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Formula 1 and Other Car Racing: Most Popular Articles

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Formula 1 for Motor Racing Ignoramuses, in 10...
Formula 1 is the most popular form of world motor racing, unlike IndyCar, which has a much smaller fan base, thanks partly to a division of the two major open-wheel series in the U.S. in the past decade. F1 is at the pinnacle of motor racing both technologically and in terms of the quality of the drivers - not IndyCar. In IndyCar, the cars are built by teams according to regulations. IndyCar races on oval tracks, F1 never does. Page 3.
A Formula 1 Car as a Carbon Fiber Cake
A revolution in racing car body materials in the early 1980s led to the standard Formula 1 racing car chassis of today. No longer made of a metal, today's F1 cars are made of an ultra light and strong plastic-like material called carbon fiber, which used to be more associated with the aerospace industry than with racing cars. Formula 1 engineers have become so adept at working with carbon composite materials, however, that other industries now turn to it for advice.
How the F1 Teams Travel the World
For the first time in Formula 1 history, in 2012 seven races were staged in nine weeks, with a series of three so-called flyaways and races taking place one week apart instead of the usual two weeks. The final Grands Prix were run in Asia, the Middle East and in North and South America. The logistics of the travel of the biggest racing show on earth, were perfectly choreographed.
Formula 1 Drivers are Lightweight Again
How much does a Formula 1 driver weigh? What is the ideal height? These are questions that have not been heard for a few years in a sport where the best drivers used to be like horse racing jockeys. But thanks to a new technology called KERS introduced in 2009, the question of driver heights and weights came back again - more relevant than ever.
The Developing Saga of Formula 1 Qualifying
Formula 1 qualifying is a unique system of grid designation unlike any other in motor racing. After five seasons of incessant changes, the sport has finally found a system that works - well, almost.
ABC's of a Formula 1 Driver's Physical Fitness
Formula 1 drivers undergo physical demands in the cockpit of a kind that no other athlete faces. G-Forces throughout an hour-and-a-half race make their heads four to five times their regular weight, and they must make split-second decisions that could cost them or others their lives while enduring intense heat, humidity and vibrations from the engine and the track.
F1 Brakes Are Designed for Speed, as Well as...
We generally think of car brakes as designed to make a car slow down. But in Formula 1, the first thought of the drivers and engineers is how to use the brakes - like almost every other one of the vehicle's 3,000 parts - to make the car go faster.
The Subtle Game of Race Strategy - a High Speed...
Formula 1 is not only the most advanced form of racing technologically, it is also the most advanced in terms of race strategy. Which tires to use, how many pit stops to make, how much fuel to put in the car before the race - these are all elements that a team's strategist calculates to know how best to tackle a certain race track.
Lewis Hamilton: World's Youngest World Champion...
Lewis Hamilton's rise to the pinnacle of world motor racing is a story unique in the history of Formula 1. After years of proving to be one of the fastest, most successful drivers in the lower series the young British driver joined the illustrious McLaren Mercedes team in 2007 to become the first black driver in F1 history. He won the drivers' title in 2008, to become the youngest ever winner of the title.
The Latest Motor Homes of the World's Most...
At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Come visit the latest team motor homes.
The Strange Saga of Formula 1 Qualifying
Formula 1 qualifying is a unique system of grid designation unlike any other in motor racing. After five seasons of incessant changes, the sport has finally found a system that works - well, almost. Page 2.
Anatomy of a Formula 1 Event
Although Formula 1 Grand Prix races always take place on a Sunday, there is a lot more activity than that surrounding a race and extending a week around the event. From the arrival of the motor homes and cars and garage equipment to the arrival of the drivers themselves, there's a lot more to it than an hour and a half on Sunday afternoon.
McLaren Mercedes: F1's Second Most Successful...
McLaren Mercedes is the second most successful Formula 1 team, behind Ferrari. It has won races in five different decades of racing in the FIA Formula 1 world championship. From its earliest years, in the 1960s, it has been one of the top teams. It made a successful transition to new management in the early 1980s, when Ron Dennis took over running the team, and the period when Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna raced as team mates was one of the strongest in F1 history.
Formula 1's Kinetic Energy Recovery System
In 2009 as part of Formula 1's effort to become more environmentally friendly and relevant, the series began using a Kinetic Energy Recovery System to collect energy normally wasted during braking, and to re-use it in short bursts of power to increase speed and help in overtaking.
McLaren-Mercedes: A Team on the Verge of Success
McLaren is one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 history. But it has not won a world title since 1999, and in 2006 it failed even to win a race for the first time in a decade. With two new drivers, including double world champion Fernando Alonso, and with the best factory in the sport, is the team set for a return to victory in 2007?
The End of Tobacco Sponsorship Led to the...
It was as recent as 2007 that Formula 1 saw the last of the tobacco advertising that had funded the series' racing for 40 years. But it immediately found other sources of sponsorship.
The Era of the Formula 1 Wind Tunnel
Aerodynamics on Formula 1 cars is a science of gaining the most grip through using the wind. Unlike with airplanes, the wings of a racing car push the car down to the track, not up in the air. The effect allows a car to slide less and turn a faster lap. To develop the best aerodynamic grip possible, F1 teams use a wind tunnel.
The Art of Racing in the Wet in Formula 1
In Formula 1, wet races have always played an integral role not only in the action, but in race results, championships and the reputations of drivers. In fact, wet races are usually so exciting that the series has sometimes considered flooding tracks to liven up the show.
