Do drivers influence mechanical reliability?
Car reliability has always played a central role in Formula 1 — an inevitable consequence of teams not wanting to leave any potential performance unexploited. Mechanical DNFs at inopportune times have decided numerous championships. Who can forget Mansell’s puncture at Adelaide 1986 or Hamilton’s shock engine failure at Malaysia 2016? Many of the sport’s most […]
The rules of racing
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 […]
Who was the best wet-weather driver?
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 […]
The safest hands in the business
Success in Formula 1 is as much about consistency as outright speed. It is easy to point to historical examples of drivers being outscored by their teammates across a year despite being the much stronger driver over a single lap. In 1984, Prost outqualified his champion teammate Lauda 15-1, but was narrowly beaten by Lauda […]