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 Lewis Hamilton led Free Practice 2 in Sochi, Russia concluding the first day of the Formula 1 weekend in Russia.  Nico Rosberg brought the #6 Mercedes home in 3rd position after leading the first practice earlier on Friday. Hamilton bested Rosberg by .867 seconds although Rosberg’s flying lap was affected by the spin and subsequent yellow flag caused by Romian Grosjean of Haas F1 Team. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel split the two Silver Arrows cars before an electrical problems ended the session for the 4 timeRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Nico Rosberg led the first practice session for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia.  Rosberg bested teammate Lewis Hamilton by .722 seconds during the session in which both drivers swapped the lead throughout the 90 minutes session. Mercedes used 2 engine tokens to further the development of their fuel system and have 11 tokens left for further engine development. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen followed the 2 Mercedes in the timesheets. Ferrari  introduced new ICE components, using 3 engine tokens.  They also brought  aRead More

Posted On April 22, 2016By Steve AibelIn Breaking News, Formula One, Headline News

Formula 1 thoughts after China

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer With a trio of races down in the current Formula 1 season, 3 storylines are emerging from the early race results.  The dominance of Nico Rosberg has been a pleasant surprise as has watching Red Bull perform at the sharp end of the pack.  On the flip side, the Ferrari charge has not materialized which must be boring a hole through the walls in Maranello. Lets focus on Nico Rosberg first! Rosberg is on an amazing winning streak that rivals the best in the historyRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Excitement at the end of a qualifying session! Flying laps that count! Old qualifying was back and it felt so sweet (and a little damp). Nico Rosberg grabbed his first pole of the season besting Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen. Teammate Lewis Hamilton suffered more turmoil as his car experienced a power unit issue which relegated him to the back of the grid and will cause him to use his second engine of the 2016 season. It’s an unbelievable start for Hamilton and should helpRead More

Posted On April 16, 2016By Steve AibelIn Breaking News, Formula One, Headline News

Chinese Grand Prix: Practice 3

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Sebastian Vettel led a wet 3rd practice session where the majority of teams limited running to protect their cars for qualifying. Williams Valtteri Bottas took second position while the Force India of Sergio Perez took 3rd. The session saw the grid upended with teams such as Renault and Manor occupying top 10 positions in the wet session. Rain and standing water throughout the track limited running until midway through the session with only 14 drivers actually setting a time. Free Practice 3 Results Pos DriverRead More

Posted On April 15, 2016By Steve AibelIn Breaking News, Formula One, Headline News

Chinese Grand Prix: Practice 2

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The tables were upended in the second practice session as the two Ferrari’s took top positions in Shanghai at the Chinese Grand Prix. Mercedes took the next two positions with Lewis Hamilton stating that it looks like the red cars have the advantage. This does not bode well for Hamilton who will also suffer a 5 place grid penalty for changing the gearbox in his Mercedes. Kimi Raikkonen set the pace with Sebastian Vettel close behind in the second practice session. Raikkonen set his timeRead More

Posted On April 15, 2016By Steve AibelIn Breaking News, Formula One, Headline News

Chinese Grand Prix: Practice 1

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The great wall of Mercedes is being assembled at Shanghai International Circuit as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took the top two positions in the opening practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix. Points leader Rosberg took the top position by a slight margin over teammate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg, however, limped home with an engine issue at sessions end which could place him in a similar situation as Hamilton with a grid penalty if repair is needed on the engine. Two red flags halted the session asRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Round 3 of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship takes place this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit in China. Marking the 3/4 point of the opening set of flyway races, this circuit is top notch with many opportunities for overtaking and a mixture of low and high speed corners.  Built on swamp land and supported by underground concrete support structures, the circuit is a favorite of the teams and drivers. There are a few stories that will come to the forefront during this raceRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The onset of the 2016  season was filled with expectations from the most successful team in Formula 1. Ferrari has started more Grand Prix races than any other manufacturer, they have been in Formula 1 since the first season in 1950. Its drivers have more wins than any other constructor and it has more Constructor’s titles than any other member of the series. Ferrari is a worldwide sensation when it comes to the automobile industry but in the last few seasons, they have been chasing another… Mercedes! TheRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton led the opening practice session for Mercedes at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Rosberg set his flyer early in the session covering the field and again showcasing the dominance of the Mercedes package. Rosberg bested teammate Hamilton by almost .5 seconds while the spread to the rest of the field approached 2 seconds. The Ferrari pair sat midfield for most of the session until Kimi Raikkonen let the horses from the paddock and slotted into the third spot lateRead More