His was a remarkable career the first time around. A record seven world championship titles, 91 Grand Prix victories and 68 pole positions. Michael Schumacher may have had a little assistance along the way from team mates, team principals and a few unwilling adversaries, but remove the controversies and there still stands a man who justifiably has become a legend of the sport.
This weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix will mark the 300th start for Michael Schumacher in Formula One, at the place he fondly refers to as his ‘Living Room’.
But it also marks 21 years since the 7-time world champion’s debut on the GP scene, driving for Jordan, before moving on to Benetton at the next race.
It’s the mark of a great driving video that even when frozen still – in a photograph – you can still soak in the unique experience of Ken Block at maximum attack on the streets of San Francisco. Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground has already made an impact just days after it was released earlier this week.
It’s here, the fifth episode in the web’s most successful social video series and for the first time Gymkhana is let loose on the city streets of San Francisco, home of the iconic Steve McQueen car chase film, Bullit.
Mercedes-Benz are notorious for their somewhat awkward product placements featuring Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen, but sometimes they work – such as in the excellent ‘Sunday Driver’ commercial from Christmas 2010.
Michael and Ralf Schumacher – perhaps the world’s most famous racing brothers, drive for the same company, Mercedes-Benz. And with the 2012 DTM season starting next weekend, what better way to show the German car maker’s credentials that to film both of them in their DTM and F1 cars on the same track.
Double world champion and Lotus Brand Ambassador Emerson Fittipaldi was interviewed by Group Lotus following last weekend’s Malaysian GP. In the interview he shares his thoughts on Kimi Raikkonen’s return to Formula One, and takes a look at the performances of Romain Grosjean, Michael Schumacher and Sergio Perez.
If you read my interview with Ken Block a few months ago – The Accidental Hero, then you’ll already know about Ken’s prodigious talent as a graphic designer, photographer and marketer.
This is precisely the kind of article I enjoy reading, a fly on the wall insight into a special event that most of us can only view from afar.
Created in 1988 by former Michèle Mouton, the only female WRC event winner, and Fredrik Johnsson, the Race of Champions has become the most eagerly-anticipated after party of the motorsport season. This year’s event, run on the 3rd and 4th December, returned to Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena, the venue where relative newcomer Felipe Albuquerque took the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ cup in 2010.
Mercedes DTM lead driver, Bruno Spengler, has left the Stuttgart team and signed with BMW Motorsport, joining Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus. Bruno is the 3rd driver to be confirmed for the BMW factory teams, which will field 6 cars in the 2012 DTM series.
Next season’s DTM series promises to be a classic, as BMW join Mercedes and Audi on track for the first time since 1995. For the DTM season finale at Hockenheim today, the contenders met for the first time in a friendly demonstration for the fans.
Although the 2011 DTM driver’s championship has already been clinched by Audi’s Martin Tomczyk, the team title is still up for grabs with Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline leading by just 5 points (77 pts) over THOMAS SABO / Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG (72 pts). There’s also the consolation prize of ‘Vice-Champion’ to be decided, which will go to either Mercedes’ Bruno Spengler (51 pts) or Audi’s Mattias Ekström (49 pts).