Formula 1, Goodwood, and good music

By Elina T. Htun | Goodwood is the stage of car racing and music, where the champions are challenging each other during the festival of speed in July, bringing together the heady mix of cars, stars, and motorsport “royalties”, followed in the fall by the revival, the glamour of motor racing of the past, the only historic race, meeting entirely in period dress, a tribute to the sport and Goodwood. Today we meet a man with two passions and one dream – the champion on the Goodwood music stage, Crispin Ward, a British International Orchestral conductor, composer, and professor. Crispin’s presence and performance with his orchestra at Goodwood had demonstrated that motor racing and music are so very linked. Let’s hear from the man himself.

From the earliest years, his two great loves of Formula 1 and music seemed rather incongruous, Crispin’s passion for all things automotive is reflected … Read the rest

Justin Marks starting Cup team, targeting 2021 debut

Justin Marks, who last raced in NASCAR in 2018, is coming back as a team owner. On Friday, Adam Stern of the Sports Business Journal reported the former driver has formed Trackhouse, a team that is hoping to début in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

A sports car veteran, Marks was a NASCAR road ringer from 2013 to 2018, winning in the Xfinity Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016. His final start was a twenty-seventh-place finish in the Cup Series’ inaugural race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. He has seven top tens and a victory in thirty-five career Xfinity starts, six career Cup races with a best run of twelfth in the 2018 Daytona 500, and four top tens in thirty-eight Truck Series runs.

Outside of the cockpit, Marks has established himself as an entrepreneur, much like his father Michael who has … Read the rest

2020 Spanish GP, Ferrari second practice report: Charles P6, Sebastian P12

Lewis  Hamilton has led the way in second practice at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, taking over from the position Valtteri Bottas took in first practice during the morning.

Hamilton set a 1:16.883 on the Soft tyres during the blisteringly hot afternoon session, which was a quarter of a second clear of what Bottas could manage on the same tyre. These times were some 0.4 quicker than what the pair managed in FP2 in 2019.

Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc ended up sixth for the Maranello team, ahead of home hero Carlos Sainz Jr and Perez, who continued his return to F1 action following his COVID-19 quarantine during the two British races with eighth for Racing Point.

Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10 for Renault and AlphaTauri.

Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who has a new chassis this weekend after a crack was discovered in his old … Read the rest

Spanish Grand Prix – looking for more answers at Montmelo

The second triple-header of this frenetic Formula 1 season comes to an end with this Sunday’s 50th Spanish Grand Prix. The race takes place at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, one of the tracks best known to the drivers who generally rack up a huge mileage here in testing.

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The track. The track boasts a mix of high, medium and low-speed corners, with several direction changes, some climbs and drops and a long main start-finish straight and thus provides a real test of a car’s abilities. The final part used to be high speed, but now features a slow chicane leading onto the straight. Of the permanent tracks, this is one of the hardest when it comes to overtaking. With the sea and mountains nearby, changing wind direction can be tricky to contend with as it upsets car balance considerably. This year, the … Read the rest

Vandoorne claims Mercedes maiden Formula E win on home soil

Stoffel Vandoorne secures a maiden Formula E race victory for Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team after a superb victory at the Berlin Templehof Airport.

After taking Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E’s first pole position, Vandoorne made a good start after beating Sebastien Buemi who just managed to maintain second after Rene Rast failed to make the move on the Nissan driver.

Down the back of the grid, it was former champion Jean-Eric Vergne who made the best start up to eighteenth place ahead of his team-mate Antonio Felix Da Costa.

Venturi racer Edoardo Mortara managed to get ahead of Robin Frijns into the first corner, but ultimately the Swiss-Italian racer lost out to the Dutchman after Frijns retook the place at turn 12 on lap four.

After overtaking Rast on the first lap, Nyck De Vries deployed his first attack mode (AM) which allows him to put the pressure on … Read the rest

P2 for John Surtees in a rare non-red Ferrari car | 1964 United States GP

The 1964 United States Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on October 4, 1964, at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course in Watkins Glen, New York. It was race 9 of 10 in both the 1964 World Championship of Drivers and the 1964 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 110-lap race was won by BRM driver Graham Hill after he started from fourth position. John Surtees finished second for the Ferrari team and Brabham driver Jo Siffert came in third.

Graham Hill padded his tenuous lead in the 1964 Drivers’ Championship over John Surtees and Jim Clark by bringing his BRM home first at The Glen for the second straight year. Surtees was second for Ferrari, 30.5 seconds back.

The Ferrari team brought four cars for John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini, but they were not in the usual “flaming red” that the race program advertised. … Read the rest

Charles Leclerc explains challenges of “classic Barcelona track” | 2020 Spanish GP

With almost the first six races of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship in the book, we return to familiar ground this weekend as the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya plays host to the Spanish Grand Prix. The track has a good mix of high and low speed corners and is a circuit very familiar to both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, who have spent huge amounts of time pounding around it during winter testing.

Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc previews the next round of the 2020 Formula 1 season, the Spanish Grand Prix:

“The Barcelona track is a classic. Every year we do so many kilometres here in testing and therefore we can say it has no secrets. However, this year, as we will be racing here in the height of summer it will be interesting to see how our car performs in really hot weather. As was the … Read the rest

Renault looking for a repeat of the last high-scoring weekend

Renault DP World F1 Team will be hoping for a similar point haul from the previous race in this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix held at Silverstone Circuit

Daniel Ricciardo had a strong weekend finishing in fourth place, equalling his best ever finish for the French team. 

Running in sixth for the majority of the race, Ricciardo got lucky when the front left wheels of Valtteri Bottas’sMercedes and Carlos Sainz Jr’s McLaren punctured in the dying laps of the race, promoting the Aussie to fourth and crossing the line just over one second behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Ricciardo added “We’ll be hoping for a similar result, that’s for sure. And, who knows, maybe we can! I think the weather looks to be hot again all weekend and that will bring some challenges. It was also very windy at Silverstone and that makes things tricky in a Read the rest

2020 for Formula 1: Gossip Grip

By Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta | The 2020 Formula 1 season will go down in memory for several unique reasons: firstly, the COVID-19 disruption; secondly, the ever-evolving calendar due to the aforementioned COVID-19 disruption; thirdly, Mercedes’ continued dominance and rewriting of the record books, which is a whole other matter to discuss. Also, let’s not forget the “pink Mercedes” and the controversies surrounding Racing Point’s copying methods. Moreover, and we can’t believe we’re saying this, what about Ferrari’s demotion to being a mid-field team, and not the most successful one there?  

Not to sound insensitive, but sincere Formula 1 racing fans are actually kind of delighted with the current calendar. It would be tough to argue that this ongoing circus seems far more challenging and fun than the traditional calendar. For starters, no one actually knows just how many races make the championship – this increases the importance of … Read the rest