To more than one billion fans worldwide, Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsports, with death-defying races, state-of-the-art machinery, exotic locales, and billions of dollars at stake. But to many Americans who follow only the Big Four sports, it’s mostly a car series confused with NASCAR.
Luckily, the tides are changing.
In recent years — and thanks in part to Netflix’s ultra-popular Drive to Survive series — Formula 1 has finally gained a foothold in the United States. But there’s more to these teams and their drivers than simple stats, race wins, and championship standings. For instance, when did Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff become both a meme magnet and a thirst trap? How did Haas, the only American-owned team, lose millions of dollars to a sketchy energy drink tycoon? And which driver received death threats and hired a bodyguard at the end of last season all because he crashed into a wall? Find out on IHeartRadio and Sports Illustrated Studios’ new “Choosing Sides: F1” podcast.
Lily Herman is a writer, editor, and cultural commentator whose work has spanned the intersections of sports, entertainment, politics, and more. Her writing has appeared on TIME, Business Insider, ELLE, Teen Vogue, and Bustle in recent years. She also writes the popular F1 culture newsletter Engine Failure.
Michael Kosta is a Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Previously, he hosted and was the co-executive producer of The Comment Section for the E! Network. He is well known from his numerous late night appearances on The Tonight Show, Conan, Seth Meyers, and @midnight. Michael co-hosted Fox Sports 1’s Crowd Goes Wild opposite Regis Philbin and was a regular Correspondent for The Soup Investigates with Joel McHale. His one hour Comedy Central stand up special: MIchael Kosta: Detroit. NY. LA. premiered last December and is now streaming on Paramount +. Listen to his other weekly podcast Tennis Anyone with Michael Kosta and watch his videos online at @MichaelKosta.