Yes, Some of the biggest names in the music industry are passionate fans of Formula 1. From their passion over the world of moto-sport, some great songs were created…
In the following article, we will reveal some of the songs which have been inspired by the F1 racing. We have selected some of the most famous musical works from various genres that are in one way or another connected with Formula 1.
The first story that came to my mind happened at the Australian Grand Prix in 1993, where Ayrton Senna took to the stage during the Tina Turner concert. It’s hard to say which of them had more fans, but Tina admitted that Ayrton was simply the best for her and dedicated her song to Simply The Best.
S enna was inspired by many musicians, including Italian singer Lucia Dallo. He dedicated his poem Ayrton, in which he wondered about the meaning of races, about meaning, and about the day that god told him in a curve that he should close his eyes and rest. Dalla is known for deep, deliberate poems about celebrities. Among his hats is, for example, the poem Nuvolari, in which he conveys the myth of Taziri and his almost superhuman power, attributed to him by the then media. I think that these are two masterpieces written by someone who was really passionate about racing.
The songs about Ayrton are far from over. In 1994, the acid jazz band Corduroy released an album Out of Here, which included a recording, with the simple name Ayrton Senna. In the song we hear the South American rhythm and the vocals of Brothers Addison. Although the song is less known, it is definetly worth listening.
Among the most famous pop songs about Formula 1 is certainly a track by Robbie Williams, Supreme. In the video of his song he is fighting for the title of world champion with Jackie Stewart himself. The song is catchy, the video is a little funny, but as a whole the idea is brilliant and the installation of historical and studio recordings is also excellent.
Jackie Stewart also performs in the video for the song “Faster” by George Harrison. Song, where we also have the opportunity to see a multitude of original racing tracks from the late 1970s. Former member of the Beatles group was a big enthusiast of Formula 1 and a loyal Peterson fan. He paid all the profit from the record to the Gunnar Nilsson Foundation to fight cancer. George had an interview with an Italian journalist, with an artistic name, Red Ronnie. He asked him, from where the idea of this name was. The journalist explained that he was named Red because he was redheaded and Ronnie was after Peterson. Harrison and Red Ronnie became very good friends imediately. There is also a video interview, in which Harrison explains what happened in Formula One in 1978 with such a passion and compared drivers with rock’n’roll celebrities.
At the end of the 1990s, Danish-Dutch duo, known as DJ Visage, released a clip called Formula. The title may not say much to many, but most of F1 fans have already heard this song. In fact, he became better known as Schumacher’s song. In the following years, several remixes of this track were created, as Schumacher’s glory was at its peak at the time.
Finally, another song, which is not directly related to Formula 1, but has true racing vibe. In 2000, Mark Knopfler, former boss of the Dire Straits group, released the song Speedway at Nazareth, which talks about life on American races. The inspiration for creating this ballade is supposedly given by his personal friend, Stefan Johansson. Knopfler and Johansson met in 1986 at the Austrian GP when he drove for Ferrari and stayed in touch even when Johansson continued his career in the US.