The Rookie Digest: 13 – 16 Part 4

Both of the 2012  rookie drivers are well over the halfway point and in this penultimate installment it’s clear this has been a tough four races for the pair. Leaving the shores of Europe for the Far East near the end of an already busy season is a test for any driver, but with the … Continue reading

Half Term Rookie Report: Jean-Eric Vergne

Career Stats: Jean-Eric Vergne Having the Red Bull logo painted on to your helmet is by no means a guarentee of success, in fact of late it is considered more of a poisoned chalice. Since Vettel shocked the community with a win from pole in Monza, the following Toro Rosso drivers have had a tough … Continue reading

Half Term Rookie Report: Charles Pic

Charles Pic When the young French driver joined his team Timo Glock had to Google him to find out who he was. Hopefully his German team mate also clocked up some time on You Tube as well, because that would have given him an idea that despite Pic’s apparent pre-Formula One anonymity he’s got the … Continue reading

The Rookie Digest: 5 – 8 Part 2

The rookies are getting into their stride now, eight races in they’ve firmly got their feet under the table, but now the pressure is really on. Rookie by name, but related mistakes are not looked upon kindly as one has recently discovered, and being at the back of the grid is no reason to slack … Continue reading

Half Term Report: Pastor Maldonado

The Rookie Report: Pastor Maldonado He came to the Formula 1 grid with the uneasy label of being ‘the pay driver’, his substantial backing from the Venezuelan government via the state owned oil company PDVSA led some to believe it was financial motivation on Williams’ part for his debut. Although it can’t be denied that … Continue reading

Albert Park: 1, 2, 3…Qually

Free Practice 1 Ferrari: Fernando Alonso looked in good form, he finished the day in P3, close to the time of rival Vettel. But teammate Felipe Massa ended in an off-pace P11. Force India: Last years Brazilian pole sitter Nico Hulkenberg took Paul di Resta’s car for a spin and took P18. Adrian Sutil finished … Continue reading

Rookie Report 2011: Jerome D’Ambrosio

Now this one is a little trickier to understand, The Belgian driver was signed as a reserve driver for Renault in 2010 (team principal Éric Boullier is his manager) and ended up as a Friday practice driver for Virgin Racing. He came close to Timo Glock’s times, but Virgin may have shot themselves in the … Continue reading

2011 Launches: Part 1

Today is the first day of the new season, so Happy New Year to you! Festivities out of the way, let’s get down to the business of what the new year brings. This is the first chance the teams gets to put rubber on the track after a long off-season since the sun set in … Continue reading

411: Drivers & Teams 2011

Hope you’re coping well with the weather; trudging to work in the snow is not my favourite thing to do first thing in the morning. But once I returned home (through the sludge…snow is depressing once it’s walked on don’t you think?) I found the first sign of spring… FIA announce provisional 2011 entry list: … Continue reading

The Pirelli Test

With the end of the 61st season we bid farewell to the fly-away; getting up at 5am to watch qualifying and wishing we were there (unless you were, and if so I’m extremely jealous!). We also said so long to Bridgestone. Bridgestone has been the sole tire supplier since 2007 after Michelin pulled out. Deciding not … Continue reading

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