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The Irony of Racing

6 Apr

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Courtesy of @racedepartment

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Red Bull Hopes to Turn the Heat Down

16 Feb

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Testing time in Jerez didn’t go too well for Red Bull. For all the design genius of Adrian Newey, the team broke out the drills a few weeks ago just to scallop out the body work in hopes the car would just cool down. Temperatures were at an average high of 58F degrees, and an average low of 43F – hardly hot. But the heat was on in the Red Bull kitchen as everyone packed up and left early, with hardly any laps completed. You know Newey has been burning the midnight oil these past few weeks, figuring out a way to either 1. somehow get a Ferrari engine in the back of his otherwise stellar creation, or 2. figure out how the heck to get this engine to stay within temperature limits this time around. Temperatures predicted in Bahrain over the next few days will average a very spring like 69-70 ish F, and a low not much lower. Beautiful weather over there this time of year.

Of course, there is one more test session scheduled in Bahrain, at the end of the month. That’s it, over and done with. Then the first race is mid March in Australia – where temperatures will likely be similar to what it is in Bahrain. So who’s running hotter right now? The Red Bull engine, or Newey himself? No doubt he’s under a tremendous amount of pressure. Afterall, their star drivers can’t do much if the car isn’t fully functional. With that said, there is no doubt that Newey is perhaps the greatest F1 engineer in the series history. He has a knack for applying his Hawking-esque brain to the world of racing. While I’m a Tifosi a heart, I’m rooting for Newey, and I think he will figure it out. We all know the season is long, and literally everything can happen. Particularly with the new engines, not to mention all the new rules for this year.

F1 Uncut

12 Feb

Saw this on several other blogs, but worthy of posting…it will make you laugh if you’re aware of what this season has in store

Santa’s Fastest Sleigh

24 Dec

Ferrari turns of the Christmas heat!

New Ferrari F1 Car Spied?

2 Dec

It’s clearly turbocharged, and the roof scoop is rather conspicuous. Could it be a gussied up F1 car testing early? Or perhaps a mule that may conform to LMP rules? Let the games begin!

Courtesy of Racecar Engineering

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Just a Simple Steering Wheel

26 Nov

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Master and Apprentice

4 Nov

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Will the student one day surpass the master in the record books? Pic courtesy of Classic Formula 1

Kill 90 Minutes While Smiling, Learning and Ignoring Your Significant Other

18 Oct

F1 fans, enjoy! No it’s not brand new, but it’s a blast anyway

Sounds Like the Future

18 Oct

Next year the V6 Turbos will be on the grid in Formula 1, and it’s a move that had many fans concerned. If you’ve never been to an F1 race, it’s hard to grasp how important the audible component is to the series. Sure, the cars sound amazing as the V8’s wail away at ungodly rpms when you watch it on tv. But in person, you feel the sound. They pop, snort, and sing, and your brain craves in every measure of it.

Honda has now released sound clips of their new V6 Turbo. They will be supplying these to McLaren (perhaps others?) a year after the changeover. While you don’t get the physical sensation from the video, the sound itself is the sweetest V6 I’ve ever heard.

Courtesy of NBCSports

Here is a clip of the 2014 Mercedes V6 Turbo F1 engine:

And lastly, the 2014 Renault power plant:

What it Takes to be a Proficiently Fast Driver

27 Sep

Found this link via Will Burton, F1 commentator. In light of the opening of the movie Rush, it’s pretty good timing

Kimi, Where Are You?

22 Aug

Conspicuously absent at Spa. Lotus posted this lighthearted screenshot to egg it on

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History Lesson

7 Aug

On this day in ’88, Hungary: Ayrton Senna & Alain Prost took McLaren’s 10th 1-2 finish. A truly awe-inspiring season.

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The Old in and Out

26 Jul

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2013 Canadian Grand Prix Preview

8 Jun

Monaco’s Royalty

25 May

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While Monaco has no official King (only a Prince, who rules the principality), its default leader is the late Aryton Senna. He won the F1 race here 6 times (still a record). Though he died tragically in 1994, he will always be regarded as one of the best to ever run the famed event.