Hamilton bemused by Red Bull’s call for equalization in F1


Lewis Hamilton has said that he finds Red Bull’s recent complaints about Mercedes’ dominance in Formula 1 “funny” given the team’s own success in the sport over the past five years.

Following another dominant display by Mercedes at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko said that the team could quit the sport unless steps were made to level the playing field.

His thoughts were echoed by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who believes that the FIA should tweak the regulations to give the rest of the grid a chance to catch up with Mercedes.

For Hamilton, this comments were a source of humor given that Red Bull enjoyed a similar level of dominance in F1 between 2010 and 2013, winning four straight drivers’ and constructors’ championships.

“I find it quite funny and interesting that the opinion is coming from individuals who have had so much success,” Hamilton said.

“Also bearing in mind it has only been one race, so to already have comments like this is what I find funny.”

Hamilton believes that it is simply a case of Mercedes working hard and doing a better job than Red Bull over the past few years to give itself such an advantage.

“It was a big step for me to come to this team that had so many years of poor performance,” Hamilton said. “They hadn’t had the success of other teams, but not once did this team complain to others in order to equalize things.

“Now we are the best team. We have pulled together and done an amazing job. It is not just me here. There are 1,000 people back at the two factories who are working day and night to build the best car.

“We have done that with the same rules and resources as the other teams have had. I am very proud of that.”

SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals


In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.