Reborn In The USA – United States Grand Prix Formula 1

Let me put it bluntly! There is nothing like the United States of America. Keep Monaco, and Abu Dhabi, but the USA is the richest market in the world, and it can change the sport of Formula 1 forever if it’s a hit. This time they did it right by building a track.

For that reason everyone out here is getting pretty excited as the weekend approaches; downtown Austin is buzzing, the team’s hospitality units are groaning and the marketing men are salivating almost as much as the drivers. I can see why: the Circuit of the Americas looks mouth-watering. This place is fun. Come on this is Texas, with music, food, fun, it’s the good old USA.

The Circuit of the Americas is like a ‘supercircuit’; an amalgamation of favourite corners from other tracks around the world. I have been critical of Hermann Tilke-designed circuits before but he has really listened to drivers this time.

American race fans may be more interested by what is happening in Homestead, Florida, this weekend — where the Nascar season, in an unfortunate scheduling clash, also reaches its climax — but in this land of opportunity I am hopeful that Formula One will grab its big chance and leave our hosts wanting more.

It’s time to Rock’N Roll.

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Return to Podium by Michael Schumacher – European Grand Prix 2012

To say this was an incident filled European Grand Prix would be an understatement.

Fernando Alonso moved to the top of the Formula One drivers’ world championship standings after winning a thrilling European Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver becomes the first to win two races this season, but did so in astonishing circumstances after leader Sebastien Vettel retired on lap 34.

“This is a special team – Ferrari – with the grandstands full of Spanish flags and the fans in red,” said Alonso.

Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen finished second, while Michael Schumacher picked up his first podium since his comeback finishing in third, becoming the oldest podium finisher since Jack Brabham in 1970.

The podium today was Ferrari, Lotus, and Mercedes so illustrative of the Grand Prix season this year. Three different car manufacturer’s on the podium and the one thing they all shared beside the champagne was the team Ferrari.


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Forget The Rain In Spain It’s All About Bah – Rain !

Despite Fernando Alonso winning the Malaysian Grand Prix in March, the Italian outfit have endured a difficult start to 2012 with aerodynamic issues resulting in the car being a second off the pace in normal conditions.

Alonso ended up ninth on the grid for today’s Bahrain Grand Prix while team-mate Felipe Massa qualified 14th – almost a second and a half slower than pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.

However we have heavy dark clouds, and there is a 40% chance of rain. Ferrari told Alonso to go easy yesterday in qualifying to preserve the option for tires today. Will this strategy come into play? With less then an hour way we will have to see.

Here is the action. Right Now. My Name is Khan team will try to get as many good shots from the team and live stream these, so keep watching. Rain or no Rain in Bahrain!!

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Driving to Maranello for Ferrari F1 2012 launch

So my friends in order to report to me so they say took two Bentley’s for a run. I know them well enough to know they just wanted to race the Bentley’s from Gstaad, Switzerland to Maranello, Italy for the launch, the unveiling of the 2012 Ferrari F1, for the sheer joy of it. Yes, these were the coldest few day’s in Europe and snow, but that was not going to stop them or the Bentley’s, then again if you have been to Le Mans you know nothing really stops the Bentley’s.  Upon arrival in Maranello my friends discovered Ferrari had canceled the big splash opening due to the weather. Well in Maranello it’s not too shabby, with great Italian cooking, some wine, and watch it all on-line is what they did as did the rest of the world.
Having promised a more radical approach with its car that it has had in recent seasons, the new Ferrari is the result of a big effort at the factory under the guidance of new technical director Pat Fry.
The snow that forced the cancellation of the launch also means that plans for a shakedown of the car at Fiorano have also had to be abandoned. It is not clear if the team will be able to complete any mileage prior to the first official test with the car at Jerez in Spain next week.

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Oh that tease by Ferrari 2012 F1

The launch tomorrow will see Ferrari Chairman Luca Di Montezemolo, Scuderia’s Team Principal Stefano Domenicali and drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa unveil the 2012 Ferrari F1™ car and discuss its main technical characteristics which are aimed to spur the team on to victory in the upcoming racing season. My friends have flown in to report first hand. Via Ferrari !!


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