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Autosport 70: F1's age-old problems and how to fix them

F1's problems and how best to fix them have been topics of debate for decades now. In the 24 August 1995 issue of Autosport magazine, a number of leading figures discussed the key issues - many of which seem incredibly familiar in 2020

Best features of 2012: Early signs Kimi would star Plus

Best features of 2012: Early signs Kimi would star

Best features of 2012 revisited: Just two, relatively low-key, races into Raikkonen's comeback, Tony Dodgins and Lotus insiders already agreed Kimi would be a winner this year, as this column from March shows

2012: F1 as it should be? Plus

2012: F1 as it should be?

F1 2012 was great for many, with seven winners from the opening seven races, but Tony Dodgins thinks some elements of the sport are flattering to deceive - and puts forward an alternative view of what F1 could be

The hidden truths of Schumacher's comeback Plus

The hidden truths of Schumacher's comeback

Bernie Ecclestone might prefer to recall Michael Schumacher first time around, but Tony Dodgins thinks that his return served to underline the true laws of the Formula 1 jungle

Celebrating Peter Sauber: F1 survivor Plus

Celebrating Peter Sauber: F1 survivor

Peter Sauber might not have won multiple constructors' championships, but he has survived in F1 for 20 years which, Tony Dodgins thinks, is no mean achievement

Raikkonen and Lotus: Opinion dividers Plus

Raikkonen and Lotus: Opinion dividers

Paddock opinion has been polarised about Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean and Lotus this year, as Tony Dodgins explains

Ferrari tactics: Right or wrong? Plus

Ferrari tactics: Right or wrong?

Is there such as thing as the spirit of the regulations? Tony Dodgins thinks not, as he analyses Ferrari's decision to incur a penalty for Felipe Massa in order to give team-mate Fernando Alonso a better chance in the US Grand Prix

Can Ferrari find the magic bullet? Plus

Can Ferrari find the magic bullet?

As Formula 1 takes off on its final, championship-deciding flyaway, Tony Dodgins doffs his cap to Red Bull – but reckons there are no guarantees for the last two races

The hard life of an F1 beginner Plus

The hard life of an F1 beginner

Lewis Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut with thousands of testing miles under his belt. For Max Chilton, things were a little different, as Tony Dodgins reports

Pay and play: The risks of a mediocre F1 grid Plus

Pay and play: The risks of a mediocre F1 grid

With more than 60 per cent of the Formula 1 grid looking for a financial contribution from its drivers, Tony Dodgins asks whether the sport is storing up problems for itself in the long run

Does Massa deserve another crack in a Ferrari? Plus

Does Massa deserve another crack in a Ferrari?

"Ferrari is my racing family," Felipe Massa said on signing a contract extension that keeps him at Maranello for an eighth season. But Tony Dodgins doesn't quite understand why

Grosjean: Really an accident waiting to happen? Plus

Grosjean: Really an accident waiting to happen?

Is the title a fair assessment of Romain Grosjean, the Lotus driver labeled 'a first-lap nutcase' by Red Bull's Mark Webber after Suzuka? Tony Dodgins thinks the Frenchman has had a raw deal

What if Vettel had got that qualifying penalty? Plus

What if Vettel had got that qualifying penalty?

Twenty-five points for Sebastian Vettel and a DNF for Fernando Alonso changed the complexion of the title battle at Suzuka but, as Tony Dodgins points out, it might have been very different had the stewards made another call on Saturday night

Who will replace Massa at Ferrari? Plus

Who will replace Massa at Ferrari?

Whether or not you think Lewis Hamilton has made a mistake signing for Mercedes, a shuffling of the pack is interesting in itself, reckons Tony Dodgins, who now turns his thoughts to Ferrari. And he reckons he knows who will partner Fernando Alonso in 2013...

The wait of the world… Plus

The wait of the world…

We still may not know Lewis Hamilton's future for sure, but despite the Singapore Grand Prix going badly wrong for him, he appeared much less of a tortured soul, says Tony Dodgins

F1's 2014 rules: If it ain't broke... Plus

F1's 2014 rules: If it ain't broke...

