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Ayrton Senna – Twenty Years after His Death

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May 1st, 1994. San Marino Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, more commonly known as Imola. Tamburello corner, a high speed left turn which hosted its share of accidents. Nelson Piquet, Gerhard Berger, Michele Alboreto, Riccardo Patrese, and Rubens Barrichello just two days prior, have had accidents right there, on that very corner.

On the seventh lap of the Grand Prix, while in first place, just ahead of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna’s number 2 Williams FW16, went off track and hit the concrete wall of the curve at 135mph.

Ayrton Senna’s death remains the most recent, and certainly the highest profile, Formula 1 race driver death. There have been other deaths in Formula 1 since then however, specifically that of John Dawson-Damer and Fritz Glatz, each one of whom was driving a vintage Forumla 1 cars in exhibition races. The more recent death of María de Villota, who succumbed to her injuries more than a year after her accident during a test, is the only one involving modern Formula 1 vehicles.

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Opinion: 2014 Formula 1 Predictions

Bradley Brownell March 13, 2014 Formula 1

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We already discussed the facts about the 2014 Formula 1 season, so now we will discuss some opinions. We’ve already determined that our predictions don’t count for much, and making them before any of the teams turn a wheel in anger is always a fool’s errand, but we’ll give it a shot. Here are some possible outcomes this year.

1. I predict that Red Bull will have an abysmal start to the year, but will pick up the ball and start running toward the front around the time they get to Spain (mid-season updates are usually figured out by then, and Newey is a smart cookie).

2. Reliability will come into play in the first part of the season, but won’t be much of a concern after a half-dozen races. Australia this weekend should prove to be in Mercedes’ wheelhouse, as they have the most testing mileage on their engines. Ferrari have proven relatively reliable as well. Only the teams running with Renault power have been having real struggles with power and reliability.

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Enthusiast’s Guide To The 2014 Formula 1 Season

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The 2014 Formula 1 season is upon us, with the opening round this weekend in Australia. With it, we continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we covered The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, and the Bathurst 12 hour and this round is all about Formula 1.

While the U.S. racing season started back in January at the Daytona 24 hour, the true start of the international racing season comes when Formula 1 gets back at it. Agree or disagree, F1 has always been the absolute pinnacle of motorsport; it absorbs the best of drivers, the best of teams, and the most money. Huge budgets do not always equal great racing, and the last couple of years have been dominated by Red Bull. Leading into this season, indications are that the new regulations will throw a wrench in the works, and it just might be anybody’s game.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: March 14 to March 16

Eric Rood March 12, 2014 Formula 1, Motorsports

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Beer-related rally repairs aside, last weekend didn’t feature much excitement in the motorsport world. The World Rally Championship wrapped up a dusty round in Mexico (Spoilers) while Trans Am enjoyed another large field at Homestead-Miami (Spoilers). On Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s oval, another NASCAR driver qualified for the season-ending Chase (Spoilers) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued on his romp through the 2014 season with his second-straight runner-up finish after winning the Daytona 500.

This coming weekend is far busier with two marquee events held on opposite sides of the globe. In addition, more than 300 nutters will challenge the Nevada desert in a long-distance race and a growing GT series will host its a 12-hour race at a gem of an Italian racing circuit. Follow the jump for more. … Continue Reading

Lotus F1 Team Proposes Amendments to 2014 Formula 1 Regulations

Kamil Kaluski December 11, 2013 Formula 1

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These should be amended as soon as possible.

Are there any new F1 rules that you would like to see?

I think that during a random race somewhere in the middle of the season, the starting grid should be reversed. Those that worked hard and managed to qualify first would start last.

[Source: Lotus F1]

VIDEO: The Last Of The V8’s, Formula One Edition

Last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix marked the end of an era. Since 2006, Formula One has required the “formula” of a 2.4 Liter, 90-degree V8. Eventually limited to about 18,000 RPM, these engines still scream with a demonic wail on course while spitting out around 750 horsepower. 

As a final farewell, the Redbull and Caterham teams removed the RPM restrictors, and let the motors sing somewhere lost in the 20,000+ RPM range.

I can only describe this as truly, amazingly wicked. You want to make this jump,  trust me.

[Source: Car Throttle and Caterham F1 Team]

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You can own James Hunt’s last race-winning car

Greg Kachadurian October 31, 2013 For Sale, Formula 1

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Motorsport enthusiasts or anyone who just saw Rush all know that name very well. James Hunt, the British racer who had a fantastic, controversial, and relatively short career in Formula 1 (by Schumacher standards at least), claimed the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship after a famous season-long battle with Niki Lauda as depicted in Ron Howard’s Rush (go see that if you haven’t yet).

The following year, McLaren rolled out with the M26 with which Hunt would finish his career with McLaren, but not after his final race win at the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix. That very car which brought Hunt his final win in his spectacular career is about to be up for grabs.

James Hunt’s final race-winning McLaren M26 will be sold on Saturday at the RK Motors Collector Car Auction which will take place in both Charlotte, NC as well as Abu Dhabi via live satellite feeds. Abu Dhabi is also home to the Yas Marina circuit, which happens to host a Formula 1 race the next day.

Preliminary estimates suggest the McLaren M26 could fetch between $1.2 and $1.8 million when it crosses the auction block half a world away.

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A Hoon’s weekend at the Formula One USGP race in Austin

Jim Yu November 20, 2012 Featured, Formula 1

I was dead wrong. When I first heard rumors of a potential F1 venue in Texas, I guffawed.* Where are they going to find the money to build a track in the middle of a deep recession? How can they build a world-class track in such a short amount of time? Who is even going to go to Texas to see a bunch of foreigners race? I was dead wrong. The track was amazing, the fans were all there, and the race was fantastic. … Continue Reading

Share Your Formula One United States Grand Prix Memories

Jim Yu November 13, 2012 Formula 1

They beat me to it. While away from my computer this weekend at a wedding reception, I came up with the idea of a piece on all the former USGP venues. This would be a great way to segue into this weekend’s race in Austin. But alas, the official Formula One website and F1Fanatic beat me by a day and came out with their own, excellent, summaries.

For you kids playing at home, we have hosted F1 races at the following circuits:

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Formula One 101: Intro to the Sport

Jim Yu November 7, 2012 Featured, Formula 1

With Formula One returning to the United States next week, it might be helpful for those not familiar with the sport to read this primer. Neophytes: If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section. F1 nuts: If I missed something, please feel free to chime in.

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