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.
Sometimes, it doesn’t take a very technical video to explain how parts of a car work. This video was made back in the 1930s, but it does a really good job explaining how a basic differential works.
Take a peek and see if you learn something.
This. This video here shows why Formula D’s scoring makes no sense.
I mean it does as far as I understand that it’s a drifting competition and that’s it an exhibition. Still, I have never understood if there was any consistency ever in Formula D’s scoring system. At all. Ever.
I get it. It’s a popularity contest. Still, I’ve always wished that Formula D cars just had a Driftbox installed, and this would fix a lot of their problems. At least with a Driftbox installed, drivers are just playing to the meter rather than playing to the favorites of the judges.
*Yep, I’m ranting. Deal.*
Damon Hill is one of my favorite Formula 1 drivers of all time. Now, you might ask why would I be interested in posting about a twenty-six year old motor-race?
0ne reason: Murray Walker. Listen to his epic commentary. He covers this race as if this is a Formula 1 Grand Prix!
Alex Zanardi is such a champion, who is much more than just from his racing.
Sure, he’s raced in Formula 1. He’s won the CART series title two years in a row. He’s raced touring cars and won the gold medal in the 2012 Paralympic Games after losing his legs in a horrible crash in 2001. Still, Zanardi is much more than that.
So the maiden Formula E race was this weekend, and I just had a chance to really look at some of the highlights in detail. (First of all, props to Formula E to actually provide some highlights of their races. Why Formula 1 doesn’t do this is absolutely baffling to me still.)