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RaceFansTV and a thank you to Mark Webber

May 3, 2010 Leave a comment

I received an email today containing a link to a very interesting website that I feel is worth mentioning to anyone who happens to stumble upon this blog, which is suprisingly more than I honestly expected lately due to a slight increase in traffic. The funny thing about the increase is that I have Mark Webber’s funny faces to thank! Yes, according to the search engine terms in my blog’s dashboard, most people who end up here without my help (meaning those who didn’t click my various forum signatures and such) did so by looking for funny pictures of Mark Webber. Thanks Mark!

Anyway, the link I received this morning is for a new site called RaceFansTV. No spaces in the name it seems, which I think makes it easier to remember the url as well, which is simply RaceFansTV.com. You can’t forget that, surely.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the site, I will quote RaceFansTV.

RaceFansTV is an international initiative led by motorsports enthusiasts to bring back much of the great historical racing footage that has been captured over the past 80 years – since the video camera was invented.

Because motorsports is a global industry, we have team members working from 4 continents and collaborators sharing content and helping us manage the system from at least 15 different countries.

So while an ¨About Us¨ section might be particularly interesting on some websites; here, there is nothing special. We are like you, passionate about motorsport and highly motivated to keep all the classes of racing alive for future generations. Therefore, we hope you will join us and this section can be about you too!

Good honest people with a very ambitious and exciting sounding website! They have a very innovative site, so check it out.

RaceFansTV – http://www.racefanstv.com/

Tomorrow I’ll write up an information piece about F1 2010 on the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. In a few more months we’ll have our hands on it, so I figure it’s time to start storing information on this destined-to-be-good Codemasters racing game.

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Mark Webber 2011

April 29, 2010 2 comments

Just a silly captioned photo manipulation. I might make more every few days, because I enjoy doing such things.

Maybe I should stop picking on Mark too, shouldn’t I?

Mark Webber: Man of Many Faces

April 27, 2010 1 comment

Few people are able to deny that Mark Webber is a very expressive person. Many photographers snap Mark as he does indeed express himself, deep and profound emotions etched onto his face. I have gathered several of these thought provoking images so that those who happen to stumble upon this blog can be treated to a great surprise – Mark Webber in his element.

Here are the photos.

If his Formula One career flops, or when he retires, I suspect that the ideal occupation for Mark Webber would be mime. With an expressive face like that? You bet your bottom! Don’t let this talent go to waste, Mark. Maybe you could even be the next Mr. Bean!

But if mime or Mr. Bean imitations don’t work out for Mark, he can always try something else… Such as singing.

… Or not.

Disclaimer: No, I don’t dislike Mark. He’s actually quite a cool guy, I think. Sometimes he is a little too aggressive on the track, but you can’t really get too upset over that since the man’s just trying to do his job. So, I like Mark. I also like his driving. Most importantly though, I really like his funny faces and I really hope that he keeps providing photographers with more of them in the future!

The Australian Grand Prix and my disgust over F1 broadcasting

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne was a fantastic race! Certainly the weather can be thanked for most of the action at the start, but as conditions were acceptable, there was still a lot going on and this proved that the boring procession of Bahrain did not present us with the standard racing we’ll see in 2010.

Australia gave us something completely different. Three world champions coming together at the first corner was really interesting to see, and this tussle was practically a gift from a higher being for Robert Kubica, who started towards the end of the top ten cars. By the end of the first lap, Robert was right at the sharp end of the grid. It was fantastic to see! You just can’t script stuff like that.

While Kubica had a positive “feel good” race, four men suffered dearly. Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, and Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher’s race went to hell at the first corner when he was involved in an accident with Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. The Ferrari and McLaren escaped cleanly, but Schumacher had to pit his Mercedes to repair a bit of damage. This dropped him to the back of the pack, and it would not be until almost the end of the race that he would turn things around by passing Jaime Alguersuari almost at the last minute to finish tenth and pick up one point for the team. To add insult to injury, Schumacher was beaten convincingly yet again by Rosberg. Ouch.

Vettel suffered an even worse fate in Melbourne than he did two weeks ago in the desert. At turn 13 (or so I think), Vettel went off track. The onboard camera shows him twitching his wheel in desperation moments before the car cruises off track and spinning in the gravel. Vettel told the Red Bull team over the radio that he seemed to suffer from some kind of brake failure. This put him out of the race.

Hamilton and Webber both suffered from the very same acccident. On lap 50, Hamilton (in fifth) and Webber (in sixth) were coming into turn 13 (is this corner cursed?) when Webber made a very bold move and tried to squeeze past Hamilton. Instead, he vaulted himself off the track, along with the McLaren. This was the second or third accident that Webber had been directly involved in throughout the race. As a result, Hamilton lost one position and Webber dropped to ninth place.

