Australian Grand Prix Tag

By Adam Tate, Managing Editor Despite their incredibly successful start to the season, Haas F1 Team plans to end development of the VF-16 sooner rather than later and switch their focus to the 2017 car. After becoming the first team to score points on debut since Toyota, Gene Haas is eager to allocate most of the new outfits resources into preparing for next season’s massive regulation changes which aim to bring faster cars, wider tires and the halo device. Other than some updates we have been working on, we are pretty much done withRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer In another flip flop decision, Formula 1 qualifying will NOT revert back to the old style format when the second round of the season happens in Bahrain. This decision stands in contrast to the recommendation of the team principals who voted to eliminate the new knock out style qualifying format after the qualifying disaster in Australia. It’s another instance of inconsistent messaging for the sport! The decision was made by the Formula 1 Strategy Group in a meeting Thursday morning and will need to be confirmedRead More
By Adam Tate, Managing Editor Formula One drivers have finally had enough. On the heels of some of the sports biggest stars criticizing recent moves by Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA, the GPDA: Grand Prix Drivers Association, has released a statement bashing recent decisions which jeopardize the future of the sport, like the recent qualifying fiasco in last weekend’s season opening Australian Grand Prix. According to GPDA chairman, Alex Wurz, the drivers have considered speaking up for some time, and it seems now is finally the moment. It couldn’t have comeRead More
By Adam Tate, Managing Editor Haas Formula One Team’s Romain Grosjean has earned F1’s first Driver of the Day award, following his historic sixth place finish in Sunday’s season opening Australian Grand Prix. The sixth place finish marked the first time a new Formula One team has scored on its debut since Mika Salo did so for Toyota in 2002. The fact that Haas as a smaller independent team has achieved a similar result makes it all the more commendable. Despite being significantly helped by the Red Flag break after theRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The Fernando Alonso accident at the Australian Grand Prix is a reminder of the danger faced by open wheel drivers each time they take to the circuit. In the case of Alonso, the discussion surrounding the crash centered on whether a Halo system would hinder driver extraction.  This is certainly a valid concern but looking earlier into the sequence of events tells a different story. In reviewing the accident frame by frame, a loose wheel flew dangerously close to Alonso’s head before the first wall impact.  FortunatelyRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer The Australian Grand Prix showed us exactly what is good, and what stands as opportunity, for Formula 1 racing.  In Melbourne’s Albert Park, we saw a disastrous qualifying session on Saturday followed by a race that showcased all the good that Formula 1 can be. With unexpected runners at the front, a highly competitive mid pack, drivers walking away safely after a very dangerous crash, and a new team scoring points on their debut, the looks of a great season are right in front of us. ButRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Max Verstappen was left frustrated at his Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. and the team’s strategy following the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Dutchman had a promising start to the race, maintaining fifth after a frantic start. However, the 18-year-old’s afternoon took a wrong turn following a restart after the red flag on lap 18. Verstappen endured a slow stop on lap 33, dropping in the running order and falling in behind Sainz. From there Verstappen was slowed by his teammate, which led toRead More
By Adam Tate, Managing Editor Nico Rosberg led home a Mercedes one-two finish from Albert Park in what was a madcap start the 2016 season. Despite the typical result of a Mercedes double podium, the circuitous route the race took to its conclusion proved entertaining, terrifying and intense. The plot thickened before the race ever got underway as Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull succumbed to electrical gremlins by stalling on the way to his grid position. The team ran to remove the car while the rest of the field embarked upon aRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The new qualifying format that Formula One implemented for the start of the 2016 season has been scrapped after teams and the FIA met following a horrendous qualifying session on Saturday for the Australian Grand Prix. The live-elimination system has been ditched in favor of the previous format that will be used for the next round in Bahrain. The rule change will still need to be approved by the Strategy Group and F1 Commission before it can be sent to the World Motor Sport Council, asRead More
By Adam Tate, Managing Editor Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the Australian Grand Prix with a stunning 1 minute, 23.837 lap around the Albert Park circuit to reach career pole number 50. It was about the only true excitement of the session as F1’s controversial new qualifying format completely imploded. Q1 had barely begun and the field was immediately thrown into chaos as teams struggled to cope with the elimination countdown clock. Many drivers complained as they were on good laps, but the 90 second countdown clock nullified theirRead More