Why criticism of F1’s latest controversial locale misses the point
Formula 1 visits many destinations with 'problems', but the announcement of a race in Saudi Arabia has caused a storm of protest. MARK GALLAGHER asks if we should be surprised that a multi-million dollar sport run by capitalists goes where the dollar takes it
We live in an imperfect world, so while the news that Formula 1 is to hold a race in Saudi Arabia next autumn prompted howls of protest across mainstream and social media platforms, it is worth pausing to reflect on the championship's past before slamming the door on its future.
The media likes a good story about greedy sports bosses hoovering up money from corrupt regimes. It makes for great headlines and sneering prose, never mind that Formula 1 management has to find the cash for both the championship and its teams from somewhere. Imola and Portimao's pockets are full of fluff.
Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK
Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?
The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship
Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone
Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.
Kimi Raikkonen’s emergence as a Formula 1 star in his rookie campaign remains one of the legendary storylines from 2001, but his exploits had an unwanted impact on his Sauber team-mate’s own prospects. Twenty years on from his first F1 podium at the Brazilian GP, here’s how Nick Heidfeld’s career was chilled by the Iceman
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