They say fortune favours the brave, but Formula 1 is such a procession these days that playing it safe has become the winning tactic. Lewis Hamilton’s heartbreakingly unlucky engine blow up 11 laps from the end in Malaysia seven weeks ago ensured that there would be no dramatic head to head finale to the season for the Drivers’ title. All Nico Rosberg has had to do for the last four races is to stay out of trouble and come second. It seems rather fitting that … Read the rest
Never tell a teenager what to do. It’s the surest way of guaranteeing they will do the exact opposite. Toto Wolff, head honcho of Mercedes, clearly doesn’t have children. If he did, he would have been aware of the contrariness of teenagers and might sensibly have refrained from making a phone call to Max Verstappen’s dad to have a ‘chat’ about him. Wolff vehemently denied asking Daddy, a former F1 driver himself, to order his boy to stay away from his precious Mercedes drivers, as … Read the rest
One of the biggest disadvantages of being a multi sports fan is that sports inevitably clash. However, on the plus side, by the law of averages someone somewhere should win and make yours truly a happy bunny. Obviously the law of averages was out of sync today because everyone lost, apart from one favourite, who only won at the expense of another favourite. Go figure.
Football: It’s like being back in the 70s. The Scousers look good and United are utter tripe. Oh happy days … Read the rest
If F1 races in recent seasons have been predictable in their outcome because of Mercedes domination, Lewis Hamilton remains predictable in his unpredictability. After starting at the back of the grid in Spa last week and coming through a chaotic race to finish an excellent third, Hamilton returned to familiar territory at the front of the grid at the Italian Grand Prix. He had been a whopping half a second faster than teammate Nico Rosberg in qualifying so should have been on easy street in … Read the rest
After a month’s holiday, the F1 circus resumed on Sunday with the Belgium Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton had incurred so many grid penalties for taking on extra engine parts, he should have started the race in Holland. Thankfully, irrespective of the number of penalties accumulated, the furthest back he could start was in 21st place. In what was surely the most exalted last row on the grid in F1, he was joined in 22nd and last place by former team mate and two time world … Read the rest