Prior to the accident, Hamilton had almost been guaranteed a podium finish until his team brought him in for an additional pit stop which dropped him from third and down to fifth. In the closing stages of the race (and before his collision with Webber), Hamilton was blasting his team over the radio about the decision to bring him in to change his tires. The stop was a logical thing to do, as it was said that Hamilton’s tires were suffering tremendously. I’m not sure if that is true, but if it is then it makes Hamilton look like a whiny boy.

Jenson Button ended up cruising to victory after Vettel retired. Now that he has won with three different teams, and doing it without the help of dominant Superman of a car this time, I’m starting to respect Jenson a more and I believe that his newfound mountain of confidence is probably playing a large part in his performances this year. He looked decent againt Hamilton in Bahrain, but in Melbourne he beat his fellow Brit, plain and simple. Good job, Jenson.

With the race out of the way, I want to bitch about broadcasters. The Australian Grand Prix was aired live here in Nova Scotia at 3:00 AM or some horrible hour. I tried very hard to stay up for both qualifying and the race each night over the weekend, but I couldn’t do it. After missing the race, I was livid when I discovered that the two channels that I receive which broadcast F1, SPEED and TSN, neglected to fit the Australian Grand Prix into their Sunday morning, afternoon, or evening schedules. They didn’t even put it onto their Monday schedules! What is this? Why would they only air the race at a terribly inconvenient time early Sunady morning?

I was not going to admit defeat though, and thankfully the internet pulled through when I found a torrent for the race early in the afternoon. I didn’t get to watch the race until 7:00 PM when I transferred it to my Playstation 3 and watched it on TV, but it was well worth it. The race was absolutely fantastic, and I’m just totally confused and lost that the broadcasters would neglect to air the race again at a more acceptable hour.

The Malaysian Grand Prix is this weekend and will air at 5:00 AM local time. I have no problem waking up at this hour since I do it all week long to get ready for work in the mornings, so I doubt that I’ll miss the race in Sepang.

I think that the fact that I had to “illegally” download the Australian Grand Prix to watch says something very clear. F1 should be more readily available on the internet to fans. formula.com for example should offer live streaming (for a fee, of course), and each race should be available for download for a reasonable price. FOM, please get out of the stone age and offer these services already! And please broadcast F1 in high definition as well. That would be superb, and F1 fans all over the world would thank you for making such a move.

Unfortunately, nothing of the sort will ever happen until Bernie Ecclestone bites the dust. That little old gremlin’s days are almost numbered, so perhaps we’ll see change in a few years? One can hope.

My final word… Seeing John Travolta in Australia to wave the chequered flag and present the second place trophy to Robert Kubica made me chuckle. This makes me believe that Travolta is an F1 fan to some degree, and that’s pretty interesting!

Red Bull unveils the RB6

February 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Red Bull Racing has finally revealed the RB6. It’s about time too, with this being the latest launch by a top team.

To be fair, it’s not a bad looking car. It’s more of an evolution of last year’s car than anything else, which is a smart move considering how supreme the RB5 was. The RB6 looks quite nice and I’ll be surprised if they’re not near or at the top yet again this year. With Adrian Newey, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, as well as their 2009 results, it would be very surprising and perhaps disappointing if this car does not at least challenge for podiums.

Bernie Ecclestone tipped Vettel for the 2010 title last month, but honestly, what does that old bastard even know? Red Bull and Vettel can certainly do it, but so can Webber. He demonstrated tremendous pace last year and, dare I say, was even set to beat his teammate had it not been for his terrible luck midway through the year when his RB5 let him down too many times to count. The fact that Mark still finished 4th in the standings after suffering such awful luck says something for sure.

So the car looks good, the drivers look good, and their performances last year were good. To be perfectly blunt, Red Bull cannot be allowed to do any worse than last year. If they do, it will be a travesty. Give us a championship to tremember, Red Bull! Tangle with the Ferraris, McLarens, and Mercedes!

Congratulations Lewis Hamilton, 2010 World Drivers Champion!

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

As the chequered flag waves in Abu Dhabi (yawn) at the end of this year, Lewis Hamilton will be crowned world champion. I am predicting this even though I dislike him immensely.

