This year, McLaren-Honda has been bad. Very bad. The worst in F1, actually. But it was fun to watch, as you knew McLaren was going to stick through it and maybe the two icons in racing would work things out. Well, McLaren just said “we’re near our limit” and may really cut things off.
Lamborghini isn’t particularly well-known for racing so much as it is for revving loudly in front of nightclubs, so it’s easy to forget that the little company out of Sant’Agata ran a Formula 1 engine program from 1989 to 1993. It was glorious in the way only a Lambo could be.
Today’s top race cars are so fast that they routinely hit more than five gs in high speed corners. So top race car drivers have had to train their necks to be unbelievably strong to physically hold their heads in place. How strong? Double F1 world champion and Indy 500 rookie Fernando Alonso can crack a walnut on his…
The way we think about Formula 1 as a pinnacle of motor racing is largely thanks to the work of its last boss, bemused hobgoblin Bernie Ecclestone. In Bernie’s later years, however, it looked more and more like he was stifling the sport he helped bring into the mainstream. Now that he’s out it’s increasingly clear…
The Ferrari 312 B3 Spazzaneve (snowplow) from 1972 was “so ugly that it never raced,” as we described it a few years ago. F1 fans never got to see its wedge concept race, but now we can hear its flat-12 wail and my god does it sound good.
I understand none of this but I appreciate its remarkable prominent swearing.
The lovely Bahrain Grand Prix is this weekend and it looks like Kimi is having some sort of existential moment out there.
The perpetually sad car beard man and two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will go from running the saddest car in F1 to competing in the most under-appreciated race in motorsports, the Indy 500.
Pascal Wehrlein is not the biggest name in Formula One—he’s just one of the drivers for mid-pack Sauber. Well, not all-the-time driver. He won’t be at the next race because he’s injured, injured in another event. And injured in a surprisingly unusual and crazy fashion, I might add.
The new Formula One cars of this 2017 season have bigger tires, bigger wings and seriously bigger g-forces to go along with them. Here’s how the neck-snapping loads compare.
Formula One’s pit crews are some of the most trained, synchronized and fascinating teams in any sport. There are so many people, all working with millimeter precision to get a set of tires off a car and a new set on in give or take two seconds. And here’s a crew member I’ve never seen before: valve person.
In 1964, John Surtees won the Formula 1 World Championship of Drivers behind the wheel of a Ferrari. This, coupled with his seven titles in two different motorcycle racing classes he’d collected over the past few years, made him the only person to take world championships in cars and bikes at racing’s top levels. It’s…
Let me begin by saying that I adore Honda and that I deeply appreciate their participation in Formula 1, particularly with McLaren. With that out of the way, man, McLaren-Honda has shit the bed.
Once more, the much heralded 2017 Formula One season has not even started and already we have a question of which team came up with which loophole not-cheat first. A day after Mercedes showed off its how-many-wings-was-that car, Ferrari has shown its new racer with a very similar rear setup.
The 2017 Formula One season has not even started yet and already it looks like top team Mercedes has found a loophole in the new regulations for the year.
This is the 2017 season Renault R.S.17. On the face of things, it replaces the 2016 R.S.16, but in a way it’s finally a successor to a car that made its debut five years ago.
Formula One fans have been waiting breathlessly for this year. Finally, we get bigger tires, bigger wings and a return to classic looks from bygone years. Or, uh, not.
A piece of history that never fails to entertain me is that the most powerful engine to ever race in Formula 1 was a small BMW four-cylinder engine, one that happened to be turbocharged beyond the limits of sanity. Here is one such motor getting built using raw German skill. (This consists of un-ironic mustaches and…
My obsession with Subaru’s failed F1 engine, a flat-12, has gone on for years, and I had often heard that the motor nearly went on to power Koenigsegg’s first supercar. Now I’ve finally heard the full story.