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Alanis King Alanis King Dec 04, 2019. 12 comments

Formula E Will Soon Be An FIA World Championship, Thank You Very Much

Formula E Will Soon Be An FIA World Championship, Thank You Very Much

When it comes to how fancy your racing series is under the FIA governing body, it depends on a short, five-letter word: “world.” Without that word, you’re just a championship. With it, you’re a world championship, like the all-electric FIA Formula E World Championship will be starting with the 2020-2021 season.

Apologies in advance to the driver who wins the title for the 2019-2020 season...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Oct 24, 2019. 22 comments

Renault Disqualified From The Japanese Grand Prix Over A Not-Totally-Illegal Braking Device

Renault Disqualified From The Japanese Grand Prix Over A Not-Totally-Illegal Braking Device

After almost a week and a half of deliberation, the FIA has decided that both of Renault F1 Teams’ cars should be disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix. The reason? A braking device on the car that wasn’t totally illegal was determined to be personally offensive to the FIA, who did not like it and decided to ban it.

If you’re confused, you’re not the only one! So let’s break this down in a...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Sep 26, 2019. 1 comments

Motorsport Fans Now Have Access To The FIA Database Of Race Results

Motorsport Fans Now Have Access To The FIA Database Of Race Results

While there are plenty of websites that offer a comprehensive list of racing results for a few different series, there really hasn’t been one official site developed by a sanctioning body itself. Until now, that is—the FIA is giving us all the info in a new site called Motorsport Stats.

I think the best part of this site is the fact that it doesn’t just contain results from FIA-sanctioned...

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Alanis King Alanis King Jul 17, 2018. 21 comments

Formula E Men Fined $6,000 for Wearing Wrong Underwear 

Formula E Men Fined $6,000 for Wearing Wrong Underwear 

Most jobs don’t designate the kind of underwear people have to wear, and those who work from home technically don’t have to wear any. (That’s probably true in offices, too, actually. Who’s going to know?) But two Formula E drivers are $6,000 poorer for wearing the wrong underwear to work over the weekend .

Right after winning the Formula E championship title, Jean-Eric Vergne got hit with a...

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Alanis King Alanis King Jul 11, 2018. 23 comments

Teammate-Wrecking F2 Driver Also Applied To Run A 'Make America Great Again' Decal On His Race Car

Teammate-Wrecking F2 Driver Also Applied To Run A 'Make America Great Again' Decal On His Race Car

Despite the team boss saying political ads weren’t allowed, Formula 2 driver Santino Ferrucci—who drew near-universal ire this weekend for running into his teammate after the race ended and holding a phone while driving from the support paddock to pit lane—and his family “insisted” on trying to run President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan on his race car. The request was denied by...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jun 16, 2018. 18 comments

More Details Come In On The Le Mans 2020 'Hypercar Class'

More Details Come In On The Le Mans 2020 'Hypercar Class'

Last week we got confirmation from the FIA that Le Mans will have a new top class in 2020 , with prototype design and road car looks, but the degree to which the class would balance on one side or the other remained unclear. Now we have a bit more detail on how this should all shake out.

Toyota, McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari And Ford Agree On Hypercar Design For Racing Prototypes

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jun 08, 2018. 21 comments

Toyota, McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari And Ford Agree On Hypercar Design For Racing Prototypes

Toyota, McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari And Ford Agree On Hypercar Design For Racing Prototypes

For the past few months, the top hypercar manufacturers and the FIA have been in talks to decide what the top class of sports car racing will look like at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and beyond. Their conclusion is to have a new level of freedom for hypercar design for LMP1 prototypes.

This is not a bad thing. For years now, prototypes have struggled to look anything like, you know, cars. Today’s...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Apr 15, 2018. 17 comments

Formula E Won't Have To Swap Cars Mid-Race Next Season

Formula E Won't Have To Swap Cars Mid-Race Next Season

Formula E’s new car for its fifth season, the Gen2, was released in January of this year and earned a pretty favorable reaction all across the board. Now, instead of just bodywork, we’re getting our first looks at what these cars will be able to do when they hit the track. One big change: an increase of battery capacity means that drivers are no longer going to have to leap from one car to...

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Alanis King Alanis King Mar 17, 2018. 19 comments

Why The Ferrari F1 Team Has The Power To Veto Series Rules

Why The Ferrari F1 Team Has The Power To Veto Series Rules

Since the 1980s, Ferrari has had veto power in Formula One—if it doesn’t like a rule the series or its governing body, the FIA, wants to implement, the team can step in and stop things. FIA president Jean Todt thinks Ferrari should lose that ability, which brings up the question of why the team has it in the first place.

Ferrari is one of 10 F1 teams and has the largest budget by far most...

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Patrick George Patrick George Feb 01, 2018. 24 comments

Formula E's New Race Car Actually Looks Pretty Awesome—And It Has A Halo

Formula E's New Race Car Actually Looks Pretty Awesome—And It Has A Halo

The all-electric Formula E bills itself as the future of motorsports. And despite the current lack of huge-name talent, noise and drama we expect from most forms of racing, automakers like Jaguar, Nissan, Audi and Porsche are all-in. Starting later this year, meet the car they’ll all race with.

