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Posted on 08/05/2009 7:57:45 PM PDT by Chode
This will be a general purpose thread for F1 news and pings that really don't require a thread of their own.
1. This was an expensive test just to satisfy Tom's "love of F1".
2. This was more the a PR effort on the part of Red Bull.
3. Tom does not risk Tom unless there is some benefit for Tom's career.
One of the most promising is a project undertaken by Ron Howard that will look at the legendary 1978 Formula One World Championship, in which Niki Lauda suffered a heavy, fiery crash at the Nürburgring only to come back and challenge James Hunt for the title.
Now we've received word on who will star under Howard's direction: Lauda will be played by Daniel Brühl (who you may recognize from Inglorious Basterds and The Bourne Ultimatum), while Chris Hemsworth (he of Thor fame, pictured above) will play Hunt. Romanian-German actress Alexandra Maria Lara will also star in the film
along time ago i saw some stat about how many F1 drivers get killed and the answer was X.5
i always looked at Lauda as the .5
I notice that the web domain of www.tvracer.com has expired. Too bad. I used to look there for, well, the TV racing schedule every week. Does anyone know of another site that aggregates all the races on TV for the coming week?
Sunuvagun...they must have renewed it in the last 10 minutes!
The FIA has released a confirmed calendar for the 2012 season following a fax vote by members of the World Motor Sport Council. The addition of the United States round makes for a 20-race season, which will get underway in Australia on March 18. The season finale will take place in Brazil on November 25.
2012 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar:
08/07 Great Britain
04/11 Abu Dhabi
18/11 United States
Goodyear recorded the highest track temperature in their 20 years of racing, 150 °F (66 °C).
Moving the date from Texas Summer to Fall will do wonders for the event!
wow- Texas in November...hope there’s drama....
Wow. 20 races. And aren’t the Russkies angling for a race, too? I worry that F1 will overeaching like Nascar. Like Nascar they also appear to be abandoning their roots by limiting the races in Europe. I like the idea of rotating some races but it shouln’t be limited to Europe. They should rotate all of them on an18 or 16 race schedule. Make a North American swing 3 of 4 years.
Metallica to headline at F1 Rocks in India
Rock aficionados are in for a treat at next months 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India after organisers announced multi-award winning USA heavy metal band Metallica are to headline the inaugural F1 Rocks in India concert.
Metallica, formed by guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich in 1981, are the seventh-biggest selling act in American history and have received 21 prestigious international awards, including nine Grammys.
The band has released a total of nine studio albums, but this will be the first time they have played a live show on the Indian continent. The concert, which is expected to attract up to 30,000 fans, will be held at Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon on Friday October 28, ahead of Indias first F1 race at the new Buddh International Circuit on the Sunday.
We are so excited to be playing a show in a place we never thought in our wildest dreams wed get to play, said Metallica. Its an honour for all of us that we get to be a part of that whole music scene as a metal band sharing our music with fans in India at this incredible concert!
Robert Montague CEO of F1 Rocks added: We are very pleased to announce Metallica as our headlining artist at the first F1 Rocks in India with Vladivar event and proud to welcome our title sponsor Vladivar and broadcast partner MTV India. It will be a spectacular weekend of fast cars, style, celebrity, glamour and very loud music and F1 Rocks The Afterparty will once again round off the weekends entertainment.
What F1 Rocks is doing is ground breaking and we are pleased we are becoming a regular fixture at Formula One events, bringing world class music artists together with the worlds greatest motorsport, and a broadcast package that will be distributed to over 50 million viewers worldwide. Together with our commercial partners we look forward to staging a memorable and successful live event for music and motorsport fans alike.
Sauber driver Sergio Perez will test for Ferrari at the team's Fiorano track on Thursday. The Mexican will be driving a 2009 F60 car as part of his training under Ferrari's young driver programme.
Renault are willing to give Robert Kubica all of the mileage in a 2009-specification Formula 1 car that he needs if there is a chance of him coming back for the start of next season. (Autosport magazine)
Formula 1's racing teams have hired advisers to look at taking a stake in the Grand Prix business.
