Simulation takes on Sin City: Formula E prepares for Vegas eRace

The FIA Formula E squad, alongside ten of the world’s best simulation drivers, are currently touching down in Las Vegas ahead of one of the most prodigious simulation races of all time. Competing to win a share of the $1 million prize fund, the eRace hopes to be the biggest and best spectacle that the world of simulation racing has ever seen. In this blog post I will take a look at what you can expect this weekend from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and learn all about the VISA Vegas eRace.
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My Motorsport Year: Mattias Ekström

It’s not every day you get to interview a current FIA World Champion on your blog, so this post is pretty special. Mattias Ekström is the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Champion, hammering his Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro around incredible tracks worldwide to win the drivers’ championship title at the penultimate race at Estering, Germany, earlier this year.

Taking part in the ‘My Motorsport Year‘ advent calendar I am hosting during December on katyfairman.wordpress.com, Ekström discusses his highs and lows from the year, as well as reviewing his year that lead him to become a world champion in yet another series.

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Behind the Scenes: How I create my blogs

As many of you will know, I created my first blog in the summer of 2013. I was bored and in need of something to do with all the spare time I had during the summer holiday. My friend had suggested that I make a blog and after thinking about it for a week or two, I gave it a try.

Now I am in no way claiming to be an expert blogger; this very post is a day late after I fell ill yesterday and didn’t get the chance to take the photographs that accompany this post. However after changing my attitude and becoming more organised ahead of next year, I wanted to share the improvements I have made to keep me motivated and producing new content that I hope will always be better than the last thing I have written.

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“If you are not going forwards you’re going backwards”: Q&A with Lead Engineer at Mercedes AMG F1

I caught up with Dan Milner, engineer at Mercedes AMG Petronas, to talk about how he found himself working for one of the world’s most successful Formula One teams.

‘Lead Engineer at Mercedes AMG F1’. That’s a pretty sweet job title. How did that come about?

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Why Motorsport Journalism?

I have often been asked if I loved writing and found motorsport through the platform or if I started as a racing junkie and fell into the journalism side of things. For of those of you that are interested, it is the latter. Motorsport, especially Formula One, was something that was introduced to me at a young age. I certainly was not one of those children that found themselves being carted around the country watching motorsport trackside, it was more a case of having it on the television at the weekends because dad liked to watch it; no romanticised story behind it I’m afraid.

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The Story of Man and His Machine

When Lewis Hamilton won his third world championship title last month, papers and media outlets went crazy congratulating him on being such a dominant force in this current season of Formula One. This scenario of ruling over the grid is hard work in the making: a prolonged and continuous journey of self-belief, examples of which can be seen from archives of a very young Lewis Hamilton on the BBC. Hamilton, as well as other men who have since become icons from showing such superiority in the sport, are often talked about as being the ‘best of their generations’ but when these inevitable questions and debates arise about the topic, I can’t help but feel the media do not mention how it is not just the driver who should be praised, it is a team of incredible men and women who work continuously to make sure their face of the team is remembered in years to come. Continue reading “The Story of Man and His Machine”

Answering Your Questions

You sent me questions, I answered. Simple.

Q: Now that you have been out to a few a Grand Prix, what was the biggest thing that took you by surprise?

A: Without a doubt, the elevation changes on the racetracks.

Obviously visiting Belgium, I have been lucky enough to experience Eau Rogue in all its beautiful glory. It is evidently steep and is made a fuss of every time a racing series is held at the special track. However the elevation changes in locations like in Budapest and Monaco are also high but aren’t given nearly enough attention. Walking up the sidewalk from Sainte Devote to Beau Rivage was a challenge – simple as.The same goes for Hungary. From turn three into turn four is mega to use the most technical term.

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