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

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...

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...

Which was the most cost efficient team in 2016?

With Manor now looking beyond saving due to the excessive costs of competing in Formula 1, I thought it would be a good time to examine the amount the...

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...

Shelsley Walsh – The World’s Oldest Operational Motor Sport Venue

In the early years of motoring, while great city to city races were being organised in mainland Europe, the UK was constrained by a nationwide speed limit of 14...

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 Emerson Fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi was born into a racing family, both his parents raced production cars in Brazil and his father was a prominent motorsports journalist. He first started racing motorcycles...

Then and Now – Team Mates in Dominant Cars

There is no doubt that the current Mercedes team has an edge over their rivals, since the introduction of the new regulation in 2014 they have only failed to...

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...

Should we be concerned about Ferrari’s threat to leave F1?

Ferrari are the longest serving constructor in Formula 1, although they started as they meant to continue by cot turning up to the inaugural World Championship Grand Prix at...

Then and Now – Just how good are Ferrari engines?

When the Formula 1 world championship started in 1950, the sport was dominated by large manufacturers, and these were mostly Italian (Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari).  These manufacturers built...

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...

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