Richard Drew
Richard Drew
Richard Drew has been a writer and broadcaster for almost 25 years. For several years he presented ESPN Star Sports coverage of Formula One. He commentates on a variety of sports, including football, motorsport and winter sports. After working in Asia, Richard and his family now live in England.

Two races to go in the F1 season, you could forgive the drivers and the teams for feeling it's like the end of a school term - a bit of a breeze. After all, the drivers and team championships have been decided and Mercedes have nothing left to prove.

I don't know how you might classify these things, but surely Lewis Hamilton is now a legend of motor racing. He's world champion again, with his third title; a second in a row. It's been suggested, not unreasonably, that this is now the Hamilton era of F1.


"GP2 engine, GP2." With an exasperated groan, Fernando Alonso finished his curt radio message to the McLaren pit wall in the Japanese Grand Prix. It was an astonishing outburst, given the Spaniard knew television coverage would beam the comments around the world. Astonishing because his comment came at the Japanese Grand Prix, the home of engine supplier Honda; in fact at the track the Japanese firm owns.

What, you wonder, must go through a man's head (because it tends to be a man) when they decide to have a Sunday afternoon stroll through a Formula One race? It is, I'm sure, a question no one can really answer, but it's being asked after a British man walked down the track in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.

The Southeast Asian haze. It has been enough to send expats back home and locals scurrying indoors for cover. Now it’s threatening to disrupt the Singapore Grand Prix

Wilson had driven in Formula One, and it was the whole of the "open-wheel" racing world that took stock afterwards. Perhaps it should be described as the "open-cockpit" racing world, because the debate subsequently has been about whether cockpits should be enclosed for safety.

How were your summer holidays? Hope you had a better time than Jenson Button. The British driver was enjoying some down time during Formula One's midseason break when he was burgled. It was all a bit dramatic, with suggestions the St Tropez villa was pumped with anaesthetic gas to make sure he and wife Jessica did not wake up during the raid. Some reports said valuables up to £300,000 (HK$3.6 million) were taken.

Ask a relationship counsellor what the secret to a good marriage is, and a top answer will be trust. As the Formula One family gathers in Canada, all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton and his racing partner, Mercedes.

Another week, another high-noon moment in Formula One. The great and the good of the sport have been meeting ahead of this weekend's grand prix in Monaco to make some sweeping changes to the sport.

Formula One is back in its traditional heartland this weekend - Europe, but there are major concerns for McLaren and their driver Fernando Alonso in his home race in Barcelona.

The Formula One season is a bit like a book. Each race is a chapter and, if we are lucky, we get a cliffhanger that's only resolved at the end of the season.

All sport is pointless. When you look at it objectively, it seems pretty stupid to spend 90 minutes trying to put a glorified pig's bladder in the back of a net. In the greater scheme of things, there must be better ways to spend your time than knocking seven bells out of each other just to get a rugby ball over a random line. For that matter, when you look at it like that, driving a car around in circles 50 or 60 times just to be the fastest is plain daft.

In the trees around the English countryside, birds are busy making their nests in the bare branches before spring arrives. But in the factories of Formula One teams nearby, they are a little ahead of their feathered friends.