Formula One

My Favorite Formula One Car: The 1967 Honda RA300

How Formula One Works, Part 2

Formula One is one the world's most prestigious racing events -- but where did it come from? What is this 'formula,' exactly? Join Scott and Ben as they explore the past, present and future of Formula One.

How Formula One Works, Part 1

Formula One is one the world's most prestigious racing events -- but where did it come from? What is this 'formula,' exactly? Join Scott and Ben as they explore the past, present and future of Formula One.

Are you ready for a real eye-opener? The short video clip that I want to share with you today provides a clear picture of just how fast a rally car is in comparison to a typical road car and how fast a Formula One car is when raced against both.

If you're watching the automotive blogs today, then you've probably already heard the latest Formula One news. Actually, this is just the latest twist in a story that's been building for about a month, or so. Keeping it brief, here's what's happened so far: Sebastien Bourdais, a 30-year-old driver for the Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso Formula One team was fired. He was replaced by 19-year-old Jamie Alguersuari, the youngest driver in Formula One history. As cruel as it sounds to say this, drivers get fired and hired all the time in motorsports, so usually a driver firing isn't particularly newsworthy. But what's grabbing headlines today is exactly how the Toro Rosso team went about firing Bourdais.

There's no sense in delaying this any longer -- I know why you're here today. You probably want to know exactly what Ben and I have been discussing on iTunes over the past several days. Am I right? Well then, let's get right to it. Here's what you can expect to find on our High Speed Stuff podcast for the past week...

It's funny how this works. While sitting at my home in Atlanta, Georgia, a rain storm in China prompted me to think about water-repellent glass. Here's how it all went down... It was at home over the past weekend and it was raining. In fact, it was raining just hard enough to prevent most outdoor activities. So, I switched on the television and within seconds I was watching a broadcast of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix. Now, if you happened to watch this race yesterday, then you may already know where I'm going with this -- it was raining in Shanghai, China, too. Actually, for the first several laps of the race it was pouring. Yeah, I knew the speeds were going to be reduced for the track conditions, but I kept watching. Seeing these world-class drivers (at speed) attempt to keep their million-dollar racing machines on the track surface and away from the grass, gravel, walls and other cars made me wonder aloud (several times), "How can these guys possibly see anything?"

The start of the 2009 Formula One racing season is about a month away and it's really beginning to look as if Honda's F1 team may not be lining up with the rest of the competition in Melbourne, Australia, at the end of March. In a statement made by Honda Motor Co., on December 5, 2008, Honda made the "extremely difficult decision" to pull out of all Formula One activities. They put their F1 team up for sale citing the "deteriorating operating environment facing the global auto industry, brought on by the sub-prime problem in the United States, the deepening credit crisis and the sudden contraction of the world economies" as the reasoning behind their action. Perhaps this is understandable when you consider that the Honda F1 team is believed to have an operating budget of more than $300 million per year.