Tony Dodgins ponders the introduction of the new 2014 turbo engine formula, whether it will spell the end of the current level of competitiveness in the sport and asks why F1 should stop at freeing up engine and gearbox rules

McLaren is Lewis's best choice Plus

McLaren is Lewis's best choice

Formula 1 was awash over the Monza weekend with speculation about Lewis Hamilton's future, but Tony Dodgins argues that when it comes to what really matters, he'd probably be best served staying put

The end of the road for Michael? Plus

The end of the road for Michael?

There was no fairytale victory for Michael Schumacher at Spa on the occasion of his 300th grand prix weekend. Tony Dodgins was left contemplating the likelihood of Michael's 19th F1 start at Spa being his last

A 'chance' meeting with Didier Pironi Plus

A 'chance' meeting with Didier Pironi

AUTOSPORT's look back at 1982 in this week's magazine and on the website, led Tony Dodgins to recall meeting Didier Pironi in St Tropez and a series of events in which, as ever with him, truth is stranger than fiction…

Title battle may hinge on team orders Plus

Title battle may hinge on team orders

If you believe the bookies, Fernando Alonso is as good as world champion while Formula 1 is still on its summer holidays. But Tony Dodgins thinks the battle is much tighter, and that Ferrari's rivals face some tough decisions

Is Red Bull flying too close to the sun? Plus

Is Red Bull flying too close to the sun?

It may have been all banter at McLaren's press conference but in Hungary, Red Bull found itself at the centre of yet another technical controversy. Tony Dodgins wonders who is winning the brain war; the FIA or the teams

Bottas: Following in Hakkinen's footsteps Plus

Bottas: Following in Hakkinen's footsteps

Mika Hakkinen retired from Formula 1 in 2001, and left the DTM in 2007. Today he helps to guide upcoming talent and fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas, a man who Hakkinen and Williams's Mark Gillan believe may be cut from the same cloth, as Tony Dodgins discovered

Lotus: F1's most improved team in 2012 Plus

Lotus: F1's most improved team in 2012

Heading towards Hockenheim after an impressive display at Silverstone, Lotus is the most improved team of 2012. And Tony Dodgins thinks the team can give the big boys a headache in the second half of the championship

Women in F1: Do they have a chance? Plus

Women in F1: Do they have a chance?

Prompted by the awful fate that befell Maria De Villota last week, Tony Dodgins sat down with Williams development driver Susie Wolff to discuss her own plans and F1 driving opportunities for women

It's open season now... if you're driving a Red Bull Plus

It's open season now... if you're driving a Red Bull

Looking back at the Red Bull pace in Valencia, Tony Dodgins thinks it spells the end of 2012's wide-open season. He contemplates the implications for the rest of the field and Lewis Hamilton in particular

How F1 star earnings compare to other sports Plus

How F1 star earnings compare to other sports

There are no F1 drivers among the top 10 in Forbes' world 100 richest athletes while a German banker allegedly took a bribe of more than twice Fernando Alonso's earnings. Tony Dodgins muses over F1's finances

Charming Americans and alarming professionals Plus

Charming Americans and alarming professionals

Sebastian Vettel was busy helping the Americans with their grasp of Formula 1 last week, while Tony Dodgins was appreciating the mentality of established pros who flirt with the romance, challenge and dangers of the Le Mans 24 Hours

Webber to Ferrari: Could it really happen? Plus

Webber to Ferrari: Could it really happen?