Why I am tipping Lewis is because I opened Microsoft Excel this morning and had a little fun, working on a chart to predict the outcome of the 2010 championship. I scored the drivers based on the following criteria:
1. Their general track record, consistency and achievements.
2. Likewise, the track record, consistency and achievements of their 2010 team.
3. How they performed, as a driver, in 2009.
4. How their current team performed in 2009.
5. My own personal opinion of how talented the driver in question is.

Here are the results that I ended up with, which are in direct defiance of my desire to see Michael Schumacher clinch the title this year.

1. Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)
2. Fernando Alonso (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro)
3. Jenson Button (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)
4. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
5. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP Petronas)
6. Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro)
7. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP Petronas)
8. Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing)
9. Rubens Barrichello (AT&T Williams)
10. Robert Kubica (Renault F1 Team)
11. Jarno Trulli (Lotus F1 Racing)
12. Nico Hulkenburg (AT&T Williams)
13. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
14. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus F1 Racing)
15. Renault Driver 2 (Renault F1 Team)
16. Adrian Sutil (Force India F1 Team)
17. Pedro de la Rosa (Sauber)
18. Timo Glock (Virgin Racing)
19. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India F1 Team)
20. Lucas di Grassi (Virgin Racing)
21. Sebastien Buemi (Scuderia Toro Rosso)
22. Jaime Alguersuari (Scuderia Toro Rosso)
23. Jose Maria Lopez (USF1 Team)
24. USF1 Driver 2 (USF1 Team)
25. Bruno Senna (Campos Meta 1)
26. Campos Driver 2 (Campos Meta 1)

I placed the yet-to-be-named second Renault driver in 15th, feeling that they won’t be as good as Kubica but should be able to handle Force Indias and Virgins. The second USF1 driver is 24th, because I feel that they will be inferior to the questionable Jose Maria Lopez. I put both Campos drivers at the bottom (despite Bruno Senna ending up with enough points to be in the 16th to 20th range) because I simply don’t think that Campos will get very far this season, meaning I feel that the team will drop out.

Of course, this little “2010 standings” list means absolutely nothing and I just did it for fun, but do you know what? I am definitely going to be digging this blog post up in November to see how my “predictions” compare to the real final standings.

(This is what happens when a fiercely loving fan of the sport gets bored in the off season, by the way.)

2010: The Most Exciting Season Ever?

January 16, 2010 Leave a comment

At Autosport International, Martin Brundle explained how he felt that 2010 would be one of the most exciting seasons ever to him, even more than some seasons when he was actually driving. This certainly says a lot, and I’m inclined to agree with him that 2010 could be one heck of a great season. Here are the factors of the upcoming season which, to me, are the most exciting.

The Return of Michael Schumacher
Needless to say, this is the biggest draw for almost everyone. FOM expects the return of the Red Baron (though I think he should be called the Silver Surfer now) to attract many new fans to Formula One. It should be a no brainer to anyone who follows Formula One that this is probably true.

His detractors may say whatever they want about the teams he’s driven for, his own abilities, or the quality of his competition, but their claims are completely overshadowed by the truth. That truth is that Michael Schumacher is statistically the greatest Formula One driver of all time.

He is only 41 years old which, while older than any other driver on the grid, is anything but too old to drive in Formula One. Many current and former drivers expect Schumacher to have few problems being competitive again, and their beliefs are backed by Dr. Steve Olvey, an exceptionally qualified doctor (as if the title didn’t give that away) and rampant fan of auto racing who was also involved in Grand Prix Masters.

Schumacher has so much support behind him and so many facts supporting him that it is impossible to write off the 41 year old seven time world champion.


Alonso vs Hamilton, Part II
2007 was a season to remember. Not only did my main man Kimi Raikkonen win the title, but we were also treated to a heated rivalry between the McLaren teammates of two time champion Fernando Alonso and baby faced rookie Lewis Hamilton. While it is said that the sparks were mostly generated by Ron Dennis butting heads with our dear Fred, and that the media also blew it out of proportion, it is impossible to deny that 2007 gave birth to one of the most exciting rivalries of the current generation of drivers – Alonso vs Hamilton.

Lewis has never been hesitant to talk up his 2007 season, much to the dismay of Alonso fans and Hamilton haters, and it has caused the world to yearn for Alonso to climb back into a competitive car so that we can see the two go at it once more. Will 2010 settle a score and tell us who is better? Well, no. Why not? I’ll simply say this, who is better between Prost and Senna? …. I rest my case.


Ferrari vs McLaren
As both teams secure very powerful line-ups and look to have championship contending cars once more, one cannot help but wonder if the epic rivalry of the past decade will be reborn. This rivalry has given us such amazing battles over the past ten years.

