Around the Tracks: Formula 1 fun, race-craft and bringing aero back

Plus, a pair of Alfas go driving through history – and there’s even mention of VHS.

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world.

Here’s a handful of the articles, videos and social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand-new, others have been online for a while.

Enjoy them – just not too much, okay?


We Road-Trip a Pair of Alfa Romeos on a Trip Back in Time in a Search for the Essence of the Marque – Jeff Sabatini, Car and Driver

By the time we get to Bend, it’s obvious the Giulia and 164 share nothing in the way of lineage. But for all their differences, they have mutual interests. Both of them are drivers’ cars, machines crafted with the same spirit but from entirely different blueprints.

Alfisti, feast your eyes on this lovely story


2018 United States GP Race Highlights – Formula 1, YouTube

Formula 1 is often criticised for being boring, with races decided in qualifying and the pits instead of the track. Although our Aussie hero, Daniel Ricciardo, retired with engine failure, this year’s US Grand Prix was really engaging, with lots of overtaking action and crashes.

As if that wasn’t enough, Lewis Hamilton didn’t win.


Racecraft: The Art of Winning Races – SAFEisFAST, YouTube

There’s a lot more to winning races than just going fast. This video takes a look at how some of the quickest drivers in the world manage their races, and translate raw speed into outright success.

It also offers a fascinating look at how drivers view each other, and how who you’re racing changes how you drive.


The Return of the Aeroback Sedan – Jack Baruth, Road&Track

At the time, there was a very real difference in the driving experience of the Liftback and Coupe body styles—a difference that was further amplified by the wet-noodle chassis rigidity of the time. In the end, however, it was fashion, not function, that put an end to the era of mid-sized family hatchbacks.

And now they’re back!