Then and Now – Early Starts and Late Finishes

With next season promising to have the greatest number or races yet in the history of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with 21 races scheduled, I thought it...

Then and Now – Lap Time Comparison

In Pocast 449, Todd and I discussed the comparative lap times between the end of the V8 era (2013) and the start of this new era with hybrid...

Then and Now – Tyre Failures

When Sebastian Vettel’s tyre failed at high speed on the Kemmel straight last weekend I was reminded of a similar tyre failure that occurred in Adelaide in 1986.  The...

Then and Now – Turbo charged engines in Formula 1

In the pre-war years of Grand Prix racing (well before Formula 1) manufacturers used forced induction to get more power from their engines.  They used superchargers as the technology...

Then and Now – close finishes at Monaco

There have been many close finishes at Monaco over the years, and some have criticised Mercedes for their decision to bring Lewis Hamilton in for new tyres when the...

2015 In-Season Development

Following pre-season testing I looked at the in-season development during 2014 to try and predict likely performance in Australia 2015 . Now that we have a short break before...

Then & Now – Williams

I was fortunate enough to spend Tuesday afternoon at what has been described on the FBC podcast as everyone’s second favourite F1 team. I went to the Williams Conference...

Then and Now – the Good the Bad and the Ugly

Prompted by Todd’s comment on Podcast 417, that Ferrari have suffered bad seasons in the 1990s much as McLaren are now, I decided to take a look at the...

Then and Now – Driver Concentration

When F1 racing started the only means of communication between the team and the driver was via the pit board. Messages were short and usually consisted of the lap...

Then and Now – Honda Turbo Engine

In 1983 Honda re-entered Formula 1 after an absence of fourteen years. It chose a brand new team to collaborate with and a single entry was prepared for Stefan...

Then and Now – Opening Grand Prix Finishers

Much has been written about the small number of starters and finishers in the Australian Grand Prix, and how the small number paints the sport in a bad light....

Pre-season Testing – Jerez Day 4

Once again this morning when the cars went out on track it was damp, so most of the initial running was done on intermediate tyres. Most teams then switched...

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