Just as Fernando Alonso announced that he would not return to formula 1 racing next season, the McLaren team announced Thursday (August 16th) that another Spaniard, Carlos Sainz Jr., will replace him by signing a two-year deal with the Woking-based outfit.
Formula 1 News
With the record of 32 grand prix victories, 97 podium finishes, and two world driving championships, Fernando Alonso Tuesday (August 14th) announced that he will step down from driving in formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season.
This is the time not to be a formula one journalist, fan or driver.
Maybe because between the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix and the next race in 13 days in Belgium, many have read the same old material, desperately waiting on probably the most interesting silly season in years. Who will go where, and when will the grid finally be completed for 2019?
Many of the drivers go elsewhere on this break where they cannot be found, some do PR events just to waste the time. For fans, it is the waiting to see when the next race will happen, to criticize, and to bring anything up for the world of social media, which is the current and proper name for citizen journalist (remember that name?). And of course, for the writers, who are waiting for the next bait to be held out, so they can hook onto it and inform the public.
If anybody would describe the 2017 formula one season, it would have to be one that was ended before the last race, and a challenger that lost the championship both in the drivers and constructor’s competition due to a small 100-dollar spark plug, and a temperamental driver.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—After leading the race Sunday evening at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, Valterri Bottas lead from the start, and following a pit stop on lap 24, regained the lead and never looked back as the Finn won the event by 3.8 seconds over teammate and current world champion Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel, who had a quiet race all evening, finished third for Ferrari.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates- For the second time in a row, Valterri Bottas won his second pole and his fourth of the season as the Finn clocked a track record of 1: 36:231 fastest time, to beat teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Saturday evening for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
SAO PAULO, Brazil—R.I.S.—Despite even losing the driver’s championship to Lewis Hamilton weeks ago, Sebastian Vettel made it known to the fans on Sunday afternoon at the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, that he can still win races, after the German won by 2.7 seconds over Valterri Bottas with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finishing in third.
INTERLAGOS, Brazil—R.I.S-- After seeing his teammate and newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton crash out in the opening qualifying round for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, Valterri Bottas posted a last minute, 1:08:322 third session time to take pole ahead of the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Saturday afternoon.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico-R.I.S-- After three of the six of the Renault power units failed during the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, it was only left to Max Verstappen, who guided his Red Bull from start to finish to win the race by 19.6 seconds over Valterri Bottas. Kimi Raikkonen took third for Ferrari.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico--R.I.S.-- Needing some good results to stay alive in the formula one world championship, Sebastian Vettel proved Saturday afternoon that he can still fight with series leader Lewis Hamilton by taking the pole for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix with a track record time of 1:16:488 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Max Verstappen who had the fastest time in the second session was second, followed by Hamilton in third.
AUSTIN, Texas- R.I.S.- Lewis Hamilton began the United States Grand Prix Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas behind rival Sebastian Vettel, but recovered, passing the German on the seventh lap for the lead, and later Max Verstappen to win the race by 10.1 seconds over second place Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen took third.
AUSTIN, Texas—R.I.S.- After becoming the first driver this season to take all three practices sessions in one grand prix weekend, Lewis Hamilton continued his domination of the United States Grand Prix Saturday afternoon at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas by taking a 1:33:108 pole lap, breaking the track record, and starting on the front row for the 72nd time in his career. Sebastian Vettel, who was in dire need for a good track position, came out late in the final session to finish second, while Valterri Bottas took third.
Following speculation that Fernando Alonso could leave McLaren-Honda and go into another formula was put to rest Thursday in Austin, Texas, as the Spaniard has signed for another season with the team, joining Belgian pilot Stoffel Vandoorne for the 2018 year.
After televising Formula One Racing for the last four seasons, the NBC Sports Network announced Wednesday that it will not continue its coverage after the end of this season. ESPN, who has not covered F1 since 1997, will take over the mantle beginning in March of 2018 with the Australian Grand Prix.
SUZUKA, Japan-R.I.S.- Having to take advantage of one safety car, two virtual safety cars, a retirement from rival Sebastian Vettel, and a last-minute challenge from runner up Max Verstappen, did not deter Lewis Hamilton from edging ever so closer to his fourth world championship, as the Briton won the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at the Suzuka International Circuit by 1.2 seconds over the Dutchman. Red Bull made it a double podium by having Daniel Ricciardo finish in third.
