Going to the cinema is a far more sanitary pursuit now than it was in Shed's long-lost courting days. The sort of strokes young men used to pull back then, up to and including the notorious 'holed popcorn box on the lap' routine, wouldn't be tolerated these days. To be honest, they weren't really tolerated in those days either, but that didn't stop folk trying. What did generally quench the flames of ardour in the pictures was the sight of what appeared to be giant pubic hairs twitching on the screen whenever the ad for the local kebab shop came on before the main feature. You don't get them on today's digital presentations of course, which Shed thinks is a missed trick when it comes to the warmth, humour and overall richness of the external media experience. This only comes up as a topic of conversation because our Shed, a remarkably solid-looking low-miles Fiat Coupé, might need new front springs. A quick look online reveals that some of the replacements that you can get for … [Read more...] about Shed of the Week: Fiat Coupe
Max Verstappen had to contend with a broken RB14 as he raced his way to sixth place in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver lost a position to Kevin Magnussen on the opening lap in Melbourne but looked to attack the Haas driver only to spin. That resulted in the Dutchman dropping from fifth to eighth place. Like many others, Verstappen struggled to overtake at the Albert Park circuit despite a third DRS being added for this year's race. He finished P6. "After a decent first get away, a bit unlucky at Turn One and got a bit caught out and lost a position," he said. "Suddenly I had a lot of issues with the car, balance problems, we found out after four or five laps something broke off the car, and all the time in the middle of the corner was losing a lot of grip and at one point I got caught out at Turn One and spun. "It’s not ideal but luckily with the 360 I didn’t lose too many positions. After that you are in the hunt but you can’t overtake on this … [Read more...] about Verstappen: Something broke off the car
Daniel Ricciardo's three-place grid penalty was still weighing on his mind after qualifying at the Australian Grand Prix. The home favourite was penalised on Friday for speeding under red-flag conditions, meaning his P5 at the end of Q3 on Saturday was only good enough to see him start from P8 in Sunday's race. “I thought [the grid penalty] was unjust," Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1. "A penalty sure, there are reprimands, fines, other things but to shoot me in the ankle before the season has started – I thought they could have done better. “From fifth we go to eighth. The first parts of qualifying were OK but at the end we missed a few tenths. It looked like it was all in the first sector. “I don’t really know with the balance what more I could have done there. For sure it was frustrating a little bit. “We’re starting on the supersofts and hopefully that works to our favour and later in the race we can make some things happen.” … [Read more...] about Ricciardo: ‘I’ve been shot in the ankle’
Ferrari and McLaren will fight for the win in Melbourne with Mercedes scrapping for the final few points. That’s according to the pre-season timesheets – but everyone knows they mean nothing. Four months after the chequered flag fell in Abu Dhabi, Formula 1 is set to return to the competitive arena with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Swapping the snow from Spanish testing for the baking sun in Melbourne, the blistering quick hypersofts for the slightly slower ultras, and going from practice games to business, Formula 1 is about to get serious. The race at the front The Scuderia’s race-pace in Spain was lacking compared to Mercedes – but it is that way for most teams – but also to Red Bull. Throw in that the SF71H’s engine is an oil guzzler, which at times lets out a breath of oil mist, and Sebastian Vettel’s chances of back-to-back Australian Grand Prix wins are not looking great. As such it could be an easy romp to the 1-2 for … [Read more...] about Ferrari or McLaren for the Australian GP win?
In the lead-up to the new Formula 1 season, we asked you for your 2018 predictions. Here are the results… We wanted to know who you thought would win the World Championship titles, who would finish best of the rest, who would suffer the first DNF and, finally, who will finish last in the Constructors’ Championship. First up, 54% of you think Lewis Hamilton will be World Champion for a fifth time, with Sebastian Vettel emerging as his nearest rival with 23% of the vote. Daniel Ricciardo pipped Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen to third spot. Moving on to the Constructors’ Championship, a vast majority believe it’s another year at the top for the mighty Mercedes. With Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull expected to be in a league of their own again, we asked for the team you think will finish best of the rest. Incredibly, it was a dead heat with McLaren and Renault getting 861 votes apiece. Now to the titles that nobody wants, starting with the first DNF of the season. … [Read more...] about Revealed: Your predictions for the 2018 season