It’s been a quarter of a century since you’re gone. Things have changed, others have come, your rivals have grown old, but you have remained the same and unchanged. But how to explain who you are, someone who has 18 today or maybe 24? The biggest, the fastest, or the god on earth?  Many confuse what you were with what you meant to him. Your victories were theirs, the success of the rigid world through your eyes.

Someone who has not experienced you and knows about you only what the older brothers told him, will find it hard to understand. On the track, I have never cheered on you, even though you’ve been driving for “my” team Lotus. This is where an important dividing line is hidden because you are not just a driver, but you were, you are, and you will always be, just a human being. Your exceptional humanity is something that is unjustly ignored by many.

Battles with Alain were often on the edge of the rules and perhaps even over. We all remember “lessons” you gave to young Schumacher and Irvine, but few remember that Mansell has also raised you half a meter above the ground because you were too “ambitious”.

When you stopped in the middle of the track and helped Eric Coma to stay alive, I was sure that you would have done the same thing if Alain Prost was in his place. I believe that even if you hated him so much, you would never have done anything to regret it.  The legend says that you went to the last race with an Austrian flag in your pocket in order to honor a deceased colleague. To someone, you actually did not even know, a rookie, but someone who was close to you.

It’s hard to explain to someone who never experienced you how great man you were. Although it’s been a quarter of a century, you’ve stayed here somewhere with us, just like Ronnie, Gilles, Jimmy and everyone else. What makes this great and unforgettable is exactly this immense humanity with all the positive and negative sides. If you like it or not, nobody can dispute your legacy. If anyone asks me who Ayrton Senna was, I will repeat your sentence, the one that best describes you, you as a human being. Ayrton Senna was a man who knew that the second one is only the first loser.

Simon Jazbec

Ayrton Senna: Conspiracy theories

If you’ve been paying close attention as a full-on fan of F1, then you should know exactly where these Grand Prix finish lines are.

The Ferrari F1 team may have found a loophole from regulation changes heading to the 2019 Formula 1 season, which may be a cause for concern for its F1 rivals

The attention of the competition was aroused primarily by the innovative design of the Ferrari front wing since the concept differs significantly from the solutions used by Mercedes and Red Bull.

According to AMuS, Vettel‘s performance yesterday made other teams be a bit worried, especially Because Alfa Romeo Racing (who has a similar front wing concept like Ferrari) have performed well too.

The Toro Rosso Boss Franz Tost thinks, that copying Ferrari’s concept would be a waste of time.

That would take 3 to 4 months because the entire car would have to be rebuilt drastically. Mercedes drives a completely different concept. Who wants to convert from the Mercedes wing to a Ferrari wing, must change the rest of the car aswell. And that would take weeks to match everything. That could be championship decisive.

Race fans and Formula 1 enthusiasts do not have the luck to watch the race every weekend, so it is from time to time that we also need to get some kind of movie to spin our blood through our veins and raise our hair upright. In the following, we will present our selection of films that I think are worth seeing in the rainy afternoon when there is no race on the schedule.


Rush is a 2013 biographical sports film centred on the Hunt–Lauda rivalry between two Formula One drivers, the British James Hunt and the Austrian Niki Lauda

First of all, it is necessary to define what is a racing movie at all. The racing movie is not every movie in which cars appear. The racing film must include races, passion, competition, etc. So we cannot define Fast and Furious franchise, Cars (animated film), Cannonball, Death Race and no indisputable works like Bullitt (1968), as true racing movies. Now let’s see which movies can be defined as racing movies…

THE GOOD

The big three are definitely: “Rush” (2013), “Grand Prix” (1966) and Le Mans (1971). The “Rush” is an interesting film, despite many historical shortcomings and focusing only on the main two characters. But much better and more impressive is the “Grand Prix” (1966), in which, besides the Hollywood stars, we see the true Formula 1 drivers. We could watch it over and over again. The same story is Le Mans , which without special effects brutally displays prototype races of that era.


One of the ten highest-grossing films of 1966, Grand Prix won three Academy Awards for its technical achievements.

If you prefer to engage in documentary films, then we recommend “Weekend of a Champion” (1972), Senna (2010), “Williams” (2017) or “1” (2013). All extremely good and very realistic.


Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world’s hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France.

THE NOT SO GOOD

Among those we do not recommend is definitely movie called “Driven” (2001), where Sylvester Stallone transferred the Formula 1 story to the CART environment, spiced up with significantly exaggerated effects and events. Sly brought “Driven” to the level of his action films.

After that, the movie “Days of Thunder” (1990), in which Tom Cruise plays a driver without technical knowledge who comes to NASCAR races and, after the drama and rivalry, of course, wins. Yeah.

