Will Gray

  • Gray Matter: F1’s Greatest Drivers – 5 to 1

    Will Gray names the five greatest Formula 1 drivers ever

    More than 800 drivers have participated in Grand Prix weekends since the dawn of F1 in 1950. Some became legends, others disappeared without trace – but who are the best 20 ever to hit the track?

    [GREATEST F1 DRIVERS:20-16]

    [GREATEST F1 DRIVERS:15-11]

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    Rankings:

    Rankings are based on statistics (qualifying performance, race performance and multi-team success) and opinions (entertainment, ruthlessness and determination, strategy and technical skills and teamwork). To deliver noticeable differences,

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  • Gray Matter: How will Lewis Hamilton deal with the loss of genius engineer Jock Clear?

    The engineer who masterminded Lewis Hamilton's second world title has defected. Will Gray looks at how badly will he really be missed.

    Lewis Hamilton with Jock Clear (Imago)Lewis Hamilton with Jock Clear (Imago)

    The departure of Jock Clear from Lewis Hamilton’s engineering team at Mercedes will leave a big void to fill in 2015 – but in modern day F1, can one man make such a difference? 

    This season saw Hamilton mature as a racing driver both on and off the track and a big part of that was down to the team built around him.   From his fitness trainer to his race engineer, the Mercedes management have developed a settled core for the British star, one that has become so respected by him that the family entourage he used to take everywhere with him was often left behind this year.

    In a season that has

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  • Gray Matter: F1’s Greatest Drivers – 10 to 6

    Will Gray continues his look back at the top 20 F1 drivers of all time.

    Lewis Hamilton (L) sprays champagne over Sebastian Vettel (Reuters)Lewis Hamilton (L) sprays champagne over Sebastian Vettel (Reuters)

    Rankings are based on statistics (qualifying performance, race performance and multi-team success) and opinions (entertainment, ruthlessness and determination, strategy and technical skills and teamwork). To deliver noticeable differences, values awarded are relative to those within the group not to all Grand Prix racers.

    Qualifying performance: Based on pole-to-race ratio, with extra consideration given to those with high ratio and high number of races, as this is harder to achieve.

    Race performance: Based on win-to-race ratio, with extra consideration given to those with high ratio and high

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  • Gray Matter: F1’s Greatest Drivers – 15 to 11

    Will Gray continues his look back at the top 20 F1 drivers of all time.

    Nigel Mansell in the Williams-Renault .Nigel Mansell in the Williams-Renault .

    Rankings are based on statistics (qualifying performance, race performance and multi-team success) and opinions (entertainment, ruthlessness and determination, strategy and technical skills and teamwork). To deliver noticeable differences, values awarded are relative to those within the group not to all Grand Prix racers.

    Qualifying performance: Based on pole-to-race ratio, with extra consideration given to those with high ratio and high number of races, as this is harder to achieve.

    Race performance: Based on win-to-race ratio, with extra consideration given to those with high ratio and high

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  • F1’s greatest ever drivers – 20 to 16

    More than 800 drivers have participated in Grand Prix weekends since the dawn of F1 in 1950.

    McLaren's Mika Hakkinen of Finland has champagne poured down his back by teammate David CoulthardMcLaren's Mika Hakkinen of Finland has champagne poured down his back by teammate David Coulthard

    More than 800 drivers have participated in Grand Prix weekends since the dawn of F1 in 1950. Some became legends, others disappeared without trace – but who are the best 20 ever to hit the track?

    In the first or a new four-part series, we look at numbers 20-16. But first, an explanation on how we rated each legend...

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    Rankings are based on statistics (qualifying performance, race performance and multi-team success) and opinions (entertainment, ruthlessness and determination, strategy and technical skills and teamwork). To deliver noticeable differences, values awarded are relative to

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  • Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes didn't just make him a champion - it made him a better man

    The British star has gone from a brilliant but volatile talent to a mature and composed driver - and it's mostly thanks to Mercedes, says Will Gray.

    Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger (Reuters)Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger (Reuters)

    When Lewis Hamilton announced he was leaving his long-term McLaren home to join Mercedes in September 2012, he always stated that the 2014 title was his goal.

    In Abu Dhabi, that target was ticked off.

    Hamilton was drawn to Mercedes by a man no longer at the team, Ross Brawn. By the point he made his decision, the team was already in the early stages of concept design on the 2014 engine and car.

    It must have been clear they were heading in the right direction - but the move was a leap of faith on both sides.

    Mercedes’ performances were far from what they are now and, at 27, Hamilton was about

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  • The three things that could stop Lewis Hamilton becoming F1 world champion

    The British superstar is guaranteed to claim a second title on Sunday - or is he? Will Gray points out the pitfalls which could yet scupper his dream.

    Lewis Hamilton (Getty)Lewis Hamilton (Getty)

    All Lewis Hamilton needs to do to win his second world title is follow Nico Rosberg home for Mercedes’ 12th one-two of the season.

    Easy, right? After all, the Mercedes has been a class apart all season.

    But F1's history has shown us time and time again that things are never that easy in title-deciding races, which have a tendency to trip people up.

    After a season of tight competition just 17 points separates Mercedes’ two title challengers, and with 50 point available to the winner of the final race it's all coming down to the wire.

    And although Hamilton has the points advantage he knows all

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  • The biggest seven points of the season? Rosberg finally puts Hamilton under pressure

    Lewis Hamilton is under pressure, while Caterham's backs are against the wall - F1 expert Will Gray takes a look at what we learned in Brazil.

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    ROSBERG TURNS TABLES ON HAMILTON

    It may have only been seven points Lewis Hamilton lost to Nico Rosberg in Brazil, but it could have a crucial bearing on the championship in more ways than one.

    Firstly, the pressure was on Rosberg after being squarely beaten by Hamilton in the previous five races, and he desperately needed to recover some confidence by proving he had the tenacity of a genuine title contender.

    With double points up for grabs in the last race of the season, the title battle was going to go to the wire whatever happened - but this was all about mind games.

    It had been all

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  • F1 crisis: Is it time for third cars?

    Are third cars the solution to the current Formula One financial crisis?

    A member of the Caterham Formula One team cleans one of the team vehicles ahead of the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone race circuit, central England, July 3, 2014A member of the Caterham Formula One team cleans one of the team vehicles ahead of the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone race circuit, central England, July 3, 2014

    The disappearance of Caterham and Marussia from the F1 grid in Austin re-ignited the debate on the sport’s future – so with the small teams struggling is it time to let them go and pin the future on super teams?

    Spiralling costs coupled with the unfair distribution of wealth within the sport finally put F1’s two newest teams into administration last week.

    Despite seeking a solution for what seems like decades, nothing has ever been done to help smaller teams survive and now Sauber, Force India and Lotus effectively become backmarker teams on a grid that has shrunk to 18 cars.

    A recent study

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin applauds the winner Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after the first Russian Grand Prix in Sochi October 12, 2014.

    Lewis Hamilton now has his biggest points advantage of the season – but it his victory in turn two at Sochi that will convince him he has one hand on the title. 

    ROSBERG BLOWS IT 

    RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Sochi: (L-R) Second placed Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg and winner Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton stand on the podium after the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom.RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Sochi: (L-R) Second placed Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg and winner Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton stand on the podium after the inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom.
    Nico Rosberg’s tyre-smoking lock-up at the start of the Russian Grand Prix marked a potentially decisive swing in the title run-in – both in terms of points and in terms of mental attitude. 

    Hamilton’s strong defence as the pair went wheel-to-wheel into turn two on the opening lap, and Rosberg’s subsequent mistake that sent him wide, trashed his tyres and forced him to switch strategies, led to an easy win for

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