With all the craziness of Formula D happening in my back yard I missed the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was apparently full of craziness. I followed a long as much as I could with my trusty F1 app but not quite the same! Anyhow if you missed it too and have no idea who won then scroll down below for the results and a quick video recap of the race.
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sergio Perez
The 2014 Formula Drift season kicks off this weekend in downtown Long Beach and one of the favorite things for my fellow journalists and other colleagues to do is hang around at media day and BS about things like who we think will win the title before the season starts, liveries that we like, liveries that we hate, and we usually end up going off on some other motorsport tangent like F1. As you can imagine this is a pretty fun activity, but its beyond fun when Wrecked Magazine creator/editor in chief Joey Redmond joins in. Seriously, this dude’s filter is seriously clogged and its marvelous. Despite knowing him for a while I am still surprised by some of the things that come out of his mouth so this year I figured I needed to get some of this on film. So, below we present to you “Drift Opinions” with Joey Redmond… DISCLAIMER: The opinions reflected in the video below do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MotorworldHype and its affiliates (if we had any) also we had some audio problems so the background noise is a little loud, blah blah blah… Ok scroll down and watch then commence flaming!
I fell a little behind the ball on the F1 season but I am kicking things off with the second round at the typically unpredictable Malaysian Grand Prix. Australia left a bad taste in many mouths with several top contentenders bowing out early due to problems with their new turbo V6 power plants. This was the time for their engineers to redeem themselves and not only finish a race but contend for a win. The weekend started off much like Australia did with Lewis Hamilton capturing the pole position. Was he able to actually capitalize on that this time? What about Sebastian Vettel? Did the young German return to form? Scroll down for the results and the official race re-cap.
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sebastian Vettel
It really sucks to come back from our little break with bad news but in case any of you F1 fans have not heard yet, 7 time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is currently in a medically induced coma after hitting his head in a skiing accident while in France.
He was on an unmarked ski slope with his 14 year old son when he lost control and hit his head against a rock. Michael was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident but the impact was still great enough to cause significant damage. Although it was reported that when ambulance was air lifting Schumacher to the hospital he was awake but dazed. Upon reaching the hospital doctors felt it was best to medically put Michael into a coma so they could work on stopping any bleeding and/or swelling of his brain.
As of now Michael is in continuous care and his condition has been described as “life threatening” and his future at this point is uncertain. The full extent of his injuries are still unknown but racing fans all over the world including myself are all hoping that Schumacher comes out of this ordeal OK.
I will try to report any new developments on this as they become available.
Our thoughts are with the Schumacher family as well as Michael’s close friends at this difficult time.
UPDATE 1-2-14: According to a report today from NBC World news Schumacher’s condition has gotten “slightly” better according to the specialists working on him. He is currently “stable” but still “critical” however there was a “window of opportunity” for surgeons to remove a few major blood clots from Michael’s brain. He also remains in a medically induced coma while also having his body temperature carefully regulated to help reduce brain swelling. His team of doctors recently held a news conference in which the situation was explained in a bit more detail. You can watch the NBC report below.
Hey ya’ll did you miss that lil ol’- OK you know what? I can’t do the fake cowboy Texas cliché thing anymore I am just going to go back to regular typing. Anyhow if you missed the United States Grand Prix this weekend and forgot to tape it then we have the results below. As far as notable occurrences there wasn’t many to speak of really. The biggest news of the weekend was Kimi Raikkonen sitting out this race and the last race due to a “back injury”. Yes, I am sure it is completely isolated and has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Lotus hasn’t paid him a “single Euro” so far this season. Anyway scroll down below for the race results and a video of the race recap from NBC Sports.
1st place: Sebastian Vettel (this makes his 8th win in a row setting a new record for most consecutive wins in a season)
2nd place: Romain Grosjean
3rd place: Mark Webber (This was Webber’s final F1 race. He is retiring from F1 to start his endurance racing career)
In just 10 days Xbox One will be released upon the world and all of us crazy kids can finally get our hands on Forza Motorsport 5. In anticipation, or maybe just to goad us further, Microsoft has released two new gameplay videos. One of the Lotus E21 F1 car taking a full lap around Yas Marina Circuit and another of the Audi R18 taking a lap of LeMans. Both videos will make you throw tantrums and ask “Why don’t I have Forza 5 now?! Waagghh!” Just me? Ok nevermind… Just watch the videos!
Driving a Formula 1 car is hard; very hard. In fact, it could be argued that it takes super-human levels of mental and physical strength to drive a Formula car. So does that mean that F1 drivers could be seen as superheros? While as unlikely as that seems you might change your mind after watching the newest episode of McLaren’s “Tooned” series which tells “The Flying Finn’s” AKA Mika Hakkinen’s origin story.
