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Formula One -Derland: Malaysia 2014

by Jamie Sanford on April 1, 2014

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After a rainy qualifying, Lewis Hamilton took pole, and Sebastian Vettel managed to get his way back to the front row.

Unlike last time, this race was pretty calm at the start.

The race was not that eventful either. Lewis Hamilton managed to stay in front the whole time, and there was some fighting behind him, but nothing super exciting. Except Felipe Massa ignoring team orders and not letting his teammate pass.

Nico Rosberg was second, Vettel was third.

Champagne inappropriateness.

(source) Then Benedict Cumberbatch showed up to interview the drivers on the podium. This is normally people who are affiliated with the sport, so this was odd. But, I enjoy him, so OK.

Apparently this was happening while Lewis was being interviewed.

Bahrain is this weekend!

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Formula One -Derland: India 2013

by Jamie Sanford on October 29, 2013

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Great shot of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. I’m pretty sure their relationship has not been reduced to slapping just yet.

Nico and Lewis were fast in qualifying, but not faster than Sebastian Vettel, who managed pole position, again. He only had to finish the grand prix in 5th position or higher to clinch the driver’s championship.

…and Mark Webber looks pissed for a reason. He was doing so well in the race, behind Vettel in 2nd, and the team told him to pull over and turn the car off. Apparently something about the alternator. He was mad. I was too.

Skipping ahead, Vettel won the race and the championship. After his cooldown lap, he did donuts with a $20 million dollar car, in front of the grandstands. He was reprimanded for that later.

Vettel also gave love to the car when he got out. You can see the rubber he left on the track there too.

Here’s my thoughts on Vettel right now. Yes, he’s a great driver. He also has the fastest car, so that isn’t hurting. However, he has acted mostly like a child all season, holding his stupid finger up, not respecting his teammate, and all the while acting like he absolutely deserved to be the king of Red Bull. Maybe that is true, but as my Nan says, you catch more flies with honey. If Vettel had acted more gracious throughout the season, I think he would be getting booed a lot less. He was quite emotional after the race, and even said on Twitter that he was crying. I think I would be a much bigger fan of his if I felt this level of excitement and emotion from him more often. Also, please dude, stop with the finger. Just throw your hands up and go with that.

Yes, it was Vettel’s day, but Romain Grosjean managed to jump from 17th on the grid to a 3rd place podium finish, which was awesome.

Three races left, but less exciting now that the championship is already won. Hopefully they will be lots of fun to watch.

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Formula One -Derland: Korea 2013

by Jamie Sanford on October 8, 2013

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One of my favorite drivers, Paul di Resta, has not had a good streak of luck as of late. I’m not too happy with Paul’s contribution to my fantasy points at this point in the season.

Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso, continuing down the trail of awesomeness. Not his best weekend, but I still think he’s the best driver in the field.

This is Jenson Button, laughing at me for dropping him from my fantasy team. He’s doing marginally better than he did earlier in the season.

I would really really like to know what Massa and Vettel have to laugh about.

Vettel was on pole position, again, with Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton behind him. He did the same thing as in Singapore, and just TOOK OFF at the start and amassed a 2-second gap by the end of the first lap. Grosjean didn’t let him get the lead he had managed over Nico Rosberg during the last race, but it still seemed unreachable for Grosjean. Even after 2 safety car periods, Vettel still managed a gap.

(Photo from here) Meanwhile, the luckless Mark Webber‘s car was up in flames for the second consecutive race. What is Red Bull making his car out of?

(Photo from here) The 2 Mercedes drivers were going at it when all of a sudden, Rosberg’s nose just sort of fell, and it was crazy sparkage from there. Absolutely mad. But, he went back into the pits, got a new nose, and was back on track.

Sigh. Vettel wins the race. Kimi Raikkonen passed Grosjean for second, which seemed inevitable since Kimi is still (sort of) in the title race. Vettel has an insane points lead, and it is mathematically possible for him to win the season championship during the next race, which is in Japan, at his personal favorite track. We shall see. Apparently Lewis Hamilton totally agrees with me that watching the same person win all of the time is boring.

