedes’ chief strategist, James Vowles, and was reported by Reuters. Hamilton started on pole but finished second behind team mate Valtteri…

Naughty fastest-lap point anchors Bottas in F1 history

LONDON, England – Valtteri Bottas, perhaps in revolutionary mode, not only won the first F1 GP of 2019 on Sunday but also made history in the sport by setting the fastest race-lap time to bank what one day might be a crucial extra point for doing so. He also, apparently, ignored team orders to ”play…

Lewis mocks naysayers with record eighth Oz pole

MELBOURNE, Australia – Mercedes’ Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has set a record-extending eighth pole for Sunday’s F1 GP here – his sixth in succession – with wingman Valtteri Bottas second. And so laid to rest the views of all the naysayers and the hopes of a blindsided Ferrari for a faster Italian team. Seems…

Commuting crisis: You think it was bad this morning…!

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Projections suggest that by 2037 it could take six hours to commute between Johannesburg and Pretoria – if no more highways are built. Whether such a projection will turn out to be true is really irrelevant – what counts is now and there’s no doubt that the increasing road population has outstripped…

Norris fastest as Mercs amble in Spanish sunshine

BARCELONA, Spain – Formula 1 fired up its final four-day pre-season test on Tuesday (Feb 26 2019) with McLaren’s British teenager Lando Norris fastest and Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly close. Mercedes, the pundits says, is still bluffing by tootling around the Spanish track. Alfa Romeo’s Italian Antonio Giovinazzi had been fastest (1min18.589) before lunch Alfa…

Problems in the garage for UK F1 team Williams?

BARCELONA, Spain – Claire Williams has scoffed at hints that the Williams F1 team is in financial trouble, a rumour spread before the team turned up three days late for pre-season testing here. She’s deputy team principal whose dad Frank founded what became one of the most successful teams in the sport’s 69-year history and…

Sainz Jnr ‘ready to step up’ with McLaren race seat

WOKING, England – Carlos Sainz wants to be McLaren’s lead drivers for 2019 as he replaces  fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso’s at the Formula 1 team. Reuters reports that the 24-year-old Spaniard joined from Renault (he was there on loan from Red Bull)  in a new line-up with 19-year-old British rookie Lando Norris. Sainz has a…

Ferrari unveils 2019 Formula 1 cars with vow to win

MARANELLO, Italy – Ferrari has unveiled its 2019 Formula 1 cars, machines the automaker hopes will end an era of Mercedes dominance on tracks around the world. The team also, Reuters reported, says the cars were designed to end an era of Mercedes domination ”and shatter Lewis Hamilton’s dream of a sixth championship”. The sport’s…

Red Bull’s boss scoffs at ‘more equality’ in F1 racing

LONDON, England – US-based Liberty Media, current owner of Formula 1 rights, is reported by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner as perhaps underestimating  what’s involved. He was also scathing about technical changes he deemed as expensive but doing little. The current agreements between teams, rights-holders, and the governing body will expire at the end of…