Winning. Spa-Francorchamps, 1998.

Spa-Francorchamps circuit.  Framed by the Ardennes, designed for the committed and courageous, a flowing theatre of racing wrapped in a ribbon of tarmac.  If there was a venue at which to choose your team’s maiden win, Spa would be it. For Jordan Grand Prix this was a circuit which already held memories. In 1991 we had unleashed Michael Schumacher upon the world of Formula One and come within a litre of oil of bringing Andrea Read More…

A lesson in Leadership

When both the Haas Formula One cars retired from last week’s Australian Grand Prix, team driver Romain Grosjean demonstrated why it is that great leadership is most often demonstrated during the toughest of times, and how high performing teams are most often forged through adversity rather than in triumph. Having qualified on the 3rd row of the grid behind the sport’s dominant teams, Ferrari and Mercedes, the Haas crew watched as their drivers Kevin Magnussen Read More…

Six Topics Businesses like to Discuss

‘What is it that you talk about when speaking at conferences?’ ‘I don’t think my staff/clients/suppliers are that interested in Formula One.’ ‘Most of our delegates are women, so I don’t think your background will be that relevant…’ (!) It’s interesting to look at the things people say when they are introduced to the notion of a business speaker whose background is in Formula One motor racing. So many preconceptions, yet the reactions are perhaps Read More…

Going Dutch – Zandvoort & F1 as it was

Considering that Spa-Francorchamps has more orange than the Whitehouse this weekend, my thoughts have drifted back to a time when Holland had its very own Grand Prix, long before Max Verstappen was a twinkle in his Jos’s eye. The 1983 Dutch Grand Prix was the first Formula One race I attended in a professional capacity, coming just two months after I joined Autosport magazine’s advertising department. I had already lucked in with a trip to Read More…

Honda; an attractive divorcee?

On the back of much-publicised quotes from Zak Brown and Eric Boullier at the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend there can be little doubt that the McLaren Honda partnership has either reached or taken a fork in the road concerning its future. McLaren has been patient, three years patient, but when Fernando Alonso climbed from the cockpit of his car towards the end of Sunday’s race and headed into the grandstands, it told a sorry tale. Read More…

A brave new world for F1

Less than 48 hours after Liberty Media completed its purchase of Formula One the different style of the sport’s new leadership has become apparent. The triumvirate of Chase Carey, Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches has been participating in interviews with key international media, part of a well defined strategy aimed at outlining their vision for the sport. In short, it appears that we are in for a complete root and branch overhaul of how Formula Read More…

Goodbye to F1’s Ringmaster

The end of Bernie Ecclestone’s reign as boss of Formula One is no less significant simply because it was anticipated. Since the Liberty Media takeover of the sport was outlined last September it was clear that Bernie’s time in F1 was accelerating towards the finish line. Now that this seismic change has occurred, many will not only reflect on his commercial governance of Grand Prix motor racing, but wonder what the future will hold under Read More…

As Good as it Gets

        What happens when you achieve your professional goal in life? Do you keep going, trying to hit the repeat button until you start to fail? How much money is enough? How much success is sufficient? How much more do you want to work, need to work, to make your life complete? How important is that work-life balance? Can you look your partner or child in the face and say ‘I’m putting Read More…

Michael Schumacher; the ultimate Winner

Standing on the edge of Silverstone’s little South Circuit on a Tuesday morning, with little wisps of grass growing between the concrete slabs of the former WW2 bomber base, there was little to indicate to those of us present that we were witnessing the first laps in a Formula One car of a driver who would come to define an era. A driver who would win more than anyone else in the history of the Read More…

Google’s F1 Challenge

Horse racing has continued to be a major sport in spite of the fact that most of us gave up using horses as a form of transport around a century ago. Visitors to the Prix de l’Arc, Royal Ascot, Kentucky Derby, Melbourne Cup or Dubai World Cup enjoy the spectacle of watching men and women apply their skill, courage and athleticism to the task of guiding these finest of animals in competition along the flats Read More…

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