Pippa Mann, the fastest woman to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is opposed to the FIA’s appointment of Renault test driver Carmen Jorda to their Women In Motorsport Commission, and for very good reason. Recently Jorda has indicated an interest in creating what amounts to a ‘separate but equal’ Formula 1 series…
The FIA, a motorsport governing body overseeing dozens of international series like Formula One, added a women’s commission in 2009—when the association was over a century old already—to talk about “girl stuff” like, oh, equality in racing. The commission just added Carmen Jorda, who is the antithesis of that.
Staff from the Mercedes and Sauber Formula One teams, the FIA and Pirelli were all on the wrong end of “threatening situation[s]” during the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, causing a tire test in Brazil to get canceled and the FIA to call for an evaluation of F1’s security procedures at race tracks.
While filming a segment of The Grand Tour in Switzerland in June, host Richard Hammond tumbled off of a hill climb course and the electric supercar he was in wound up in flames. The FIA and others later launched an investigation into the crash, and the findings left the hill climb’s organizers in all kinds of trouble.
Everyone wants to know more about the circumstances surrounding Richard Hammond’s crash in Switzerland—even the racing governing body FIA, who believes the crash “tainted the reputation of motorsports,” reports Motorsport.com. Hammond crashed Saturday during the Hemberg Bergrennen hillclimb while filming the upcoming…
The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is investigating a 2013 deal which gave the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile $5 million U.S. and a one percent stake in Formula One, reports the BBC. The SFO wants to know if F1 and the FIA violated the Bribery Act with the payment.
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile unanimously approved the sale of Formula One to Liberty Media at a World Motor Sport Council meeting today, reports Racer. Why wouldn’t they approve it? As a shareholder in Formula One Group holding company Delta Topco, the sale gives the FIA a nice paycheck.
Rejoice, for something involving the FIA finally makes sense. The 24 Hours of Le Mans—the most famous sportscar race in the world and the crown jewel of the World Endurance Championship—will no longer share a weekend with Formula One’s trip to Baku, Azerbaijan.
The days of the “Kids, quit playing video games and go outside!” stereotype may just be over, because the new Gran Turismo Sport video game could land those kids in a real race car. A new partnership with the FIA means that in-game progress can now count toward a racing license with the association.
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.
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…
Formula One is among the top sports in the world, and it is headed by demented flop-haired muppet and megalomaniacal billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. Today he took some time to stand up for ex-FIFA head Sepp Blatter. And for raw, uncut corruption.
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.
FIA president Jean Todt announced this morning that the number 17 will be retired from the Formula One World Championship in honor of the last driver to use it, Jules Bianchi. Bianchi passed away Friday following severe head injuries sustained at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.
There's no doubt that Formula E is producing some great racing this season with six different winners in six races. Now Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag wants to tweak it a bit to add more fan involvement by letting fans vote for FanBoosts during the first ten minutes of the race.
What are driver rankings, and why have they become such a controversial subject? In order to keep racing fair, the FIA created a system that's so unfair to some drivers that they fight to be ranked lower than their skill, which explains how a guy who won the Rolex 24 twice in a row could be classified as an "amateur"…
Dr. Gary Hartstein's blog, A Former F1 Doc Writes, is an excellent resource for anyone interested in motorsports and medicine. Unfortunately, FIA Institute President Gérard Saillant alleged that these posts violated Hartstein's contract with his current day job at the University Hospital of Liège.
In order to compete in Formula One, all drivers are required to have something called a Superlicense, which is the top rung of the FIA's licensing system. It's also surprisingly easy for any kid with a big checkbook who has driven a car to get one. That might all be changing. Finally.