Notebook from Kansai Kokusai Kūkō

    In the Formula 1 world, one gets to visit some remarkable places in the course of each season, and with more races no doubt we will encounter even more of them, although there won’t be much time to enjoy any of it… as the calendar gets bigger and our personal lives contract still further.... [Continue reading]

    Posted 17 Oct |  Click for comments | Category: Notebook

    A little longer than usual after the race...

    The Japanese Grand Prix was a race that Valtteri Bottas won at the start. He surged ahead of the Ferraris on the front row and then charged away, while Lewis Hamilton battled with Sebastian Vettel for second place. Charles Leclerc ruined his own race - and that of Max Verstappen, by overly aggressive drive... [Continue reading]

    Posted 13 Oct |  Click for comments | Category: GP+ Magazine


    I find myself in the rather strange situation of having some time during a Grand Prix, allowing me to write a blog item. This is because of Typhoon Hagibis, which is currently beating at the window of the hotel where we stay in Shiroko, a nice enough little town on the coast, a few miles from Suzuka. ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 12 Oct |  Click for comments | Category: General

    New teams

    There have been rumours for several weeks about potential new teams in Formula 1, with a couple of projects being floated in the media, clearly because those involved want to have their names out there in an effort to attract attention, presumably as they wish to raise money. This has obviously i... [Continue reading]

    Posted 04 Oct |  Click for comments | Category: General

    The situation at Ferrari

    There is plenty of blather out there on the Internet today about Ferrari team orders and the relationship between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc...  The facts are as follows: Ferrari planned to use Charles Leclerc to give Sebastian Vettel a tow at the start of the Russian Grand Prix, to get... [Continue reading]

    Posted 03 Oct |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Notebook from Sheremetyevo

    If one cannot get out in time for a Sunday night flight from Sochi, one inevitably ends up in Alexander Pushkin International Airport in Sheremetyevo, just to the north of Moscow, and usually there is then a long wait to make connections to the west. This means that once the work of a Grand Prix weeke... [Continue reading]

    Posted 02 Oct |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Six hours after the race...

    The Russian Grand Prix looked like it was going to be a controversial in-house fight between the two Ferraris, as Sebastian Vettel took the lead, using Charles Leclerc's slipstream. The goal was to get the second Ferrari ahead of Lewis Hamilton. But then Vettel decided not to give the place back. ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 29 Sep |  Click for comments | Category: General

    McLaren, Mercedes and Renault

    McLaren Racing and Renault Sport Racing have confirmed that their Formula 1 power unit supply agreement will not continue when the current three-year contract expires at the end of 2020. Zak Brown, Chief Executive of McLaren Racing, commented:  “Renault has been instrumental to ou... [Continue reading]

    Posted 28 Sep |  Click for comments | Category: General

    A big story coming...

    It is quiet in the F1 paddock in Sochi. The F1 circus has been flat out for the whole of the month of September with four races in five weekends, but beneath the surface things are bubbling away. The word is that there will soon be a major announcement with McLaren ending its relationship with Re... [Continue reading]

    Posted 27 Sep |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Notebook from here, there and everywhere

    Life is pretty busy at the moment, as readers of the blog may have noticed. I’m sitting in the check-in area in Paris Charles de Gaulle, bound for St Petersburg, but I seem to be an hour or two earlier than I should be. I was here in Terminal 2C yesterday, arriving back from Singapore and I have sinc... [Continue reading]

    Posted 26 Sep |  Click for comments | Category: Notebook