Tag Archives: Qualifying

Toyota Was Fastest In Le Mans’ First Qualifying Session To No One’s Surprise

At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota’s LMP1 squad is basically the Highlander—and we’re not talking about the truck. There can be only one…factory hybrid LMP1 team remaining in Le Mans’ fastest class. Thus, we’re not that surprised to see the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid set the fastest time in the first qualifying…

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James Hinchcliffe Bounces Back From Near-Fatal Injury To Claim Indy 500 Pole

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.

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Justin Wilson’s Notes Helped His Brother Qualify For This Year’s Indy 500

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 2013.

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Porsche Unleashes New Le Mans Package On Spa, Qualifies 1-2 For 6-Hour Race

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.

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Chase Elliott Picks Up The ‘Dude, You’re Underage’ Pole At Talladega

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.

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Join Us Down The Rabbit Hole Of Conspiracies About Lewis Hamilton’s Failing Power Units

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.

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Nico Hülkenberg’s Loose Wheel Killed The End Of A Qualifying Session Anyway

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.

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Racing Slicks Won’t Save You When You Lose It Heading Into A Puddle

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.

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Everyone’s Least Favorite F1 Qualifying System Is Dead At Last

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.

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Hated F1 Elimination Qualifying System Produces Predictable Dumpster Fire

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.

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