Formula One Tracks

February 9, 2009 by  
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Formula One is a popular sport the world over. Eagerly watched at live events and on TV, F1 is a sport that continues to attract large crowds. Of course, the highlight of the Formula One calendar is the World Championship. Held at Formula One race tracks across the world, top-notch drivers compete for the opportunity to win the title of Formula One World Champion for that year.

Formula One race tracks, or F1 circuits, are specially designed for high-speed racing – and speed is exactly what Formula One Grand Prix is about. Corners have to be carefully set so as to prevent serious accidents, but remain challenging. Certain Grand Prix circuits have been set in the streets of towns such as Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo and Spa Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium. Over the years that the World Championship has been held, the F1 circuits hosting the event have sometimes been changed. Some have remained hosts to World Championship Grand Prix races, whilst others have been used for just a season or two.

Each Formula One track is uniquely designed with several turns, curves and straights. Amongst the more challenging are Suzuka in Japan and Nurburgring in Germany. Bahrain International Circuit in Manama of Bahrain is set amidst the sand which was sprayed with a special substance to prevent it from blowing onto the track. The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola is probably one of the best known in the world, along with France’s F1 circuit of Magny Cours. Other well-known Formula One racing circuits include Australia’s Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Silverstone Circuit in England, Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, Hockenheimring of Germany, Hungaroring in Budapest and Canada’s Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal.

Viewing Formula One racing on television is a popular pastime for many, but F1 is best experienced live at a track. If you live in a country with a nearby F1 Grand Prix circuit, you will be fortunate enough to get several opportunities to watch the thrill of F1. Many make travel arrangements to attend major races at F1 tracks around the world. Imagine yourself standing looking out onto the track, the drivers are pulling up in their stream-lined cars. The engines begin to rev as they prepare to speed off down the road-way. Eventually the tension bursts as the cars race forward. During the race you eagerly watch the top competitors until the final lap comes. Chills shudder down your spine as the team you have been rooting for comes in first place. The excitement, tension and joy of a day at the racetrack is truly not to be missed.

Tracks

Circuit de Monaco

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Circuit de Monaco, opened in 1929, is an outstanding Formula One street circuit. Located in Monte Carlo, the F1 Circuit of Monaco is considered by many to be the grandest in the sport. Well known for its challenging twists, Monaco’s F1 circuit is popular with drivers and spectators alike. Held annually in the month of May, the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix incorporated some of the streets of Monte Carlo and of La Condamine, and the atmosphere among spectators is phenomenal – it is certainly the dream of many F1 fans to attend a race at Circuit de Monaco.

Anthony Noghes of Manegasque car club originally came up with the idea of turning the streets of Monaco into a Formula One circuit. The first race on Monte Carlo’s circuit was held in 1929. William Grover-Williams, racing for Bugatti, gained victory at the inaugural race.

The 2.092 mile or 3.367 km Monaco circuit is known for its tight turns, thus driver skill and ability is of greater importance than the power of the car. Monte Carlo’s roadways are narrow and provide little opportunity for overtaking. A renowned section of the circuit is the tunnel where F1 drivers have to deal with the quick succession of light changes. Certain adjustments have been made to the Monte Carlo F1 track making more space for pit stops. Of course as the Circuit de Monaco is held in the streets it needs to be constructed each year, a process which takes approximately 6 weeks.

Let’s take a look at what the drivers have to deal with when racing at Monte Carlo. The lap begins with a brief drive up to the almost 90 degree St. Devote corner. This is followed by an uphill leading to the Massenet left-hand long turn. Driving through Casino Square the drivers come to the challenging Mirabeau corner and quickly into the Grand Hotel hairpin. Next is the Portier double right-hander which takes the F1 drivers to the tunnel. Just out of the tunnel is a tough left-right chicane. A short straight heads to the Tabac corner. Drivers then accelerate on to the left-right-right-left spot called Piscine. Drivers have a short straight to prepare themselves for a quick left and immediate La Rascasse 180 degree turn. An adversely-cambered straight guides drivers to the Virage Antony Noghes corner, the last of the lap. Drivers make their way down the straight to cross the start-finish line for the next lap.

Although considered by many as a dangerous circuit, Circuit de Monaco is set to remain an important host of Formula One, providing drivers and spectators with breathtaking action.

Formula One Races

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The exhilarating motor sport of Formula One Racing has captured the hearts and minds of thousands all over the world. This high-ranking form of motor racing is considered by many to be the most difficult and dangerous. It is also a premier form of motor sport – one in which the drivers have to work their way up through the various ranks of racing in order to be deemed worthy to compete as a Formula One driver. Almost every facet of the sport is expensive, and many drivers consider it a privilege to be chosen by certain top-rated F1 teams. However the term ‘money makes money’ is certainly true of the sport and companies and teams know that winning is pivotal to success and longevity. Thus, Formula One races are organised into a number of Grand Prixs which are held across the globe each year. Teams may choose to compete at only local Grand Prix events, but the chances of success and prestige are increased when they tackle as many Grand Prixs as possible. In addition, top drivers prefer to race for teams which will give them the chance to race as much as possible – especially since it will mean that they can compete for the much coveted “World Championship” prize. Winning such a prize is not only beneficial for the driver – but also for the team responsible for producing and supporting the car carrying the driver accross the finish line. This further increases the team’s prestige, sponsorship and support and ensures their longevity.

