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Straight Talk - The pros and cons of having team orders

By Luis Vasconcelos

Team orders have been part of motor racing since the sport was born more than one century ago. In the aftermath of yesterday's Belgian Grand Prix there are two teams that are seriously considering imposing team orders from Monza until the end of the season, but for completely different reasons and with completely different purposes.

Sideview Cartoon - Kubica's return in Hungary

By Carlo Baffi

Kubica's return in Hungary

Straight Talk - The difference between a manager and a racer

By Luis Vasconcelos

The Hungarian Grand Prix was an intriguing race, with a lot happening on the pit walls and garages of the two top teams. While the way Ferrari managed the fact its leading driver was in trouble, the Mercedes team's actions created a lot of controversy and may come back to haunt Toto Wolff by the end of the season.

Straight Talk - So much talent but nowhere to go!

By Luis Vasconcelos

In the space of just two weeks, Fernando Alonso saw the doors at Mercedes and Ferrari firmly shut in his face. With Red Bull never intending to take top drivers from other teams, preferring to breed its own stars, this means the Spaniard's chances of getting his hands on a winning car for 2018 are next to zero.

Straight Talk - A penalty that fits the crime

By Luis Vasconcelos

The FIA decided to hand no further sporting penalties to Sebastian Vettel after Monday's hearing, following his sudden burst of road rage in the streets of Baku the previous week. He won't lose any points in this year's championship, won't be suspended for a race or two or take any other penalty that could seriously undermine his chances of winning this year's Formula One World Championship.

Sideview Cartoon - Vettel vs. Hamilton: Carey's Solution

By Carlo Baffi

Vettel vs. Hamilton: Carey's Solution

Sideview Cartoon - McLaren-Honda Briefing

By Carlo Baffi

McLaren-Honda Briefing

Sideview Cartoon - Hamilton's silver lining

By Carlo Baffi

Hamilton's silver lining

Sideview Cartoon - Spanish strategies

By Carlo Baffi

Spanish strategies

Straight Talk - Two against one - is it 2007 all over again?

By Luis Vasconcelos

Kimi Raikkonen had his best performance of the season last weekend in Russia, scoring his first podium finish of 2017, closing on Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel in the second part of the Sochi race, after just missing out on his first pole position to his team mate. But that didn't stop Ferrari from using the veteran Finn as help for Vettel's battle for victory, giving yet another hint Raikkonen is seen very much as the Number Two driver at Maranello.

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.

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