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F1 Car Bursts Into Flames
Race Car Bursts Into Flames

Race Car Bursts Into Flames

Driver Romain Grosjean is stuck inside for nearly 10 seconds

(Newser) - Formula One driver Romain Grosjean appeared to escape with minor burns after his car crashed and burst into flames moments after the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday the AP reports. The 34-year-old French driver slid off the track on the first lap and his Haas car burst...

Formula One Official Suggests Exposing Drivers to Coronavirus

He says the idea 'was not accepted positively'

(Newser) - With motorsport halted by the coronavirus pandemic, a top racing official in Europe has suggested that drivers pass the time by becoming infected with the coronavirus. Helmut Marko, an adviser to the Formula One team Red Bull, told Austrian public broadcaster ORF that drivers could get together to build immunity...

Breathing Aid That Takes Years to Develop Done in 100 Hours

The Mercedes F1 team lent its expertise

(Newser) - Formula One team Mercedes has helped to develop a breathing aid that could keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care and ease some pressure on Britain’s strained health service. As part of a combined effort involving seven Britain-based teams, Mercedes worked with engineers at the University College London and...

F1 Champ, Airline Founder Niki Lauda Dies at 70
F1 Legend Niki Lauda Dies
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F1 Legend Niki Lauda Dies

He won 2 titles after surviving horrific crash

(Newser) - Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. The Austria Press Agency quoted Lauda's family as saying...

F1 Racing Director Dies Suddenly
Shock, Dismay Over
F1 Racing Death

Shock, Dismay Over F1 Racing Death

Fans, drivers mourn F1 racing director Charlie Whiting

(Newser) - Formula One racing director Charlie Whiting has died suddenly, causing shock and dismay among drivers, team bosses, and fans. The 66-year-old Englishman, who had a connection to F1 dating back to 1977, died in Melbourne from a pulmonary embolism on Thursday, three days before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the...

Ex-Racing Champ Makes 'Incredible' Find in Outback

Larry Perkins discovers explorer's gear, lost a century ago

(Newser) - Larry Perkins once preferred the racetrack. But for the last six years, the retired Formula One driver has been cruising around the Australian Outback, following the footsteps of explorers. What he found on his latest venture, 18 months in the making, might crown all his other achievements. Winning car races...

Aussies' Racy Stunt at F1 Race Ends Badly

Government adviser among those arrested in Malaysia

(Newser) - Nine Australians, including a government adviser, have been arrested in Malaysia for stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes after Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo won the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix, officials tell the AP . Government officials say Jack Walker, adviser to Defense Industry Minister Chris Pyne,...

F1 Chief's Mother-in-Law Rescued From Kidnappers

She was found unharmed near Sao Paulo

(Newser) - Brazilian police said Sunday they rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone from two men on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. According to police, 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who had been held since Friday last week, was not harmed in the operation conducted by Sao Paulo's anti-kidnapping...

Kidnappers Demand $36.5M for Rich Guy's Mother-in-Law

Bernie Ecclestone faces paying a hefty ransom for wife's mom

(Newser) - Criminals hoping for a share of Bernie Ecclestone's fortune have reportedly kidnapped the racing billionaire's mother-in-law in Brazil. Local media say the criminals, in touch with the 85-year-old Formula One head, are demanding $36.5 million—the highest ransom ever in a Brazilian kidnapping, per the Telegraph . The...

Race Car Driver Dies From Crash Injuries

F1's Jules Bianchi had been in a coma for months

(Newser) - Formula One driver Jules Bianchi died today in a French hospital from head injuries sustained in a crash at last year's Japanese Grand Prix. He was 25. Bianchi had been in a coma since the Oct. 5 accident, in which he collided at high speed with a mobile crane...

Somebody Swiped, Is Trying to Sell F1 Champ's Med Files

Schumacher's records stolen from French hospital

(Newser) - Michael Schumacher's medical files have been stolen from a hospital in France and are being offered for sale to the media, the F1 champ's manager warns. The files taken from a hospital in Grenoble where Schumacher spent months in a coma after a skiing accident last December contain...

Michael Schumacher Out of Coma

F1 champ will continue rehabilitation at undisclosed location

(Newser) - After almost six months, F1 racing legend Michael Schumacher is out of the medically induced coma in which he was placed after a December 29 skiing accident in the French Alps. In a statement, his family says the hospital staff in Grenoble did an "excellent job," and that...

Formula One Driver Loses Eye in Crash

Maria de Villota's car collided with a stationary truck

(Newser) - Formula One driver Maria de Villota lost her right eye at a test event in Britain yesterday, when her car crashed into a stationary truck, CNN reports. De Villota, daughter of former F1 driver Emilio de Villota and one of just two female drivers contracted to an F1 team, was...

Mercedes Gives Racing Fan Bionic Hand

Teenage F1 fan receives $40K prosthetic

(Newser) - Maybe this is just the first step toward a cyborg Formula One driver: The Mercedes F1 team helped outfit a 14-year-old fan born without a left hand a new high-tech prosthetic hand, reports the Telegraph . The British teen wrote to the head of the Mercedes Benz team last June, and...

Legend Michael Schumacher Returns to F1 Full-Time

7-time champ, at 41, will drive for Mercedes

(Newser) - Legendary driver Michael Schumacher will return full-time next year to the Formula One circuit, where he won seven championships in the 1990s and this decade. The German, 40, retired after the 2006 season, and attempted a comeback for his former team, Ferrari, after one of its drivers was injured in...

Racing Legend Schumacher Will Return for Ferrari

7-time F1 champ fills in for injured Massa

(Newser) - Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is making a comeback for Ferrari to replace injured driver Felipe Massa. Ferrari said today in a statement that the 40-year-old German had agreed to drive just until Massa's ready to return. "Though the Formula One chapter has long been closed for...

Formula 1 Execs Floored by Chief's Hitler Praise

Calls for boycott after Bernie Ecclestone hails Hitler for 'getting things done'

(Newser) - Executives from the firm that owns Formula One are scrambling to do damage control after their racing boss praised Adolf Hitler as a man who could "get things done." When told the World Jewish Congress was calling for his resignation, billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, 78, also said it was...

Formula One Chief Lauds Hitler's Efficiency

(Newser) - The billionaire chief of Formula One racing admires Adolf Hitler, disses democracy, and applauds Margaret Thatcher—but slams the West for lacking cultural sensitivity. Hitler "could command a lot of people" and was "able to get things done," Bernie Ecclestone tells the Times of London. But...

Honda Cuts F1 Racing Team
 Honda Cuts F1 Racing Team 

Honda Cuts F1 Racing Team

Attempting to cut costs, Japan's No. 2 carmaker axes racing program

(Newser) - Honda, facing economic drag as the financial crisis sharply curtails demand for automobiles, is withdrawing from Formula 1 racing, at least until global markets turn the corner, the Guardian reports. Honda's CEO once pledged to spend “a trillion yen” to secure an F1 title, but shareholders have pressured the...

Victorious Max Mosley Bares All
Victorious Max Mosley Bares All

Victorious Max Mosley Bares All

'Sex is funny' but tabloids are ravenous, says S&M-loving motorsport boss

(Newser) - When a British tabloid exposed Max Mosley's predilection for rough sex under the headline "F1 Boss Has Sick Nazi Orgy With 5 Hookers," he surprised everyone by going to court—and winning a record $120,000 in damages. Now the head of world motorsport tells the Guardian that...

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