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  Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel formula auto racing. It consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held on purpose-built circuits or closed city streets, whose results determine two annual World Championships, one for drivers and one for constructors. The cars race at speeds often in excess of 300 km/h (185 mph) with engines that produce, as of 2005, around 950 bhp at just over 19000 rpm.

Jenson Button and Tony Stewart rarely bump heads. In fact, they are on completely different levels, as Benson competes in F1 and is a triathlete, while Smoke races primarily in NASCAR and the last triathlon that he competed in likely included Hooters chicken wings and Miller Lite. Not that we’re saying Smoke is out of shape; he’s just not on Button’s level.

Well, the two have finally come head to head in a competition, but they aren’t doing some crazy F1 vs. NASCAR gimmick; rather, they are trying to one-up each other in an attempt to sell you on just how good Mobil 1 oil is. And let us tell you, Smoke definitely gives it his best performance and may have even gotten the better of Button.

You may be wondering what pushed Stewart over the top? Well, we’ll sum up his ticket to victory in one word "sodacookies." Now that is something we can all get down with.

Check out the videos to see exactly what these two are up to.

One more video after the jump

There are always two sides to any rivalry and it was no different in the case of Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt.

The two are now the subject of Ron Howard’s latest cinematic masterpiece "Rush," which is set to hit theaters on September 20th. History will forever attach the names Niki Lauda and James Hunt to "world champions" but equally fitting when talking about these two drivers is the fact that they had one of the sport’s fiercest rivalries.

Howard touches on that in "Rush" and this newest trailer gives us a good look at one of the protagonists in the movie: James Hunt. Played by Chris Hemsworth, Hunt is portrayed as the free-wheeling playboy who epitomized living in the fast line, the perfect foil to the ultra competitive Lauda, who was driven to be the best on track.

This is the farthest thing from "Driven," folks. "Rush" is shaping up to be a must-watch movie for fans of both drivers and fans of Formula One in general.

Click past the jump to watch the featurette of Rush


We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but "retro" has become a staple word in the world of consumerism these days. Whether its sneakers or classic teams now being made available on sports video games, everybody’s digging the whole reliving the glory of the past in the modern-day setting.

Codemasters, the video game developer behind the Formula One racing game, is jumping on that trend after announcing that it would be bringing Formula One’s past into its latest game, F1 2013.

From old race tracks, to past drivers, and even the classic racecars , all of them will be made available and playable in the game. It’s the dream for F1 racing fans. Think Gerhard Berger can win in today’s racing scene? Well, we might have an answer soon enough. In addition to the Austrian great, F1 2013 will also features a number of greats, including Nigel Mansell and Mario Andretti, as well as five previous race cars from Ferrari, Williams, and Lotus , and old tracks like Jerez and Brands Hatch.

And that’s just for the 1980’s content. Move on to the 90’s and you’re treated to racers like David Coulthard and Alain Prost, tracks like Estoril and Imola, and more new cars from Ferrari and Williams.

Believe us when we tell you that F1 2013 may have jumped to the top of our must-have video game list. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long for F1 2013 to hit shelves because it’s expected to drop sometime this fall.

Click past the jump to watch the trailer for F1 2013 Classics Edition and read the accompanying press release

A Formula One racecar belonging to arguably the greatest F1 driver in history is apparently such a collector’s item that people will deep pockets are willing to pay a moon’s price for it.

That much was made very clear at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed after Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 sold for a staggering $29.6 million, making it the most expensive car to be sold at a public auction, the most expensive F1 race car ever and, as a cherry on top of the proverbial sundae, the most expensive Mercedes in history.

Lots of "expensive" there, huh?

The racecar, which was sold at a Bonhams auction late last week, is the same one Fangio used to win his second Formula One title in what became an illustrious and now legendary career. It’s noted for being the racecar that introduced a bevy of new technologies into F1, including the use of a fuel-injected engine, an all-independent suspension from Mercedes, a multi-tubular ’spaceframe’ lightweight chassis design, all-round inboard-mounted brakes, and the ’straight-8’ engine ’laydown’ configuration that reduces the car’s overall height.

Suffice to say, this Mercedes racecar is that rare gem in automotive history that commands a price depending on how deep the pockets of the bidders are.

And apparently, "deep" meant to the tune of $29.6 million.

Click past the jump to read about Juan Manuel Fangio

Source: Bonhams

Director Ron Howard claims that the Niki Lauda - James Hunt rivalry was "one of the greatest in all of sports.” As fans of Formula One, you won’t find many arguments coming from us.

In this 3-minute "featurette" video, we’re treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the Howard’s upcoming movie "Rush,” which chronicles the explosive and equally dramatic rivalry between Lauda and Hunt at the peak of their powers.

In addition to Howard, the featurette also includes interviews with both Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth, who play Lauda and Hunt, respectively.

