Cutaway of a Sauber F1 Car. Fascinating. #f1 #formula1
Does anybody have a count of how many on-track passes occurred in today's Monaco GP? Was it the lowest ever for the circuit? #formula1 #f1 #montecarlo #grandprix #procession
If you subscribe to the maxim that “it matters not who won or lost, but how you played the game” then you may be one of the people who describe the unequaled F1 career of Michael Schumacher with an appreciation that is always suffixed with a balance-redressing “yes but…”.
As Dr. Frasier Crane so delicately put it: “What is the one thing better than an exquisite meal? An exquisite meal with one tiny flaw we can pick at all night.” So here, to help fuel the night’s discussion, are a few recollections of Schumacher’s brilliant, if controversial career.
It’s Sunday and Em’s spent the weekend playing volleyball in the sun. I’ve been inside working on code. I’ve paused to watch the Grand Prix, hoping it’ll be a good one, but after 52 laps (with 21 to go) I have to say this is dull. It’s like watching an episode of The Simpsons or Friends, because every shot I’m thinking “hey, haven’t I seen this one before?”. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. The annual six-nations rugby championship is well underway, but almost as soon as it begins, it’s over. With just five weekends of rugby, something else has to fill the year’s weekends with a reason to cling precariously to the sofa’s edge. One of those somethings is, or used to be, Formula 1. What hope is there for the 2006 season? Continue reading
The battle for the 2005 F1 Drivers Championship looks like it’s a two horse race, but so far, one of the horses is getting all the luck. The table presented here compares the relative preformance of 2005’s two top drivers, as well as a providing an alternative (speculative) championship score that takes account of car failure. The table shows that the current second place driver, Kimi Raikkonen, could easily have found himself in the top spot had his car been more reliable. It also highlights that the two championships (one for drivers and one for constructors) have a scoring system that penalises drivers for their team’s poor reliability, but is more forgiving of the teams. Continue reading
The withdrawl of 7 teams from the USA F1 GP is a certainly milestone in the history of F1. The chain of events that led to the withdrawl really began when Ralf Schumacher crashed on Friday. Continue reading
Two of the most engaging factors in F1 are that it’s very dangerous and it costs an awful lot of money just to get in the game; so it’s either too risky or too expensive for ordinary people to get involved. It’s the glamorous playground of car manufacturers and independent entreptreneurs. Continue reading
I was introduced to F1 by my grandfather, when James Hunt was fighting to be the world #1 back in the 70’s. We always watched on the TV. In those days that meant the BBC with Murray Walker’s insanely eager commentary and every episode introduced by the ominous bass of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain”. We watched the British drivers come and go; Brundle, Blundell, Coultard, Herbert, Hill and Nigel Mansell in his Red 5 Williams. We watched Senna and Prost collide as team mates; Senna and Mansell go wheel to wheel; the track invasion after Mansell’s home win in 92, and the shock of Senna’s death in ’94. My grandfather incidentally was such an F1 nut that he had a scale model of the McLaren on his television, so as a four year old, Formula1 was something that was just a part of life: and a very exciting part of life too. Continue reading