With a stop in Europe before the circus heads stateside, some of the mid pack teams make real developmental progress on their cars. In America, both Indycar and IMSA put on spectacular shows on May 1st.
Red Bull resurges in a big way, collecting near maximum points
Ferrari falters, on home soil no less
Good show by McLaren, in both Formula 1 and Indycar!
Ricky Taylor and Wayne Taylor Racing put on a Clinic at Laguna Seca.
Pato O’Ward wins at Barber in Alabama For Arrow McLaren SP
As constructors start to sort out their cars and better understand underlying issues, we see a tightening and thrilling mid-pack battle as some teams start to flirt with the front. Reliability is still a concern, as are sorting out which drivers have the best grip on this new F1 era.
It’s official, Formula 1 added a third Grand Prix to the United States calendar in 2023, this one a Saturday night street race in Las Vegas, Nevada. We also catch up on IMSA and WEC racing. And touch on Indycar as well.
Though his teammate, Sergio Perez, started from pole, and Ferrari looked strong all weekend, Verstappen took the trophy in a thrilling weekend. Mercedes continues to struggle, Alpine and Alfa Romeo fight in the mid-pack, as does Haas.
Led by Charles LeClerc, Ferrari took victory at the inaugural Grand Prix of 2022 in Bahrain, with teammate Carlos Sainz not far behind in second place. It proved a breath of fresh air to see a non-Mercedes with such pace. Will the Silver Arrows team recover? Lewis Hamilton did reach the final step of the podium, but largely by benefitting from Red Bull Racing’s engine trouble. Needless to say, there’s lots to talk about.
In a thrilling February season start, the sophomore Penske driver took the checkered flag at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix from pole position. Formula 1 completed its first official three-day test session with Mercedes claiming the fastest lap. The Russian Grand Prix is in serious jeopardy. And much more.
The cars look different than last year and different from each other. And, as I write this, the first day of testing is under way. Chris Roche and I also dive into Formula 1 news as well as upcoming Indycar and IMSA events.