Does the route to Formula 1 need reform?

As W Series is forced to conclude their season three races early due to financial issues and as Nyck de Vries finally gets a Formula One contract three years after his championship winning Formula 2 season, the complex and unfair nature of F1’s feeder series’ and highly structured route to F1 has never been seen more starkly. The road to F1 is notoriously difficult both financially and statistically, with only 20 spots available for all aspiring global talent. However, access to the junior series…

The Tour de Femmes: a step towards equality in women’s sport

As the Zwift CEO, the Tour de Femmes title sponsor said as the history-making 8 day women’s tour concluded at La Super Planche de Belles Filles in the Vosges mountains, the tour “exceeded everyone’s expectations”. 24, six-a-piece teams sat on the startline on the Eiffel Tower to Champs-Élysées stage on the morning of 24th of July, as the men’s tour also drew to a close on cycling’s most iconic street later that day. The tour was the...

The legacy of Sebastian Vettel: the four-time World Champion and outspoken activist

When I saw that Sebastian Vettel had joined Instagram, I thought I was having some form of hallucination. The man who had been so strongly and happily offline, the only member of the F1 grid without any form of social media, had joined us all. However, this bewildered happiness was short-lived as his first post would perhaps be the most important of his career. Published in both English and German, the driver announced his retirement after 15 years in the sport with 53 race wins and 4 consecutive…

Easter escapes

Italy, being perhaps one of the countries most visited during the summer season, is admittedly bursting with tourists from afar locations hoping to soak up the Italian sunshine. However, the same cannot be said for the winter and spring months. Upon my visit to Milan during early Spring, it was nothing like your jam-packed holiday destination. With the streets being admired by a handful of American and Canadian gap year students, European citizens, and Italian school trips, it was astonishingly quiet. But, with less people, a more authentic experience awaited me, making Italy the perfect spot for a mid-summative season break.

Simon Lazenby: "I’m only here because I was a shit grain trader”

For Simon Lazenby, Durham is very close to heart. “I knew I was going to Durham the moment I arrived at the station – I fell in love with it the moment I stepped off the train”. He studied Natural Sciences at St Hild and Bede College from 1993– 1996. We sat down on an early- February day to discuss everything from Durham to his career today, travelling the globe as a presenter for Sky Sports F1. Talking about his days as a student, Lazenby laughed and said, “it was good fun, but I’m not sure…

Fashion: F1’s next sponsorship opportunity?

Fashion and F1, are perhaps not the most obviously connected mediums. Formula 1 is often historically seen as a boys club while fashion is often displayed on the other end of the spectrum, as a female pursuit with a toxic environment, think of The Devil Wears Prada… However, the tide has undoubtedly begun to shift in Formula 1. The recent 2021 F1 global fan survey undertaken by the Motorsport Network, recorded the highest ever female participation at 18.3% an 8.3% rise in four years, with the highest...

Durham University Hockey Club beat Scotland’s U21 men’s and women’s teams

Durham University Hockey Club’s (DUHC) men’s and women’s 1st teams recently took two wins against Scotland’s under 21s in challenge matches at Peffermill. The men’s and women’s 1st teams took a 5-1 and 1-0 victory respectively in the first set of matches, with 2-1 and 4-0 in the second games. In the first match for the men’s team, Durham scored two goals in the first three minutes against a slower Scottish side who were unable to convert three corners into goals. The Durham team continued their…

A look back on Zendaya’s most iconic looks

Back in November, the annual CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) awards made their in-person return, to honour prominent figures within American fashion and celebrate “the best of American creativity”. The awards are sometimes dubbed “the Oscars of fashion” and are run as a fundraising event in New York City annually. With Zendaya accepting the ‘Fashion Icon Award’ and becoming the youngest ever CFDA recipient at twenty-five. Perhaps unsurprising given her fashion darling status…

New restrictions imposed for university and college sport

As a part of the University’s temporary adjustments for teaching, learning, and the wider student experience (WSE) for the beginning of Epiphany term, new restrictions have been announced for both university and college-level sport. These restrictions will be in place until “at least January 23rd”. A negative LFT from the previous 48 hours from a University testing site must be presented for participation in all University or college sport, both indoor and outdoor. Indoor sport will be capped…

Emily In Paris' loud wardrobe is a symbol of her non-Parisian status

If you’re anything like me, you probably found yourself guiltily watching the second season of Netflix and Sex and the City writer Darren Star’s series Emily in Paris this festive season, released December 22nd to arguably better press than when the series premiered in 2020. Although perhaps a feat that was not hard to do considering the large-scale backlash the series received upon release for outdated French stereotypes and...

