Goodwood Festival of Speed’s F1 treats

Reigning Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg will be among the motor racing stars at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 29 – July 2). He will be roaring up the famous Goodwood Hill on Sunday July 2 in his 2014 Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, while Russian Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas will take …

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Jorge Lorenzo admits F1 ambitions

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MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has confessed that he would relish the opportunity to drive a Formula One car.

Lorenzo has flirted with four-wheeled racing, testing an old-spec GP2 car with Spanish team Addax in Valencia back in 2012, before he won his second MotoGP World Championship. With two more World Championships under his belt, the Spaniard confessed he’d love the opportunity to have a go in a Formula One car.

“I have tried my hand in GP2. One of my oldest dreams is to try my hand in Formula 1,” the 28-year-old told the Big News Network.

“So who knows, may be one day in the future I will race in Formula 1. But obviously I also cannot leave MotoGP because it is my passion. I am what I am because of MotoGP and I still have a lot to do in the sport.”

Lorenzo wouldn’t be the first MotoGP rider to try his hand at Formula One should he be presented with a chance to take a test. Valentino Rossi famously turned down the opportunity to become a test driver with Ferrari after testing a car in Barcelona. Whilst Mick Doohan crashed the Williams he was testing after winning final 500cc title in 1998 whilst testing in Barcelona.

On the other side of the fence, reigning Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton confessed he would love to test a MotoGP bike back in August. Hamilton, also a three-time World Champion in his respective discipline said: “I’d also love to test a MotoGP bike just to see what it’s like. Naturally I’d know the lines but I’d love to know if I could even do it.”

Monster Energy sponsors both the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team and the Mercedes Formula One team, could we see a switch of machinery between the Spaniard and the Brit in 2016? Only time will tell. 


Jules Bianchi involved in major crash

Jules Bianchi has been taken to hospital after being involved in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi crashed on lap 43 of the race at Turn 7, just one lap after Adrian Sutil had gone off the track at the same point, and his Marussia car hit the recovery vehicle. The incident was not caught on the TV world feed but soon after the safety car was deployed along with the medical car to the scene of the accident.

The FIA confirmed Bianchi was unconscious and taken to hospital by ambulance soon after the race, although further details about his condition are not know.


The driver is not conscious. He has been sent to the hospital by ambulance as the helicopter cannot go in these conditions,” said FIA media chief Matteo Bonciani. “Further updates will follow. For now we cannot say anything.”

“I had aquaplaning at this corner and the rain got more and more, the visibility less and less,” Sutil explained.

“One lap later with waved yellow flags Jules came around and had the same spin. It was more or less the same crash, but the outcome was a bit different. The tractor came out to rescue my car, and then it all happened.

“It hit him hard. That is all I can say. I have no information about how he is but I really hope for him that it is all OK. My thoughts are with him. I was just standing there. We know that it is serious at the moment.”

To further update, Bianchi has been placed in the intensive care unit at the Mie General Hospital. A CT scan has shown that he has suffered server head injuries and was unconscious from the moment of impact too his placement in hospital. Bianchi has undergone surgery and will remain in intensive care.

The Mie General Hospital will release a statement once further information becomes available.


Merc, Lewis, Nico- A big, hot mess we all want right?

The race in Belgium may be over but the controversy isn’t. Lewis Hamilton has been sharing his thoughts on the collision between himself and his teammate suggesting that Nico Rosberg admitted that his actions were deliberate. Hamilton says he isn’t sure how to approach the upcoming race at Monza as his trust in Rosberg may be eroded.

Lewis has shared details on the team meetings and says that Nico was still upset over Hungary and even intimated that Rosberg was furious with team bosses Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe.

Now, all of this is certainly one man’s view and you can assume it’s meant to destabilize Rosberg and the team by heaping scorn on the German after his own team bosses publicly expressed disdain for Nico’s actions on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix. Fair enough, fans always say they want drivers to be less corporate-gagged shills and more vocal like they were in the past so I say good on Lewis for kicking some sand and ramping up the rhetoric.

What I do find interesting it the difference in the way the team are handling the situation versus other drama or scandals in the past with other teams. If you consider 2013’s Multi 21 incident by Red Bull teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, you get a distinctly different approach from the team on how to handle a scandal.

