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Why change the logo?

There’s been a fair amount of vitriol flying around concerning plans to change the F1 logo. I’ve always been surprised how often this happens, particularly when a new management team take up the reins. One of the first things they seem to do is a ‘rebranding’ exercise which is always guaranteed to create outrage on […]

The Certainty of Chance

We all have our heroes in Formula 1 and one of mine is Sir Frank Williams. It’s an often forgotten fact that Williams are the second most successful F1 constructor of all time, only Ferrari have won more World Constructors’ Championships. Frank Williams was at the helm through all of these successes, most of which […]

Can F1 remain the pinnacle of motorsport technology?

‘The Staircase of Talent’ is a phrase often used in talent management circles, but it was Sir Jackie Stewart who coined this expression when used in motorsport. It referred to the way in which, having retired as an F1 driver, he had helped his son Paul move into single seater motorsport through the creation of Paul […]

The Monaco Performance Curve

Although Kimi Raikkonen failed to win the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix he did secure pole position with a time of 1 minute 12.178 seconds. This equated to an average speed of 104.4 mph. This is the fastest ever recorded pole setting lap of Monaco, a full 2mph ahead of Daniel Riccardo’s average of 102.4 mph […]

Bernie Ecclestone and Scenario Planning

If I asked what adjective you would most associate with Bernie Ecclestone, I suspect that ‘compassionate’ would not be the first that springs to mind. And yet this is the word used to describe Mr E in a piece by renowned F1 journalist Mike Doodson. It is featured in the Grand Prix Plus Review of […]

Anyone interested in leadership and management must read this book.

  I’ve just finished reading ‘Total Competition’ by Ross Brawn and Adam Parr. I’ve always been a passionate believer that all organisations can learn a great deal from the competitive world of F1. It’s a goldfish bowl where people, money and technology come together in order to achieve amazing levels of performance – isn’t this […]

Drivers, teams and team orders

Nico Rosberg is the 2016 world driver’s champion. I say this as you may not have picked up this important fact due to the furore that surrounded the final Grand Prix of 2016 at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. As usual it appears everyone has got themselves in knots over the question as to […]

The Triple – So What’s the Big Deal?

Mercedes have been celebrating their third consecutive Constructors’ World Championship. Quite right too, it is a major achievement. But it is also a feat that many have achieved before them and I suspect that their ultimate aim is to become the most successful F1 team ever. Back in 1999 I wrote a series of case […]

What have Mercedes-Benz Motorsport in common with Liberty Media?

Answer – both have made a commitment to both F1 and Formula E. The announcement that Mercedes-Benz Motorsport have signed with Formula E to run an electric car in its fifth season demonstrates how the electric series is becoming the longer term focus for the car manufacturers. The reason is clear. They see the future […]

©Professor Mark Jenkins 2016