As the driver market spins up and Canada winner Lewis Hamilton considers his future, one rumour persists; Webber to Ferrari. Tony Dodgins ponders whether the Red Bull man could be the first Australian to race for Maranello

Serving up a few Monaco memories Plus

Serving up a few Monaco memories

Tony Dodgins looks back at his first working Monaco GP in 1986, when tyres were a much bigger issue than today. And he recalls watching the race with tennis star Mats Wilander's granny…

The difference between good and great Plus

The difference between good and great

A fortnight is a long time in motor racing. Tony Dodgins looks at a very different weekend for Pastor Maldonado

The drama of Monte Carlo Plus

The drama of Monte Carlo

An anachronism in the modern era? Maybe so, but they've been saying that for 30 years. Tony Dodgins looks back at what the Monaco Grand Prix has meant to him

Bitter-sweet weekend for Britain's best Plus

Bitter-sweet weekend for Britain's best

Britain's two giants of Formula 1, Williams and McLaren – 17 constructors' titles between them – claimed all the headlines in Barcelona, as Tony Dodgins explains

Villeneuve and the summer of '79 Plus

Villeneuve and the summer of '79

Villeneuve's heroics inspired a generation of F1 fans, among them Tony Dodgins - who recalls how his encounters with Gilles at 1979 grands prix defined the course of his life

Does Formula 1 need racier tyres? Plus

Does Formula 1 need racier tyres?

With four different winners from the first four grands prix, there's an argument that F1 fans have never had it so good. According to Michael Schumacher, though, drivers can't push on the standard-issue Pirellis. Tony Dodgins asks whether he has a point

The show must go on Plus

The show must go on

Should we? Shouldn't we? Debates over the rights and wrongs of running the Bahrain GP went on until the last minute. In the end, of course, it did. Tony Dodgins looks back at some of the issues of the weekend

What's going on at Williams? Plus

What's going on at Williams?

On the day that Sir Frank Williams enters his eighth decade, Tony Dodgins attempts to unravel recent developments at Grove and looks at what it means for one of F1's most famous teams

Setting the scene for China Plus

Setting the scene for China

Penalties, protests and a healthy dose of paddock politics dominated Thursday at Shanghai. Tony Dodgins sets the scene for the Chinese Grand Prix

When Formula 1 appeals go bad Plus

When Formula 1 appeals go bad

Ross Brawn hopes that any potential protest about the Mercedes rear wing does not leave fans confused and race results subject to court appeals. But, as Tony Dodgins relates, F1 has not always been so considerate

Cevert: A very human drama Plus

Cevert: A very human drama

In Malaysia, Sir Jackie Stewart told Tony Dodgins about a movie that will focus on his career at Tyrrell alongside the late Francois Cevert. As stories go, it has as much to offer a movie as the epic 1976 or 1982 seasons did

Raikkonen: Why he can win races in 2012 Plus

Raikkonen: Why he can win races in 2012

After two intriguing season-opening grands prix in Australia and Malaysia, Tony Dodgins has seen enough to think that Kimi Raikkonen’s return is going to be a success

On Melbourne form we're in for a classic season Plus

On Melbourne form we're in for a classic season

Melbourne suggested it's nip and tuck at the front between McLaren and Red Bull, Ross Brawn and Mercedes are up to something clever and Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber have found their mojo. All this has got Tony Dodgins excited for 2012

Is Button set to make McLaren fly? Plus

Is Button set to make McLaren fly?

The flair, the experience and the maturity managed to overcome Lewis Hamilton at McLaren last year. Tony Dodgins reckons Jenson could do it again to launch a challenge for his second title

Red Bull's bid for a Formula 1 hat-trick Plus

Red Bull's bid for a Formula 1 hat-trick

Tony Dodgins looks into the demands and circumstances of sustained success in F1 and analyses whether Christian Horner's squad can join the short list of those who have achieved championship hat-tricks.

Odds and Sods Plus

Odds and Sods

A conversation with a wiley gambler has Tony Dodgins weighing up his bets ahead of the 2012 Formula 1 season. Does he go with Sebastian Vettel or take a punt on a rejuvenated Lewis Hamilton?

