Much like IndyCar, Formula One has also threatened to split multiple times, but for one crucial moment - ahead of it American counterpart - it did go separate ways for a few races. This is the story of the F1 series that never was. »
The Team Formerly Known As Renault is finally going back to being Renault’s works Formula One effort. The struggling power unit supplier intends to buy a controlling stake in the struggling Lotus F1 team, which oddly, is the team Renault sold its stake in after the 2010 season to Genii Capital. »
I know that’s not what literally happened here, but it’s been so long since we’ve had an American in Formula One — indulge me, okay? Look at this pass and tell me that the Statue of Liberty herself isn’t weeping as we speak. It’s beautiful. »
Silver Arrows? Perhaps Silver Huevos is a better name. Here’s Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg outbraking Williams’ Valtteri Bottas at the chicane during today’s Formula One Japanese Grand Prix. You’re welcome. »
Poor Carlos Sainz Jr. Not only did he whack into the pit entry cone as he pulled into the pits, but he locked up his tires trying to slow down down to pit lane speed in time. This looked like the worst last minute pit call ever, but the upside is that the pit entry cone is worth ten imaginary bonus points!
Here we see the Shuriken Sentai Ninninjyaa — fighters in lots of spandex and crazy helmets — trying to teach a guy who drives around in lots of nomex and crazy helmets something. What are these dudes trying to teach Formula One’s Daniel Ricciardo? »
As if getting pwned by their own unreliable Renault power units all year long wasn’t enough, Red Bull sent its Formula One drivers to compete in some sumo wrestling ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. Big surprise: Sumo Dude wins.
Up in smoke, that’s where my money goes — or so said Red Bull Formula One team principal Christian Horner to NBCSN about Volkswagen’s plans to buy the Red Bull F1 team. Volkswagen faces a possible $18 billion fine for the dieselgate scandal, wherein a system was installed on its diesel road cars to cheat emissions… »
Despite the fact that motorsports are expensive, F1’s biggest cheerleader in the Volkswagen Group — Martin Winterkorn — has resigned, and Volkswagen will likely spend at least $7.2 billion on the “dieselgate” scandal, the Audi to F1 rumors just won’t die. Car Magazine says that they could even run the program at zero… »
Max Verstappen’s refusal to follow Toro Rosso’s team order for him to let teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. pass has been vindicated after the fact. Not only was Sainz not anywhere close to Verstappen’s car, but both team principal Franz Tost and Verstappen’s dad and ex-Formula One driver Jos Verstappen say Max made the right… »
Walking black cloud/pay driver Pastor Maldonado seems to have lucked out for 2016. Despite a looming Renault purchase of the struggling Lotus Formula One team, they still need money. Fortunately, they know just the fellow who can bring the cash: current driver Pastor Maldonado.