With the championship decided and less than a handful of races left this is the time during the season in which the strong attempt to dominate and the shaky attempt to prove their worth so they can keep their seat for another season. This past weekend F1 returned to the luxurious Yas Marina circuit to put on a show for all the local billionaires. Who came out on top? Scroll down for results and race highlights.
1st place: Sebastian Vettel
2nd place: Mark Webber
3rd place: Nico Rosberg
Leave it to Kimi Raikkonen to stir things up just as people are getting bored with the F1 season. According to a report from CNN sports the talented mumbly Finn is threatening to boycott the last races on the calendar this year due to non-payment from cash-strapped Lotus.
Due to Lotus’ financial situation their majority owners Genii Captial forced the team to make an arrangement that the drivers could not be paid until the end of the season and after all the final checks from their sponsors have cleared. This is clearly not ideal for Kimi and he is starting to express it to the public and his team. In fact Kimi has a bit of a public spat with pit boss Alan Permane at the Indian GP over the radio then again on pit lane. When asked about the argument during a press conference Kimi tried to downplay the incident but did express the reason for his frustrations when he said:
“Sometimes it is not very nice when you hear that you are not really a team player, and you don’t have the interests of the team (at heart) — but you have been paid zero Euro the whole year”
Will Kimi stick it to Lotus by refusing to drive the last two races of the season? Or will they make up over a six pack of beer? I guess we will find out if there is only one Lotus running at Abu Dhabi.
Remember a while back when Codemasters essentially combined F1 racing with Mario Kart? Well it was a barrel of monkeys having fun with monkeys in a barrel but if you had a Nintendo gaming console you were left out. Well there is good news from Codemasters that not only is a new F1 Race Stars game coming but it will be exclusive to Wii U! F1 Race Stars “Powered Up Edition” which expands on the original F1 Race Stars game but adds four extra tracks and nine accessory packs.
There are also all the wacky obstacles like Truckasaurus and other fun features like tracks that go in loops and crazy jumps. You can check out some official screenshots and the press release below.
F1 RACE STARS™: POWERED UP EDITION TO BRING A NEW WORLD OF FORMULA ONE™ FUN TO Wii U™ THIS DECEMBER
Los Angeles – Oct. 30, 2013 – Today Codemasters® announced that F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION will launch in December for Wii U™ and will be available exclusively from the Nintendo eShop. F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION is a fast-to-the-fun arcade racing game for all ages, expanded with fantastic new content and features to take advantage of Wii U hardware.
For the first time on a Nintendo platform, a cast of FORMULA ONE stars, including Jensen Button, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel have become personality-packed, cartoon heroes sprinting for the checkered flag in cars representing each team on a range of super-fast, feature-packed circuits perfect for split-screen multiplayer fun.
F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION expands the world of F1 RACE STARS with four extra tracks and nine extra accessory packs. Racing on 15 circuits around the globe, players are challenged to race through marina and dodge flying tomatoes in Europe, whip through water gardens in China, make their move through a mountain railway pass and power through a palace in India and dodge the grumpy groundhogs and motor past the mighty moose in Canada.
New content and functionality means F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION will let players enjoy the unique advantages and gameplay options of Wii U. Features including racing as a player’s Mii and Wii U™ GamePad motion and tilt controls are integrated to use the GamePad as a steering wheel, display a map or let gamers choose to steam into the action on the GamePad.
With instantly accessible pick-up-and-play gameplay, F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION will enable players of all ages and abilities to dive straight into position-swapping, wheel-to-wheel competition. With up to 4-players competing in split-screen multiplayer, head-to-head or coming together in teams, F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION is perfect for sharing the fun with friends and family.
Racing fans of all ages will experience FORMULA ONE like never before as they dodge a Truckosaurus, speed past Robo-Sumos and leap into a shark’s mouth on speedy circuits inspired by 15 iconic tracks including Monaco, Silverstone and the new Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas. Game modes include a range of globe-trotting Championships, Free Play so players can dive straight into their favorite events and Time Trials for players to set the best time in their household.
Coming this December and available exclusively from the Nintendo eShop, F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION for Wii U is developed by Codemasters, the home of the BAFTA award-winning series of Official FORMULA ONE video games, and is created under exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One World Championship Limited. Fans can stay in touch with all the action by liking the game at www.facebook.com/f1racestars or following the team on Twitter at www.twitter.com/f1racestars.