Month: June 2020

28 Jun 2020

THE ROAD TO A FORMULA ONE DRIVE

To get to the pinnacle of any professional sport needs total commitment with no guarantee of success. Unlike most sports though, Formula 1 has an additional barrier to entry, its phenomenal cost. Unlike other sports like football where a player can practice their skills with nothing more than a ball and jumpers for goals posts, [...]
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26 Jun 2020

GENTLEMEN START YOUR ENGINES

Aside from the huge changes to operational procedures and the logistical headaches (see our earlier post on this), teams are coming to terms with the long-term requirement to wear PPE and ensure drivers, team personnel, and Formula 1 staff remain safe. As the teams shortly head off to Austria where the temperatures can soar to [...]
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21 Jun 2020

GILLES VILLENEUVE AT 70

Gilles Villeneuve was taken from the world of Formula 1 all too soon in an horrific crash at the Belgian Grand Prix held at Zolder in May 1982. Had he lived he would have been celebrating his 70th birthday this year. His competitive career started with racing his road going Mustang on local tracks and [...]
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19 Jun 2020

SIX WHEELS ON MY WAGON

Handling and traction have always been two of the most sort after characteristics of any Formula 1 car. Straight line speed is largely reliant upon a slippery aerodynamics package and power train capability. Handling however is a different matter. While cornering at high speed in an F1 car still requires good down force provided by [...]
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14 Jun 2020

GRAND PRIX CIRCUITS – FROM FAMOUS TO FORGOTTEN

As Formula 1 looks to grow its global audience, more races away from Europe are being placed on the calendar. In 2000 70% of races were held in Europe, now it’s less than 50%. The consequence of this is more race circuits losing their place on the F1 calendar and either closing or falling into [...]
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12 Jun 2020

FORMULA 1’s MOST INFLUENTIAL IN 2020

So with the Formula 1 season currently in a state of stasis as we await the delayed start, here at the JDC Media Centre we thought it would be good to bring you up to date as to who are the custodians of the sport we love. Between 1996 and 2016, following a transfer of [...]
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07 Jun 2020

COLIN CHAPMAN – A TRUE INNOVATOR

In our previous feature on ground effect last month we touched on the innovations of Team Lotus. For this month’s spotlight feature we focus on the man behind one of motorsports most famous teams, Colin Chapman. Colin Chapman was born in North London in 1928. He studied structural engineering at University College London, where he [...]
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07 Jun 2020

STIRLING MOSS – A TRIBUTE

In our March Spotlight Feature we paid tribute to Sir Stirling Moss, one world motorsport greatest ever drivers, who passed away in April this year. While he raced at the very highest level in Formula 1 for 10 years, he won 16 races out of 66 starts, and was a runner up in the world [...]
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05 Jun 2020

WILLIAMS – A MOTORSPORT INSTITUTION FOR SALE

If you ask many Formula 1 enthusiasts who is their favourite team a majority are likely to say Williams. If it’s not, its usually in their top 2 or 3 preferred teams. So why is there an affection for the Oxfordshire racers? Many inside and out of the paddock cite a certain ethos to racing [...]
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02 Jun 2020

F1 SEASON REBOOTS AS 8 RACES ANNOUNCED

Formula1 Management today announced the first 8 races of the revised 2020 F1 calendar. The season reboot will commence on 3rd July at The Red Bull Ring followed by a second race the following weekend at the Austrian circuit. A single round at The Hungaroring on the 19th July, will be followed by another doubleheader [...]
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