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Rob Watts

Freelance Motorsport Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

Motorsport Journalist • Junior Reporter for Autosport & Motorsport • Also Badger GP and eRacing Magazine

Portfolio

2017

Badger GP
10/31/2017
Why Max Verstappen is F1's most feared driver - Badger GP

Max Verstappen may not be heading into the winter with Formula 1's champion trophy, but at just twenty years of age, he can certainly lay claim to being F1's star of the future. The titles will come, but for now, Verstappen can be happy in the knowledge that he's arguably F1's most feared driver.

Badger GP
10/23/2017
It's time Daniil Kvyat was shown some respect - Badger GP

This feeling must now be all too familiar to young Daniil Kvyat. After being 'rested' for a couple of races, he's now been demoted again from his Toro Rosso race seat, and his Formula 1 future appears now to be as uncertain as ever.

Badger GP
09/24/2017
Stick or twist? How the F1 grid could change in 2019 - Badger GP

Next year's F1 driver market is set to be the most open and enthralling in recent memory. Rob Watts looks at the big dilemma facing some of the key drivers as they decide whether to stay put or make a move for 2019. Here's a question for you, and be honest.

Badger GP
08/21/2017
F1 2017: First Hands On Review - Badger GP

The much-anticipated return of the F1 game franchise is almost upon us, so we sent Rob Watts to the official launch of F1 2017 to see how it stacks up. After a disappointing couple of years for the franchise, last year's F1 2016 game felt like a step in the right direction, but this year's F1 2017 game feels like the first time Codemasters have well and truly 'nailed it'.

Autosport
04/13/2017
Williams denied hat-trick by race three clash

LUKE WILLIAMS WAS LEFT TO RUE a missed opportunity for a hat-trick of wins in the BRSCC Formula Ford 1600 Championship at Brands Hatch, having collided with rival Stephen Daly while battling for the lead in an action-packed third encounter

Badger GP
04/01/2017
"The best way to impress is to win" - Lando Norris chats to Badger GP - Badger GP

Lando Norris is a name you'll hear a lot in the coming years. In December, Lando won the coveted McLaren Autosport BRDC award, and just a few weeks ago, McLaren announced that he'd be joining its junior programme. Badger's Rob Watts caught up with Lando to discuss his award win and his recently announced new role with McLaren.

Badger GP
03/19/2017
2017 F1 Season Preview - Part Two - Badger GP

In part two, Rob Watts looks at the pre-season form of last season's top five - Force India, Williams, Ferrari, Red Bull, and Mercedes, and suggests who could be the team to beat this year. After a low-key first week of testing, Williams made a huge claim to be 'best of the rest' with an impressive performance in week two.

Badger GP
03/16/2017
2017 F1 Season Preview - Part One - Badger GP

With the new season about to kick off, Rob Watts takes a closer look at each team to see what shape they're in heading to Melbourne. In part one, the focus is on Sauber, Renault, Haas, Toro Rosso, and McLaren.

Badger GP
03/13/2017
Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert chat to Badger GP - Badger GP

With the new season about to begin, Rob Watts spent some time with Sky Sports F1 pundits Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert to find out what 2017 has in store, and how the current era compares to when they were racing.

Badger GP
03/09/2017
Martin Brundle and Pat Symonds discuss Sky's plans for F1 in 2017 - Badger GP

Sky Sports F1 recently announced their plans for F1 in 2017, including a new recruit - ex Williams technical chief, Pat Symonds. Badger's Rob Watts spoke to Pat and fellow Sky Sports commentator, Martin Brundle, to get the lowdown on Pat's new role and find out their thoughts on the upcoming season.

Badger GP
03/06/2017
"Did they really say that?" - The perils of pre-season optimism - Badger GP

It's that time of year when the F1 paddock seems to be brimming with optimism, with senior team members claiming that they've "made a big step forward" or declaring that the team are "ready to fight for wins". Sometimes, however, reality falls short of expectation once the cars hit the track.

Badger GP
02/06/2017
Exclusive Interview: Sam Bird chats to Badger GP - Badger GP

Formula E star Sam Bird took some time out from his busy schedule to chat to Badger's Rob Watts about F1, Formula E, and his strict rules on how to make tea. Hint; never ever put the milk in first! Rob Watts: You've kind of found your home now with DS Virgin in Formula E.

2016

2015

Read Motorsport
08/03/2015
2015 Mid-Season Review: McLaren - Read Motorsport

When it was announced that McLaren and Honda would be joining forces again this year, there was widespread optimism that the good times were about to return to Woking. During pre-season, McLaren was making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Read Motorsport
07/25/2015
Mercedes dominate final practice in Hungary - Read Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in the third and final practice session ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Just 0.098 seconds separated the two Mercedes drivers at the top of the timesheets, but the session did not end well for Rosberg after the German stalled his engine attempting a practice start at the end of the pitlane.

Read Motorsport
07/21/2015
Ricciardo Confirmed For London Race of Champions - Read Motorsport

Red Bull driver Daniel Riccardo will partner five-time MotoGP World Champion Mick Doohan as part of Team Australia in this year's Race Of Champions event in London. The Australian will be making his ROC debut, and will join former teammate Sebastian Vettel and another ex-Red Bull driver David Coulthard at Queen Elizabeth Park in November.

Read Motorsport
07/17/2015
The Key Players In F1's 'Silly Season' - Read Motorsport

It's around this time each year that F1's 'silly season' really starts to gather pace, and this year we could be set for some intriguing driver changes at both ends of the grid. Here's a roundup of some of the major rumours circulating the F1 paddock right now.

Read Motorsport
07/08/2015
F1 Bosses Discuss Radical Overhaul - Read Motorsport

There's been a lot of debate this season about the direction that Formula One is heading in, with the sport drawing harsh criticism from fans, drivers, and commentators alike. The F1 strategy group, consisting of F1's top six teams along with the FIA, the sport's governing body, and commercial rights holders FOM, met last week to discuss a number of changes to improve the spectacle and arrest F1's declining global audience.

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