Formula Fun: Musings about the new rules.

We come to the beginning of another week. But this is the week before the crown of the F1 calendar, the one European race that I can never see leaving the schedule. It’s the week before Monaco, and the news cycle is going crazy. Not for the race, but for a rash of new rules that the F1 Strategy Group decided on this past week. Now, it has taken me way too long to get my thoughts together on this.

Being at a loss of words for a writer is a really odd feeling. But that is exactly what has happened with all these new rules. I was going to ignore most of this, and just try to focus on Monaco, but this is too important to not talk about and share my thoughts. I’m gonna do a list and opinion thing from here on out.

Next week will be all about Monaco, but his is new rules time.

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Formula Fun: Spanish Grand Prix edition

As we look into the past, we bridge last weeks article with this weeks. Aryton Senna’s DNA is flowing through the soul of the McLaren F1 team, and is still so well recognized 21 years after his death, that Tag Heuer has added him back into their portfolio of brand ambassadors. But watch talk isn’t what we are all here for, now is it? No, we are here because we watched the Spanish Grand Prix at the beautiful Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The hyphenation of which makes me think it is the Mazda Raceway of Spain, say the full name, or someone who paid money gets butthurt.

The lead up to the Spanish Grand Prix was one of promises. Promises to find reliability, power, aero, or any other matter of upgrades. Honda and Renault especially were keen to see their record improve. Lotus on the other hand, well, they brought something nobody really expected.

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Project Car SOTU: My Porsche 944

I believe our very own Jeff Glucker once said that everyone should own at least one car that is older than themselves. I decided that this was the best time in my life to get a 944 then, as I would probably never be able to get one for a good price when I felt like buying a second car. The car is a 1985.1 car, with the 2.5 Liter inline four. It has 110 thousand miles, and starts (Almost) every time. Also, it is my only car. That’s right, I decided that when my dear S2o00 was taken from me thanks to an accident with a city bus, that I should get the one 80’s Porsche that I have always thought was cool. To me, the 944 is the grandfather of the Toyobaru twins. Except I believe that the 944 drives and looks far much better than the modern examples.

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Formula Fun: Remembering Senna Edition

21 years ago this past Friday, the greatest racer Formula 1 has ever seen passed away after massive head injuries sustained while racing at Imola. His death was part of F1’s so called “Black Weekend” where, Reubens Barichello had a massive accident, Roland Ratzenburger died after a crash during Saturday Running, and Aryton died during the race on Sunday. Fans where also injured after a crash at the start, that sent debris into the crowded stands.

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Formula Fun: Finally an Off Week Edition

It’s a nice change of pace to be able to just bullshit with you readers for a week or two. No more races to recap, no engine blowups to shame Renault with, no whining to cover. Well, there is whining to cover, but that’s not what this column is about dear reader. This column is about loving this sport, not about parading all of the doom and gloom that the F1 news purveyors so love to show off. No, this is the F1 feature that starts with a video about Puppets, and a glimpse into the Japanese fan’s devotion to the sport. If you have ever seen Senna, you are already aware of some of the Japanese’s F1 proclivities.

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Formula Fun: Bahrain Grand Prix Edition

After the the firework show that we saw last year, how could this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix compare? Well, it was another race under the lights with plenty of action on the track, and a tad bit of off track rumblings. With only a week between this and the Chinese Grand Prix, Formula One didn’t have time to change too much. The promise of a turned up Honda engine seemed to be pushed off. Renault still has no solution for their piston issue which has blown so very many of their engines. No new parts were coming in, and it looked to be an evolution of the last race, rather than a radical revolution in the running order.

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Lunatics on fast bikes
or why everyone needs to see MotoGP in person

This was Marc Marquez’s pole lap for this past weekends race at the lovely Circuit of The Americas. COTA is one of two American rounds of the MotoGP championship, and has become a popular destination for both teams and fans. This was the third year that COTA hosted the madmen on two wheels, and also marked the third win for Marquez. I was lucky enough to see him take the win in 2012, which makes me one of the lucky couple thousand to watch the young phenom take his first win in the premiere class. He was incredible then, and sort of ran away with the race.

I missed last year, but this year, since I live in Austin, I knew I had to go witness this incredible talent in person once again, even if I don’t follow MotoGP as closely as I do Formula 1.

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Formula Fun: Chinese Grand Prix Edition

As we begin, lets look back on the last race win by one Micheal Schumacher, facing off with title rival Fernando Alonso. While Alonso went on to win the championship that year, and Schumi ended up getting replaced by the Iceman, this victory showed why he was the master. This year, however, it appears that the title fight won’t be the Spaniard versus a German, but it will be two Germans and a Brit.

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Formula Fun: Easter Edition

As we mourn the loss of Top Gear, let us not forget the show, much like the baby Jesus, may rise again. In all honesty, this has been a pretty light week in the world of F1. It seems like the news cycle, along with the teams, might have all focused their brainpower towards China next weekend. This honestly includes myself, but when you make a schedule for yourself, you keep it.

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Formula Fun: Malaysian Grand Prix Edition

Well well, now isn’t this the Formula 1 we were all hoping for? The choice of music for this weekend not only refers to the amazing comeback by the Scuderia, who just a week ago were talking about far off they still were from the Mercedes duo, but the comeback of F1 in general. No talk of it being more of a Hunger Games survival of the fittest, now it was an all out Battle Royale, with great fights all throughout the field. This is F1 baby, and mama (Bernie) made it a knockout.

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