Sometimes, F1 Drivers Kiss

When open-wheel racing becomes wheel-to-wheel racing.

In any Formula 1 race, there are close calls, near misses, and light hits. But this is something else: at the Canadian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa made the season’s hairiest pass, coming so close to Marcus Ericsson’s car that, for a tense couple of seconds, his front wheel was perfectly in line between Ericsson’s. The result—four inline wheels—is new to Formula 1. Miraculously, the cars tangoed but never touched. Massa had the gumption to the hold the position, and Ericsson had the good sense to cede the track. Despite standardization, plus engine and noise restrictions, F1 still provides some of the wildest sport out there.