Time is of the essence in a sport that is measured in the one thousandth of a second and to change all four wheels in under two seconds is a terrific feat by anyone's measure. Teams practice pitstops regularly and in Austin you could catch some of those practice sessions during the pit walk on Thursday.
The rumors of illegal traction control, torque vectoring and other crafty KERS/transmission linking still move like a fog through the pit lane of Formula 1 this week in Japan. As the series gets set for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Red Bull is still discounting accusations that they have created a traction control, of sorts, using KERS and the suspension of their car which is not controlled via the FIA regulated ECU...
As the Korean Grand Prix weekend prepares to get underway, many fans are making the long distance trek, ready to boo yet another dominant performance by Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel. Although at the beginning of 2013 everybody was hopeful of a Lotus/Raikkonen season, Vettel and his team have since found their stride and it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that they will take a fourth set of championships in a row...
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.
Ferrari entered this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix with a sense of foreboding to be honest... at least that's what it seemed like from Fernando Alonso's public statements. The Spaniard made it clear that the team needed to have a good showing in Hungary or face a summer break full of anxiety over what best to do to salvage the year.
The British Grand Prix provided the latest drama to an already touchy subject in 2013...tyres. The exploding tire issues claimed five left-rear tires during the weekend and while Pirelli are keen to get tot he bottom of the issue, speculation as to the cause has ranged from steel belts to serrated curbs and low tire pressure.
I write this from the famous Northamptonshire circuit of Silverstone. Geographically speaking though, I'm actually in Buckinghamshire, as the vast circuit straddles two counties. It's June, but the rain is pouring down. Outside, a cluster of umbrellas and rain-sodden macs bobs eagerly around at the paddock perimeter to catch a glimpse of one of 22 heroes who haven't even arrived yet. It's mad but somehow it makes perfect sense, and it feels like coming home. It can only be the annual occupation of the British Grand Prix.