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The most dangerous man in F1?


Readers of some British newspapers might be under the impression that an accident waiting to happen has been unleashed on Formula One.

F1′s most dangerous man?” asked the Daily Mail, over a picture of Jaime Alguersuari, a 19-year-old Spaniard with a piercing gaze and next to no experience at the wheel of a grand prix car.

“Drivers warn new boy could be dangerous on track,” said the Guardian.

Alguersuari will become Formula One’s youngest ever, and probably the least experienced, race driver when he debuts for Toro Rosso in Hungary on Sunday, and some are concerned about the safety implications.

Au revoir Sebastien, what next from America?


If the guy who was Champ Car champion for four years in a row cannot hack it in Formula One, what does that tell us about open-wheel racing in America?

Toro Rosso’s sacking of Sebastien Bourdais has revived an old, and perhaps unfair, debate about how the one stacks up against the other.

Formula One can name anything complicated … even a list



How complicated can an entry list be? Very, if its anything to do with Formula One.

On the piece of paper published by the governing FIA on Friday, there are 13 teams entered with a total of 26 cars. Simple as that.

Air Toro Rosso


Toro Rosso Formula One driver Sebastian Bourdais of France flies as he crashes with team mate Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, Force India Adrian Sutil of Germany and Renault Nelson Piquet of Brazil at the start of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix

Fabulous picture of Toro Rosso’s two Sebastiens going in for a bit of Mutually Assured Destruction at the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend . Bourdais is in the air, Buemi underneath. None of the drivers were hurt.  Josep Laoso was the man in the right place at the right time to capture this image. Who said Formula One wasn’t dangerous?  


New blood and the return of an old friend


buemiSebastien Buemi might as well order the ‘Formula One Rookie of the Year’ T-shirt right now.

The Toro Rosso driver, whose new car will be unveiled in Barcelona on Monday, looks like being the only new face on the starting grid this season as well as the youngest kid on the track.