Well, what do you know? Lewis Hamilton is on the pole for Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Naturally, Ferrari is on the second row with Kimi Raikkonen starting third and Sebastian Vettel fourth. The McLaren-Hondas are... near the back. The full lineup is here.
Monisha Kaltenborn, the first and only female team principal in Formula One, has left her post at Sauber, according to the BBC. Kaltenborn had been Sauber’s team principal since 2012 and reportedly left after a disagreement with team owners Longbow Finance over the running of the team.
McLaren-Honda’s Formula One team is bad, and it’s not because of the drivers. It’s because the team’s car tends to break and its engine tends to fail. But not to worry, friends and fans of Fernando Alonso—reports are that Honda will bring a slightly less miserable engine to the upcoming Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
For the past 20 years, Goodwood’s Festival of Speed has shown what they call the ‘Central Feature’ in front of Goodwood House. Usually, it’s a colossal, dramatic sculpture, and it’s almost always breathtaking. This year, the feature will be based on Bernie Ecclestone, so get ready for something sublime.
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McLaren is prepared to pay $99.3 million in order to rid themselves of Honda’s unreliable Formula One engines once and for all, reports The Daily Mail. McLaren hopes to reconnect with Mercedes for an engine supply because Mercedes’ engines actually work on a regular basis.
While his Formula One team continues to carry the Force India flag, owner Vijay Mallya may get forced back to India soon. Mallya, accused by Indian authorities of fraud and owing $1.4 billion to banks, could face even more charges than he did upon arrest and possible extradition from Britain to India.
As we said while trying to hold back gags on Sunday, Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo is great at celebrating his podium finishes with a drink from a sweaty racing shoe. Star Trek star Patrick Stewart happily agreed to join along after the Canadian Grand Prix, and F1 put the video on YouTube for us all to... enjoy.
British Mercedes pilot and Formula One podium frequent flyer Lewis Hamilton has won the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix, having run what looked like an incident-free race. He led the pack for all 70 laps. A giant carbon fiber maple leaf trophy will be on his mantle by the end of the weekend.
As part of the makeover Liberty Media is giving Formula One in its first year of ownership, the company recently said it wants to majorly expand the schedule. Champions Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton don’t seem to like that much, agreeing that they’d consider leaving if the number of races got too high.
Imagine being a Formula One driver during a Grand Prix race. You’ve worked your way through the qualification session and managed to secure a respectable starting position on the grid. Miraculously, the engine in your car held together. (For the sake of this exercise, you don’t drive for McLaren-Honda.) You battled it…
Believe it or not, Formula One ne’er-do-wells McLaren finally, finally, finally won something. The series resurrected the F1 Raft Race for the Canadian Grand Prix, and McLaren proved once and for all that they’re the fastest at something. It was on water, but it’s something.
Formula One has released a video of the driver briefing from the Monaco Grand Prix, and for the first time in decades we get to see everything the drivers have to whine about.
Professional McLaren Formula One sad man Fernando Alonso told Autosport that McLaren needs to start winning races by September for him to stay. Given that it’s more likely for space cats to discover unobtanium on Saturn by then, I think this is a nice way of telling everyone that he’s available for hire early on in…
This year, McLaren-Honda has been bad. Very bad. The worst in F1, actually. But it was fun to watch, as you knew McLaren was going to stick through it and maybe the two icons in racing would work things out. Well, McLaren just said “we’re near our limit” and may really cut things off.