In 2003 film about Michel Vaillant was released and failed to move this comic book hero into a moving image with some style. Although the film is nicely recorded , it goes way too much in fantasy world. The same could be said about the 2008 “Speed Racer” movie, which does not seem to work anyhow, as it should.

Simon Jazbec

After the catastrophic entry into the Formula 1 hybrid era, Ferrari began a new chapter in 2015. Sebastian Vettel came in, the team’s management took over the ambitious Maurizio Arrivabene, and the construction of the car was entrusted to the young generation of Ferrari engineers led by Simone Resta and Mattia Binotto.

As we are heading towards new F1 season, the Scuderia team fell apart. Pat Fry, Nicholas Tombazis, Stefano Domenicali, Fernando Alonso, Lorenzo Sassi, Simone Resta, Kimi Raikkonen left the team one after another and the last victim was Arrivabene himself.

While it seems that former President Sergio Marchionne worked with a certain vision, the situation is now essentially different.

After a couple of months of silence, John Elkann pulled out his first move, fired Maurizio Arrivabene and set Mattia Binotto on the bench. At the moment when Ferrari seeks every tenth, Elkann withdrew his elite engineer from the garage and sent him to a political fight with Liberty Media and verbal wrestling with Toto Wolff, Helmut Marko and Christian Horner.

It seems that the 2019 season will be groundbreaking for Ferrari in many respects. Sebastian Vettel will probably have the last chance to return the title to Maranello. Despite the fact that the German has a valid contract by the end of the 2020 season, Elkann can also fire Vettel with a special contract clause.

The time of harmony is therefore passing, and Vettel will have to justify his astronomical salary in the 2019 season. If four times world champion will have problems with young Ferrari’s star Charles Leclerc, Elkann would probably not be looking for the next “scapegoat” for too long.

It’s no secret that the Ferrari leadership wants to return Stefano Domenicali, whose return could re-mix the cards at Maranello house and opens a door for the magical return of Fernando Alonso.

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.

Senna 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.

Simon Jazbec

The German Autobild reports that Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali could return to Ferrari in order to replace Louise Camilleri as CEO

The German magazine reports that Ferrari’s John Elkann would like to return an experienced Domenicali, who would help the new team principal Mattia Binotto to negotiate with FIA and Liberty Media on the new Concorde contract. In this way, Binotto could concentrate fully on working with the team, while Domenicali would take over the political leadership of Ferrari.

 
Domenicali led the Ferrari team in the period between 2008 and 2014, before Maurizio Arrivabene replaced him after a poor season at the head of the team.

….with a big crash behind a smoke curtain, when a fire pillar light up the sky and the screaming crowd covered your own screams trapped in a bending magnesium cage. And you’ve gone, forgotten by many. Your only wish was to be just close to the big ones, and even if you never took wins or even scored points, you showed more guts than those who did. You went to the race in a car, that was for all that champs in front not good enough, old, often made with parts others refused. Obsolete, tired and on safety limit. But you were never concerned about it, or put much care on that, cos all you cared about was racing, racing against all odds. Your victory was to start the race and you didn’t care too much where will you end the race.

If ever existed a romantic Formula one driver, that’s you, fiercely pushing the accelerator pedal in all straights and on all curves, knowing that the biggest win you can aspire is ending the race, cos maybe tomorrow you’ll start another one. Saying that you’re victims is at least conceited, cos you did what made you happy. You’ve gone doing what you feel was the the scope of your life. Others were faster, but that was never important. You pushed the same way like the ones in front of you, with the difference that if they pushed to the limit, you get far over it.

The memory of you is fading into dark today, cos your stories are short and hard to tell. The memory of you grow dim, cos it’s far easier repeating the stories of the big ones till the end of times, even if I truly hope you are watching us all from the same cloud. Your passion was the same if not greater as one of the big ones. Many, especially those called or better self-called experts forgot that your crashes were same as one of the famous ones and your screams were as loud as the one of the big champs.

The memory of you is slowly vanishing, like the image in an old black and white photography. How many people know the names of Onofre Marimón, Chris Bristow, Alan Stacey, Carel Godin de Beaufort, Gerhard Mittner, Roger Williamson, Helmut Koinigg and Riccardo Paletti. Also the image of Ronald Ratzenberger it’s going dull and the memory of Jules Bianchi Will shortly follow. We all, those who love this sport, have to remember who were those heroes that gone away. And the question about anyone saying that their stories are marginal, too far in the past and not important.

We all adore big champions and quickly forget about all these little heroes, who gave all without any questions, just cos they love to race. This one is for you, for all of you, gone into eternity racing your cars, even if only a few of us remember your stories.

Simon Jazbec