Last weekend I had the fantastic honour of spending the day with the marshals at Silverstone for the Walter Hayes Trophy. Usually the last weekend in the motor racing season, the marshals all gather to catch up before the long winter break.
However, many people can't understand why racing a car is still a socially acceptable occupation. After all, these things seemingly run round and round, burning valuable fuel for no apparent reason.
Around two years ago, Formula E was nothing but an idea. Looking at the world's first fully-electric racing championship today, it is amazing to see how that idea has transformed into reality.
Sitting at a breakfast table in the Credit Suisse Drivers Club I am surrounded by living legends of the motor racing industry... The Monaco Grand Prix Historic is full of stories like this from legends such as Sir Stirling Moss to young drivers such as Michael Lyons.
This year's version of F1 has exacted on lots of people in the series who have made it their life's work to be in the world's most advanced form of motorsport. These people represent key personnel within F1, not merely fringe players or dead weight.
The Summer Season once use to be young ladies visiting London or Bath to 'come out', for suitors. I rather think these days, the season is more about attending Goodwood in one form or another and with the introduction of the 72 Members Meeting in addition to the Festival of Speed, the 'Season' is well and truly open.
Is the idea of a third car off-putting to you? Would it be better to see 16 cars with closer competitiveness compete in F1 rather than 6 cars toiling round at the back trying hard to disappear when being lapped? ... Is that fair? It is in the United Sportscar Championship.
Michael Schumacher loves Skiing. He owns a house in Courchevel, near the French Alps resort of Meribel, a region that is well known for hosting cele...
What does it say about the media that this is the coverage we got about a middle-aged man fighting for his life? Often, when we debate media ethics today, there are a lot of grey areas, but personally I think we can be fairly black and white in this particular case. It tells us that the media places little to no value on fact, on privacy, on respect and on basic human dignity.
Mirrors and compartments are something I searched for. Do men really not look at themselves, or keep items close at hand, the cabin was quite bare and I remembered I was in a utility vehicle. Is a mirror a woman thing?
Lewis Hamilton finished second in the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend; no doubt a commendable sporting achievement. Yet what really sparked the weekend's excitement was his rivalry with Mercedes teammate, and eventual winner, Nico Rosberg.
"Man it was tough. At least with the handbike I could breath. It was literally like a pan fire... It was one of the toughest things I have done on wheels, either three or four." Alex Zanardi returned to Brands Hatch last weekend, the scene of his London 2012 Paralympic glory.
There have only been three winners in the last twelve months in Formula 1--Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. That hasn't been done since 1988 when Gerhard Berger, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost won everything. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckons it is due to the lack of a cost cap or rampant spending that has created the rift and lack of "diversity" in winning...which is an interesting use of the term by the way.
As Bahrain's protests rumble on year after year, and as the authorities continue cracking down on street protests with mass tear-gassings and violent arrests, the F1 bubble-world seems never more vulnerable to bursting than when it's about to be staged in Manama.
Technology came into the sport for one simple reason, to go faster and race harder. It was a natural companion to the quest to go faster than anyone else around a circuit. A tool by which teams could ensure that their car would secure the constructor's championship.
We are no longer watching Formula 1, rather we are watching a hyped version of Formula Ford, but where the drivers cannot take risks and the tactics of refuelling have been abolished. F1 has always been about money, speed and risk taking, so why not bring it back to the good old days?