Something for the Weekend – XVII
So here we are one week away from qualifying for the Bahrain GP and I’m wondering where all the time has gone. It’s been an exciting week with the demise of USF1 and Campos Meta being sold on, giving us an unfortunate acronym for a team. HRT F1, I hope it doesn’t end up being as slow as a granny on hormone supplements.
But apart from the headline grabbing news there have been some fabulous blog posts covering a pretty wide range of topics; so without further ado, onto the good stuff.
I don’t think I’ve given F1 Badger a plug so far in my weekend round-up but this one is just too good to miss. The article, written as a St David’s Day special is a fitting reminder of Welsh Formula One driver, Tom Pryce who was tragically killed at the South African GP in 1977. I do love a bit of a look back at the history of our sport and this is a timely reminder of just how dangerous it was to compete back then.
Following on from the Ferrari “horse whisperer’s” pop at the new teams, is a post from Professor Mark Jenkins F1 Blog which looks at the similarities and differences in branding between Virgin and Ferrari and how they both fare in the global economy. Mark makes the point that Sir Richard is always one to get the job done in a particularly British, matter of fact way, especially when he’s up against the establishment or the dominant force in the market. “We may not be beating you today or even this year, but we will prove that we can be at least as good as you using a fraction of the budget and a different approach that will bring change to the industry over the next two or three years” stirring stuff from Sir Richard but only time will tell if he can deliver.
It seems I cannot manage a weekend post without having a mention or two of USF1. Oh I know, they have finally left the building, but please indulge me by letting me have a last look at the mismanagement of the American team. I’m a huge fan of journalist Stuart Codling’s posts; he’s a brilliant writer and one who manages that difficult feat of being amusing whilst dealing with serious issues, so if you haven’t been to his site yet I whole-heartedly suggest you go there today. This particular post is all about Ken Anderson and his dreams (or delusions) of making a successful F1 team… very amusing.
Now onto another new source of reading material for you to enjoy; the McLaren Fan Blog ponders the question “Is this the most eagerly anticipated formula one season ever?” It’s a fairly comprehensive review of the season ahead and considers amongst other things, how the new teams, new drivers and this years’ rule changes will affect the racing. Don’t let the blog’s title put you off going for a look as the review it’s not at all McLaren-centric. This was my first visit to the site but it won’t be long before I head back to see what else is new.
On my last weekend post I mentioned F1 Tailpipe’s new weekender magazine, two weeks on and Issue two has just been released. I can’t believe how much work Adie must be putting in to make his magazine look so professional. This weeks’ issue has features on Sebastian Vettel, Rubens Barrichello and why you should be using Twitter, there’s also a great guest post from RG, author of the blog The Northern Waffler to round off the edition. Best of all it’s free to download and distribute …so what are you waiting for.
To end, I want to round off this post by giving you some advance warning of the return of our weekly quiz. Last season, we hosted our infamous F1 quiz every Wednesday evening in the site chat room and very popular it turned out to be too. We had some some great questions from across the full 60 years of F1 history and always had a laugh and some “spot the difference” fun along the way. If you fancy taking part this year please register for the forum… and we’ll see you there, 8.30pm UK time every Wednesday from the 10th March.