The cost of even competing in Formula 1 is astronomical. The teams collectively spend over $2 billion annually — either immensely impressive or depressing, depending on your perspective. About half of those funds come from FOM prize money. The rest is made up by investments from manufacturers, sponsors, and pay-drivers. Spending priorities are very different […]

I started this blog just over a year ago with an analysis of junior drivers. It seemed fitting to climb my way up to Formula 1 analyses by beginning in the junior categories. Junior success doesn’t always translate exactly into Formula 1 greatness — just ask Jan Magnussen for one side of the story and Damon Hill […]

2014 was a year completely dominated by the Mercedes team, with the barest sniff of the title for Ricciardo. But who would have won the title if all cars had been equal? Were the Mercedes drivers the year’s best performers, or would other drivers have looked even better behind the wheel of a Mercedes? That’s […]

One of the most fascinating aspects of modern Formula 1 is the use of computer simulations to predict car performances and race strategies. By the early 1990s, teams like Benetton had begun to develop simple race simulators to estimate optimal strategies. Today, teams develop highly sophisticated models based on massive amounts of telemetry data. Constructing mathematical […]

The Formula 1 message boards have recently been abuzz with discussion of the Rosberg/Hamilton collision at Spa 2014. From these discussions it has emerged that many fans are not well acquainted with the rules of racing, or are confused regarding which rules apply to which scenarios. This is not particularly surprising, since the rules of […]

Arguments over whether Schumacher was greater than Fangio are not new. I’m going to present something that is new: the results of a mathematical model designed to answer who was the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time. You may disagree with any attempt to answer this question on principle, and that’s okay by me. […]

The ability to shine in wet-weather conditions is highly prized in Formula 1. This is partly because of the increased difficulty for drivers in slippery conditions with poor visibility, and partly because wet weather is considered a leveler of mechanical differences (although there are of course some chassis that are much better suited to wet-weather […]

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