So you’re Vladimir Putin, and you have a Formula 1 Grand Prix coming to your country in under a week. You could give Petrov or Kyvat a ring and ask for some tips to sound F1-savvy… or you could just jump into a car yourself. Continue reading
After watching Rush, and reading two biographies on Niki Lauda, he’s become one of my favorite racing drivers.
His no-bullshit approach to racing makes him super easy to relate to. In 50 seconds, he explains why F1 drivers seem bored with the current era of cars, why we see more drivers going straight from GP3/F3 to F1, and what can be done to change it.
100% agree, Niki.
If you’ve been following even a hint of the motorsport world over the last few days, you’ll have heard about the tragic accident that Jules Bianchi was involved in during the Japanese Grand Prix. I’m not going to talk about my opinion on the crash, or show any photos about it, because you can find things like that all over the internet.
Really what I wanted to show was an interview that Will Buxton did on Jules Bianchi this last October. Bianchi is one of those drivers that, if you’ve been following European single seaters, that you’ll know about. However, for most people he’s just been driving for a backmarker team.
When you’re a Formula 1 fan, one of the nice things about having uncompetitive teams is that they allow the media more access to their pit garages. That’s just because the cars were so off the pace, there wouldn’t be much information for competing teams that they would want to steal for their cars.
I found a video of what the 2013 Mclaren and 2013 Caterham pit crews were doing on the cars during a Friday night. Both cars were pretty horrible, so we get to see the mechanics actually working on the cars!
Check it out before FOM nicks the video.
So the Russian GP is planning to go ahead at the end of the year, so Infiniti took Sebastian Vettel and had him do an onboard lap in a road car. It’s not the most exciting looking layout if I’m honest.
Some sectors remind me of the Korean and Abu-Dhabi track, which frankly were flat, like most modern Tilke-circuits.
People always say that interviews with Formula 1 drivers are boring, and they give canned answers. Well if you put them and the journalist behind the wheel of a car, that problem seems to go away…mostly!
Well played, guys. Entertaining from start to finish.
PS: Lewis can do 80 to 90 push ups? I can do like 30 now before I get tired…
Darren Heath has been taking photography of Formula One for thirteen years. You’ve probably seen his work in several magazines and online publications, and never even known that it was his. He’s won multiple awards because of his shots.
Since 2011, Pirelli has been talking about the need to implement a new 18 inch tire to Formula One cars. Tomorrow during the test at Silverstone, the Lotus team will be testing the new diameter tire for the first time.
If there are two things that we love here at Starting Grid, it’s karting and Formula 1. (Even when I moan endlessly about the ugly F1 cars and the rule changes…Even then.)