Bad-tempered Verstappen ordered to do public service for Ocon shove

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Formula 1 stewards have ordered Red Bull driver Max Verstappen to do two days’public service after a race collision with Force India’s Esteban Ocon that cost him victory in Brazil on Sunday. Verstappen was leading at Interlagos and was trying to overtake back-marker Ocon but the they collided and Verstappen spun…

McLaren+Alonso heading for 2019 Indianapolis 500

AUSTIN, Texas – McLaren’s Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso (37) will for the second time race in the iconic American Indianapolis 500 in May 2019, a race he led in 2017 until his engine gave in. He will also drive for Toyota in the World Endurance championship after quitting F1 at the end of…

Hamilton says he’ll be racing for more F1 titles

LONDON, England – Lewis Hamilton has admitted that Michael Schumacher’s record 91 Formula 1 wins and seven championship titles are his targets – but also brushed aside any suggestion he might be already be the greatest. He won the 2018 Mexican F1 GP to become only the third to reach Schumie’s milestone since the first…

Mexico finish adds Hamilton to F1’s greatest champions

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrated his fifth Formula 1 World championship on Sunday (Oct 29 2018) to match those of three other greats after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Mexican GP a second consecutive time. Hamilton matched the five titles of late 1950’s Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio; his target now…

Red Bull pair will charge off together for ’18 Mexico F1 GP

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo thwarted Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen’s hope of becoming Formula 1’s youngest-yet pole-starter here on with a lightning qualifying lap ahead of the Mexican GP. Verstappen, 21,  and the 2017 race-winner, had dominated all three practice sessions and was on provisional pole before the final flying…

Sainz says Alonso quitting F1 will hurt the sport

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Two-times World Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso’s leaving the annual series will reflects badly on the sport, fellow. That’s Spaniard driver Carlos Sainz’ opinion, anyway, as Reuters reports. Four years have not seen Alonso, now 37, has had four years with McLaren, which team hasn’t won a race since 2012. His most recent…

Vettel in a tizz over puzzle of his spins

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, in Mexico for this weekend’s Formula 1 GP,  believes his car’s aerodynamics, not his driving, have caused his series of embarrassing spins. He’s lost control of his car three times in the previous five races while battling for track position and a solution is urgent – given…

F1 legend Lauda out of hospital after lung transplant

VIENNA, Austria – Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda (69) has left Vienna’s General Hospital and is in ”good general condition” more than two months after a six-hour lung transplant. The Austrian motor racing legend’s condition was described as “extremely critical” at the time of the surgery. The hospital said he will undergo ”several weeks” of…

Flying Kimi puts Lewis’ title back another race

AUSTIN, Texas – Is Lewis Hamilton dragging out the season for the last three races because he wants Formula 1 punters to get a fair deal for their paid-for-already tickets? It looked that way as the American F1 GP played out on the Texan flatlands’ Circuit of the Americas on Sunday (Oct 21 2018) as…

Vettel’s cowboy driving gives Hamilton pole in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has moved within reach of his fifth Formula 1 title with yet another pole start, this time for the US F1 GP. Arch-rival Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will be way back in fifth but his team mate Kimi Raikkonen will start alongside him. Should Hamilton take the title he…

Vettel’s fastest Friday won’t count as grid penalties mount up

SOCHI, Russia – Ferrari’s trailing Formula 1 title contender Sebastian Vettel was fastest in first practice on the seaside Sochi track on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Russian F1 GP. Helping him in the race will be the sad fact that about a quarter of the 20-car grid will have a penalty facing them as the…

‘Erratic’ Perez gets F1 broadside from team boss

SINGAPORE – Formula 1’s Force India team boss Otmar Szafnauer, Reuters reports, has ”read the Riot Act” to driver Sergio Perez. Why? Reuters says he was describing Perez’ ”erratic performance” during the September 2018 Singapore Grand Prix as “unacceptable” after the Mexican pushed team mate Estaban Ocon into the track wall. ‘THERE WAS ENOUGH ROOM…’…