Advanced degradation is nothing new for Pirelli as the sport of Formula One mandated that they, as a sole supplier, provide a tire that rapidly degrades to add excitement to the racing. It is antithetical to the very nature of a tire company and Pirelli should be applauded for their efforts.
Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes may have taken some fans by surprise but the British champion has been realistic every step of the way--from announcing his move to the expectations he has for the 2013 season.
Expectations are always difficult things. Whether it is in your job, at home or on the track. Teams often feel positive about their chances and the results they'd like to see from their hard work and to those ends, they tend to offer positive thoughts regarding their expected results.
The concept of a paying driver isn't new to Formula One and it most likely won't depart the series any time soon as it represents a way for teams to gain cash investment to their operations. A team, first and foremost, is a business.
The fact behind this week's test in Jerez are amazing for a host of reasons...least of which is the pure emotional joy of Formula One engines getting ready for March. It's also an interesting event if you are the tire supplier for F1.
Is there a way of creating consistency and efficacy in the stewardship of Formula One without paying for permanent stewards?
Just over six weeks ago I was in Brazil, at the final race of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship. For fans that was the end of their F1 year. The end of the Brazilian GP was their signal that there would be no more F1 until February, but for the teams it's a very different story.
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.
Continuing the countdown, with drivers in places 14th to 7th...
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.
If you're new to Formula One, there is a number that may be helpful to know and that's 640kgs. The reason this is an important number, or weight, is that it represents the total weight a F1 car must weigh at all times.
The 2014 campaign is a daunting issue... so much so that Ferrari have developed two distinct teams to focus on 2013 and 2014 at the same time.
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.
With the news this week that Jonathan Price's Gifted Group have been given a memorandum of understanding to work with the UCI on "the development of the professional road cycling calendar" alarm bells have been ringing throughout the sport.
This may come as a bit of a controversial declaration but I believe the United States Grand Prix in Austin should be the season-ending race for Formula One.
It all comes down to 15 points.