SUZUKA, Japan-R.I.S.- Breaking the lap record of the Suzuka International Circuit three times on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton finally set a 1:27:319 fastest time, taking his 10th pole of the season, and his very first front position start at this track for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. Despite his grid spot penalty earlier in the day, Valterri Bottas finished in second, with Sebastian Vettel in third.
SILVERSTONE, England—R.I.S.--After tying Jim Clark’s record fifth pole the day before, Lewis Hamilton tied the late Scotsman’s winning grand prix record on Sunday by taking flag to flag the British Grand Prix at Silverstone ahead of teammate Valterri Bottas. Kimi Raikkonen finished third in his Ferrari.
SILVERSTONE, England—R.I.S.--Although he made his home fans slightly upset by not attending this past week’s formula one event in London, Lewis Hamilton made up for it by turning in a stunning lap of 1:26:600 in the final qualifying session Saturday afternoon at Silverstone, England, to take his fifth British Grand Prix pole, tying the legendary Jim Clark. In addition, the Briton also is one pole away from the all-time qualifying record, held by Michael Schumacher. The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel took second and third respectively.
SPIELBERG, Austria—R.I.S--Claiming that the start of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring was “The best start of my career,” Valterri Bottas evaded a late threat from series leader Sebastian Vettel to win the race by just under seven tenths of a second, giving the Finnish driver his second win of the season and his career. Daniel Ricciardo took third, his fifth consecutive podium appearance.
SPIELBERG, Austria—R.I.S.--Watching the emotional battle between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton did not deter Valterri Bottas, who posted a 1:04:251 final qualifying time which gave him his second career pole Saturday afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring. Vettel and Hamilton both finished in second and third places, respectively, but Hamilton in violation a day ago for illegally having his mechanics change his gearbox, will start the race from eighth position.
SPIELBERG, Austria—R.I.S.--Lewis Hamilton had no time forgetting his last encounter with rival Sebastian Vettel, as the Briton took both Friday practice sessions for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco- For the first time since the French Grand Prix of 2008, Kimi Raikkonen and his Ferrari teammate, Sebastian Vettel, locked out the front row Saturday afternoon respectively for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix as the Finn clocked a record braking final qualifying time of 1:12:178 in the final session at Monte Carlo. Raikkonen’s countryman, Valterri Bottas, finished his Mercedes in third.
Taking advantage of a better pit stop than his teammate, plus enduring a safety car period, Sebastian Vettel had no difficulties after the midpoint in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix at Monte Carlo by winning Formula One‘s most prestigious race by 3.1 seconds over Kimi Raikkonen. Daniel Ricciardo, who was disappointed last season by a botched pit stop, made up for that error by finishing in third.
SOCHI, Russia- It took 81 races to achieve, plus a little indication of his first pole at the last race in Bahrain. But at long last Valterri Bottas, who changed teams at the start of the season, got his wish Sunday afternoon at the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom by winning his first race of his career, just edging Sebastian Vettel by just six tenths of a second. Kimi Raikkonen finished in third.
SOCHI, Russia—for the first time since France in 2008, two Ferraris, driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, will start a formula one race on the front row as both drivers respectively finished 1-2 in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session in preparation for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom. Valterri Bottas finished in third.
SAKIR, Bahrain—Taking advantage of a Lewis Hamilton pit stop on lap 42, Sebastian Vettel held off a late charge by the Briton to win his 44th career victory Sunday night at the Grand Prix of Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit by 6.6 seconds. Valterri Bottas was third.
SAKIR, Bahrain—After competing in formula one for the last five seasons, Valterri Bottas came to the AMG Mercedes team this year, hoping that taking over for former world champion Nico Rosberg, would give him satisfaction. On Saturday evening at the Bahrain International Circuit, the Finnish driver got his wish—and his maiden pole of his career by posting a circuit record breaking 1:28:769, edging teammate Lewis Hamilton and breaking the Briton’s five pole streak in qualifying for Sundays Grand Prix of Bahrain. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished in third.
Following a difficult start of the year with the McLaren-Honda Formula One Team, Fernando Alonso announced Wednesday that he will skip the Monaco grand prix on Memorial Day weekend and race for Andretti motorsport at the Indianapolis 500.
