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Sideview Cartoon - Ferrari's Briefing

By Carlo Baffi

Ferrari's Briefing

Straight Talk - Two Lost Opportunities

By Luis Vasconcelos

Ferrari threw away the chance of upsetting the form book in Montreal when Sebastian Vettel was called into the pits on lap 11 of the Canadian Grand Prix, effectively committing the German to a two-stops strategy on a day tyre degradation was remarkably low.

Sideview Cartoon - Ricciardo's Nightmare

By Carlo Baffi

Ricciardo's Nightmare

Straight Talk - Peace in our time

By Luis Vasconcelos

The Monaco Grand Prix gave Lewis Hamilton a much deserved first victory of the year, but to achieve the win the triple World Champion benefited from two events that were out of his control: Nico Rosberg accepting to let him through at the start of lap 16 and Red Bull's terrible pit stop blunder on lap 32, robbing the Australian of a victory that was fully deserved...

Sideview Cartoon - Match in Monte Carlo

By Carlo Baffi

Match in Monte Carlo

Straight Talk - Damned if you do...

By Luis Vasconcelos

Car manufacturers spend millions of dollars in motor sport because they see it as a great marketing tool. So with 36 Grand Prix victories in the last 43 races, Mercedes should be very pleased with the investment made since the end of 2009...

Sideview Cartoon - A normal day at the butcher

By Carlo Baffi

A normal day at the butcher

Sideview Cartoon - Walk in Sochi

By Carlo Baffi

Walk in Sochi

Straight Talk - Can we have Christmas in April?

By Luis Vasconcelos

As I wait for my flight to Moscow for boarding, the people that will decide the future of Formula One should be arriving at Bernie Ecclestone's Biggin Hill airport for a meeting to decide the 2017 Regulations which need to be approved by next Saturday.

Sideview Cartoon - Art in Mercedes' Hospitality

By Carlo Baffi

Art in Mercedes' Hospitality

Straight Talk - Always look on the bright side of life

By Luis Vasconcelos

Formula One's ability to shoot itself in the foot has probably made you forget we've actually had two brilliant Grand Prix to start the 2016 season. Yes, Nico Rosberg won both races, but behind the two top teams there were plenty of battles to keep the fans entertained.

Sideview Cartoon - Too many doctors make you sick

By Carlo Baffi

Too many doctors make you sick

Straight Talk - On knee-jerk reations

By Luis Vasconcelos

The state of disarray that has hit Formula One's governance was painfully obvious last weekend in Melbourne. The last qualifying session had barely finished and already Team Principals were declaring the new format, "rubbish", and insisting we should go back to the previous format...

Sideview Cartoon - All against Lewis!

By Carlo Baffi

All against Lewis!

Straight Talk - A crucial season begins

By Luis Vasconcelos

It's that time of the year again, when we are flying to Melbourne the nearly 30 hours spent in planes and airports, and queues for security checks, to get to Australia. People who work in Formula One have to love what they're doing, otherwise the toll of massive intercontinental travelling is simply too much if you're doing it just for the money.

Sideview Cartoon - Red Bull meets Puma...

By Carlo Baffi

Red Bull meets Puma...

Q&A - Pat Symonds

As Williams unveils its 2016 challenger, Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer talks through the development and design of the Williams Mercedes FW38 ahead of the first test in Barcelona.

Sideview Cartoon - When seven is more than forty...

By Carlo Baffi

When seven is more than forty...

Sideview Cartoon - 2017 Rules put the driver in charge...

By Carlo Baffi

2017 Rules put the driver in charge...

Sideview Cartoon - A marriage from hell...

By Carlo Baffi

A marriage from Hell...

Straight Talk - What the Renault deal means

By Luis Vasconcelos

We are just one week away from Renault finally completing the buyout of the Lotus Formula One team, after a gestation period of about eleven months, with the good news being that one of the historic Formula One outfits will not only remain on the grid but will have a good enough budget to return to the front of the field in the near future.

Straight Talk - What are the risks of playing hardball?

