On Sunday evening in Singapore, one man will stand on the grid, his gaze alternating between crowded grandstands and two blue-and-orange cars, thoughts transporting him back to 2014 when he sat on the other side of the fence with his mates. While they concentrated on another Lewis Hamilton procession - after Nico Rosberg retired with wiring issues - Stephen Fitzpatrick was consumed by other thoughts: how to get himself into Formula 1.
It was no idle dream, for the Belfast-born entrepreneur had more than proven his mettle in the City before founding a string of successful ventures. Still, F1 seemed too far away to be tangible. Formula E it would be, the then 36-year-old reflected - particularly as he was in the sustainable-energy business via his OVO Energy start-up.
In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge
Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?
OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation
OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history
Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why
Lewis Hamilton can't imagine F1 rivals being closer at Singapore GP
Top F1 teams could decide Williams/Force India battle for fourth