Haas F1 Team Announces Lead Driver
(KANNAPOLIS, NC – SEP 29, 2015 – RIS) In a press conference at the new Haas F1 headquarters, team principles Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner announced the team's first driver: 29-year-old Romain Grosjean. Currently in his fifth season with the Lotus F1 team, Grosjean has competed in 78 Grands Prix, with ten podiums, most recently at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
LONG BEACH ePRIX TO RETURN APRIL 2, 2016
(July 14, 2015) – RIS- The Long Beach ePrix will return to the city streets on Saturday, April 2, 2016.
The FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) World Motor Sport Council recently approved the calendar for the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship, with Long Beach scheduled as the sixth of 11 rounds in the series. Overall, 10 venues will host Formula E events, with the 2015-16 season beginning once again in Beijing on Oct. 17.
Montezemolo: “Alonso the best driver in the world”
This morning, during an interview with respected Australian motoring journalist Peter Robinson, who was in Maranello to test drive the LaFerrari, President Luca di Montezemolo also dealt with questions relating to the current situation within the Scuderia. Specifically, he spoke about rumours concerning Alonso. “Fernando is the best driver in the world, who always gives 200% in the races,” he said. “He knows how much I count on him, even away from the race track, in terms of his contribution and the impetus he gives to the team. I think it’s incredible that there are still some so-called experts who don't understand that and are always looking for a polemical situation that simply doesn't exist”.
MONZA, Italy-RIS- Despite having gearbox issues towards the end of the race, Sebastian Vettel managed to hold off a charging Fernando Alonso Sunday afternoon by 5.4 seconds to win the Grand prix of Italy at Monza. Mark Webber, in his final grand prix race in Europe, finished in third.
MONZA, Italy- R.I.S.- After dominating the entire Friday and Saturday of taking fastest practice sessions, Sebastian Vettel moved closer to extending his lead in the formula one world championship by taking a recorded 1:23:755 fastest lap to achieve pole position for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Italy at Monza.
SPA-FRANCHOCHAMPS, Belgium- Only yards after the start of the beginning of Sunday’s Shell Grand Prix of Belgium, Sebastian Vettel overtook pole sitter Lewis Hamilton after Eau Rouge corner and held the lead for the rest of the race, winning by 16.8 seconds over Fernando Alonso with Hamilton taking third.
SPA-FRANCHORCHAMPS, Belgium (RIS)- As the final driver up the last straight in the last qualifying session Saturday afternoon, Lewis Hamilton recorded a last second 2:01:012 to take pole position for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Belgium at this legendary circuit. For the Briton, it was his fourth pole in a row and the 31st of his career. Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished second and third, respectively.
Sebastian Vettel will start the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi from the pit lane tomorrow after his car was discovered to be without sufficient fuel for technical inspection after the qualifying session. The loss of position takes away the advantage he had over championship contender Fernando Alonso who starts sixth.
If anyone could say that Sebastian Vettel could win the 2012 world title, many critics would have said that during the F1 summer break that this was impossible. However, many observers realized that just a year ago, Sebastian Vettel was on top of the world in the Formula One World Championship. The German from the region of Heppenheim had won nearly half of the races and achieved his second straight World drivers title with ease.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-After joining the Lotus Renault team at the start of the season after an absence from the sport for one full year, Kimi Raikkonen finally received his first win for his squad as the Finn triumphed Sunday evening at the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi by holding off the challenge of Fernando Alonso by eight tenths of a second. Even more amazing was Series leader Sebastian Vettel, who started in last place after a penalty in qualifying, and took the last podium spot in third. Vettel now keeps his lead over Alonso in the standings by 10 points with two races to go.
INTERLAGOS, Brazil-After winning the opening race in Australia back in March, Jenson Button ended the last season race in Brazil under light rain and an advantage on lap 55 when Nico Hulkenberg struck Lewis Hamilton, to win his third Grand Prix Sunday at Interlagos. Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa took second and third respectively, but by finishing sixth, Sebastian Vettel clinched his third world drivers’ championship one week after his Red Bull team clinched the constructor’s title.
AUSTIN, Texas-Back in 2007, Lewis Hamilton won the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, which was the last time the country held a formula one race. On Sunday at the inaugural race at Austin, Texas, Hamilton took the honors again, by passing series leader Sebastian Vettel with 14 laps to go. Fernando Alonso took third, and trails Vettel by 13 points with the final race of the 2012 season next weekend in Brazil.