Formula One -Derland: The 2014 Grid (so far)

by Jamie Sanford on January 14, 2014

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Here is the 2014 grid, so far. All of the team except Caterham have confirmed drivers (as of January 14th, 2014), and there are a lot of changes to the driver lineup.

  • Drivers who are no longer in Formula One–
    • Mark Webber (retired)
    • Heikki Kovalainen (he was a pinch hitter for Lotus when Raikkonen had back surgery and has not booked another drive for 2014 – Raikkonen is back now)
    • Paul di Resta (booted from Force India, not picked up by anyone else)
    • Charles Pic and Giedo Van De Garde (Caterham 2013 drivers, they might be picked up again)
  • New drivers
  • Team changes
    • Too many to count, holy crap what a mess of changes.
    • Out of 11 teams, the only 2 teams staying the same are Mercedes and Marussia. Maybe Caterham, but they won’t tell us who is driving for them.

This will be my 4th season of being a Formula One enthusiast, and I can’t remember this many team changes happening in all the time I’ve been paying attention.

I have lots of individual thoughts that do not work together, so bullets.

  • The 2 new drivers are so young that they probably don’t have all of their body hair yet.
  • I am nervous and also really excited about Alonso and Raikkonen at Ferrari together, because that might just be crazy.
  • Ricciardo has been pretty clear that he KNOWS he will be number 2 at Red Bull. I don’t think “multi 21” is going to be necessary.
  • I would love to get the info on if Grosjean is terrified to be driving on a team with Maldonado. Grosjean got a therapist and stopped crashing into other drivers, but Maldonado did not do that and crashed a lot in 2013.

I am really excited for the season to start, it’s only about 2 months away. Pre-season testing takes place later this month, and then it’s a short 6 weeks until the first race.

Side note: My condolences to Jenson Button and his family on the loss of John Button.

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Senna (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 24, 2011

80. Senna (Not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Senna.

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Senna is a documentary that presents the life and death of Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna.

(I think I’ve mentioned here that I have been exposed to Formula 1 racing for the first time this year.  My husband wanted to start watching it and I got completely sucked in.  I have quickly become versed in things like DRS and KERS, so much so that I explained them to the dentist a few weeks ago. While I’m talking about this, go check out the Wiki on my favorite driver, rookie Paul di Resta.)

Anyway, back to the movie.

Senna was born in Brazil, and started his racing career there in kart racing.  His talent was apparent, and he ended up racing in Europe and eventually transitioning into Formula 1.  My favorite part of this movie was the recap of his Formula 1 career, and his rivalry with fellow driver Alain Prost.  Much like today, the drivers tend to act very classy in public, but you can see that there is a lot of drama going on in the background.  Senna was a brilliant driver who took risks in order to win, and was even shown in the movie that saying that day that a driver doesn’t take the risks anymore, that’s the day they are no longer a driver.

Senna was LOVED in his native country of Brazil, and eventually won a race there, which had been a lifelong goal.  At the end of the film, he is back in Brazil, this time being buried after a fatal accident on the race track.

A large part of Senna’s legacy is in the safety standards and practices that are alive today in Formula 1, many enacted after Senna’s death, which happened during the same weekend as the death of another driver as well.  While accidents will always happen, a driver hasn’t died in Formula 1 since the accident that took the life of Ayrton Senna.

This film was super interesting to me, and it gave a very different view of Formula 1, since I have only started watching this year.  I can imagine though that Senna’s story is what is the most interesting, and would be so if he were in any number of sports.  I cannot recommend this enough.

This INSANELY EXPENSIVE Blu-Ray and the super-rare metal miniature of Senna’s Lotus car is on back order from Amazon for a whopping $679.99. I am having trouble finding a DVD or Blu-Ray available in any other way, but I’m sure it will be available soon.

UPDATE: Senna is available on Blu-Ray from Amazon for $16.38.

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