Mar 12, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT
The F1 rules have been largely stable since 2009. The current generation of cars use 2.4-liter V8 engines which produce around 750bhp.
This is enhanced by the addition of a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). This is basically a hybrid engine which gives drivers an extra 80bhp for up to 6.6 seconds per lap.
Another acronym which comes up often in F1 is DRS. The Drag Reduction System was introduced in 2011 to increase overtaking. It allows a driver to lower his rear wing and increase his top speed, but only on designated parts of the circuit and only when they’re within a second of the car in front.
F1′s engine specification has been ‘frozen’ for several years. That has led teams to focus on the aerodynamics of their cars as the best way of improving performance. And the undoubted masters of that at the moment are Red Bull.
Technical director Adrian Newey has been a key part of the team’s dominance of the past three seasons. His unending quest for performance has brought Red Bull in conflict with the sport’s rule makers on several occasions.
A team with the passion and heritage of Ferrari needs no introduction. They are the only outfit who’ve participated in every season of the world championship since its inauguration in 1950.
They wield immense political clout within the sport and their impatience at going four years without any championship silverware is clearly growing.
McLaren’s status as one of the sport’s top teams is belied by the fact that they haven’t won the constructors’ championship for 15 years. Their relationship with engine supplier Mercedes, which began in 1995, appears to be in its twilight phase.
Mercedes returned to F1 as a full factory team in 2010 but have only won one race since. The hiring of Lewis Hamilton from McLaren this year is a clear signal of their intentions.
The Lotus name appears in F1 but it is no longer connected to the sports car maker. The team which was known as Renault until last year have won championships before and are dark horse contenders for success this year.
Sauber mark the 20th anniversary of their arrival in F1 this year. The independent team owned by Peter Sauber is now run by F1′s first female team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn. Fellow independents Williams have multiple championships to their name and ended an eight-year winless streak last season.
Force India has two home races per year: the Indian Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix, the latter held at Silverstone circuit outside their factory gates.
The role of Toro Rosso in F1 is as a junior team for Red Bull who use it to evaluate potential drivers of the future.
There is room for 26 cars in Formula One at present, but only 22 of the spaces are filled. Three new teams entered F1 in 2010 but one of those, HRT, collapsed during the winter. Only Caterham and Marussia remain, and they are yet to score a point in three years.
May 18, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT
With rain delaying the start of Indianapolis 500 Pole Day time trials, INDYCAR Race Director Beaux Barfield told NBC Sports Network’s Kevin Lee that the qualifying format for today will be altered. Single-car qualifying has now been extended to 6 p.m. ET. Following a 30-minute break, the top nine qualifiers will be inverted for the…
May 18, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT
Taking notice of newer stadiums’ bigger amenities, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is targeting ways to improve the at-track experience for fans coming to this month’s Indianapolis 500 and its other events as well. Part of that effort has included the removal of almost 10 percent of the Brickyard’s seating capacity, most of that number coming…
May 18, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT
Indianapolis 500 rookie Conor Daly spoke to NBC Sports Network’s Will Buxton after his accident on Thursday. Daly was primed to get back out on Friday in his rebuilt No. 41 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda, but rain stopped the session before he had a chance. Still, Daly was upbeat on Saturday – he…
May 18, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT
When Marcus Smith unveiled a second $1 million bonus for the driver that can win all five segments of tonight’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, he passed along a notion from his father. “My dad, [Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO] Bruton Smith, says that three things motivate people – love, fear and money,” he said back in…
May 18, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT
In addition to being broadcast on the NBC Sports Network, this weekend’s time trials for the 97th Indianapolis 500 will also be streamed live online and on mobile devices through NBC Sports Live Extra. Coverage on both NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra begins today at 11 a.m. ET and will continue through the afternoon.…
May 18, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT
The final pre-qualifying practice is in the books for this year’s Indianapolis 500. There were faster speeds, more tows, and a new name atop the timesheets heading into Pole Day qualifying on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Live Extra, beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Will Power recorded the morning’s, and the month’s, fastest lap…
May 18, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT
UPDATE (10:35 a.m. ET): Katherine Legge will have a chance to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500 after all. She’ll take the reins of the third entry under the Sam Schmidt Motorsports stable, the second with the Schmidt Peterson designation along with rookie Tristan Vautier in the No. 55 car. Simon Pagenaud is in the…
May 18, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT
Former Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has admitted that he does not understand the drama surrounding Pirelli’s 2013 tire compounds. The Spanish driver last raced in Formula One in 2011, but he was dropped by the Italian team in favor of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, and he has not been linked to any…
May 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
Christian Horner has reiterated that Red Bull will not be making a decision about its driver line up until the summer break, despite speculation linking many drivers to Mark Webber’s seat at the team. Webber has appeared to be on his way out of Red Bull ever since the multi 21 fiasco at the Malaysian…
May 18, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT
As the Formula One circus makes its annual visit to Monaco next weekend, the number of distractions is at an all-time high: supermodels, yachts, film stars and billionaires become something of the norm. He may be at the back of the grid, but Marussia driver Max Chilton is sure of keeping himself grounded despite his new-found…
May 17, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT
Time will tell if Danica Patrick‘s career in stock car racing will be worthy enough to make her a NASCAR Hall of Fame driver. But the popular Sprint Cup rookie has already made her way into the Charlotte, N.C. museum as part of an exhibit that honors her for being the first woman to win…
May 17, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT
This year’s Indianapolis 500 will be the first since 1987 that will have two drivers — Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Helio Castroneves of Team Penske — try to become four-time winners of the world’s greatest race. But one of those competitors, Franchitti, insists that the chance to make history isn’t causing…
May 17, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT
With the name of the late short track legend Dick Trickle above the door of his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Carl Edwards claimed the pole for tomorrow night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards, who won the 2011 All-Star Race, topped the time sheets with a speed of 145.556 miles…
May 17, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT
Buddy Lazier, the 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion, began his refresher program Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lazier completed 18 laps on Friday so he didn’t finish the refresher program, which required him to pass the final two phases of the Rookie Orientation Program: 15 laps at 205-209 mph and 15 laps at 210 mph-plus.…
May 17, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT
Rain stopped play on “Fast Friday” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the last day of practice before qualifying for this year’s Indianapolis 500. Before the torrential downpour, which began at 3:19 p.m. local time, E.J. Viso set the fastest lap of the week – and for that matter, fastest lap in a decade – at…
May 17, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT
Force India’s deputy team principal Bob Fernley has said that the team must secure some strong double-scores in the upcoming races if they are to stay ahead of McLaren in the constructors’ championship. The team has made its best ever start to a Formula One season, currently lying 5th in the constructors’ championship ahead of…
May 17, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi may be turning many heads in the paddock with some stand-out performances for Marussia, but the Frenchman has revealed that racing in Monaco next weekend will be the realization of a life-long dream. “When I was nine or ten years old and used to go to watch the Monaco Grand Prix,…
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