Not Very Sexy on the Outside, but the Life of...
Car engines hold little interest for most people. Even Formula 1 fans generally prefer to talk about a sexy new aerodynamic wing on the chassis than a modified piston. Yet in the words of Rob White, the director of the Renault team's engine department, it is the thing that turns the sleek, inanimate racing car into a vital force.
Many Women Work in F1; Why No Women Drivers?
In what is essentially considered a macho sport, there are a few women who are breaking the mold in Formula 1, where, as is the tradition elsewhere in auto racing, they usually occupy marketing, media relations and hospitality jobs. While more women than ever work the technical jobs to make the cars go fast, the one area where they are still absent is behind the steering wheel.
Danica Patrick: First Woman To Win a Major...
In 2008 Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a major international open-wheel race when she won an Indy Racing League event in Japan. Before that, however, she had a long career working here way up the levels in open-wheel racing in Europe with a view to making it to Formula 1. She first attracted international attention when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500.
Circuit of the Singapore Grand Prix
The Singapore race has been called the Monaco Grand Prix of Asia, as the Asian city-state, like the Mediterranean principality, is something of a high-flying business center and its race circuit winds through the streets the way the Monaco track does.
Felipe Massa: Young Ferrari Driver Changes...
Felipe Massa climbed his way steadily and quietly up the Formula 1 ladder at Sauber until last year he had his big chance as a regular driver for the Ferrari team. As Michael Schumacher's teammate the Brazilian did not disappoint, winning the first two races of his career, at the Turkish Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix. As teammate to Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, Massa became a favorite to win the drivers' title.
Shanghai International Circuit
The Shanghai International Circuit, where Formula One has been racing since 2004, is the biggest, most ambitious of any of the series venues. It is also the third circuit in the first four races this season that was designed by the Grand Prix racetrack architect Hermann Tilke. And for many people, it was the one that went a little too far.
Kangaroo TV Makes the Attending Races the Best...
Kangaroo TV is a hand held mobile media device that delivers live video, audio and data to spectators over a Formula 1 race weekend. It allows viewers to select from multiple live streams to tailor the experience according to their interests. It has made attending F1 races the best possible way to watch a race, giving spectators the smell, feel and look of the live event along with an even better television show than the one that fans watch at home.
Ferrari: Formula 1's Most Successful Team...
Ferrari is the only Formula 1 team to have raced in the series since the championship was founded in 1950. It is also the most successful team in F1 history. After dominating for the last decade and breaking F1 team records with Michael Schumacher driving, Ferrari now enters a new era after the German's retirement.
Fernando Alonso: The Youngest Double World...
Name: Fernando Alonso Born: July 29, 1981 in Oviedo, Spain Team: Ferrari Height: 5'6" Weight: 150 lbs.
Adrian Sutil: Precocious Pianist Quits Concert...
Adrian Sutil joined the Spyker F1 team after a distinguished career in the lower formulas and go-karting. Yet even before he discovered racing he had a career as a child concert pianist. It was not until he was 14 that he discovered go-karting, and decided to change careers. He joined Formula 1 at one of the lowest level teams, however, and will not be expected to do as well as his former F3 teammate, Lewis Hamilton, another F1 rookie.
Ayrton Senna: Three-Time World Drivers' Champion
Ayrton Senna won three world championships in the 1980s and 1990s. But his personality, driving style and other results on the track made him be considered one of the very greatest of Formula 1 drivers in history. Senna died tragically in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola on 1 May 1994 driving a Williams.
Red Bull Racing: The Fun Team With the Big...
The Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team joined the sport in 2005 after buying the Jaguar team. After a first promising season, it did less well in its second year. But by hiring one of the best technical directors in the sport, Adrian Newey, and changing to the world champion Renault engine, the 2007 season looks promising. The team is part of the marketing program of the Red Bull Austrian energy drink company. Red Bull is involved in many sports around the world.
Renault: Formula 1 World Champions Against the...
Although the Renault car manufacturer was long one of the most successful engine builders in Formula 1, it was not until 2005 that Renault managed to win a world constructors' title as both engine and chassis builder. It also won the drivers' title that year with Fernando Alonso, and then won both titles again in 2006. The team lost Alonso for 2007, dropped in the standings, but rehired the Spaniard for 2008 and won two races.
International Automobile Federation, the...
The International Automobile Federation is based in Paris and Geneva, Switzerland and is the governing body of world motor racing. As such, it is the rules maker and owner of the Formula 1 world championship. The FIA organizes the F1 schedule and oversees safety, rules and regulations and licenses for drivers. It also takes care of disputes, both on the track and off, regarding rules, regulations and conduct.
The Many Buttons and Dials on an F1 Steering...
One of the modern Formula 1 driver's biggest technical challenges is to learn by heart the positions, buttons and lights on their complicated steering wheels.
Sid Watkins: The F1 Doctor and Safety Expert
Formula 1 doctor and safety expert, Sid Watkins, died on Sept. 12, 2012 at the age of 84. But if Watkins saw his friend Ayrton Senna die in 1994 -- a day after the death of another driver, the rookie Roland Ratzenberger -- the incident would kick-start a crusade by him and the International Automobile Federation to make safety improvements that would help save many drivers' lives.
Kart Engines Are Miniature Masterpieces of Power
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. Traditionally, kart engines are two-stroke 100cc to 125cc powerhouses. Lately, though, four-stroke engines have begun to take over. Page 7.
