When a battle between two protagonists really starts to heat up, hubris always plays a part. In Greek tragedy, it occurs when the hero arrogantly defies the Gods, and hastens his own demise. Shakespeare loved it: King Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet all suffered from it. In Formula One, it’s when you drive like a berk […]
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Formula One’s ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone called an emergency meeting with the team principals minutes before qualifying for the Hungarian GP began on Saturday lunchtime. With television viewing figures waning – in some territories at least – and disappointing box office last time out at Hockenheim, Bernie is officially worried.
When Williams locked out the front row in yesterday’s qualifying session, it was an uplifting result for the officially plucky British squad in a week of entirely predictable misery for English football fans. Its first one-two since the German Grand Prix in 2003, it was also the first pole position Felipe Massa has managed since […]
Mercedes headed into the Canadian Grand Prix chasing their sixth consecutive one-two finish, something that no team in Formula One has ever managed to nail. But, despite dominating the 2014 season so far, wise heads like team boss Paddy Lowe knew to temper what looked like favourable odds against the fact that this brilliant street […]
Aero? Performance? Efficiency? All key factors as the 2014 Formula One season stirs for the first time at the inaugural test session in Jerez. But with just two hours gone, the emphasis is on one thing and one thing only: reliability.
Kris Meeke, Top Gear’s favourite rallyist, showed what mad genius Bentley’s Continental GT could wreak on a gravel stage on the TV show a while back. Now the Crewe bruiser is strutting its stuff as it makes its world debut as a circuit racer in the Gulf 12 Hours endurance event in Abu Dhabi. As unlikely […]
There are many great moments in Rush, but although the film is a cocktail of fast racing, faster women, old-school male bravado and general chicanery, Niki Lauda’s fiery crash during the 1976 German Grand Prix puts it all into brutal perspective. It’s the section that anchors the film, the one that elicits audible gasps among […]
Cameron Diaz has just arrived in Monaco from New York, and having spent most of the day on TAG Heuer’s enormo-yacht, she ’fesses straight up to feeling a bit woozy. ‘I can’t even remember my own name,’ she says with a giggle.