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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Best and Worst of Jenson Button

Jenson Button started his racing career as an eight year old, racing cadet karts at his local kart circuit. He took three years to win the British Cadet championship...

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....

Could this be the end of drive through penalties?

With the change in regulations next season, the common Engine Control Unit (ECU) will have more channels of data.  Currently the activation of DRS is controlled by the FIA...

Are tyres enough?

Some people view the glass as half empty, others as half full.  I prefer to look at things a different way – the glass is twice the size it...

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