Showing posts with label Formula Racing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Formula Racing. 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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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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Monday, October 19, 2009

Keeping shtum

I'm a huge car racing fan, specifically Formula 1. I've been a fan since I was 11 and saw the speed that these guys drive at.

Stirling Moss at the Nürburgring in 1961 .Image via Wikipedia

There was a huge race this Sunday, a championship deciding race, but due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to watch it. As always I decided to download it and watch it in my own time.

No problem there except I can't read my emails because I get Brawn F1 team news sent there. I can't read blogs in Google Reader as I subscribe to 15(ish) F1 blogs (with Sidepodcast probably being the best one out there right now).

A modern Formula One car: Michael Schumacher's...Image via Wikipedia

I also have friends who phone me during the races to chat about whats happening so I haven't been answering the phone to certain chaps. Sorry!

And I can't even check the news with the amazing Morning Coffee software in Firefox as all of the UK press will be putting the results on the front page.

So all day I've been bored at work waiting to rush home to watch the race. I even left the office early only to find that 'Her Indoors' had paused all downloads to make her Facebook surfing slightly faster and forgotten to start it going again. Grrr!!!

Now all is downloaded, I have watched the introduction, I have a 7 month old baby boy with a baby head cold in his exer-saucer beside me and I am watching the race.


So far in lap 1; 2 crashes, 2 drivers arguing out fo their cars, one pit fire, one car driving off from his pit-stop with the fuel hose still attached.

I guess its not very proffessional but fun to watch!~!