Schumacher vs Hakkinen
Schumacher vs Coulthard
Schumacher vs Raikkonen
Raikkonen vs Alonso/Hamilton
Massa vs Hamilton

Those are some very impressive matchups! What are we likely to see this year?

Alonso vs Hamilton
Alonso vs Button
Massa vs Hamilton
Massa vs Button

While Button doesn’t really get my adrenaline running, the Alonso, Hamilton, and Massa factors are all very significant and this could be a thrilling season if these two teams are at the top!


Mercedes vs McLaren

The alliance has been shattered as Mercedes now desires to stand on its own in Formula One! Their partnership with McLaren was a powerful one, but did it yield as many championships as it should have? I’m not certain.

When looking at each team’s roster, it is hard not to be excited about these two fighting one another. McLaren, arguably the most loved British team in Formula One (unfortunately due to Williams’ slump) is fielding the two most recent world champions, both British. On the other side of the lake is Mercedes, the German superpower who has recruited two Germans. One, a prospect of the future named Nico Rosberg. The other, a seven time world champion named Michael Schumacher. Is there any way not to find this matchup exciting?


Lotus vs Virgin

There is only one reason to follow this matchup if you ignore the fact that they are clearly the strongest of the new teams.

The bosses of each team, Tony Fernandes of Lotus and Richard Branson of Virgin, made a little deal with one another. You see, they each operate successful airline businesses and they have agreed to race each other in the 2010 championship. The boss of the losing team must act as a stewardess on the winning team’s airline for a day. Now if that’s not an exciting bet, then I don’t know what is!

Air Asia is playing hardball with this too. Want proof? Here it is.


Korean Grand Prix

To be honest, I know very little about this circuit. I’m only aware that it is a street circuit that will run by a harbour, and is designed by Hermann Tilke. Here is what it looks like. This is taken directly from the official circuit’s website, but downgraded to fit the width of my blog.

While it doesn’t look incredibly interesting, it’s always nice to go to new races for the first time. Hopefully South Korea will deliver a good race to the fans.


Four New Teams

Campos, Lotus, USF1, and Virgin. While some speculate that Campos and USF1 will not be on the grid (even though one can see that each are quite busy and rapidly working away just by reading the news), Lotus and Virgin are the strongest of the new teams with great drivers and strong backing.

It has been a long while since more than one new team has entered in one season, unless I’m having a serious brainfade. Four is a very impressive number, and it brings a lot of unpredictability to the new season. Will they all be backmarkers, or will they mix it up with the Force Indias and Toro Rossos? What if one of the new teams goes even higher up the grid? With some of the drivers that have signed for the new teams, I wouldn’t be surprised and I’m anxiously looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish.


Several Rookies

In recent seasons, we haven’t been treated to as many rookies as we’re used to. 2010 looks to remedy that by introducing several to us at once.

Nico Hulkenburg
Bruno Senna
Lucas Di Grassi
Kamui Kobayashi (He is, technically, still a rookie.)

Very nice names! USF1 looks set to announce José María López, whom I know very little about, but another new face will be welcomed warmly by me.

I really do like that list of rookies. Hulkenburg is being hyped as the next big thing, and Bruno Senna, nephew of the great Ayrton Senna, is supposedly no slouch either. Lucas Di Grassi is, from what I have heard, quite formidable too. Kamui Kobayashi will become a full-time driver rather than just a replacement, and I’m excited to see what he can do over the course of an entire season.


Four World Champions

Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, and Michael Schumacher will all take to the grid in 2010. Four world champions is mighty impressive, and it’s a number that has my heart thumping! Considering that just last year we only had two line up at the start of the year, and it is easy to understand why this is exciting.

Jacques Villeneuve has confirmed that he is also looking for a drive in 2010. If he finds a seat, that would give us five champions on the grid, though I feel that Villeneuve returning is very unlikely.

Looking ahead at the driver line-up, I feel that it’s such a shame that we lost Kimi Raikkonen to the WRC. To have five champions line up in Bahrain would have been fantastic.


Four Championship Contending Teams

Last but not least… Ferrari vs McLaren vs Mercedes vs Red Bull. The potential for this is very much there. Among these teams, we have several drivers who could win the championship.

Fernando Alonso
Jenson Button
Lewis Hamilton
Felipe Massa
Nico Rosberg
Michael Schumacher
Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber

Though Button and Rosberg don’t look like particularly strong challengers for the title given the competition, they are still up there and that makes eight drivers who all stand a great chance of winning the world championship. Eight drivers.

Formula One hasn’t been this exciting since, well, before I was a viewer! Bring on 2010, I say. It’s going to be an absolute blast.