Showing posts with label Formula One. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Formula One. Show all posts

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Formula 1 is Awesome, But Needs To Keep Up-To-Date

Formula 1 is an amazing sport. Athletes at the peak of their fitness are riding around in a car at, what Wikipedia states, can be up to 369.9 km/h.

On low-downforce circuits greater top speeds were registered: at Gilles-Villeneuve (Canada) 325 km/h (203 mph), at Indianapolis (USA) 335 km/h (210 mph), and at Monza (Italy) 360 km/h (225 mph).

In the Italian Grand Prix 2004, Antônio Pizzonia of the BMW WilliamsF1 team recorded a top speed of 369.9 km/h (229.8 mph).

I would love to be able to show you an awesome video of a car flying off into the distance with the pitch of the engine screaming but this is where the problem lies: F1 Formula One, the company that owns all official video footage of the races has not really been switched on about sharing anything on social media.

Kravitz at the 2005 United States Grand Prix, ...There are some amazing journalists out there who still get the word out. Joe Seward has an amazing blog that has the nuance and flavour of the F1 Paddock.

Ted Kravitz (@tedkravitz ) is a great Formula 1 reporter and sadly doesn't get his information out enough!

So here is what I'm talking about:

Why aren't there more videos? Because YouTube doesn't have any. Why not? Because F1 Formula One the company haven't put any out there! Silly buggers.



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Michael Schumacher Showing Signs of Improvement

Back in the end of December, Michael had a nasty skiing accident that left him in a medically induced coma.

In April, we were informed:

"There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress," Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told German broadcaster ARD.
"There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious.
"Of course I am not a doctor, but medically, there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious, the latter meaning there is an ability to interact with his surroundings.
"I don't want to disclose details out of respect for the family, but we have no doubt at all in the abilities of the doctors treating Michael, they are experts in their field."

So, many weeks have passed and sadly there is still no further news.

Hero: 'Schumi' Schumacher is idolised by many Formula One fans across the world

kthanxbai! Jumblerant
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

For The Danger Of It

A friend of mine recently praised wholeheartedly a new movie coming out called 'The Crash Reel'. Its a movie I am looking forward to seeing, but from the official trailer below, I was hooked by one line a reviewer is quoted on. And I think it might be the first time that I actually listen to what a reviewer says.

Did you catch the quote? At 1.49 Empire is quoted as saying ' Senna, its appeal and message transcend'.

Ayrton de Silva Senna was a hero of mine back in the '80s so I paid attention to that quote. And I am sure for sure going to watch The Crash Reel when it comes out too.

Here is why Ayrton Senna was just so amazing:

And thats why David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and so many more F1 drivers all agree that he was an amazing driver, if not the best driver of all time.


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Monday, December 30, 2013

Michael Schumacher - Why He Is My Hero

Michael Schumacher is my hero mainly because for the best part of a decade I hated him, and now I cannot think of Formula 1 without his influence.

I first heard of Michael Schumacher back in 1991 when he joined the Benetton Formula 1 team and immediately started to end races on the podium.
Michael Schumacher driving for Benetton Formul...
Michael Schumacher driving for Benetton Formula at the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unlike his peers, he did not use his early years in racing to learn the ropes, get to grips with the team and his personal engineers, but immediately jumped into fast racing. His engineers have always said that the feedback he gave was extraordinary.

The current world leader in Formula 1, Sebestian Vettel has repeatedly stated that he always endeavors to be more like Michael when it comes to how he behaves outside of the car. The fact that in such an ego-fueled industry the World Champion can say something like that shows just what a hero Michael Schumacher is to so many people.

So, why did I hate the man? I'm sure he didn't care a fig about me!

Michael Schumacher driving for Scuderia Ferrar...
Michael Schumacher driving for Scuderia Ferrari at the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quite simply, in an era where it wasn't unheard of for drivers to sneak a quick cigarette here or there, (heck the cars looked like boxes of cancer sticks for crying out loud!), Michael proved time after time why it was so important to be at the peak of physical fitness. For me, that was just too much. The best drivers were equivalent to fighter pilots, if not better and they lived by their quick wits and reaction times. You're not going to improve on those however much salad you eat or however many miles you cycle, run or swim.

It's just not sportsman-like, its unprofessional and I'll have none of it!

Yes, I was wrong. Oh so very wrong. Oh so very, pathetically wrong.

Michael Schumacher repeatedly stood up for what he believed in. He just knew what it took to take Formula 1 racing to the next level. A level that most racers of the time could not achieve.

His first victory was at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1992, in a wet race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which by 2003 he would call "far and away my favourite track". He finished third in the Drivers' Championship in 1992 with 53 points, three points behind runner-up Patrese.

In 1994 Schumacher won six of the first seven races and was leading the Spanish Grand Prix, before a gearbox failure left him stuck in fifth gear. To most drivers being stuck in 5th means pulling over to the side and an ice cream in the back of the team garage or a helicopter ride to the airport to get home. Schumacher finished the race in second place.

