I was privileged to attend Silverstone last week for the UK National Finals of the GT Academy. This is an annual competition run in collaboration with Sony PlayStation and Nissan to source pure motor racing talent for those that have not had the opportunity to go through the more traditional channels of grass-roots racing.
People don't often think of the similarities with the business world when they think of Formula 1, and even less so do they think of big data. And yet, the three are actually very closely linked, with correct use of big data playing just as big a part in the success of a team as it can to the success of a business.
Three months ago I was asked whether I would be interested in covering the British Grand Prix 2013 as a bonafide reporter. I said yes, but in all honesty did not expect it to ever come to fruition - how wrong I was. It has been about a month since being at Silverstone and now that the experience has truly sunk in I wanted to share it with you.
If Instagram is to be believed, there wasn't a single person not drinking Pimm's or tanning their pasty legs on a small patch of grass in the UK on Saturday. Without making excuses, the Pimm's consumption was only fair given the frayed nerves of the nation at large. Westminster might like to think the population cares deeply about the Falkirk saga, but what most people cared about this week, when it came to domestic issues at least, was a slender 26-year-old and his tennis racket.
But back to Bernie. He wants 10 teams, when we have 11 on the grid. Why doesn't he just say instead that he wants to make hundreds of people unemployed and see a company go bankrupt during the most fiercest worldwide recession ever?
Lewis, as you can sense from the article, is all about the danger and rush he gets from cheating death. Many Formula One drivers have a similar passion for the sport that is built on the foundation of danger. Hamilton says, in an ironic twist, that Fernando Alonso is the man he respects the most.
Fernando Alonso and Ferrari made up for a poor performance in Malaysia by storming to victory three weeks later in China. The race made up for a boring and ruined race caused by Sebastian Vettel and his ignorance, but it was by no means the best so far.
Rush, directed by Ron Howard who has described himself as a huge motorsport fan, details the events that transpired during the 1976 German Grand Prix which nearly ended reigning world champion Niki Lauda's life. The film was often talked about, but the first official trailer recently got released.
This weekend the 2013 season starts in Melbourne, Australia and we get to see whether any great strides have been made during the off season. I'm only going to make one prediction in this preview and that is who will win the title: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing. I am NEVER correct at making predictions so... go Vettel!
Can Mercedes buy the championship? If so, isn't there a Resource Restriction Agreement that the teams have between them to limit the overall cost of participating in Formula One with headcount restrictions etc?
Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes may have taken some fans by surprise but the British champion has been realistic every step of the way--from announcing his move to the expectations he has for the 2013 season.
Personally I love this time of the year - because I am an F1 fan. Nothing beats that overdue anticipation of the start of a new F1 season. So if anyone does ask me whether I am missing F1? The answer is no - because this "off" season is all part of the sport I love.
So that's it. 2012 is now last year and the 2013 season is already coming up soon. Not much is changing in terms of rules, so the field probably won't change much either - so you could say that 2012 is just a taster of what 2013 is going to be like. I cannot wait.
Last week I started my review of the 2012 Formula One Season by ranking the teams in my view from 12th to 7th. I am concluding the teams review with the better half of the table this week with places 6th to 1st.
Deserving Fernando Alonso may be but that shouldn't suggest that Sebastian Vettel is less so. Vettel and Red Bull put a serious challenge on for the title late in the season. What Vettel and Red Bull have done is nothing short of brilliant.
This weekend is what Formula One is all about. You could see by the reaction of the Red Bull Racing team in Austin last weekend (amazing win by Lewis Hamilton by the way!) when they wrapped up their third consecutive Constructors title: no jubilant celebration.