• Formula 1,  History,  Statistics

    The 2020 Austrian Grand Prix: a statistician and historian’s breakdown

    The 2020 Austrian Grand Prix saw this year’s Formula 1 World Championship finally burble into life last weekend, almost 4 months after its originally scheduled start. It is the first part of an Austrian double-header, with the Styrian Grand Prix scheduled to take place at the same location this weekend. This will be the first time that the same circuit has ever hosted two Formula 1 races within the same calendar year. Or, at least, on different weekends within the same calendar year: the 1959 German Grand Prix at AVUS was decided by the aggregation of the results from two 30-lap heats during a single race meeting.   The Finn…

  • Formula 1,  Racing drivers,  Statistics

    Formula 1 2020: the inevitable preview

    Formula 1 2020. Here we go again. Neither an infectious respiratory illness pandemic nor Greta Thunberg could stop it, the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is back for its seventieth year. 2020 features twenty cars and drivers, nineteen of whom are going to be mightily disappointed. But one will be number one, which is all that really matters. Top level sport and mid-range sporting entertainment is what we’re all here for, so let’s not waste any more time and take a look at the runners and riders. MERCEDES The Mercedes team enter the 2020 season on the cusp of all-time greatness, having already achieved enough that they need not worry…

  • Formula 1,  History,  Statistics,  The Pantheon

    Lewis Hamilton vs Michael Schumacher: the battle for statistical superiority in Formula 1

    It’s Lewis Hamilton vs Michael Schumacher: increasingly in Formula 1 circles the topic of conversation turns to the poignant and extraordinary question, can Lewis Hamilton surpass all of Michael Schumacher’s Grand Prix racing records? It’s a poignant question because Schumacher’s state of health and well-being is still understandably tightly guarded and shrouded in mystery following the terrible head injuries he sustained in his skiing accident at the end of 2013. It’s an extraordinary one because a lot of the people asking it also witnessed the Schumacher juggernaut accumulating these fearsomely high numbers and genuinely never thought it would come up in their lifetime, let alone within a decade and a…

  • Formula E,  Racing drivers,  Statistics,  Women racing

    Formula E: Eight things you should know

    The 2019/20 FIA Formula E championship arrives in Marrakech, Morocco this Saturday for the fifth round of its sixth season. Having weathered scepticism throughout its life, Formula E has begun to truly emerge as one of the most reliably exciting and dramatically storied series in world motor racing. With it also being one of the few top-line racing series currently available to watch on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom, anyone with a desire to get into motorsport could do significantly worse than to open the iPlayer this weekend and give it a go. Today, here are eight key points that you need to know ahead of the lights going…