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Author: Edd Straw

INSIGHT: Why Vettel could be the surprise of the season

By Edd Straw | February 22, 2021 10:53 AM

It’s extraordinary that, heading into the 2021 season, the questions about the four-time world champion joining a midfield team hang over Sebastian Vettel rather than the renamed Aston Martin. Usually, the concern would be that the team might not be ready for such an illustrious driver, but instead it’s whether the driver can roll back the years and recapture past glories.
But Vettel might prove to be the surprise of the season. That might seem impossible, given he’s the third-most prolific race winner in Formula 1 history with 53 victories.

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OPINION: Grosjean’s flaws are real – but so is his potential

By Edd Straw | February 8, 2021 9:09 AM

Romain Grosjean will be a liability in IndyCar, even if he is avoiding the superspeedways. He’s a failed F1 driver whose only impact in a decade of grand prix was with the walls. It’s a waste of a seat that could go to a more deserving driver, and he’s not good enough to race a top-level open-wheeler.
You can find many such comments on social media in response to the announcement of Grosjean’s deal to contest most of the 2021 IndyCar season with Dale Coyne Racing. And they are flat-out wrong.

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OPINION: F1 might be on the brink of the reset it needs

By Edd Straw | January 25, 2021 12:58 PM

Performance is everything in Formula 1. Every win and championship title has to be earned through pure performance, so the idea of success being in any way ‘hereditary’ is anathema to everything grand prix racing stands for. Yet in recent times, F1 supremacy has increasingly become about dynasties.
Today, we’re living through The Mercedes Dynasty. In keeping with this growing trend, it’s been going seven years and counting, with an unprecedented run of world championship doubles stretching back to 2014.

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STRAW: Leclerc’s work at Ferrari is just beginning

By Edd Straw | January 15, 2021 9:25 AM

Last season felt like a wasted one for Charles Leclerc, a young driver in a hurry to conquer Formula 1 after a superb rookie season in the midfield with Sauber in 2018, then breaking through as a race winner on his promotion to Ferrari the following year. Instead, he had to scratch around for results, requiring a slice of good fortune to claim a couple of podium finishes and usually having to be satisfied with lower-profile points finishes even on a good day.

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STRAW: Perez must master the delicate art of the F1 wingman

By Edd Straw | December 21, 2020 10:18 AM

Dubbing a Formula 1 driver ‘a good number two’ feels like damning with faint praise. As Valtteri Bottas once famously said when informed of how Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff described him after the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2018, “wingman hurts”.
But while the rarest commodities in F1 – or any auto racing category for that matter – are the gold-standard drivers – the support acts are also highly valued.

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