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Straight Talk - Hulkenberg back in the game

By Luis Vasconcelos

Formula One can be a funny old business, particularly when it comes to drivers choices - mainly about the way some top teams make decisions that can cost them Grand Prix victories and even World Championships.

Straight Talk - Customer Cars - a bad solution

By Luis Vasconcelos

The complete lack of strategy from the Formula One Strategic Group has been overtly exposed recently. I honestly suspect the reason the FIA decided to publish the conclusions of the Group's meeting before the Monaco Grand Prix was to finally show to the world that having six teams sitting in the same room in the hope they'll come up with a logical new set of rules is useless, because they either fail to agree on anything or approve measures that are not possible to introduce.

Straight Talk - Has anyone seen the FIA?

By Luis Vasconcelos

The last time I looked, the series I've been covering for nearly three decades was called the FIA Formula One World Championship. But when it comes to making the rules in Formula One, the Federation seems to be largely absent.

Straight Talk - Audi closes in on f1 entry

By Luis Vasconcelos

Audi's long awaited arrival in the Formula One World Championship got one step closer recently with Ferdinand Piech's forced decision to resign from the Board of Directors of the Volkswagen Group.

Straight Talk - Grosjean for a top team!

By Luis Vasconcelos

Few sports, if any, have the technology to evaluate the quality of the performance of its stars that Formula One has. Inside each team they can analyse every action of their drivers in detail, as telemetry has developed in such a way that it's now impossible for a driver to hide even the tinniest mistake from his engineers.

Straight Talk - Less Bickering, More Work

By Luis Vasconcelos

Few things are uglier and more embarrassing for those forced to watch and listen than a couple arguing in public, so Red Bull and Renault have been giving the Formula One fans the kind of spectacle we all want to avoid seeing. In spite of the tremendous success the Red Bull-Renault partnership enjoyed between 2010 and 2013.

Straight Talk - Hold your (prancing) horses!

By Luis Vasconcelos

Don't you just love Formula One? Just when even the insiders criticise the lack of excitement in the races we're treated to a cracking Malaysian Grand Prix that had every real fan on the edge of their seat watching, in disbelief, as Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari beat Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

Straight Talk - A worrying passion for self-harm

By Luis Vasconcelos

The first Grand Prix tends to be an exciting event, with new cars, and drivers with new rules, so the combination creates a lot of expectations for the fans. So, when the biggest story of the first race is a court case between a driver whose contract was not respected and a team that is struggling to survive, Formula One should really stop and do a reality check, because there's no bad situation that cannot get worse...

Straight Talk - A clear sign for Formula One

By Luis Vasconcelos

Bernie Ecclestone has promised a decision about this year's German Gran Prix will be made this weekend, avoiding the ridiculous situation of having the championship started without anyone knowing how many rounds it would include.

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