The popularity of NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing) in America has nothing on the global excitement around F1 (Formula One) racing. Since an American company now owns the majority of F1, and they are pushing for more races in the States, we thought you should be ahead of the curve when the season starts this weekend.
Taking home the checkered flag,
The Last Night’s Game Team
Five Things to Know About F1 (Formula One) Racing
- The races take place in some of the most picturesque places in the world including the scenic streets of Monaco, the desert of Abu Dhabi and under the lights in Singapore (the only night race). Even if you don’t like F1, it’s worth watching for the postcard worthy scenery. The only race in America is in Austin, TX. The season starts this Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
- F1 cars are designed to be light and fast. Like a trip to Jenny Craig, the car and the drivers, with all of their gear, are weighed in at the end of each race to ensure they meet the car weight restrictions.
- One of the best part about being an F1 fan is that the races are done in two hours regardless of if the total number of laps have been completed or not.
- Last year’s champion Nico Rosberg went out on top when he retired days after winning his first championship at the age of 31.
- F1 has always had an international feel, but times are changing as U.S.A. based Liberty Media became the main stakeholder last year, buying in at a mere $4.4 billion.
- Bonus: Think you can distinguish F1 drivers from the bad guys in movies? Take this quiz.
World Baseball Classic
- Uniting the country. Team U.S.A. beat two-time champion Japan for a place in the World Baseball Classic finals. They will take on a tough Puerto Rico team tonight in Los Angeles. Break out your red, white and blue for good luck as U.S.A has never won the title.
- The curious case of New England Patriots (football) quarterback Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been solved. The culprit? A Mexican media executive who snuck off with the jersey after the game. It was also uncovered that the same guy stole Brady’s jersey from the 2015 Super Bowl and a Denver Broncos helmet from the 2016 Super Bowl.
- Billionaire Warren Buffett offered $1 million a year for life to any employee who could pick every game correctly through the March Madness Sweet 16 (48 games). A factory worker was one game short of perfect but he will still receive a $100,000 prize. There were more than 96,000 entrants from Berkshire Hathaway’s 367,000 employees.
- Just when you started going through withdrawals, bracket basketball is back. The Sweet 16 teams (final 16 teams left in the bracket) begin playing tomorrow through Friday. Here’s the schedule.