Bruno Senna: Another Senna at the Pinnacle of...
Bruno Senna, the nephew of Ayrton Senna, the former world champion, joined Formula 1 in 2010 at the new Campos team. After his uncle died in a racing accident in 1994 Bruno quit go-kart racing at his mother's insistence. He returned as an adult and began a lightning career in the lower categories that finally saw the arrival of the Senna name back at the pinnacle.
Ferrari
A photo of the Ferrari team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world.
How F1 Drivers Read the Race Track
To most people, steering a Formula 1 car to victory in a Grand Prix race would appear to be simply a matter of having the best, most powerful and easiest car to drive; given that, it would seem that a driver could perform well on any track. But Formula 1 teams and drivers know that another element comes into play in the perfect combination of car and driver: the nature of the track, and the relation between the driver and the style of that track.
Formula 1 Timing Screens Explained
Formula 1 has amongst the most complex timing systems in motor racing. But the Formula One Management timing tool, once mastered, is also one of the most useful ways for fans, teams and the F1 drivers themselves to see who is doing what at a Grand Prix race. The screen with live timing is found at the circuits and on the Formula1.com web site. Here is a precis based on FOM images and explanations of how it operates.
Qualifying in a Formula 1 Race Not What it Used...
It used to be that the man who scored pole position was almost certain to win the race. But now in Formula 1 the value of the pole and qualifying in general seem to have diminished as the fastest drivers have rarely been those who finish the race in the top spots.
McLaren Mercedes
A photo of the McLaren Mercedes F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 3.
Honda
A photo of the Honda F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 2.
F1 Drivers Face Multi-Tasking Drive
A Formula 1 driver's job has got a lot more complicated with the improvement in racing car technology. And drivers are not sure they like all the added tasks and buttons that have transformed the nature of elite racing.
"Senna" Documentary Goes Beyond Racing Theme...
The documentary film about the life of Ayrton Senna has become one of the top selling documentary films in the UK, and has reached audiences around the world outside of the usual Formula 1 fan base.
BMW Sauber
Photo of BMW Sauber's motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 11.
Toyota
A photo of the Toyota F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 9.
David Coulthard: Last of the Gentleman Drivers
David Coulthard race in Formula 1 from 1994 to 2008. He first joined the Williams team after the death of Ayrton Senna. The Scottish driver has won many races and always proved he was a good and sure value for any team. But he never won the drivers' title.
Frank Williams: Passionate F1 Racer
Frank Williams is the owner and director of Formula 1's third most successful team, Williams. He has worked in the sport since the late 1960s, but he started his current team in 1977 and went racing with it in 1978 and every years since. Williams dominated the series in the early to mid-1990s.
Williams
A photo of the Williams F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 10.
Renault
A photo of the Renault F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 5.
Scott Speed: Former American F1 Driver
In 2006 Scott Speed became the first American driver in Formula 1 since Michael Andretti in 1993. In a sport that has only two American world champion drivers - Phil Hill and Mario Andretti - and few other successful American drivers, Speed, as with any American driver, had a lot to prove. Unfortunately, Speed lasted only a season and a half before he left the team in the summer of 2007.
Robert Kubica Visits the Renault F1 Team Factory
Robert Kubica started his racing career at the BMW Sauber team and proved with his first race victory there in 2008 that he was ready to move to the top. After a difficult year for the team in 2009, Kubica moved on to the former world champion winning Renault team for 2010. He visited the factory a couple of weeks before testing began
McLaren's New Motor Home Was Introduced at the...
At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Brand Center. Page 12.
The Simple Mathematics of the Formula 1...
The Formula 1 drivers' title is decided through a simple system of point scoring at each race. Here's how it works over the season.
Mario Andretti:: The Great Andretti, Second...
With more than 100 victories in several disciplines in six decades — including 52 victories and four drivers' titles in IndyCar, the World Championship drivers' title in Formula 1, and a victory at the Indianapolis 500 — Mario Andretti is one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.
Nico Rosberg: Formula 1 World Champion's Son...
Son of the Formula 1 world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg proved in his first season that he is capable of racing with the best F1 drivers. In fact, as the youngest driver in the series, he is using his years as a driver at the Williams team intelligently to develop his technical knowledge and racecraft as he tries to follow in his father's footsteps. Nico scored two points in his first race in F1 and set the fastest lap. But the rest of his first season was less exemplary.
Toro Rosso
A photo of the Toro Rosso motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 8.
Kart Teams Provide Garage Materials and the...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. The big companies that make the karts, like Birel, travel to races with chassis, engines, tools and all the necessary pieces for a karting weekend. Page 9.
The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne is a...
It is not just at beautiful ocean coastline with sandy beaches, a vibrant urban culture and nightlife, international cuisine and an interesting racetrack on public roads around a man-made lake in a park that make the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne a favorite of many Formula 1 fans, drivers and teams.
Super Aguri
A photo of the Super Aguri motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 7.
Drivers Wrestle With Mental Challenge to Win...
Formula 1 drivers must be fast on the track. But the mental game and challenge they have in trying to win the title is equally as important and trying.
Red Bull
A photo of the Red Bull F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 4.
Honda: Fourth Most Victorious F1 Engine Maker...
After six seasons powering the BAR cars as an engine provider, the Honda Motor Co. bought the team and raced under its own name from 2006. It was the second period of the Japanese company as a full fledged team in Formula 1, after it raced in F1 from 1964 to 1968 building both the chassis and the engine. It also turned out to be good luck for the fourth most victorious engine building company, as Honda won its first race since the Italian Grand Prix of 1967 at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2006.
Race Strategy Enters the Age of the Computer
Mention race strategy to almost anyone outside a Formula 1 team and chances are it will bring to mind an on-track chess game with someone cerebral sitting on the pit wall plotting the moves, or a driver suddenly deciding to stop and change his tires to improve his lead or pass a car.
Age Old Question of Whether it is the Car or...
The question has existed almost as long as auto racing: What is more important, the car or the driver?
How the Formula 1 Safety Car System Works
Formula 1 teams use any method to win. They build factories costing hundreds of millions of dollars that house wind tunnels operated by top engineers to streamline cars worth millions that are driven by the finest drivers in the world. They even use a new factor: the safety car.
Vijay Mallya: Colorful Owner of Force India F1...
He is often called the Richard Branson of Bangalore, he wears bracelets, earrings, sunglasses and dyes his hair and beard. He also has a genuine and longstanding love of motor racing, and that is why India's most colorful billionaire investor, executive and entrepreneur bought a Formula 1 team and called it Force India.
Tony Fernandes Discusses His Revival of the...
Tony Fernandes, 45, is a Malaysian entrepreneur who was educated in Britain and began his career at Virgin Records and then Warner Music. In 2001, he bought an ailing government-linked airline and turned it into the profitable budget airline AirAsia. In 2007, he started Tune Hotels, a no-frills hotel business. Fernandes is president of the Asian Basketball League and in 2009 he revived the Lotus Formula 1 team.
A Key to the Mental Make up of an F1 Driver:...
Formula 1 racing has become safer over the decades, but most people involved with the sport, including the old drivers, say that it still requires strong amounts of bravery in the mental makeup of a driver.
Spyker
A photo of the Spyker F1 team motor home. At the European races on the Formula 1 calendar the teams all bring their own elaborate motor home to each race. In these elaborate traveling hospitality areas, the teams carry out their relations with the press and sponsors. They also use the motor homes as a dining area to feed the members of the team. Each season sees a new motor home or an addition to an old one, as the paddock evolves into the most luxurious racing city in the world. Page 6.
Michael Schumacher Speaks About His Life After...
On the occasion of the inauguration of the Michael Schumacher World Champion Tower in October 2008, a real estate project in Abu Dhabi, the Formula 1 seven-time world champion gave an exclusive interview to Brad Spurgeon about his life two years after retiring from motor racing. The most successful driver in Formula 1 history, Schumacher is taking life easy and involving himself in several different projects while waiting for his next big passion after racing to come along.
Kart Tracks Are Familiar Looking Venues, F1 on...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. The paddock, trackside and garages are easier to access to see, hear and smell the karts, where future stars of Formula 1 learn their sport. Page 8.
A 250cc Two Stroke Go-Kart With Bodywork
The 250cc two stroke class pictured here is not often used by the younger drivers rising the categories to F1. But it is a lot of fun even for adults, and some 250cc karts reach speeds almost as fast as Formula 1 cars.
A Breed of Super Fan in the Exclusive F1 Paddock
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The Hungarian Grand Prix was F1's East Europe...
When Formula One ran its first race in Budapest in 1986, it was a huge step for the series — and for international sports — as it moved behind the Iron Curtain for the first time. Within a few years, however, Hungary was no longer part of the Soviet empire and the race had come to feel like any other permanent fixture on the calendar.
Physiotherapist to Jenson Button
Mike Collier is the physiotherapist, fitness and dietary advisor to the McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button. Collier, who holds a sports science degree from Bath University in England, started in Formula One in 2000, working with Button at the Benetton team. He also worked with Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso at that time. He took a break from 2002 to 2005 to complete a physiotherapy degree, returning in 2008 with Button at Honda, then at Brawn, where Button won the 2009 world title, then following him to McLaren.
F1 is the Greatest Racing Series in the World
Many observers agree that despite a world of changes, Formula 1 remains at the pinnacle of auto racing and one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles. Here are the reasons why....
The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai is an...
When Formula One arrived in China in 2004, it crossed into the last of the big frontiers that had remained closed to it, culturally and economically speaking.
Unlike in Formula 1 Racing, in Karting a Driver...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. Page 6.
Crashed And Byrned: The Greatest Racing Driver...
Tommy Byrne was an Irish racing driver in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He rose from a poor family and no education or motor racing connections to win several British and European open-wheel championships all entirely based on talent alone. Several of these championships were won the year before Ayrton Senna won the same. But where Senna became the most famous racing driver of his generation, Tommy Byrne failed to make the cut in F1. This is his story as to why.
F1 Drivers Must Control Emotion to Drive Well
Great racing requires cool nerves, psychology and self discipline. In such a high-speed sport, tempers and emotions invariably fly. But whether it be caused by an intentional attack or personal error, the consequences are almost always negative.
Kimi Raikkonen: The Iceman From Finland, a Cool...
After twice finishing second in the Formula 1 drivers' title series at McLaren, Kimi Raikkonen joined Ferrari in 2007. At the dominant team of the last decade, in 2007 the Finnish driver finally broke the jinx and took his first championship crown.
Watches and Time Keeping Go Together With...
Most people think motor racing is about speed fast cars, engines, tires, maybe even women. Wrong. Motor racing is all about timing. Drivers are not after speed for its own sake. The buzz comes from lap times, braking times, acceleration times, pit stop times and the precise, marginal differences between them that build incrementally to the outcome of the race.
The Formula 1 Track as Laboratory for Future...
Although it is true everywhere, it is even more appropriate at the Singapore F1 circuit: The track is an interconnected microcosm in which hundreds of gigabytes of information over the weekend will travel through the airwaves and fiber optic cables around the circuit, into the garages, television studios, team television monitors at the edge of the track and into the cars themselves.
How Formula 1 Drivers Start Out and Why
For many of the greatest F1 drivers, the rise to the top involved first joining a smaller team where they completed something of an apprenticeship in a racing job that compares to none other in its physical and mental demands and intensity.
Sebastian Vettel: Formula 1's Youngest Double...
When Sebastian Vettel was called in to replace Robert Kubica at the U.S. Grand Prix in 2007 and finished eighth he became the youngest driver to score a point in Formula 1. Vettel was the test driver at the BMW Sauber team, but he was also part of the Red Bull Energy drink's driver development program. So when Scott Speed was kicked out of the Toro Rosso team before the Hungarian Grand Prix that same year, Vettel was hired to replace him. He moved to Red Bull the following year. Now, Vettel is the youngest double world champion.
Arnaud Kozlinski: Professional Kart Racer for...
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. Arnaud Kozlinski is a professional kart racer. Page 10.
F1 Pit Stops are also Part of Racing Strategy
Unlike most other sports, in motor racing the driver briefly hands the race over to his team when his car is serviced during the pit stop. Good pit-stop strategy and execution can help a driver overtake a rival; a bad stop can lead to disaster.
Marussia Virgin: The Experimental F1 Team With...
It was one of the three new teams in the 2010 season, and the Virgin team, like its majority owner, Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, entered the series with a plan to do things differently.
The Indianapolis 500 And Monaco Grand Prix...
The Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix are the world's two most famous motor races. Frequently, as both are raced in May, they fall on the same day. But despite having cars that look similar, there can be few races quite so different as these two classics.
Where to Find Kangaroo TV Devices at the F1...
Kangaroo TV offers several methods of finding its product at or before attending a Formula 1 race, and finding out how much it costs. Page 4.
The German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring is one...
Formula 1 fans and employees who are city-dwelling and city-loving take a deep breath for the rural race in the countryside of the Eifel Mountains in southern Germany.
The Best Karting Tracks Allow Lots of Room for...
The Circuit Carole is more of a motorcycle racing track than a karting track, but its large size lends itself well to karts, particularly the hairpin down near the pit area. During the Discovery Kart fair in February, the 250cc karts delighted the public both on the track and off. Page 5.
Ralf Schumacher: Michael's Little Brother,...
When he joined Formula 1 in 1997 at the Jordan team, many in the sport thought that Ralf Schumacher was nothing but the little brother of Michael Schumacher, he was a driver who got his seat because of his name. In fact, Ralf quickly proved his critics wrong and showed that he was one of the better drivers in F1, as he scored 13 points in his first season. He and his world champion brother became the best brother pair the sport has ever seen. But in recent years the early promise has faded.
A Visit to the Formula 1 Starting Grid
For race fans, the Formula 1 starting grid is the most exciting place on earth in the half hour before a Grand Prix starts. It is the place where the teams, cars, drivers, stars, media and dignitaries assemble in the culmination to the Grand Prix weekend before a race starts. Make a visit to the several starting grids of the season through this pictorial display.
The Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo is a...
Sun, sea and cliffs, a port, yachts, and casinos, billionaires, beauties, picture-postcard houses, buildings and palaces: This principality on the Mediterranean is a fairy-tale world, and even just the name of Monaco itself is enough to bring the place alive in most people’s minds.
Michael Schumacher: Seven-Time World Drivers'...
Michael Schumacher is the only seven-time world drivers' champion in Formula 1 history. He began racing in the series in 1991 and retired in 2006. The German driver broke just about every record in the sport, but above all that number of five world titles previously held by Juan Manuel Fangio since the 1950s that no one thought would ever be broken. After doing one race at the Jordan team, Schumacher drove the rest of his career at only two teams: Benetton and Ferrari.
Rainer Schlegelmilch On His Long F1 Media Career
Rainer Schlegelmilch, 70 in 2011, is the doyen of Formula 1 photographers, having attended more than 570 Grands Prix. He attended his first race as a photographer in 1962 and celebrated his 50th visit to the Italian Grand Prix in 2011. A German, his photos appear in magazines and newspapers around the world, and he has published several photo books and worked as an advertising photographer. Although he always worked as a freelancer, he has retired from advertising photography, but continues to travel to a majority of the Formula 1 races.
Alain Prost: Four-Time World Drivers' Champion
Alain Prost, a Frenchman, was the first Formula 1 driver after Juan Manuel Fangio of the 1950s to win four world championship titles. Fangio had won five titles, ending in 1958, and no other driver did better than three until Prost won his fourth title in 1993 at the Williams team. Prost was particularly famous as one of a dueling tandem, the other of whom was Ayrton Senna, who won three titles.
Retromobile: A History of Formula 1 Cars
For over 30 years the annual Retromobile car show has presented the world's finest old cars. This year there were many cars from both eras of Grand Prix racing, pre-F1 and F1, including the centerpiece Auto Union D-Type car that won the French Grand Prix in 1939 and Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari Formula 1 car with which he won the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978. The latter belonged to the finest single collection at the show, that of Nick Mason, the drummer of the Pink Floyd rock band.
The Indian Grand Prix at New Delhi is F1's...
It was with both trepidation and excitement that the Formula 1 community arrived in New Delhi for the first Indian Grand Prix in October 2011 at a new purpose-built circuit, in Greater Noida, 50 kilometers from the city.
Super Aguri: A Small F1 Team Takes on the Giants
Founded in 2006 by Aguri Suzuki, a former Formula 1 driver, the Super Aguri team had the help of the Honda Motor Company as it set up as an F1 racing team to support the career of Takuma Sato. Both Sato and Suzuki are stars in Japan, and the Honda team dropped Sato for the 2006 season. Suzuki created the team in just a few months prior to the 2006 season. The team succeeded in finishing as high as 10th place in a race at the end of the season.
History of the Singapore Grand Prix
Before the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, the new race was billed as the Monaco of Asia. Monaco was the richest, most glamorous Formula 1 race, with the most important impact on business-to-business deals within the sport and among its sponsors.
Bernie: The Biography of Bernie Ecclestone
If there is one name that has defined the modern Formula One series, it is Bernie Ecclestone. Over a 40-year period Ecclestone built up the series from a kind of gentleman's racing club into an international sporting event to rival the Olympics and World Cup soccer, with millions of television viewers tuning into each race throughout the 8 month racing season. This is the story of how Ecclestone rose from being a used car and motorcycle salesman into the leader of the pinnacle of auto racing.
The Italian Grand Prix in Monza is a Classic F1...
Not many towns give the impression of being built around a racing circuit like Monza and the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Then again, Monza also happens to be one of the most historic racing tracks in the world, and, sitting as it does in a royal park, it has a national monument feel to it as well.
The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa is one of F1's...
The Belgian Grand Prix is one of three races of the season to be held on a track in the countryside, in the fashion of the majority of Formula 1 venues in the past. Those rural settings have been supplanted in recent years by races in or near major metropolitan areas.
The Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal is a North...
Few other host cities enjoy a love affair like the one between Montreal and the Formula One teams. And no other city celebrates the race weekend away from the track with as much enthusiasm as Montreal.
Gille Villeneuve's Ferrari Owned by Nick Mason
For over 30 years the annual Retromobile car show has presented the world's finest old cars. This year there were many cars from both eras of Grand Prix racing, pre-F1 and F1, including the centerpiece Auto Union D-Type car that won the French Grand Prix in 1939 and Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari Formula 1 car with which he won the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978. The latter belonged to the finest single collection at the show, that of Nick Mason, the drummer of the Pink Floyd rock band. Page 5.
Anthony Davidson: British F1 Driver Comes Into...
Anthony Davidson spent six years as a Formula 1 test driver at the BAR Honda and Honda teams before joining the Super Aguri team in the 2007 season as a full time F1 racer. After having raced in only three Grand Prix races prior to the 2007 season, and failing to finish at all of them, the British driver has finally finished races in 2007.
Monaco's Port Serves as the Paddock Area
The Monaco Grand Prix is the most glamorous motor racing event in the world. Each year it attracts the stars from up the coast at the Cannes Film Festival and beyond. Taking place in the narrow streets of the principality in the south of France, the race has a completely different atmosphere to any other race in its paddock and the harbor next to the paddock and track. On the Wednesday before the race, the motor homes are already set up along the port. Page 10.
Mark Webber: Australian Eternal Hopeful Takes...
Australian driver Mark Webber enters a crucial year in his career as he joins the Red Bull team in 2007. After five years in F1, Webber, 30, will partner David Coulthard, one of the most victorious drivers still racing. Webber has outraced all of his teammates, but always seemed to be at the wrong team at the wrong time, or, as in the case of Williams, the right team at the wrong time.
Kangaroo TV's Technical Marvel
A marvel of miniaturization, the Kangaroo TV media device for watching and listening to Formula 1 races at the Grand Prix venues provides state of the art viewing, hearing and digital data for a full race attending experience. Page 2.
The Brazilian Grand Prix as F1's South American...
Racing culture like no other in the world contributes to making the Brazilian Grand Prix and its home, Sao Paulo, one of the most unusual and exciting races of the season.
Takuma Sato: Japan's Greatest Formula 1 Driver
Takuma Sato started at the Jordan team in 2002 after racing in the lower series in Europe. He was hired to race at the BAR-Honda team in 2003. There he scored points, as well as the highest qualifying position by a Japanese driver in Formula 1. He scored a podium at the U.S. Grand Prix in 2004, where he finished third. In 2006 he joined the fledgling Super Aguri Honda team, which was built around him.
The British Grand Prix in Silverstone is F1's...
Every summer, Formula 1 returns to one of its traditional European tracks far from a major metropolitan area — in short, in the middle of nowhere. But the British Grand Prix is at the Silverstone racetrack, which is not only one of the venues that has held the most Formula One races since the founding of the series in 1950 — with 44 Grands Prix — but also the site of the first Formula One race, in May 1950.
Spyker: The Little Team With Big Ambitions, and...
The Spyker F1 team grew out of the former Jordan team, by way of a year as the Midland F1 team. Bought in 2006 by the Dutch sports car company Spyker Cars N.V., it has ambitions - like Ferrari or McLaren - to sell sports cars using the racing team's name as a draw. Spyker uses Ferrari engines, and as a sign of its ambitions, it hired Mike Gascoyne, one of Formula 1's top technical directors.
It's a Formula 1 in Miniature in Every Way
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations - everything a driver must know to race at the highest level starts at the lowest level. Karting even has its own world championship yearly. Kart tire technology looks very much like that of the Formula 1 cars, but in miniature. Page 4.
Zak Brown Talks About Sponsorship in Formula 1
Zak Brown is the chief executive and founder of Just Marketing International, a marketing and sponsorship agency that caters exclusively to auto racing around the world, including the Nascar and Formula 1. An American trying to make it in Europe as a racing car driver in the early 1990s, he found his own sponsors and soon started doing the same for other teams and drivers, founding JMI in 1995. JMI has become the biggest auto racing marketing company in the world, with 130 staff.
Grand Prix Drivers' Association, Where Racers...
The Grand Prix Drivers' Association was founded by the Formula 1 drivers themselves in 1961 in order, mainly, to improve and ensure safety conditions for them in Grand Prix racing. It has lasted since that time with a few short breaks, and has grown into covering other areas for the drivers, including such things as dealing with the International Automobile Federation over rules and fighting for cheaper personal insurance.
Nelson Piquet Jr.: Son of Triple World Champion...
Nelson Piquet Jr. is the latest in a string of sons of former world champion Formula 1 drivers to follow in his father's footsteps, his father having won the title three times in the 1980s. And Nelsinho, as he is also known, while having help from his father since the beginning, also proved that he merited a chance in his rookie season in 2008 at the Renault team.
Physical and Mental Strain of F1 Race Travel
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Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain Grand Prix in an image gallery during his rookie season in Formula 1. Nicholas Hamilton, Lewis Hamilton's brother, was also there. Page 13.
Vijay Mallya Talks About Force India and India...
Vijay Mallya is the chairman of United Breweries Group and of Kingfisher Airlines. He is also a member of Parliament in India, and he has worked in Indian motor sports for many years. He is one of the catalysts behind the Indian Grand Prix. Since the end of 2007, he has owned and directed the Formula 1 team Force India. He also owns an Indian Premier League soccer team, the Bangalore Royal Challengers.
Adrian Sutil
Photos of the Formula 1 drivers and test drivers of the 11 teams of the 2007 season. Photo of Adrian Sutil, the Spyker driver. Page 20.
The Roller Coaster of the Monaco Grand Prix Track
It is the slowest and the shortest track of the year for the world's fastest, most technologically advanced racing cars. But the roller-coaster ride through the streets of Monaco is also the track that in many ways appeals most to the greatest racing drivers in the world.
Lyndy Redding, Talks About the McLaren Formula...
Lyndy Redding is the chef and founder of the McLaren Formula 1 team's caterer, called Absolute Taste. She is the managing director of the company that is majority-owned by the McLaren Group, which also owns the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team. She started in F1 at the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix, working as a caterer on a yacht for the Leyton House team, which hired her as a chef the following year. In 1997 she founded Absolute Taste with Ron Dennis, the McLaren owner, to cater to the team and in other areas.
Toyota: A Bold Team With Racing at its Heart...
Unlike all of the other car manufacturer teams now in Formula 1, Toyota took a big chance by starting up a completely new team from scratch when it entered the series in 2002. It had spent several years preparing for the step, and scored only two points that year. But the team has worked methodically and built up its level of competitiveness until it finished fourth in the series in 2005. In 2006 it dropped back to sixth, but only one point behind BMW in fifth. 2007 is a crucial year.
The Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore is an...
Since its inception in 2008, the Singapore Grand Prix has quickly become one of the highlights of the Formula 1 season, especially for the racegoers.
Scuderia Toro Rosso: Former Minardi F1 Team...
Toro Rosso was built on the base of the Minardi Formula 1 team after the Red Bull energy drink company bought it in 2005 as the second team in its F1 empire. In fact, Toro Rosso means Red Bull in Italian. But not long after the Austrian company bought the team, it sold half of the shares to Gerhard Berger, the former Formula 1 driver, who took over the job of directing the team. By 2008 it won its first race, and Red Bull bought back Berger's shares to own the team 100 percent.
Force India: A Country Increases its Formula 1...
The Force India F1 team grew out of the Spyker team, which grew from the former Jordan team, by way of a year as the Midland F1 team. Bought in 2007 by the Indian financial tycoon, Vijay Mallya, the team is seen as a first step toward a greater involvement by India in Formula 1 racing. This should culminate in an Indian Grand Prix by 2010.
Jean Eric Vergne: Vice-Champion of Europe
Virtually all of the Formula 1 drivers start out racing as children in go-karts. Karting is the best school for racing because it is F1 in miniature: Competition, mechanics, driving skills, human relations. The son of owners of one of France's best kart tracks, Jean Eric became one of the country's best kartmen. But in 2007 he decided he would move on to his goal of rising up the auto racing ladder to try to reach Formula 1. He will race in the French national Formula Renault championships. Page 2.
The Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur is a...
The Malaysian Grand Prix started in 1999, the first of a new crop of races that would eventually spread across Asia and the Middle East as Formula One expanded around the world far from its European base.
An A-Z Look at KERS, the F1 Environmental...
The Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems, or KERS, was introduced by the International Automobile Federation, the sport's governing body, to not only make Formula 1 more environmentally relevant and useful to the sport's car companies, but also to improve the racing by making overtaking easier.
Sébastien Bourdais: A Four-Time Champion...
It took Sébastien Bourdais five years and four drivers' titles in the Champ Car series to return to his native Europe at the pinnacle, in Formula 1. After winning the Formula 3000 title in 2002, Bourdais went to race in Champ Car in the United States. But his goal was always to race in F1, and he finally achieved this by joining the Toro Rosso team.
Kazuki Nakajima: Japanese Son Takes the Quiet...
Kazuki Nakajima is the son of Satoru Nakajima, who was the first Japanese driver to land a full time race seat in Formula 1. Kazuki rose up the categories from karting to F1 by way of the Toyota young driver program to land his own full time drive in the sport in 2008 at the Williams team.
The McLaren Formula 1 team's Catering Company,...
Chef and founder of the McLaren Formula 1 team's caterer, called Absolute Taste, Lyndy Redding is the managing director of the company that is majority-owned by the McLaren Group, which also owns the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team. She started in F1 at the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix, working as a caterer on a yacht for the Leyton House team, which hired her as a chef the following year. In 1997 she founded Absolute Taste with Ron Dennis, the McLaren owner, to cater to the team and in other areas.
U.S. Grand Prix on Fox Sports and on Speed
The U.S. Grand Prix will be shown on Fox Sports and on Speed for the 2007 edition.
Star of the Retromobile Show
For over 30 years the annual Retromobile car show in France has presented the world's finest old cars. This year there were many cars from both eras of Grand Prix racing, pre-F1 and F1, including the centerpiece Auto Union D-Type car that won the French Grand Prix in 1939 and Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari Formula 1 car with which he won the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978. The latter belonged to the finest single collection at the show, that of Nick Mason, the drummer of the Pink Floyd rock band. Page 3.
Christijan Albers
Photos of the Formula 1 drivers and test drivers of the 11 teams of the 2007 season. Photo of Christijan Albers, the Spyker driver. Page 21.
A Great Chess Player Visits the Formula 1 Paddock
Zoltan Almasi, one of the world's greatest chess players, visited the Formula 1 paddock at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Almasi is a fan of motor racing, and his visit behind the scenes in Formula 1 was an excellent opportunity to compare the two sports. Formula 1 is one of the fastest sports in the world, while chess is one of the slowest. But they both require heavy amounts of strategy and tactics.
Telecommunications Companies Sponsoring Formula...
Most Formula 1 fans are aware of the paradigm in which a major car manufacturer uses the sport not only to advertise its road cars with an eye to sales, but also to develop and improve their road car technology. In the same fashion, as Formula One has become increasingly dependent on computers, telecommunications and information technology, telecommunications companies have begun following that example.
The 2.4 Liter Engine in F1 Celebrates 100 Races
The 2.4 liter Mercedes V8 engine competed in its 100th race at the Hungarian Grand Prix of 2011. Here's a summary of what the engine has achieved since its very first appearance at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Bridgestone Tire Company's Formula 1...
The Bridgestone transporters also serve as work areas for the Formula 1 tire technicians to work on the tires. Page 5.
CEO of Williams F1 Team
Alex Burns is the chief executive of the Williams Formula 1 team. He joined in 2002 as general manager, running the production side of the factory and car production. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA. He started his career in the aerospace industry, making helicopters and working on fluid systems for aircraft and spacecraft and a variety of civil, military and space projects, including the Ariane 4 and 5 satellite launch vehicles. In 2004, he was promoted to chief operating officer of Williams, and became chief executive last year.
Paddock Life at the Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix is the most glamorous motor racing event in the world. Each year it attracts the stars from up the coast at the Cannes Film Festival and beyond. Taking place in the narrow streets of the principality in the south of France, the race has a completely different atmosphere to any other race in its paddock and the harbor next to the paddock and track. These photos of the Monaco race week show how the whole thing is bathed in an aura of glamour.
Bob Constanduros Talks About Interviewing F1...
Bob Constanduros is the circuit commentator at Formula 1 Grands Prix around the world and conducts the official press conferences organized by the International Automobile Federation, the series' governing body.
From Early on Race Day Morning the Spectators...
The Monaco Grand Prix is the most glamorous motor racing event in the world. Each year it attracts the stars from up the coast at the Cannes Film Festival and beyond. Taking place in the narrow streets of the principality in the south of France, the race has a completely different atmosphere to any other race in its paddock and the harbor next to the paddock and track. The celebrities flock to Monaco for the race, from chefs to movie stars to atheletes. Spectators arrive early Sunday. Page 42.
Formula 1 Car Photos From Teams and at the Races
A collection of photos provided by both the Formula 1 teams and the About.com F1 guide. The collection will show cars in both publicity shots and from the races themselves. It will be updated throughout the season.
Silverstone Renovates its Pits and Paddock Area
Silverstone is the spiritual home of British auto racing, and home to the British Grand Prix. But until 2011 it had fallen behind in circuit facilities, with an old, barnyard-like pit and paddock complex. After a major renovation and the building of a new pit and paddock area in 2011, it joined a host of F1 venues around the world on the cutting edge of circuit technology.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as F1's Gulf Travel...
The captial city of the United Arab Emirates offers race attenders more than sand, sun and skyscrapers: It offers a first class race track, lots of entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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