This nasty Formula One racing crash will have you ducking for cover

Like anything else, you can have good days in racing, and you can have bad days. On Sunday, September 17, at the 2017 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, the Ferrari team had a very bad day.

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were among the fastest drivers in pre-race qualifying, with Vettel taking pole position in the race. But things went horribly wrong less than a minute after the green flag. Raikkonen moved across the wet track and collided with Vettel, sandwiching Max Verstappen and his Red Bull in between.

Raikkonen and Verstappen were out of the race, not even making it to the first corner. As it slid off the track, Raikkonen’s Ferrari took out Fernando Alonso’s McLaren as well. After sustaining heavy damage and spinning at the track’s third turn, Vettel retired from the race as well.

Verstappen blamed Vettel for the incident, claiming the Ferrari driver came too close to him after the start, according to Racer. But after talking to all three drivers, race officials decided to take no further action. They stated that “no driver was found to have been wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident.”

It’s never good when both of a team’s drivers are taken out of the race by a crash, but this incident was particularly unlucky for Ferrari. It resulted in an easy win for Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, allowing him to extend his lead over Vettel in the driver championship. With both Ferraris out and unable to score points, Mercedes was also able to increase its lead over the Italian automaker in the constructor championship. Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finished third.

Mercedes has had a stranglehold on F1 since the current hybrid powertrain rules went into effect in 2014. A superior powertrain allowed Mercedes to cruise to the constructor championship virtually unopposed in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Hamilton won the driver championship in 2014 and 2015, and former teammate Nico Rosberg won it last year. Ferrari has put up more of a fight so far this season, but the Singapore disaster is a major setback.

Red Bull was at least able to salvage something from the race. Verstappen’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, started further back and avoided the calamity at the front of the field. He managed to come home second.


Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.

Everything we know about 'Red Dead Online', including the new mode Gun Rush

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.

Fast and Furious fans get revved up: Toyota’s Supra sports car is back

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.

You're never too broke to enjoy the best free-to-play games

Believe it or not, free-to-play games have evolved into engaging, enjoyable experiences. Here are a few of our favorites that you can play right now, including Warframe and the perennially-popular League of Legends.

Big tech, bigger grille: BMW updates its 7 Series flagship for 2020

The BMW 7 Series will enter the 2020 model year with a host of updates inside, outside, and under the sheet metal. The new-look nose with a jumbo grille hides updated engines, while passengers benefit from smart tech features.
Emerging Tech

Ford’s sweaty robot bottom can simulate 10 years of seat use in mere days

Ford has developed 'Robutt,' a sweaty robot bottom that's designed to simulate the effects of having a pair of human buttocks sitting on its car seats for thousands of hours. Check it out.

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.

Ford has a plan to future-proof the hot-selling F-150 pickup truck

Worried about the threat of rising gas prices, Ford will add the F-150 to its growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. It is currently developing a hybrid F-150, and it will release an electric version of the next-generation truck.

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version

Lincoln will get its own version of parent Ford's first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle. While Ford's version will have styling inspired by the Mustang, Lincoln will take a more traditional approach.
Home Theater

Spotify adds simplified Car View mode for Android users

What was once just a test is now a reality: Spotify is rolling out a new, simplified in-car user interface for all Android users called Car View, which automatically engages when the app detects a car Bluetooth connection.

Boutique carmaker Karma Automotive, legendary design firm Pininfarina team up

Karma Automotive is partnering with legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina on future luxury cars. The first product of that partnership will appear later this year, Karma said, without offering other details.

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.

Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.