Will Gray

  • What have we learned from F1 testing?

    Will Gray tells you everything you need to know about how the Formula One teams are shaping up ahead of the new season.

    McLaren Formula One racing driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leaves his garage during pre-season testing at the Jerez racetrack in southern SpainMcLaren Formula One racing driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leaves his garage during pre-season testing at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain

    F1 is back on track and although testing is notorious for smoke and mirrors there are already some clear indications of how things will shake out for the lead contenders in 2015.

    So with just four days down, who’s hot and who’s not?

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    MERCEDES

    Testing form: A pretty perfect test with only a few minor problems saw them clock up 2,284km, 600km more than next best Sauber. They focused on reliability not pace, limiting soft tyre runs, but Nico Rosberg still managed to beat last year’s top Jerez test in just 11 laps.

    Car: Mercedes has used its

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  • Will Gray's review of the year: Lewis Hamilton reaches a new level

    Our expert writers are giving us their reviews of 2014.

    Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with his team after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuitMercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with his team after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit

    We asked our expert writers to give us their take on a memorable year in sport, as well as asking for their hope for 2015.

    Here Will Gray picks his selection.

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    Best memory of the year

    Hailed as the best World Cup in history, Brazil's festival of football was high in drama, from the never-say-die desire of Team USA to Luis Suarez knocking out England and Brazil being hammered 7-1 by Germany. All made better with a big screen, bbq and good summer weather, it was just a shame the world's best player didn't turn up on final night.

    Sportsperson of the year

    Lewis Hamilton because in a straight

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  • 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?

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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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  • 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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