Mad Love For Formula One!

For those that have no idea what I am talking about. Early this summer, I was walking by the TV when my husband was watching Formula One racing on the Speed Channel. He asked me to sit down with him and watch. Ok I wasn't really into racing but I do love cars and was so fascinated with race cars. So I sat down and watched an entire Formula One race back in the early part of June. It was awesome and over the Summer months I got to really love it. I was opened minded and gave it a chance. Now I am so hooked. I got to know the majority of the teams, the cars, and the drivers. It is like a soap opera at times with all the drama that goes on. I really love it and hope one day I will get the chance to actually go see one but most of the races take place in other countries. They don't have a race track here in the states and there are no American drivers or teams.

First lets take a look back in 1950. The very first F1 World Champion Dr Giuseppe Farina. Silverstone airfield circuit hosted the first F1 in England on May 13th, 1950
photo by Terry Whalebone

What is Formula One? Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1, and officially referred to as the FIA Formula One World Championship. It is the highest class of single seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The "formula" in the name refers to a set of rules to which all participants' cars must comply. The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The results of each race are combined to determine two annual World Championships, one for the drivers and one for the constructors, with racing drivers, constructor teams, track officials, organizers, and circuits required to be holders of valid Super Licenses, the highest class racing licenses issued by the FIA.

Formula One cars race at high speeds, up to 360 km/h (220 mph) with engines revving up to a formula imposed limit of 18,000 rpm. The cars are capable of pulling in excess of 5 g on some corners. The performance of the cars is highly dependent on electronics (although traction control and driving aids have been banned since 2008), aerodynamics, suspension, and tires. The formula has seen many evolutions and changes through the history of the sport.

In Photo Sebastian Vettle and in the rear Mark Webber. Mark Webber is one of my favorite drivers along with Lewis Hamilton, Jensen Button, Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa.

Lewis Hamilton British driver. His teammate is Jensen Button.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2010 Formula One racecar, the MP4-25. Drivers Lewis Hamilton & Jensen Button

Europe is Formula One's traditional center, where all of the teams are based, and where around half of the races take place. However, the sport's scope has expanded significantly in recent years and Grands Prix are held all over the world.

Brazilian Felipe Massa. I call him the "Come Back Kid" Felipe Massa was struck on the helmet by a suspension spring that had fallen from Rubens Barrichello's Brawn, on a high-speed part of the track. He subsequently crashed head-on into a tire barrier. Massa was airlifted to the ÁEK hospital in Budapest, where he underwent surgery in the area surrounding his left eye. His condition was initially described as "life-threatening but stable", but improved rapidly. Massa was discharged from hospital the following week and returned to Brazil. He made his debut return to racing this year and has been amazing. The thing I love most about this guy is that it took an extreme about of courage, determination and the love of driving to get back in his car and race again. I admire that about him. He didn't let that accident deter him from racing. It is obvious that he loves what he does.

Felipe Massa's Ferrari during Bahrain 2010

Formula One is a massive television event, with an aggregate global audience of 600 million people for each race. The Formula One Group is the legal holder of the commercial rights. With annual spending totaling billions of US dollars, Formula One's economic effect is significant, and its financial and political battles are widely covered. Its high profile and popularity make it an obvious merchandising environment, which leads to very high investments from sponsors, translating into extremely high budgets for the constructors. However, mostly since 2000, due to the always increasing expenditures, several teams, including works teams from car makers and those teams with minimal support from the automotive industry, have gone bankrupt or been bought out by companies wanting to establish a team within the sport; these buyouts are also influenced by Formula One limiting the number of participant teams.

Thanks for letting me share my love for Formula One Racing :-)

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