Lewis Hamilton’s Pole Lap Shows How F1 Drivers Need “Grosses Boules”

It’s been a while since we covered F1 so we thought it was time to take a closer look at auto racing’s top league. As tomorrow is the Monaco Grand Prix, today was the practise day and reigning champion and current series points leader Lewis Hamilton showed why he earns the big bucks (he just signed a new £100m contract).

For those of you who think the F1 boys are just a bunch of soft “diva” drivers you need to check this out.  Today’s pole position winning ride from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes proves you must have major league “grosses boules” as an F1 driver to let it all hang out and put down a fast lap at this infamous street circuit.

 

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Best of Formula One engine sounds

We wanted to share a very cool story from our friends over at AutoMotoFoto about the best of Formula One engine sounds.  Beginning from the early days of the V6 turbocharged engines to the more modern V10, V12 and most recently the V8 – these engines are all music to the ears of F1 enthusiasts. Interestingly though, for 2014, the Formula One engines are now back to a V6 turbocharged setup and some fans and drivers have already complained about the lack of sound of these engines during the races.  Well, you be the judge after watching this video. Be sure to crank up the volume on the speakers as you will want to capture all of it. Just think, it’s only two months until Montreal’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Supercars sing Jingle Bells

With all the recent winter weather here in Toronto, Christmas is certainly in the air.  And with only 8 days left until the big day, we wanted to give you some extra Christmas cheer. So we came across a very cool video that provides both Xmas cheer along with a glimpse of some exotic super cars.  Check out this choral choir of BMWs, Lambos, Ferraris, Formula One cars and Bugattis.

Sebastian Vettel becomes four-time F1 world champion

If you have a son and want him to become a successful race driver you may seriously want to think about naming him Sebastian. Yes, the spelling is slightly different but the facts remain between the F1‘s Sebastian Vettel and the WRC‘s Sebastien Loeb they have combined for 15 major championships.  Although we have covered several stories in the past on Loeb it’s now time to take a look at Vettel who this past weekend was crowned with his 4th consecutive F1 championship.

Sebastian Vettel Image source: telegraph.co.uk

Sebastian Vettel
Image source: telegraph.co.uk

At only age 26, Vettel is said to be one of the most ambitious drivers in the world and his ambition is certainly paying off.  Driving for Team Infiniti-Red Bull which by all accounts is the wealthiest and best staffed F1 team as it includes the top technicians who have the uncanny ability to anticipate Vettel’s every need before trouble arises around the racetrack.

Sebastian Vettel  2013 Red Bull RB9 race car

Sebastian Vettel
2013 Red Bull RB9 race car

With his 4th championship, Vettel has now surpassed the three championships of the late Aryton Senna on the all time list and tied Senna’s arch rival Alain Proust for four. This along with his annual salary of €12m safely plants him in the history books as the real deal. His winning record over the past four years proves he is now the best driver in F1 but the real question now is, “will he be able to break the all time F1 record of his countryman, Michael Schumacher who won seven F1 championships?”

Michael Schumacher Seven championships

Michael Schumacher’s seven F1 championships

Canadian Grand Prix coverage

As good luck would have it a friend of RedlineNorth attended last weekend’s Montreal Grand Prix weekend and covered the action for us.  Although rain did come and go early in the festivities it did not lessen the level of the Grand Prix party overall. Unfortunately, however, the event was marred with tragedy on Sunday with the accidental death of volunteer track marshal Mark Robinson. Our hopes and prayers go out to Mark’s family.

Here is a little taste of last weekend’s Montreal racing action.  Until next year!

Ferrari hat

Enthusiastic F1 fan in Montreal

Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC)

Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC)

Ferrari Challenge

Ferrari Challenge

Ferrari

Damaged Ferrari Challenge car

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton parade lap

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge

Team Red Bull - Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber

Red Bull team member and race winner Sebastian Vettel (right) along with fellow racer Jean-Eric Vergne (left).

Make sure you add the Montreal Grand Prix to next year’s calendar as hotels sell out soon for the annual event.

360 Degree View From Within F1 Race Car

Check out this really cool video shot within a Red Bull F1 race car driven by Sébastien Buemi.  You can fully interact with the video panning up down left and right as Sébastien drives around the track.  The camera system is designed by a Norwegian company called Making View. 360 View of Redbull F1 Racing Car

Grand Prix of America

The ultimate global marquee in auto sports is the Formula One series and this past July, F1 Chief Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that New Jersey will be on the 2013 Grand Prix schedule.

Coined the Grand Prix of America, it will be a new Formula One World Championship race taking place in June 2013 and beyond. The race will be held on a yet-to-be-constructed 3.2-mile street circuit through the New Jersey towns of West New York and Weehawken, along the Weehawken Port Imperial. The circuit offers the New York City skyline as a panoramic backdrop.

In celebration of this announcement Red Bull Racing’s show car recently starred in an amazing video where former F1 driver David Coulthard pilots the 2011 Championship-winning RB7 through Liberty State Park showing off the spectacular views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty.  We will let the video do the talking from here.