Pitstop Slapstick McLaren Style

Lewis Hamilton pulling into the McLaren pits before heading to his new home at Mercedes was far from without precedent at McLaren. In 2011 in Shanghai, Jenson Button fancied a wheel change at then-dominant Red Bull’s pits before Sebastian Vettel’s mechanics waved him on. Can you recall other instances of racing drivers … » 3/25/13 5:30pm 3/25/13 5:30pm

What’s Your Favorite Happy Kimi Moment?

Kimi Räikkönen, famous for a nonchalant dump and a nonchalant F1 world title, showed actual, human-like emotion when he won the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, his 20th career win. Was this the first time he smiled on the podium or have you seen him display emotion before? » 3/18/13 1:25pm 3/18/13 1:25pm

The 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Crayola

The third non-championship race of the season, on a track where it’s impossible to overtake and where nobody has won a race except the current world champion? It was meant to be a yawnfest—but it was pretty exciting for the first two corners. Warning: spoilers. » 11/14/11 4:00pm 11/14/11 4:00pm

The 2011 Italian Grand Prix in Crayola

It’s time to say goodbye to the European season of Formula One at Monza, the track where racing looks like racing footage on stimulants. It was everyone’s last chance to stop the Red Bulls. But tell that to Sebastian Vettel, not about to be stopped. Warning: spoilers. » 9/12/11 4:00pm 9/12/11 4:00pm

The 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix in Crayola

There really is nothing like the glory of changing weather conditions for sprinkling fairy dust on a Grand Prix. A shot of rain on a cool day was enough to turn the tedium of the Hungaroring into a sparkling race to remember. It also didn’t hurt to have the sultan of capricious weather on the grid, hungry for a win. » 8/01/11 4:00pm 8/01/11 4:00pm

The 2011 German Grand Prix in Crayola

The homecoming for Germany’s new world champion, joined by five other Germans in the splendid freezing German summer at the Nürburgring, against a depressed and disillusioned McLaren. What could possibly have gone wrong for Red Bull at the season’s halfway point? Then again, motor racing has a way of being about as… » 7/25/11 4:00pm 7/25/11 4:00pm

The 2011 European Grand Prix in Crayola

It would have taken Libyan technicals racing Wally powerboats at Monaco to top the previous race in excitement, and all that at Valencia, a track where overtaking is conspicuous by its absence. It wasn’t the most exciting race, but it was an opportunity to study the finer points of Formula One often lost in the usual… » 6/27/11 4:00pm 6/27/11 4:00pm

The 2011 Canadian Grand Prix in Crayola

After six dry races, Formula One was more than ready for a wet Grand Prix in Montréal. What we got was no ordinary wet race. It was the mother of all wet races, a deep sea battle to see if Sebastian Vettel is man or, indeed, machine. Warning: spoilers. » 6/13/11 4:00pm 6/13/11 4:00pm

The 2011 Monaco Grand Prix in Crayola

A third of the way into the season, and here’s Monaco. It takes brains to win at Monaco. It also takes luck. And more luck. This year’s race was a showcase of what’s awesome about this antediluvian Grand Prix, and also of what makes Monaco so terribly irritating, for 2011 was a teeth-gnashing coitus interruptus of a… » 5/30/11 4:00pm 5/30/11 4:00pm