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Formula Fun: The End, My One True Friend, The End

Patrick Hoffstetter December 10, 2015 Formula 1
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That’s it everyone, the season is over. The championship is done an dusted. We have our champion, and we have our standings two by two. For real, look at it. All the teammates are together in the top ten. But that paints a rather boring view of the year.

Watch a Daft Punk inspired Mercedes video, then join me after the jump.
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Formula Fun: North American Wrap-up

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Yes friends, it’s been a while. I want to say I’ve been gallivanting about doing fun stuff, but no, my grandfather passed away the week of the USGP. I only had a Friday at the track, and then a few days of taking a break from writing. I’m doing okay before you ask, and any sympathies are appreciated. But enough of that, we have had two crackers in North America, and I want to waste no time getting to them. … Continue Reading

State of the Garage (and Car Vacations) Address

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It has been a while since I posted on Hooniverse so I thought I would catch you up on what’s going on in the Yu garage. A couple of Germans may soon be added. Plus, I have photos to share from my recent trips to Seattle, Los Angeles, and Japan. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: A Quick Chat With Graeme Lowdon

Looking back one year, the F1 team which was then known as Marussia was done for. The outfit had run out of money just one race after the tragic 2014 Japanese Grand Prix that ended up taking Jules Bianchi’s life. They ran one car in Sochi, and left the other ready to race as a tribute to Jules. Now they have even more to thank Jules for as they have come back this year, re-branded as Manor Grand Prix. While Marussia had missed last years USGP, Manor racing was here in full force, and with an American behind the wheel no less, causing a wave of enthusiasm that I haven’t seen for a long time.

With all of this unfolding in Austin, Manor Marussia CEO Graeme Lowdon was kind enough to sit down with me for a quick chat about the team, missing the end of last year, and looking towards the future of Manor. We sat down in the lobby of the Radisson hotel, with Manor personal all moving about and getting ready for the first day of running. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: The Calm Before

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There are things that we love here in Austin. Breakfast tacos, paying too much for organic food, and sitting in traffic. Ironically then, this towns embrace of F1 will always blow those who come into town away. Ever since 2012, this city has transformed itself for one week in the fall, with downtown becoming the center for F1 fans. The teams run about like busy bees, moving to and from appointments, all trying to make it known that yes, Formula One and its teams care about Texas, and they care about the US. We have built one of the best circuits in the world, in one of the best cities in the world, in the best country in the world. Let’s have a party everyone. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: The Hunt for Race October.

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Rubbing is racing, and Russian is racing! This much the Sochi Autodrom has taught us. While last year’s Russian Grand Prix was both a snooze fest because of what happened on track, and off, this year had a few cracks of action, all around the world of F1. From engines, to tires, to big hits, this was a weekend to perk up and take note.  … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: Japan Etc Edition

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Weekly is more of a state of mind, than an actual promise dear reader. Actually, no it isn’t, I made that up. I told you would have a new article every week about F1, and I got stuck behind with school stuff, WEC happening, and to be honest, a sort of lapse in my ability to write. I’ve still watched every race, and been tweeting about it over at @PatryPat116 along with thoughts on how great Metal Gear is, and general car and racing news.

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Formula Fun: The IndyCar Detour

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As I type this, the final IndyCar race of the season is about to start. A battle in the shadow of tragedy. On Monday, we lost friend of the site Justin Wilson. A giant in both frame and character. Another head injury claiming a driver that was much beloved by fans, for what they could do in cars that weren’t quite up to par. Losing Jules and Justin in the same year has been cruel. But yet the racing goes on, and it is still amazing and breathtaking.  … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: Back In Belgium Edition

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We are back after the long summer break everyone, back at the most beautiful track we have on the calendar. Arden is right after COTA in my heart in terms of how amazing the race is to behold. It is often claimed that Monaco is the crown jewel of the F1 season, but I have to argue that while it lacks the glitz and glamor of the opulence of the Principality it makes up for it in shear speed and difficulty. The track in the Arden, a mysterious forest full of the echoes of decades of racing.
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Formula Fun: Collecting in the US

This is my F1 collection, proudly displayed in my new apartment. The only items missing are any pieces of F1 clothing I have, like shoes, jackets, and shirts. That and a few books and magazines are also not pictured.

Getting all of this in the US is harder than it should be.  … Continue Reading