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Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault) on the podium with his shoe after the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. Photo: Grand Prix Photo[/caption]The 2018 season is getting more and more exciting. In China it looked like Sebastian Vettel was in a very strong position until the pitstops when he was jumped by Valtteri Bottas in fine style. Then Bottas looked to be on his way to glory until the two Toro Rossos collided and a Safety Car was despatched. Red Bull reacted instantly. Mercedes did not. They could not have helped Bottas because he was past the pit entry before the Safety Car was declared, but if they had called in Lewis Hamilton (who was racing between the two Red Bulls), he might have become a challenger later in the race. Instead Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo suddenly burst into the game. Bottas and Vettel were on older rubber but had missed the chance to pit. Verstappen was too forceful (again) and ended up colliding with Vettel. Ricciardo was more measured and took the lead from Bottas with a glorious overtake on lap 45. It had been a great race, with great scraps down through the field.
– We look at the Toro Rosso’s success in Bahrain
– Fernando Alonso tells us what young racers need to know
– We report on the F1 Festival in Shanghai
– We remember John Miles
– JS hopes that F1 people will be sensible in their commercial dealings

– DT things that Shanghai could use a little less security
– Peter Nygaard paints pictures with pixels
GP+ is the fastest F1 magazine in the world. It’s so fast, it’s almost real-time… But it is a magazine that tells you the full story, like racing magazines used to do. Yet it is published in electronic form in PDF format, so you can read it on a laptop or a tablet. Our reporters are some of the most respected in the business and we take you behind the scenes in the F1 paddock and explain what is really going on. We have forthright opinions and we don’t care if we knock noses out of joint.
There are plenty of fascinating stories from Grand Prix history as well, plus great photography and old style reporting, giving you a blow-by-blow account of what happened, both in qualifying and in the race, so you have a proper record which can stay in your computer for years to come.
You get 23 issues for £34.99, covering the entire 2018 Formula 1 season.
For more information, go to https://www.grandprixplus.com.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was a terrific race with some wild dicing early on and a finely-balanced strategic battle at the end as Valtteri Bottas hunted down Sebastian Vettel, as both men ran out of tyres in the closing laps. If the race had gone on a few laps more, Lewis Hamilton might have won it, as he was closing on the two men ahead, but the win went to Vettel, who drove a super race and managed to keep a set of soft tyres going from lap 18 all the way to the finish. It looked as though he would need to pit a second time, but the tyres held up. Whether this caught Mercedes napping is a point worth discussing. As they realised what was happening, the drivers were told to go flat out to catch Vettel – but it was too late. Just too late…

We look at the FOM proposals for Formula 1 beyond 2021

We talk to Gene Haas

We remember the Race of Champions in 1968 – McLaren’s first F1 victory

JS wants Formula 1 fans to be more positive

DT looks back at the genius of Jim Clark

Peter Nygaard works magic with his Nikon.

GP+ is the fastest F1 magazine in the world. It’s so fast, it’s almost real-time. But it is a magazine that tells you the full story, like racing magazines used to do. Yet it is published in electronic form in PDF format, so you can read it on a laptop or a tablet. Our reporters are some of the most respected in the business and we take you behind the scenes in the F1 paddock and explain what is really going on. We have forthright opinions and we don’t care if we knock noses out of joint.

There are plenty of fascinating stories from Grand Prix history as well, plus great photography and old style reporting, giving you a blow-by-blow account of what happened, both in qualifying and in the race, so you have a proper record which can stay in your computer for years to come.

You get 23 issues for £34.99, covering the entire 2018 Formula 1 season.

For more information, go to https://www.grandprixplus.com.


Lewis Hamilton looked to have everything under control in Albert Park, after a sensational qualifying lap on Saturday. Ferrari was powerless to stop him, its only hope being a Safety Car. And guess what happened… The two Haas-Ferraris both went out with wheel-nut problems and a Safety Car was sent out  Sebastian Vettel was able to get an advantage in the pits and emerged ahead of a confused Lewis Hamilton and a bemused Mercedes engineering team. After that it was all about track position and Vettel made no mistakes. It was a good win, but an incredibly fortunate one. We look at who did what in Australia and what it means for the season ahead.

– We look at the future of the F1 calendar

– We look at the problems with F1 gardening leave

– Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche explains why he loves F1

– We look back at Hans Stuck… and Hans Stuck

– JS ruminates on the joys of Melbourne

– DT is not as impressed, but loves some of the new ideas in F1

– Peter Nygaard and his team capture Albert Park in all its glory

GP+ is the fastest F1 magazine in the world. It’s so fast, it’s almost real-time… But it is a magazine that tells you the full story, like racing magazines used to do. Yet it is published in electronic form in PDF format, so you can read it on a laptop or a tablet. Our reporters are some of the most respected in the business and we take you behind the scenes in the F1 paddock and explain what is really going on. We have forthright opinions and we don’t care if we knock noses out of joint.

There are plenty of fascinating stories from Grand Prix history as well, plus great photography and old style reporting, giving you a blow-by-blow account of what happened, both in qualifying and in the race, so you have a proper record which can stay in your computer for years to come.

You get 23 issues for £34.99, covering the entire 2018 Formula 1 season.

For more information, go to https://www.grandprixplus.com.

