Christmas Day is less than two weeks away, and if you haven’t yet found a gift for the Formula 1 fan in your life, worry not, we’re here to help. Fun with Cars combed Amazon and found 6 must haves.
1. Legos! For anyone with a penchant for building, Denmark does more than make quick Magnussens. Legos sells these super cool F1 Technica sets. Jim has one, I know because I bought it for him.
2. More Legos! Not everyone needs thousands of pieces to get the Lego experience, this kit offers the same feel, but with a simpler build.
3. The Ron Howard film, Rush, covering the 1976 championship battle between Niki Lauda James Hunt. Brilliant!
4. Or, if you prefer a documentary, listen to Michael Fassbender describe F1 as it progresses from its early stages into the 1990s. It’s a fascinating film, I love it.
Actually, Jim and I watched them both together.
5. A mechanic’s Tale, by F1 commentator Steve Matchett offers insight into what it was like on the other side of the pit wall.
6. You know, some folks just want clothes. I found that too, here’s my favorite.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Schedules finally allow Jim and Robin a chance to discuss the last few Grands Prix of the 2014 Calendar with their good friend Jamey Price, a pro shooter. More from Jamey at jameypricephoto.com.
We learn about the real tension between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, the drivers behavior in press conferences (good and bad) and what Abu Dhabi is like as a track.
Jamey also shares the difference between the teams pit garages from the perspective of the lens and whether big screens are really necessary for the drivers while in the cars.
That really just gets the conversation going, because we also dive into Italy and Russia, the race wasn’t in Sochi after all.
We discuss the 2014 Driver World Championship, the winner, the loser, and the interaction between them. But that’s just the beginning as news overflowed from the sanctioning body, the teams, and drivers. Lots going on, lots’s to talk about. Finally, we reflect on 2014 and ask for ways to make our podcast better for 2015. http://funwithcars.com
Since we saw Mercedes humble its competitors at the 2014 Formula 1 season opener in Australia, it seemed inevitable that the Drivers World Championship would eventually be contested between the Silver Arrows teammates: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. At the United States Grand Prix on November 2nd, the only other driver with a shot, Daniel Riccardo, was mathematically eliminated and proved inevitability correct. With the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale fast approaching, it’s down to two drivers and 50 points. Hamilton holds a 17 point advantage, but Rosberg dominated last weekend and won the Brazilian Grand Prix, so he carries momentum. Who will win? Statistics say: Hamilton.
I devised this fun little chart outlining all the variations on results between Hamilton and Rosberg:
Green means Hamilton wins, blue means Rosberg wins. The number within each cell is the margin of victory (Rosberg’s are negative because of the math I used). There are 110 different possible outcomes of the Abu Dhabi GP. In 85 of those outcomes, Hamilton wins, Rosberg in 25. Because of Mercedes supremacy, only four of those outcomes are likely:
1) Hamilton Wins, Rosberg in second
2) Rosberg wins, Hamilton in second
3) Hamilton wins, Rosberg DNF’s
4) Rosberg wins, Hamilton DNF’s.
In three out of four of those cases, Hamilton wins.
Put it another way, if Hamilton finishes second or better, he becomes Drivers World Champion, regardless of how Rosberg finishes.
Almost all F1 fans agree that double points for the last race are silly…stupid…gimmicky—a mistake. But our best argument for reverting back to the 2013 points scoring system is that double points aren’t likely to change the outcome. Here’s a theoretical chart without double points, but all else equal:
In this case, Hamilton would have a slightly stronger statistical chance at the championship, but notice that the four likeliest scenarios I listed before remain the same.
So there you have it, the Fun with Cars nerdy version of championship math. And now for our prediction: Daniel Riccardo hops on his magic Kangaroo and boomerangs back in time several Grands Prix, wins them all, and the 2014 Formula 1 Drivers World Championship!
Jules Bianchi suffered a serious injury at the Japanese Grand Prix, a race already replete with news, silly season controversy, and serious weather. We wish Bianchi a speedy recovery, and his family and the Marussia team our support.
Despite the impending typhoon, a remarkable race went on and delighted the steadfast, and soaking wet, formula 1 fans. We discuss silly season silliness, race results, and much more. Visit http://funwithcars.com
It’s the start of the second set of flyaway races for the one and only night race at Singapore. We discuss tire strategy, the merits of more reliability, and of course all the fun as a result of much tighter qualifying session. Visit http://funwithcars.com
In this belated coverage (again) we cover the happy occasion of what delayed us in the first place and dig into the crazy, action packed news that preceded the Grand Prix; silly season is certainly in full swing. The race itself was thrilling and brought on much more discussion, and frankly, more consensus than we expected. And a sarcastic Fun with Cars first: we talk about F1 2014 sound! Of course, there’s always time for listener feedback and predictions. Visit http://funwithcars.com for more.
Germany served an extra large stein of racing for 2014, along with a side of drama. We discuss the deception of the modern World Championship points system, the continued intra-team rivalries, and begin the silly season with our own predictions. Wouldn’t you know it, the sound of Formula 1 came up too. Of course we dive into listener feedback, and predictions. Then Robin sings a song! Visit http://funwitchcars.com for blog posts, feedback, and more.
We talk about the Mercedes qualifying pace verses the other front runners, and the simmering team tension that continues between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. We discuss the higher than average attrition as well as Montreal’s ability to consistently provide great racing. Pit Reporter Jamey Price tells us more behind the scenes insights from this memorable grand prix. Visit http://funwitchcars.com for blog posts, feedback, and more.
In this week’s show we discuss the Spanish Grand Prix and F1’s return to Europe. Hamilton and Mercedes refuse to get off the freight train of success. Does a GP2 car deserve more of your attention? Pastor Maldonado yet again shows us why he chose lucky number thirteen. Kimi gives Alonso a wake-up call. And solutions to the new formula’s “noise complaints” get tested. Visit http://funwithcars.com for more!