Stoffel Vandoorne Tag

By Adam Tate, Managing Editor 1:29.493, the lap Lewis Hamilton put in to claim pole position today at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit to beat team mate Nico Rosberg is the fastest lap ever recorded here. Faster than the mighty V10 era cars, faster than the V8’s, faster than Mark Webber’s 2005 lap record of 1:29.527 set in a Williams with a roaring V10. Hamilton was thrilled with the time and called it “sexy.” F1 might not have to change as much as they thought for 2017 to make the cars faster thanRead 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
By Adam Tate, Managing Editor Fernando Alonso has not been cleared to race at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend. The two-time champ has been sidelined by FIA doctors after the scary crash he had with Haas F1’s Esteban Gutierrez in the season opening Australian Grand Prix. The announcement does not come as a shock as Alonso withstood over 40G’s in one of the most violent crashes in recent memory. Alonso has further revealed that he has a broken rib and a lung issue called a pneumothorax, where air gets trappedRead More

Posted On February 23, 2016By Josh FarmerIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Rossi officially makes IndyCar switch

by Josh Farmer, IndyCar reporter Alexander Rossi has been officially confirmed as the driver of the #98 Andretti Autosport Honda for the upcoming 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Rossi will get his first laps in an IndyCar during a rookie test next Tuesday at the Sebring International Raceway, rather than this weekend’s series test at the Phoenix International Raceway. “I’m very much looking forward to making my IndyCar Series debut this season and am proud to be racing with a team of such high caliber and pedigree as that of Andretti Autosport,” saidRead More

Posted On February 15, 2016By Adam TateIn Breaking News, Formula One, Headline News

Vandoorne to Super Formula

By Adam Tate, Managing Editor McLaren-Honda protege, Stoffel Vandoorne, fresh off his domination of the 2015 GP2 championship is set to race in Japanese Super Formula for the 2016 season. While he awaits his eventual F1 debut, Honda will have the 23 year old Belgian drive for their Docomo Dandelion team in what are the world’s top spec racers. Outside of Formula One and perhaps IndyCar, Super Formula cars are the quickest in the world. Audi’s WEC superstar and brief F1 racer for Caterham, Andre Lotterer finished third in last year’sRead More
By Adam Tate, Managing Editor McLaren-Honda protege Stoffel Vandoorne topped the time sheets today from Yas Marina in Pirelli’s 12 hour endurance test of its new ultra soft tire compounds. All ten teams tested several unmarked varieties of tire that may or may not become Pirelli’s go to pick for next years most agressive tire compound. The so called ultra softs will be used mainly on street circuits in a bid to decrease lap times, increase the number of pit stops and spice up the on track action. “Whether this willRead More
Team boss Eric Boullier has stated that McLaren “intends” to keep longtime F1 veteran Jenson Button for 2016. McLaren has an option on the 2009 world champion’s contract, but also has two youthful talents waiting in the wings in Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne. Both have made a case to be in a second car for McLaren, let alone another team on the grid, which is something Boullier and company might be entertaining. Similar to putting a player on loan in soccer, McLaren may put a transfer fee on theRead More