Vettel, Baku, the FIA and Liberty Media

The machinations of F1 politics meant the decision not to punish Sebastien Vettel further for his clash with Lewis Hamilton was inevitable. Despite rumours suggesting FIA President Jean Todt wanted to make an example of the German there are plenty of reasons why there was a slim chance of that ever happening. First up is…

Iowa Corn 300 preview notes and quotes

Previewing the Iowa Corn 300 as championship leader Scott Dixon looks to build on his recent win at Road America. The Kiwi has 3 Iowa Speedway poles to his name but is yet to finish  higher than 3rd at the 0.894 mile oval. Despite securing his first ever win at Road America two weeks ago…

Does IndyCar need a bitter rivalry?

During his time in Indianapolis Fernando Alonso made an astonishing – to him and the F1 community at least – discovery: the IndyCar paddock is a friendly place. “The whole atmosphere is just different there. Everyone is more relaxed, is happy”, Alonso told NBCSN. This was in stark contrast to his perspective on the F1…

Jones maintains strong form with 5th top 10 of 2017

Rookie sensation Ed Jones continued his remarkable form with a 7th place finish in the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. The result pushed Jones – de facto team lead for Dale Coyne Racing – in to the top 10 of the Verizon IndyCar series point standings. Starting 11th the reigning IndyLights champion was in…

Kohler Grand Prix of Road America heroes and zeroes

Scott Dixon broke his 2017 IndyCar win drought at Road America with a clinical combination of fuel strategy and bold moves. The Championship leader extended his advantage in the standings to 34 points by beating a hard charging Josef Newgarden and pole-sitter Helio Castroneves to the win. The Penske 1-2-3-4 qualifying performance had been very…

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix heroes and zeroes

A riotous Azerbaijan Grand Prix ended with unexpected victory for Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and rookie Lance Stroll. Controversy was around every corner in Baku as Lewis Hamilton and fellow title protagonist Sebastien Vettel got too close for comfort under the safety car. Contact between the two sparked a chain of events…

Alonso expects “more movements” in 2018 F1 driver market

Fernando Alonso expects more F1 race seats for 2018 to become available. The Spaniard – talking to Sky Sports News – believes more opportunities exist than current paddock talk suggests. “I know there are even more movements than probably we all know and there are some teams we think are set for next year, I don’t…

Could branded engines solve IndyCar’s OEM dilemma?

A significant part of IndyCar’s growth strategy is securing a third official engine manufacturer (OEM) for the series. Following the disastrous Lotus project in 2012, the championship has been unable to find a replacement. Cost of entry remains high, competition is tight and the net benefits of participation remain debatable. Could a change of approach…

IndyCar and ovals: still going the wrong way

From the crapshoot that was the Rainguard 600 at Texas to plans for push to pass next year, one thing is clear. IndyCar is still going the wrong way with its oval plans. Less than a month after another epic Indy 500, normal service has been resumed. The 500 was a race that ran out…

24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 preview

24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 preview The Big One This June the motorsport world will turn its attention to France and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. Who better to preview the 2017 race – the crown jewel of the FIA World Endurance Championship – than the leading contenders for victory in the…

Porsche’s Neel Jani on his epic 24 Hours of Le Mans win

The Final Lap – 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours Porsche’s Neel Jani recounts his dramatic 24 Hours of Le Mans win last year and the epic battle for victory. The Swiss driver talks to our friends at Mobil 1 The Grid as he lines up alongside Nick Tandy and Andre Lotterer for the 2017 24…