By Luis Vasconcelos

It's on! The FIA has decided to challenge the four manufacturers currently involved in Formula One after they declined to bring down the price demanded for their Power Units. Without any consultation with the Formula One Strategic Group, any vote on the Formula One Commission, or submitting a proposal to the World Council for Motor Sports, the FIA has invited independent manufacturers to declare their interest in being the sole suppliers of alternative engines to the Formula One teams from 2017 to 2019.

Straight Talk - What a great Mexican Fiesta!

By Luis Vasconcelos

How refreshing was the Mexican Grand Prix. As most people left Austin hoping for at least a bit of dry weather in Mexico, the general mood in the paddock was not great - but a few days later the mood in the paddock had changed - and for the better!

Straight Talk - Learning from Sochi and Austin

By Luis Vasconcelos

What a cracking race we had last Sunday in Austin! Yes, the final result was a very common victory for Lewis Hamilton, but until positions stabilised with around ten laps to go, we had a lot of overtaking among the front runners, and some seriously breathtaking wheel-to-wheel racing.

Straight Talk - The Master is back!

By Luis Vasconcelos

A couple of weeks away from turning 85, Bernie Ecclestone showed up in Sochi with renewed energy, proving, yet again, he can play in many different boards at the same time without ever losing focus of what he wants to achieve in each one of them.

Straight Talk - A matter of trust

By Luis Vasconcelos

When Fernando Alonso compared his McLaren's Honda V6 to a GP2 engine, frustrated for being so easily overtaken by Ericsson and Verstappen on the run down to Suzuka's first corner, the Japanese company's pride took a big hit.

Straight Talk - Can Red Bull really quit?

By Luis Vasconcelos

What promised to be a quiet Autumn in the Formula One paddock is turning out to be quite the opposite with Red Bull deciding to bring the heavy guns out and is now threatening to quit Formula One at the end of the year, giving a lot to write about to most journalists involved in the sport.

Straight Talk - Monza!

By Luis Vasconcelos

The Italian Grand Prix is always a special occasion for anyone in F1. The whole country seems to have motor racing in its system, there's a vibe about the Parco di Monza that you don't find elsewhere, and even in these days where aerodynamics make it difficult for the drivers to have a real battle in that magnificent track, all of them seem to adore the place...

Straight Talk - Give them an inch...

By Luis Vasconcelos

...and they'll take a mile, I found myself thinking during the Belgian Grand Prix, last weekend. Through the once daunting Eau Rouge/Radillon section many drivers were going completely off the track to achieve better lap times, from the start of free practice until the end of the race. The FIA had put a sausage kerb at the top of the Radillon but after many drivers went over it during Friday sessions it was removed for being "scary and dangerous". Going slower and avoiding it didn't seem to be an option drivers would contemplate though...

Straight Talk - Too much for the boys!

By Luis Vasconcelos

Jules Bianchi was in everyone's mind when we landed in Budapest, and drivers were bombarded with questions about the late Frenchman, as this was the first funeral many of them had attended - not an easy experience for anyone, let alone when you're there to say goodbye to someone so young.

Straight Talk - When small is not beautiful

By Luis Vasconcelos

Last week's meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the 2016 F1 calendar, extending the season to 21 Grand Prix. That decision alone should be enough reason for concern for the teams, for the amount of travelling and days away from home will be increased - and we will all have the mammoth task of working over the space of just 35 weeks.

Straight Talk - Hulkenberg back in the game

By Luis Vasconcelos

Formula One can be a funny old business, particularly when it comes to drivers choices - mainly about the way some top teams make decisions that can cost them Grand Prix victories and even World Championships.

Straight Talk - Customer Cars - a bad solution

By Luis Vasconcelos

The complete lack of strategy from the Formula One Strategic Group has been overtly exposed recently. I honestly suspect the reason the FIA decided to publish the conclusions of the Group's meeting before the Monaco Grand Prix was to finally show to the world that having six teams sitting in the same room in the hope they'll come up with a logical new set of rules is useless, because they either fail to agree on anything or approve measures that are not possible to introduce.

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