F1 makes it’s highly anticipated return to the fabulous Spa-Francorchamps circuit next month. But has the great track been dumbed down too far? At Eau Rouge the profile of the corner remains the same but re-surfacing, construction work and the installation of tarmac run-off have made the bend less of a challenge. As this video … Continue reading Video: F1’s best circuit ruined?
Jenson Button this week told F1 Racing editor Matt Bishop that he thought the two laps he drove at the start of the European Grand Prix two weeks ago were two of the best ever driven in the sport. That’s an enormously bold claim and very hard to back up without much video to support … Continue reading Video: Best lap ever
The great Mercedes advert was on television again yesterday evening and it put me in the mind of another great F1 television advert – a young Damon Hill with Murray Walker in the Pizza Hut ad. Like the advert with Fernando Alonso and Damon Hill, it works well because the pair are clearly entering into … Continue reading Video: A classic F1 advert
The video I posted yesterday of the new Mercedes “Anything you can do” advert has proved so popular I thought you all might like this behind the scenes film.
I’m not a fan of adverts ordinarily – but I make an exception when they’re done really well (and when they don’t interrupt the F1 race). This new Mercedes advert featuring Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Mika Hakkinen is great fun and sends up the rivalry between Hamilton and Alonso that certain elements of the … Continue reading Video: Alonso, Hamilton and Hakkinen advert
When the modern Nurburgring was unveiled in the early ’80s everyone grumbled it wasn’t fit to share its name with the fearsome Nordschleife. If today’s Nurburgring doesn’t have a corner worthy of the name – and I think that’s a little harsh – you can’t say the same of its big, bad brother. Here are … Continue reading 10 best… Nurburgring Nordschleife corners
Here’s four videos of F1 cars returning to action on the beautiful Spa-Francorchamps circuit for the first time since 2005. The new track features revised corners at bus stop and La Source designed by the omnipresent Hermann Tilke. Happily one of the greatest corners at F1’s best circuit – Eau Rouge – has been left … Continue reading Video: F1 tests at revised Spa
I am sure Max Mosley is an extremely busy man. And sometimes I wonder if his packed schedule keeps him from noticing things might might make F1 a lot better if they were sorted. Like stewards failing to implement basic rules, the frequent lack of overtaking caused by Mosley’s own rule changes, and the problems … Continue reading Ten videos Max Mosley should watch
Rules brought in to reduce costs are making it harder for drivers to overtake. Engine rev limiters were imposed this year to reduce engine failures. But it’s clear from looking at videos from the United States Grand Prix that it’s made it even harder for one car to get past another.
Renault have lost the stunning start line advantage that they had become famous for in recent years. Until last year you could pretty much guarantee that whoever qualified immediately in front of a Renault could count on being behind them again by the first corner. But the double championship winners of the last two years … Continue reading Video: Renault lose their start line advantage
Some excellent footage has emerged on Youtube of a young Lewis Hamilton honing his craft. The first shows Hamilton (#1 kart) racing in cadet karts at Buckmore Park and pulling off a stunning move to sweep from fourth to first on the final lap and win:
This is already one of my highlights of F1 in 2007. Nick Heidfeld drove his F1.06 around three laps of the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Red Bull have filmed a theatrical ‘movie’ celebrating the launch of their (two) F1 teams for 2007. The promo features David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi in period dress filmed in Bulgaria. There’s also some less than overwhelming track footage shot in Bahrain. Check it out here:
Here is the full video of Shell’s fantastic two minute long Ferrari F1 advert, “The Circuit”. It features six decades of Ferrari Formula 1 cars blasting through Rome, New York, Monte Carlo, Rio de Janeiro and more:
There are plenty of great F1 videos on Youtube. But one does get rather sick of endless slow-motion crash footage set to Linkin Park. You have to rummage around to find the best F1 videos – and here they are – ten rare F1 clips that aren’t stolen from race broadcasts and season review videos. … Continue reading Ten rare and amazing F1 videos
Formula 1 press conferences are usually rigidly boring. Drivers usually stick to their PR scripts, try to get their sponsors and watch suppliers into the camera shot, and refuse even to speculate, never mind criticise or joke. But they’re always worth watching, because every now and then something actually interesting happens. Here’s a few more … Continue reading Video: Great F1 press conference moments (part 2)
Controversy, comedy, and water fights. Formula 1 press conferences have proved the unlikely venues for all manner of hi-jinxs. Today we take a look at some of the funniest moments in F1 press conferences captured on video – and a few of the arguments that erupted in front of the press. And we’ll have a … Continue reading Video: Great F1 press conference moments (part 1)
The final ten of the greatest overtaking moves ever. And are any of these ten really all that much better than each other? Not by very much. By its very nature the history of Formula One is littered with exceptional racers doing exceptional things. And although it’s true that, today, aerodynamics, refuelling, team orders and … Continue reading Video: Top 50 F1 Passes – Part V
Ten more passes that made us blink is disbelief: including two moves on Alan Jones by Gilles Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher’s greatest overtaking move. The final top ten will be revealed tomorrow – don’t miss it!
FIA President Max Mosley famously said a few years ago that we should think of Formula One as a strategic event – “like a game of chess”, was his analogy. Poppycock. Drivel. Gobbledegook. Balderdash. We watch Formula One to see racing – to watch two drivers wringing every millisecond of performance from their machines, dicing … Continue reading Video: Top 50 F1 Passes – Part III