Rain Stopped the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Dead in its Tracks - Here’s How That is a Good Thing
Bad weather always has to throw a wrench in everyone’s plans. It managed to do that on a massive scale in Belgium on August 28th for the restart of the 2021 Formula 1 season.
However, there is a silver lining behind all of this - the next ten races could have some of the best racing we have seen in a long time.
2003 McLaren Mercedes-Benz MP4-15 SSC/96 Formula 1 Race Car for Sale
Every now and then when you’re browsing auction sites or the classifieds and you come across something unexpected. Well, that very thing happened today when I was browsing Ebay. To my amazement, I found a 2003 McLaren Mercedes-Benz MP4-15 that is apparently authentic, and was driven by Kimi Raikkonen with the No. 6 livery during the 2003 F1 season.
With a starting bid of $270,000, I thought to myself “no way.” As it turns out, everything seems to be legitimate. The car is currently located in Brazil and has all of the import/export paperwork ready to go. According to the listing, the car can be exported worldwide, but there is one small catch – it doesn’t have the engine.
That might be a deal-breaker for most, but with the right amount of time and know-how, it wouldn’t be too difficult to drop an engine in there. The listing doesn’t dive too much into the car’s history, but it does state that the car is completely stock, and all parts are original. So, the real question here is: How badly would you like to own a Mercedes Formula 1 car?
As a global phenomenon, the chances of getting a career in Formula One must be pretty difficult even if you’re an ace race car driver, but the Mercedes AMG Petronas team has just announced a unique contest to fill an opening to become the team’s YouTube presenter. Aside from an obvious passion for racing and the desire to be an on-air personality, the only real requirement for the job is that he or she must be fluent in both English and German.
To get the team’s attention, all you have to do is create a video showing off your personality as well as your love of Formula One. Whoever gets the job will have behind-the-scenes access to the Mercedes AMG Petronas race team, with job responsibilities that include interviewing drivers and crew.
If this sounds like that you’re interested in, be sure to submit your video by May 19.
2015 F1 Practice Sessions: What You Need to Know
The last few weeks have been the open practice sessions for the upcoming 2015 season of Formula One, and there has been quite a bit of excitement. 2014 was a rough season for most of the competitors, thanks to the massive rule change to smaller, turbocharged engines, aerodynamic changes that reduced downforce, and new fuel restrictions.
This new season sees subtler rule changes, so teams are more prepared for what is coming next. That said, there was a huge driver mix-up at the end of last season, and this is the first chance for drivers to really test their new cars. In short, this is the first chance spectators get to see who has improved, who looks promising to win, and who is going to have new challenges to overcome.
We only have two weeks until the first race of the season, so keep reading to find out what we learned these last three weeks, and find out what you need to watch for in Melbourne.
Keep reading to learn more about the F1 2015 Pre-season testing results.
The 2014 Formula One season has been dominated by one name: Mercedes. The Mercedes AMG Petronas team just secured the first World Championship in its history with a 1-2 finish over the weekend at the Russian Grand Prix, on the brand new Sochi Circuit.
Mercedes’ domination has been so great, that there are still three more races this year, including a double-points final, and there is still no way the second-place Red Bull team can win. What’s more, Mercedes has more points than the third, fourth and fifth place teams combined. Those teams are the legendary Ferrari, McLaren and Williams.
More than simply winning the championship, cars using Mercedes engines have claimed almost three-quarters of all podium appearances. Mercedes has a long and illustrious racing career across almost all forms of motorsport, but now it seems that it can add F1 domination to its resume.
Things are not all sunshine and roses for the rest of the season, however. With those three races, and the double-points finale, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo still has a chance to snag the Drivers’ Championship trophy from the grasp of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
The next race takes place here in the United States at the Circuit of the America’s in Austin, Texas.
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
For the better part of a decade, The Formula One Safety Car has been driven by veteran DTM racer Bernd Mayländer. So when a discussion begins on anything and everything to do with the lineup of Mercedes vehicles that have served as safety cars for F1 races, no one is more qualified to talk about them than Mayländer.
