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formulawill

July 16, 2014 9:45 AM

F1 » In memory of ... Stefan Bellof


@squiggle - i can only apologise for my lack of in-depth knowledge of the internal wranglings of the stones in the 1960s. although 'barbarian' may be the best insult i have ever, or will ever, receive/d. kudos. fully agree on bellof though. being unfortunately too young to have seen villeneuve/bellof, there are very few drivers since who have demonstrated such an attacking style and visible sense of hustle.

formulawill

May 21, 2014 1:02 PM

F1 » In memory of... 1996 Monaco GP, F1's Wackiest Race


@odubbryer - i feel like the 'fewest ever finishers' angle just edges '96 ahead of '82 in the bizarre stakes, but '82 was undoubtedly one of those unique races that only monaco can produce. i also remember a line from an old autocourse annual about how the lap chart in '82 was just a series of parallel straight lines until the rain shower, which probably gave me an unfair prejudice about the excitement levels of the first 90% of the race... @exloko - senna-esque. not senna-equalling or senna-beating. it was a great pole lap in a vastly inferior car to the drivers he outqualified that day. senna will always be the monaco benchmark, but that doesn't mean that the performance of other drivers can't be compared to ayrton (especially given the '88 parallel of subsequently crashing out of the race after such a dominant quali performance).

formulawill

March 26, 2014 6:03 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: Ugly ducklings


@sodesu - thanks! and all very good points. i think the brabham's combination of rounded 'bullet' nose and colour scheme upsets me on some intangible level. it just beat out the pacfic PR01 for an early 90s backmarking car that not only looked horrible, but also just plain slow. and the cosworth 4wd was an absolute corker - it looks like something out of a bond villain's lair. if only it had made ever made it off the test track.. i might raise my head above the subjective parapet and do a 'best liveries' later in the season. off the top of my head the benetton B193, jordan 191, williams fw36, any jps lotus and the jaguar R1 spring to mind (clearly i have a thing for green), but sure there are many other fond favourites worthy of consideration..

formulawill

March 24, 2014 7:47 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: Ugly ducklings


sodesu - thanks for the feedback. the temptation was to just go all out on the 70s / early 80s, but in the interests of giving a broader scope of f1 history i included some more recent horrors too. with the homogenisation of the grid, this left more of a livery than a design focus, but i'd argue that the pink nose on the brabham is as great a crime than any of the cars you fairly point out..

formulawill

February 25, 2014 9:47 AM

F1 » In memory of … Ferrari No.27


@taipan - right you are! thanks for pointing that out. and how apt that ickx would be the man who raced with 27, considering his stylistic assonance with villeneuve/alesi. although in some mitigation, with numbers decided arbitrarily until 1974 (at the behest of individual race promoters - even the number one wasn't always assigned to the defending champion), the first conscious/consistent use of ferrari no. 27 wasn't until 1981. indeed, it was perhaps even seen as fortuitous when gilles inherited it, as alan jones had won the 1980 title in the no. 27 williams (and senna would later win the 1990 championship in the no. 27 mclaren).

formulawill

February 24, 2014 5:35 PM

F1 » In memory of … Ferrari No.27


@andren79 - i think suggesting that 'it's just a number' overlooks the fact that many of the totems, talismans and superstitions people hold are nothing more than supposedly 'meaningless' objects with a projected associated value. after all, what's a rabbit's foot, horseshoe or touching wood without context? i guess the point here is that the ferrari #27 came to represent a series of values and attributes that not all of its incumbents could live up to. it's interesting you suggest that alesi is still remembered in montreal as if he were one of their own - i think that tied up in that notion is his close stylistic and emotional resonance with the villeneuve values. would the 27 legend have been so fully consecrated without it being bookended by such a comparable driver? perhaps not, but the parallels between jean and gilles certainly helped perpetuate and solidify the idea of the ferrari #27 as something more than just a number for legions of f1 fans worldwide.


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