A tribute to Virgil Abloh, 21st-century fashion’s groundbreaker

Everyone has experienced a celebrity death that deeply affects them, a death so unexpected, it takes you aback. I first experienced this with Mac Miller in 2018 and again recently with Virgil Abloh, a man no short of a groundbreaker – a disrupter in the fashion world. On the 28th of November 2021, Virgil Abloh sadly died, after a two-year-long private battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He was just 41. Abloh was best known as Louis Vuitton’s menswear’s artistic…

Ten essential capsule wardrobe pieces

In the era of sustainable fashion, the ‘capsule wardrobe’ has surged in popularity. The idea behind the capsule wardrobe is owning a set number of clothes, usually, basic staples that can be easily mixed and matched to create chic outfits, making day to day styling easier, decreasing overconsumption, and saving the individual money over time. Capsule wardrobes in particular are known for fitting the minimalist yet timelessly chic Parisian and Copenhagener aesthetics because of their absence….

Rosanna Tennant: “The pendulum has swung” for women in F1

“I was in the Williamson building at St Mary’s. I remember looking out onto this little patch of grass outside my room and [BBC newsreader] Sophie Raworth rang me and was like ‘Oh, I’ll help you decide whether to go to City or Cardiff ’ … I always have a real memory of that little bit of Durham, in my room at Williamson talking to Sophie Raworth”, Rosanna Tennant reflects fondly on her time as a Durham undergrad. We discussed her journey from Durham to today in the run up to July’s Hungarian Grand Prix…

Kimi Raikkonen: 19 years in Formula 1, looking back on the career of ‘The Iceman’

Kimi Raikkonen’s announcement of retirement at the end of the 2021 season after 19 years in F1 came in perhaps the most Raikkonen fashion possible; no big fanfare, no large spectacle, just a few words, via an Instagram post late at night. Ahead of the heavily rumoured announcement date at the Italian Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo’s home Grand Prix. The announcement was seemingly unplanned with the team not posting until 20 minutes after the Finn…

Durham Women FC Captain Sarah Wilson: “there’s no pressure on us” as season opens with a win against Watford

Last season was one to remember for those involved at Durham Women’s Football Club. A second-place finish in the Women’s Championship, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Women’s Super League, capped off their finest season since the club’s inception in 2014. This season has already started off with success in a 2-1 win at Maiden Castle against newly-promoted Watford. We sat down (albeit virtually, in true 2020 fashion) with club captain Sarah Wilson ahead of the new season. She talked eve

Track Review: Spicy // CL

On August 24, K-pop veteran CL made her highly anticipated comeback with ‘Spicy’, after a turbulent few years following a clash with her former label—who she asks not to be named alongside. Her departure from the Korean ‘big 3’ agency led to the release of the 2019 EP In The Name Of Love as an independent artist. It was a thank you to the fans that stuck with her during that difficult period in her career, in which no music was released. This was followed by two successful singles last autumn

Durham alumna Gemma Collis McCann heads for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games

Durham alumna Gemma Collis McCann heads for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, opening August 24th, competing in the wheelchair fencing Category A épée and sabre events. Tokyo will mark Collis McCann’s third Paralympic games after taking up fencing at Durham University in 2011 whilst studying Law, where she was recruited by Hungarian wheelchair fencing coach Laszlo Jakab. Collis McCann qualified for London 2012 just 11 months into the sport and finished eighth at Rio 2016. She hopes to improve on..
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