In this video, Mayländer does just that, taking us on a short history lesson regarding the line-up of Mercedes models that have had their turn in silver and emblazoned with F1 decals with matching emergency lights fitted on top of the roof.
From the Mercedes CL55 AMG in 2000 - his first year as F1 Safety Car driver - all the way to the current SLS AMG, Mayländer discusses all his memories from all his babies, recounting the unique qualities of all the cars and even picking his favorite among the bunch.
Spoiler Alert: It’s not the SLS AMG.
And as an added treat, Mayländer, at the end of the video, unveiled the newest F1 Safety Car, the Mercedes SLS AMG GT, which will begin its time on track for the 2013 Formula One season.
After a successful run with McLaren, Lewis Hamilton became likely the hottest free agent in recent F1 history. There was a lot of debating and speculation that Hamilton had already signed with Mercedes, who only just recently signed the Concorde Agreement after rumors that it may leave F1, and that McLaren refused to match. It looks as if all of the Hamilton-to-Mercedes rumors were true, as Mercedes has officially announced the signing of Hamilton through the 2016 season.
This signing comes on the heels of McLaren, Hamilton’s former employer, announcing that it had signed the up-and-coming Sergio Perez. An unfortunate byproduct of Mercedes bringing in this young blood means the old blood, in the form of Michael Schumacher, is out of a job. There is some speculation that Schumacher will head back into retirement, but other rumors are placing him with Sauber, taking the spot vacated by Sergio Perez’s jettison to McLaren. Ah, and the evil circle of F1 continues…
It is up for debate as to whether Mercedes or McLaren got the better end of the deal, as you have a proven talent in Hamilton who had some struggles last year. But on the other hand you have the 22-year-old Perez with an impressive three podium trips last year and is heading into the prime of his career.
Either way, both Mercedes and McLaren got their guys and both Hamilton and Perez will likely continue strong in the coming years. Also announced today by Mercedes is that 3-time F1 champ, Nikki Lauda, will join Mercedes as a non-executive chairman.
As always, the Grand Prix of Monaco provided a fairly spectacular showing, likely one of the few in this year’s F1 series. As most would expect, Circuit de Monaco lap-time record holder and five-time winner, Michael Schumacher took the pole position, but officials forced him back five grid positions after he caused a collision during qualifying. With the technical nature of Monaco, that pole position is very important and Schumacher’s penalty was an ominous sign that this would not be a good race, as he retired due to fuel issues 63 laps in.
Schumacher’s penalty propelled Red Bull’s Mark Webber into the pole position. Webber held onto that pole position, despite a lead change during a pit stop, and took home the checkered flag on a rain-coated Circuit de Monaco. As we said in our preview of the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco, this race had some serious overall points influence, as the leaders were only separated by a few points each.
This victory for Webber places propels him up to a second place tie with Sebastian Vettel at 73 points and puts Fernando Alonso, who finished third, in the points lead at 76. An impressive run by Nico Rosberg placed him in second, just behind Webber, proving that his wide margin of victory in China was not just a one-time deal. This superb finish by Rosberg jumps him up two slots to fifth place overall.
From the looks of it, this season is shaping up to be a rather close points race with a few new faces near the top. Unfortunately, the leader board, for the most part, looks identical to the 2011 and 2010 seasons. The lack of parody in F1 has really been its Achilles heel in recent history. An overall points victory by Nico Rosberg would certainly be a push in the right direction for F1, so we’ll keep a close eye on his performance.
Click past the jump to see the complete placement board for the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco and the overall points standings.
Rarely is something both the slowest and the hardest at the same time, but that all goes out the window when you’re talking about the Grand Prix at Monaco. For the majority of the F1 season, the drivers get to open up their cars a good bit. At Monaco, those chances to go wide open are limited to about three, as there are only a three extended straightaways on the track.
Besides those three straights, drivers get to deal with a plethora of intense twists and blind turns that require great care to negotiate correctly. These tight turns all amount to Monaco being the lowest average speed course on the F1 circuit, and arguably the hardest one on the circuit.
