It’s F1 testing time again, and the guys at the Lotus Formula One Team decided to make this little video with Roman Grosjean and new boy Pastor Maldanardo. F1 drivers are usually not the best of actors, so no Oscar Nominations here, but it’s still quite a funny video, especially seeing a Formula One car towing a Caravan/Camper.
Honda have released the video below as a tribute to their favorite Formula One Son, Ayrton Senna. It’s been 19 years now since that fateful day in Imola, and we have witnessed many Formula One drivers come and go, and even the supreme reign of Michael Schumacher, his retirement, and then his second F1 career, but in all that time there has never been another Ayrton Senna. Yes, Michael would do anything to win, and yes Vettel seems cast from the same mold, but neither of them are Senna.
The tribute is unusual and unique. Sound technicians placed speakers all around the Suzuka track, along with identification lighting to mark the position of the car on the track, then when night fell, the sound of Ayrton’s spectacular Suzuka lap was replayed in real time, sounding like he was once again taking that lap around Sukuka. Pretty amazing stuff, and a tribute only fit for a legend.
The first video is the actual lap, while the second one shows a lot about what went into making it all possible and the setup. Unfortunately the behind the scenes video is in Japanese only, but if you watch it the pictures tell the story, and there is even a rare look at the original telemetry printouts from Sennas lap that helped to re-create this amazing lap.
Big news for the last couple of years has been the upcoming Ron Howard film Rush, telling the story of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda through the 1976 season.
Of course any F1 fan is well aware of the basic story, Hunt and Lauda share wins in the 76 Championship, and it looks like it’s going to be another championship for Lauda, but the season is disrupted when Lauda crashes and is almost killed at the Nurburgring. Lauda is given the last rites, but pulls through after being badly burnt, and within 6 weeks is back at the wheel of his Ferrari trying to save his season. With the points incredibly close at the last round in Japan Lauda has to make a choice between risking his life again, or pulling out of the race, leaving the door open for Hunt to take the title.
History cannot be changed, and we all know Hunt took the 76 championship, his only one, but the movie really digs into the story and shows the agonizing decisions that had to be made, and the huge amount of courage Lauda showed in not only cheating death, but in getting back into the car so soon with the injuries he was carrying.
I cannot even start to imagine the pain and suffering Lauda must have gone through. It’s one thing to get out of hospital and walk around the park after that sort of trauma, but to climb back into a Formula One car, pull down the belts tightly over the wounds, then race competitively while all the time getting thrown around in the cockpit just defies anything most of us will ever know. I certainly cannot imagine what it must have been like for him to even try to put a helmet on…
Enjoy the trailers below, and some of the making of clips.
Rush Trailer 1
Rush Trailer 2
Behind the scenes of Rush with interviews
US Speed Channels Will Buxton Interviews Ron Howard about Rush at the end of 2012 after filming had concluded.
More behind the scenes of Rush
Filing on location for Rush
Amateur footage of the Rush Lauda crash re-creation
Rush filming on location at Snetterton in England
About Rush by Channel 10 Australia with Button and Webber
Martin Brundle takes Murray Walker for a ride around SIlverstone in the McLaren 2 seat Formula One Car
Formula One viewers from around the world are familiar with Martin Brundle, former Tyrrell, Zakspeed, Williams, Brabham, Benetton, Ligier, McLaren and Jordan Formula One driver between 1984 and 1996, and then F1 commentator for the BBC and now Sky Sports in the UK form 1997 through to the current season.
Martin for a good part of his BBC commentating career was paired with longtime British Formula One Commentating legend Murray Walker. For those not familiar with Murray, here is his bio. Affectionately known as “Muddly Talker” Murray is famous for his commentating gaffs and mixups, but is also one of the foremost Formula One authorities around.
Back in 1998 the opportunity arose for Martin to take Murray for a ride in the McLaren Two Seat Formula One ride car so Murray could experience a F1 car at speed for himself.
McLaren built the two seater in 1998 as a way for VIP’s and non F1 drivers to experience a F1 car for real at speed. It was designed and built by McLaren cars, designated the MP4-98T by a team led by Barry Lett, with obviously a lot of help from the F1 team. The car was a huge success, offering an unparalled experience for the passenger who although sitting up higher than and behind the driver could still see the road ahead. The car had in excess of 700 brake horsepower and was powered by the same engine as the 1998 McLaren F1 race cars, and significantly it’s power to weight ratio and handling was very similar to the single seat F1 cars, achieved by essentially replacing the big fuel tank of the race cars with the passenger cockpit, and only carrying enough fuel for a few laps.
Enjoy the video, it’s a classic bit of F1 history where two commentators talk you around the laps live form the cockpit.
Lewis Hamilton shows the evolution of the McLaren Steering Wheel
Yet another great video about Formula One Steering Wheels, from back in the day when Lewis Hamilton was still a loyal McLaren driver.
Follow along as Lewis shows the evolution of the McLaren Formula One Steering wheel, from way back in the day with a steering wheel from John Watson’s McLaren with no buttons on it at all, through the Ayrton Senna steering wheels with a couple of buttons, to Mika Hakkinen’s steering wheel where we saw more evolution through to the wheel on Lewis Hamiltons 2010 McLaren.
A fascinating history clearly showing not only the evolution of electronics and the associated buttons to adjust everything, but also the materials the steering wheels are made of and their coverings, from shiny hard leather to more grippy materials like suede.
A cool insight into the technology of the 2013 Formula One Steering wheel, by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Between them they explain the main functions of the 2013 Mercedes Formula One Steering Wheel. If you watch this video, take the time to check out some of our previous steering wheel videos in the Formula One Steering Wheel category to see the evolution of the wheel as electronics gained momentum and took over so many aspects of the modern Formula One cars.
If you have ever wondered what a Formula One Teams VW Bus would look like if they had them, wonder no longer, as we have scoured the far corners of the internet and found a complete set of VW Buses all decked out in the 2013 Formula One car liveries.
Why Useful Pixels have created this I have no idea, apart from they must be huge VW and Formula One fans, but the graphics are pretty cool and the idea is certainly way out there. Just the kind of off the wall stuff we like to find and bring to you.
Here in the United States we see very little of the fantastic coverage the British enjoy via Sky Sports, including factory visits and indepth interviews, unless we are lucky enough to find a stray feed online come Grand Prix time.
Check out the differences between the Marussia Formula One teams headquarters and those of the top teams like Ferrari and McLaren. It’s night and day, the haves and the havenots…
Peter Hewson, the head of tires for the Caterham Formula One team goes in depth to explain the differences between the 2012 and 2013 Formula One tires as supplied by Pirelli.
Just as the teams got used to the 2012 compounds and how they worked with their own cars, Pirelli went back to work and changed things up for 2013 in an attempt to keep the teams guessing and to try to keep the racing as exciting as possible.
I’m not sure about you, but for me all the messing around with tires has added a level of confusion to watching F1 races. You are never quite sure of where everyone is at with their tire strategy or wear. On one hand it keeps us guessing to see if things change late in the race, but at the same time drivers are moving up and down the leaderboard like crazy and it all gets difficult to keep track of.
Anyway, here is some great insight into the world of Formula One tires.
Remuera is a suburb of Auckland City in New Zealand, where Bruce McLaren grew up and spent most of his life before heading overseas to race, so it’s a fitting name for a 60 minute tribute DVD put together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his death in 1970.
This spectacular video, highlighting Bruce’s life and his racing achievements is available at the Throughtout The Gears Website. Below is the trailer for the DVD.