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Laziness, does NOT have it’s perks

June 14, 2009

Well after taking a little “vacation” from the blog, I’m back and with some big, big happenings of late going on in the F1 world. I’m going to try my best to be brief here, there’s many, many discussion points that have been controversial, at best.

  1. This past Friday, the FIA announced the 13 teams that would compete in the 2010 world championship, all 10 teams from this season, plus 3 new teams; USF1 Engineering, Campos Grand Prix and Manor
  2. Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing have threatened to pull out of the 2010 campaign if the FIA does not change their minds on rule changes for next season, but according to the FIA, their entries are unconditional due to contractional obligations with sponsors and drivers
  3. Toyota, Renault, BMW, McLaren and Brawn GP are conditional entries, that are still unsure whether or not they will compete in 2010, if they do not uconditionally agree with the rules by this Friday, their entries will be dropped
  4. The only 2 teams that have officially accpeted the new regulations is Williams and Force India
  5. The rules that have caused so much conontroversy are a budget cap ($62 million US) for car development, and a bigger role of the teams in governing the sport, which doesn’t sit well with FOTA and its member teams
  6. FOTA has threatened to take their teams and form a breakaway series if the rule changes are not implemented (think CART and IndyCar split, except with a more valid reason)
  7. The European car makes in F1 have sided with FOTA and will follow them into a breakaway series if that were to happen
  8. Lewis Hamilton has said that he would follow McLaren/Mercedes-Benz wherever they decide to go
  9. I did my best to describe these quite confusing events, I probably messed something up here, and if I did, please leave a comment

Phew, what a post, when updates are available, I will post them.

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Michael Schumacher may be your next designated driver

November 30, 2008

In conjunction with Bacardi’s “Champions Drive Responsibly” campaign promoting that one should always designate a drive when drinking, 28 people across the world will have a chance to ride around the Ascari circuit with Michael Schumacher.

“I am eager to spread this message that drinking and driving don’t mix. It is a topic I personally feel strongly about, I have not driven the Ascari circuit before so this will be a new and exciting experience for me as well,” said Schumacher

Hopefully the contest winners don’t take the slogan too literally and get drunk before the ride-along…

Running of the Bulls

June 30, 2008

David Coulthard\'s RB4 in the streets of Pamplona

Image Credits: GPUpdate.net

While most of Spain were enjoying the victory by the Spanish Football club in UEFA Euro 2008, the lucky residents of Pamplona were practicing for the annual Running of the Bulls. But Instead of harassing the farmers to get them to release their bulls into the streets, they instead turned to the Red Bull and Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 team to bring some of their own ‘bulls’. David Coulthard and Sebastien Bourdais chased the Spaniards all the way to the bull arena, and both drivers did their fair share of donuts along the way.

You only live once

June 13, 2008

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like for Kimi Raikkonen to hold his steering wheel? Would you die for an opportunity to be driven around the Silverstone circuit by The Stig?

Now your dreams come true, thanks to the good people of London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, they will hold an auction that will benefit the hospital and the funds raised through the auction will help them build a new heart and lung center.

Some of the items available to bid include:

  • A diamond encrusted steering wheel used by Kimi Raikkonen in his McLaren days
  • An opportunity to be driven around the Silverstone circuit by The Stig in a two-seat F1 car (also includes paddock passes and VIP hospitality)
  • A private tour of the Ferrari factory in Maranello and a chance to drive an F430 around the Fiorano circuit in ItalyAn all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas with all the VIP perks and you will also meet music legend Barry Manilow

If you want to know more about the charity and if you would like to bid on any of these items or for a full list of items that will be auctioned off visit this website.

Ferrari tries “new nose”; radical, eh?

March 18, 2008

Ferrari has reportedly tried a new nose cone on their F2008 and will introduce it at the Bahrain Grand Prix in a few weeks. According to F1-Live, it has a hole in it above the front upper wing, passing through the nose. This raises the question: is a nose cone considered “radical”? In the F1 world at the moment, any change at all is “radical”…a hole through the nose cone? Gee, that’s sorta like what they’ve got down below, on the main wing: above the wing, two side supports and a hole in the middle. If you add a smaller wing up above, wouldn’t the same theory that works on the bottom wing work on the top one?

Formula 1: Where, when two alike theories are found to be the same, it’s considered radical. Yeeeeeehaaaaaaaa!