Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest driver to win four F1 World Championships: He only needed to finish fifth in India to become champion. Even if Vettel didn't finish, Alonso had to finish in the top two to keep even a mathematical chance alive. Alonso ultimately finished 11th, while Vettel won both race and title. Red Bull also won the Constructors title.
Vettel joins such illustrious company as Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, and Michael Schumacher. Vettel has achieved this in four straight seasons. The last non Vettel champion was Jenson Button in 2009! And people say F1 is boring...
Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen killed.: The driver crashed just nine minutes into the 24 hour race, crashing heavily and causing an almost hour long safety car to repair the barrier. Allan was treated at the scene, and then transferred to the medical center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Sarah Burke passes away: Professional skier Sarah Burke, whose accident was mentioned on here when it happened, has sadly passed away from her injuries.
Smokin' Joe has passed away.: The boxing legend passed away tonight.
Thrashers moving to Winnipeg: Done deal according to Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper.
And Another One Down...: Toyota have pulled out of Formula One with immediate effect. This comes on the heels of the news that Bridgestone will leave the sport after the 2010 season. BMW announced earlier this year they were leaving. Last year we lost Honda. This year we lost BMW and Toyota. With Brawn and Red Bull doing so well this year, will 2010 be a continuation of The Rebirth of the Privateer?
Jean Todt wins FIA presidency: Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
Jenson Button is the 2009 Formula One champion: A race that saw Kimi Raikkonen on fire, a huge opening lap accident, and action throughout the field, the title was sealed when Lewis Hamilton clipped Rubens Barrichello, causing the Brazilian to get a puncture. Jenson finished fifth in the race and won the championship with one race to go. Despite not winning a race since Turkey, Jenson has won one more race than Lewis did in 2008 to become champion. It's the first time since 1969 there has been back to back different British drivers as champion. (Then it was Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.)
FIA makes mockery of Formula One: For the race fixing, Renault have received barely a slap on the wrist, receiving a two year suspended ban. "The World Motor Sport Council considers Renault F1's breaches relating to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to be of unparalleled severity." Though not severe enough to receive an actual penalty of any real note it would appear. As expect, Symonds and Briatore are done with FIA sanctioned racing series.
FIA knew of Renault's race fixing last year: Nelson Piquet (Snr, not Jnr) apparently went to the FIA last year during the Brazilian race weekend to tell them that Renault asked Nelson Jnr to crash deliberately. The response was that until the latter was prepared to make a statement, they couldn't do anything. It took being fired from the team for him to come forward. The meeting to decide Renault's future is on Monday.
Fisichella to Ferrari: At a time when Formula One always seems to be being dragged through the mud, usually by Max Mosley and the FIA, we finally have a great story. Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, who has always wanted to drive for the Prancing Horse, has his dream come true. Force India have released him to Ferrari after it was confirmed Felipe Massa will miss the rest of the season. The announcement of Fisichella going to Maranello comes on the back of his truly epic drive in the Belgian Grand Prix where he finished a mere second behind the man who will be his new teammate. The next race is the Italian Grand Prix. An Italian driver in a Ferrari. The Tifosi will be insane this year!
Schumacher cancels comeback.: Due to neck injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident earlier this year, Michael Schumacher will be unable to be Massa's replacement at Ferrari while the Brazilian recovers. Luca Badoer, Ferrari's current test driver, will race in Valencia. Badoer hasn't competed in race conditions since 1999 when he drove for Minardi.
Another one bites the dust.: BMW have called a press conference for tomorrow. Described as "important" and about "current developments in motorsport", it's widely believed that BMW will be announcing their departure from Formula One at the end of the season.
Henry Surtees killed in F2 race.: Henry was the son of former Formula One champion John Surtees. While racing at Brands Hatch he was struck in the head by a wheel from someone else's cars which knocked him unconscious, and his car carried straight on at the next corner. Video.
Mosley being "urged" to stand for re-election.: Just days after agreeing to step down as part of the FOTA/FIA agreement, Max Mosley, for at least the second time in his career of ruining motorsport, has done a u-turn and now says he's being urged to run again. (He actually hinted he would less than a day after the agreement.) Probably urged by the same mysterious people who "supported" him during the nazi whore scandal he should never have survived.
FOTA and FIA put toys back in pram. : In what can only be described as an astounding upset, common sense has actually prevailed in Formula One. The eight FOTA teams will not start their own series, and Max Mosley will not stand for re-election later this year. The latter seems to be a key part of the former. Now shut up and race.
Peugeot break nine years of Audi dominance.: After nine years of Audi dominance*, this past Sunday Peugeot took a 1-2 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (*Yes, Bentley won in 2003, but the car was, in large part, an Audi.) As a side note, the Lola Aston Martin team finished 4th on their first attempt, and were the fastest of the petrol finishers, carrying arguably the most recognizable paint scheme in Le Mans history.
Honda to leave F1!: Autosport is saying Honda will announce on Friday that they plan to leave the sport. Other avenues are reporting the decision is already made and done and Honda are finished in Formula One.
Bernie Ecclestone loses mind.: Ecclestone says Formula One will use a medals system next year to decide the title. "When asked if it was fair that someone who wins six races but doesn't finish any others beats someone who had finished every race in second place, Ecclestone replied: "He'll have to try harder next year."" Eddie Jordan remains unconvinced.
UFC's Dana White shares his thoughts on EliteXC and Seth Petruzelli.: After the Seth Petruzelli controversy (also covered below), here's UFC's Dana White with a few thoughts on it. Dana is his usual, eloquent, restrained self. (Single link YouTube Post. Contains bad words and amusing invective.)
Robert Kubica wins the Canadian Grand Prix.: Robert Kubica becomes the first Polish driver to win a Grand Prix, scoring BMW's first ever victory in the process. His teammate Nick Heidfeld made it a BMW 1-2 after Lewis Hamilton ended his and Kimi Raikkonen's race in a bonehead incident in the pitlane. A year ago, Kubica was lucky to leave Montreal with his life. This year he leaves it leading the drivers championship by four points. What a difference a year makes.
The NFL in the year 2000: "Don't be shocked when the 21st century arrives and the NFL teams in Super Bowl XXXIV have women quarterbacks launching 135-yard touchdown passes with their power-assisted arms." Unintentional comedy gold from Sports Illustrated.
2008 Formula One Season Preview: 2008 is upon us. The biggest change? No more traction control! Now we'll see who the best really are. Take a drive with me as we take a peek at the upcoming season and what we can perhaps expect.