Drivers take turn 11 at Circuit of the Americas pretty slowly. It’s tight, and they’ll only hit about 60 miles per hour, depending on the car. Then they’ll charge down the main straight, a three-quarters-of-a-mile descent that lets the right machine clear 200. As I stand in the grandstands before turn 12, a black-and-gold racecar quickly fills my field of view. It’s Texas-hot in Austin today, close to 90 and humid, but the car brings a wind with it. The wind is made of noise. Fans come to Formula One races for this kind of sensory experience. When the series spun up in 1946, following the exhaustive end of World War II, fantastic machines replaced the terrifying cacophony of bombs with the joyful chorus of speed-linked sound. Over the years, millions of fans have swarmed the edges of racetracks to hear F1’s roar. But you don’t just hear an F1 engine. You feel it. As the car flies by the grandstand, the concussive wave emanating from its eight … [Read more...] about How will Formula One reckon with electric cars?
Haas F1 Team is the first Formula One racing team to unveil its race car for the 2018 season, and it did so across its social media platforms. Dubbed the VF-18, the machine features the new halo cockpit protection system, a smaller shark fin and a grey-heavy, white and red livery.The VF-18 is basically an evolution of the team’s second car, the VF-17, which carried the Haas F1 Team to an eighth-place finish in the 2017 constructors standings with 47 points. That’s 18 points more than what the team achieved in its debuting year 2016.According to the organisation, the “V” stands for vertical, which is an industry standard designation for a vertical mill. Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, added “F1” to the name to unofficially designate it as the company’s “Very First One.”“People see what we can do in Formula One and people believe Haas Automation can build world-class machine tools,” said Haas, whose entry in 2016 … [Read more...] about Haas VF-18 – first 2018 Formula One racer unveiled
The inaugural race of the 2018 Formula One season is only weeks away. With it comes several changes to the sport itself — grid girls, grid kids, and even the logo — and the cars are no exception. As the teams set up to reveal their cars over the coming days, both Mercedes and Ferrari F1 teams kick things off a little early by firing up their engines.While the engine formula remains the same, there is one caveat: the allowances go down. In 2017, the drivers worked with four engine units throughout the season. This year will prove a tighter challenge with only three across the season. For reference, the 2018 season features a staggering 21 races.When it comes to engine power, the Mercedes team remains unrivaled. With four drivers’ and constructors’ titles to its name, the team is dominant in the V6 era. Last year, Ferrari challenged the Mercedes empire and remained a consistent threat throughout the season. While it all fell apart in the latter half of the year, … [Read more...] about Formula One 2018: Listen to the Ferrari and Mercedes Engines Fire Up
Last week, F1 announced the contentious decision to remove grid girls from the sport. It was a bold move, resulting in mixed reactions from fans, team members and the women themselves.This week, the F1 Group and FIA announced what would replace the ladies: Grid Kids.For each race, the organizers will select local children for the task. These will be children already involved in motorsports, competing in junior categories, such as karting. Local motorsport clubs will choose the youngsters based on merit, or by lottery. The lucky few will then accompany the drivers on the grid as they prepare for the race.Working with FIA-approved sporting authorities, the kids and their families will be a part of the pre-race ceremony. The “Grid Kids” will stand alongside their immediate family on the grid, with paddock access for the race on Sunday. The FIA will chose Grid Kids for every F1 race and, where possible, every Formula 2 and GP3 event too.Sean Bratches, Formula One’s … [Read more...] about Formula One Replaces Grid Girls with Grid Kids Program for 2018 Season
Late last month, Formula One announced it would no longer be using the professionally employed models colloquially known as grid girls, starting with the 2018 season. The rationale, according to managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches, was that times had changed.“While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 Grands Prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms,” Bratches explained in a release. “We don’t believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world.”The decision was mocked as a prudish response to PC culture by some, while others praised it as a major victory against the objectification of women. Regardless, the women won’t be coming back in March. However, there will be a replacement. In a recent announcement, F1 said it will replace its grid girls … [Read more...] about Formula One Swaps Out ‘Grid Girls’ for ‘Grid Kids’