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Last year, I presented model-based rankings for all the 2014 season drivers. These rankings are derived from a mathematical model, described here, that statistically estimates the strength of driver and team performances in each year, as well as overall career performances for drivers. It achieves this by finding the best fit to all race result […]

Recent years in Formula 1 have been challenging for viewers, with Red Bull dominance in 2011 and 2013, followed by Mercedes dominance in 2014 and 2015. Periods of team dominance are not new to Formula 1, since differences in car performance have always trumped differences in driver performance. Nevertheless, the level of dominance achieved by Mercedes […]

With silly season underway, it is a good time to consider which junior drivers are most deserving of a Formula 1 seat next year. Any incoming juniors will obviously be competing not only with the current grid but also recent drivers Vergne, Magnussen, Gutierrez, van der Garde, and Sutil. And of course, it’s doubtful drivers […]

I grew up reading many Formula 1 fact books and encyclopedias. Despite their different sources, ages, and authors (all English language, I should mention), they told approximately the same story of Formula 1 history, with the same heroes and villains. Drivers with two or more titles were usually considered the “true greats”, joined by a select […]

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 […]

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