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[29 Dec 2012 | 21 Comments | 20,529 views]
UK Viewing Figures 2012

2012 presented a closely fought season that went down to the wire in Brazil as Sebastian Vettel pipped Fernando Alonso to the Drivers’ Championship. In the UK, at least, it was also a season of major change in the way Formula One broadcast as free-to-view gave way to Sky’s premium subscription service with only half the races broadcast live and free. Despite the titanic championship battle, television ratings inevitably took a hit.

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[5 Oct 2012 | 9 Comments | 3,161 views]
Schumi The Way To Go Home

Michael Schumacher will be hanging up his helmet and retiring from Formula One. Déjà vu? Almost but not quite as it’s a very different Schumacher that leaves the sport for a second time. A bit less of an aura of invincibility surrounds the German – he may be human and not half machine after all. However, that might not be all such a bad thing.

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[19 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 2,146 views]
Formula One: The Next Generation

With Bruno Senna and Nico Rosberg currently gracing the Formula One grid, while Nelson Piquet Jr and Kazuki Nakajima presented recent examples, the sport is ripe with dynastic possibilities. So, the question is, could you have a grid of twenty four cars driven entirely by the sons, grandsons and nephews of former Formula One drivers?

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[15 May 2012 | No Comment | 1,745 views]
What a Difference a Weekend Makes

As Bahrain demonstrated, Formula One might like to think it is beyond the touch of politics but politics likes to think otherwise. No where has this been more apparent in recent times than in Venezuela. Backed by President Hugo Chavez’s socialist government, through the state-owned oil company PDVSA, Williams and Pastor Maldonado were just another pawn in Venezuelan politics…

Personal musings, Safety »

[3 May 2012 | 4 Comments | 4,010 views]
What’s Wrong With Vitaly Petrov?

Yesterday, Caterham’s Vitaly Petrov suggested that the the Mugello Circuit wasn’t really suitable for Formula One testing. Today, he’s reiterated that point in an interview with Autosport: “I don’t think we should have come here,” said the Russian. “It is not safe and wide enough. If you lose it, the walls are so close and you will smash into the tyres. It is not for Formula 1 and, if you lost the steering or the tyre pressure dropped or whatever, then it will be a big crash.”

Bahrain, Personal musings »

[21 Apr 2012 | 15 Comments | 2,036 views]
A Sense of Proportion

Should Formula One be in Bahrain? Many fans are going as far as boycotting the event (including those with a Sky subscription). Cynically, the same media that is now queuing up to berate Formula One has been conspicuously quiet on the subject of Bahrain for the eleven months in between this year’s race and last year’s aborted event. Inevitably, the ensuing media frenzy meant that politicians then jumped on the bandwagon…