Formula Oppo: The Chi-Chi's Grand Prix of The Republic of Texas

Why howdy there, partners! Welcome to the 17th round of Formuler Oppo, Oppersitelock's strange and fanciful F1 nose pickery. Now circle the wagons and come gather 'round the campfire, cause y'all in for a treat here in the People's RE-pub-lick of Tex-Ass where the only two things that come from here are steers and… » 10/29/14 9:32pm Yesterday 9:32pm

F1 cars are 8 seconds slower than 10 years ago.

Even before it really started, this F1 season has been loaded with negative emotions from the fans, the teams and everyone else somewhat involved with Formula One. And yet, we have seen spectacular racing, both between the silver arrow drivers and their rivals of Red Bull, Ferrari and Williams. What we didn't see is… » 10/23/14 12:41pm 10/23/14 12:41pm

What Would a Realistic Closed-Cockpit Formula 1 Car Look Like?

After Jules Bianchi's crash at Suzuka, talk has skyrocketed in the debate for adding a closed cockpit to Formula 1 cars. In this video, Craig Scarborough talks through his interpretation, noting safety concerns and aerodynamic consequences/benefits. » 10/19/14 10:23pm 10/19/14 10:23pm

How good is Vettel without a dominating car?

There comes that point in an F1 driver's career where you start to desire enhancing your scrutiny of their apparent skill to scrutinizing how apparently skilled they really are. It comes around pretty consistently when the guy changes cars. In the case of Sebastian Vettel, F1 fans are undeniably questioning how much… » 10/14/14 7:58am 10/14/14 7:58am

[Discussion] What do you think Alonso's plans for 2015 are?

As if the annual Formula 1 silly season isn't crazy enough, this year has been even more insane than normal with the sports' biggest drivers deciding on their futures and potentially changing teams. By now, we've all heard that Sebastian Vettel is leaving Red Bull, but despite Christian Horner stating that the 4-time… » 10/13/14 5:17pm 10/13/14 5:17pm

Lotus F1 Team to be powered by Mercedes engines in 2015

A few hours ago, the Lotus F1 team has revealed that their 2015 F1 car will no longer be powered by Renault engines, and that they are switching to Mercedes power plants. This means that Mercedes will continue to provide engines for four teams (Mercedes AMG Petronas, Sahara Force India, Williams Martini Racing, and… » 10/09/14 2:32pm 10/09/14 2:32pm

Bianchi's crash really affects the whole F1 field emotionally.

The body language and generally depressing atmosphere at the press conference 4 days after the accident gives us an insight how much a heavy crash of a colleague really impacts the mood of modern F1 drivers. Also, while I understand having Seb, Nando, Kvjat, Button and Masse at the conference - who on earth made Sutil… » 10/09/14 12:50pm 10/09/14 12:50pm

Technically Formula 1 - Russian Grand Prix

Technical innovation is what makes Formula 1 so different from any other form of racing. The on track action is as much played out by the engineers and aerodynamicists as it is the drivers. We are here to admire, study, and discuss this beauty that exists on the ragged edge of what we think is possible, or at least… » 10/08/14 7:41pm 10/08/14 7:41pm

Video of Bianchi's crash (warning: graphic!)

A video, filmed from the grandstands, has emerged, and it shows the sheer violence of the hit. If you don't feel that it's right to watch it, don't click on it, it might be hard to swallow. Edit: FOM already took it down, but I found a reupload. In case the video is blocked again, here are a few screengrabs by McMike. » 10/06/14 10:14am 10/06/14 10:14am