It's only one race into the 2014 Formula One season
, and if you're interested in knowing more about this world of specialized racing cars, there was a roundup of documentaries on Reddit last year
. While the links are all dead, it's a handy guide to films you can find online. For your viewing pleasure... [more inside]
Fans of the Formula 1
racing series spend the offseason poring through the next year's regulation changes
before the unveiling of the new cars at the first testing session in January. The biggest change from last year is the switch from V8 to V6 engines, but since November fans and teams have fixated on something else: the new nosecone specifications result in an "ugly"
car and quite phallic noses. [more inside]
After a 5 year absence
, construction delays
, and rumors of cancellation
, Formula 1
is back to a permanent home in Austin, Texas this weekend. [more inside]
After a two year process, the Sauber F1 Team
have successfully sliced one of their cars in half
. The result allows for a detailed look inside the technical workings of a modern F1 car.
Motorsport - Love For Life
The latest video created by Finn Antti Kalhol
, Motorsport - Love For Life
is a roughly four and a half minute meditation on auto racing, suffering and love. [more inside]
After years of meticulous research of historic documents, mapping, modeling, texturing, and trying to convince a video game released in 1998 to do something it was never intended to be capable of, the 72 kilometer, 567-turn Piccolo circuito delle Madonie was released
as a community add-on track for Grand Prix Legends
last September. The track was home of the Targa Florio
from 1932 to 1936 and 1951 to 1977, and is made up of curving
, winding mountain roads
in the Sicilian countryside
, and is beautifully recreated in the game. Best of all, it's absolutely free
Max Mosley, controversial
president of the FIA
(the governing board of F1 and other international motorsports), made headline news this past weekend for a "sick nazi orgy with 5 hookers"
that was caught on tape (posted, but has since been pulled down). He has apologized
, but does not plan to leave his position, despite many who feel his vices may detract
from motor racing.
Over the past decade, as NASCAR's
popularity has grown, and Formula 1 has expanded into new international markets
, open wheel racing in the US has floundered along with 2 rival series: IRL and CART. With little sponsorship money, the loss of big-name drivers to retirement, F1 and NASCAR, this year's unification of IRL and CART
was a long time coming, and may lead to a series that race fans may start caring about again.
When F1 was sex and drugs and rocky roads.
Starring, of course, James Hunt
. And Jody Scheckter's iconic 6-wheeled Tyrrell P34
. And your crash of crashes, Niki Lauda at Nurburgring 1976
. Despite falling into a coma and suffering extensive facial burns, Lauda was back in 6 weeks at Monza
Speaking, as we were
, of F1 drivers, fans should take note that Live Fast, Die Young
, a documentary about Swiss driver Jo Siffert
has recently been released overseas. Siffert died in a crash in 1971, and fifty thousand people turned out for his funeral. Can't see the film (and if you're in the U.S., chances are you can't)? Check out the soundtrack
, by the always fantastic
(though apparently website-less) Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited
. Samples here
Formula One car "skin" provides it's own power.
A potentially very cool application of nanotechnology might appear on F1 cars as early as next season.
U.S. GP starts and ends in farce
In what could very well be the last Formula One race in the USA, the United States Grand Prix turned to farce yesterday when the vast majority of the grid (14 cars), shod with Michelin tyres, aborted their race after the formation lap and pulled into their garages, leaving the six cars shod with Bridgestone tyres to start and finish the race.
Formula One tweaked!
The Formula One Commission met earlier today at what was touted as the most important meeting
(PDF) in the last 20 years to discuss ways to rescue Formula One. The biggest outcome was to have single qualifying laps on Fridays and Saturdays, the historic Spa circuit was dropped from the calendar due to tobacco advertising restrictions. [More inside]
Rubens Barrichello robbed.
Formula One driver Barrichello has just let Michael Schumacher win the Austrian Grand Prix. I've been getting more and more disillusioned with F1, and this has put the cap on it. No more for me.
came to Hungaroring yesterday as a triple world champion, he left it as a legend! [More inside]