“‘I’ve got a sneaking suspicion Mark’s going to come out of the blocks fighting this year, He probably knows that he’s got to do it this year, and he’s at his fittest and most determined. I put him down as a real dark horse to be honest’”—Alan Jones on Mark Webbers chances for the 2012 Formula One season (via appleseed08)
Everyone’s complaining how “ugly” it is but a race car’s beauty is directly proportional to success as a race car, because race car. Let it compete first, then we’ll find out exactly how beautiful it is.
Aesthetics are all very well but beautiful looks and beautiful engineering aren’t the same thing. You can appreciate form but in F1 function is the be-all and end-all. Your car can be sculpted like a lithe Greek goddess but if it’s waddling around the back of the pack like an obese hippo it’ll never look uglier.
Conversely a car can have a bulbous nose, obtuse sidepods or obscene fin tail but if it wins it’ll be the one everyone wants to get to know, to study, to pin on the wall and stare at. It’ll be the car that people associate with victory, triumph and glory - a wonky nose won’t change that.
This is quite on point, but I still must disagree, to a degree. The old adage “if it looks right it usually is right” isn’t always true, I mean, the 1991 Ferrari is one of the prettier cars F1 has ever seen but damn it was god awful around a circuit, with Alain Prost labelling it a “truck” even. On the flip side, I don’t have enough fingers to count how many god awful looking wing-cars there were, including the 1979 Ferrari which did the double.
But I digress. Formula One design is inherently linked with beauty. Gordan Murray pumped out great looking F1 cars all the time, as does Adrian Newey. Sure, both men have had success, but I don’t think the 1983 Brabham looks good because it won. It looks good because it genuinely looked good. I also think the mid 80’s McLarens and Williams are hideously proportioned, but both won a slew of titles.
Point is, beauty does not equal performance, and just because something is fast doesn’t mean it should be considered beautiful.
At the time of writing, there are doubts about whether Rubens Barrichello will be on the F1 grid this season. Listed below are some of his most memorable F1 races, along with some videos and photos to remember them:-
1) 1993 - European Grand Prix - Donington Park
In only his 3rd ever F1 race with Jordan, in his 1st F1 Season, in terrible rain, Barrichello was running 3rd in the race, having passed both Williams drivers - Prost and Hill, before fuel pressure problems ended his race early. The world of F1 really became aware of him that day.
2) 1994 - Pacific Grand Prix - Aida
Rubens 1st podium in F1 - an impressive 3rd place for Jordan.
3) 1995 - Canadian Grand Prix - Montreal
An impressive 2nd place, behind winner Jean Alesi and ahead of Jordan team mate Eddie Irvine - a very popular podium.
4) 1997 - Monaco Grand Prix
In wet conditions, it was a brilliant driver from Rubens, to finish on the 2nd step of the podium for the new Stewart Grand Prix team. On the podium Rubens did his famous podium celebration. He also had team boss Jackie Stewart in tears in the pitlane afterwards.
5) 2000 - German Grand Prix - Hockenheim
Driving for Ferrari, this was Rubens’ 1st ever race win in F1. What a way to win as well - from 18th place on the grid. No wonder Rubens was so emotional on the podium afterwards.
6) 2002 - Austrian Grand Prix - A1 Ring
A brilliant drive from Rubens that day, but a victory was cruelly taken away by Ferrari team orders, who told Rubens to let Michael Schumacher past just before taking the chequered flag. One of the most unpopular decisions taken in F1 history.
7) 2003 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone
One of the most dramatic races of the season, helped by a track invasion by a protestor - this was one of the best drives of his career by Rubens to take the victory.
8) 2008 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone
In his 3rd season for the struggling Honda team, Rubens got his 1st and only podium for the team - finishing an impressive 3rd in heavy rain, having qualified 16th on the grid.
9) 2009 - European Grand Prix - Valencia
Although Jenson Button would be the dominant driver that season, his team mate Rubens drove brilliantly in this race, to take his 1st victory for Brawn Grand Prix. Rubens also did his famous celebration again on the podium.
10) 2009 - Italian Grand Prix - Monza
Another impressive drive by Rubens to take his 11th Grand Prix victory and at the time it kept alive his F1 title hopes.
So many races to choose from F1’s most experienced driver. If you’re not back on the grid this year Rubens, thanks for all the great memories you’ve given us.