Anyone can fan would get a kick out of seeing how amazingly packaged an F1 car is. It’s also a great view to see how a driver sits in the car and how close to the ground he is going 200mph. Simply amazing.
With Spa having run a few weeks ago, Eau Rouge doesn’t seem to make as much of an impact these days as it used to now that F1 has higher downforce, lower power cars. During this year’s race I noticed a cameraman positioned next to the track right as the cars headed uphill, I’m curious to see if he was able to pan fast enough to get a shot. Maybe he was used to shooting GT cars…
We’ve seen this sort of display before for production cars but it’s very cool to see it done to an F1 car. There are 3,200 parts individually hung for display at the Mercedes-Benz World F1 Exhibition in England. It’s just like F1 to do something so ridiculous, just because they can.
Well now that we have to wait an extra 2 weeks for the F1 season to start because of the chaos in Bahrain, here’s something light and fun that Red Bull just released.
A great highlight reel showcasing this year’s F1 championship. This has been such a long and eventful season some of these moments seem like they’re from past years.
Well, it’s all over. And what a season it’s been. I haven’t recapped every race this season but I have to at least comment on the finale at Abu Dhabi and the season as a whole. What a final race followed by Vettel’s controversial win in Brazil. Although I wished he’d let Webber by and take the win in Brazil to give him a better chance in Abu Dhabi, Vettel was in the right to scrape together every point possible judging by how the championship winners have won in the past couple seasons. It seemed like Alonso and Webber were both trying to run the safe race in a desperate attempt to win the championship while Vettel just flat out drove his ass off and jumped from third to first in the points. When I first watched this kid race in the USGP for BMW, it was clear he was going to be a future world champion if he played his cards right. As with all champions, it was a combination of right team at the right time. With Red Bull hiring Adrian Newey around the same time Vettel joined Torro Rosso, Vettel graduated to the senior team just in time as Newey’s car was starting to mature. It’s just too bad for Webber being part of the team since it’s Jaguar form that he might have just lost out on his best chance to win a championship title. It’s safe to say Alonso is probably the one of if not the fastest driver in the field but he blew his chance and become first loser this year. Looking back in the season, each one of the title contenders made a good amount of mistakes to decrease their chances of winning the title but this really was an eventful season with a nice clean fair finish. Until next year…
It’s been a while since I posted a recap of the past F1 race but I couldn’t pass up commenting on my favorite F1 track of all, Spa Francochamps in Belgium. This track is surrounded by history on and off the track. Nestled within the Ardennes forest where some of the most historic WWII battles occured, Spa was one of the original Formula 1 tracks on the calendar in 1950, just a few years after the war. This is also one of a few tracks that actually still resembles it’s original layout and looking like a proper road course winding through natural terrain of the land.
Now on to the events of last weekend. Another feature of Spa is it’s unpredictable weather that always calls for an eventful race. Last weekend was no exception with wet/dry conditions causing crashes and strategy calls to keep us all entertained.
Again, Red Bull was on pole with Webber but a poor start and dropped him a couple spots before the first corner. Red Bull has the pace but it’s always something that prevents them from converting good qualifying into race wins.
In the middle of the race, Vettel’s inexperience showed again when he lost control trying to overtake Button and speared straight into the side of him taking Button out of the race. Vettel was able continue but ended up with a drive-through penalty, which is fair because it was a pseudo racing incident, something unintentional but caused by some poor judgement.
In the end, Lewis took the checkers driving a clean race and keeping out of trouble while Webber reaped the benefits of Vettel and Button’s mishaps to place second. It seems like it’ll be Reb Bull – McLaren battle going into the last rounds of this season with Lewis and Webber fighting for the championship. Ferrari has just been messing around in the top ten and can’t seem to get it together and run a clean tidy race weekend.
Most of us weekend track racers will never enjoy the benefits of a team preparing our cars for the track. We spend countless hours under the hood with blood, sweat, and tears to get our cars ready for some casual racing. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button got a little taste of what it’s like to not be a professional driver and have to work on the car you drive.
A fairly uneventful race in Istanbul, Turkey this past weekend.
Well, except for dumbass #5 and #6 teammates crashing into each other. Everyone knows rule #1 within the team is “don’t crash into your teammate”. Regardless of whoever fault it was, there was obviously a lack of communication in the team which was indicated by the team’s reaction on the pit wall. Seb probably saw an opportunity to pass and tried to take advantage of it but MW probably didn’t get any notice he was coming so the two morons lost a lot of valuable points and dropped themselves out of leading the constructor’s championship. Lewis Hamilton then inherited first and went on to win the race.
In the closing laps there was some good wheel-to-wheel action between the McLaren teammates and we saw Lewis Hamilton’s girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger over-reacting in the garage like she knew what was going on; sit down lady, this is racing.
The Grand Prix of Monaco is undoubtedly the most prestigious race on the F1 calendar. F1 cars have no business racing on such narrow streets with no run-offs, no place to pass, and an ocean just a few feet away from the most dangerous part of the track but because of all the history behind and events surrounding the race, ol’ Bernie just can’t pull it from the schedule.
Red Bull seems to have ironed out their reliability issues so if they can keep development up, they stand a good chance of going all the way. Rumors of the end of a drivers contract always seems to light a fire under their ass, which might have been the case with Mark Webber. The car already had the pace but it looks like all he needed was the extra edge of pressure to push him ahead of Vettel.
It was unfortunate that Alonso crashed on Saturday, putting him last on the starting grid, but it did add a little more entertainment to the race watching him move up in the field. Judging by his race pace, it didn’t look like he would’ve been fast enough to fight for the win but Alonso’s aggressive driving style is always fun to watch in a tight course like Monaco.
Leave it up to Michael Schumacher to add some drama at the end of the race by passing Alonso right after the safety car pulled off. In the past, cars weren’t allowed to pass after the safety car period until they pass the start/finish line but the rules have changed for 2010 to where they can but the debate lies in the fact that the race was ending with a safety car period but Michael was trying to take advantage of either a mistake with race control or a loophole in the new rules. He has been handed a 20-second penalty which dropped him back a couple spots pending his appeal with the race stewards. Coincidentally it’s the same corner Michael parked himself at during qualifying for the 2006 Monaco GP and blocked Alonso on his hot lap. Damon Hill is also a steward for this race so it should be very interesting. Look up Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill, Adelaide 1994 for some insight into their history.