“Anyone can use a sim to take a leap into real life racing”: Rudy van Buren on the blending of virtual and real motorsport

Rudy van Buren poses in his firesuit as McLaren's official Formula One simulator driver. (McLaren photo) The rise of eSports has been prolific in the past decade, with gamers earning millions of pounds for triumphing in virtual competition. In Autumn 2017, the virtual sport took hold of Formula One, as McLaren

“The idea that women can’t be as good as a man at driving a Formula One car is purely socially constructed.” Dr Paolo Aversa on why there are no female drivers in F1

One more Formula One season starts tomorrow and once more, there are no women competing on the circuit. The Formula One world is a male-dominated sport. How many women do you remember making it into F1? I will help, six. Only six women have driven during Prix weekends and of those just two participated in the

“Since 2008 almost one third of the world’s viewers have left the sport”: Dr Paolo Aversa, on why F1 ban grid girls

March 25th Melbourne, Australia. The new Formula One season is around the corner, but in the last months, Formula One's world has not been focusing all their attention on the upcoming races, but grid girls. Grid girls, who for the first time, will not work on the F1 circuit, after being replaced by kids. The decision was taken by the new owners of Formula One – Liberty Media. Putting

“I always relate it to a house:” Hamilton on the new surface in Barcelona

Hamilton addresses the media on Thursday night after the first week of testing was complete. (James Pike photo) MONTMELÓ, Spain – As a four-time and defending Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton has a bit of luxury room to work with entering 2018. Knowing that his Mercedes will be quick has

When winning isn’t enough: upcoming Formula One stars on a rocky way to success

Never before have children been under so much pressure to perform. The world seems to be turning faster than ever and our children are rolling with it. Young footballers, for example, make debuts at the age of 16. Formula One is heading towards a similar direction. Ena Bilobrk spoke to

Charles Leclerc on his first day as an F1 driver

Leclerc speaks to the media after his first day as an F1 driver. (James Pike photo) MONTMELÓ, Spain – It is all a bit new for Sauber F1 Team’s Charles Leclerc. Charles Leclerc had a first go as Sauber’s new Formula One driver during the first week of Formula One preseason testing

Formula One Uncovered: Countdown to season 2018

The countdown to the 2018 Formula One season has officially started, with both Haas and Williams revealing their new cars this week. The sport has slowly begun coming out of hibernation revealing more and more pieces of information about this season.  While we’ve been kept in the dark over the past few

Brave New World: Italians Giglioli and Brioni Embrace F1 Esports Series Success

Tiziano Brioni (left) and Gianfranco Giglioli will both race to become the first F1 Esports Series champion in Abu Dhabi. (James Pike photo) Given their rich history in Formula 1, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Italy are well represented in the Finals of the inaugural Formula 1 Esports Series. Gianfranco Giglioli and Tiziano Brioni both

Together: Brothers Soltunc Competing And Supporting Each Other In F1 Esports Series Finals

Salih (left) and Sonuc Saltunc are the first pair of brothers to qualify for the inaugural F1 Esports Series Finals in Abu Dhabi. (James Pike photo) For most of the competitors in this weekend's F1 Esports Series Finals, the competition has been about individual performance. But from the start, Sonuc and Salih Saltunc have done it together. The Saltunc brothers, who

The Mechanic Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley reveals the secret world of the F1 pit lane

The groundbreaking book The Mechanic: The secret world of the F1 pit lane by Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestly manages to teleport his reader so vividly back to 2008 - when Hamilton earned his first title with McLaren - that the atmosphere and emotions in Mexico seemed within one’s grasp. In his first book, McLaren’s former