Formula 1 is the most exclusive and expensive sport on the planet. Just 20 drivers will make up the grid for the 2017 season and, for the first time since 2006, one of them is Canadian.
Honda have caused no shortage of headaches for McLaren since the team switched to the Japanese engine manufacturer for the 2015 season. Now, following two disappointing pre-season tests, it appears McLaren are finally reaching the limits of their patience.
John Surtees, the 1964 Formula One world champion, died on Friday at age 83. Surtees won that title in a tense, see-saw affair in Mexico City, edging Graham Hill with a little help from Surtees’s ill-fated teammate, Lorenzo Bandini.
For the first time since 2006, there is a Canadian on the Formula One grid and, surprisingly, his last name isn’t Villeneuve. As a fellow Canadian, I feel it is my duty to chronicle Lance Stroll’s time in F1 in excruciating detail.
ESPN’s uniform critic Paul Lukas has a simple test for grading the appeal of a new or revised design: “Is it good or is it stupid?” Sadly, the revamp of Formula One’s technical regulations for 2017 has produced a bunch of cars that fall squarely on the “stupid” side of the equation.
It is now officially impossible to read an article about Liberty Media’s takeover of Formula One without at least one mention of the Super Bowl—but the analogy is imperfect, to say the least.
Finally—finally!—some common sense in the world of Formula One finances.