• 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 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…