Full story: The Independent
The hiring of DC Advisory Partners is not a move by teams to take over the sport, but simply them trying to find ways to improve the sport, according to McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh.
Full story: Autosport
Team Lotus is set to be rebranded as the Caterham Formula 1 team for next year. (Autosport magazine)
Michael Schumacher's robust defence against Lewis Hamilton at Monza last weekend has been praised by the head of Mercedes-Benz cars as "pure racing".
Full story: Autosport
Former Benetton, McLaren and Renault driver Alexander Wurz responds to Zetsche's remarks by saying: "Says a man who never got pushed off the track with 300!"
Alexander Wurz on Twitter
Nick Heidfeld has not given up on a return to Formula 1 next year, despite being dropped by the Renault team last month.
Full story: Autosport
Hispania technical director Geoff Willis has left the team having failed to get assurances about their financial commitment to the design and build of their 2012 car. (Autosport magazine)
Well travelled F1 designer Jorg Zander was spotted with the HRT team at Monza, and the German is believed to have agreed to join the Spanish-owned outfit.
Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog
Force India reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg is hopeful he will be promoted to a race seat with the team next year, but does not expect the team to decide on their line-up until December.
Nico Hulkenberg on Twitter
Red Bull will receive free Renault engines under the supply deal in which it has become the French manufacturer's works team. (Autosport magazine)
Williams conducted a straight-line test at Kemble Airfield on Wednesday to evaluate its upgrade package for the six season-ending flyaway races. Reserve driver Valtteri Bottas, who clinched the GP3 championship at Monza last Saturday, was on driving duty during the test.
Full story: Autosport
Pirelli wants to revamp the colour coding of its tyres for next season in a bid to make it clearer for fans exactly which compounds drivers are using.
Full story: Autosport
South Korea's Formula 1 Grand Prix will be a more enjoyable experience this year, organisers promised, after last year's inaugural race sparked widespread spectator complaints.
Agence France Presse in the Straits Times
Good luck to Robert Kubica, it's going to be tough to get back up to speed quickly. Hope he returns to 100%.
Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Force India driver Adrian Sutil have both recently paid visits to the Williams factory in Grove, prompting speculation over who will drive for the team in 2012.
Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog
Bernie Ecclestone says he wants to add grands prix in South Africa and Mexico to the calendar in the future. The F1 supremo also reveals the organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was dropped from the schedule this season because of civil unrest, still paid the fee to host the race - meaning F1's owners did not lose any money.
Full story: The Independent
Williams driver Pastor Maldonado is preparing for his first drive around Singapore's Marina Bay circuit. "Everyone has told me it is the most beautiful place and I really like street circuits so I think I can be quick there," he said. Williams will also try out an upgraded diffuser and new front wing during Friday practice.
Full story: Williams F1 team
Pirelli are taking the soft and super-soft tyre compounds to Singapore and the F1 tyre supplier reckons the humid, night race provides tyre technicians with a unique problem, as track temperatures tend to go down dramatically during each session, rather than rise.
Full story: Pirelli
Force India reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg is in Goa for the the team's Driver Academy Finals. "Down to 25 kids from many thousands," the German says.
Nico Hulkenberg on Twitter
Michael Schumacher is targeting more points for Mercedes at this week's Singapore Grand Prix and is even looking forward to the bizarre schedule that comes with a night race. "Surprisingly, it [is] somehow fun to drive and have meetings in the middle of the night."
Full story: Michael Schumacher
Team Lotus will put on a "maximum downforce" package for Singapore and technical chief Mike Gascoyne hopes a new floor, diffuser and bigger front brake ducts will help improve the car's performance.
Full story: Team Lotus
Renault driver Vitaly Petrov arrives in Singapore on Monday to acclimatise to the hot and humid conditions ahead of Sunday's night race. The Russian adds: "I don't think you can easily prepare for this race. The conditions will be the same as we faced in Malaysia, and we can't simulate these weather conditions back in England!"
Full story: Renault F1 team
Organisers of the Indian Grand Prix say 30,000 tickets have been sold for the inaugural event and, to make sure the majority of them arrive in good time, 800 shuttle buses have been laid on to transport them to the Greater Noida circuit outside Delhi.
