Racing summary: strange, isn’t it? — that some F1 teams go from zeros to heroes

Once upon a time, before Montreal’s Lawrence Stroll bought Aston Martin, he and others, but particularly the driver, Sergio Perez, took over the team called Force India. Everything looked good, but one thing was missing: they were short of money.

They went out qualifying at Spa in 2009, and this distressed team that started life as Jordan and later became Midland (owned by a Canadian), Spyker, Racing Point and Aston Martin cars lit up. And he looks to see if Giancarlo Fisichella doesn’t come out and win pole. In over 200 races, this team hadn’t exactly won anything. They managed to get on the podium six times, but that was it. Oh, and that pole.

Something was happening at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park that weekend and I was sitting next to my friend from the Toronto Sun, Dean (the Dean of Speed). “Watch this?” Said.

Said Dean, “They must think we’re really gullible.”

This sort of thing doesn’t happen very often in F1 but face it folks, it does happen. It has happened in NASCAR and, some say, IndyCar. The reason is money, usually. A team owner once prevented a driver from winning a race because he had been bribed to prevent the car from finishing. And one owner trusted himself that he would lead the first lap. And a team that hadn’t gone anywhere suddenly couldn’t be beat and you have to ask yourself, what was up there?

Ditto Ferrari in Bahrain this weekend. They hadn’t done anything since 2019. Now they go out and surprise everyone. Charles Leclerc wins the race and Carlos Sainz Jr. was second. Lewis (guess who?) Hamilton finished third.

This has been a part of life, with more than a little truth.

The master of this trade, of course, was Flavio Briatore, who was in charge of Benetton clothing stores and the eponymous F1 team. He was a card. He was once speaking on TV during Martin Brundle’s grid walk and said: “And we’ve got Ferrari on pole, which is always good for business.” That got people talking. Not in a good way either.

By the way, Briatore was at the Bahrain race on Sunday. Two members of the royal family were also there, both daughters of the disgraced Prince Andrew. . . . .

Why can’t F1 do things that are out of the ordinary, like IndyCar and NASCAR? The F1 race started, the first car went to the pits, the second car, etc. And so on. Our Nicholas Latifi is not having a good year. He finished Sunday the nineteenth. So, let’s give you a little help. He cuts off the car’s fuel at first. Go like hell with a lighter fuel load. Then park and squeeze as much fuel as you can into that car. Go as hard as you can on that full load of fuel. Niki won’t win that race, but I guarantee you he won’t finish 10th. . . . .

Verstappen came close to stalling at first, but managed to push through. Otherwise he would have been fried. . . . .

Two things I hate: the phrase space race, which means speed. And DRS, which is artificial. (Jimmy Clark used to have to fight his way through an opponent; there was no DRS for him.) . . .

As the race began, the announcers were raving about how great it was that Haas and Ken Magnussen were near the front. And I think this is a subtle shot at Michael Andretti.


“It’s a shame we weren’t able to fight for points today, but we will benefit from completing our first race and understanding more about these new regulations,” suggested Lance Stroll. “It’s early days and there’s a lot to learn about how we can get more performance in time for the race in Saudi Arabia next weekend. My initial impression is that it could be an exciting season of racing because you seem to be able to follow the cars more closely and today I had great battles with Albon and Schumacher.

“It was a difficult day and it is clear that we are not starting as strong as we would have liked,” said Nicholas Latifi. “We have been lacking pace, struggling with general grip, balance and tire degradation, so we need to figure out how to extract more from the package we have now and have real drive to react as soon as possible to bring something more. speed to the car.


At the Sebring 12 Hours, Earl Bamber won the 70th Mobil 12 Hours Presented by Advance Auto Marks. He was driving a Cadillac DPi with Alex Lynn. Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nick Catsburg, driving a Corvette, drove a Corvette to win the GT PRO class.

When Josef Newgarden won the IndyCar race in spectacular style Sunday afternoon at Texas, he became one of 56 drivers to contribute to Penske Racing’s 600 wins. Scott McLaughlin was second and Marcus Ericsson third. However, the real winner was Jimmie Johnson. He finished sixth and was very good.

Here’s something. Maria Sharapova and Michael Schumacher have been charged with fraud as a result of a complaint. An Indian woman accused athletes of fraud for taking money for a housing project and then not building the project and keeping the money for herself.