Australian GP quick update

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My friend Stacey and I (I’m on the left) on main straight

Hi Racers

Just a quick mobile blog to let you all know that I haven’t forgotten you. I’ll be doing a nice big blog update tommorow once I get home from Melbourne.

The trip was amazing! I managed to fit as much in as I possibly could do am now knackered!

I fly home this afternoon so stay tuned 🙂

Keep Revving

Vroom Vroom

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Mark saying hi at the exclusive evening I attended. Apologies for the photo quality – flash at same time as clicking

Melbourne F1 bound

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Ok Racers,

The time has FINALLY arrived. I’m hopping on a plane in about 9 hours to head to Melbourne for the opener of the 2012 Formula 1 season at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Excited? YES!!!

I, of course, went all out and am lucky enough to be enjoying a pitlane walk and pitlane breakfast on Thursday. Autographs with the drivers and numerous other incredible experiences INCLUDING attending a very special cocktail party with Mark Webber as the special guest.

He will be mingling, answering fan/supporter club member questions and enjoying the F1 atmosphere at the Crown Casino.

I’ll be sure to get lots of photos, one or two with Mark and plenty of track action.

I’ll be walking the track on Sunday before the race too.

Be sure to check in and see where I’m at!

Set your alarms for qualifying & race and keep the revs high.

The season has begun!

Go Webber 🙂

Vroom Vroom

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Red Bull RB8 Technical Specifications and Launch Video

Hi Racers,

Sorry for the delay – here are the RB8’s technical specifications – ENJOY 🙂

Thanks to www.redbullracing.com of course.

Engine: Renault engine RS28 – 2012
Cylinders: 8
Capacity: 2400cc
Max rpm: 18,000rpm
Number of Valves: 32
Vee Angle: 90 degrees
Power Output: Not Disclosed
Engine construction: Cylinder block in cast aluminium
Engine management: FIA (MESL) standard control unit TAG310B
Oil: Total Group
Weight: FIA minimum weight of 95kg
  • Chasis

    Composite monocoque structure, designed and built in-house, carrying the Renault V8 engine as fully stressed member

  • Transmission

    Seven-speed gearbox, longitudinally Mounted with hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation. AP Racing clutch

  • Suspension

    Front:  Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers

    Rear: Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers

  • Brakes

    Brembo calipers, Brembo carbon discs and pads

  • Electronics

    FIA (MESL) standard control unit

  • Fuel

    Total Group

 

Wheels OZ Racing
Front: 12in x 13in diam.
Rear: 13.7in x 13in diam.
Tyres: Pirelli
Brakes: Brembo

 

Also, for your viewing enjoyment, here is the RB8 Launch video, complete with interviews.

 

 

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

Red Bull unveil RB8 – and it was worth the wait

Hi Racers,

It is time, and it was WORTH it! Red bull have once again amazed with the RB8.

Sophisticated, sexy and just downright awesome – all, with the stepped nose 🙂

 

 

No-one does it like Red Bull.

Photos will follow tommorow.

Until then, just enjoy. I think I’ve watched it 100 times already.

Vroom Vroom

x

 

Driver Profile – Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel in the RB6 at Perth festival of Speed 2010

Hi Racers

As promised, I am starting a series of driver profiles for the “new kids on the block” that have signed contracts for the coming year in Formula 1.

First cab off the rank is (of course) Australian born, Daniel Ricciardo.

Daniel was born in Perth, Western Australia on 1st July 1989. He began Karting at the age of 9, and it was quickly apparent he had some serious talent. In 2005 he entered the Western Australian Formula Ford Championship and finished 8th by the season end. The following year he won a scholarship into the Formula BMW Asian championship with Eurasia Motorsport. During his debut season, Ricciardo took two victories and also achieved a pole position. He finished third in the Drivers’ Championship with 231 points, 59 points behind the champion Earl Bamber. This was to be the beginning of his racing career.

Ricciardo in front in Formula Three - 2008

Daniel then moved to Formula Renault in 2007 ( aged just 18 ). By his second season he took his first European title in the Western European Cup and finished second in the Europcup.

The next move for Daniel was to Formula Three where he had great success, and quickly had the Formula 1 eyes on him after he secured the 2009 Formula Three Championship.

Formula 3.5 was the next stop and he was racing alongside other recruit ( now also being signed for 2012 ) Jean-Eric Vergne. After a successful season, and only failing to take out the championship by 2 points, Daniel was set to move to Formula 1.

