A Taste of Thrill, Sweat and Glamour at Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco-Grand-PrixA mention of Monaco in any conversation conjures images of splendour and sophistication, which ooze from every part of the city. Well, if you are a Formula One enthusiast, you can now enjoy this glamorous city and still get more thrills watching F1 action on the most popular race circuit in the F1 calendar.

You see, the Monaco Grand Prix is on, come May 21st to 24 2015, and with tickets on sale, you need to appreciate why there is so much hype about the Monte Carlo street circuit. You might have viewed your favourite driver on all other tracks, but if you have not seen them race in Monaco; you are missing it big time.

Here are reasons Monaco GP 2015 must be in your to-do-list:

1.       Glamour fused with prestige

You will have to agree that Monaco is rightfully called a millionaires’ playground for a good reason. There is so much to enjoy, from the best casino in the world Monte Carlo, marvellous architecture and much more, which you can sample during F1 practice on Thursday and Saturday.

2.       Best dining in Europe

The Mediterranean is famed for its culinary blends, and in Monaco, you will sample the best from world renowned chefs in classy hotels such as Fairmont and many restaurants such as the Michelin. You will have a sample of what Europe has to offer.

3.       Monaco Grand Prix

Of course the gist of your visit is race action and the Monte Carlo streets don’t disappoint when it comes to this. This is one of the oldest tracks in F1 calendar dating back to 1929. It is the home of F1 legends where every legend from Senna, Prost, Stirling Moss and Schumacher has claimed wins. It is the toughest track due to the sharp hairpins and limited overtaking opportunities.

4.       Monaco attractions

If you love maximizing a visit to your favourite destinations, then Monaco has everything you need. Whether you are a nature buff or you just love lying back as you wait for the big Sunday race action, there is everything for you. You can visit the iconic Oceanographic museum and marvel at marine life in a magnificent setting. The Jardin Exotique and numerous parks in the city make for an idyllic experience for you to sit back and unwind before taking your seat for race action on May 24th.

There is so much more that you can do during your weekend stay in Monte Carlo that you just have to be there to experience it. Want to witness the making of a hero?  Start with buying your ticket before they sell out. There are still some special offers left at Senate Grand Prix.

Final results at Abu Dhabi and 2015 projections

Abu-dhabi-grand-prixLewis Hamilton is, without doubt, the top F1 driver this season. He has won 11 races out of 19. At 23 years of age, Hamilton has matured into an accomplished driver. Throughout the year, Hamilton has outclassed his companion and rival, Nico Rosberg. Despite the rivalry, team Mercedes has some of the best drivers in the Formula One.
More about Hamilton’s win at Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi – Final result

At the end of 55 laps, this is how the race ended with top 10 positions clinched as follows:

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Felipe Massa
  3. Valterri Bottas
  4. Daniel Ricciardo
  5. Jenson Button
  6. Nico Hulkenberg
  7. Segio Perez
  8. Sebastian Vettel
  9. Fernando Alonso
  10. Kimi Raikkonen

Button – McLaren still undecided

Jenson Button may have had his last Formula One race in Abu Dhabi. He has been in good form this year. Hi fifth position finish at the Yas Marina circuit could still be reason enough for team McLaren to retain him. As it were, McLaren are not sure who to partner Fernando Alonso with in 2015. Button will be celebrating his 35th birthday in January. He has been racing for McLaren for the last five years. His present contract ends in December.

2015 – Possible Formula One line-up

The next racing season will be in 2015. It will be interesting to see how teams present their lineups.  Here’s a glimpse of how things might look like:

  • Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
  • Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat.
  • McLaren: Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen or Jenson Button.
  • Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
  • Williams: Valterri Bottas and Felipe Massa.
  • Force India: Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.
  • Lotus: Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.
  • Sauber: Marcu Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.
  • Toro Ross: Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr or Alex Lynn.

Hamilton expected to remain with team Mercedes

Expectations are high that Hamilton’s relationship with Mercedes will run for a long time to come. Hamilton’s career started at McLaren. At the time, Mercedes were the engine suppliers for the team. After the F1 2012 season ended, he switched to team Mercedes. Team executive Toto Wolff looks forward to Hamilton’s new contract.

Rosberg’s car – it could have let him down

The most notable thing about 2014 Formula One season has been the rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg. In the end, a technical knockout acted as a crucial decider. Perhaps Rosberg could have won the championship if his car was in as good a shape as Hamilton’s. Nonetheless, Hamilton was also heard telling his engineers that the car’s engine was not revving properly.

Time to awake a slumbering giant

Ferrari has had a seven year dry spell. For a team whose motorsport brand is the biggest, this may seem embarrassing. Nonetheless, Ferrari will have Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen stepping up in 2015. Ferrari has also invested in additional manpower with an additional sixty staff members recruited for next season. Fortunately, Ferrari has some of the most brilliant mechanics and engineers in Formula One. It is time for the slumbering giant to wake up.

