Formula 1 is an expensive sport: Expensive to attend, expensive to watch on TV, but especially expensive for teams taking part in it. In the recently-completed 2013 season, Red Bull and Lotus received the most value for their significant investments.
In the 1970s, The Quick and the Dead was probably a cutting-edge, up-close look at a sport that most people experienced from a distance, if at all. In recent years, we have been spoiled by films like Senna, Rush, and Grand Prix: The Killer Years (which was included on the same DVD), not to mention HD broadcasts of every race. Claude Du Boc’s documentary cannot compare.
Nico Hulkenberg has won at every level he has raced, from Formula BMW up to GP2. In Formula 1, though, where the quality of the car matters at least as much as the skill of the driver, the German has yet to find the same success.
Now that the serious business of who is going to win the World Championship is finished, it is time for a little fun: Ranking the top 10 pit radio messages of the 2013 Formula 1 season.
It seemed like Sergio Perez was getting a lesson in Murphy’s Law as the 2013 F1 season ended at the Brazilian Grand Prix. After crashing out of qualifying, the Mexican required a gearbox change and was bumped from 14th to 19th on the grid. But then the race started.
When Michael Schumacher won five World Drivers’ Championships in a row from 2000 to 2004, fans (other than the tifosi) were clamouring for a change. The same fatigue has set in now, with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull claiming four straight titles, even though two of them were not decided until the final race.
As Paul di Resta’s options for an F1 race seat in 2014 slowly dry up, an intriguing alternative has emerged: taking over Dario Franchitti’s place in IndyCar.