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

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....

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...

Can Vettel only win from pole position?

A lot of commentators have given Sebastian Vettel a lot of criticism for his apparent inability to win from anywhere other than the front of the...

Then and Now – Sparks and Skid Plates

In the early days of the F1 world championship cars were arguably more elegant.  Any aerodynamic consideration was along the lines of reducing drag for higher top speed.  These...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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