Authors note: For the record I am not a fan of when drivers drive poorly or in a manner that is not becoming of a sportsman. I was no fan of Senna’s crashing Prost out intentionally in the F1 Pantheon regardless of his stature. I was mad as hell at Roman Grosjean for taking out Fernando Alonso at Spa back in 2012 in what surely prevented the Spaniard from winning his third Championship.  I could not believe my eyes when I watched the opening lap of the just…

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I have yet to hit the keyboard since the first free practice came to an end in Melbourne just over four weeks ago. What could be keeping me from the pages of AmerF1can.com, (mine own site mind you) which covers the sport that I assure you I am still obsessing over day in and day out? Maybe it is because there has been such great commentary and observation from the likes of Formula1blog.com that I have not seen a gap in coverage that needs addressing. Maybe it is because I…

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Author’s note: Pirelli and their tires have been in the news quite a bit lately. The below interview was conducted at the end of last year. As the process of interview to approval to publishing is not overnight this interview was conducted without the current developments the sport and Pirelli have decided to move in. That being said what Paul Hembery has to say is all very relevant. -johnpierre- It’s not uncommon to hear that F1 is disconnected from its fan base. I agree that F1 has lost…

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From GrandPrix 247 Honda has reportedly aced the winter off-season following the Japanese carmaker’s woeful return to Formula 1 last year with McLaren. That is the claim of Manuel Franco, the F1 correspondent for the Spanish sports daily AS, writes that the Honda power unit for 2016 is an incredible 223 horsepower stronger than the one with which Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button toiled with miserably last season. He said the feat has been achieved by closing the 70 horse power gap to the leading internal combustion engines of 2015, plus…

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So now the deal is done. Lotus is officially out and Renault is officially in (again). I am saddened that Lotus, a name synonymous with F1, whose founder Colin Chapman was a brilliant car designer and visionary, is no more. Although to be quite honest I did not ever really think the name Lotus was going to stick around for too long anyway. Why? It happens all the time. If you watch F1 regularly you see them come and go. Not only that, if you watch F1 long…

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This is the time of the season (well really before the season actually) when there is a possibility that each and every constructor can actually win a championship or at the very least a race. Well, almost everyone. Hm, make that at least half of the grid. Perhaps only four manufacturers, to be honest. Ok, now that I really think about it probably only three as it stands right now. Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams are probably the only teams that could win a grand prix this year on…

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Without fail the most anticipated car on the 2016 grid will be Ferrari’s. With such a leap in performance last year, after the dismal start to the new turbo/hybrid era in 2014, most of the grid is expecting Ferrari to compete with Mercedes on true pace for at the least some of the 2016 circuits. That anticipation, it is safe to say, is even more genuine than in the years Fernando Alonso came painfully close to winning the championship with the reds. Back then I think the genuine…

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ESPN F1 ran an article several weeks ago that provided the best and most complete explanation so far in regards to what happened between McLaren and long-time sponsor Tag Heuer, best known for high end luxury watches. Or course, there are always two sides to every story and in F1 that usually means more like ten sides, but what caught my eye in this piece is a quote from Ron Dennis in which he explains that while it is true Tag chose to move to Red Bull after…

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From ESPN F1 Eric Boullier says the McLaren’s painful and frustrating 2015 season “brought humility” to the team. McLaren’s first season back with Honda power resulted in the team’s worst finish since 1980, ending the year ninth in the constructors’ championship. The team hopes for big improvements in 2016, which will hinge on the progress made by Honda over the winter, but racing director Boullier says McLaren’s outlook has improved from its struggles last year. “McLaren is a big team, Honda is a big company and both have…

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