The Formula One calendar is never stable, with races added and subtracted nearly every season. This year, for example, instead of India and South Korea, the traveling circus returned to Austria for the first time in 10 years and will make its debut in Russia in October.
They came close in Bahrain. Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg might have done it in Canada, but for Mercedes reliability issues. Then, it finally happened last weekend in Belgium—the fastest race lap, set by Rosberg, was quicker than the fastest lap at the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo took advantage of a collision between the two Mercedes cars on Sunday to steal a shocking victory at the Belgian Grand Prix. The Aussie has won three of the last six races and is 64 points behind Nico Rosberg, the championship leader.
After a month-long break, Formula One is back! Even better, the first race after the summer break is the fan—and driver—favourite Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Here are 10 key facts about the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to help get you ready for the race.
With F1 shutting down for the summer holiday, there was not a ton of real news for the last few weeks. Here are a few fun pieces I published during the break.
Based on their respective budgets and Constructors’ point totals, I calculated which teams are getting the best return on their investments so far this season. Likewise, using each driver’s salary, I analysed which drivers are providing the best return to their teams.
Rumours of a new grand prix in the former Soviet satellite Azerbaijan were confirmed in the week before the Hungarian Grand Prix. Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone told Forbes’ Christian Sylt that the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, on the Caspian Sea, will host a race in 2016.