Blogs

  • Points no longer mean prizes

    I think we should see how Bernie’s new system for deciding the world championship pans out before dismissing it out of hand. For years F1 fans throughout the world have bemoaned the lack of overtaking in the sport and here is a method of encouraging it which is simple, free and likely to be effective.</p> It will prevent tactical driving. The weather made the title decider in Brazil last year a thrilling race, but I for one will live very happily without seeing a team like McLaren and a driver like Lewis Hamilton embarking on a Grand Prix weekend with the sole intention of coming fifth.

    18 March 2009
    Motorsport
  • Ecclestone: no chance for Silverstone

    Silverstone has no chance of regaining the F1 British Grand Prix for 2010 in the event of Donington Park not being ready to stage the race, Bernie Ecclestone warned last week. </p> In his most direct statement yet on the subject, the F1 commercial rights holder reiterated his 'Donington or nowhere' threat, spelling it out in no uncertain terms that there would be no British Grand Prix on the calendar if the circuit near Derby was unable to deliver on its contract.

    16 March 2009
    Motorsport
  • Geely set to scoop up Saab?

    14 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • Panamera: is there a market?

    I’ve always struggled with the concept of the Porsche Panamera, and the announcement that pricing is set to start from the dizzy heights of £72,000 hasn’t done anything to assuage my doubts as to whether this is a car that anybody is waiting for. On one hand – and from Porsche’s point of view – the Panamera will be an almost half-price alternative to the forthcoming Aston Martin Rapide.

    13 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • Barrichello keeps on running

    I hope you are as delighted as me to see from recent testing times that Rubens Barrichello’s F1 career, instead of going out with a whimper, now shows strong signs of continuing with a roar.</p> I have always considered him generally underrated and, occasionally, outstanding. After all, how many other team-mates did Michael Schumacher have who could genuinely and consistently match his pace?

    13 March 2009
    Motorsport
  • The clue to Volvo’s future

    Yesterday was a big day for Volvo. It made two key announcements: one was a plan that will save it £35m over the next 12 months, and the other was the launch of the new S80L, a version of the company’s flagship saloon that’s been stretched by 140mm between the wheels, and is designed to “provide all the security needed by Chinese governmental and business customers”. The Volvo S80L will be “the most luxurious car Volvo has ever made,” according to Volvo China boss Alexander Klose.

    13 March 2009
    Confidential
  • Time to buy a drop-top

    It is supposed to rain tomorrow. There will be quite a lot of it, according to the weather girl this morning. That means it is a great time to go and get your convertible, before British summertime arrives.</p> That’s usually the theory anyway. Maybe it is the laziest used car cliche ever to say that prices of convertibles rise with the temperature, but it is true.

    13 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • End of the platform show

    Motoring journalists talk a lot about ‘platforms’ and ‘platform strategies’. They’re important, not just because they are the basic building blocks of any car, but because they are also the most expensive part of the car creation process.

    13 March 2009
    Anything goes
  • Don’t write off McLaren

    So McLaren is using special paint to see how the airflow licks the super-sleek bodywork of their new MP4-24s.</p> Actually, let me correct that. Other people are sniggering about stories in the motorsport press that suggest that McLaren is struggling in pre-season testing and may have produced a dud for 2009.

    12 March 2009
    Motorsport
  • LRX: Range Rover makes sense

    11 March 2009
    Confidential

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