Conditions were so nasty at the Hungaroring yesterday that 11 drivers of the 22-car Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix field set qualifying times slower than 107% the time of Rosberg’s leading 1:33.302 lap, reports Racer. Under F1's 107% rule, anyone who qualifies that slowly gets pulled from the race.
Say it with me now: U-S-A! U-S-A! In its first ever running at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the all-new Ford GT will start on pole and in second in the LM GTE Pro class.
Fifty years after the Ford GT40's original 24 Hours of Le Mans win, there’s a Ford back at the top of its class. Ford GTs were the two fastest cars in the LM GTE Pro class for the first of three Le Mans qualifying sessions. Two LMP1-H Porsche 919s qualified the fastest overall.
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya’s first qualifying run on Sunday got trashed this weekend. Montoya was given a do-over after running over a garbage bag on track.
The Verizon IndyCar Series’ James Hinchcliffe might have just pulled off one of the best comebacks in racing. In 2015, Hinchcliffe almost died in an Indianapolis 500 practice crash when a suspension piece went through his leg. This year, he’ll start the Indy 500 on pole position for its landmark 100th running.
One of this year’s rookies is more familiar with the Indianapolis 500 than most: Stefan Wilson. Stefan’s brother Justin died last year following a head injury sustained at Pocono, but Justin’s legacy lives on in an unlikely way— his notes. Stefan used Justin’s notes to help him through his first IndyCar drive since…
The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is a huge deal for World Endurance Championship fans, as teams often compete with third cars and Le Mans-specific kit for the first time. Porsche may not have a third car, but their Le Mans package works: they locked out the front row for this weekend’s race.
If you ever want to feel as if you’ve wasted away your sad, underachieving life, take a look at Chase Elliott, the pole sitter for this weekend’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The 20 year old gets to wave that underage flag high for winning pole on his first trip to Talladega in a Sprint Cup Series car.
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.
Audi’s new R18 emerged as the fastest of the World Endurance Championship LMP1s, qualifying first and second for the 6 Hours of Silverstone. Both Porsche 919s ran almost a second behind the Audis, and they were visibly irked that they weren’t as fast in the moist conditions. Turbo problems on the Toyota TS050s held…
In the weirdest karmic revenge for ditching elimination qualifying, we saw a number of drivers out of their cars before the end of the second qualifying session anyway. A loose wheel caused a red flag with just over a minute left in the session to go.
Manor Formula One driver Pascal Wehrlein was the unlucky one who found out what happens when you hit a puddle on slick tires. The weird dry-with-puddles conditions that contributed to Wehrlein’s spin out brought out a red flag for crews to help clear puddles from the track.
Phew. Formula One’s elimination qualifying format is officially dead after two unsuccessful attempts to make it work. The FIA formally approved the reversal to the 2015 qualifying format, reports the BBC. That was the last hurdle the reversal had to clear to go into action before the Chinese Grand Prix.
NASCAR’s timing system only goes to three decimal places, so it’s very possible for two drivers to run the exact same qualifying speeds and times. Today, this happened to second and third place qualifiers Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. So why does Logano get to start from the front row if they both tied?
Formula One’s having quite a fun year so far full of wild mid-field battles and more cars that are competitive with each other, but you’d never know it because all anyone can talk about is how much the new qualifying system sucks. It’s about to get fixed.
Today saw the widely unloved Formula One elimination qualifying system given a second chance at the Bahrain Grand Prix. However, the moderate dumpster fire that raged heading into the weekend intensified to a full roar, and no one seems to have the number for Bahrain International Circuit’s fire department.
If you needed a perfect illustration as to why the Grand Prix Drivers Association called Formula One out for its poor decision-making processes, here it is. The FIA put a tweaked version of the borked qualifying system up to a vote—not the system that the teams voted for—and thus, couldn’t get the agreement they…
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.”
NASCAR Sprint Cup racer Jimmie Johnson will be forced to race in the Good Sam 500 with a back-up car this weekend after eating the wall during the third and last round of qualifying. Johnson was shaken up by the hard hit, but fortunately, he was able to walk away with no injuries.