If you are going to go to Melbourne for the Grand Prix and want something to do on Friday evening, why not buy a ticket to my annual Audience with Joe, a chance for F1 fans to ask questions – and to meet other F1 fans. There is no shortage of subject matter at the moment with the halo, Liberty Media and all the new cars. The event will be at the West Beach Bathers Pavilion, located at 330A Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda, which is right down on the beach. It is within easy reach of Albert Park by tram and a pleasant walk from the Canterbury Road entrance, if you prefer. The event will kick off at 7pm on Friday, March 23, and it will run until 11pm, with food and drink available throughout the evening at normal bar prices.

The tickets cost A$70 and there was a big turnout last year, so it is best to book early as the number of tickets is limited in order to ensure that everyone has a chance to ask their questions. We are expecting a sell-out crowd, so don’t leave it to the last minute. You might not get in.
You can buy a ticket by clicking here

If you don’t know about the audience, here is a quick idea about what people think about my events:

Phil Branagan
“After eons of listening to Joe yacking about F1 (and many other topics) I sent my brother and his mate off to one of his chats in Melbourne a few years ago. They came back impressed, and then wondered why I don’t know as much about this as JS does. Few do. Highly recommended.”

Francesco Zargani
“Having attended my first talk with Joe in Singapore last year, I can truly say they are awesome and would highly recommend it to anyone lucky to be in Melbourne during those days.”

paperballpark
“I went to the one in London about a week ago – the first time I’ve been to one. It was very interesting, informative, and absolutely worth the money. Joe really knows his stuff, and isn’t afraid of saying what he thinks. I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest in F1 – you won’t regret it!”

The new season is upon us (finally) and GP+ is ready to go for another year on the F1 road. The season preview features a full rundown of the teams and how we expect them to do. We look at Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as they both strive to equal Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of five World Championships. We talk to Mercedes engine wizard Andy Cowell and Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul tells us how he hopes to see Renault improve. We remember Dan Gurney, Ron Walker and others who have died during the winter break.

– DT considers the halo and the vanishing grid girls

– JS ponders the potential of over-the-top TV coverage

– We rank the teams and drivers

– Our photographers work their magic

GP+ was the first F1 e-magazine – and it remains the fastest. It comes out before some of the F1 teams have managed to produce a press release. You can download and keep it on your own devices and it works on computers, tablets and even smartphones.

It’s a magazine written by real F1 journalists who have each attended more than 500 Grands Prix. We know the sport and its history and we love to share it with our readers at a price that everyone can afford. We believe that by attracting more people we can achieve much more than all those who exploit the fans.

You can sign up quickly and easily and you will receive your own codes that will give you access to the 2018 magazines. For more information, go to www.grandprixplus.com.

I will be hosting a pre-season Audience with Joe event in London on Friday, March 16. If you haven’t been to one of these events before, it is really very simple. You come along and I ask you to ask me questions. That’s it. I answer them. You get to learn more about F1. You get to meet other F1 fans. You can ask anything.

There is a break halfway through so that you will be fed and you can buy drinks on-site at normal bar rates. The event runs from 7pm to 10.30pm and it is taking place at One Knightsbridge Green, SW1X 7NW – close to the Knightsbridge underground station. This is the home of Prism, F1’s pioneering sports marketing agency, part of the WPP empire. In order to ensure that everyone gets the chance to ask as many questions as they want to ask, the audience numbers are limited. The event is by ticket only and the last Audience in December was a sell-out so if you want to be sure to get in, book early. Here are a few comments from people who have been to Audiences before…

“Just got back from An Audience with Joe Saward evening – which was absolutely excellent. Joe was on sparkling form and massively entertaining – and at nearly three hours of talking, you certainly got your money’s worth!”

“Joe was every bit as forthright and honest in the flesh as is he is on his blog – if not more so – and his answers to the audience’s questions were always funny, insightful, and on many occasions highly revealing. Whatever Joe was asked, he had an entertaining view and, more to the point, a lot of insider evidence to support it.”

“I had a great time last night at the “Audience with Joe”. Thanks for making the effort and spending so much time chatting to us all. For anyone local to future Joe’s events, I encourage you to get along and join us in the fun!”

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

With the F1 season fast-approaching, I will be hosting a pre-season Audience with Joe on Friday, March 16, at my usual venue at One Knightsbridge Green, SW1X 7NW – next door to the Knightsbridge underground station. This is the home of Prism, F1’s pioneering sports marketing agency,  part of the WPP empire. The Audience will run from 7pm-10.30pm and there will be a food served mid-way through the evening. Drinks will be available at normal bar rates.

I fervently believes that the sport should reach out more to its loyal followers and these Audiences are designed to give the fans the opportunity to learn more about F1, and to do so in a convivial atmosphere, with other fans of the sport. In order to ensure that everyone gets the chance to ask as many questions as they want to ask, the audience numbers are limited. The event will be by ticket only and there is no possibility of walk-in tickets on the night, so please book now if you want to be sure to get a ticket, as these are limited in number. The last Audience back in December was a sell-out so book early if you want to be sure.

If you haven’t been to an audience before, this is what some of the fans have said in the past.

“Just got back from An Audience with Joe Saward evening – which was absolutely excellent. Joe was on sparkling form and massively entertaining – and at nearly three hours of talking, you certainly got your money’s worth!”

“Joe was every bit as forthright and honest in the flesh as is he is on his blog – if not more so – and his answers to the audience’s questions were always funny, insightful, and on many occasions highly revealing.  Whatever Joe was asked, he had an entertaining view and more to the point a lot of insider evidence to support it.”

“I had a great time last night at the “Audience with Joe”. Thanks for making the effort and spending so much time chatting to us all. For anyone local to future Joe events, I encourage you to get along and join us in the fun!”

For more information and to book tickets, click here.