In 7 short days, the 2013 Formula 1 season begins in Melbourne with the Australian Grand Prix!
Last year, your author watched more than half the races, many of them live at completely obscene hours of the morning. So if you’re looking for a devoted perspective, you’ve come to the right place. It’s easier for our European friends to watch F1 races live, but the TV schedule is rather more challenging for us igloo-dwellers 8 time zones away!
While we followed F1 more closely than ever before in 2012, most of our thoughts on the matter were published on Twitter. Only Jenson Button’s cries for a RHENOCÉROUS were loud enough to prompt an article on these pages. Interestingly, that article was more prescient than most, as Button’s boys at McLaren have followed Ferrari’s pull-rod (i.e. “rhino-faced”) front suspension design for the 2013 season, the only other team to do so. We already knew Jenson was quite the hobbyist, running marathons in sub-3hrs, but who knew he was such a lobbyist too!
As both the title of this post and the photo to the left of this text indicate, you may soon be seeing Michael Schumacher return to an F1 track near you—not as any mere consultant, either, but as an actual driver. However, you may also note the lack of red anywhere in that photo. That, too, is indicative of a future that’s looking more and more likely as of this writing. Follow the jump for more.
What’s that, you say? No 2009 WRC round in France? That’s OK. French fans instead got a treat when multiple world champion Sebastien Loeb brought the show to them once again, at the ultimate round of the French National Championship at Rallye du Var. Follow the jump for more.
See this photo? It’s the closest Michael Schumacher is going to get to racing at Valencia after all. Unlike about 90% of everything else in the world of F1, it’s not a rumour, either. Schumacher said it himself.
Sky Sport recorded drivers up and down the F1 paddock offering messages of encouragement to Felipe Massa and have posted them on YouTube. While most fans are doubtless aware that drivers generally speak at least two languages, I’m fairly certain you’ll be surprised at least once during this video.
Most of the attention in recent time has been on Citroën Total ace Sébastien Loeb, but BP Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen has kept the race for this year’s driver’s championship quite close. At his home event at this weekend’s Rallye Finland, he finally managed to overtake Loeb and as a result, now finds himself leading.
Today was a momentous day for the little empire-builder that could Fiat, for today marked the on-sale date of the new Fiat 500C in the UK. We posted a handful of photos back when it leaked at Geneva in February, but now we’ve got a full gallery for you to feast your eyes upon. Oh, and also cross your fingers in fervent prayer that we get some of these at some point in the not-too-distant future. Sure, it’s a long shot, but Kimi Räikkönen will be contesting the WRC Rallye Finland in his very own Abarth Grande Punto at the end of the month, so who knows what could happen?