There’s no significant moral here. Except that if you’re feeling this way, too, you need some time off and some support and some help. Because you are probably like me, you are probably terrible at taking any of those and have already come up with ten reasons why it’s not…

oslo, february 2020

What’s the point of writing an end of year list? Like what matters about the calendar ticking over, a decimal changing at the end of the date in dismal acknowledgement that another twelve months have slunk by like a guilty flatmate coming in from a one night stand with your…

Oslo, in February this year

[Content note: this piece is about suicidal ideation]

If mental health was a CV, I have extensive experience with wanting to kill myself. …

we regret to inform you that it is October

this is actually just my cat getting stonkingly high but it felt relatable; who amongst us is not a small creature, wrecked, in a foetal position on the floor?

I like to think I am quite well-prepared for chaos. I have an alarmingly chill reaction to disaster and can take events that might completely ruin someone else’s year in my stride as almost absentmindedly casual.

It’s a mixed blessing because…

Life is weird and short, if anything’s weighed at the gates I hope it’s every weird obsession you ever tried to share

things, ready for the getting into

Seb Patrick died yesterday. It’s still something I can’t believe I’m typing. It’s not real yet. He was a writer and journalist and podcaster and a thousand things…

Yes, he’s a twenty year old Formula One driver but they’ll only spend it on Question Time otherwise

If you’re not into motorsport — and frankly, who is these days — then you may not have heard of Lando Norris. If you know anyone who’s into motorsport, even if you’re not, you probably have, though. …

The Riyadh paddock, last year

This is a piece about me visiting Riyadh, several times, for Formula E.

Formula E is an electric racing series that says OK, boomer to 20th century petrolhead culture.

I am a high-performing, self-absorbed diva who writes about cars for a living.

Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia.


Ceb after winning The International for a second time (image: The International)

Two things happened this year that, unless you’re especially engaged with them, you probably don’t know about. …

The Mexico City Eprix 2019 (image: FIA Formula E)

If you follow Formula One, you’ll know one particular thing about Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermano Rodriguez: the air is thinner. At 2,250m altitude, it’s the highest Grand Prix circuit — a fact that doesn’t change in its adjusted Formula E format.

The problem for Formula One cars is that combustion…

Even if you know or care what ‘electric Formula One’ is, this ain’t it.

Formula E’s Gen2 car: image courtesy Formula E

Every now and then I try to explain to people what my job is, which is slightly difficult given my job is ‘being a Formula E journalist’ which covers some of the answer and then leaves…

Hazel Southwell

Professional motorsport journalist who puts things here when I know nowhere will really take them but think they need writing.

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