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

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Formula 1 has made a decision to delay the introduction of a head protection system until the 2018 season. The push back will allow for better testing and, in theory, deployment of a safer system. On one hand this is a responsible decision and understandable, but perhaps more importantly, this is another example of Formula 1’s inability to communicate a consistent working plan that is clear to the F1 paddock. Lets first discuss the decision to delay the Halo or any sort of additional head protectionRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Round 10 of the 2016 Formula 1 season resumes at legendary Silverstone in England, where all eyes remain on the Mercedes driver pairing who are actively battling for supremacy in this years championship. As we have seen in the past, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton can clash mightily on track whiles Rosberg chases his first Formula 1 World Title as Hamilton chases his place in F1 history. The latest rift between the Mercedes titans occurred at the Red Bull Ring during the final lap of theRead More
Max Verstappen sent the first shot into the Austrian mountains. Something was amiss with the alterations to the curbing at the Red Bull Ring. During the first day of practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, Verstappen ran over the newly configured curbs and spun twice.  He ran off in Turn 8, breaking his front wing endplate. He met the curbs again in Turn 5 causing a suspension failure on the RB12. The 18-year-old Red Bull Racing driver was critical of the new curbing which was redone during the recent repaveRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The Formula 1 World Championship brings the country of Azerbaijan to the world, hosting the European Grand Prix on a brand new city circuit in the capital of Baku. Situated in a small corridor connecting Europe and the Middle East, racing in Azerbaijan has been hyped since it was announced as a new location and finalized on the 2016 F1 race schedule with many of the teams and drivers looking forward to the event for over a year now. Azerbaijan is an oil rich countryRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The meat of the Formula 1 schedule is here. Over the next eight weeks, F1 will race six times, primarily through Europe. This is the heart of the Formula 1 season as the paddock visits classic tracks including Silverstone, the Hungaroring, and Hockenheim. They will also visit the Red Bull Ring in Austria as well as the new street based circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan. This middle section of the season starts in Canada and will be the critical time in setting up the players who willRead More

Posted On May 29, 2016By Steve AibelIn Breaking News, Formula One

The Cost of Making Formula 1 Safer

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Lewis Hamilton mastered tricky conditions to steal victory over Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo at the Grand Prix of Monaco today. Hamilton instantly revitalized his hopes for a third consecutive championship, cunningly taking advantage of tire strategy in a race that started under wet conditions with all cars running the blue full wet tire sets to start. Race control initiated the start under the safety car, removing the most exciting starting procedure in modern racing:, a standing start in the premier event of the Formula 1Read More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The Grand Prix of Monaco has always been the crown jewel for Formula 1. It’s the place you want to be, if you want to be seen hobnobbing with the cool crowd. From the cockpit, it is the race that drivers want most to win. One that defines a career. And if you want to make a statement, pole position at Monaco is the place to do it. Red Bull made that statement today when Daniel Ricciardo grabbed his first ever F1 pole position besting bothRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The Spanish Grand Prix is in the books and a new era has dawned for Formula 1. With new regulations around the corner centered on increasing the competitive landscape of the sport, and a new star taking center stage, Formula 1 may have bounced from the Laissez-faire doldrums of recent years to a new, exciting era which will be marked by dramatic change throughout the sport. Calling Max Verstappen  Two weeks ago, young Max Verstappen was a mark with a question attached. Was he allRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Nico Rosberg flattened the field again en route to his 7th race win in a row across two seasons and his 18th Formula 1 victory. The win at the Russian Grand Prix was the 4th in a row for Rosberg this year. He now has a perfect, 100 points for the season, which amounts to a 43 point lead over teammate and three time champion Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg finds himself in rare company! With 7 wins in a row, Rosberg ties Alberto Ascari and MichaelRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Nico Rosberg added the Russian Grand Prix pole position to his impressive set of credentials as we wind up the first set of flyaway races.  Rosberg showed the dominance of the Mercedes package as both cars were comfortably ahead of the field during the qualifying session. This is Rosbergs second pole of the season. Hamilton again suffered disaster, experiencing the same MGU-H power issue  as  he did in China.   This left him out of the final qualifying session and again will see him fighting fromRead More