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.)
If you love all aspects of Formula 1, you need to listen to this interview with Derek Warwick. It’s a bit long, but to glean so much insight from a well known driver of the sport, is worth the time.
Check out this video from Padborg Park (Denmark) during a local club race. Honestly, I don’t even know where that Volvo thought he was going. There wasn’t even a gap there. He basically just drove straight into the wall.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is now not to start a motor-race.
Now this is a Nurburgring video that brings smiles to my heart. Watch this EP3 Civic Type R driver chase down a Nissan GTR on an open lapping day.
Just shows it’s not just what you drive, but how to drive it. (Now I know we’re talking about different skill levels of drivers, probably tires and a few other things, but I don’t care. Nope. Don’t. Care.)
Engineering Explained gives a detailed decription of a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 racer. It explains the function of the entire aero-kit in under three minutes.
Ever wanted a quick explanation on how basic aero works? Watch this.
We’ve all had race weekends, where nothing seems to go right. It happens to every racer at some point. Either you’re off the pace in every session, missing something key on the setup, or the machine just doesn’t seem to want to run correctly. What can be even more infuriating is that you might not have a reason for your performance at the time. It’s just slow!
As a racer, being off the pace and not understanding why is one of the most frustrating scenarios. However, it is important to stay focused, as that track time is still very valuable. If you know how to maximize the opportunities of the situation, you can start to working your way back towards the front of the pack.
Below are three quick tips on how to make the most out of a challenging race weekend:
So one of the upsides with all of my frustration with the current format of Formula 1, is that I’ve been giving a good look at other forms of professional motorsports. One of them that has really grabbed my attention has been the World Touring Car Championship. I’ve been falling in love with the race format. Then to top it all off, I find out that WTCC is going to be racing at the Nordschleife in 2015.
The Ring. The Nordschleife, with epic touring car battling? I will not miss watching this race!
Check out Felipe Merjech drifting his shifter kart in the rain. I just had this video shared with me, and I had to post it on StartingGrid. The angle that he carries between the corners is just awesome!
It shows you can also get away with a lot more in the rain in a kart, than you think. I wonder if he was running Vega rain tires, those have amazing grip in soaking conditions… Anyway, mucho impressive.