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Formula One -derland: Australia and Malaysia

by Jamie Sanford on March 26, 2012

The 2012 Formula One season started with back-to-back race weekends when I was really too busy to even be excited about it. 3 weeks until China!

Australia

Can I just say, I am EXCITED for this season already. Other than having to watch Speed Network’s F1 coverage which isn’t as enjoyable as the coverage from the BBC (and I saw a bit of Sky Sports coverage too, not too impressed there either), the Australia race weekend was full of surprises.

After McClaren locked out the front row in qualifying, Jenson Button pulled ahead at the beginning of the race and stayed there.  Champion of 2010 and 2011 Sebastian Vettel did not do too well in qualifying but pulled out a second place finish after an unfortunately slow pit stop that put Lewis Hamilton into third.  In response, Lewis acted like a baby and pouted during the podium ceremony, instead of enjoying the moment and focusing on the great points haul for McLaren.

My love for Jenson Button is continually growing. I enjoy him so much.

I am devastated that the amazing video I was going to share of Pastor Maldonado’s race in the style of Mario Kart is gone now. Poor Pastor was doing so well and crashed out during the last lap. The video blames this on a banana peel, naturally. If it comes back, I will post it.

Malaysia

The Malaysian race had no lack of drama, the least of which was my DVR not recording the last 15 laps because of the hour-long rain delay that had Jenson Button in the hospitality lounge having a cup of tea and some pasta. Seriously, that’s what we were hearing while Speed was doing whatever they could to fill time.  We did see some fun footage of old races though, so that was enjoyable. Also, Speed cut most of the delay out when they rebroadcast so I got to see everything else.

McClaren owned qualifying again (Lewis Hamilton on pole, Jenson Button in P2), but this qualifying resulted in Formula One legend (more on that later) and Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher in 3rd position on the grid. I have never seen Schumi get interviewed in the top 3 before, so that was a new experience. Golden Boy (and not my favorite, if it isn’t obvious) Sebastian Vettel qualified 6th.

Onto the legend thing. Speed showed this intro where all of the drivers that are past champions were turned into weird comic book characters. I need to find screenshots of the others, they are all hilarious and wrong.

Anyway, so the race restarted after the delay, and other than Bruno Senna plowing through the pack, there were not too many changes in lineup. Both Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel came together with Narain Karthikeyan, resulting in damage to their cars. Jenson took the blame for his accident, while Sebastian did not take the high road.

He was upset. But the finger wasn’t enough.

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He went out and called another driver an idiot after the race. Clearly, not winning all the time does not make wittle Sebastian a happy boy.

Seriously, Sebastian. Stop it. I like Formula One so much because the drivers are generally not complete d-bags. Don’t ruin it.

Fernando Alonso won the race in his POS Ferrari that hasn’t performed AT ALL this season.  He was really excited, and I was happy for him too.

However, I cannot be happier for anyone than 22-year-old Sergio Perez of the Sauber team, who was chasing Alonso like crazy at the end of the race, and managed to score his first career podium and BIG points for his team which will make a really big difference in the constructor’s championship.  Look at his big smile!  Lewis Hamilton came in third again, and seemed slightly less pissy about it than last week.  I guess 3rd isn’t so bad when your teammate, who won a week ago, finishes 14th.

China in a few weeks. The season is so hot already!

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At this time last year, my husband told me that he wanted to watch Formula One Racing with me (he had previously watched it while growing up). I begrudgingly agreed, figuring that I would hang out on the couch and either read or spend time with my laptop. Little did I know that I would become OBSESSED with the sport.

Hello, my name is Jamie, and I am addicted to Formula One. (HI JAMIE!) I think about chicanes and slipstreams when I’m driving my late 90s sedan.

So, in celebration of the beginning of the 2012 F1 Season (the Australian Grand Prix takes place this coming Sunday), I will list my top 5 favorite things about Formula One.

1. Location, location, location.

(Image from BBC Sport Website)

Formula One races take place all over the world, and some of the locations are super swanky. The most obvious of this is The Grand Prix of Monaco, which takes place in Monte Carlo. (Side note: Many F1 drivers make their home in Monaco as it is a known tax haven.)  Bernie Ecclestone apparently LOVES a race with a view, which explains why 2013’s Grand Prix of America will take place with NYC as the background. (More on that later.)