If you are Formula One fan, you will already be aware of the fact that there are dozens of Grand Prixs held each year in virtually every corner of the globe. Teams may travel to different continents as they race at the various Grand Prixs held in different countries. European events such as the Monaco Grand Prix, the Belgian Grand Prix, the Italian Grand Prix, the Hungarian Grand Prix, the German Grand Prix, the French Grand Prix, the Spanish Grand Prix, the San Marino Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix enjoy broad coverage. Further afield, the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Chinese and Japanese Grand Prix, the Australian Grand Prix and the South African Grand Prix also enjoy good support. In the Americas, the Canadian Grand Prix and the US Grand Prix take top priority. Why not find out more about each of these great races by looking at the brief description we have listed on our site?

Top Formula 1 Races

McLaren F1 Team

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The McLaren Motor Racing team was first founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. The team’s Grand Prix debut was made at the Monaco track in 1966 and, despite some early technical difficulties, Team McLaren has never looked back. By 1968 the team had earned their first win with Bruce McLaren himself behind the wheel at the Belgium Grand Prix. Today the McLaren F1 Racing Team is seen as one of the most successful Formula One teams. Their Grand Prix successes are surpassed only by Ferrari and for quite some time they dominated the world of Grand Prix racing.

Not long after McLaren’s first Grand Prix win in 1968, driver James Hunt won the team’s first Driver’s Championship. That was in 1976 and the win was a sign of things to come. By 1984, Niki Lauda won a Grand Prix Championship on behalf of the McLaren team, and the 1980’s proved to be a phenomenal decade for the team. In fact, McLaren emerged to completely dominate the Formula One racing scene. However, the team’s success started to fade about midway through the 1990’s when Honda decided to drop out of Formula One racing. The team then went through a period of experimentation – switching from manufacturer to manufacturer in an attempt to find a winning combination. Eventually McLaren found that the Mercedes-Ilmor engine showed promise and they started a slow climb back to success. At about this time Team McLaren also lost their Marlboro sponsorship and subsequent trade-mark red and white livery. The team took up the silver Mercedes livery in its place and the change could be said to be an appropriate display of the ending of one period for the team and the beginning of another.

Mercedes has continued to supply the team’s engines and today the full name of the team is Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, acknowledging both of its primary sponsors. It is based in Woking, Surrey in the UK and the team principle is Ron Dennis. As at the end of the 2009 season, McLaren had won 8 Constructor Championships, 12 Driver Championships, and notched up 164 victories. The McLaren team has World Championship winners Lewis Hamilton (2008) and Jenson Button (2009) as its principle drivers for the 2010 F1 Grand Prix Championship, with the new MP4-25 as the car of the year.

Keep an Eye on Colin Braun’s Career

June 9, 2008 by  
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Colin Braun is widely considered to be one of the bright rising stars in the world of American motor sports, and auto racing enthusiasts will no doubt be watching the progress of this talented young driver with intense interest in the years to come. Colin had already won two professional racing championships at the age of seventeen – a clear indication that he has what it takes to carve a memorable career in the competitive world of motor sport.

Colin was born in Ovalo, Texas, on 22 September 1988. He was six-years old when he started his racing career by racing quarter midgets. At the age of eight, Colin’s career as a go-cart driver went international, and he competed in Spain, Monaco, France and Japan. At the age of fourteen, Colin moved to cars, going on to win championships in Formula TR2000 Pro Series and Formula Renault TR1600.

At sixteen-years of age, Colin became part of the Team 16 squad as teammate to Brad Coleman, making his road racing debut driving a Porsche 996 GT3 in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. At seventeen, driving an Essex Racing Ford Crawford, he made history as the youngest Daytona Prototype driver. In 2006 Colin Braun joined Krohn Racing’s #75 team as Jorg Bergmeister’s teammate. These two talented drivers had great success despite the fact that they had no sponsor. Colin’s win at the Brumos Porsche 250 in Daytona made him the youngest winner of a major race in North America. He once again went down in history when he drove his Ferrari F430 to a second place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, making him the youngest driver to be placed on the podium for this prestigious race. Colin remained with Krohn Racing for the 2007 auto racing season, with Max Papis as his teammate.

In 2007 Colin Braun made the move to stock cars by signing a driver development contract with Roush Fenway Racing. He made his stock car racing debut at Gateway International Raceway, competing in an ARCA RE/MAX Series race and finishing thirteenth. He went on to notch up a fourth place finish at Chicago, followed by a near win at Talladega. He made his NASCAR debut driving the #50 RSC Equipment Rental Ford for Roush Fenway in the Craftsman Truck Series. He was holding his position within the top 20 when a flat tire sent his car into the wall, causing him to finish in 34th place. Colin went on to compete at the Sam’s Town 250, driving the #16 3M Ford. He was in eleventh place when another car went into a spin in front of him, forcing him to drop back, resulting in a 30th place finish. On 16 November 2007 it was announced that Colin Braun would be the full-time driver of the #6 Ford. Colin qualified for the 2007 Corona Mexico 200 by scoring his first Nationwide series pole at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigues in Mexico City.

Colin Braun’s future plans include making a run for Rookie of the Year, under the sponsorship of Con-Way. Should he succeed, he will be the first road racer to win such an award. Judging by his achievements thus far, it would seem that this determined young driver can achieve anything he sets his mind to.

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