Tag: Formula One

Arjun Maini: The Chariot Driver
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Arjun Maini: The Chariot Driver

India and F1 — A saga that seems to try its best to disappoint every time you talk about it. Let’s go back and look at our history with this magnificent sport: In 2005, Narain Karthikeyan arrived on the scene with a team of relative legend, Jordan F1. However, he caught them on their worst...

Monaco GP controversy: Deciphering the Kimi Raikkonen fan club
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Monaco GP controversy: Deciphering the Kimi Raikkonen fan club

The podium ceremony at the Monaco Grand Prix was painful to watch. Apart from the thorough mis-management from the organizing team at the track, I was amused to see the win of Sebastian Vettel from P2 marred with controversy when ideally you would expect Tifosi from around the world celebrating Ferrari’s first Monaco GP win since...

An unstable stable: Of Ferrari and disappointments
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An unstable stable: Of Ferrari and disappointments

For the last few years, it has been no less than torture being a Ferrari fan. A typical schedule of the season for a Ferrari fan goes something like this – Ferrari unveil a red car, make wild predictions, do fantastic glory runs in testing and catch everyone’s eye, leading to speculation of a competitive...

Why Ferrari could win the world championship in 2017
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Why Ferrari could win the world championship in 2017

You know F1 is ready for a major shake up when fans are genuinely happy about the new regulations and cars. F1 2017 has ticked most of the boxes – better noise, faster and wider cars, better video content on social media and of course, an element of nail-biting rivalry between the teams. And time...

F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Test 2 Day 4
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F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Test 2 Day 4

Today marked the last outing for the 2017 cars and drivers before landing in Melbourne in 2 weeks’ time. Naturally, data gathering is important at this stage for teams like McLaren-Honda, who have had the worst start to their season. McLaren drivers put together 4 days of running couldn’t make up to Sebastian Vettel’s 2...

F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Test 2 Day 3
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F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Test 2 Day 3

It isn’t the best of times when teams stay mum about their thoughts regarding the new cars. A few fans and publications were certainly not impressed with Ferrari’s media blackout. But their prospects made rounds around the paddock with a new Mercedes member – Niki Lauda, this time praising Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel’s mid-day press address specifically...

F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Test 2 Day 2
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F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Test 2 Day 2

With just under 16 days to go for the Australian Grand Prix, teams and drivers are still in testing period in Barcelona, racking up mileage and data. The biggest statement coming out of testing is Ferrari’s 2017 championship prospects after a failed 2016 campaign. Lewis Hamilton hailed the Italian outfit as favourites going into the...

F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Test 2 Day 1
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F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Test 2 Day 1

After a week of break for all teams, the circus returns back to Barcelona for a second and final testing session before the season opener at Melbourne. This is the time you would ideally see teams out there every minute of the day trying to gain as much data as possible from the track programmes. This...

F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Day 4
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F1 2017 Testing – Barcelona Day 4

While Barcelona decided to start the day on a bright note with seemingly warmer temperatures, F1 scheduled the day for wet weather testing on artificially soaked track to try the wet weather tires manufactured by Pirelli for 2017. The day was planned in such a way that once watered in the morning, the track would gradually dry out...

F1 2017 Testing: Barcelona Day 3
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F1 2017 Testing: Barcelona Day 3

It is the third day of the first pre-season test in Barcelona and it is the last day for some of the drivers on the grid to gain mileage in their new 2017 cars. With teams running different programmes from short run stints to full race simulations, it is the best representation of how the packages...