With four Grand Prix remaining in 2022, Max Verstappen has already claimed his 2nd World Championship crown. Apart from the merest of blips, the Dutch racer has been as imperious, as Ferrari have utterly incompetent. Both elements played their part, but is the real story being played off track?
“Actions Do Speak Louder Than Words”
Formula One announced today that it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter. It is a move that not only seals the fate of the final race at Sochi, but also kills the follow-up events at Igora Autodrom. But they did take their time.
“Cowering Under the Hard Dark Light of Money”
Formula One takes the money and hides and when the time is right, it adopts the right words and the right pleasantries, but struggles to match those words with action or authority. As I write this, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is delivering his best lamentable efforts in Prime Minister Questions and it reminds me that at a time of great horror, the world continues to play politics, as if it is a board game. Yet actions have consequences and the deals we do or are done in our name have consequences too. Our world spins upon the colour and scent of money, but in the end, money dripped in blood is still money. The value, however, is tainted forever.
“Coming Soon – World in Motorsport: Volume 2”
Some of TheMotorsportArchive.com’s more eagle-eyed readers may have noticed a couple of new buttons at the top of the site’s drop-down options, including “cart”, “checkout”, “my account” and “shop”. These have been included to take into account the release of World in Motorsport: Volume 2, which is looking like going on sale next month.
“WRC: ‘It’s almost at the point where we say ‘bin the season’’ – Colin Clark”
One of the WRC’s leading commentator’s, Colin Clark, believes that it may be time for the FIA to cancel the rest of the season in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
“European F3 swaps Moscow for the Algarve”
The FIA European Formula 3 Championship today announced that the planned visit to Moscow has been cancelled, to be replaced by Portimão.
“Domenicali: Formula 2 is the next logical step”
New Single Seater Commission President, Stefano Domenicali, has reaffirmed the FIA’s position that Formula 2 should be the next logical step between Formula 3 and Formula 1. Domenicali took over the position from Gerhard Berger at the end of last year and had made initial moves to the reformation of the F2 category when the new Superlicence points table was unveiled in January.
“Drivers of 2014: Max Verstappen”
If Esteban Ocon surprised all-comers with his rookie form in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, then Max Verstappen’s debut in car racing positively stunned.
“Drivers of 2014: Esteban Ocon”
Max Verstappen may have stolen all the headlines thanks to his quick promotion to Formula One, but there is little doubt that FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon was the star of the series this year.
“MSA Formula sell-out 32 cars for inaugural season”
The newly created MSA Formula has found buyers for all thirty-two cars for its inaugural season next year.
Hindsight and reflection can be both beautiful and cruel things, but it can do much to lend an eye to solutions, while also exposing certain impracticalities of a situation.
“New FIA Australian F4 comes to Munich”
Mygale’s new-for-2015 FIA Australian F4 car was placed on display at the governing body’s Sport Conference in Munich this week.
“Formula Gulf 1000 obtains ‘National Championship’ approval”
The Formula Gulf 1000 Series has been awarded ‘National Championship’ status by the FIA and ATCUAE (UAE motorsport’s body).
“F3 Open becomes Euroformula Open”
The European F3 Open revealed a change of identity of Friday with the series now rebranded as the Euroformula Open.
“Thoughts on pitstops, safety and entertainment”
When a loose wheel from Mark Webber’s Red Bull brutally hit FOM cameraman Paul Allen during the German Grand Prix, the sport was again left to look at its operations. Two-and-a-half weeks on from the incident, one is forced to ask if the FIA and FOM have been looking in the right direction.
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Rosberg triumphs at Monaco; Kanaan takes Indy; Bird and Coletti grab GP2 spoils; Dempsey steals astonishing Lights victory”
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Rosberg triumphs at Monaco; Kanaan takes Indy; Dempsey grabs astonishing Lights victory”
“FIA introduce Formula 4”
At the latest meeting of the World Motorsport Council in Paris today, the Single-Seater Commission announced Formula 4, a new FIA class.
“Reflections: ‘Prost victorious as Piquet disqualified – 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix (Rd 2)’”
With the 1982 Argentine Grand Prix lost due to lingering uncertainties within the sport, Formula One finally arrived in South America for the Brazilian Grand Prix in mid-March and although two months had passed since the infamous South African Grand Prix, ill feeling remained within the paddock and the outer reaches of Formula One itself.
“FIA release provisional 2013 European F3 Championship calendar”
The FIA released a provisional calendar for the 2013 F3 European Championship on Sunday morning.
“McLaren turn electric”
It was announced this week that McLaren Electronic Systems are to provide electric engines, transmissions and ECU’s for the FIA’s new Formula E series.