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Craig Woollard

Craig Woollard is an avid motor racing fan and freelance journalist and writer. A mathematics graduate from the University of Essex in 2013, Woollard has ambitions to work within motor racing. He is a member of Autosport's academy programme. In his spare time, he listens to music, sim races, wears hats and drinks cranberry juice.

Why Valtteri Bottas is the 2018 Formula 1 championship underdog

Steve Etherington/Mercedes AMG F1

He secured his first win in 2017 in superb fashion in Russia. He followed that up with similarly brilliant drives to win in Austria and Abu Dhabi, yet Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas rarely being spoken about when it comes to the 2018 Formula 1 championship contenders. Why is this? And how can he secure his maiden championship ahead of the likes …

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Our 2018 F1 Predictions

Daimler/Mercedes AMG F1

My predictions last year were actually surprisingly good, couple of mistakes sure, but the majority was pretty spot on. And as has become tradition, the three main StatBlog writers will be doing predictions again to see who ends up closest.

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Better looks and better racing? 2018 IndyCar season preview

There’s a lot of change ahead of the 2018 IndyCar season. There is effectively a new car, there are exciting new teams and drivers and a return of a classic venue. However, the most intriguing change is probably the reduction in entrants for two of the series’ most powerful teams. All of these changes would imply that some of the …

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Why 2018 is the perfect time to join IndyCar

For the first time in many years, Indycar will have a rich intake of fresh rookies ahead of its next season – not just in terms of drivers, but in terms of teams as well. While the total amount of full-time entries remains stagnant, the diversity in teams and drivers is stronger than recent years, and for the first time …

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Why Robert Kubica was not Williams’ right choice

Williams Martini Racing

It should have been the most incredible comeback story. Nearly seven years after his life-threatening and life-changing accident, 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner Robert Kubica appeared set to return to Formula 1 this year with Williams, which would have been his first full-time seat outside of rallying since he raced for Renault in 2010. However, Kubica lost out to Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin. An underwhelming choice, considering they let a perfectly competent driver leave on his own terms.

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How Daniil Kvyat can take inspiration from new team-mate Brendon Hartley

Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images

It has not been the best 18 months for Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat. He has been demoted twice, reinstated (perhaps only temporarily) and now his career as a grand prix driver is under serious threat from New Zealander Brendon Hartley of sportscar fame. However, Hartley’s story and return to a Formula 1 cockpit after five years should not be a deterrent for the young Russian, but should inspire him to consider reinventing himself as a driver.

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Josef Newgarden deserves a shot at Formula 1

It has been a very long time since a driver who has tasted major national success in the United States has jumped ship to Formula 1. It is almost 10 years since Sebastien Bourdais lined up against Sebastian Vettel for the first time at Toro Rosso, in what became a brief F1 career for the four-time Champ Car champion. Since …

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Formula 1’s engine penalty problem

McLaren Media Centre

Wet qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix was somehow a dramatic, exciting farce. Lewis Hamilton took the outright record for most pole positions of all time. This, regardless of any given person’s opinion of the driver in or out of the car, should be celebrated. Yet, Formula 1’s engine penalty problem was the talking point in the run-up to the …

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Renault’s championship ambitions could result in failure

Renault Sport F1

One of Formula 1’s few current manufacturers was effectively left with a tough choice going into the 2016 season: quit the sport entirely, or buy out the fledgling Lotus team and attempt to revive the championship-winning outfit of a decade ago. It opted for the latter, with Renault’s championship ambitions consisting of a convincing five-year plan which would ultimately peak in a coveted title in 2021 – the year new engine regulations are set to come in.

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