Well, the 70th running of this ultra-technical road course is due to start on May 27, 2012 and we’re going to provide a quick preview of what’s to come.
Click past the jump to read all about the Grand Prix at Monaco
The Mercedes SLS AMG was first used as a Safety Car back in 2010 shortly after its official debut. Now, for the 2012 racing season, the SLS is returning as the Official F1 Safety Car. The Safety Car is based on the standard SLS AMG, with absolutely no changes made to the standard 571 HP 6.3-liter V8 engine, or its suspension and braking system.
What Mercedes did do was add a newly developed exhaust – designed to provide an even more emotionally-charged sound experience - as a tribute to the Formula 1 fans. Next to this, the Safety Car also received a roof light bar that boasts an aerodynamically efficient profile. The bar’s light functions are handled by LEDs which offer a fast response time and low power consumption. The colors change to green when the Formula 1 drivers can overtake the Safety Car or orange when no overtaking whatsoever is allowed. The roof light bar also incorporates a TV camera and a second camera located next to the rear number plate that allows the driver and co-driver to keep an eye on the Formula 1 cars.
The interior of the Mercedes SLS AMG Safety Car is almost identical to the production car, except of course for the two central monitors placed in the cockpit, which are used to monitor the progress of the race.
After the political tensions in Bahrain caused the delay of the 2011 Formula One season, the world’s most prestigious racing series is finally set to turn on the green light at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
While the obvious attractions of the race are the Formula One race cars themselves, a few other tricked out vehicles are gearing up to make their services available for the 2011 season. Serving as the official medical car is the 2012 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Estate. Despite already serving the same role for the past three seasons, the C63 AMG Estate that will be used this year comes with a number of improvements, from a refreshed design, updated technology, and of course, a performance upgrade.
All of these refreshments and upgrades still underlie the car’s official purpose out on the track for all the races of the 2011 Formula One season. It’s there to provide immediate medical assistance for any harrowing crashes and, while all of us are probably united in saying that we hope that we don’t ever get to see this car out on track, it’s always a good idea to have a car as capable as the C63 AMG Estate to be on-call when an accident - or worse, tragedy - strikes.
Details on the Mercedes C63 AMG Estate F1 Medical Car after the jump.
Of all the teams from the 2010 season, we could make an argument that the most disappointing of them all was Mercedes GP. Fresh off dismantling the competition during the 2009 season when it was still Brawn GP, Mercedes GP started the 2010 season with high expectations, only to see Red Bull, McLaren, and Ferrari stand out as the three powerhouse teams. Whether it was a case of bad luck or sitting on their laurels, or maybe even a combination of both, Mercedes’ 2010 season was disastrous to say the least. This year, the team is hoping to return to their perch as a true contender, giving the aforementioned three teams another team to worry about for the 2011 season.
On that note, Mercedes officially debuted the MGP W02 race car with the hopes of erasing the painful memory of the 2010 season and returning back to their 2009 form when they literally smoked everyone else on their way to winning the Driver’s and Constructor’s championship. If the MGP W02 ends up being a lot better than its predecessor, we expect nothing less of a return to contender status. After all, they’ve got a young hotshot driver in Nico Rosberg in one of the seats. Oh, there’s also that Michael Schumacher fella driving the other Mercedes race car. We heard he’s pretty good, too.
Details on the Mercedes GP MGP W02 after the jump.
We’ve already seen the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Safety Car in action at the Bahrain Grand Prix and more recently, at the Melbourne Grand Prix. But it even if the car has been up to task with being the official Safety Car of Formula One, it doesn’t mean that we’re any less-inclined to watch new videos of the car whenever we get the chance to scoop one – or in this case, two – up.
The first video is the official trailer for the car while the second is a more comprehensive – and obviously longer – look at the SLS AMG Safety Car. If you’re not a fan of this car, then you clearly have bad taste. But if you are, just like the rest of us, you’re going to find these two videos a treat to watch.
Lewis Hamilton had a pretty memorable weekend in Melbourne, though it’s not exactly for reasons that would make the Englishman jump for joy.
