It’s been done before. Only difference is, this one takes place on live TV and isn’t staged as frequently done for marketing & PR purposes. Nice to see Casey Stoner and Mick Doohan involved (normally pushing the limits on their race bikes), while David Coulthard resumes duty in the Red Bull F1 car. Enjoy the video after the jump. (more…)
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Race2Recovery, a British Dakar Rally team comprised of British and American soldiers, has become the first team to complete the rally with disabled crew members taking part. Serveral amputees made up a component of this team which successfully crossed the finish line with one of its four Land Rover Wildcat trucks. One was (more…)
Al Jazeera Corespondent has produced a one-hour documentary on the Isle of Man TT, a motorcycle race considered to be the one of the world’s most dangerous competitions. The Isle of Man TT: A Dangerous Addiction film talks about the race’s history, how it’s still held on public roads and how riders safety is touch-and-go. Watch the documentary after the jump. (more…)
This is shocking news to me! Yes, I was fully aware that Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations with McLaren were a bit rocky, but no way did I think he would actually do it. Leaving McLaren to join Mercedes is a big deal.
This is the same McLaren team that groomed him from the tender age of 12 years old. I think everyone could see that Lewis was beginning to alienate himself in recent times, with his frustrations growing race by race whether it was due to (more…)
After yesterday’s stellar performance in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, starting at 12th and climbing to a 2nd place finish, there is no longer any doubt in my mind that Felipe Massa’s seat at Ferrari will go to Sergio “Checo” Pérez next season. Driving what is considered by most to be a strong midfield car, the Sauber F1, Pérez has put in some exciting performances this season which have not gone unnoticed by the good folks at Scuderia Ferrari.
The reason why this could be the most logical move is that Sergio is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, an initiative from the Italian team whereby it nurtures and grooms its own young talent. The fact that he is at Sauber F1, a team which uses Ferrari engines, is (more…)
The Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) wishes! Well, FIA boss – Jean Todt – wishes. He hopes to persuade the three manufacturers to join the sport, using plans of heavy cost-cutting measures proposed for 2016 as bait. Todt believes that the FIA need to push for a 30% reduction in F1′s spending in order to save teams from leaving the grid. So, is this wishful thinking?
Panasonic Toyota Racing was the team most recently involved in F1. Never able to secure victory in a Grand Prix, the team only achieved its highest finish of 2nd place five times throughout its involvement in the sport. After much investment and lack of consistency, Toyota pulled the plug after 8 seasons. Why would they return now? It’s no secret that Toyota’s CEO, Akio Toyoda, is a huge fan of motorsport, sometimes taking the wheel himself in races. However, I can’t see them building a business case at this point. They have had quite a rough patch on the manufacturing side over the past few years and a return to F1 may not be the most feasible approach to taking the business back to where it once was.
Audi? Also not really a team I see in F1 in the coming years. Audi has dominated endurance and sports prototype racing in prestigious events like Le Mans and the GT World Championships. Their grip on (more…)
Just how important is a waved red flag during a race when there is apparent danger? Extremely important! During a Formula Masters race at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany, a racing incident occurred which led to the safety car being deployed. While being attended to, the poor guy in the yellow car was basically a sitting duck… absolutely helpless. Watch the epic FAIL after the jump. (more…)
Reason #1: There have been 5 different winning drivers and 5 different winning teams over the first 5 races of the season. Even the Williams F1 team have won a race this year, with their last victory taking place in 2004.
Reason #2: A single race win, equal to 25 points, separates 1st from 8th place in the drivers championship standings. Keep in mind that there are still 15 races left, so it’s still anyone’s season.
Reason #3: Fernando Alonso is driving the hell out of a lackluster Ferrari. Nothing else to add to that.
Reason #4: The next race is Monaco, which is always a beauty to watch and never short on drama. With Lewis Hamilton being usually quick at Monaco, could he (more…)
This video actually provides excellent insight as to how Formula One drivers sit in their cars. Nico Rosberg explains why the drivers must sit so low in the cockpit, reasons for the steering wheel’s placement, as well as going on to state that foam is too “heavy”. That seems a bit extreme but one of the commenters on Youtube said it best: “That’s Formula 1 alright”! Watch the video after the jump. (more…)
Worldwide hacking group, Anonymous, took down the official Formula 1 website on Friday night as part of a protest against the Bahraini government and the staging of the Grand Prix. The official site is up and running now, but it was offline for a short period replaced with the text ‘Formula None’, along with several paragraphs explaining why (more…)
During a race event at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, this Camaro drag car experienced what is reportedly a nitrous explosion. At first, there’s a fireball which shoots out via the hood scoop. A crew member checks on it (foolishly without any protective gear), and then BOOM. I’m sure the team are just thankful that every one is still alive after this incident. Watch the video after the jump. (more…)
F1′s Bahrain Grand Prix just can’t catch a break! Last year’s race was postponed due to protests and violence, eventually being canceled altogether for the 2011 season. Now, it seems likely that the race is under threat once again with a fresh round of protests taking place. This time though, the protesters are clearly after F1.
On Twitter, protesters have been using the hashtags #BloodyF1 and #noF1 to show their disapproval for the (more…)
I had to pass by Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive showroom the other day and as I walked in, BAM! Less than 5 meters away from me was a car I drooled over during my childhood: McLaren F1′s MP4-8 race car.
Why I admired it as a teenager was because in 1993, Ayrton Senna piloted this very car to 5 victories and placed 2nd overall in the Formula 1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.
The reason for the MP4-8′s presence at Ali Alghanim & Sons’ facility is that it was shipped over for the opening of McLaren Automotive’s showroom. The race car will be (more…)