Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Without overtaking all we have to watch is a race where the cars go round and round for 90 minutes with the race winner being the pole sitter. And all too frequently over the last five seasons or so that has been the norm. The cars finish roughly in the same position they qualified. The television pundits and media folk talk excitedly to the drivers and team principals about what a fantastic race we have just witnessed when in reality nothing at all has happened. But for some strange reason they think that we fans will be just as excited as they are. But we are not. We the fans will have paid around £400/£500 to sit in a grandstand to witness a procession, where absolutely nothing of note has occurred. For sure the cars are magnificent pieces of automotive engineering and the drivers are so good that they maximise the performance of their cars but it is so very boring to watch.
I think overtaking is absolutely vital to the sport of F1. A successful overtake requires skill, bravery and generally a faster car. It is one of two things that make the fans jump out of their seats in excitement. A great overtake is remembered for ever. My own favourite is Nigel Mansell on Nelson Piquet, Silverstone 1987 and the subsequent track invasion. No doubt you have your own favourite. The second thing we love to see? Well that’s a spectacular crash.
Monday, 16 June 2014
We drive our Landrover Discovery from Aylesbury in the UK to Ferrara in Italy on route to the 2014 Mugello MotoGP.
Sunday, 5 January 2014
The start of 2014 season saw the biggest technological change to the design of Formula 1 cars in the history of Grand Prix racing. So it was a great relief that the first 3 races of the F1 season produced extraordinary exciting racing and in the Bahrain Grand Prix probably the best race in living memory. This despite predictions of doom and gloom from many F1 pundits.
It is my opinion the changes have improved the racing tremendously. The new 1.6 litre hybrid engines develop tyre shredding torque which has placed new demands on the driver’s skill. Most drivers are meeting the challenge admirably but surprisingly Kimi and Seb are for the moment struggling to reproduce last season’s pace. It’s fascinating to watch.
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Formula 1 and motorcycle grand prix comment and opinion by John Sinker.