All posts by Joey Barnes

Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Daniel Ricciardo has been officially confirmed at McLaren for the 2021 Formula 1 season. The 30-year-old Australian will finish out the current year with Renault before replacing Carlos Sainz Jr. and teaming alongside Lando Norris at the Woking-based squad next year.  The announcement of Ricciardo to McLaren all but officially confirms Sainz will join Ferrari, who agreed on Tuesday to part ways with four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel at the end of 2020.  Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, believes that signing Ricciardo will continue toRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Scuderia Toro Rosso will keep its current driver lineup of Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat through the 2020 Formula 1 season. Gasly began the year with senior team outfit Red Bull Racing, but was relegated in a seat swap after the summer break with Alex Albon. Although Gasly has only been with the team for the past seven races, he has scored points in four of them, and doubled the point total (14-7) of teammate Kvyat over that span. Despite recent underwhelming run of form, KvyatRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will keep its current driver lineup together after announcing Alex Albon will return alongside Max Verstappen for the 2020 Formula 1 season. The 23-year-old was promoted up from Toro Rosso following the summer break, swapping places with Pierre Gasly. Since then, Albon has put together a stout run by finishing in the top six in each of the seven races, including a career-best fourth-place finish in the Japanese Grand Prix. While the sample size is small, it was enough for teamRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Alfa Romeo Racing announced it has retained Antonio Giovinazzi for the 2020 season in Formula 1. The 25-year-old Italian has scored points on three occasions in 2019, with the first coming at the Austrian Grand Prix in June. Additionally, he has proved competitive in qualifying against teammate and 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen. “I am very happy to be staying with the team for 2020,” Giovinazzi said. “I am grateful for the incredible level of support I received in my first full season in Formula One:Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas — Martin Truex Jr. has sights set on changing his winless record at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. The driver of the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing comes in with plenty of momentum after winning last weekend at Martinsville Speedway, which locked him into the Championship 4 for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, with two races remaining until he can battle for the title, the focus turns to this weekend at the 1.5-mile Texas oval. It remains oneRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Renault announced changes within their aerodynamic department with eyes already on the 2020 season. The team reached a “mutually agreement” to part ways with immediate effect with Peter Machin, who previously served as the head of aerodynamics. In turn, Dirk de Beer, returns to the team and takes over the role after stops at Williams and Ferrari. Additionally, Vince Todd will serve as the deputy head of aerodynamics on an interim basis for the remainder of 2019 with the permanent replacement for next season to beRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Sergio Perez is set to remain at Racing Point after signing a three-year extension that goes through the 2022 Formula 1 season. The 29-year-old Mexican has been a fixture on the team for the past six seasons, with memorable performances that has brought five of his eight career podiums. Additionally, the extension will see Racing Point return the same driver lineup next year with Perez alongside teammate Lance Stroll. “I’m very excited to extend my partnership with the team for the next three years,” Perez said.Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Valtteri Bottas has been retained by Mercedes for the 2020 Formula 1 season. The 30-year-old Finn currently has earned five victories and 10 pole positions since joining the German outfit in 2017. Additionally, he sits second in the championship standings. “I am very happy and proud to be part of the team for a fourth season and wish to thank every team member and the board of Mercedes for their trust and belief in me,” Bottas said. “My performances have been getting better and better eachRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Esteban Ocon is set to return to Formula 1 after signing a two-year deal with Renault, replacing Nico Hulkenberg for the 2020 season. The 22-year-old Frenchman will team alongside Daniel Ricciardo and moves over to the French squad after spending this campaign in a reserve role with Mercedes. However, after Mercedes opted to retain veteran Valtteri Bottas it allowed Ocon to be released for an opportunity to join Renault. Ocon has 50 F1 starts under his belt, with his most recent drive coming with Racing PointRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The search for young up-and-coming talent has never been higher in motorsports. While having speed is one key element of the game, putting it all together to win is the tricky part. Even so, some have managed to find success in 2019. In just his third career start, NTT IndyCar Series rookie Colton Herta put in a methodical drive in en route to victory at Circuit of The Americas in March. In turn, the pilot of the No. 88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Chevrolet became the youngestRead More