Both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso showed why they’re past Formula One world champions today. Hamilton charged forward to a podium third-place finish and Alonso hauled his McLaren up to seventh place—after starting on the back row in 21st and 22nd, respectively.
In case you got sick of the boringly dominant Mercedes AMG Formula One team and stopped watching F1, oh, a few years ago maybe, good news—Mercedes driver and defending champion Lewis Hamilton will start at the back in the Belgian Grand Prix, adhering to a 55-place grid penalty in a 22-car field.
What is Daniel Ricciardo calling bullshit on?
There are a few ways that Formula One can inform a driver that there’s faster traffic behind him. One is with the traditional blue flag thrown by trackside marshals. Another, more desperate but more entertaining method, is for the overtaking driver to flip the bird as he blows by the slower car. Let’s watch!
Mercedes backed away from F1 team boss Toto Wolff’s earlier threat that they may have to instate team orders if their two star drivers can’t quit hitting each other. Good news! Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will continue to be able to race each other, providing entertainment for us all.
Resident Formula One egomaniac Lewis Hamilton was so upset over losing to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the European Grand Prix that he reportedly destroyed his room. Rock and roll.
We have one question for Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg: why didn’t you turn? On the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix, Rosberg blew a corner and ran wide directly into teammate Lewis Hamilton’s car.
♫ When you’re here / There’s nothing I fear. ♫
Just as Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish in P1 of the Canadian Grand Prix (after what some may consider a controversial start), his teammate Nico Rosberg spun off the track desperately grasping for fourth. Luckily for Rosberg, he still managed to finish—the best consolation prize after what was a horrible race.
Nico Rosberg immediately dropped to ninth position at the start of the Canadian Grand Prix after being bumped off the track in an early turn by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Play nice, boys.
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.
The wetter the better at Monaco, where the unusually tight circuit usually leads to a limited number of moves when dry. Lewis Hamilton had the experience to know that the track can’t stay wet forever and had his rubber ready. The younger Australian, Daniel Ricciardo, wasn’t quite so lucky.
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.
Surprise! A Mercedes won’t win the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix. Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took each other out on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Formula One returns to Russia’s Sochi Autodrom this weekend. Sadly for Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, his power unit failures returned as well, forcing him out at the end of the second qualifying session. So, we donned a tin-foil hat and channeled our inner Alex Jones to try to explain it.
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton’s bad luck continues at the Chinese Grand Prix weekend. Between a busted power unit, a near-miss in pit lane and a borked start, Hamilton’s having a crummy weekend. Didn’t anyone tip him off that 4 is an unlucky number there, and 44 even more so?
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.
There was a lot of action at the start of the new Formula One qualifying system, but it felt as if drivers gave up at the end, and far too much “action” involved cars getting in and out of garages. Simply put in the words of Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff to Sky Sports: “The new qualifying format is rubbish.”
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton almost got in trouble in New Zealand for a brief Snapchat video he posted while riding a Harley-Davidson. While the video clearly shows Lewis using a phone while on a bike, police say that is insufficient evidence to take further action.
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.