With the Caterham and Marussia Formula One teams in administration and not racing in this weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, the future of Formula One is in question.In addition to the two teams in administration, reports say that Sauber, Lotus and Williams are all hemorrhaging money.One report from the British newspaper The Guardian paints a bleak portrait of the series and its enigmatic CEO Bernie Ecclestone under the headline “US sounds warning to Formula One, a sport teetering on the brink of crisis.” Formula 1 US Grand Prix field falls to 18 cars after Marussia exit A second Formula One team will not be racing next week at Austin, as Marussia will join fellow F1 straggler Caterham on the sidelines because of lack of money, Bernie Ecclestone announced.The news ... “F1 has had no coherent leadership in the past year while Ecclestone, who will be 84 on Tuesday, fought bribery allegations in London and Munich courts,” the report said. … [Read more...] about Mario Andretti has advice for struggling Formula One
Love him or loathe him, most would agree that Lewis Hamilton is good box office, and without a doubt, he is Formula One’s biggest star of the current era. The three-time World Champion transcends the sport by associating himself with rappers, supermodels and movie stars, and he’s become a fixture at high-profile parties, premieres and fashion shows. He even made Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People—quite an honor for any 31-year-old sportsman, never mind a racing driver.Not all motorsport fans are interested in his music ambitions or in the travel adventures he documents on Instagram. But the good news is that, at heart, Hamilton remains a pure racer. And you might be surprised to discover that, for all the flash, in some areas he is a traditionalist—and a proper car guy, too. “Some of the old ways were the best ways of doing things,” he recently told Autoweek in an exclusive chat. “Just like with our F1 cars. I … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton: One-on-one with the defending Formula One champion
She was raised on the scent of racing. Daughter of an automotive engineer and the youngest of five very competitive children, Maria Teresa de Filippis didn’t set out to change the face of racing—but change it she did. Born in Naples in 1926, de Filippis stumbled into racing almost by accident. Her focus until then had been competitive, yes, but had been channeled into things like horse riding and tennis. It was only at the age of 22 and only after a bet between her brothers that she wouldn’t be able to drive fast that finally goaded Maria behind the wheel. History, though, has forgotten to record her brothers’ reaction to her winning her first race at Salerno-Cava dei Tirreni in a Fiat 500. But I’m quite sure their youngest sister was quite pleased to have accidentally stumbled into her calling. Her first events were most local, more down-to-earth. De Filippis honed her skills in difficult hillclimbs in southern Italy where she found herself to be the … [Read more...] about Maria Teresa de Filippis Became the First Woman to Race in Formula One by Driving Juan Manuel Fangio’s Old Maserati
A Lotus-powered Formula One race car. See sports car pictures. Shawn Curry/AFP/Getty Images When the French held the first grand prix in 1906, the race organizers, the Automobile Club de France, couldn't have guessed how big their motor sport would become. That first race featured 32 cars on a 65-mile course near Le Mans and took two days to complete. The average speed of the winning car, a Renault driven by Hungarian Ferenc Szisz, was 62.887 mph. From those humble origins, Formula One racing was born, and over the years, it has grown to be one of the most popular sports in the world. It appeals to millions of fans, attracts a huge sponsorship and delivers champions who are as revered as Olympic medalists. Why? Because Formula One racing satisfies our fundamental need to push technology to its limits and to enjoy, even if vicariously, the thrill and excitement of high-speed travel. This article will introduce you to the basics of Formula … [Read more...] about How Formula One Works
At a certain speed, a race track could be any shape and the cars would stay on the track. John Foxx/Getty Images If you've ever looked at a Formula One car, an Indy car or a Champ car, you know that a big part of the car's body is the aerodynamics package. At the front and back are wings. However, these wings are mounted upside down. Their purpose isn't providing lift, like the wings of an airplane. Instead, they are meant to force the car down onto the track to provide better traction and a more stable ride. Once a car gets above about 200 mph, the car is glued to the track by the aerodynamic forces from the wings. At this speed, the car could travel upside down on the ceiling of a tunnel if it wanted to. What this means is that, as long as the car is always moving at 200 mph, you can make the track just about any shape you want. For example, you could make the track circular and make the walls completely vertical. You could also make it loop-the-loop, or have the cars drive … [Read more...] about What if Formula One racetracks were loop shaped?