Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
The Best Around
When you don't have the most powerful engine on the grid, you have to find time elsewhere. Fernando Alonso claims that McLaren's chassis is the best in F1, but Max Verstappen has now said . The difference is that Verstappen has the results to back it up.
Verstappen has won two of the last four Grands Prix, and that's in a car that started the season in essentially the middle of nowhere. A lot of that is down to the development of the chassis over the season, since the Renault engine isn't quite up to the level of the Ferrari or Mercedes power unit. If the team can get the chassis right at the start of the 2018 season, they could be set for a stellar season.
Uber is planning to introduce a flying car service called Uber Elevate in Dubai, Dallas, and Los Angeles. This isn't something the company is planning 20 years in the future, either. Uber thinks that . Seriously. It's an interesting concept, but will it actually happen? We have our doubts.
Another US F1 Team?
Ever since he stepped out of the cockpit, Michael Andretti has been building a racing empire. His IndyCar team has four full-time entries and ran six cars at the Indy 500. He has teams in Indy's feeder series, a Formula E team, a Global Rallycross team, and a new Australian Supercars team. And now an F1 team might be on the horizon.
In , Andretti was asked about a future in F1 for his organization, especially with Liberty's upcoming proposed budget gap. Andretti said that he'd totally be interested, but would need a partner and/or backer, since he couldn't do it himself. He also said that there have been opportunities in the past that fell through before they came to fruition. Interesting.
Car Ownership Ain't Ending
While many believe that we are entering a sharing economy where car ownership is ending, one automaker CEO believes that is not the case. Carlos Ghosn, the Chairman of the Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi, that people will stop owning cars. Instead, he thinks that car sharing will continue alongside traditional car ownership, but won't replace it. Ghosn has a pretty good track record win the industry, so hopefully this prediction is correct.