In the aftermath of the the Multi 21 incident that saw Vettel ignore team orders and pass Mark Webber for the win in the Malaysian Grand Prix, team boss Christian Horner was balanced and even though he may have not been happy with Vettel, he kept the temperature cool and offered some balance to both sides of the equation suggesting that Webber knows it is not a conspiracy and Vettel knows he was in the wrong.

Mercedes, by comparison, immediately lashed out at Rosberg, apologized to Hamilton then tried to put a can on Hamilton’s public assertions that Nico deliberately crashed into him and have now backpedaled to the point of suggesting they will wait until things cool down before making further comments.

Hamilton, feeling emboldened by his team bosses actions, was not going to let this incident drift into obscurity as he took the opportunity to tell the world what he really thought about Nico’s actions and intent. Again, they are locked in a battle for a world championship so unsettling your teammate and having the bosses assumed endorsement and favor helps those matters quite nicely.

Nico has responded by trying to take the high road on the issue but that leaves him looking even guiltier than he already is of making a move that wasn’t going to stick. Hamilton said he was deliberate and now is questioning his integrity as a man via the “trust” comment and Nico is sitting still. I say let them at it. Refute Hamilton’s allegations and let’s get this all-out war for the title on the road!

Didn’t we, fans, say we wanted less corporate sterility in our drivers and more panache? If so, then Lewis is living up to expectations but Nico isn’t. Lewis is nailing it! On the flip side of the coin, Nico may be very cunning in that he’s not taking the bait from Lewis and refuses to get rattled over a move that he took which didn’t quite pan out the way he had hoped. Just like Lewis did on Mass in Singapore in 2011 or Button last year. In his mind it’s a racing incident so why allow Lewis to make it something more than what it was.

Either way, pop some popcorn and watch the fur fly as the 2014 season boils down to a war on track and a war in the press as Hamilton and Rosberg try to beat each other on and off the circuit. Merc needs to be slightly careful here, they have a three-year deal with Nico they just signed and Lewis only has one year left on his contract.

Via formula1blog

JPM: F1 should look to Indycar for inspiration

It’s clearly summer break in Formula 1 when Indycar driver Juan Pablo Montoya (JPM) starts lecturing Formula 1 on how to fix its issues. According to JPM, F1 needs to be more like American Indycar in order to cure its ills. AUTOSPORT has the call:

“[But to get fans engaged,] they ought to look at IndyCar. I think IndyCar does the best job of looking after its fans.

“It’s very different [for fans], just walking around seeing the cars. In the garage in NASCAR, the drivers are never there.

“The cars are there but the drivers are always in the motorhome. F1, [the paddock] is always closed. It’s so complicated. There is no right answer.

“But the people that best understand it … NASCAR is the best at understanding that at the end of the day it’s a show.

“Formula 1, being very European, they think it’s a sport. And it is a sport. But the way it’s played … the fans have to like it.”

I’m not sure I could disagree more, JPM. I would argue that F1’s attempt at becoming a “show” is the very thing that’s hurting it. It is a sport and should be treated as such. I would go as far as to suggest that growth for growth’s sake in F1 is not really something they should be looking at when the series generates over $1.1 billion in revenue with a massive take-away by the commercial rights holder for its investors.

F1 is also about TV revenue. With twenty races ran in far-flung corners of the earth, it’s biggest revenue and series impact isn’t really fan access to paddock areas, garages and more. Not that any of this is bad, mind you, but that isn’t the reason F1 is losing viewers. At best you could argue its contributory to some of the reason for waning viewers but not the biggest confluence of issues.

One thing JPM did say is that F1 needs to fix the sound of the cars and I do believe this is a bigger issue for many but not all. The new format just isn’t resonating and as we mentioned on our rantcast, whether this can contributed to a lack of thorough explanation on F1’s part or not is up to you to determine.

My hunch is that the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) program may be one of the few that truly set out to be a show and succeeded in it’s goal with large viewership—although that’s now waning as well. Other sports that have tried to leave the sporting aspect in the penumbra of “the show” have seen a decline. NASCAR amongst them.

To Indycar’s credit, they’ve avoided the artifices and show-spicing concepts that have damaged other sports—although they have their own issues that are hurting their sport. They do give fans more access to the series whether that be paddock access or online content.

JPM isn’t wrong in that there are things to be learned from Indycar but he isn’t right either. F1 is a different beast with dramatically bigger stakes and F1 should look across all motor sport to see what is and isn’t working. They should start, not with Indycar, but the WEC for clues.