Posted on October 17, 2010


This is the final part of the programme undertaken by a group of media and fans recently at the Yas Marina Circuit to understand what it takes to be an F1 driver. Having gone through a series of mental and physical tests and passed up through the ranks, driving everything from go karts to F3000 cars, the final stage of the two day programme was to go out in the 2 seater F1 car to experience the g forces, acceleration and braking for real. The acceleration is cool, but anyone who has driven a really high performance motorbike will have More…

Posted on October 14, 2010


On the way back from the recent Singapore Grand Prix myself and Fan Ambassador Neil Donnell were lucky enough to be part of a group of media and fans taking part in a unique two day event, learning what it takes to be a F1 driver. The event was put together by the organisers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and involved driving a range of vehicles around Yas Marina Circuit. Starting out with karts we worked our way up a ladder to F3000 cars, with F1 legend and 1989 F3000 champion Jean Alesi as our mentor. This video shows More…

Posted on October 7, 2010


Last week a group of media and fans gathered at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit to take part in a unique two day programme aimed at showing what it takes to be an F1 driver. The programme consisted of mental and physical tests as well as a series of driving events, from karts to F3000 cars and then onto the 2 seater F1 experience. In Part 3 of the video series, the guests hit the track in the company of F1 legends Jean Alesi and Johnny Herbert in powerful Aston Martin GT cars. A few of them quickly go beyond More…

Posted on October 6, 2010


Using its extensive range of racing cars, hiring in F1′s leading doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli and a host of F1 drivers, past present and future, the management at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi laid on a programme for media and a few fans designed to show what it takes to be an F1 driver. Among the guests were BBC’s Jake Humphrey and Fan Ambassador Neil Donnell. The programme covered what is needed from a mental and physical point of view as well as out on the race track in driving challenges from karting to F3000 and a ride in the More…

Posted on October 5, 2010


Here is the first video in a short series, showing a group of fans and media learning what it takes to be an F1 driver. It features the experiences of among others Fan Ambassador Neil Donnell, the BBC’s Jake Humphrey and myself at last week’s unique Yas Marina driving event. The two day event was organised by the Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management team under its CEO, the former Toyota F1 team manager Richard Cregan. Using its extensive range of racing cars, hiring in F1′s leading doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli and a host of F1 drivers, past present and future, it laid More…

Posted on October 1, 2010


Long time F1 fan Neil Donnell won a JA on F1 competition to come with me to Abu Dhabi as a Fan Ambassador to a unique 2 day event designed to give an insight into what it takes to be a Grand Prix driver. Here is his post about the experience and some of his photos. Please let us have your comments. “So as my experience with James at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi draws to a close it’s hard to distil into words the sheer level and variety of enjoyment this adventure has given me. It has More…

Posted on September 29, 2010


Today was the final part of the Yas Marina Circuit’s two day experience, aimed at giving a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a Formula 1 driver. After physical tests, karting and a 2 seater F1 ride yesterday, today we went through a series of mental tests devised by Dr Riccardo Ceccarelli of the human performance company Formula Medicine and drove F3000 cars. Although the rides and drives have been fantastic and insightful, for me the most interesting part of this programme was Dr Ceccarelli’s work. He has been honing his research and methods over 20 years working More…

Posted on September 28, 2010


Today has been an astonishing day for me, for Neil Donnell our Fan Ambassador competition winner and the other attendees of the driving event at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The two day event is all about giving the media and some fans like Neil a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a Grand Prix driver, ahead of the second Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November. There are four driving disciplines, karts, Aston Martin GTs, Super sport two seaters and F3000 cars. In addition there are two off track elements which are a phyiscal and mental tests More…

Posted on November 9, 2009


If, like me, you are suffering withdrawal symptoms from the sound of racing engines and rather disconsolate about the thought that you won’t hear them again for over three months, then take a look at this. Anyone who saw the BBC’s coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix might well have seen this item, my old sparring partner Martin Brundle and David Coulthard racing each other in two seater F1 cars. It was shot a few weeks before the event and one of the BBC producers, Richard Gort, knocked it into shape. He’s done a great job and it’s an More…

Posted on October 30, 2009


Today the F1 drivers turned their first laps on the new Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The general feeling seems to be positive, although most drivers feel that there are too many second gear corners in the final part of the lap. It’s a quick lap here, the average speed is 125 mph and half of the track is straights where the cars are doing 190mph. My impression is that the win will be fought out between Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button. They finished second third and fourth today in practice behind Heikki Kovalainen. The general feeling More…



COUNTDOWN TO NEXT RACE
Strategy Report
Innovation and Technology brought to you by TATA Communications
Senna DVD
Download the Chequered Flag Podcast here
MTS
Darren Heath
Sport Right Now