Posts Tagged ‘Formula One



22
Aug
09

F1 Gadgets

The F1 season has picked up pace, with only 9 races left to finish, the frenzy is peaking! Bets are being placed on who is going to win, teams are changing drivers in the hope that the winds of fate may be altered, fans are sending out fervent prayers! The f1 fraternity is all a-roar!

Cashing in on all this drama are the gadget companies. The official video game of F1 2009 heightened the gaming experience with the race-wheel accessory, now that is some personal race action for you!

The mobile companies aren’t far behind! Gresso, the Russian luxury phone manufacturer has created a phone made of the same material used in F1 cars. Personally, I think it’s pretty ugly – especially when you compare it to the beauty of the cars! But hey, whatever floats your boat!

Microsoft is also hanging on like the persistent terrier it is! An intern has devised a Vista Gadget that will keep you updated on the driver standings, race stats and a video of the race! It is yet to hit the market, but knowing us, anything to keep our speed fix going, is good for us!

The bizarre, when it comes to F1, is never too far behind! Luxury phone, race-wheels and now Ferrari clocks! Now this isn’t just any Ferrari clock, it has the nose of a Ferrari car zooming out of its digital face! It weighs about 35 pounds and is 3 feet wide!

It will be interesting to see what Singapore the land of gadgets and gizmos comes up with at the F1 Singapore Night Race!

The list is endless. If you know of any cool, crazy, snazzy F1 gizmos, do tell us about it!

 

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22
Aug
09

Host to another FIRST!

F1 Singapore 2008 saw a whole number of firsts. It was the FIRST Formula One race ever to be held in Singapore plus Singapore was home to Asia’s FIRST street race! Now come on that can’t be all, now can it? To add to its list of firsts, Singapore took it a couple of notches higher, or should I say a couple of VOLTAGES higher and F1 Singapore 2008 saw the FIRST night race in the history of Formula One racing.

So it is easy to say that whoever made it to last year’s Singapore Grand Prix sure was a part of history in the making! But wait, don’t lose heart if you weren’t there, 2009 has a whole new FIRST of its kind.

Having dominated the F1 frenzy with all its firsts in 2008, Singapore Grand Prix 2009 is going all out to dominate the entertainment quotient of this season! Another FIRST for the sport is Singapore’s line up of artists from around the world.

The world’s only night race is where every racing fan wants to be. And I guess it’s exactly where the who’s who of entertainment want to be too. Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, Travis, N*E*R*D, Simple Minds are just the tip of the iceberg. With 4 days packed with entertainment around the circuit, Singapore has gone that extra mile to give every ticket holder his entire money’s worth.

So there’s the world’s only night race, I’m sorry, make that the world’s only NIGHT STREET RACE, and this incredible line up of chart toppers and there’s the fact that Singapore is just 4.5 hours away, I don’t see why it’s not worth it.

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but it just does not get bigger than this!

 

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22
Aug
09

We’ve moved on to greener circuits! :)

It is only the name and address. . . everything else remains the same . . .

We have only changed from bangaloref1fans to www.f1singaporegp.wordpress.com

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21
Aug
09

The new recruits!

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that drivers are not top priority for teams anymore. The 2009 championships have seen quite a few mid season changes that have left teams and fans suspended in anticipation and anxiety.

To add to the drama, every change is accompanied with intense media hype and gossip! The star of the show has got to be Nelson Piquet Jr. on his dismissal from Renault. In his exact words, “Flavio Briatore was my ‘EXECUTIONER’ more than my manager”. The son of legendary Formula One Champion, Nelson Piquet blamed the team for his poor performances and accused them of giving teammate Alonso all the attention. Oooooo! Hard claims!

Next was Sebastien Bourdais. This racer began his F1 stint with Toro Rosso in 2008 and after a fairly good season in 2008, Bourdais began a steady decline in the 2009 Formula One Championships. Get this, in Spain he struck teammate Buemi’s car in an attempt of avoiding Jarno Trulli, ending the race for both drivers! And then, at the British Grand Prix, there was an encore when Bourdais collided with McLaren driver Kovalainen ending the race,again, for both drivers. With a hit-list like that it was evident he wasn’t going to last long resulting in Toro Rosso’s decision to replace Bourdais with Jaime Alguersuari. Now, that’s some bad street cred!

Well the drama didn’t end there, Bourdais threatened to sue. And that’s when Toro Rosso dished out a reported whopping 2.1 million US dollars for an out of court settlement! Unbelievable!

The next replacement, and the most talked about is Luca Badoer for Ferrari. With all the excitement of Schumacher’s return and then him NOT returning, Luca Badoer has definitely been the centre of F1 attention. Although a relatively new name to me, Badoer holds the dubious distinction of being a driver who has competed in 48 Grand Prix’s without scoring a single point! Other records to his name include the record of having driven the most kilometers in a Ferrari Formula One car than any other Italian in history!

For champions and underdogs, all I can say is – with challenging circuits like the Singapore street circuit still to come, it sure is going to be one hell of a season to watch the REPLACEMENTS give it their best!

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21
Aug
09

I have a need… a need for speed!

For us speed-hungry souls this weekend is going to be a feast! The second round of the INRC rally in Bangalore on the 21st of August gives you 3 days of revving, rallying madness. If that’s not enough, we have the race on the streets of Valencia as well. Do I catch the dirt and the debris at the rally or the clean, fine smooth and sophisticated race in Spain!