Formula E—formally the ABB FIA Formula E Championship—unveiled the latest Gen2 car today, and it’s...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Dec 22, 2017. 18 comments

The FIA Doesn’t Deserve Pippa Mann But She Should Be There Anyway

The FIA Doesn’t Deserve Pippa Mann But She Should Be There Anyway

Pippa Mann, the fastest woman to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway , is opposed to the FIA’s appointment of Renault test driver Carmen Jorda to their Women In Motorsport Commission, and for very good reason. Recently Jorda has indicated an interest in creating what amounts to a ‘separate but equal’ Formula 1 series specifically for women, and does not believe that women can compete on a...

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Alanis King Alanis King Dec 09, 2017. 20 comments

International Motorsports Council Picks Worst Woman Possible To Represent Women

International Motorsports Council Picks Worst Woman Possible To Represent Women

The FIA, a motorsport governing body overseeing dozens of international series like Formula One, added a women’s commission in 2009—when the association was over a century old already—to talk about “girl stuff” like, oh, equality in racing. The commission just added Carmen Jorda, who is the antithesis of that.

While varying opinions are helpful, the goal of the FIA women’s commission, on...

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Alanis King Alanis King Nov 16, 2017. 9 comments

F1 Wants To Improve Its Security Procedures After Multiple Armed Robbery Attempts In Brazil

F1 Wants To Improve Its Security Procedures After Multiple Armed Robbery Attempts In Brazil

Staff from the Mercedes and Sauber Formula One teams, the FIA and Pirelli were all on the wrong end of “threatening situation[s]” during the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, causing a tire test in Brazil to get canceled and the FIA to call for an evaluation of F1’s security procedures at race tracks.

F1 officials and the FIA, F1’s governing body, announced Wednesday they’ll talk about security at...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Sep 19, 2017. 20 comments

Everyone's Least Favorite F1 Qualifying System Is Dead At Last

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Everyone's Least Favorite F1 Qualifying System Is Dead At Last

Phew. Formula One’s elimination qualifying format is officially dead after two unsuccessful attempts to make it work. The FIA formally approved the reversal to the 2015 qualifying format, reports the BBC. That was the last hurdle the reversal had to clear to go into action before the Chinese Grand Prix.

Formula One's Dumpster Fire Qualifying Drama Is Finally Over

Formula One’s having quite...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Sep 15, 2017. 13 comments

FIA Retires Number 17 From Formula One In Honor Of Jules Bianchi

FIA Retires Number 17 From Formula One In Honor Of Jules Bianchi

FIA president Jean Todt announced this morning that the number 17 will be retired from the Formula One World Championship in honor of the last driver to use it, Jules Bianchi. Bianchi passed away Friday following severe head injuries sustained at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.

The FIA’s statement read as follows:

As F1 car numbers are now personally chosen by each driver, the FIA believes...

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Alanis King Alanis King Aug 28, 2017. 24 comments

Playing Gran Turismo Sport Will Count Toward A Real Racing Career

Playing <i>Gran Turismo Sport</i> Will Count Toward A Real Racing Career

The days of the “Kids, quit playing video games and go outside!” stereotype may just be over, because the new Gran Turismo Sport video game could land those kids in a real race car. A new partnership with the FIA means that in-game progress can now count toward a racing license with the association.

Gran Turismo Sport doesn’t come out until November, so the stereotype is safe for a few more...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Aug 27, 2017. 23 comments

Billionaire Head Of Formula 1 Stands Up For Sepp Blatter And Also Corruption

Billionaire Head Of Formula 1 Stands Up For Sepp Blatter And Also Corruption

Formula One is among the top sports in the world, and it is headed by demented flop-haired muppet and megalomaniacal billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. Today he took some time to stand up for ex-FIFA head Sepp Blatter. And for raw, uncut corruption.

Bernie, who is best buds with Russian President Vladimir Putin and got out of a bribery trial using a $100 million bribe had this to say on Russian...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 20, 2017. 19 comments

The Dumb Formula One Qualifying Format Teams Voted To Kill Is Back Anyway

The Dumb Formula One Qualifying Format Teams Voted To Kill Is Back Anyway

If you needed a perfect illustration as to why the Grand Prix Drivers Association called Formula One out for its poor decision-making processes, here it is. The FIA put a tweaked version of the borked qualifying system up to a vote—not the system that the teams voted for —and thus, couldn’t get the agreement they needed from F1's stakeholders.

F1 Teams Unanimously Agree To Nuke New...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 20, 2017. 17 comments

FIA Approves Sale Of Formula One Revealing Potential Conflicts Of Interest

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FIA Approves Sale Of Formula One Revealing Potential Conflicts Of Interest

The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile unanimously approved the sale of Formula One to Liberty Media at a World Motor Sport Council meeting today, reports Racer. Why wouldn’t they approve it? As a shareholder in Formula One Group holding company Delta Topco, the sale gives the FIA a nice paycheck.

The FIA, which serves as the governing body over F1, received its one percent stake in...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 19, 2017. 10 comments

The UK Wants To Know If F1's $5 Million Payment To The FIA Violated The Bribery Act

The UK Wants To Know If F1's $5 Million Payment To The FIA Violated The Bribery Act

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is investigating a 2013 deal which gave the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile $5 million U.S. and a one percent stake in Formula One, reports the BBC. The SFO wants to know if F1 and the FIA violated the Bribery Act with the payment.

The deal, where the FIA says they were paid for their regulatory role over F1, was made between the FIA, F1’s teams...

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