posted on May 28, 2011 with 29 notes

Mark Webber Pole Lap at the Monaco GP, 2011

"Hey, aren’t you supposed to be stuck in the past?"

Yes, I am, but the nice folks at BBC managed to include some of the 80s/90s crashes at Monaco along a few corners while Webber shows us how it’s done.

Senna crashed, Coulthard crashed, Schumacher crashed, Prost crashed… will Vettel do the same tomorrow?

posted on January 27, 2011 with 55 notes
Lotus 98T (1986)
My love for Lotus’ F1 cars is clear as crystal.
Although I generally find myself stunned by the sheer beauty of the 77 and the raw lines of both 43/49 models, it is unquestionable that the Lotus 98T was one of the most impressive F1 cars in history, in just about every single aspect.
First let’s start with the figures. The engine was from Renault, a tiny 1.5 litre V6 mounted in the middle, a configuration that didn’t prevent it from boosting as much as 1200bhp. It was also very light, no more than 540kg. That made it very very fast, with a speculated top speed of around 340km/h.
With Ayrton Senna behind the wheel, this Lotus 98T conquered some astonishing 8 Pole Positions (Brazil, San Marino, USA, France, Hungary, Portugal and Mexico Grand Prix’s) and two victories (USA and Spain), as well as countless starting positions in the grid. All of this in just 16 races.
All of these figures were so impressive that in 1986 some people in the F1 paddock began to question about the legality of the 98T, since Lotus liked to keep many details for themselves at the time.
Senna made it popular, but he wasn’t the only one to drive the 98T. Johnny Dumfries also competed in it, alongside Senna in 1986.

Lotus 98T (1986)

My love for Lotus’ F1 cars is clear as crystal.

Although I generally find myself stunned by the sheer beauty of the 77 and the raw lines of both 43/49 models, it is unquestionable that the Lotus 98T was one of the most impressive F1 cars in history, in just about every single aspect.

First let’s start with the figures. The engine was from Renault, a tiny 1.5 litre V6 mounted in the middle, a configuration that didn’t prevent it from boosting as much as 1200bhp. It was also very light, no more than 540kg. That made it very very fast, with a speculated top speed of around 340km/h.

With Ayrton Senna behind the wheel, this Lotus 98T conquered some astonishing 8 Pole Positions (Brazil, San Marino, USA, France, Hungary, Portugal and Mexico Grand Prix’s) and two victories (USA and Spain), as well as countless starting positions in the grid. All of this in just 16 races.

All of these figures were so impressive that in 1986 some people in the F1 paddock began to question about the legality of the 98T, since Lotus liked to keep many details for themselves at the time.

Senna made it popular, but he wasn’t the only one to drive the 98T. Johnny Dumfries also competed in it, alongside Senna in 1986.

Jim Clark, Lotus 43, 1966.

Jim Clark, Lotus 43, 1966.

Graham Hill (1929 - 1975)
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Graham Hill (1929 - 1975)

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Lotus 72, driven by Emmerson Fittipaldi (1971)

Lotus 72, driven by Emmerson Fittipaldi (1971)

posted on December 9, 2010 with 14 notes
FINA McLaren F1 GTR at Donington, 1997.

FINA McLaren F1 GTR at Donington, 1997.

posted on December 3, 2010 with 29 notes
Brabham BT52, at the Detroit GP (1983)
1500cc, 4 cylinder turbocharged BMW engine. During the ‘83 season’s qualifying, this managed to develop around 850bhp.

Brabham BT52, at the Detroit GP (1983)

1500cc, 4 cylinder turbocharged BMW engine. During the ‘83 season’s qualifying, this managed to develop around 850bhp.

posted on December 2, 2010 with 5 notes

The Car’s the Star - The McLaren F1.

God how I love this.

"Every second counts"

What motorsport is all about.

Bruce McLaren Grand Prix of Mexico 1966
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Bruce McLaren Grand Prix of Mexico 1966

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