Will Gray

  • Gray Matter: Could Kimi and Williams work?

    The rumours of a Kimi Raikkonen F1 comeback have surfaced
    again, this time with Williams-Renault next year, but could the 'Ice Man'
    really return - and if so what does each party have to gain?

    Williams confirmed last weekend that former world
    champion Raikkonen paid a private visit to their factory in Grove before the
    Italian Grand Prix as they seek to finalise their driver line-up for 2012.

    Pastor Maldonado is believed to have a spot guaranteed
    with backing from PDSVA but Rubens Barrichello's place is seriously under
    threat and he has spoken quite frankly about his situation, saying the team

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  • Gray Matter: Why Hamilton must stay aggressive

    Sebastian Vettel is almost certain to wrap up his second
    consecutive world title this weekend - but behind him an intriguing battle for
    second place is developing with plenty of pride at stake.

    The metronomic momentum of Vettel's
    2011 season has put him well clear of the chasing pack and with one point
    needed to wrap up the title the chances of that happening this weekend are high
    - it's 16 races since Vettel last failed to score, due to engine failure in
    Korea.

    But while Vettel has led from day one, the group behind
    him has been changing order all season, with each member of the chasing pack

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  • Gray Matter: The challenge for Senna

    The Senna name was back on the scoresheet last weekend for
    the first time since 1993 - but what does young Bruno have to do to keep that
    great name on the grid for 2012?

    The sight of Bruno Senna in the familiar yellow helmet
    with blue and green stripes sitting in a black and gold Lotus Renault during
    the last two races has brought back memories of his late uncle Ayrton Senna's
    early days in Formula One.

    There's no getting away from a name - but rather than try
    to shirk the responsibility of following in those famous footsteps, Bruno Senna
    has embraced it and accepts the association has opened

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  • Tech Talk: Complexity of an F1 start

    Sebastian Vettel made a flying start in last weekend's
    Singapore Grand Prix while his team-mate Mark Webber got bogged down once again
    - so just how difficult is it to get off the grid?

    The start is perhaps the most vital factor in winning a
    Grand Prix as a good get-away will allow the team to carry out their primary
    strategy while a bad one will not only drop the driver into the pack, where
    collisions are more likely, but by putting the car out of position it could
    also force the team into a complete strategy re-think.

    The days of the foot-operated clutch are long gone and
    the complexities of

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  • Gray Matter: Can McLaren’s troubles make them stronger?

    McLaren have admitted they are "not satisfied" being runners-up to Red Bull this year but are refusing to be disheartened - so what went wrong and what gives them cause for optimism in the future?

    McLaren started the year with strong ambitions of wrestling the title from Red Bull Racing only to suffer the disheartening experience of watching their champion rivals, particularly Sebastian Vettel, dominate in almost every race.

    The points table shows McLaren are now comfortably the 'best of the rest', nestled in second place in the constructors' championship on 325 points, some 71 clear of

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  • Tech Talk: The significance of Red Bull’s new Renault deal

    Red Bull Racing announced a five-year extension to their Renault engine deal at Monza - and the details of their new agreement could prove ominous for their rivals.

    Renault is the third-longest serving F1 engine manufacturer and started its most recent period in the sport in 2001. At that time, it supplied the Benetton team in preparation to re-name it Renault the following year, starting what would be an eight-year period as a full works team.

    Since the controversy of race manipulation in Singapore in 2009, the French manufacturer has been retracting from the team role, ultimately selling up

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  • Tech Talk: The importance of racing for second place

    Sebastian Vettel's victory in Monza left his rivals admitting the fight for the drivers' title is now over for this year - but with six races still remaining there is still good reason to fight hard at the front.

    Vettel's haul of 284 points puts him 112 points clear of Fernando Alonso, who moved into second place with a podium finish at Monza, and if the Red Bull driver's form continues the title could be tied up within a couple of races.

    Behind him, the battle for second has been closely fought and there are four drivers covered by just 14 points with Alonso on 172, Jenson Button and Mark

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  • Gray Matter: Can Red Bull end Monza jinx?

    Red Bull Racing have never started on the front row at Monza and have never finished higher than fourth in the race - but do they have a better chance of ending that Italian Grand Prix jinx this year?

    The high-speed nature of the Monza circuit has always caused Red Bull trouble and, after arriving in F1 in 2005, it took the team four years to score a championship point in Italy, with Mark Webber collecting their first in 2008.

    The team has traditionally suffered from a lack of top speed compared to its rivals, with the Renault engine acknowledged to have one of the lowest top-end power outputs

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  • Tech Talk: Pushing tyres to the limits

    After blistering problems in the Belgian
    Grand Prix, Pirelli has issued a more cautious tyre usage recommendation for
    this weekend's race in Italy - but what's it all mean and why did it happen?

    Red Bull suffered serious blistering on
    their front tyres in qualifying for the last race at Spa-Francorchamps because
    of an over-aggressive set-up that highlighted potential dangers in the way tyres
    are used and created questions over how tyre rules are administered.

    On a typically inclement weekend in the
    Ardennes, limited running in the practice sessions meant that teams could not
    carry out their

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