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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...

Where will future F1 engineers come from?

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity for a tour around Oxford Brookes University recently, specifically looking at their motor sport faulty.  The university has been running courses...

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....

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...

Who has best Power Unit? Monza may tell the story

The FIA measures the speeds of the cars at each of the intermediate timing points around the circuit and over the finish line.  In addition they have a speed...

Lewis Hamilton has he been let down by Mercedes?

Looking at the points deficit Lewis Hamilton has to his team-mate after seventeen races, and the number of power units that each has used to get to this point...

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...

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...

Driver Reaction Times

The news that Pastor Maldonado has lost his seat at Renault came in the same week that the BBC Radio Four series The Infinite Monkey Cage broadcast a...

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...

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 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...

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