By now, we all know how his Australian Grand Prix turned out and while he deserves to be upset over getting clipped by Mark Webber and ruining what would have been a blazing charge up the order, the other news-grabbing event for Hamilton last weekend is something he – or his posse – doesn’t want to be making the rounds on the Internet.
We’re talking about that little burnout incident Hamilton was involved in a day before the race. Yeah, the one where he got ticketed by the police and had his loaned car impounded. If you missed it, then watch this video, which was taken by a freelance camera man, and see the aftermath of Hamilton’s burnout-gone-wrong-incident.
We’re resisting the urge to roll over in laughter as to how Lewis Hamilton’s desperately tried to keep the Formula One driver out of a cameraman’s range after the former F1 world champion was flagged by the Victorian Police for his thrill-seeking burnout session on-board a loaned Mercedes E63 AMG at a public road near the Albert Park racing circuit in Melbourne over the weekend.
In between testing for the 2010 Formula One season, Mercedes GP drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg took a couple of days off to head to Geneva to unveil the Mercedes SLS AMG F1 Safety Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The SLS AMG F1 Safety Car will make its debut at the inaugural race of the 2010 F1 season in Bahrain, replacing the SL 63 AMG Safety Car, which Formula 1 has been using for the past two seasons. Similar to the use of the SL 63 AMG, the SLS AMG will go on track in the event of any dangerous situations drivers might face resulting from car accidents.
While the SLS AMG Safety Car is still similar to its standard-type brethren, Mercedes did give it a number of minor modifications to meet the requirements set forth by the FIA. Among the additions include a new rear silencer, an aerodynamically optimized light bar with an integrated TV camera, and a carbon-fiber hood.
Mercedes also outfitted the car’s interior with six-point seat belts, two LCD screens included for monitoring racing situations, and a radio device to communicate with race officials in the event the car needs to be deployed out on track.
Press Release after the jump
Michael Schumacher has officially returned to Formula One.
Ok, that may be old news for a lot of you considering that he did sign with Mercedes GP a few months ago, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s not a done deal until Schumi gets on-board an F1 car for some real live action – even if it’s just testing.
Well, yesterday was the official first day of winter testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain and yes, he was there. After more than three years, Michael Schumacher is once again driving a Formula One car. As for his performance, given the fact that he’s coming off a three-year sabbatical from the sport, Schumi was more than impressive. After about 20 laps, he was already clocking in faster times than his teammate Nico Rosberg and of the entire field of drivers – there were eight running on the first day of testing – Schumi posted the third fastest overall time, half-a-second faster than Rosberg and just four-tenths of a second off of Felipe Massa’s time.
It’s going to take a little getting used to seeing Michael Schumacher drive a car that isn’t decked in red, but judging from his performance today, it probably wouldn’t matter. After three years out of the sport, we’re just ecstatic to see him back and if today is any indication, it’s looking like we might be able to see vintage Michael Schumacher once the 2010 F1 season begins.
The Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One team is bringing back some big names for the 2010 season that, if nothing else, are sure to garner quite a bit of attention from F1 fans around the world. After unveiling the all new MGP W01 Formula 1 car in Valecia, Spain; seven time world champion Michael Schumacher and son of former driver Keke Rosberg, Nico who are currently testing the new race car took some time out to pose alongside the team principal Ross Brawn with the latest member of the Silver Arrow family wearing its silver and green livery before the car went back into the garage to prepare for the start of the test session.
The Former BMW driver Nico will be the first of the Mercedes GP Petronas drivers to try out the new car with Michael taking over shortly after. However the big news comes with the multi world champion Schumacher being reunited with his longtime comrade Brawn, who is fresh off of last year’s title winning season in his team Brawn GP’s rookie year, who has been working with Michael ever since his Benetton days all the way up through his retirement with Ferrari.
Winter testing may still be banned in Formula One for the next few weeks, but it doesn’t mean that teams can’t unveil their 2010 Formula One race cars. One of the first teams to raise the curtain on their new digs is reigning Constructors Champion Mercedes GP Petronas – or as they were called last year, Brawn GP.
