Showing posts with label Formula One car. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Formula One car. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

For The Danger Of It

A friend of mine recently praised wholeheartedly a new movie coming out called 'The Crash Reel'. Its a movie I am looking forward to seeing, but from the official trailer below, I was hooked by one line a reviewer is quoted on. And I think it might be the first time that I actually listen to what a reviewer says.

Did you catch the quote? At 1.49 Empire is quoted as saying ' Senna, its appeal and message transcend'.

Ayrton de Silva Senna was a hero of mine back in the '80s so I paid attention to that quote. And I am sure for sure going to watch The Crash Reel when it comes out too.

Here is why Ayrton Senna was just so amazing:

And thats why David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and so many more F1 drivers all agree that he was an amazing driver, if not the best driver of all time.


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Massa to Leave Ferrari 2014

Admittedly Ferrari's results recently have been less than amazing, and with Alonso and Massa as drivers they should be gathering the points like a Pac Man on speed.

So, just to recap - Ferrari are the team that have been in Formula 1 the longest; they won their first Grand Prix in England in 1951. The great drivers they have employed include Juan Manuel Fangio, Mike Hawthorn, John Surtees, Niki Lauda, Jody Sheckter, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

Formula One 2007 Rd.17 Brazilian GP: Start of ...
Formula One 2007 Rd.17 Brazilian GP: Start of the race at the S do Senna. #5 Felipe Massa (Ferrari), #6 Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari), #2 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and #1 Fernando Alonso (McLaren) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now Kimi Raikkonen, the diminutive Finn, worked at Ferrari before, where he won a World Championship in 2007. No mean feat in itself, but he was coming off a terrible year at McLaren where he failed to win a single race, and yet, won the 2007 Australian Grand Prix. And please let me clarify, that was his first race in the Ferrari car.

In 2009 he lost his Ferrari seat to Alonso, who he will be partnering in 2014.From Formula 1 Kimi went to the World Rally Championship, where he failed to make much of an impression. His return to Formula 1 in 2012 brought him 5 podium place finishes, including a win in Abu Dhabi, leaving him 3rd in the championship.


Kimi is currently 4th in the F1 Driver Championships with 134 points.


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why F1 Racers Basically Drive Lying Down

I've always loved Formula 1 and have written about it a few times Monza F1 Accident , I found me a new hero and Formula 1 easy driving

This interview is a simple, no-frills explanation of what the business end of a formula 1 car feels like to drive.

Hat tip to


Monday, December 5, 2011

Formula 1 - Easy Driving

A friend of mine and I were chatting the other day over a pint of wine... and I found out that he used to be an F1 fan but stopped when he started working on Sundays.

I tried to update him about the goings on in the sport and tried to explain to him just how much more technologically challenging the driver's role is today.

Here are 2 views of how the steering wheel in an F1 car creates challenges for the driver.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Formula 1 Blog

I've mentioned before that I am a Formula 1 addict. If you don't know what Formula 1 is, well, maybe you live in Swaziland, or are an American, well it is the ultimate in car racing. Not the ultimate in open-wheel, or 'The World Series' - but in the world.


I watch races whenever I can, download those that I can't watch live, and listen to podcasts to explain to me what I miss.

Lewis, Robert, Kimi, Fernando, Nico, and Felip...There are 2 main podcasts that I listen to, and Sidepodcast.

Out of all the Formula 1 blogs out there, I only listen to these 2 - and why? Because they are run and presented by 'normal folk'. We can't really call anyone willing to wake at 2am to watch a car race 'normal'. Let's just call them, well, 'dedicated'.

Both of the podcasts sound like friends, sitting in a pub or living room, discussing the race.A discussion that is slightly too informed for me to join in with, but very interesting indeed.

In 2013 the USA will be hosting a race in Texas. The work started on the track a while back, but Formula 1 is about money, not being polite, or equal, but cold hard cash. They were waiting for the dosh to be on the table to tell the world that F1 would grace The Lone-star State with their presence.

Recently, Todd,  the main culprit (!) from has started writing for the Huffington Post in the UK and his writing is very interesting indeed. I highly suggest you pop over there and give it a look, I know I'll be following it very closely.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Formula 1 in a nutshell

If you are interested in Formula 1 (open wheeled car racing) and whatever news those cheeky little monkeys are creating look no further than F1 Minute.

Felipe Massa. Formula 1Image by .:fotomaf:. via Flickr

Created by the geniuses behind Sidepodcast this daily podcast, made by Christine, talks about the most interesting Formula 1 news of the day - but in just one minute.

For a great example of what you'll find over at F1 Minute here is their first F1 Minute video from 4th January.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Plain clothes Ferrari F1 car

Thought you'd enjoy this video of the creation a Ferrari F1 car by the staff of one of the Puma brand shops. Its quite fun really.