Its at this point that I, as a grown man and solid fan of Formula 1 should have noticed that he was a star on the rise. Instead I was present at Silverstone, at the British Grand Prix, when Schumacher was penalized for overtaking on the formation lap. He then ignored the penalty and the subsequent black flag, which indicates that the driver must immediately return to the pits, for which he was disqualified and later given a two-race ban. It was this kind of 'not playing cricket' that really annoyed my sensibilities of fair-play.

I wasn't driving a half tonne race car around gritty tracks at 300 km/h, so I wasn't really in a position to argue with him.

In 1996, Schumacher joined Ferrari, a team which had last won the Drivers' Championship in 1979 and the Constructors' Championship in 1983, for a salary of $60 million over 2 years. A year later, ex-Benetton employees Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn, who had been Technical Director at Benetton since 1991, and who were one of the key members behind Schumacher's title successes with the team in 1994 and 1995, decided to join Schumacher at Ferrari. This increased Schumacher's motivation to build a more experienced and potentially championship-winning team around him.

Michael Schumacher driving for Ferrari at the ...
Michael Schumacher driving for Ferrari at the 1997 German Grand Prix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ross Brawn would go on to create his own team 'Brawn GP' in 2009, which went on to win the 2009 Formula One World Constructors' Championship and one of its drivers, Jenson Button, won the World Drivers' Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Schumacher was drawing excellent talent around him, and this time, he had the money to put into the design and upkeep of the dream car. He finished third in the drivers' championship in 1996 and helped Ferrari to second place in the constructors' championship ahead of his old team Benetton. He won three races, more than the team's total tally for the period from 1991 to 1995.

Schumacher won his third World Championship in 2000. At the post race press conference, after equaling the number of wins (41) won by his idol, Ayrton Senna, Schumacher broke into tears. This is when I started to dilute the hatred for the man.

A man who has won World Championships 7 times  (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002,2003, 2004) cannot be hated by an F1 fan! Repeatedly he has proven that his attitude, mixed with his natural ability and his fitness, created a winner;

91 wins
155 podiums
68 pole positions
77 fastest laps
It doesn't get much better than that.


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Miley Cyrus - You're Responsible

Dear Miley,

You know I love you, and will always do so, for your voice, for your attitude and for the fact that you enabled so many copycat videos that made me laugh.

Actually made me hurt myself laughing.

Miley, Growing Up Can Be Painful, but you made your coming of age, something that we can all smile at.

And the original, in full gloriousness


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Password Puzzle

mail, local banking, original bank account, work computer, work email, Google Analytics, AdWords, Webmaster tools, LinkedIn general, LinkedIn Ads, Facebook. CMS as work.

Gmail. iTunes. Office WiFi. Car.

Password (game show)
Password (game show) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just a few of the passwords / pass codes that I need to remember in my every day life.

Between you and me (please don't tell the world) the majority of access passwords are written down on scraps of paper and then pinned to my wall, that way, if someone wants to break into my Google Ads account then not only do they need to have an insane desire to do so, but they need to be in my office too!

Generic passwords are not my thing. Using 'Password' as a password seems a bit silly to me. Phone numbers mixed with dates or names are probably the best way to go. Or zip codes.

So here is a nearly plausible scenario about a standard recovery password.



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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Massa to Leave Ferrari 2014

Admittedly Ferrari's results recently have been less than amazing, and with Alonso and Massa as drivers they should be gathering the points like a Pac Man on speed.

So, just to recap - Ferrari are the team that have been in Formula 1 the longest; they won their first Grand Prix in England in 1951. The great drivers they have employed include Juan Manuel Fangio, Mike Hawthorn, John Surtees, Niki Lauda, Jody Sheckter, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

Formula One 2007 Rd.17 Brazilian GP: Start of ...
Formula One 2007 Rd.17 Brazilian GP: Start of the race at the S do Senna. #5 Felipe Massa (Ferrari), #6 Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari), #2 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and #1 Fernando Alonso (McLaren) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now Kimi Raikkonen, the diminutive Finn, worked at Ferrari before, where he won a World Championship in 2007. No mean feat in itself, but he was coming off a terrible year at McLaren where he failed to win a single race, and yet, won the 2007 Australian Grand Prix. And please let me clarify, that was his first race in the Ferrari car.

In 2009 he lost his Ferrari seat to Alonso, who he will be partnering in 2014.From Formula 1 Kimi went to the World Rally Championship, where he failed to make much of an impression. His return to Formula 1 in 2012 brought him 5 podium place finishes, including a win in Abu Dhabi, leaving him 3rd in the championship.


Kimi is currently 4th in the F1 Driver Championships with 134 points.


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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

GEOX - Scream Challenge with Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team

Oh those advertising people are clever.

They took a shoe competition, 2 formula 1 drivers and an empty racing track and they got a good few advertisements out of it.

What did they do? They took the winners of a competition and said they had won 20 pairs of  shoes. To get all 20 they had to do one lap in the passenger seat of a car, driven by a Formula 1 driver.

Not so bad?

Well, there was one simple rule; For every scream they emit, they lose one pair of shoes.

Here are the results:


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