The race in Spa has always been known as one of the most unpredictable in the calendar, due to the location of the track, where the weather changes quickly. Thus, rain is a frequent spice of Formula 1 races. But in the last few years we have seen quite a few controversial races at Spa because of the rain. Why? Well, honestly, it's not a plot that can only happen in Spa. Some time ago, qualifications or races were interrupted due to a heavy downpour at other racetracks as well. But the most controversial races have recently been in the rainy Spa. After such events, I often see the comments "the racers are crying, 30 years ago they raced normally in such weather!". "A couple of drops have fallen, but they don't dare to race!" I definitely can't agree. The fact is that even if the current 20 racers were dropped in the middle of the hurricane
For the first time this season, Formula 1 will use leverage to equalize teams, which in racing jargon sounds like “success handicap”. These are limitations to the development of aerodynamics compared to last year's results, which basically means that the worst team last season will be able to develop their car for more time in the wind tunnel and computer simulations, and the best the least. This year, the differences will be small, but in the 2022 season they will increase, which at least in theory means that their impact will be greater, and above all, viewers hope to reduce the differences between teams. So far, Formula 1 has not known how to "punish" the best, or provide additional help to the worst, but they have a similar system in the MotoGP motorcycle championship, where manufacturers with poorer results can test more. The FIA has been with F1 teams in the past pre
For many years, the future of Kimi Raikkonen has often been a hot topic of debate, speculation and rumors, which are sometimes just amazing. With each season nearing the end of Finch’s career, however, pages growing like mushrooms after the rain compete with each other to publish more shocking “news” about what the 2007 season champion will be doing next season. We have been reading Ferrari for the last few years, as it has been this year, when Antonio Giovinazzi is expected to replace him before the start of the season. These rumors then subsided a bit, but broke out again after the first races of the season, when even more credible sources had already reported that his place alongside Sebastian Vettl would be taken by Daniel Ricciardo, who is said to have already signed a contract with Ferrari. But the Australian then officially signed a contract with Renault. The rumors were closed
Spa Francorchamps, or in short, as we know it better, Spa. The name that makes hardcore Formula One fans shudder every time they hear it. It is a legendary track that has always required a slightly greater degree of awe from racers than other venues. Formula One returns after the summer break with the race for the Grand Prix of Belgium in Spa, where we saw many unforgettable moments, and we gathered some of the most resounding. 1992 - Michael Schumacher's first victory Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut in Spa, in 1991 in a Jordan race car. He finished seventh in qualifying, but his first race ended in the first lap when the clutch failed in Jordan 191. But his performances in training and qualifying are pre
Fernando Alonso has received an incredible 2015 starting points since he returned to McLarn in 345 after unsuccessful attempts to win the world title with Ferrari. Almost all of the mark-ups were related to the powertrain, which is neither reliable nor competitive, and the current penal system of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) severely penalizes such problems. In 2017, racers are allowed four units of six key elements that make up the powertrain: internal combustion engine, turbocharged, MGU-H, MGU-K, energy storage and controlled electronics. If the racer "unseals" or uses the fifth version of any of the above elements, he gets 10 starting points. Each subsequent element of the fifth version used brings 5 starting months
Rarely has a driver with such fairly average statistics (6 wins, 2 fastest starting places, 8 fastest laps) taken care of as much enthusiasm as Gilles Villeneuve. But of course statistics are not everything; the thing is much deeper. In fact, Gilles won disproportionately more hearts than GP wins, and some much more successful drivers could only dream of this kind of popularity. One is bare stats and the other is the way you drive. Unlike some similarly popular drivers, Gilles had fans not only in the stands, but also in the paddock and in the press center, because off the track the little Canadian was a very pleasant man, which was already more than no exception at the time. But it was by far best to follow him in the middle of a fight on the track, because the world has been such a relentless racer for quite some time.
On May 1955, 1954, racing history was written. Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson celebrated at the famous Italian race Mille Miglia and thus became only the third foreigners in the history of this race to succeed in such a feat. But first to the beginning. This victory was by no means undeserved, nor was it a web of happy circumstances, but was the result of weeks, even months of long and extensive preparations. Cars of all kinds, from slow passenger cars to ultra-fast sports cars, could compete here, and according to the rules, these cars could also have a passenger. Jenkinson met Mille Miglia in exactly the same way as early as XNUMX, when he sat next to George Abecassis in their HWM; and as soon as this race was over, he began preparations for participation in the following year. Jenkinson was the rapporteur spec
In last year's F14T race car, Ferrari placed the engine oil tank in a rather unusual place, inside the gearbox housing just behind the engine. This happened in the first year of re-use of turbocharged engines, or with the introduction of much more complicated powertrains, in which hybrid components also found their place. As a result, each of the motor manufacturers developed its own technical solutions, some of which were also relatively unusual; the most striking example is the Mercedes turbocharger, which had a turbine part at one end of the engine and a compressor at the other. Ferrari opted for an atypical placement of the oil transmission inside the gearbox housing, where the oil should be stored far enough away from all possible sources of heat.
Ferrari unveiled the red veil on Friday - at least seemingly. After Scuderia offered the first short video and audio sample of the new car for the 2015 season for tasting last week, the team unveiled a brand new car called the SF15-T over the internet. In the classic red car, the new acquisition of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkonen is supposed to make sure that the losing hair season will quickly be forgotten. The new SF15-T is optically quite similar to its predecessor, which isn’t just the fault of its timeless red paintwork. The flat nose is reminiscent of the car of the 2014 season, the solution of which, according to the current rules, corresponded to many more points than the products of their competitors. Unlike many other teams, Ferrari gave up the infamous snout on its nose and opted for a uniform but
December 29, 2013 was the day seven-time Formula One world champion Micahel Schumacher suffered a serious ski accident in the French Alps. After a year of modest information, the 45-year-old German is still in critical condition. Nevertheless, his condition is improving, but for now it is only clear that he has barely recognized his wife and children, and he will probably never be able to live normally again. Currently, the Formula One champion “lives” in medical care at his home in Switzerland, where he is cared for behind closed doors. On this anniversary, we have compiled the top ten races of Michael Schumacher, who is still considered the best Formula One racer of all time. There was a lot to collect in his two-decade career, but we really chose the best ones: 10: 2006 Brazilian GP Michael Schumac