"Rush" is, without question, one of the most eagerly anticipated motorsports movies in a long time. Not only does it have a top-caliber director in Ron Howard, but both Bruhl and Hemsworth appear to make for quite a good pairing in telling the story of the iconic race car drivers.

"Rush" is scheduled to hit cinemas on September 20th, 2013, but for now, you can check out the first full trailer of the movie after the jump!

Porsche returns to Le Mans in 2014

Porsche’s comeback in Le Mans was a long time in the making. As the automaker with the most wins in the race’s history at 16, Porsche returning to the scene of its glory has put the clock on its rivals.

But it wasn’t the only racing series the automaker was considering.

Before deciding on a Le Mans comeback, Porsche R&D boss, Wolfgang Hatz, told Autocar that the company also considered Formula One. In the end, however, the decision was made to return to Le Mans because conditions in Formula one were so "extreme that it cannot result in any development in our road car understanding."

It’s a valid reason, especially considering that Formula One technology seemingly has a life of its own and it didn’t make sense for Porsche to spend valuable resources and finances in a series that wouldn’t translate to its production development.

So there it is. Formula One ’s loss - if it cares - is Le Mans’ gain. And with the competitiveness of the latter in the past few years, the return of the king will only make Le Mans even more fun to watch.

Click past the jump to watch Porsche’s history at Le Mans

Source: Autocar UK

The movie is still months away from hitting theaters, but the anticipation surrounding the Niki Lauda-inspired movie "Rush" is becoming more and more palpable by the day.

Last week, we saw the first trailer of the movie starring Spanish-born German actor, Daniel Brühl, playing the role of Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth playing the part of rival James Hunt. It was, in a word, riveting.

This week, the second trailer for "Rush" was released and if you loved the first one, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be equally in love with the second trailer. It’s longer, for one, and it gives us a better idea regarding the story of the movie and how it turned both Lauda and Hunt into far more than just fierce rivals.

Let’s face it; the greatest F1 rivalry will always be Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, but if there was a 1A, it would be Niki Lauda and James Hunt.

Rush, which was directed by Ron Howard, tells the story of the duo’s interlinked history.

Click past the jump to see the first trailer of Rush

If we told you to do something in 2.05 seconds, about the only thing you can do is breathe, blink or if you’re lucky, a combination of both.

But for the pit crew of Infiniti Red Bull, 2.05 seconds is a long time, long enough, in fact, to successfully change four tires on a Formula One racecar in the middle of competition. In doing so, the 2.05-second pit stop has been recognized as a new world record for being the fastest pit stop in history, eclipsing the previous record set by McLaren a year ago when it recorded a pit stop of 2.31 seconds.

Actually, the McLaren time from a year wasn’t the record when Red Bull recorded its 2.05-second pit stop for Mark Webber. The record was 2.13 seconds that was also set by the team for Sebastian Vettel...12 laps earlier.

All in all, six pit stops from the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix went faster than McLaren’s record last year, including one by the British race team who managed to post a new team record pit stop of 2.28 seconds.

It’s hard to imagine how you can successfully do a full pit stop in 2.05 seconds but if you need visual proof as to how those record setting two seconds happened, just watch the video and you’ll understand why those pit crew folks are the best at what they do.

And if you want to watch McLaren’s 2.31-second record-setting pit stop from Germany last season, you can find the video after the jump

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber spend inordinate amounts of time in their respective Formula 1 RB9 racecars that it’s hard to imagine them having trouble dressing up a bare model with all of its liveries.

But that’s exactly the predicament the duo found themselves in after the team decided to challenge them to put all of the RB9’s liveries in their proper places. To their credit, Vettel and Webber got a few of the liveries correct, but most of them ended up being either in the wrong place, the wrong direction, and in one case, the wrong order.

Maybe Red Bull technical director, Adrian Newey, was right in his assessment of the two upon seeing the mess Vettel and Webber did to the RB9’s carbon monococque body. "Stick to your day jobs," Newey said.

We’re not about to disagree with that.

Check out how Vettel and Webber did when tasked to dress up the RB9 with all of its sponsors’ liveries. It’ll make for a couple of good laughs that much we’re certain of.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are arguably two of the best racecar drivers in the world right now. So you can imagine just at-home they’d feel behind the wheel of a supercar like the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Well, it turns out, they’re a lot more confident in that seat than they are riding shotgun.

This video released by Ferrari, a marketing vid if there ever was one, features the two Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racers each getting his turn driving a 458 Italia with the other in the front passenger seat.

The video was shot at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona and if there’s a big takeaway we can get from seeing Alonso and Massa inside the Ferrari supercar, it’s that when you put them in a place where they’re most comfortable, you can see how genuinely human they can be. It’s a far cry from the serious nature of Formula One and to see both laugh, curse, and fear for their lives gives us a reminder that these two are all just like us.

The only difference is they get paid to do a job that most of us can only dream of.


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