Korea sure knows how to show a journalist a good time. Fly them all the way to Asia and put them up in a “love hotel”. Sadly, it’s not a love story after all, as some are complaining about used condoms under their beds and dildo vending machines.
The reason for this strange turn of events is a simple room shortage for the Korean Grand Prix, so in order to get traveling media and even some teams a good night sleep, they had to be put up in these brothels, sometimes referred to as “love hotels”.
"After a ten-hour flight to Seoul, a first class train journey to Mokpo and a quick taxi ride to our ’Love Hotel’, we’ve arrived. The accommodation is a bit bizarre and there are easily 30 of these ’Love Hotels’ in the area - the one down the road is called the Hotel Feel, but we steered clear of that. Ours, The Washington, is actually very nice. It’s still a ’Love Hotel’ but it’s clean, has a 42" TV and free Internet access,” said a photographer for Sutton Images.
The first ever Korean Grand Prix was already dicey, but this is sure to be an event that nobody will ever forget. Just don’t take home any souvenirs from the room.
Six of the type 99T chassis were manufactured by Team Lotus for the 1987 season for drivers Senna and teammate Satoru Nakajima. This particular car, however, was exclusively driven by Senna and earned him the top tier of the podium at both the Monaco and Detroit Grands Prix. He raced the car in 11 GPs taking a total of six podiums that season.
The 1.5 liter Honda turbo V6 engine produces a mind-boggling 1,000 horsepower. Acceleration (0-62mph) takes an astonishing 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 205mph. During race time, engines would be replaced at a maximum of 311 miles. Super soft qualifying tires lasted 12.5 miles and harder race tires lasted up to 199 miles. You didn’t actually drive this – more like clung on for dear life. It’s these cars and drivers from the turbo era that made F1 racing so exciting – much of which is gone nowadays.
Ayrton Senna will be forever remembered for his skill both behind the wheel and in the garage, and his sheer tenacity on the circuit. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and visit this mad machine at Top Gear Live being held at Earls Court from November 4th-7th and the NEC in Birmingham between November 11th-14th.
Ferrari needs to thank its lucky stars after a meeting with the FIA World Motor Sport Council today in Paris. The meeting was held to discuss whether Ferrari should face further punishments after team orders allowed Fernando Alonso to overtake Felipe Massa.
The team was already fined $100,000 for the incident, but no further sanctions would be imposed on the Italian race team. Did you expect anything less? Ferrari is obviously very important to Formula One and we never expected them to be forced to sit out a race, especially with Monza, a home race for the team, coming up next week.
Ferrari claimed that Massa decided to move over and allow Alonso by, even though the radio transmission, stating that Alonso was faster and if he understood the message was quite clear. Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley apologized to Massa after he lost the lead. We can’t image how that could have been taken as anything, but team orders.
It might not have been the prettiest race, but it sure was a dandy. Cars scrambled in the pits, wheels flew off of Mercedes cars, and million dollar drivers made key errors, but the overall 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix was pretty darn good.
At the end of the race, it wasn’t the winner we were talking about; it was the controversial move by Michael Schumacher that nearly ended his race and Rubens Barrichello’s. The two cars were dueling down the front-straight when Schmacher moved his Mercedes over in an attempt to block the Williams car, nearly putting Barrichello into the wall. “It was the most dangerous maneuver against me I have ever known,” said the Brazilian of an incident which earned the 41-year-old Mercedes a 10-place grid penalty at the next race on Aug 29.
After the race was completed, it was Mark Webber who was on the top of the podium and at the top of the points table. The Red Bull driver took advantage of a drive through penalty for Sebastian Vettel, which was assessed to him after he fell too far behind the safety car.
Ferrari’s poor showing at this year’s F1 championship came to an end yesterday as Fernando Alonso controversially led a Ferrari one-two at the German Grand Prix. Apparently, Felipe Massa was given orders by his team to stand down for Alonso, who subsequently won the race.
After a post-race steward’s analysis, Ferrari was fined $100,000 for breaching F.I.A sporting regulations, which states in Rule 39.1: "Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited’. Despite the penalty, Ferrari insisted the incident was "a driver decision" and said no instructions were given to their drivers.
Rob Smedley, a Ferrari race engineer was overheard communicating to Massa over team radio: "Alonso is faster than you. Can you confirm you understand?" It seemed Massa responded by letting Alonso through on Turn Six moments later. Following the move, Smedley added: "Good lad. Just stick with it now, sorry."
Massa took full advantage of the battle between Vettel and Alonso, taking lead at the start, however on lap 21 the Ferrari pair traded places on Turn Six before Massa regained the lead - resulting in Alonso saying on team radio: "This is ridiculous".
Asked to comment on the call afterward, Massa, who looked incensed at the podium and was denied a potential win one year to the day after he fractured his skull in the Hungarian GP, said: "I don’t need to say anything about that. He passed me." Alonso’s win took him to within range of Hamilton, 34 points adrift.
Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, was philosophical about his performance and stated that "the guys in front were phenomenally quick, and I was struggling a little bit with the balance throughout the race. Nevertheless we look forward; we scored some relatively decent points."