Full story: The Sunday Guardian
Beautiful, and heartbreaking. All the legends from the glory days, thanx Chode.
hey, did ya notice the third one down....look familiar?
amazing they didn’t mention Cerver getting killed at the Glen...
Doogle, yes it does to #3!!!
If you havent watched in a while do so again . Greatest racing film ever made and none will ever be made again like it . Monaco, Spa, Silverstone, Watkins Glenn
Be sure to watch all of the special features on the DVD
The four stars who play the leading drivers in GRAND PRIX James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato actually do their own driving in the film's thrilling competitions. World-famous "Grand Prix" drivers who appear in the picture include 1962 world champion Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, world champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966; five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio (1951, '54, '55, '56 and '57), 1961 world champion Phil Hill and the following: Chris Amon, Lorenzo Bandini, Jean Pierre Beltoise, Bob Bondurant, Joakim Bonnier, Ken Costello, Nino Farina, Paul Frere, Richie Ginther, Dan Gurney, Dennis Hulme, Tony Lanfranchi, Guy Ligier, Bruce McLaren, Michael Parkes, Andre Pillette, Teddy Pillette, Peter Revson, Jochen Rindt, Jim Russell, Ludovico Scarfiotti, Jo Schlesser, Skip Scott, Joe Siffert and Mike Spence. Acknowledged as the world's largest spectator sport at the time, auto-racing was probably the only truly international competition. Consequently, the four leading actor-drivers are American, French, English and Italian. The leading oriental star Toshiro Mifune portrays a Japanese racing-car designer and manufacturer. The feminine leading roles are played by American stars Eva Marie Saint and Jessica Walter and French songstress Francoise Hardy, making her English-language acting debut.
Twenty-two racing cars formed major elements of the GRAND PRIX arsenal, together with a caravan of mobile machine shops and equipment carriers. The cars included four Ferraris, four BRMs, three Lotuses, four McLarens, two Brabhams and one American Eagle. Two camera cars, a Ford G.T. 40 and a Shelby Cobra 7-litre, used both for photography and in the direction of track scenes, were capable of traveling even faster than the racing cars themselves. Utilizing mounts on both front and rear, the cameras on the Ford G.T. 40 were controlled by remote-control television monitor within the two-seater occupied by Electronic Camera Operator John Stephens, with drivers Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant chiefly alternating behind the wheel. Another key tool was the Sud-Aviation helicopter, specially adapted for aerial photography with a Nelson Tyler mount and lightweight camera equipped with zoom lens.
Three to five weeks of photography took place at the various locations, all centering about actual race circuits where GRAND PRIX races were being held. In most cases, production supervisor William Kaplan had separate production staffs under his command in the respective countries involved. The races filmed with up to 18 separate cameras were: Monaco Grand PrixMay 22, Monte Carlo Belgian Grand PrixJune 12, Spa British Grand PrixJuly 16, Brands Hatch Dutch Grand PrixJuly 24, Zandvoort Italian Grand PrixSeptember 4, Monza A French Grand Prix race was staged exclusively for the film in the first week in August on the 1965 Grand Prix track in Clermont-Ferrand. Although dramatic scenes revolve about the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, the American Grand Prix at Wakins Glen, New York, and the Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City, the races themselves were not needed for the continuity of the screen story.
Wow, thanks. Brought back lots of memories.
I and two other buddies had been planning to go to the Hockenheim race, but the lousy weather persuaded us to forget it. I was stunned when I heard Jimmy Clark was killed. He was my (and most everybody else’s) hero.
“Wow, thanks. Brought back lots of memories.
I and two other buddies had been planning to go to the Hockenheim race, but the lousy weather persuaded us to forget it. I was stunned when I heard Jimmy Clark was killed. He was my (and most everybody elses) hero.”
In 1970 I saw the Formula 1 race at Hockenheim, won by series leader Jochen Rindt.
A few weeks later we headed to Italy, considered the race at Monza, but hurried to visit relatives, instead.
That was where Rindt was killed. He was my racing hero.
