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Tim Goodchild

Formula 1 Contributor

Formula 1 is a sport few seem to understand. Often there is as much action off-track than on it - and sometimes the off-track politics is more interesting. A sport where money literally drives performance but F1 is nearing a precipice and what happens over the next few years will either catapult F1 into far greater popularity or it will crash and burn. I tend to write opinion pieces and hope they are read by people with influence - either way it is good to get it off my chest. I hope you enjoy.

F1: Bernie, Your Day Is Done

Bernie's era of doing deals by a handshake at the back of a garage has long gone - the sport needs to move with the times to take its appeal to a new generation.
11/01/2017 14:01 GMT

F1: How I Would Improve 'The Show'

Twenty-five years ago I began watching Formula One and 2016 also marks the 20th anniversary of my childhood hero Damon Hill winning the world title. I will always be a fan of F1 but even though my current favourite driver, Lewis Hamilton, is dominating the sport I find myself waning in interest of the only sport I truly follow with a passion...
24/01/2016 22:23 GMT

F1: Sport or a Marketing Exercise?

The sport is governed by technical regulations which try to keep some form of parity between constructors who enter the sport. The problem is that with such small differences in technical and mechanical advancement, it costs many hundreds of million pounds to find that extra half-a-second of performance.
15/06/2015 20:39 BST

F1 2015 Preview: Let Battle (Re)commence

Lights are out this weekend in Melbourne and Sunday afternoons will ring loudly with the grunt of a hybrid V6. Okay, that will never get the excitement going...but for the petrolhead fans out there our off season is complete and it is time for the greatest race on Earth to begin once again.
13/03/2015 17:39 GMT

Formula One 2014: Season Review

As 2014 draws to a close and we can begin to get excited for the start of the 2015 Formula One World Championship, Formula One went through a year of transition in 2014 and perhaps has left us with an uncertain future. Here are my highlights and thoughts...
01/01/2015 17:46 GMT

F1 2014 Review

F1 2014 is the fifth Codemasters game in the Formula One franchise to be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, and likely to be their last appearance ahead of F1 2015 on PS4 and Xbox One around May next year.
16/10/2014 12:02 BST

F1 in 2014... Half-Term Report

On lap 34 of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim this weekend will mark the halfway point of the 2014 Formula One World Championship... the battles across the grid, politics off the grid and the lack of the Vettel finger, makes F1 in 2014 a great spectacle. Here is what I think so far...
18/07/2014 16:07 BST

The (F1) World Will Not Accept Domination

My amended title quote by Mikhail Gorbachev sums up F1 in 2014, now we are five races into the season and the sport is being dominated by one man and one team. Not Sebastien Vettel and Red Bull Racing, but Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes...
23/05/2014 16:52 BST

F1: Change Is For the Better

We are at the beginning of a new era. In each of the time periods above, F1 has been the star of the show and even in moments of domination the sport has grown from strength to strength. What other sports out there have such huge rule changes year to year?
03/04/2014 16:58 BST

The Adventure Is Just Beginning

I was privileged to attend Silverstone last week for the UK National Finals of the GT Academy. This is an annual competition run in collaboration with Sony PlayStation and Nissan to source pure motor racing talent for those that have not had the opportunity to go through the more traditional channels of grass-roots racing.
19/08/2013 17:39 BST

An F1 Fan's Dream Realised

Three months ago I was asked whether I would be interested in covering the British Grand Prix 2013 as a bonafide reporter. I said yes, but in all honesty did not expect it to ever come to fruition - how wrong I was. It has been about a month since being at Silverstone and now that the experience has truly sunk in I wanted to share it with you.
26/07/2013 17:32 BST

Monaco: An Exceptional Location of Glamour and Prestige

The tight twisty nature and no room for error characteristics of the Monte Carlo streets means that one error likely means end of race and into the barriers. It's this that sets this race apart from the rest. 78 laps of pure concentration - Ayrton Senna famously likened it to driving through a tunnel for two hours, zoning in on the perfect racing line for all that time.
23/05/2013 17:38 BST

Bernie - Do One!

But back to Bernie. He wants 10 teams, when we have 11 on the grid. Why doesn't he just say instead that he wants to make hundreds of people unemployed and see a company go bankrupt during the most fiercest worldwide recession ever?
07/05/2013 16:54 BST

A New F1 Season Is Upon Us...

This weekend the 2013 season starts in Melbourne, Australia and we get to see whether any great strides have been made during the off season. I'm only going to make one prediction in this preview and that is who will win the title: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing. I am NEVER correct at making predictions so... go Vettel!
11/03/2013 22:07 GMT

F1 'Off Season'? Nothing 'Off' About It

Personally I love this time of the year - because I am an F1 fan. Nothing beats that overdue anticipation of the start of a new F1 season. So if anyone does ask me whether I am missing F1? The answer is no - because this "off" season is all part of the sport I love.
22/01/2013 17:31 GMT

F1 2012 Season Review - Drivers Part Three

So that's it. 2012 is now last year and the 2013 season is already coming up soon. Not much is changing in terms of rules, so the field probably won't change much either - so you could say that 2012 is just a taster of what 2013 is going to be like. I cannot wait.
06/01/2013 23:07 GMT

F1 2012 Season Review - Drivers Part One

With the teams sorted, I'm moving on to the personalities of the sport. The supposedly best drivers in the world in 2012 (and a well funded Venezuelan) are headed by Sebastian Vettel, who took his third championship. He may have taken the title but the story isn't quite that simple.
03/01/2013 17:50 GMT

F1 2012 Season Review - Teams Part Two

Last week I started my review of the 2012 Formula One Season by ranking the teams in my view from 12th to 7th. I am concluding the teams review with the better half of the table this week with places 6th to 1st.
12/12/2012 17:06 GMT