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Dave Mortimore, aka MIE, shares his thoughts on Formula One.

Is language a barrier for non-English speaking drivers?

The topic for this post came to me when I read through some of the drivers’ comments published in advance of the British GP.  One comment in particular: Pastor...

Impact of Scottish Independence on F1

Next week, the residents of Scotland vote on whether Scotland should become an independent country. While this will have no bearing on Formula 1 as far as I can...

Then and Now – Driving for Multiple Teams

When Sebastian Vettel was winning his four World Drivers Championships for Red Bull, many commented that he wouldn’t be considered a true great until he proved he could win...

If I were FIA President

The problems affecting single seater racing are wider than just Formula 1. With so many championships on the racing ‘ladder’ competing for money and driving talent, it is hard...

Concentration – is 100% possible?

AUTOSPORT printed extracts of interviews with Jim Clark and Graham Hill that they carried out in 1962 just before the deciding race in South Africa.  They also asked Jenson...

Is this a Golden Age of Formula 1?

In 1988 McLaren won 15 out of the 16 races that season. Missing out on a clean sweep only because Senna collided with the stand-in Williams...

Then and Now: Number of races in an F1 Season

The 2019 F1 calendar has been announced, and the 21 races on it are exactly the same as the 2018 season.  This is a very rare occurrence in F1. When...

GP2 Mentality

Some of F1’s more experienced drivers have recently complained of the ‘GP2 mentality’ among recent graduates to the series.  Such complaints are certainly not new; Ayrton Senna was not...

The Best and Worst of Jacques Villeneuve

The son of mercurial driver Gilles Villeneuve (who died at the wheel of his Ferrari when Jacques was only eleven), Jacques wanted desperately to follow in his father’s footsteps....

How much experience is necessary before starting F1?

The new drivers signed for 2014 have prompted some questions over their experience, and whether they are ready for F1. Interestingly none of the three (Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen...

Then and Now – Teammate clashes

When Daniel Ricciardo hit Max Verstappen in Baku, he committed one of the worst offenses a driver can do as far as the team is concerned, he not only...

Just how good is the current Grand Prix grid?

Over a four tenths of the current 22 drivers have won a Grand Prix, with five of them in the top twenty all time winners list (all of them...

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