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F1 Fast Five: US F1 viewership hits record high at Canadian GP, Verstappen and Piquet hit back at social media trolls, and other big updates

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US F1 viewership hits record high at Canadian GP, Verstappen and Piquet hit back at social media trolls, and other big updates
  • US F1 viewership hits record high at Canadian GP
  • Verstappen and Piquet hit back at social media trolls
  • Formula One faces urgent consensus deadline for 2026 rules
  • Stroll's future under scrutiny
  • What went wrong in Canada?

US F1 viewership hits record high at Canadian GP

Last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix set a new record for Formula One viewership in the US, with 1.8 million viewers on ABC, a two percent increase from the previous record in 2023. This surge in viewership signifies a trend, with three out of the last four F1 races setting records on commercial broadcast television. Although F1's viewership is up by six percent year-over-year, NASCAR remains dominant in US motorsports, pulling in an average audience of 2.89 million on Fox for the Sonoma Raceway event. In contrast, IndyCar continues to struggle, with only the Indianapolis 500 surpassing a million viewers.

Click here to read the full article by Cian Brittle (blackbookmotorsport.com)

Verstappen and Piquet hit back at social media trolls

Max Verstappen and Kelly Piquet shared an emotional message on Instagram, addressing the spread of lies and incitement of hatred. Piquet emphasized the harm of false information and its impact on her over the past three years as she expressed distress over recent defamatory accusations. She urged people to verify online content before making threats and to consider the real-life consequences of spreading falsehoods. "As a human being, the comments and hate affect me and the people around me deeply," Kelly remarked. "I hope this serves as a reminder for people to verify online content before making threats."

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Formula One faces urgent consensus deadline for 2026 rules

Formula 1 faces a critical period to achieve consensus on the 2026 regulations. The FIA's unexpected draft rules, which were deemed to make cars too fast on straights and too slow in corners, caused unease. Starting from July 1, changes will require F1 Commission support, which only complicates the process. A proposed delay to October was rejected by Mercedes, leaving the June 30 deadline in place to allow more time for necessary adjustments before teams begin work in January.

Click here to read the full article by Jonathan Noble (motorsport.com)

Stroll's future under scrutiny

In Formula 1, Lance Stroll's position and future face growing scrutiny amid discussions on racing talent caliber. Despite notable moments like a podium in Baku in 2017 and a pole position in 2020, his track record reflects inconsistent performance. Helmut Marko emphasizes the need for sustained success, stating that merely being in Formula 1 isn't enough; drivers must win to stay. 

Click here to read the full article by Alex Harrington (si.com)

What went wrong in Canada?

After their victory at the Monaco Grand Prix with Charles Leclerc, Ferrari experienced a disappointing result in Canada. So, what led to this downfall? Initially, there were indications that Montreal might not favor Ferrari as much as Monaco did. Unlike Monaco, Canada's circuit features significantly longer straights and operates at higher speeds despite the numerous slow chicanes in the corners.

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