Tag Archives: F1

Pirelli Replaced Its Garbage Tire-Naming System in F1 With Another Garbage Tire-Naming System

Say goodbye to the days of “supersoft” tires and all of that junk in Formula One (officially, at least). Next year, Pirelli’s tire-naming system in F1 will be slightly less arbitrary but a whole lot more confusing—so confusing, in fact, there’s not even enough room in this first paragraph to explain why it’s confusing.

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Nepotism Wins

Formula One driver Lance Stroll, whose father spent a reported $80 million to help get him onto the Williams F1 team for 2017, will join Force India next year in place of Esteban Ocon, who has a development contract with the dominant Mercedes F1 team. Stroll’s father bought Force India a few months ago.

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What a Bad F1 Car Is Like To Drive

We think of Formula 1 as being a pinnacle in race car design, that the winningest McLarens and Red Bulls are high points in tech. But those are the cars that come first. What about all the bad F1 cars? Luckily for us, multi-champion Jackie Stewart reviewed one.

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F1 Halo Didn’t Slow Down Response to Fiery Crash in Abu Dhabi

Formula One began mandating a halo protection bar mounted on the cockpit of each car this season, and, most of the year, its ability to save a driver’s head has been hard to argue. Then came Sunday’s season finale in Abu Dhabi, where Nico Hulkenberg flipped on the first lap and landed, upside down, in a barrier.

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Never Forget That F1 Races in Oppressive Countries and People Pay the Price for It

Formula One’s leaders finally admitted they’re “concerned” that a woman protesting the Bahrain Grand Prix on Facebook got thrown in jail for three years, the Guardian reports. It’s an acknowledgment from the series’ new owners that people do suffer outside of race-track walls, no matter how much past owners tried to…

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What Level of Political Activism Are We Comfortable With In Motorsport?

Deep breath, America. We’ve done it. We’ve survived another election cycle, and I bet everyone is pretty stoked that we aren’t going to be bombarded with political ads and commentary everywhere we look for a little while and take a breather. Right? Well—maybe not.

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A Very Unfortunate Bird Could Have Made McLaren’s Brazilian Grand Prix Weekend Even Worse

Anyone who’s ever had the misfortune to hit a bird while driving knows how much it blows. Now imagine how quick hitting a bird at up to 200 mph could really ruin your day. Such are the unfortunate worries of McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne at the Interlagos circuit this weekend.

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Eight Years After Near-Fatal Rally Crash, Robert Kubica Offered Williams F1 Drive: Report

For the past few years, enigmatic Polish driver Robert Kubica has been inching back into Formula One after surviving getting impaled in a rally car crash. Now he has a standing offer for a race seat with Williams and a possible reserve role at Ferrari, as Autosport reports.

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F1 Is Going to Vietnam in 2020 For a Street Circuit Race In Hanoi

Formula One’s had an iffy record with planned races lately, with the 2019 Miami Grand Prix debuting a mess of a proposed street course then getting pushed back until at least 2020. But F1 does, at least, have more solid plans for 2020: the Vietnam Grand Prix, which will run on part street course and part race track.

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Future Williams F1 Driver Used a PowerPoint to Show the Team Why He Deserved the Spot

There are only 20 cars in the current Formula One field, meaning competition for seats that happen to be open for the upcoming season is fierce. Because of that, it sometimes takes a little extra to get noticed—like how Motorsport.com reports that Formula 2 driver George Russell used PowerPoint to make his case.

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