In a previous job, writing for a publication based in the UK, one of my favorite tasks was visiting racetracks of the past and comparing them then and now. A particular favorite was Pescara in Italy, still the longest course ever to grace the Formula 1 World Championship, at 16-plus miles. The Adriatic coast and the vineyard-strewn hillsides inland in this region together form one of the most gorgeous places on Earth. The photographer and I felt a real sense of accomplishment when, brandishing archive pics from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, we were able to figure out where the original photographers had stood, and then were able to replicate the shots in the 21 st century. Gratifyingly, much had remained the same. But as you can imagine, the delight in spotting the same milestone markers, the same trees with 60 years more growth and the faded painted curbing at the roadside, etc., was accompanied by a deep sense of poignancy. It can’t be described as nostalgia, of course, as … [Read more...] about Opinion: Saving Laguna Seca
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Formula 1 is a sport that arguably consumes money like no other on the planet. The sums involved are vast and, to be player, you have to have access to some serious cash. Fortunately – just like with thoroughbred horse racing's standing as the "sport of kings" – the prestige and status of F1 attracts some of the wealthiest people on the planet. So let’s take a look at them... As an entrée, just think about that Claro sticker on the rear wing of the Red Bull Racing car. Claro is the South American part of America Movil, a Forbes Global 2000 telecoms group that employs almost 200,000 staff and is headquartered in Mexico City – its reported revenues are north of $50 billion. Its chairman, Carlos Slim Helu, has a current net worth of $62.8 billion, according to Forbes – at the time of writing, he’s the world's 16 th richest man. He – along with son Carlos Slim Domit – has been the financial force behind driver Sergio Perez, who joined the team in 2021. His career has … [Read more...] about Who Are The Richest People In Formula 1?
Fortunately – just like with thoroughbred horse racing’s standing as the ‘sport of kings’ – the prestige and status of F1 attracts some of the wealthiest people on the planet. So let’s take a look at them... As an entrée, just think about that Claro sticker on the rear wing of the Red Bull Racing car. Claro is the South American part of America Movil, a Forbes Global 2000 telecoms group that employs almost 200,000 staff and is headquartered in Mexico City – its reported revenues are north of $50billion. Its chairman, Carlos Slim Helu, has a current net worth of $62.8billion, according to Forbes – at the time of writing, he’s the world’s 16th richest man. Red Bull Racing RB16B rear wing endplate Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images He – along with son Carlos Slim Domit – has been the financial force behind driver Sergio Perez, who joined the team in 2021. His career has been intrinsically linked to the Slim family via their Telmex telecoms company, which … [Read more...] about Who are the richest people in Formula 1?
New restrictions will come into effect in Greater Sydney later today as the New South Wales health department looks to quash a new outbreak on the virus. A man with no obvious links to international travel or hotel quarantine returned a positive test on Wednesday followed by a second positive case today (Thursday). While the Sydney outbreak doesn't directly affected South Australia, which hosts Supercars this weekend, it could affect the SA/NSW border. Should the outbreak grow and South Australia opts to close its borders to anybody who's been in the New South Wales in the past fortnight that could pose problems for Team Sydney, among others. The only of the 11 teams based in Sydney, the squad was working from its base at Sydney Motorsport Park until crossing the border earlier this week. There were also some personnel and drivers from other teams at SMP for last weekend's Motorsport Australia Championships round, while part of the Supercars management team is … [Read more...] about Supercars monitoring Sydney COVID outbreak
Returning from his Monaco base, Walkinshaw jetted into Sydney today where he'll spend the next two weeks serving the hotel quarantine sentence required for all new arrivals to Australia. He'll then make his return to the Supercars paddock at the Winton round later this month. "It's aways awesome to have Ryan around," WAU team principal Bruce Stewart told Motorsport.com. "He's a huge driver and personality for the team. We love having the boss here and we look forward to having him back for Winton." Walkinshaw generally splits his time between his home in Monaco and Melbourne, where his Walkinshaw Group business is headquartered. However he spent most of 2020 down under as he helped the business, which includes the Walkinshaw Andretti United squad, navigate the global health crisis. Walkinshaw then returned to Europe late last year before contracting COVID-19 in February . He survived an uncomfortable symptomatic bout of the virus that landed him in hospital … [Read more...] about Walkinshaw returns to Australia