• 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,  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…