Ricciardo made his track debut at the wheel of a Formula One car, when he tested for Red Bull Racing at the now well-known young drivers test from 1-3 December 2009.  On the final day of testing he clocked the fastest time of the test by over a second. This placed him as the only driver to go into the 1:17 bracket. Red Bull Racing’s team manager Christian Horner suggested that Ricciardo may replace his 2010 World Series team-mate Hartley as the team’s test and reserve driver. As it turned out, Ricciardo became the test driver for Red Bull & the sister team, Torro Rosso.

On 11 November 2010, Ricciardo was confirmed as the single driver to represent Red Bull Racing at the end-of-season young drivers test at the Yas Marina Circuit on 16-17 November. Ricciardo continued to show his one-lap prowess and dominated the event. So much so, that his fastest lap was a FULL 1.3 seconds FASTER than the 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettels qualifying lap the Saturday before. Extraordinary.

Just a few days following the session, Ricciardo was confirmed as Torro Rosso’s test and reserve driver for the 2011 Season.

At the 2011 Australian Grand Prix Ricciardo was placed 16th  on the time sheets after opening practice, just one-tenth slower than his experienced Toro Rosso team-mate Sebastian Buemi. The Australian managed to later finish 8th in practice for the wet Turkish Grand Prix Friday practice one session, a place ahead of competitor Buemi. Not bad in the wet you have to say 🙂

On 30 June 2011, Ricciardo signed for Hispania Racing (HRT) replacing Narain Karthikeyan for all the remaining races of the 2011 season except the Indian Grand Prix to allow Karthikeyan to race at his home Grand Prix.

Daniel signed to Torro Rosso for 2012.

Just a few days before the Indian Grand Prix, Luizzi made way for Karthikeyan to race at his home team, therefor allowing Ricciardo to race, meaning much more experience for him.

Finally, on 14 December 2011 it was officially announced that Daniel Riccardo was signed to Torro Rosso for the 2012 season, once again racing alongside his previous team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.

I cant wait to see what Daniel can do in the seat of the Torro Rosso. He is a great young driver, with super enthusiasm and skill. Plus, another Australian on the grid is always a good thing 🙂

Daniel’s Formula 1 STATS 2011

Raced in 11 Races, highest finish place 18th ( twice ), highest qualifying result – 20th.

Race Results:

Grand Prix:

British – Started 24th, Finished 19th.

German – Started 22nd, Finished 19th.

Hungarian – Started 22nd, Finished 18th.

Belgian – Started 23rd, Finished RETIRED.

Italian – NC

Singapore – Started 23rd, Finished 19th.

Japanese – Started 22nd, Finished 22nd.

Korean – Started 24th, Finished 19th.

Indian – Started 23rd, Finished 18th.

Abu Dhabi – Started 20th, Finished RETIRED.

Brazilian – Started 22nd, Finished 20th.

FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 SERIES

Debut Season: 2009

Starts: 25

Wins: 6

Poles: 10

Fastest Laps: 7

Best Finish: 2nd in 2010

Ricciardo wins the 2009 British Formula Three Championship Title

CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES

2008 – Formula Renault 2.0 WEC

2009 – British Formula Three

I saw Daniel at the Perth Festival of Speed last year with Mark Webber. It was great to see two Australians who were in the Formula 1 arena at the same time.

Webber has always been a strong role model for Daniel, and a massive support.

Ricciardo treats the crowd in Perth, Australia to some flying rubber 🙂

I wish Daniel all the best of luck for his first official F1 Season.

Until next time,

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

Mark Webber’s Merry Xmas Message

Hi Racers,

As always, Mark has posted a Merry Xmas message for his fans on his Youtube Channel ( AussieGrit ) from a nice secluded beach in sunny Australia 🙂

 

 

There are some other GREAT videos on his site – I especially like the video of him at the Festival of Speed in my home town of Perth – Here is it below.

 

 

Not long until Xmas now Racers!! – a little Card from our a Formula 1 team.

Vroom Vroom x

 

 

 

Mark’s final BBC column of the year

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Mark with glasses – perfect for his Journo role at BBC 🙂

Hi Racers

As always, here is the link to Mark’s BBC column. His final of the year.

http://www.news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/formula_one/16198349.stm

On another note, apologies if my blog hasn’t been as exciting as recent months. I’m collating information to post a nice report on all the driver changes that have been happening.

Will get on the comp & post this weekend.

Until then,

Keep the revs high

Vroom Vroom