Thanks for the link, Chode.
F1 coming to the East Coast!!! Evidently live announcement tomorrow on SPEED....
New Jersey set to host F1 race in 2013
New Jersey will host a Formula One race in 2013, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Earlier this year the townships of West New York and Weekhawken announced their interest in bringing F1 to the city, with plans for a street race set against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. The circuit will start in Weehawken at the beginning of JFK Boulevard East and go north before turning right down 60th street in West New York to River Road back towards Weehawken.
The latest report says an announcement is due on Tuesday which will see the race hit the streets in June 2013.
The reports suggest the New Jersey race will run alongside the US Grand Prix in Austin, which is set to make its debut on the calendar next season.
In August, the mayors of Weehawken and West New York released a joint statement saying the race would be privately funded, with Leo Hindery Jr, a former chief executive of the YES TV network, reportedly leading the group of investors.
“In these uncertain economic times when every direct and indirect revenue source is vital, our own Formula One race could be a very positive boost to our citizens,” mayors Richard Turner and Felix Roque said in a joint statement last August. “This said, we need to ensure that the financial benefits from the privilege of having these races in our towns are equitably shared and that no tax dollars are used. The investor group has already told us that our towns would be substantially compensated annually.”
F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has been in talks with various promoters to bring a street race to Greater New York over the years but the plans have never reached fruition.
So how many races are they going to run in 2013? Or are they going to continue to drain races away from Europe?
I’d really like to see them have races in a rotation; every 3 out of 4 years in North America, every 3 out of 4 years in the Far East, every 3 out of 4 years in the Middle East, but every year at the core tracks in Europe.
That way they can keep the races to a manageable number, but I doubt Bernie will go for that. He’ll ruin F1 just like the same practices ruined NASCAR.
The “Grand Prix of Monaco” to be followed by “The Grand Prix of Weehawken”.
I dunno, doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as well. :)
Still, that is within an easy train ride from where I live, so I’d be up for that.
got to figure turkey is out in the near future (too bad- great track)...bahrain is on life support (thankfully)...they are having all kinds of issues with the Indian GP and its not yet turned a wheel (want to tax everyone 25%)...korea just re-upped but that race is a bore...
Probably heresy for me to say this, but several races are boring year-in and year-out, including Monaco and Monza. But those bring in huge and/or rich crowds, so they are not going anyplace.
I want more race tracks like Spa and Suzuka.
Anyone see that on-board, driver’s view video of Lucas di Gracci going around Barcelona? Jaw dropping feeling of speed, much more so than the typical on-board cameras (as I understand it, this was at driver’s eye level). And just an installation lap. These guys are super-human in some ways.
.......*smiles*...they better watch out for car hijackers...
I know the area well....along the water front makes sense...it’s the only part of Google Weehawken NJ...it’s mostly along the water front...park like setting.....only rebuilt area there...
I saw the Top Gear episode where one of the guys tried to drive one of Lewis Hamilton’s F1 machines. He said the car wanted to act-react faster than he could think.
In all the world there are probably only a handful of people who can competitively drive an F1 car. Narain Kartekeyan is not one of them.
Monaco and Monza will never leave the series. If they did there would be rioting in Italy. But Suzuka is an awesome circuit, so is Albert Park IMO. Gilles Villeneuve is also great; if you can go worst to first on an F1 track like Jensen Button, it must have something to offer.
Knew that there would not be a NYC F1 race, the taxes would kill the teams.............
SPEED CHANNEL LIVE BROADCAST ...announcing NJ GP on now
...it was an hour long...*LOL*...the lay out looks interesting, it should be on YT soon...
I’m waiting to see the elevation maps....that first hill is steep...(then think Monico) with the snake like curves that go forever (uphill).....
..no no...big hill up after second right...another left...then snake like curves still climbing.....the wavy bit across the top is wide boulevard type street (don’t know how wide they’ll have it there)...but then narrows down to begin the downhill (speed here) then down to the hairpin....then high speed to three turns to pit....think they said elevation between 150 and 200 feet. There is a map somewhere I’ll find it..*grins*
HERE YA GO...
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