FIA deputy medical delegate Dr Ian Roberts and FIA medical delegate Alain Chantegret with the F1 medical car

The delighted Shanghai crowd cheered wildly for Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton as he crossed the line just six seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to win a Chinese Grand Prix of plentiful overtaking and strategic tension.

But it almost didn’t happen.Continue reading


Rob JamesThe Strategy Report, powered by mobile strategy game Apex Race Manager, is an analysis and discussion podcast concerning the on-track tactical action at the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix, but it depends on how much attention we want to give to Jolyon Palmer on the day.

This week’s guest is Peter Anderson from CarsGuide.com.au.

F1 haze cleared at Chinese GP

Shanghai’s infamous smog may be bad for your health, but a superb race through the haze was a perfect tonic for Formula One.Continue reading

Lewis Hamilton cruises to Chinese win

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is tied for the lead at the top of the title table with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after a serene Chinese Grand Prix victory in Shanghai.Continue reading

Reality sets in for off-the-pace Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing, widely tipped to be a major championship force in 2017 before preseason testing, is resigned to its early pace deficit to Ferrari and Mercedes.Continue reading

Giovinazzi ready to learn from baptism of fire

Sauber substitute Antonio Giovinazzi has put his qualifying-ending crash at the Chinese Grand Prix down to inexperience and a lack of testing ahead of his second Formula One race.Continue reading

Hamilton steals pole in China

Lewis Hamilton has taken his second consecutive pole position of the season after a super final flying lap in Shanghai qualifying.Continue reading

Ferrari tops frantic final practice

Formula One cars were finally able to take to the track in anger on Saturday morning, and Ferrari teased impressive pace over Mercedes ahead of qualifying later today.Continue reading

Soupy Shanghai smog suspends Friday practice

Chinese fans went home disappointed on Friday after Formula One cars took to the track for just over 20 minutes in three hours of scheduled free practice due to heavy atmospheric conditions in Shanghai.Continue reading

Malaysia quits F1 calendar

This year’s Malaysian Grand Prix will be the last edition of the race after Formula One agreed to let the Sepang circuit end its contract one year early.Continue reading

Alonso denies Webber's quit rumour

Fernando Alonso has denied he’s considering leaving McLaren before the end of the season in the face of the team’s persistent lack of competitiveness.Continue reading

Drivers weigh in on Wehrlein withdrawal

Formula One drivers at the Chinese Grand Prix respectfully distanced themselves from Pascal Wehrlein’s decision to withdraw himself from the second consecutive race of the 2017 season.Continue reading

The race to replace Raikkonen

There’s been no retirement announcement nor any rumours of an impending departure, but make no mistake: Kimi Räikkönen’s Ferrari seat is up for grabs.Continue reading

Michael flies to China, where he isn’t arrested for associating with Peter McGinley; Pete flies to Ireland, where there is no grand prix; and Trent Price joins Rob for the Chinese GP preview, where he is subjected to obscure Australian TV references.

McLaren crisis deepens ahead of Chinese Grand Prix

Though the emerging battle between Ferrari and Mercedes promises to enthral at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, the ongoing woe befalling McLaren-Honda is teasing to take its own seismic turn.Continue reading