The Ascension of Jenson Button

‘I can’t see a time when I might stop.’ The 2012 Formula One season unveiled many new things, stepped noses, Kimi Raikkonen, a reshuffled grid and one driver with a fresh delivery of self confidence. Opening the year with a win is simply the only way to do it as they are stamping their authority … Continue reading

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Happy 100th to me!

Yes, this is the 100th post on Rookie F1! When I started this I had no idea quite what I was letting myself in for, I hardly expected to wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for a blog, or for that matter find myself switching the laptop on to write … Continue reading

Valencia: Race Day

Lazy Sunday Afternoon The Race: Well what can be said about this race that couldn’t be summed up in a great big long comedy snore? Okay, it wasn’t quite that bad, there were moments where you thought it could get interesting; Schumacher’s front wing got fresh with Petrov, Alonso got past Webb…wha? My bad. Jokes … Continue reading

Canada: Race Report

Push the Button for  Wacky Races The Race: There’s no other way to describe the lunacy that we witnessed today, from start to finish it was the Formula One equivalent of a midlife crisis. Brushing the sleep from their eyes after sliding back the curtains, the Gilles Villeneuve circuit was drenched, as if overnight someone … Continue reading

Monaco GP: Race Report

Drama, drama, drama The Race: The race around the streets of Monaco is usually considered a processional, but it’s one we make an exception for. But let’s be honest Monaco is much more than a F1 race, it a massive excuse for the great and the good (and the questionable) turn up. Amongst the questionable … Continue reading

Monaco: 1, 2, 3…Qually

Free Practice 1 Ferrari: Very positive practice for the team as Alonso gets very close to the top spot, and Massa goes 4th. Force India: Di Resta returns to the track after 6 years, and his apprehension puts him far behind the more experienced Sutil. Both had been tasked with accessing updates that were abandoned … Continue reading

Circuit de Catalunya: Race Day

Chasing the Charging Bull The Race: Spain holds the first true European race, and this certainly had the relaxed flavour we needed after frenetic pace of the slice of Turkish delight we treated ourselves to a couple of weekends ago. There are 24 seats around the table this year, but some are looking wobbly under … Continue reading

Sepang: Race Day

If this season was a meal, the race in Australia was merely you wiping your feet on the mat before entering the restaurant, by the end of this emphatic race, it proved to be the amuse bouche. A tiny taste of what was to come, something to tickle the tastebuds, to amuse the mouth. Oh … Continue reading

21st Century Formula One: The Social Paddock

There is no doubt that, since its inception, groundbreaking technology has been at the forefront of Formula One. It’s always been about gaining those extra tenths. How? Through exorbitant budgets, a design genius, talented drivers, a committed team? There are so many variables that it’s a matter of these plus more, and perfect timing. And … Continue reading

2011 Launches: Part 2

We’ve had the majority of the launches now (part 1 is here), but there are a few stragglers to round up as we head ever closer to the second test in Jerez. Even without bias, it would be hard to ignore the hype surrounding the highly anticipated launch of McLaren’s 2011 effort. The MP4-26 interest would … Continue reading

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