Thursday, 10 May 2012

F1 on the Web

Over the past few years, the amount of information and material available to Formula One fans has grown massively. The two main ways people talk about the sport online is through Twitter and Blogs but of course there are other places such as Facebook, Youtube and various forums

There's a lot of people out there trying to cover the sport in their own way. In my opinion some don't do this very well by simply using other peoples content and material and rehashing it. However there are many people out there doing interesting, creative and entertaining things and this is the main reason for this new feature on my blog called 'F1 on the Web'.

Each week i want to do a post, compiling the best things that i've seen on the internet. This will be a combination of important stories, insightful posts, tweets, videos, forum threads and anything else out there which i find of interest. Some of the links will have been well publicised but i also want to give attention to other material that is not so widely seen and bring to light some great people who do cool things online and who perhaps don't get the credit or attention they deserve.

So here we go - edition number 1 of 'F1 on the Web'.

In an interview with CNN, Michael Schumacher tells Amanda Davies why he thinks tyres are playing too much of a role in Formula One this season and on his pride in seeing Sebastian Vettel achieve so much in the past few years.

Schumacher on tyres and the new generation of German drivers

Three times world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has a different issue with the Pirelli tyres. The Scot believes that the marbles being discarded are too plentiful and are limiting overtaking opportunities whilst posing a danger.

Sir Jackie Stewart on tyre marbles

Pirelli engineer Max Damiani reflects on a productive three days in Jerez with test driver Lucas di Grassi whilst using Schumacher's comments for some humour with the Brazilian.

Over at WTF1, Tommy marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Gilles Villeneuve by looking back at 10 great moments from his career. A worthy tribute for a great driver.

Top Ten: Kick-ass Gilles Villeneuve moments

Sauber present a track guide with a difference as Kamui Kobayashi drives a lap of the Barcelona circuit whilst Sergio Perez tracks his progress on a helicopter.

DuskyBlogF1 takes a look at what brands benefited most from being involved in Formula One in 2011. Interesting to see the make up of the top 5.

Top 5 F1 Brands of 2011

Martin Brundle shares a tale of how Ayrton Senna was keen for his spell at McLaren to be powered by Lamborghini at one stage.

This month's Motor Sport Magazine podcast had BRDC president Derek Warwick join the regulars. The former Brabham and Lotus driver talks openly about his wide ranging career, his thoughts on the current state of the calendar and how he almost got in a fight with Michael Schumacher. I can't recommend this enough, it is a tremendous listen.

Derek Warwick podcast

Autosport forum member highdownforce shares some new proposals for changes to the Interlagos circuit in Brazil, the most significant being a new pit area located between turns 3 and 4.

Proposed changes at Interlagos

Former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley shares a gift he received from Kimi Raikkonen when the Finn left the team in 2006. Nice!

Remember Stefan GP? The Serbian outfit has been trying to get on the F1 grid for years, most recently in 2010 with an old Toyota chassis. Zoran Stefanovic tells Ubaid Parkar that although he is not pursuing the matter actively right now, he won't rule out a future bid.

Zoran Stefanovic continues to harbour F1 hopes

Sebastian Vettel's puncture on lap 1 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was one of the stranger moments of the 2011 season. Many theories were suggested to what might have caused such an early failure but no definitive answer was ever given. On Peter Windsor's show 'The Flying Lap' Paul Hembery was asked again about the puncture to which he suggested that people check out Jenson Button's onboard camera at the start (Begins at 1:09:56).

Damon Smedley uploaded the footage - you can see some sort of small explosion and then smoke exiting the rear of Vettel's car, close to the tyre which would deflate seconds later. You have to wonder whether Red Bull had some sort of procedure to heat the tyres up for the start and on this occasion it suffered a flaw.

Former team boss Eddie Jordan made an appearance on RTE's 'The Late Late Show' last week. The BBC pundit joined his band on the drums for a performance before talking to presenter Ryan Turbridy about working with Senna, Schumacher and Irvine and his friendship with George Harrison (Begins at 1:28:27).

Eddie Jordan on The Late Late Show

On the Planet-F1 forum, Laura23 has posed an intriguing couple of questions - What is the best F1 car that never won a race and what is the worst car to achieve a victory? Plenty of interesting responses to this, it certainly made me rack my brains.

The best car never to win and the worst car that did

The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) have launched a new website. On it, you can register your interest for the next Fans Forum, which will be held on June 11th in Manhattan, USA.

New FOTA website

Seen anything in the past week of interest or got an opinion on any of the above. Feel free to comment below.


  1. I love this idea. All of the random bits of F1 in one place. Good job. :D

  2. Thanks Tiff for the kind words! :)

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