F1 2014 Preview: Force India – Dark horses of 2014

Last year saw Force India build a car that occasionally looked strong enough to challenge for podiums for the first half of the season and then vanish in the second half. Their performance was robbed by the emergency tyre changes that took place following multiple tyre failures at Silverstone. With the car slow to get back on form and then-drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta failing to put in much effort, the team missed their best chance to date to claim a top five position in the constructors’ championship.

After making negative comments about the car and team, both underperforming drivers were released, marking the first time since the team’s inception that it would have an all-new lineup. Whereas frequent midfield rivals Sauber look down compared to previous years, Force India is looking strong. Continue reading


Do the F1 Shuffle! (Part 1)

The 2012 Formula 1 Season has easily been one of the most exciting in recent memory, with six drivers who have held the world championship title on the grid at the same time, seven different winners in the first seven races and a radical revival of the Williams team. But the season is nearing its end and that means contracts are being reviewed, and that (usually) means some drivers will be leaving, some will be changing teams and then there’s the potential for new arrivals. Rumors are abound about who is going to come, who is going to go and who is going to change, and I have my guesses too, but I’m more interested in following the solid leads that are already present. First off, let’s talk about one of the confirmed changes that are coming in the 2013 F1 season.

Sauber's Sergio Perez sided by two Sauber pit-crew.

One of the youngest drivers on the grid with a traditionally mid-field team, Perez has shown flashes of brilliance.

What would you say if I told you that one of the most promising young drivers in Formula 1 was Sauber’s Sergio Perez?
You’d probably have your doubts, and I can understand that. After all, Luca di Montezemolo (the chairman of Ferrari) has asserted time and again that the young Mexican needs more experience before he can join the Ferrari team, even though he (Perez) is a member of Ferrari’s driver academy and Ferrari’s second driver looks like a lost cause. Continue reading