Teams will now go back to the drawing board. They will try to come up with winning solutions for the new season. The 2015 season will kick off with Australia hosting the first grand prix from 12th to 15th March, 2015. The 2015 F1 championship calendar will have 20 races. This is one more race compared to the 2014 calendar that had 19. The Mexican Grand Prix which is making a Formula One comeback is the latest addition. The Mexican round will be at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City.

I’m off to senategrandprix-abu-dhabi.com to get my tickets for the 2015 Grand Prix final at Abu Dhabi.

Truck jumps over F1 car!

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This one of the craziest, most awesome things you’ll ever see: a trailer truck jumping over a Formula 1 car as it passes through just at the right moment underneath. No CGI was involved in the making of the stunt, just lots of balls. The entire thing was organized by stuntman Mike Ryan, who also happened to be the truck’s driver. Martin Ivanov drove the Lotus F1 car.

Both guys have done work on movies like Terminator 2, James Bond, and Fast and Furious, so I guess you could say they’re pretty good at this. The jump also set a world record for jumping a semi, 83 feet and 7 inches.

Do not try this at home, that is if you happen to have a truck and a million dollar Formula 1 car at home.

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Max Verstappen, the youngest F1 driver who’s got everyone talking

Max-VerstappenFans that have been following Formula One races this year are probably aware of a unique entry in the Japanese Grand Prix. It was during practice for this F1 event that the youngest driver got behind the wheel and drove round the Suzuka Circuit. At only 17 years of age, Max Verstappen made Formula One history by being the youngest competitor to drive a Formula 1 car. At this age, his peers in the UK and the US have legal permission to drive.

Major feat at only 17

Come to think of it, can you remember how your 17th birthday was like? Did you even get chance to drive an ordinary car? Most likely, you did not. Your parents would not even allow you to drive without their direct supervision. Well, Verstappen did the unthinkable. He turned 17 in September this year (2014). The talented youngster had the chance to drive a car that costs millions of dollars to develop and build.

Little experience doesn’t matter

That Verstappen has little experience is not debatable. However, the youngster is unrelenting in his quest to one day conquer the world. The Suzuka practice laps paved the way for the Dutch national to take part in the remaining Grand Prix. He took part in the Brazilian Grand Prix and will be present in Abu Dhabi before curtains fall on one of the greatest motor races in the world.

Monaco

There are high hopes that Max Verstappen will take part in the Monaco Grand Prix in 2015. If he starts in Monaco, he will also be the youngest driver ever to start a race at the Monte Carlo circuit. The previous record for the youngest F1 driver ever was as set by Sebastian Vettel. In 2006, during the Turkish Grand Prix, Vettel was then the youngest driver even though he was older that Verstappen by two years.

Time will tell

Right now, the young driver may not be in the race for a podium finish. However, it may not be long before he silences his critics. At his age, one cannot get a driver’s license in Netherlands, Verstappen’s native country. Either way, only time will tell. Red Bull is looking forward to having the youngster race together with Jean-Eric Vergne.

Rubbishing critics

Few racing pundits would have predicted that Max Verstappen would get a full seat. Nonetheless, he is here now. It remains to be seen whether he will rise to attain the feat of Ayrton Senna, the late F1 champion who hailed from Brazil. Verstappen’s father, Jos, was also a Formula One driver. Verstappen started off in go-kart racing. Last year, he was crowned the world go-karting champion. He later decided to try racing in the single seater version.

Race for the youngster’s signature

This year, he took part in F3 championship in Europe. He currently ranks second having won six races. Most people expected him to graduate to GP2 or GP3. Both Red Bull and Mercedes were competing to sign him as their junior driver. Eventually, Red Bull won after promising him a race seat in their team. It is now up to Max Verstappen to decide how fast he can take his car.

Prep for Melbourne, Australia

Any critics doubting whether Verstappen is talented enough need to be reminded about two things. First, he is greatly talented. Secondly, one needs recall how Kimi Raikkonen aced it. Renault gave Raikkonen one season before the champ decided to debut for Sauber in 2001. For his Melbourne debut in March 2015, Red Bull plans to give him an old Formula One car and a Renault 3.5 F1 car just to get him ready. He will also take part in race practices in Abu Dhabi, the final race this season.

High expectations

So far, it is evident that all the F1 team wants from the youngster is his talent. Verstappen has a lot to learn from the current crop of experienced drivers. He has a lot of homework to do. Sadly, for Jean-Eric Vergne, his Formula One career is coming to an end. At only 24 years, losing a seat for the upcoming 2015 season would deal him a major blow.  Fans will watch this youngster closely in 2015.