So what’s so important about this particular F1 car launch? Well, this car just so happens to be the one 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher will drive once the green lights are turned on at Bahrain in March.
Surprisingly, the car still looks bare of sponsors compared to its contemporaries but we figure that the sponsors will come just in time for the start of the season.
Michael Schumacher has effectively ruined Christmas for Ferrari’s loyal ‘Tifosi’.
The seven-time World Champion is returning to F1 in 2010, but this time, he won’t be wearing the Scarlet Red of Ferrari. In a stomach-churning shot to the gut for every die-hard Ferrari fan all over the world, Schumi is returning to the sport...with Mercedes GP.
While speculation has run rampant for a couple of weeks now regarding the Mercedes GP-Schumacher tandem, it wasn’t until today when the Brackley- based team all but confirmed the news that the deal has been signed, sealed, and delivered. In a teleconference held to announce the news, Schumacher said that after three years of being in the sidelines, he has regained the energy and enthusiasm to compete in the most glamorous racing series in the world – one in which he dominated for most of the decade before calling it quits in 2006.
Continued after the jump.
If reports by German newspaper Bild are accurate, the 2010 Formula One season just got more interesting.
According to the paper, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is set to return to Formula One, only this time, he won’t do it with Ferrari, but instead, with Mercedes.
At the same time, news magazine Focus also reported about Schumacher’s impending deal with Mercedes, saying that the only thing that’s keeping the signing a formality is Schumacher passing a physical.
Sources have also said that “the signature is just a formality. Schumacher feels fit and healthy. The latest (medical) tests were entirely positive”.
Should he pass his physical with flying colors, Schumacher’s deal with Mercedes is expected to be around 3.5 m euros – a far cry from what he used to make while winning titles left and right with Ferrari.
Then again, we’re pretty sure that money is what prompted Schumacher to return to the sport he retired from three years ago. It’s all about the competition for him, an itch couldn’t scratch while sitting around as a consultant for Ferrari.
While nothing has been confirmed yet, there’s no denying that should Schumi return to the sport he once dominated, it’s going to make for a pretty exciting 2010 F1 season.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Michael Schumacher’s aborted comeback with Ferrari after Felipe Massa’s season ended with a head injury may have been canned prematurely.
And while we were all disappointed that Schumi’s return to F1 didn’t materialize, we now have rumors that the seven-time world champion may be returning to race in 2010.
The twist is it might not be with Ferrari.
Schumacher and Mercedes GP (formerly Brawn GP) are in ‘preliminary talks’ over the prospect of Schumi driving for the team in 2010. With Jenson Button’s sudden defection to McLaren, Mercedes GP has yet to find a teammate for Nico Rosberg and Schumacher’s name has been brought up recently. If Schumi does decide to race for Mercedes GP, it would create a vaunted all-German pairing that could rival both Ferrari and McLaren.
Looking deeper into all of this, it doesn’t seem as far-fetched as it sounds; after all, Schumacher’s relationship with team principal Ross Brawn has been well-documented with the pair being responsible for Ferrari’s dominance for the better part of the decade.
In the event that Michael Schumacher ends up in Mercedes GP, it automatically makes the 2010 F1 season all that more tantalizing, so much so, that March can’t come soon enough.
McLaren Mercedes’ 2010 Formula One driver’s line-up is finally set and as expected, a world champion joins Lewis Hamilton – a former champ himself – in the fold.
The twist is, however, it’s not the world champion we all first thought.
Jenson Button, the current F1 drivers champion has made his transfer to the Woking-based team, creating an all-British team with 2008 champ Lewis Hamilton. Button’s move to McLaren comes as a surprise to a lot of us, especially considering that Kimi Raikkonen was long rumoured to be the one teaming up with Hamilton at McLaren.
Nevertheless, the allure of pairing two world champs – and are compatriots, no less – on one team was good enough for McLaren to sign Button away from its new sister team Mercedes GP (formerly Brawn GP).
For the record, the last time two world champions raced for the same team happened 20 years ago (1989) when Alain Prost and Aryton Senna drove for McLaren.
Continued after the jump, photo courtesy of Brawn GP.