• Formula 1,  History,  Racing drivers,  Single seaters,  The Pantheon

    The Pantheon: Juan Manuel Fangio – the greatest

    There’ll never be another driver like Juan Manuel Fangio. In the year that the Formula 1 World Championship is marking its 70th anniversary, when the sport’s current master driver stands on the cusp of breaking all of its proudest records, Fangio’s position remains unassailable. It is possible that Fangio is the greatest racing driver who has ever lived; at the very least he was as great as any who have a realistic competing claim. San José de Balcarce is a small town 260 miles to the south of Buenos Aires. It’s the kind of place that nothing much ever happens, nor is it ever expected to. It was here that…

  • 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,  Racing drivers,  The Pantheon

    Niki Lauda and the Formula 1 pantheon

    Niki Lauda, the Austrian three-time World Champion who continues to leave an indelible mark on the sport of Grand Prix motor racing, would have been 71 years old this week. An opportune time, then, to introduce the +1 Lap Pantheon: an ongoing collection of portraits and stories of the people whose impact on Formula 1 cannot be weighed. Over the course of a four-decade long dalliance with Formula 1, Lauda wore many hats, not least of which was the famous red cap he used to disguise the ferocious scarring acquired at the Nürburgring in 1976. During his career, he would occupy the roles of pay driver, gifted number two, inspirational…