Max Verstappen and Red Bull finally have their partner-in-crime to challenge Mercedes on both fronts with.

The decision to bring in Sergio Perez to Red Bull was a surprising one. By the time the deal was officially announced it made a lot of sense, but go back to that pause enforced by the pandemic in 2020 and no one would have predicted the Mexican to be driving alongside Max Verstappen anytime soon.

Despite numerous podiums at Sauber and Force India/Racing Point, Perez had seemingly missed his chance at a big team after his disappointing stint with McLaren in 2013.

Perez…


Here’s how the pecking order stands following Round Six of the 2021 F1 Season

The Formula One calendar is a mess at the moment, with the cancellation of Singapore this week throwing further question marks over just how many races we have left in this 2021 season.

However, we do know that we’ve managed to get through the opening six races of the season and there is now a two week break before the first triple header of the season.

That means it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate and update the Unofficial Definitive Driver Power Rankings of F1 Drivers 2021…


If he’s to keep his Mercedes seat for 2022, now is the time to show why he deserves it.

Valtteri Bottas isn’t going to win the Drivers Championship. It won’t happen this year, it won’t happen any year. The Finn just simply isn’t good enough.

However, since joining Mercedes in 2017 he has always done enough to play his part as the role of the number two driver.

But with the emergence of George Russell and the sun setting on Lewis Hamilton’s illustrious Formula One career, it is time for Mercedes to start thinking about the future of their driver…


Despite the future of the competition being in question, Saturday’s final proves the mythos of it should live on through any hapless format.

Pep Guardiola is a great manager, one of the best in the history of football. However, despite having all the resources he could need he hasn’t won a Champions League title since 2011.

The last 10 years have seen the Catalan come close so many times, and on Saturday he failed at the final hurdle.

The word used to describe Guardiola’s ambition to win another European Cup has been “obsession.”

Lionel Messi was also said to be…


Take a bow, son!

It was a season spent with no fans in the crowd for the absolute majority of the campaign — and even then, it was a minor capacity attendance for the final two matchdays that make the exception.

The anatomy of any great goal will always include the cheer of awe from thousands of fans who can’t quite believe what they’ve just seen.

This absence makes judging the goals from the 2020/21 Premier League season much more difficult than in any other.

Looking back on the season without doing any research, my initial assumption was that this…


Should he stay or will he go?

The transfer saga of the Summer is set to surround Harry Kane — not Erling Haaland, as it looked in March. Borussia Dortmund turned their season around by clinching Champions League qualification with a game spare, meaning Haaland is reportedly going to stay with the German club.

However, Tottenham Hotspur were unable to turn their fortunes around which led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese’s temporary replacement, Ryan Mason, hasn’t led a Solskjaer-like revolution through the club. No shackles have been “unleashed.”

Spurs are set to finish between seventh and ninth…


Making the sport more accessible to viewers could go a long way to fixing the problems young people are blamed for having caused.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it is broken, publicly blame a group of people who can’t do anything to fix it. That’s the message received loud and clear from those who are very happy to go around claiming everything is broken.

This week’s latest old man yelling at a cloud was Ross Brawn. …


Every championship battle has a protagonist and an antagonist. In 2021 it is a combination of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. These are two titans of the sport competing over the finest of margins. It was track limits in Bahrain, it was strategy in Barcelona.

With 19 races to go and only 14 points between them there is still plenty left to fight for and numerous twists and turns to come.

But, in the background, the next challenger is becoming more and more apparent.

This season will clearly be defined purely by the battle between Mercedes and Red Bull, but…


The English League has proven its the best this season, but can it break the cycle to stay on top forever?

Two English clubs qualified for the Champions League final this week. Chelsea are set to meet Manchester City at the end of May to determine the best side across the continent. This will be only the third time to English sides meet in Europe’s most important fixture.

Chelsea met in the first, against Manchester United, and Tottenham lost to Liverpool in the other. Most significant is that this is the second such final in three years.

When Chelsea played…


The time has come to update the rankings!

Three races into the 2021 Formula One season, and in-between a double header of Portugal and Spain, makes this as good a time as any to revisit and update the pre-season Unofficial Definitive Driver Power Rankings of F1 Drivers 2021 (UDDPR F1 2021).

Results and performances from Bahrain through to Portugal will be taken into account when factoring in where drivers rank inside the top 10.

The previous rankings from before the season began can be found here.

The top 10 has changed over the last three races, but not dramatically so…

Declan Harte

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