An important day for Formula 1

    As the F1 circus sets up shop in Bahrain, the big players will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) in London, with a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group, followed by an F1 Commission. If all goes well, we should by then have the basics of Formula 1's plans for 2021 and beyond, including new regulations... [Continue reading]

    Posted 25 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General


    The F1 world arrived in Melbourne full of energy and the enthusiasm that is always there when a season begins. There was a good season launch in Federation Square in downtown Melbourne and all 20 drivers and the 10 team principals all managed to turn up. There were probably 10,000 people there, but there could ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 14 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Charlie Whiting 1952 - 2019

    FIA Director of Formula One, Charlie Whiting, has sadly passed away this morning (14 March 2019), in Melbourne, aged 66, as the result of a pulmonary embolism, three days before the Australian Grand Prix which will open the F1 season. Charlie began his F1 career in 1977 working at the Hesketh team, th... [Continue reading]

    Posted 14 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Thoughts on arrival in Melbourne

    So, the winter is done and the 100 Fascinating Facts are finished. There wasn't much time off and so I guess I must try harder this year to get some done during the season, in order to earn myself some time off next winter. Not sure when Volume 3 will be published (maybe around the British GP), but I will p... [Continue reading]

    Posted 12 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Come and meet Joe at the beach!

    Joe's Audience events are highly popular with Formula 1 fans around the world, offering a unique insight into the sport, with a journalist who has been to every single F1 race since the autumn of 1988, more than 540 races in total. Such experience and contacts gives you insights into the sport, both in the ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 12 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General

    DIY racing. Fascinating F1 Facts: 100

    In the movie Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear makes an apposite remark as he and Sheriff Woody are hurtling through the air (as you do). "This isn't flying," Buzz says, "this is falling - with style." We all know that humans cannot fly. Nor can most animals and there are plenty o... [Continue reading]

    Posted 10 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Going round in circles. Fascinating F1 Fact: 99

    The sands are forever shifting in Formula 1 and never was that the case more than when Ferrari decided that it needed to hire McLaren's technical director John Barnard in 1986. Barnard has designed the McLaren MP4/1, the first carbonfibre composite car in F1 in 1981 and allied to the TAG turbo engine in 198... [Continue reading]

    Posted 09 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General

    A fairytale. Fascinating F1 Facts: 98

    Motor racing has a way of creating fairytales which propel people much further than they could possibly imagine. Chris Murphy grew up in Bolton in Lancashire, a former mill town close to Manchester, where the economy was in a sorry state by the 1970s. His father was a truck driver and while Chris was ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 08 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Even the best screw up. Fascinating F1 Facts: 97

    Porsche has a outstanding reputation for building the finest performance cars available. They are well-engineered, beautifully-designed and are not only sporting but also very reliable. But, even Porsche can get it wrong, although they may not like being reminded of it. The story began back in the 193... [Continue reading]

    Posted 07 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General

    A weary enthusiast. Fascinating F1 Facts: 96

    Fraire is a small place on the main road from Charleroi south to the French border. The town has been bypassed now, but at the top of the hill as one leaves is the Mattozza garage, where you can fill up, buy bits and bobs and have your car serviced. The name is proudly above the door. As the name sugg... [Continue reading]

    Posted 06 Mar |  0 Comments | Category: General