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Straight Talk - Would you miss the Monaco Grand Prix?

By Luis Vasconcelos

If one of the things McLaren targeted when it was decided Fernando Alonso would give the Monaco Grand Prix a miss to try his hands in the Indy 500 was media exposure, then well done to Zak Brown and his staff. From Wednesday to Friday in Bahrain, the Spaniard's decision was the focal point of the paddock but, of course, when qualifying started, no one thought about it anymore.

Straight Talk - The dangers of playing hardball

By Luis Vasconcelos

"People in Formula One have very short memories", I was told a couple of weeks ago by Christian Horner when I asked him if the relationship between his team and Renault could ever fully recover from the very public fallout from 2014.

Straight Talk - Finding the right balance

By Luis Vasconcelos

News that both the Russian and the Canadian Grand Prix have extended their current deals for very long periods of time are a clear sign Liberty Media didn't come to Formula One to spend time looking around at how the business has been run and then come up with a long-term plan on how to proceed.

Sideview Cartoon - Christmas at Mercedes

By Carlo Baffi

Christmas at Mercedes

Straight Talk - When safety gets in the way of racing

By Luis Vasconcelos

What a shame those exciting last five laps of the Mexican Grand Prix were completely destroyed by red tape. When we should all be talking about the tremendous battle Sebastian Vettel and the two Red Bull drivers engaged in, everywhere on social media the subjects are the penalties handed to Max Verstappen and the German and then, of course, the use of very foul language by the four-times World Champion.

Sideview Cartoon - Mexican Grand Prix: Speedy Gonzales replaces Safety Car!

By Carlo Baffi

Mexican Grand Prix: Speedy Gonzales replaces Safety Car!

Straight Talk - F1 shouldn't be a niche sport

By Luis Vasconcelos

Malaysia has now decided it's not worth it hosting a Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, because the race generates major losses and they've decided it's better to soldier on with other forms of racing, particularly Moto GP rather than keeping on losing money to host a Formula One Grand Prix.

Straight Talk - The appeal of a works team

By Luis Vasconcelos

Nico Hulkenberg has decided to swap the team that is likely to finish fourth in this year's Championship for another one that has scored only eight points. Moreover, the last time Hulkenberg's new team finished ahead of his current team was back in 2013, so what is happening this year is not a one-off, it's a trend.

Sideview Cartoon - Suzuka: The triple!

By Carlo Baffi

Suzuka: The triple!

Straight Talk - Looking for new Grand Prix

By Luis Vasconcelos

Formula One is about to enter new territory with the acquisition by Liberty Media. We've all gathered a lot more effort will be put into digital and social media, as a way to broaden the exposure and attract a completely new generation of fans - something the old regime was not even trying to do as Bernie Ecclestone was quick to point out.

Straight Talk - McLaren's insurance policy

By Luis Vasconcelos

Ron Dennis, called McLaren's decision to keep Jenson Button on their books for another two years, an innovative three-driver strategy. Speaking to a lot of paddock old hands all I heard were people speaking about McLaren keeping Button as an insurance policy for an eventual departure by Fernando Alonso.

Sideview Cartoon - The genie of Maranello

By Carlo Baffi

The genie of Maranello

Straight Talk - Williams at a crossroad

By Luis Vasconcelos

There is no hiding the 2016 season has been disappointing for Williams. After two years during which Sir Frank's team punched above its weight, finishing third in the both in 2014 and 2015, the Grove-based team has not only dropped clearly behind Red Bull and Ferrari, but also started to fall into the clutches of Force India and, more recently, Toro Rosso and McLaren-Honda.

Sideview Cartoon - Stars' War

By Carlo Baffi

Stars' War

Straight Talk - Time for a change?

By Luis Vasconcelos

"I'll put my head in a bucket of cold water, that is the next thing I will do after this", said a visibly irritated Toto Wolff when facing the media just one hour after Mercedes' two drivers collided - for the second time in five races - at the start of the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Sideview Cartoon - Ferrari's Briefing

By Carlo Baffi

Ferrari's Briefing

Straight Talk - Two Lost Opportunities

By Luis Vasconcelos

Ferrari threw away the chance of upsetting the form book in Montreal when Sebastian Vettel was called into the pits on lap 11 of the Canadian Grand Prix, effectively committing the German to a two-stops strategy on a day tyre degradation was remarkably low.

Sideview Cartoon - Ricciardo's Nightmare

By Carlo Baffi

Ricciardo's Nightmare

Straight Talk - Peace in our time

By Luis Vasconcelos

The Monaco Grand Prix gave Lewis Hamilton a much deserved first victory of the year, but to achieve the win the triple World Champion benefited from two events that were out of his control: Nico Rosberg accepting to let him through at the start of lap 16 and Red Bull's terrible pit stop blunder on lap 32, robbing the Australian of a victory that was fully deserved...

Sideview Cartoon - Match in Monte Carlo

By Carlo Baffi

Match in Monte Carlo

Straight Talk - Damned if you do...

By Luis Vasconcelos

Car manufacturers spend millions of dollars in motor sport because they see it as a great marketing tool. So with 36 Grand Prix victories in the last 43 races, Mercedes should be very pleased with the investment made since the end of 2009...

Sideview Cartoon - A normal day at the butcher

By Carlo Baffi

A normal day at the butcher

Sideview Cartoon - Walk in Sochi

By Carlo Baffi

Walk in Sochi

Straight Talk - Can we have Christmas in April?

By Luis Vasconcelos

As I wait for my flight to Moscow for boarding, the people that will decide the future of Formula One should be arriving at Bernie Ecclestone's Biggin Hill airport for a meeting to decide the 2017 Regulations which need to be approved by next Saturday.

Sideview Cartoon - Art in Mercedes' Hospitality

By Carlo Baffi

Art in Mercedes' Hospitality

Straight Talk - Always look on the bright side of life

By Luis Vasconcelos

Formula One's ability to shoot itself in the foot has probably made you forget we've actually had two brilliant Grand Prix to start the 2016 season. Yes, Nico Rosberg won both races, but behind the two top teams there were plenty of battles to keep the fans entertained.

Sideview Cartoon - Too many doctors make you sick

By Carlo Baffi

Too many doctors make you sick

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