Stepping into carbon-fibre rocketships to do battle at over 320kph over 22 weekends makes Formula 1 drivers some of the bravest athletes on the planet. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free It does not, however, require any bravery, nerve or gumption to declare Nicholas Latifi as the worst-performing driver of the 2022 F1 season. Latifi’s adventure at motorsport’s highest level appears to have reached its conclusion at the end of his third F1 campaign. It’s not hard to see why. He was regularly the slowest of his peers, albeit in what was usually the slowest car. He committed the most bewildering blunders. Driving into Zhou Guanyu when the Alfa Romeo driver pulled alongside him in Singapore. In a wet Monaco, he crashed on the formation lap, pitted for a new front wing, then ran off the track at Sainte Devote and fell even further behind the rest of the pack. At Suzuka he mistook a shortcut which forms its short track variant before the final chicane, … [Read more...] about 2022 F1 driver rankings #20: Latifi · RaceFans
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Around this time last year, I jetted to Newark, CA to witness the first dozen Lucid Air customer handovers at company HQ. The usual Silicon Valley fanfare was on display, with CEO Peter Rawlinson delivering a rah-rah speech and new owners gushing over their shiny new EVs. While the startup hype unfolded according to script, one thing caught me off guard: How the Lucid Air Dream Edition drove like a complete, well-thought-out car. Car critics earn their stripes by criticizing; calling out faults, it’s what we do. And sure, my drive in the Air revealed a few pre-production niggles, the annoyances the PR department say they’ll soon sort out. In this case, I experienced some inconsistent brake pedal feedback, an unexpectedly stiff ride over rough roads, and a few multimedia system glitches. But the $169,000, 1,111-horsepower top model still managed to make a killer first impression, especially considering it came as a bolt out of the blue in a segment where mainstream manufacturers have … [Read more...] about Is the Lucid Air Worth the Hype?
Felipe Drugovich said he is aware of the “pressure” of being the next Brazilian in Formula 1 but wants to use it as “motivation”. Of the many countries to have shaped the 72-year history of Formula 1, there are few who have left quite as large an impact as Brazil. In a country of more than 200 million, many of its citizens have gone on to drive in the pinnacle of motorsport and a select few have achieved its highest honour. The country has been responsible for 101 F1 race wins, a figure only the UK and Germany can beat, and has produced three World Champions in Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi and perhaps the single most legendary figure in F1 history: Ayrton Senna. All of this means that anyone who drives under the blue, yellow and green of the national flag has one of the world’s most expectant countries watching. There have been a total of 31 Brazilian drivers and now Formula 2 World Champion Felipe Drugovich hopes to join them. The 22-year-old was announced in … [Read more...] about Felipe Drugovich exclusive: On Brazilian pressure, Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin role