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Formula One -Derland: Abu Dhabi 2014

by Jamie Sanford on December 30, 2014

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It’s been a bit over a month since the last Formula One race of 2014 – my first time attending a race, the last race of the season, etc.

I cannot tell you how much fun we had, how exciting it is, how the sound is NOTHING like what I expected, how watching races on TV is so far removed from the live experience. It was overwhelming and amazing and reverberating through my chest and WOW.

I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I planned because I was doing the right thing and taking it all in.

We arrived at such a time that we would be able to see the driver’s parade at 3:30. The race was scheduled to start at 5. We got there early enough to walk through a large area of shops and food merchants. After some chicken nuggets – yes, I went all the way to Abu Dhabi and had chicken nuggets – we got to watch the podium presentation for the GP2 race that had just finished and start waiting for the F1 action.

Will bought me this in the airport on the way to Abu Dhabi.

Pre-race selfie with William and his brother Andrew.

The biggest downside of going to a race live is that you can’t see the whole track. Luckily there are giant monitors showing the feed that we see on TV to keep updated on the rest of the race.

There was a HUGE contingent of #teamLH at the race, supporting championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

It was Fernando’s last race for Ferrari. He’s off to McLaren with Jenson Button as his teammate!

Ferrari World was viewable through the marina. We didn’t get a chance to go but we will make it back at some point.

Our view to the left, unfortunately blocked, but we could see all the way down the straight. This was the DRS zone going into turn 11, we saw lots of action!

Here’s a distorted panorama of our view. It was the turns in quick succession that were wonderful. Plus, after the hard braking, the guttural sound of the engine hit you square in the chest, which was amazing and intense!

Did I mention the start? It was crazy.

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Here’s my Instagram video from lap 1. The crowd around us REALLY enjoyed Lewis’ blazing start.

Lap 1. The crowd went nuts when we saw the start! #abudhabi #abudhabigp #teamlh #golewis

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The transition from day to night was so well done – the track lighting is no joke. It was also noticeably cooler in the desert after the sun went down.

So, after the most insane start, Lewis managed to pull away from Nico quite effectively. Andrew used his phone to get access to a live feed of the team radio transmissions that we were not privy to since we were not watching the race on TV. We knew something was wrong with Nico Rosberg’s car, which was confirmed later. Not the best for him, but ultimately, he and Lewis both finished the season with 3 races in which the car failed. Nico did manage to finish the race, but he was pretty far back as the car had multiple issues. Meanwhile, Lewis’ car wasn’t perfect either. If Felipe Massa had been given a few more laps, it might have been a victorious day for him.

We also watched some amazing moves and passes by Daniel Ricciardo. The Red Bulls had started in the pit lane because of illegal wings on the cars during qualifying, and both drivers did really well. Ricciardo finished 4th, Vettel 7th.

Side note – Formula One cars are BEAUTIFUL in person. It is not something you capture on television, but they are absolutely lovely. My favorites were the Red Bulls, Ferraris, and Caterhams. I really need to make sure I get a pit walk on my next race outing because I need to see them closer than we could from our seats.

As it was, the podium finishers were Hamilton, Massa, and Valtteri Bottas. It was wonderful to watch Lewis’ victory lap and also the podium ceremony. I am not sure that anyone isn’t happy for him, he drove his ass off all season and I think is the clear champion. Nico Rosberg performed in qualifying, but races actually count and Lewis had MANY more victories.

We really did have the best time. It was immediately clear that we would need to start planning to go to more races because this was GREAT. It was capped off by Romain Grosjean driving next to us in a tunnel near the circuit in a random Audi. He must really love to drive to be driving himself away from a race track where he has spent the last 3 days driving. I really hope he has a better season next year.

I don’t know what else to say. I was SO excited to be there, as were my husband and brother-in-law, and I think that the day will forever be clouded by a veil of pure joy. It only cemented my love for the sport. I am already super excited for next season, and am still contemplating if we can make it work to go to the race in Montreal in June.

Thanks to everyone who reads my Formula One-Derland posts!

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Formula One -Derland: United States 2014

by Jamie Sanford on November 4, 2014

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Austin race! Everyone seems to really like going to Texas. I think I might have to go to this race next year.

The week prior to the race was a bit sad when we found out that both the Marussia and Caterham teams had been given permission to miss the next 2 races without penalty fees. Both teams are financially strapped, causing a lot of drama within the smaller teams. The larger teams with more money build better cars, get more points, win championships, which gives them more money to start the process over. Small teams have a much harder time. Hopefully everyone will be back for the race in Abu Dhabi.

Honestly, I almost don’t need to post anything else than this beard shot of Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo. We are also getting 80s teen movie villain realness from Daniel Kyvat in the back there. (Source)

Lewis Hamilton was on a roll with 4 wins in a row. His teammate Nico Rosberg managed pole position during qualifying, which made me a bit nervous.

Not sure why they have Astroturf on the track like this. Green paint would suffice. (Source)

After an AWESOME race with lots of wheel-to-wheel action (so much better than the boring race in Russia), Lewis won! (Source)

He even stole Mario Andretti’s hat because this year’s podium hats were not Stetsons! Weird. (Source)

Great graphic of the standings after the race in Austin. (Source)

Fernando and his triumphant beard took photos of snakes and squirrels on his jog in Texas. I’m guessing they don’t have those in Spain? (Source)

The race in Brazil is this coming weekend, and the final race of the year is on the 23rd in Abu Dhabi. We will be at the last race so the blog post will be delayed and also probably really long.

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Formula One -Derland: Singapore 2014

by Jamie Sanford on September 30, 2014

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This race was super important to see how things would go with the driver’s championship. Nico Rosberg was 22 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton, and if Rosberg managed another win, Lewis would only have more work to do as the season wraps up.

Lewis wants to win though, and he managed pole position by an INSANE 3 thousands of a second. I had a good feeling about it for the race. I was also looking forward to seeing Fernando Alonso do his thing since he has a proven record of doing well in Singapore. Neither of them disappointed.

I know it’s bad to enjoy someone’s misfortune, but it did seem that Nico Rosberg was owed a DNF result as he has only had one this season, compared with 3 for his teammate. I had a feeling he was doomed when the cars pulled off of the grid for the formation lap and his car didn’t move, and ended up starting in the pit lane. He ran for 13 laps with a seriously wonky electrical system before retiring.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton was on a lovely Sunday drive at the front of the pack, clearly just ready to win the race. He didn’t have work incredibly hard until after the last pit stop, when he had a few places to make up to win the race.

Classy. Nico knows that a lot of people still think he is a cheater.

Lewis wins! The 2 Red Bulls are behind him, and Daniel Ricciardo outperforms Sebastian Vettel, again.

I could not be happier for Lewis except for if he was Fernando Alonso. I think he will be amazing for the rest of the season and will take the championship.

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Formula One -Derland: Belgium 2014

by Jamie Sanford on August 26, 2014

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I skipped a review of the Hungarian race. However, it was pretty awesome. Lewis Hamilton finished third after starting from the pit lane because his car caught fire during qualifying. He keeps showing us over and over how he is one of the best in the field. Here’s the wiki for the race.

Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium is perhaps my favorite track of the year? Check out this amazing elevation change at Eau Rouge. (source)


(source) Here’s Fernando Alonso driving up Eau Rouge. Tragically for him he had a penalty because someone from Ferrari got too close to his car before the start. I think he would have had a podium finish. The guy is so damn talented.

So, it rained during qualifying, and Lewis Hamilton got to get through it without having a car malfunction. His teammate Nico Rosberg managed pole position, with Lewis right behind him. I was already worried, because these two do not get along. Mostly, I have been unimpressed with Nico’s behavior.

(source) During lap 1, Nico tried to pass Lewis, and didn’t quite manage to get around him well enough, and then clipped Lewis’ tire. He broke his own wing, but managed to quickly pull himself to the front since he had punctured Lewis’ tire. Lewis fell back and had to ride a flat back to the pit lane. He never managed to catch up too far and retired later in the race, earning no points. Nico ended up finishing second to Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, who no one is upset with.

(source) He’s always having a good time!

(source) Results.

The post-race was filled with drama, naturally. Nico Rosberg was booed on the podium because the fans were all convinced he did something shady that knocked Lewis out of the race. Then, we heard from Lewis:

“We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose,” said Hamilton. “He said he could have avoided it. He said ‘I did it to prove a point’. He basically said I did it to prove a point.

“And you don’t have to just rely on me. Go and ask Toto [Wolff] and Paddy [Lowe] who are not happy with him as well.”

“I was gobsmacked when I was listening to the meeting. You need to ask him what point he was trying to make because he just came in there and said it was all my fault.”

Oy. After this, people online questioned the truth of what was said. Awesome Formula One commentator Will Buxton had this:

So the people who were mad at Nico before he admitted to wrongdoing are REALLY pissed now. How unsportsmanlike can you get? We watch drivers go wheel to wheel all the time without hitting each other, these are professionals at the top of their sport who know how to race without putting anyone out for the day. Nico knew exactly what he was doing, and I hope he is severely penalized for it.

Back to racing in Monza in 2 weeks.

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Formula One -Derland: Australia 2014

by Jamie Sanford on March 18, 2014

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Be sure to check the Formula One wiki for more complete results, or visit Planet F1.

Photos are from Planet F1 unless otherwise noted.

(Photo via We Heart It.) Kimi, as always, showing his excitement for the season.

The 2014 driver class photo.

(Source) Kobayashi had apparent brake failure during the race start and plowed into the back of Massa, ending the race for them both. As Kobayashi is on my fantasy team, I was miffed.

So, Valtteri Bottas had good qualifying, but then was pushed back due to a gearbox change. He managed to plow through the field in the beginning of the race, moving up something like 8 spots, and then tapped the wall and punctured a tire. He managed to get around to the pit lane for a fix, and meanwhile, his tire sitting in the road sent out the safety car, which allowed for him to catch up in the back of the pack. He finished 5th in the race, which is incredibly impressive. I’m so excited to watch him this season.

Other than cars dropping out like crazy due to technical issues (only 13 out of 22 finished), including retirements by marquee drivers like Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, the race was pretty uneventful. Nico Rosberg was in the front the whole way and finished with a big margin.

Daniel Ricciardo, driving in his first race for Red Bull, sort of came in second – he stood on the podium but was later disqualified for fuel consumption issues with the car. Seeing as it was his home race, this must be hurting him quite a bit.

And so it begins.

Malaysia in 2 weeks!


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