Singapore GP Weekend: All Posts, One Place


The Singapore Grand Prix weekend is always one of the highlights of the F1 season. As the sun sets at Marina Bay, the stars come out on track in a fight for supremacy under the lights.

However, we did not get the fight that many would have expected on Sunday during the race. After an electrical issue reared its head en route to the grid, Nico Rosberg’s race didn’t go a great deal further.

A pit lane start saw him get stuck behind Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson before Mercedes threw in the towel at his first pit stop. Game over, zero points.

At the front though, Lewis Hamilton held his own to fight back from a lengthy safety car period to win the race ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, giving the British driver the lead of the championship for just the second time this season.

Here’s a round-up of MotorSportsTalk’s coverage of the Singapore GP weekend.


2014 Singapore Grand Prix Preview
Massa not giving up on P2 in constructors’ championship
VIDEO: Sochi Autodrom ready for F1 debut
F1’s Modern Wonder: Under the lights, Singapore shines brightly
Ecclestone: Drivers wanted radio ban


FIA backtracks on radio ban
Alonso fastest in first practice in Singapore
VIDEO: F1 Paddock Pass – Singapore
MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: Singapore GP
Hamilton tops FP2 as night falls in Singapore
F1’s double points rule to be axed for 2015?
VIDEO: Maldonado’s FP2 finishes in the wall
Red flag limits Rosberg to P13 in Singapore second practice
Vettel upbeat despite engine troubles
Hamilton: Friday a “work in progress” for Mercedes
Friday Analysis: Is Lewis the man to beat?


Alonso closes out practice as the fastest man
Three-car teams must be a last resort for F1
Tost convinced Verstappen is the right man for Toro Rosso
Hamilton snatches pole position away from Rosberg
Mistake on Q3 lap can’t stop Hamilton in Singapore
Rosberg frustrated to fall 0.007 seconds short of Hamilton
Ricciardo: Red Bull closer to Mercedes than expected
VIDEO: Alonso happy with P5 in Singapore qualifying
Magnussen: McLaren cannot be happy with qualifying
Vettel thinks pole was possible
Engine glitch leaves Romain Grosjean fuming
Qualifying Analysis: Missed opportunities allow Hamilton to shine


VIDEO: Behind the scenes at Red Bull, 24 hours after a grand prix
Starting grid for the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix
Rosberg forced to retire after electrical glitch
Hamilton rules in Singapore to re-take championship lead
The tide has turned for Lewis Hamilton in 2014
Vettel delighted to score fifth straight Singapore podium
Vergne equals best-ever F1 result with late charge
Hamilton: Reliability woes a concern at Mercedes
Ricciardo: I expected to be faster today
Rosberg reflects on a tough day in Singapore
Extreme physical demands of Singapore take their toll on drivers
Bottas loses five places on final two laps as tires fade
Safety car period costs Alonso possible podium finish

Ford unveils a new Mustang for 2024 Le Mans in motorsports ‘lifestyle brand’ retooling

Ford Mustang Le Mans
Ford Performance

LE MANS, France — Ford has planned a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its iconic Mustang muscle car next year under a massive rebranding of Ford Performance aimed at bringing the automotive manufacturer “into the racing business.”

The Friday unveil of the new Mustang Dark Horse-based race car follows Ford’s announcement in February (and a ballyhooed test at Sebring in March) that it will return to Formula One in 2026 in partnership with reigning world champion Red Bull.

The Mustang will enter the GT3 category next year with at least two cars in both IMSA and the World Endurance Championship, and is hopeful to earn an invitation to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The IMSA entries will be a factory Ford Performance program run by Multimatic, and a customer program in WEC with Proton Competition.

Ford CEO Jim Farley, also an amateur sports car racer, told The Associated Press the Mustang will be available to compete in various GT3 series across the globe to customer teams. But more important, Farley said, is the overall rebranding of Ford Performance – done by renowned motorsports designer Troy Lee – that is aimed at making Ford a lifestyle brand with a sporting mindset.

“It’s kind of like the company finding its own, and rediscovering its icons, and doubling down on them,” Farley told the AP. “And then this motorsports activity is getting serious about connecting enthusiast customers with those rediscovered icons. It’s a big switch for the company – this is really about building strong, iconic vehicles with enthusiasts at the center of our marketing.”

Ford last competed in sports car racing in 2019 as part of a three-year program with Chip Ganassi Racing. The team scored the class win at Le Mans in 2016 in a targeted performance aimed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford snapping Ferrari’s six-year winning streak.

Ford on Friday displayed a Mustang with a Lee-designed livery that showcased the cleaner, simplified look that will soon be featured on all its racing vehicles. The traditional blue oval with Ford Performance in white lettering underneath will now be branded simply FP.

The new mark will be used across car liveries, merchandise and apparel, display assets, parts and accessories and in advertising.

Farley cited Porsche as an automaker that has successfully figured out how to sell cars to consumers and race cars in various series around the world while creating a culture of brand enthusiasts. He believes Ford’s new direction will help the company sell street cars, race cars, boost interest in driving schools, and create a merchandise line that convinces consumers that a stalwart of American automakers is a hip, cool brand.

“We’re going to build a global motorsports business off road and on road,” Farley told the AP, adding that the design of the Mustang is “unapologetically American.”

He lauded the work of Lee, who is considered the top helmet designer among race car drivers.

“We’re in the first inning of a nine inning game, and going to Le Mans is really important,” Farley said. “But for customer cars, getting the graphics right, designing race cars that win at all different levels, and then designing a racing brand for Ford Performance that gets rebranded and elevated is super important.”

He said he’s kept a close eye on how Porsche and Aston Martin have built their motorsports businesses and said Ford will be better.

“We’re going in the exact same direction. We just want to be better than them, that’s all,” Farley said. “Second is the first loser.”

Farley, an avid amateur racer himself, did not travel to Le Mans for the announcement. The race that begins Saturday features an entry from NASCAR, and Ford is the reigning Cup Series champion with Joey Logano and Team Penske.

The NASCAR “Garage 56” entry is a collaboration between Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear, and is being widely celebrated throughout the industry. Farley did feel left out of the party in France – a sentiment NASCAR tried to avoid by inviting many of its partners to attend the race so that it wouldn’t seem like a Chevrolet-only celebration.

“They’re going right and I’m going left – that NASCAR thing is a one-year deal, right? It’s Garage 56 and they can have their NASCAR party, but that’s a one-year party,” Farley said. “We won Le Mans outright four times, we won in the GT class, and we’re coming back with Mustang and it’s not a one-year deal.

“So they can get all excited about Garage 56. I almost see that as a marketing exercise for NASCAR, but for me, that’s a science project,” Farley continued. “I don’t live in a world of science projects. I live in the world of building a vital company that everyone is excited about. To do that, we’re not going to do a Garage 56 – I’ve got to beat Porsche and Aston Martin and Ferrari year after year after year.”

Ford’s announcement comes on the heels of General Motors changing its GT3 strategy next season and ending its factory Corvette program. GM, which unlike Ford competes in the IMSA Grand Touring Prototype division (with its Cadillac brand), will shift fully to a customer model for Corvettes in 2024 (with some factory support in the IMSA GTD Pro category).