All posts by Steve Aibel

Growing up in a racing family, Steve Aibel was surrounded by Allards, Crosleys and Corvettes! A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Steve was drawn to the automobile magazines strewn throughout the house and Formula 1 in particular. With go karts, motorcycles and vintage race cars in the garage, it was inevitable that the torch would be carried by Steve. Lime Rock Park was his own personal playground while still keeping an eye on the pinnacle of motorsports overseas called Formula 1. Now, in the shadows of Circuit of the Americas, Steve is able to not only follow F1, he makes it the object of this racing stories. This passion for Formula 1 is shared weekly writing original articles for both Tribute Racing and Drafting the Circuits. He also participates in two weekly radio shows. Drafting The Circuits, (, which airs Tuesday evening at 7 pm CST and Formula 1 Racing Plus (, which broadcasts throughout the week on Performance Motorsports Network. Steve's motorsports photography can be found at

Posted On March 14, 2017By Steve AibelIn Breaking News, Formula One, Opinion

AIBEL: Formula Wonder

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer A new Formula 1 season always, ALWAYS brings with it a sense of optimism that roots deeply within the bones of race enthusiasts worldwide. After three seasons where both World Championships were decided practically before the cars even hit the track, this season carves out a hope of a more paralleled distribution of the points making up the Word Championship. In 2017, there is a sense on wonder underlying the series. With new commercial control, an update to the formula, and an interesting driver shuffle, 2017 hasRead More

Posted On November 27, 2016By Steve AibelIn Breaking News, Formula One, Headline News

Rosberg Versus Hamilton: The Finale

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer It’s finally here. We have waited all season for this race. The one to determine the 2016 Formula 1 World Champion. The stage is set. The final round of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship is set in Abu Dhabi with Nico Rosberg holding a slim and shrinking 12 point advantage over teammate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton is on a three race win scramble that started in Austin at the US Grand Prix. The run has cut the championship count from 33 points after Japan, to the currentRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Lewis Hamilton trails Nico Rosberg by 33 points in the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship.  With four races remaining, it is crunch time for the current champion.  With 3 championships in his trophy case, Hamilton stands in rarified air amongst the F1 greats.  Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Jack Brabham all have three championships.  More importantly, Sebastian Vettel, his contemporary, has 4. Hamilton needs to eclipse this mark if he is to be gauged as the best of his era. SoRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer As the Formula 1 World Championship motors toward conclusion, Nico Rosberg holds a tenuous 33 point lead over 3 time champion and teammate Lewis Hamilton.  With the Formula changing next year, this is Nico’s best chance to obtain his first World Championship.   In Hamilton, he faces a known quantity that can, and has in the past, string together loads of points in consecutive races. 33 points is a small buffer and one that affords Rosberg one mistake that Hamilton can’t make. Rosberg, for once,Read More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer With the Malaysian Grand Prix in the books, Nico Rosberg has a slim 23-point lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the wildfire battle that is called the Formula 1 World Championship. Rosberg has put together a Herculean effort post summer break that has pitched him into command of the title battle, but his command is tenuous at best with five remaining rounds to be fought in the next two months. What will drive the winner through to completion? Will it be Hamilton’s quest for aRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer McLaren have announced their driver line up 2017. Former Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button is set leave his race seat and will be replaced by McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne.  Button will remain with the team as an ambassador for and their reserve driver, with an option to return to the F1 championship in 2018. This unique arrangement allows for Button to recharge his batteries after 17 years and 297 F1 Grand Prix starts. Ron Dennis,  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for McLaren, wasRead More

Posted On September 2, 2016By Steve AibelIn Breaking News, Formula One, IndyCar

The Rising Tide of Alexander Rossi

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Alexander Rossi’s  journey over the last few years has been nothing short of amazing. From a Formula 1 reserve driver looking for his big break, to an Indianapolis 500 winner, Rossi has gained the attention of the racing world and been rewarded  for his effort in spades. I had the opportunity to discuss this journey with heralded IndyCar rookie at Texas Motor Speedway before the August conclusion of the Firestone 600, a race where Rossi finished in 11th position and again, took the top rookieRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The wait is over! The traditional summer break has passed and the Formula 1 paddock returns to action this weekend at the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.  If there is an event worth waiting for it is Formula 1 at Spa. Filled with history, this circuit has been a part of the World Championship every season since Formula 1 was born in 1950.  The circuit brings forth more than one could ask for in a  Formula 1 racetrack.  Cut through the rolling terrain of the Ardennes ForestRead More