Jarno Trulli: A talent unrealised Plus

Jarno Trulli: A talent unrealised

There are probably a few million good reasons why Vitaly Petrov will partner Heikki Kovalainen at Caterham this year, but Tony Dodgins is disappointed for a man whose F1 career could have worked out very differently

Don't write Ferrari off just yet Plus

Don't write Ferrari off just yet

Despite Ferrari's largely unconvincing performance at last week's Formula 1 test at Jerez, Tony Dodgins believes that only a fool would write off the title hopes of the Italian squad just yet

How ugly rules could hurt Red Bull Plus

How ugly rules could hurt Red Bull

As Red Bull launches its RB8, Tony Dodgins looks at some of the key aspects of launch season and whether any of the world champion's rivals are potential swans

Taking a busman's holiday in Abu Dhabi Plus

Taking a busman's holiday in Abu Dhabi

The modern Formula 1 calendar often leaves little room for other races, but a call to moonlight at the newly organised Gulf 12 Hours proved too hard to resist - and, as Tony Dodgins reports, the event didn't disappoint either

Why Raikkonen was the only option for Lotus Plus

Why Raikkonen was the only option for Lotus

In the wake of Kimi Raikkonen's return to F1 action at Valencia on Monday, Tony Dodgins reckons Lotus had no option but to sign the Finn in a bid to plug the hole left by Robert Kubica

Unlocking F1's tyre secrets Plus

Unlocking F1's tyre secrets

A lack of affinity with Pirelli's harder tyres cost Ferrari dear in 2011, so its recruitment of ex-Bridgestone man Hirohide Hamashima could make a huge difference, as Tony Dodgins explains

Why Formula 1 will miss Patrick Head Plus

Why Formula 1 will miss Patrick Head

Patrick Head's decision to quit his role with Williams F1 late last year will leave a big hole at one of grand prix racing's most popular teams. Tony Dodgins reckons the paddock will be all the worse for it

Tony Dodgins' 2012 Formula 1 almanac Plus

Tony Dodgins' 2012 Formula 1 almanac

As 2011 comes to an end, Tony Dodgins offers an irreverent look on a fantastical future F1 season, including the machinations of FOTA, Ferrari's curiously self-serving new driver and Bernie's attempts to resolve the Concorde crisis

How Pirelli spiced up F1 2011 Plus

How Pirelli spiced up F1 2011

The arrival of Pirelli in Formula 1 made a huge difference in 2011. Not only did its rubber influence the competitive order, it also helped provide some great racing. Tony Dodgins takes a look back at the Italian company's F1 return

Why Grosjean deserves his second chance Plus

Why Grosjean deserves his second chance

Now the dust has settled on Renault's decision to parter Kimi Raikkonen with GP2 champion Romain Grosjean, Tony Dodgins reflects on the young Frenchman's return to the team, and to F1, and explains why it is a welcome one

Why McLaren and Honda would make a great team again Plus

Why McLaren and Honda would make a great team again

As Formula 1 closes in on a new engine formula for 2014, Tony Dodgins makes a case for reuniting McLaren and Honda - two giants of grand prix racing's past back in a time when turbochargers last ruled the landscape of the sport

Coming out in defence of Renault Plus

Coming out in defence of Renault

There was plenty of speculation following Vitaly Petrov's unexpected outburst on Russian television last week, but just what inspired it? Tony Dodgins takes a look at Renault's season to give us some answers

How the last 12 months have matured Vettel Plus

How the last 12 months have matured Vettel

After retiring early from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel was the model of maturity; sticking around in an attempt to piece together the reason for his first corner tyre failure, as Tony Dodgins explains

The trials of F1's bid to break America Plus

The trials of F1's bid to break America

Formula 1 has so far failed to establish itself in America, yet the country has now secured deals to host two races per year. The situation, however, remains far from clear, as Tony Dodgins explains

In defence of Felipe Massa Plus

In defence of Felipe Massa

Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa collided again in India. It was the sixth time this season, and this time the stewards deemed the Ferrari driver at fault. But Tony Dodgins doesn't agree, in fact he thinks the referee had a shocker!

Learning lessons from tragedies Plus

Learning lessons from tragedies

As the motorsport world reels from the deaths of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli, Tony Dodgins looks at the important questions already being asked about how to prevent future fatalities