Saturday, 16 November 2019

New Motorsport Week article: Why Interlagos is so special

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Circuits come; circuits go. Particularly in recent times.

But somehow among it all Interlagos, host of the Brazilian Grand Prix, has lived on. And done so as a circuit apart.

It's a circuit apart in more ways than you might think too. So in my latest feature for Motorsport Week I explore the many ways that make Interlagos so very special.

You can have a read of my take here: https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/25224

2003 Brazilian Grand Prix review for Motor Sport Magazine

By Marlon Hammes, cropped/retouched by Morio - Interlagos
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Interlagos has good claim to be Formula 1's equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle. Anything it seems can happen here, from the sublime to the - literally - ridiculous.

But no Brazilian Grand Prix squeezed so much craziness in as the 2003 edition - and it did so both into the race and afterwards.

In my latest F1 retro for Motor Sport Magazine I tell the incredible tale. You can have a read here: https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/news/f1/rain-fire-and-wind-change-2003-brazilian-gp-may-be-f1s-craziest-race

Monday, 11 November 2019

Race of Remembrance report for Autosport and Motorsport News

Race of Remembrance at Anglesey was once again a motorsport event like no other, as is befitting of a meeting that calls itself 'a Remembrance Service with a race attached'.

The 12-hour endurance race last weekend was its usual eclectic mix of cars and fascinating stories.

And here for Autosport and Motorsport News here is my report on the race: https://www.autosport.com/national/news/147095/race-of-remembrance-lotus-wins-after-late-scare

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

The top 4 golf courses every golfer should play in their lifetime

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Golfers should make an effort to play on major golf courses. It will enlighten them to do so as they learn about golf history and enhance their skills too. Whether you choose to play at the old golf course at St Andrews or the Royal Porthcawl in Wales, it is a good idea to play on major courses as it creates memories and allows you to see where the pros play in major tournaments. Major places with excellent golf courses include the US, England, and Scotland. Regular reviews on major golf courses in the world will help you identify the best course to visit.

Here are the top four golf courses every golfer should play in their lifetime:

1.    Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The golf course is located in South Carolina. The main point of attraction is that it is near the ocean. Most golfers have ranked it as one of the toughest golf courses in the world. It is memorable as it was the host for Ryder Cup in 1991. The tournament is famous as one of the tournaments in which the US won over the European team narrowly. The PGA Championships for Rory McIlroy in 2012 was also held here. Golfers who have been to Kiawah Island Golf Resort conclude that it is a challenging and a good experience for golfers who value rough playing terrains.

Monday, 4 November 2019

The Evolution Of F1 Circuits, by Leasing Options

As we roll on towards the latter stages of the Formula 1 calendar, Leasing Options thought it'd take a moment to delve into the history of some of the circuits on the calendar that have been raced on for decades to see how much they've changed since they were built.


Friday, 1 November 2019

New Motorsport Week article: Greg Moore - the lost F1 legend?

By RickDikeman - Own work, CC0, https://commons.
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Yesterday was an important, and sad, day in motorsport. As it marked 20 years since the his untimely passing of Canadian up-and-coming driver Greg Moore.

He certainly would have become a legend in US single-seater racing, and his future might even have been in Formula 1.

Five wins and five poles in four Champ Car seasons, and a best final championship position therein of fifth, don't support this. But you know what they say about lies, damned lies and statistics.

For Motorsport Week I look back at the lost legend. You can have a read about why Moore was so special here: https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/25042

Thursday, 31 October 2019

1984 Dallas Grand Prix review for Motor Sport Magazine

By twm1340 - 1984 United States Grand Prix, Fair Park,
Dallas, Texas, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.
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These days the United States Grand Prix - the latest of which is this weekend - is pretty well established at the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas.

Yet F1 has had another Texan host, that for the Dallas Grand Prix in 1984. That one is often dismissed by history as a fiasco, crumbling track and all.

But it had bags of potential, and could have gone on to became one of F1's most important rounds.

For Motor Sport Magazine, in my latest F1 historic look-back, I tell the tale. You can have a read here: https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/opinion/f1/formula-1-it-s-not-only-engines-whine-1984-dallas-grand-prix

Thursday, 24 October 2019

1970 Mexican Grand Prix review for Motor Sport Magazine

By John Chapman (Pyrope) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
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In the latest of my Formula 1 retro look-backs for Motor Sport Magazine ahead of a grand prix weekend, I look at the Mexican Grand Prix's infamous 1970 edition.

It didn't have all that much to recommend it on-track, but it was notorious for what happened just off it. As it was, as Autocourse put it, "lined with human guard rails". Thanks to a vast crowd turning up, and them proving to be beyond control.

I therefore look back and tell the tale. You can have a read here: https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/history/f1/f1-race-lined-human-guard-rails-1970-mexican-grand-prix

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

New Motorsport Week article: Formula 1’s only ‘cancelled’ race – the 1985 Belgian Grand Prix

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It looked fleetingly last weekend like the Japanese Grand Prix could be called off, with the impact of Typhoon Hagibis.

But the race went on. As in Formula 1 it always does in the end. Literally, as it may surprise to learn that never once in F1 history has a race been scratched after the meeting has got underway.

Well, apart from one time. Sort of. Then the race did happen, but some three months after the Friday running.

This was the Belgian Grand Prix in 1985. In my latest for Motorsport Week I tell the story:  https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/24833

Thursday, 10 October 2019

The rise of Mercedes in F1 from 1994-2019, by Hospitality Finder

If you want an immediate and visual sense of Formula 1 success over the last quarter century, then you won't find much better than this. Here's an impressive interactive graphic highlighting the ebb and flow, and particularly the rise of Mercedes in F1 from 1994-2019, with stats analysed and compiled by Hospitality Finder.

It starts with Benetton on top in its mid-1990s Michael Schumacher heyday; then Williams, McLaren and, especially, Ferrari striding forth. That's before Red Bull and then of course Mercedes start to step in. You'll also see the isolated victories of other teams sneaking in at the bottom...

The original interactive graphic can be found here.