1. My Classic Italian GP: 2004

    Of all the circuits on the F1 calendar, Monza is not one of my favourites. Its high-speed straights punctuated by dreary chicanes provide little challenge to the drivers, and its layout ...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about almost 5 years ago 158 reads 0 comments

  2. Oh No, Renault: Race-Fixing Rumours Surround F1 Team

    When Nelson Piquet was sacked by Renault's Formula One team last month, many predicted that it would not be the end of the story, a bitter saga that had rumbled on almost since the Brazilian arrived in F1 at the beginning of 2008...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about almost 5 years ago 914 reads 13 comments

  3. My Classic Belgian GP: 1998

    Regular B/R readers might have heard me allude to the fact that I am, these days, primarily a Renault fan. It was not always thus. Back when I began watching F1, in the late-1990s, it was the Jordan team that was my favorite...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about almost 5 years ago 342 reads 2 comments

  4. The Title No One Wants: Jenson Button's Comedy Of Errors

    After the Turkish Grand Prix in June, it looked as though Jenson Button had the F1 world championship in the bag. Six wins in the opening seven races of the season gave Button the most dominant start to a year by any driver since 2006...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about almost 5 years ago 263 reads 8 comments

  5. My Classic European GP: Nurburgring, 2007

    Welcome to the first part of the "My Classic GP" series. The aim of this set of articles is to outline a classic example of each Grand Prix left on the calendar, from my own experience of watching F1 since about 1997...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about almost 5 years ago 233 reads 2 comments

  6. The Logical Choice: Why Fernando Alonso Is Ferrari Bound

    Formula One's silly season seems to get earlier every year, but now we are firmly into the period where next season's contracts are being finalised and deals being announced...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about almost 5 years ago 1,042 reads 28 comments

  7. An Uphill Struggle: Can BMW Follow the Brawn Model?

    As BMW Sauber's workforce reel in their parent company's shock withdrawal from Formula One, questions have inevitably been asked about whether the team can undergo the same transition that came upon Brawn GP after Honda pulled out of the sport...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about almost 5 years ago 72 reads 2 comments

  8. The Best Policy: Why Brawn Should Be Honest With Rubens Barrichello

    From his demeanour immediately after most of his races these days, before the Brawn spin machine has been put into action, it's evident that Rubens Barrichello isn't exactly a happy man. The reasons for this, on the face of it, are not exactly clear...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 200 reads 3 comments

  9. New Faces: Ten Drivers Who Deserve an F1 Break

    Three new teams are set to appear on the F1 grid in 2010, and with a number of current Formula One drivers nearing the end of their careers, there are more opportunities for aspiring ...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 602 reads 10 comments

  10. Back to the Future: Why F1 Will Survive a FOTA Exodus

    With progress in talks between the FIA and FOTA stalling, and the two parties appearing increasingly at loggerheads over the governance of F1 and the 2010 regulations, the threat of a split between the two series is growing by the day...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 581 reads 1 comments

  11. The Calm Before The Storm: What June 12 Will Bring For Formula One

    The Formula One world anxiously awaits the FIA's announcement this Friday, June 12, as the full scale of the FIA-FOTA row, that has threatened in recent weeks to tear the sport apart, will be realised...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 147 reads 0 comments

  12. Full House: When Would the F1 Grid Be Maxed Out?

    The FIA World Motor Sport Council recently announced that the maximum number of entrants for a Grand Prix would be raised to 26 from its previous figure of 24, in order to accommodate a flood of new entries anticipated for the 2010 World Championship...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 535 reads 13 comments

  13. F1 Minus Four: What Would the Sport Be Like?

    In the last few days four F1 outfits—Toyota, Red Bull, Ferrari, and Renault—have threatened to leave the sport if dialogue about the new-for-2010 budget cap is not entered into between the FIA and the teams...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 258 reads 7 comments

  14. The Great Game: Ferrari's Power Play And The Future of Formula One

    Yesterday's threat by Ferrari to leave Formula One at the end of 2009 was not unexpected by those who have been paying attention, but it brought F1's present power struggle into the eye of the wider public for the first time...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 138 reads 3 comments

  15. The Burning Question: Strange Calls From Brawn GP

    As Rubens Barrichello mounted the second step on the podium for the 28th time in his Formula One career, the feeling of having been here before must have been running through his mind in more ways than one...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 174 reads 10 comments

  16. Three Empty Spaces: Who Should Join F1 In 2010?

    Budget caps and cheaper components have been controversial in F1 recently, but there's no denying that the promise of an affordable championship for next season have attracted some new names ...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 287 reads 7 comments

  17. Donington Doubts: The Future of the British Grand Prix

    Over the last week or so fresh doubts have surfaced over the future of the British Grand Prix, with 2010 race promoters Donington Ventures being taken to court by the Wheatcroft family, who own the circuit, over unpaid rent...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 149 reads 5 comments

  18. F1's Split Personality: The Dangers of Going It Alone

    In the last 24 hours several of F1's teams have expressed grave doubts about the FIA's new budget caps, set to come into force in 2010, with many fans sharing similar views...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 192 reads 2 comments

  19. F1 On a Shoestring: The Budget Cap

    As McLaren breathe a sigh of relief after their slap on the wrist at the FIA's World Council hearing yesterday, the rest of the Formula One world will eagerly be awaiting the announcement expected today of the budget caps set to be implemented for 2010...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about 5 years ago 205 reads 3 comments

  20. While the Knives are Sharpened: In Defence of Nelson Piquet

    With three races gone in 2009, it is never too early for some pundits to begin compiling a "hit list" of drivers who should be removed from their prestigious F1 seats, and few other than Nelson Piquet have made the top of most of those lists...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about over 5 years ago 334 reads 7 comments

  21. McLaren's Great Leap Forward In China: Genuine or a False Dawn?

    The great surprise of the Friday practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix came in the first of the two periods, with Lewis Hamilton topping the time sheets...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about over 5 years ago 210 reads 7 comments

  22. Amid the Wailing and Screaming: The Diffuser Case in Depth

    The words "sour grapes" are banded about perhaps a little too often in Formula One, and in no recent memory have they been uttered with greater insistence than in the latest technical debacle to descend upon the sport...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about over 5 years ago 275 reads 8 comments

  23. Gathering the Lost: Tonio Liuzzi, A1GP, and F1

    There are a great many drivers, past and present, who could be considered "lost talents" in the world of Formula One. Drivers who promised and excelled in the junior formulae, only to never receive a proper chance at the top level and fall out of favour..

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about over 5 years ago 259 reads 3 comments

  24. Seeing Red: Michael Schumacher and Ferrari's Strategic Shortcomings

    With seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher sitting on the Ferrari pit wall for the Malaysian Grand Prix, attention was always going to be focused on the team to see if they could ...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about over 5 years ago 443 reads 6 comments

  25. Smoking Guns, Silver Arrows: Lewis Hamilton and McLaren's Lies

    As the pressure mounts on McLaren, the team embroiled yet again in a damaging scandal, questions have to be raised about the role of world champion Lewis Hamilton in the affair...

    Andy Shaw Written by Andy Shaw about over 5 years ago 175 reads 6 comments