Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 03.12.13, 17:37pm
Formula One racing ranks as the most exciting high-speed motorsport in the world. Competition is fierce and, and championship matches are hotly contested by the world’s greatest drivers. One such kingpin of the F1 arena is Sebastian Vettel. At just 26 years old, this monster of the Grand Prix has already secured 4 Formula One titles, recently winning a title in India. His dominant performance is a hallmark of pure class. Sebastian Vettel is often hailed as one of the greatest modern-day races in history – and with good reason. Today’s Formula One racers are preoccupied with complex mathematics and technology, and oftentimes the way we measure the best of the best is less objective than it is emotional. Many of the cars in today’s F1 racing arena are completely computerized, unlike the cars of yesteryear which required for greater levels of skill, dexterity, hand eye coordination and sheer driving class, you never knew how the car would behave- it was like taking a chance in spinning roulette.
Comparison between the Great Drivers of Yesteryear and Modern-Day Drivers
There are many fantastic Formula One drivers, none more so than Gilles Villeneuve. This skilled racer managed to rack up 6 impressive victories from 67 starts will stop boring presumed fact that he only had 2 pole positions. Surprisingly, Villeneuve never won a championship tournament – in stark contrast to scores of other Formula One races. This begs the question: why is Villeneuve regularly ranked among the very best drivers out there? His ferocity, unyielding spirit and determination to succeed surely outrank his lack of championship victories. He has often been labelled as a genuine man; a true gentleman of motor racing and a true boon to the sport of Formula One racing.
But from a purely results driven perspective, the 5 time world champ – the Argentinian – Juan Manuel Fangio is certainly up there among the best of the best. He’s win to start ratio is a whopping 47% and he was also often known as the maestro of Formula One racing. One of his greatest-ever performances was during the 1952 German Grand Prix. As he was fighting his way back into contention, he shattered the course record, stunning crowds, fellow drivers and carving a place for himself in the history books. Other Formula One racing greats include the likes of Alain Prost. This Frenchman was a monster of winning championships, although winning races does not particularly that high on his priority list. Some have labelled Prost as incapable of performing to expectations when not in the driver’s seat of a high-performance Formula One racing car.
The Best of the Best in Formula One Racing
Most everybody knows that’s there are at least three other drivers who warrant serious attention when it comes to being labelled the best ever Formula One racing driver. Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso are top class racing drivers. Michael Schumacher dominated the scene with 7 world championships and a whopping 91 victories overall. He was able to rally his team behind him and his relentless appetite for winning is second to none. Were it not for Ayrton Senna’s untimely demise, he may well have been the Michael Schumacher of the 1990s and beyond. His fatal accident was clearly an end of a Formula One racing car genius, but such is the nature of the sports that risk and reward may yield such outcomes.
What is surprising to many racing car fans is that even the great Michael Schumacher claimed that nobody was a better F 1 racer and Ayrton Senna. Senna was capable of taking mediocre vehicles and turning them into championship Grand Prix winners. Take the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix for example where Senna was able to let seconds quicker than the best of the best. It can Senna had ferocity, skill and a flair for racing that is simply absent in so many modern-day drivers. Consider that Senna had pole position in almost 40% of his starts – something that few racers if any can claim. For racing fans, the verdict is in: it’s Ayrton Senna is a champion – a giant among men.
Edwin Huxley - Sunday 28.07.13, 14:01pm
The 2013 season of Formula 1 is now nine races old, with roughly the same number left to complete, and this makes it a good time for taking stock of how thing stand, both from a racing and a sports betting perspective. Of course a number of fans of both activities will have long since placed their outright bets with the bookmakers, but just as many will have chosen to wait and see how the season develops first. So for this latter group, who are the drivers that can still take the prize this season?
The defending World Drivers champion Sebastian Vettel has clearly been the man to beat since before the season started, but it doesn’t look like anyone is going to dethrone him. Vettel has a thirty four point lead over Fernando Alonso in second spot – and this is reflected in the fact that the bookies have made him 1/4 odds-on favourite to win the title again. Alonso is also considered to be still in the running, as his 9/2 odds show, while the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen cannot be ruled out entirely either. However, realistically the odds on Vettel are dauntingly low, which means that a lot of motor racing betting lovers might fancy the likes of 5 Reel Drive at an online casino.
After all this game, which is a motor sports slot found at places like JackpotCity online casino, is likely to offer more excitement than betting on Formula 1 right at the moment. The theme of this particular game is actually racing on the freeways, which is a somewhat less ‘official’ type of motor racing – hence the cops who appear on the reels! They are also this game’s scatter symbol, which means you get a payout if your reel has three or more of them on it, but they are also joined by the likes of motor cars, drivers, chequered flags and road traffic signs (the wild symbol) on the five reels. It all makes for a fun, if unusual, casino game – and the maximum coin jackpot is a very enticing 10,000.
Edwin Huxley - Sunday 21.07.13, 10:17am
The drivers’ seat in your car is an important piece of kit, not just to allow you to comfortably steer and control the vehicle. But in an accident it can protect your body, especially your spine from fatal injury. It is therefore imperative that the position of your seat is correct in situation to the steering wheel.
This carries through to F1 drivers’ seats where each seat is individually moulded to the driver so as to stop any movement of the drivers’ body throughout the race. This is to ensure that the driver can feel every detail of the car and track to be in complete control of the situation.
Furthermore, in the case of an accident, the driver will be lifted from wreckage while still in the seat for optimum safety and protection.
James Vowles is Chief Strategist at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Factory in Northampton. In this short video he explains the importance of the drivers’ seat as made this season for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Edwin Huxley - Sunday 23.06.13, 14:27pm
The Eurosport Group has signed a three-year agreement with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and Le Mans Endurance Management to broadcast live for next three seasons the FIA World Endurance Championship, featuring the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.
The extension of the current deal covers 2014 to 2016 and involves TV and digital rights for Le Mans 24 Hours and the other seven rounds of the FIA WEC in a total of 71 countries in Europe and Asia-Pacific region.
Eurosport will broadcast every minute of the iconic 24-hour race live across channels Eurosport and Eurosport 2 as well as on internet and mobile on the Eurosport Player online TV service. Eurosport’s extensive coverage is also enhanced with the live broadcast of the free sessions, qualifying sessions and “Le Mans 24 Minutes” magazine, the daily on-site show produced by the channel during Le Mans week.
Launched in 2012, the rising FIA Endurance World Championship includes eight rounds: 6 Hours of Silverstone, 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans 24 Hours, 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas, 6 Hours of Fuji, 6 Hours of Shanghai and 6 Hours of Bahrain.
Eurosport will broadcast live the last hour of each round in high definition, bringing viewers all the excitement of the endurance racing on legendary circuits as well as in destinations where the history of motor sport is yet to develop. The winners of the FIA WEC were last year the winners of Le Mans too: Marcel Fässler, Benoît Tréluyer and André Lotterer on Audi.
Jean-Thierry Augustin, CEO, Eurosport Group says:
“Le Mans 24 Hours is the most famous car racing event in history and one of the highlights of our programming. Viewers will not miss a minute of the race wherever they are, with our round-the-clock LIVE coverage on air, online and on mobile. They will also enjoy unique editorial extras brought each year by our teams on site. The extension of our long-standing relationship with ACO also enables us to guarantee fans the very best of endurance racing throughout the whole season with the eight rounds of the FIA WEC.”
Terry Lane - Saturday 08.06.13, 11:04am
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