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Lotus F1 Drivers go Camping

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.

Rosberg Hamilton and Vettel

After a somewhat processional 2013 Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have traded blows in the media.

Talking about the opening laps of the race when he was stuck behind both Mercedes F1 Silver Arrows Vettel was quoted as saying:

You expect two silver arrows and there were two buses going for a cruise

After hearing that, Lewis struck out with his own pointed reply:

He has had the fastest car for the last four years, so it’s easy for him to say that. He’s got it easy

Never a dull moment in F1…

Monaco F1 2013 Rosberg Hamilton and Vettel

F1 Monaco 2013 Vettel complains about being held up by Rosberg and Hamilton


Martin Brundle Drives Murray Walker Around Silverstone

Martin Brundle takes Murray Walker for a ride around SIlverstone in the McLaren 2 seat Formula One Car

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.

2013 Formula One Driver Salaries

It’s the time of year once again where the guestimates and educated guesses are made by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo from information compiled by Business Book GP.

Topping the 2013 list is Alonso holding steady at 30 million dollars, and he is joined by McLaren refugee and Mercedes new boy, Lewis Hamilton also said to be earning 30 million this year, up from 24 million in 2012. Button is holding on as the leading driver at McLaren a 24 million, while new boy there, Perez is up 1.25 million from 2012 to 2 million for 2013, which is a nice increase for him, but at the same time is saving McLaren some 22 million dollars after the departure of Hamilton.

In 2012 Vettel and Webber had parity at Red Bull at 15 million dollars each, but this year Vettel is enjoying a 3 million increase to 18 million, while Webber remains on 15 million. Over at Mercedes the spending has increased significantly with the arrival of Hamilton, but Rosberg too is showing an increase over 2012, but only 1 million to 16 million, up from 15 million in 2012.

Hulkenberg moved from Force India across to Sauber for 2013, and that move doubled his salary from 750,000 in 2012 to 1.5 million for 2013. Maldonardo, staying on for another year at Williams gets an increase, up to 1.5 million, up from 600,000 in 2012. Another doubling his 2012 salary is di Resta, staying on at Force India, earning 600,000 for 2013, up from 200,000 in 2012.

As well as those above who all increased their earnings for 2013, a couple of drivers are said to have had salary cuts. Massa has apparently taken a 6 million dollar per year cut, all the way down to 9 million for 2013, down form 15 million in 2012. Raikkonen is also said to be taking a cut, down 2 million from 7 million to 5 million. Of course both of these drivers may have taken a upfront salary cut, but in reality it probably means that they have re-negotiated and are probably looking at increased bonuses for each World Championship point scored, so if they perform they may not be looking at an overall cut.

Looking at the 2013 team spending on drivers, the 800 pound gorilla this year is Mercedes, spending a whopping 47.5 million on their lineup of Hamiltona and Rosberg.  Ferrari has reduced their spend a little, coming in at 40 million, with Red Bull coming in third at a relatively economical 33 million considering they are the reigning constructors and driver World Champions. Although McLaren Mercedes has reduced it’s spend significantly after losing Hamilton, it is still spending 27 million on drivers this year.

After those 4 teams, the spend on drivers drops off significantly, with Lotus spending only 6 million, Williams 2.5 million and the rest are all spending less then 2 million, with Caterham spending the least of all at 450,000.

Formula One Driver Salaries for 2013

How much does each F1 driver earn?, and How much does each team spend on drivers?


Courage 50 Years of McLaren

Courage - Bruce McLaren Tribute

Courage – Bruce McLaren Tribute

The McLaren Formula One Team is 50 years old, and to celebrate it they produced this great tribute video to Bruce McLaren and his legacy.

Life is not measured in years alone,
but in achievement

In only3 minutes it gives a great insight into the man that Bruce McLaren was, and clues as to why his legacy lives on so long after his death. The videos title “Courage” says it all.

Bruce started his team way back in 1963 and is credited with a number of innovations that are still used to this day on modern Formula One cars. He was one of the modern day pioneers of motorsport worldwide.

If Formula One Teams Had VW Buses

Formla One 2013 Team VW Buses

Formla One 2013 Team VW Buses

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.

A Trip to The Marussia F1 Factory

A Visit to the Marussia F1 Factory

A Visit to the Marussia F1 Factory

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…


Enjoy the video.


F1 Tire Differences Between 2012 and 2013

Differences between 2012 and 2013 F1 Tires

Differences between 2012 and 2013 F1 Tires

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.

Bruce McLarens Legacy

Bruce McLarens Legacy

Bruce McLarens Legacy

Join Tyler Axexander and Gordon Coppuck, themselves, two legends in McLaren history as they discuss working with Bruce McLaren and the time immediately following Bruce’s death in a Can-AM testing accident at Goodwood in 1970.

The video also features the starting up of a McLaren M8 inside the McLaren Technology Centre. Some interesting stories from two guys who were there in the early days of McLaren.

Bruce McLaren Remuera Racer

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.