Meanwhile, the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished in sixth and ninth place respectively while Robert Kubica was seventh for Renault with his team-mate Vitaly Petrov completing the top 10.
Almost halfway into the 2010 Formula One season, the jostling and tugging among drivers and manufacturers for next year’s grid line-up is already underway. One name that has been mentioned most often in rumors these days belongs to a certain former world champion who isn’t even in the grid this year. That man is Kimi Raikkonen.
After leaving Formula One this year to race at the World Rally Championship, rumors of Raikkonen returning to Formula One has hit fever pitch, with the 2007 World Champion having been linked to a number of teams including Red Bull Racing, Mercedes GP, and even Renault.
But if the latest hearsay is to be believed, fans of Raikkonen clamoring for his return to Formula One may have to wait a little while longer as there’s a strong indication that the Finn may stick to the WRC next season.
Of course, nothing is crystal clear on this end, especially given that Raikkonen’s team at the WRC is sponsored by Red Bull, which, last we checked, has a pretty fast car in Formula One this year. But judging from how the chips are looking these days, we’re not holding our breath on Raikkonen returning to open-wheel racing until, at the very least, 2012.
Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are back on top of the world after qualifying on pole and winning the European Grand Prix. Things didn’t go so well for his teammate though.
Vettel and Webber had been on pole for nearly every single race except for Canada, which Lewis Hamilton won last week.
Yet, the young German dominated the final qualifying session and then proceeded to dominate the quite dull race, winning for just the second time this season.
His teammate Mark Webber came in last after a horrific wreck saw his Red Bull take off into the air after colliding with the rear of a Lotus. On top of that, nine cars are under investigation because of speeding behind the safety car.
Lewis Hamilton finished second after a brilliant drive following a penalty for backing up the field. He was given a drive through but came out in the same spot he went in, second.
Jenson Button finished third after running in fourth behind Kamui Kobayashi nearly the entire race. The Japanese driver chose not to pit until the final few laps. After his stop, Kobayashi passed Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Buemi for seventh place.
If you’re the type that daydreams about being behind the wheel of a Formula One car, we may have found the place where you can fulfill your dreams without actually being inside a real F1 car.
That place is the I-Way World in Lyons, France, and it’s got just about everything a racing fanatic would want under one roof. Designed by renowned artist Cyrille Druant back in 2006, the I-Way World comes with a number of unique spaces including restaurants, shops, lounges, a spa, conference rooms, and even office spaces. And there’s also that little matter of those revolutionary 18 six-axis race simulators featuring a variety of racing series’ including Formula One, endurance racing, and rally/touring racing.
Getting behind the wheel of one may sound like a lot of fun, but it also comes with a price. One race behind a simulator costs $73. There’s also a 10-race package that goes for $770, which isn’t exactly peanuts for a lot of us. Those who go to I-Way World without the intention of trying out these simulators can also opt for a little recreational fun with shops that include Porsche Design, Tag Heuer, Sparco, and Equipaggiamenti.
Whatever your intention is, the I-Way World in Lyons has something enjoyable for you to do, making it one of those places that should be on the list of anyone who has plans of making a trip to France.
There is a new woman in the life of Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel. Her name is Randy Mandy and she is the newest machine in the driver’s life. There was Kate’s Dirty Sister and then Luscious Liz, but now, Randy Mandy is the new thing on Vettel’s Renault-powered Red Bull Formula One car.
One of Vettel’s superstitions is to christen each of his cars with a girl’s name. These names have to be in ascending alphabetical order. Reporters asked Vettel what the name of his new car would be in Istanbul and the driver replied with a smile, “Randy Mandy”.
"It’s difficult to say [how much difference it made]," Vettel said to ESPN. "I think it explains a lot and, on top of that we found, also other things that weren’t in proper shape anymore. It doesn’t mean that we come here and everything is solved, we still have to work hard and try our best to be at the front again."
Sadly, the first race for Randy Mandy didn’t go as planned. Halfway through the race, Vettel and teammate Mark Webber collided when Vettel attempted to overtake Webber for the lead as the pair headed for Turn 12.
After the race, analysis of the incident dominated Formula One headlines, but both drivers want to put the past behind them.
"The team had got us into a great position and it wasn’t good for them what happened - so I’m sorry for them that we lost the lead of the race," Vettel said.
One race doesn’t mean a whole lot though and it should be interesting to see how Vettel and Randy Mandy perform in Montreal, Canada.
"We have a great team and the spirit is very strong. I’m looking forward to Canada,” said Vettel to Sky Sports.
In Formula One, the safety car has always had a very important role and, since 1996, that role has been fulfilled by none other than Mercedes themselves. Not only has Mercedes provided the safety car, but the car has always been the latest AMG model. That being said, Mercedes TV has unveiled a new review video for their latest SLS AMG Safety Car.
The Official F1 Safety Car comes with the exact engine setup as the standard SLS AMG. It is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine located front-mid that will develop 571 hp and up to 650 Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The only difference is that this Mercedes SLS AMG will be riding on track with some pretty powerful Formula One machines.