If you don’t know 18-year-old Koyama Miki (小山美姫), you’re far from alone, but it’s definitely ignorance you should correct. She’s in the Japanese Formula Four Championships and, like a lot of young racers, she’s gunning for a slot in F1. She’s good enough that Honda just let her thrash an S660 in a brand new commercial.
The Formula One race in Baku, Azerbaijan, is officially being billed as the “European Grand Prix.” Baku, Azerbaijan, is not in Europe.
As surprising as it is, Lewis Hamilton’s Monaco Grand Prix win on Sunday was his first in Formula One since clinching the 2015 title at Circuit of The Americas in October. But that wasn’t the main story to come out of the race—rather, it was Red Bull Racing’s royal pit-stop screw up with pole sitter Daniel Ricciardo.
A Mercedes didn’t win the most recent Formula One race—neither of the cars even made it through the opening lap—and a Mercedes won’t sit on pole for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. Instead, Daniel Ricciardo took his first-career pole position with the Mercedes teammates right behind him.
I knew it was coming. That feeling of utter helplessness, of panic. I was sweating profusely. The question of “if” was gone, replaced by “when”—a question that was to be answered about 15 seconds later. I zipped down my race suit to act as a sick bag, lifted my helmet as best I could, and prepared for the inevitable.…
We already knew that NASCAR had a Donald Trump problem, but now it looks as if Formula One does as well—or, at least, head honcho Bernie Ecclestone, whose views are questionable no matter the subject. Recently, Ecclestone shared with us all that he believes Trump would make a “fantastic” U.S. president.
Lewis Hamilton has a thing for using Snapchat. Formula One Management has a thing for protecting its incredibly exclusive broadcast rights. Those two things don’t mix well, and F1 head honcho Bernie Ecclestone put a personal ban on Hamilton’s Snapchat use in the paddock—which Hamilton broke that very day.
Fernando Alonso’s car tore itself to shreds after a wreck on the 17th lap of today’s Australian Grand Prix, but the Spaniard walked away in a testament to the safety standards of the world racing series.
Between safety and style, it’s pretty obvious which takes a higher slot on the importance list—unless, of course, you’re three-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton. In that case, forget the safety aspect of it all. It’s better that your 200-plus mph racing vehicle looks good, while going 200-plus mph.
Formula One drivers have been asking for better head protection for some time now. There’s progress on that front, because Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen just tested out Ferrari’s noggin-protection concept, and so far it seems feasible. But what’s it like to race with the giant post in front of your face?
Just a day prior to its first session of preseason testing, Haas F1 Team debuted its Formula One race car for the 2016 season: the “VF-16.” But even though the car looks like a rocket, team owner Gene Haas recently said he expects the team to be a backmarker for a few years—just like his NASCAR team was at first.
Some years just don’t go as expected, in good ways and bad. But thankfully for professional racing drivers, each year brings with it a points reset and a new chance at the championship title—or to finish higher than 30th. Either way.
When we first saw that Formula One driver Jenson Button and his on-again-off-again relationship with his Japanese-Argentinian girlfriend Jessica Michibata was TOTALLY ON (because they got married), we rejoiced. Now they’re divorcing after one single, solitary, lonely year of marriage. LET THE PAIN AND SUFFERING…
With claims of having multiple data files regarding its Formula One endeavors stolen, Mercedes-Benz filed a lawsuit against a team engineer understood to be on his way to join a competitor—the Ferrari F1 team.
Several drivers in the GP2 Series field tangled on the first lap at Yas Marina Circuit this weekend, and the season finale for the developmental series then had to be called off in order for the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to start on time.
Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes-AMG teammate Lewis Hamilton a challenge at the end of the season, winning three races in a row and beating Hamilton by eight seconds in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale. But the run didn’t help, because his three-straight wins came after Hamilton won the championship in Texas.
After plenty of searching, it seems as if Red Bull finally found an engine for the 2016 Formula One season. Team principal Christian Horner told Sky Sports F1 the team will be on the grid next year “unless something extremely untoward happens.”
Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg won his second Brazilian Grand Prix in a row on Sunday, finishing a whole 7.7 seconds ahead of teammate and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton. For those wondering, Hamilton did show up for the top-three photo this time around.