F1 grid unites to pay tribute to Jules Bianchi (VIDEO)

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Ahead of today’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the Formula 1 grid came together to pay tribute to Jules Bianchi following his death at the age of 25 last week.

Bianchi passed away last week, nine months after suffering severe head injuries in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014.

Ahead of today’s race in Hungary, the F1 drivers came together to pay its respects to Bianchi with a touching tribute, and were joined by his family for a minute’s silence.

The drivers formed a circle at the front of the grid, standing around their helmets with Bianchi’s in the very centre.

The race that followed proved to be a memorable one as Sebastian Vettel stormed to his second win of the season, dedicating the victory to Bianchi after the race.

His gesture was replicated by Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who issued a statement following the race.

“We dedicate this victory to the memory of Jules Bianchi, a fantastic guy whom we all miss terribly,” Marchionne said.

“Unfortunately, today in the end, we were unable to celebrate a one-two finish which was within our grasp because of a problem with Kimi’s car. That’s a clear sign we must never drop our guard.

“We will continue to work on closing the gap to those ahead of us, but without ever ignoring the reliability factor. We will soon be pausing for the summer break, after which I’m sure everyone in the Scuderia will return even more ready and determined than ever.”

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: