Drivers-v-Constructors: The Imbalance of F1

The battle for the 2005 F1 Drivers Championship looks like it’s a two horse race, but so far, one of the horses is getting all the luck. The table presented here compares the relative preformance of 2005′s two top drivers, as well as a providing an alternative (speculative) championship score that takes account of car failure. The table shows that the current second place driver, Kimi Raikkonen, could easily have found himself in the top spot had his car been more reliable. It also highlights that the two championships (one for drivers and one for constructors) have a scoring system that penalises drivers for their team’s poor reliability, but is more forgiving of the teams. Continue reading

The Teapot

I’m well known for enjoying tea in superhuman quantities. When working at home I often nip to the kitchen and make a pot of tea, then add milk and sugar directly to the pot, before snugly refitting the tea-cosy and resuming work: this gives me approximately 120 minutes of mind-focusing brain juice. This is one of the reasons for the inclusion of a picture of a teapot on many of the original pages of this site, the other reason is more technical. Continue reading