2012

A MotoGP legend walks away
This article looks back on the stellar career of Casey Stoner who retired from MotoGP racing after the Valencia Grand Prix

Vettel looks to claim third title in Texas
Sebastian Vettel’s fantastic run of form could see him crowned champion at this weekend’s penultimate race of the F1 season

Title advantage has swung in Vettel’s favour as F1 heads to India
Sebastian Vettel’s dominant victory at Singapore has put the reigning world champion into the ascendency once again. Another victory at this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix would put him into a very commanding championship position

Momentum firmly in Vettel’s favour
Fresh from his Singapore victory Sebastian Vettel heads to Suzuka in search of another victory. The Japanese track has a series of medium speed corners that are tailor made for the Red Bull

Superb F1 season heads to spectacular Spa
The most exciting F1 season in years is back on track this weekend with the spectacular Spa -Francorchamps hosing the Belgian Grand Prix. This race will also mark the twentieth anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s Grand Prix debut

Rossi faces massive challenge to climb back to the top
With his return to Yamaha now confirmed there is a sense of expectation that Valentino Rossi will immediately be competitive once again and challenging for victory at next year’s season opening Qatar Grand Prix…is this a realistic expectation or should we have our sights set lower for 2013? The Italian superstar may be the most successful rider in premier class history but there are few guarantees of success for the nine times champion.

Summer is around the corner for F1
The Hungarian Grand Prix marks the last race of the Formula 1 campaign before the summer break and with Fernando Alonso having won in Germany the title fight is getting exceptionally competitive!

 

Rules storm hits Red Bull in Germany
Red Bull have been struggling in races but ahead of the German Grand Prix the team once again came under the spotlight for pushing their car design to the boundries of the regulations

Mugello Magnificence from Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo took advantage of Casey Stoner’s miserable Italian Grand Prix to romp to a dominant victory ahead of championship rival Dani Pedrosa

A difficult week for Formula 1
The dangers of motorsport once again came to the fore this week after a freak crash by Maria de Villota left the F1 paddock reeling and Marussia’s Spanish test driver without the sight of her right eye

F1 teams get set for stormy Silverstone/Stoner takes advantage of Lorenzo misfortune
A double bill sees the British Grand Prix previewed as well as a report from the Dutch TT where Alvaro Bautista’s mistake at the first corner left Jorge Lorenzo a hapless victim and and Casey Stoner the prime benefactor after a well judged victory

Lorenzo cruises to Silverstone success
Jorge Lorenzo dominated the British Grand Prix to claim his fourth victory of the season after tyre woes affected his rivals. Cal Cruthclow also won the plaudits after a brave ride from the back of the grid to sixth position

Hamilton joins the magnificent seven!
Formula 1 has seven different winners from the opening seven races after Lewis Hamilton came from behind to win the Canadian Grand Prix after outfoxing his rivals with tyre strategy

Rider market already a talking point/More Montreal mayhem on the way?
In this double bill we look at how Casey Stoner’s retirement gave the MotoGP silly season an early start with a lot of attention being paid to Marc Marquez and the Spaniard’s expected graduation to MotoGP. The Canadian Grand Prix always throws up exciting races but will the 2012 edition give us our seventh different winner from seven races?

Webber makes his Mark in Monaco
Mark Webber claimed his second Monaco Grand Prix winner and in the process became the sixth different winner from the opening six races of the Formula 1 season. This race saw Webber battle tooth and nail with Nico Rosberg and Fernando ALonso before claiming a famous victory

Is Crutchlow ready to join the elite?
Cal Crutchlow opened the season as a rider in need of a strong start to the campaign to prove his worth. After the opening three races of the year he has shocked everybody with his pace and consistency and now looks like having the potential to make the jump to the top tier of riders in MotoGP

Stoner holds off Lorenzo to win at Jerez
After losing in Qatar due to arm pump problems Casey Stoner bounced back to win the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

Desert storm hits Formula 1
The decision to race in Bahrain raised many questions for Formula 1 but ultimately with numerous other top level sports hosting events in the Kingdom the question that needed asking was why has Formula 1 been held to a higher standard than the likes of golf?

Lorenzo waits til five minutes to midnight to claim desert spoils
The 2012 MotoGP season opened with Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo winning the Qatar Grand Prix. The Spaniard battled with the Repsol Honda duo of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa throughout the race but when Stoner suffered from arm pump the reigning world champion saw his advantage dwindle and Lorenzo pounce

Alonso claims surprising victory
Fernando Alonso started the season off the pace but the Ferrari star was able to take advantage of wet weather to win the Malaysian Grand Prix

Inaugural WEC campaign opens with familiar Audi Sebring success
The Sebring 12 Hours is one of the blue ribbon of sportscar racing and with this year’s race also marking the first ever race of the World Endurance Championship interest in the Florida race was at an all time high

A new Formula 1 season dawns…
The new season kicks off in Melbourne this week with the main story once again set to be the competition between McLaren and Red Bull for the major honours

Why does #F1 not like social media?
Having seen the use of twitter and other social media sites by NASCAR it was interesting to compare this to the world of Formula 1

Can Danica live up to expectations?
The Daytona 500 might have been a washout on race day but the questions relating to Danica Patrick were front and centre for much of the weekend

The changing face of a pay driver
Drivers paying for a seat in Formula 1 is hardly a new phenomenal but in recent years it seems that acceptance of this practice has been greatly reduced amongst fans. These days however the talent of these drivers is quite high and for some, such as Bruno Senna, their careers could have been very different if fate dealt a different hand…. 

Formula 1 2012 gets underway
With the first week of testing completed it seems that Ferrari have their work cut out for themselves in 2012 while McLaren’s strong opening week will serve as a warning to their competitors

More than one way to skin a cat…
Testing has begun and for the first time the teams can see how their design solutions stack up against the competition

Nervous time as seasons get underway
The “Phoney War” of preseason testing is due to get underway with the Formula 1 fraternaty set to travel to Jerez for the first test of the year

Racing rocked by Peugeot pullout
The fledging World Endurance Championship was dealt a major blow with the news that Peugeot have pulled out of the series just two months before the opening race of the season at Sebring 

MotoGP rocked by more injuries
A look ahead to the start of the MotoGP preseason tests with injuries hampering Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso

Reasons for optimism in 2012
After a traumatic end to 2011 the motorsport world can look forward to a more enjoyable season where the best elements of the sport will once again come to the fore. Ireland will once again be on the world scene with the Circuit of Ireland Rally joining the IRC season

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