There is something about a rally that is just raw and real! I guess it is primarily because we don’t have the pleasure of watching an F1 race in India. Both sports are exciting and fall under a different category – but for some of us racing fans, whether it’s two wheels or four, dirt or circuit we stay clued in. I also follow the illegal auto-races on OMR in Chennai! Those guys are crazy!

Although, with Singapore introducing its street circuit in 2008, it is now possible to be a part of the world’s most adrenalin pumping sport with the little island being just round the corner!

With all the chatter about the FIA 2009 championships, and the excitement, it really sucks that India doesn’t have its own circuit. And then it struck me, we could still get some circuit action! Why wait for Mallya to get his act together? We don’t have to travel all over the world anymore to stand at the stands and get sucked under all the G-Force, you could just hop across in a handful hours to Singapore. Its lethal combination of a street race and a night race the adrenalin levels are bound to skyrocket!

The world saw some of the most crazy F1 moments at Singapore 2008. Right from Massa’s fuel hose goof-up to the underground disturbances. Alonso’s victory had the F1 fraternity shake their heads in consternation for weeks! I don’t know about you, but I’d love to give Singapore a look-up. I don’t want to miss out on unusual pitstops resulting in podium finishes one more time! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want 2008 to be rewound and played for 2009. That is the beauty of the sport – no two races are the same. But the 2008 night race has set a precedent and Singapore has never disappointed!

So where will you be this weekend?

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21
Aug
09

F1 on the streets!

With an F1 race round the corner can you even begin to imagine all the preparations that go into the logistics of a race circuit? Just imagine all the racers, their cars, the who’s who of social circuits and a circuit packed with racing fans. Alright, now that you have that in place . . . take that whole concept and move it to a street. A street in your city! Unbelievable and impossible? I guess not for the FIA. With Monaco introducing the streets as its circuits, Formula 1 was all set to flag off a whole new adventure. Now having to manoeuvre actual streets on a track that was never meant to race on, audiences have so much more to experience with drivers being pushed to their racing bests. All the mayhem and madness that comes along with the concept of a street race, there has been a definite addition to the entertainment quotient of the sport.

Say ‘streets’ and all I can think of are an endless number of bumps with never-ending traffic and a lot of time just wasted in jams. As for the fastest and meanest machines on wheels, I think NO WAY! But clearly for the FIA ‘Impossible is nothing’! With the first street race being flagged off at Monaco, Valencia and Singapore soon made their debuts in the F1 2008 Championships.

As for Valencia, in spite of it being its debut, the street race sort of fell flat. Even though all the logistics of the race were carefully planned and executed, the race ended with an unsatisfied audience. Reason being – the ‘Safety Car’ had a no show. A street race and mishaps on the circuit come hand in hand. But with a completely safe and risk-free race, (if ever such a thing exists) Valencia did not get that unbelievable break! I mean what is Formula One racing without one of those spectacular crashes, that fall in place so perfectly, at all the right times to make all the difference? No crashes, no mishaps and it just isn’t Formula One! 

The Singapore Grand Prix on the other hand, had everything going its way. Not only was it a street race, it was the FIRST ever NIGHT RACE in the history of Formula One. Singapore totally gave its audiences an F1 experience that was literally through the roof and was soon in a league of its own. Racing under the stars, a city’s streets becoming the circuit and of course the SAFETY CAR coming on TWICE was the perfect formula to propel F1 Singapore as the highlight of the 2008 championships!

I guess it is pretty much evident now that the FIA really will go ahead with any idea to take this already pulsating sport to any new level for it to stay a cut above the rest!

So if you were to introduce this whole new rule or this whole new concept to Formula One racing, what would it be?

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21
Aug
09

How Bizarre!

F1 as a sport has more than its share of freak accidents. Some comical, some dangerous, some exciting and some downright fateful!

Here are some that always tug at my G-Force!

The world’s first night race last year at Singapore had racing fans’ jaws drop open. Massa’s racing away with the fuel hose still in his car has got to win hands down on the top of charts of ignominious moments!

One that really had me surprised was Webber’s gear shift going phut. Why? Because there was some interference with the underground train line and he had to drop out of the race! Let us just go back to the day of the Morse, so we can finish our races for God’s sake!

Alonso’s win – a stroke of luck, or was it underhanded strategy? Eyebrows are still raised at the idea of him pitting on the 12th lap and having his team mate crash a couple of laps down! The safety car ruined the race for all the other hot favourites.

Some that weren’t so recent but still do the rounds at the F1 tables is when Robert Kubica – broke his hand in a road accident and raced with one hand. He changed gears only with the right and drove with his left!

Talk about bizarre excuses and you have got to remember David Coulthard at the 1995 Australian Grand Prix. In a comfortable lead, all that was needed was a routine tyre change. Instead he drove right into the pit wall. What takes the cake was Coulthard’s excuse of the engine over revving by itself!

The year was 1977, it was Hans Heyer’s first and only attempt at the German Grand Prix. With little experience with single seaters, and a bad car he did not qualify. But get this, he still raced! Heyer snuck in from the pit lane and lasted a whole 10 laps until his gearbox broke down!

These were a couple that got my attention. If you have a list of your own, go ahead and add on!

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Singapore 2008 highlights

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