2. Aesthetics & Impressive Design.

In a sport where sponsors are KING, the branding could be a hot mess. While I do sometimes wish there were fewer logos, I think that for the most part, the cars look pretty amazing. I do think that teams Red Bull and Toro Rosso need to figure out a way to differentiate their cars, though, because a blur of red and blue is hard to distinguish on a car taking a corner at 140 mph.

Similar, right? Image from F1Technical.com.

In addition to just the aesthetics, the actual design that goes into a Formula One car is ASTOUNDING. The slightest changes in design can mean fractions of seconds shaved off of a lap time, and it means everything when pole position is often determined in those fractions. I cannot recommend enough this amazing episode of Megafactories from National Geographic, in which we are taken on a tour of the Williams factory.

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It is amazing, and you get a taste of the development of new car components.

3. Drivers.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, drivers for McClaren. Photo via BBC News.

Yes, there are a lot of hot Formula One drivers, and no one minds that. However, for the most part, the drivers are classy and accessible, which is not something I’m used to as a fan of things like pop stars. It’s not like there’s a news crew backstage right before Britney goes onstage to ask how she’s feeling about the show, and that is EXACTLY what happens on the grid before each F1 race. Reporters running around all over the place talking to drivers, and while not ALL drivers are into this (Lewis Hamilton will not talk to the press on the grid, and other drivers only do scheduled interviews on the grid), Jenson Button seems to be assaulted by someone on his way to the grid for every race, but is always graceful and accommodating.

Sebastian Vettel was the 2010 and 2011 World Champion and is Red Bull’s number 1 driver, as you can tell by his gesture. Mark Webber is the number 2 driver, and doesn’t seem too thrilled about it. Image via the Telegraph.co.uk.

Regardless of said classiness – there is no lack of drama. Shady moves on the track happen during every race! It gets more interesting once you see that the same drivers keep coming together. In addition, each team has 2 drivers, and the drivers are billed as number 1 and number 2. While the ultimate goal should be to move the team forward, it seems obvious that the drivers all want to be number 1.

PS – A lot of the drivers are on Twitter. You should find and follow them. Especially Paul Di Resta, because I am a big fan.

4. The Grand Prix of America.

(Image via Sports Illustrated)

Early into the 2011 season, I decided that my husband and I would travel to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix in June 2012. Then, in October, I obviously proved the power of the Law of Attraction, because it was announced that starting in June 2013, a Grand Prix will be held in Weekhawken and West New York, NJ, with NYC as the backdrop. This is about 10 minutes from where I live now, so I am skipping the Canadian Grand Prix and saving my pennies for the inevitably hella expensive grandstand tickets.

In addition, if anyone working on the Grand Prix of America needs someone to manage marketing and social media for the race, I am definitely available. My email address is in the right column.

5. The racing!

(Image via F1 Fanatic)

Obviously, my favorite thing about Formula One has to be the actual racing!

They are crazy fast of course, and the competition between the teams, as well as insane driver skill, make for lots of gasp-inducing moments.  Add to this the technological shenanigans (such as the Kinetic Energy Recovery System or KERS, and the Drag Reduction System or DRS) and it makes for a really interesting and exciting event.

Here’s a video explaining what DRS and KERS are and how they work.

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During the off-season, I’ve taken the opportunity to go back and watch the races from 2010. I am so glad that I did, because the 2011 season was less interesting than 2010, as Sebastian Vettel was incredibly dominant throughout the season. However, 2010 was full of crazy passing at the front of the pack! I have high hopes that changes to the cars for the 2012 season will mean more variety in the podiums, especially because I wasn’t able to pick only top teams in my F1 fantasy league (yes, I just copped to fantasy F1).

So, there you have it. I have never really cared about sports, but I am so excited that I was introduced to Formula One because I really get so much enjoyment out of it.

Does anyone else like F1? Let me know what your favorite thing about F1 is in the comments.

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