F1 – Buttoned up, or down and out, for Jenson?

After a fairly dull and dismal Italian Grand Prix on track, the only major talking point from the weekend was McLaren’s 2017 driver lineup. Does it mean things are all over for JB?It’s a classic McLaren piece of stage management. Stoffel Vandoorne joins Fernando Alonso as the two race drivers for 2017, whilst Buttons retains…

Opinion – Why contemporary F1 is boring, statistically

The Hungarian Grand Prix is often regarded as being a processional affair, with limited overtaking opportunities. This weekend’s event is therefore unlikely to liven up a Formula 1 era that is the most one-sided in a generation. ESM’s editor has donned his anorak and crunched the numbers from 1998 to present.Cast your mind back to…

Friday Video – Kimi just couldn’t care less

It hasn’t been the easiest week in the world of Formula 1. However, you can always count on Kimi Räikkönen to provide some kind of distraction. Although hardly known for engaging with the media, the official Ferrari video ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix is a new level of Kimi: What amazes us more at ESM, is the…

Editorial – Goodbye, Jules

Death in Formula 1 used to be an occurrence that was all to common. Yet, for the first time in twenty-one years, F1 has lost a driver to a racing accident. ESM’s editor offers his on reflections on the sad news.  A lot has already been written about the tragic death of Jules Bianchi. Compared to…

Friday Photo – Senna’s Toleman-Hart TG184-2 for sale

If you’ve got £1million spare, you could be the owner of this rather special piece of Ayrton Senna history. But is there more than meets the eye with this car? Currently on sale with specialist luxury car dealer Prindiville in London, this Toleman-Hart TG184-2 was driven by Senna during his rookie F1 year in 1984….

Editorial – An open letter to ITV Motorsport

Getting a full day’s live motorsport on TV, for free, is something to be celebrated. So what has got ESM’s editor so fired up about ITV’s British Touring Car Championship coverage? Ask yourself this; when was the last time you really wished motorsport coverage would switch to show people stood in the pits, rather than something…

Friday Photo – New Mercedes-AMG F1 Safety Car and Medical Car

By the time you’ll be reading this, the 2015 Formula 1 season will have already started with the first practice sessions in Melbourne. New for this F1 year are a brand new Safety Car and Medical Car – here’s the lowdown on them both. Mercedes-Benz has been supplying the Official Safety and Medical cars to…

EngageSportMode Awards 2014 – Part Two

If you’ve read part one of our 2014 Awards, you’ll be ready for part two. This instalment concentrates on motorsport and media, compared to the purely mechanical slant of the first instalment. So, providing you’ve appropriately recovered from New Year’s Eve, here we go. There’s another five awards to be dished out, so without any further delay,…

Editoral – 2014 US Grand Prix Reflections

Forget Hamilton and Rosberg; the real action in Austin was further back in the pack. But did anyone miss the two tail end teams this weekend? Our editor tries to answer that question. Despite all the rhetoric of potential boycotts, and the apparent spectre of financial implosion hanging over a number of teams, Sunday’s US…

Friday Photo Archive – Spa 2014

Editing a website like EngageSportMode often means there are articles you cannot wait to write, and there are those you never want to have to write. This Friday Photo Archive falls somewhere between them; but too close to the ‘never want to’ end of the spectrum than is comfortable. As ever with serious motorsport accidents, it has…