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Craig Woollard

Motorsport historian and journalist Craig Woollard has had an unusual path to a career in motorsport. After graduating from the University of Essex with a degree in mathematics in 2013, he changed his career path immediately after discovering a talent for writing. After occasional freelance work in 2015 and 2016, he joined the Autosport Academy for 2017. In the same year, he became an archive digitiser at Motorsport Images - which is his full-time job to this date.

Why the 2018 Indianapolis 500 may be one of the most competitive yet

The 2018 Indianapolis 500 will be the 102nd running of the great race. Throughout its history, there have been occasions where the majority of the contenders have been simply obliterated by the opposition. In recent years, Andretti Autosport has been the team to beat after taking wins in 2014, ’16 and last year. The 2018 edition, however, could well be …

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There are no excuses for Max Verstappen’s poor performances

Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool

Three races have passed in the 2018 Formula 1 season, and for the third time in as many races, Max Verstappen has made a serious mistake which has compromised his grand prix result. For a driver equipped with one of the six top cars in a Red Bull, this cannot be acceptable. In his fourth season in F1, there cannot be any excuses for these performances.

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How the 2018 IndyCar championship fight picture is emerging

Last Sunday’s IndyCar race at ISM Raceway (more commonly known as Phoenix) provided a lot of answers for the new-look 2018 season. It was not the epic that was promised by the new bodykit, but it was a fascinating race nonetheless. The clear issue was the lack of a second lane, and that became evident as the race progressed. While …

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Why Phoenix is the 2018 Indycar’s true acid test

The first oval of the 2018 IndyCar season will take place at Phoenix (now rebranded ISM Raceway) this weekend. In what will be a celebration marking 25 years since the great Mario Andretti’s final Indycar victory in a career spanning four separate decades, there is also expectation that there will finally be a decent race on a short-track oval. Instead …

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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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