Valencia: Post-race postcard

F1’s most recent expedition yielded crystal balls, another disappointing race for a certain team from Woking, hot weather, French tongue, two almost-rollovers and about one hundred thousand screaming Spaniards.

Sounds decent — and it was. Incredibly, this expedition was widely predicted to be the most boring race of the season, with many (not us… ahem) touting the Valencia street circuit as one of the worst Formula 1 tracks of all time. And to be fair, all 4 previous races held around these same streets didn’t exactly lead anyone to believe it could ever produce a race that could be considered entertaining by F1’s standards. With 2012’s races having heightened everyone’s expectations of how Grands Prix should be, it was going to be a particularly tough ask this time around…

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Monaco: Post-race postcard

Not a dollar goes to waste in this place…

Fast cars, fast women, celebrities and crashes. All things that go hand-in-hand with Monaco, Formula 1’s most famous Grand Prix.

Our latest post-race postcard features not just the aforementioned drawcards, but people standing around waiting for rain, champagne, backflips, two flying cars and the top 6 bunched up at the finish. Yes, that’s right, there was a car race amongst all the glamour and excess.

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Race Cars 4 Dummies: Aerodynamics

Right, as F1 fans we’re pretty knowledgeable about racecraft, Formula 1 regulations, driver backstories and the race results for grand prix up to 25 years ago. But talking to a lot of fans, it’s become clear that many people don’t know what’s going on inside the vehicles. There’s a range of content on the net about the intricacies of a modern F1 car (including the amazingly wonderful scarbsf1), but most websites cater to fans who already know their way around a racecar. This new series of articles aims to give a basic overview of what’s going on in the car, and how the damn thing actually works.

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Shanghai: Post-race postcard

Sebastian Vettel catching up on his favourite novel in the cockpit, Bruno Senna steering the wrong way as he rounds turn 1, Fernando Alonso with yet another pair of sunglasses, and the coolest mobile phone case in the world. Just a few of the highlights from Formula 1’s annual visit to Shanghai.

Time for the second instalment of Post-race postcard, the feature where we look back on the Grand Prix weekend in the least serious manner possible!

Unfortunately, the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix didn’t provide us with a lengthy red flag period, so the attention of FOM’s cameramen/women was focused on the racing for the most part. Fortunately, there were a few slightly tickling moments that made the cut for our pictorial review.

This week, we were treated to a fine display from Nico Rosberg as he won his first race. Exciting, yes, but it’s not exactly amusing, is it? Traditionally, the entire Chinese Grand Prix weekend isn’t all that amusing, but we gave it our best shot…

Also featured in our postcard is Hamilton and Massa’s 103rd battle in 12 months, a very guilty looking Mercedes mechanic (it was the fault of whoever gave Michael the green light, to be fair!), and Mark Webber soaring above the kerbs at 300km/h. Yep, seriously, he’s been at it again.

Did you have a favourite moment from the Chinese Grand Prix? Did anything in particular make you laugh or even induce a slight chuckle? Not at all? Well, if you did, make sure you share your thoughts below!

Umm of the week: Kings will be kings

It’s Friday, which marks the end of the working week! Well, for some it does… How was your week, by the way? Wait, really? In that case, you’ll be pleased to learn we’ve recently employed an agony au– …actually, no we haven’t, we’re an F1 blog, supposedly.

Anyway! We hear plenty of wonderful quotes throughout an F1 week, so it’s only fitting that we, the self-appointed masters of ‘umming’ and ‘aaahing’ choose the most professionally executed sentence (or three) from someone F1-related and give it the recognition it deserves. Each Friday, we’re going to be presenting our weekly feature entitled… Umm of the weekContinue reading