By Callum Springall Before anyone accuses me of bias – which I admittedly made no effort to hide in e182 of the NR F1 podcast – the following couple of paragraphs ought to come with a caveat: Lewis Hamilton drove the perfect race at Silverstone, which is certainly more than can be said for others […]

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By Callum Springall Since 2013, McLaren have been on what is euphemistically described as a slump – in the same way that Blackburn Rovers have experienced a ‘slump’ in recent football years. It all started with some ill-advised design changes between 2012 and 2013, before a disastrous engine switch to Honda appeared to reunite the […]

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By Callum Springall Mercedes‘ Valterri Bottas took a controlled win of fine margins in Spielberg – but with a 35-point deficit to the Formula 1 championship Sebastian Vettel, does this mean that he’s truly in the hunt to become world champion? Well, not really; 43 points out of the last 50 does indicate the new […]

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By Callum Springall A few years ago, it was races like the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that made me feel sorry for those that had to write about them afterwards. So, bear with me! Straight off the bat, we’ll start with Red Bull – and I didn’t think I’d be saying that this season! It was […]

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By Callum Springall 1: The return of the technological war Waking up on Friday morning, it felt like a return to a seemingly bygone era where the leading teams would conjure up all manner of technical developments, bordering on illegality. The news during the Sky’s coverage of FP1 concerned an engine trick used by Mercedes, in […]

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By Callum Springall Whether you are of the opinion that Monaco is essential to Formula 1 or a processional gimmick that only stays on the calendar for the money, the 2017 edition wasn’t short of intrigue – albeit for the want of overtaking. After a scintillating qualifying session that left the top three within 0.05s, including […]

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By Callum Springall It’s 1998 again, isn’t it? A scarlet Ferrari with a German driver and a silver car with a Brit and a Finn at the wheel, is enough to give most Formula 1 fans above a certain age a whiff of nostalgia. Throw into that mix the close racing and a healthy rivalry […]

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By Callum Springall A Finnish driver took his first win in Formula 1, in what was a slow burner of a Russian Grand Prix – but still incredibly tense going into the final laps. For a time it seemed to be a fairly routine win for the Mercedes new boy in Sochi, and one that […]

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By Callum Springall Despite qualifying more than four tenths down on Mercedes, it was Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari who took home what is surely the best looking trophy of the year… all right, second best. Might as well cut the British GP trophy some slack! The reasons for this are wide-ranging, as the actions of […]

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By Callum Springall After an anti-climactic yet equally refreshing opening in Melbourne, Formula 1’s V6 hybrids roared – or farted if you’re a member of the Will Buxton school of thought – into life in China. Despite a slow start and something to do with a hospital, Saturday gave rise to a fine battle between […]

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