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Singapore River Festival
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05 June 2011

The inaugural River Festival was held in Singapore in 2007 and has since become one of the largest parties in the city.  The festival runs for two weekends and contains many events to keep everyone entertained.

Originally held in September, the festival has now moved to the end of June and early July, to avoid clashing with the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 race.  Situated along the Singapore River, there are free nightly events and activities in all of the major Quays.

The Childhood Memories and Bumboat Parade is something to behold.  Five traditional Singapore bumoats are transformed into giant paper boats.  They cruise up and down the river passing Clarke Quay, Coat Quay and Marina Bay in their procession.

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How Will Schumacher Fare in the 2011 Grand Prix?
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31 March 2011

Sky Sports reported today that Michael Schumacher has admitted to the fact that he is no longer the driver he was when he was young, but that he has insisted that he is still good enough for Formula One.

Schumacher, who is now 42, has been a world champion no less than seven times and it would appear from his recent statements that he is still very determined to go after the top spot in the races that he participates in.

He has spent much of the past 3 years as a test driver for Ferrari after retiring, but has now returned to the racing seat for Mercedes for the Australia 2011 Grand Prix. Schumacher did race for Mercedes last year too but failed to win a race. His last win was in 2006 when he raced in 18 Formula One races and won 7 of them. He was driving for Ferrari that year, whom he had been with since 1997.

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Do Ferrari Have The Car to Win the 2011 Grand Prix?
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28 March 2011

Ferrari were the first team to reveal their new car for this year’s Grand Prix back in January this year. The Formula One rules have changed for this year’s race and so many of the teams have had to make adjustments to the cars to comply with the regulations and be allowed to drive in the races. The new rules will also mean that the drivers will have to change the way that they work.

The Ferrari car for the 2011 Australian Grand Prix is the F150, and it was unveiled on 28th January 2011 at the team’s Maranello factory. This year’s drivers have also been announced as Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa – and the pair took the red cloth off the car at the unveiling.

Last year, Ferrari didn’t manage to make the title for the 2010 Grand Prix which was held in Abu Dhabi but this year the team feels confident with their new car that they have a better chance of winning the Grand Prix. And the new F150 looks extremely smart too. It’s the usual Ferrari red and looks so sleek and aerodynamic.

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As The 2011 Grand Prix Season Begins Who Are the Forerunners?
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27 March 2011

The Australian Grand Prix kicks off on Thursday 24th March – but who are the drivers for this year’s big event in Australia?

The Red Bull team have Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber as their main drivers this year. Mark Webber is back on top form after an injury in 2008 following a crash, but he is now fully recovered. Their reserve driver this year will be Daniel Ricciardo.

Vodafone’s McLaren Mercedes sees two very strong drivers take the seat in Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button with Gary Paffett on reserve. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are the top drivers for Scuderia Ferrari Marlborough, and this year there they have three reserve drivers: Giancarlo Fisichella, Jules Bianchi and Marc Gené.

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A Peek At The New Williams 2011 Livery Unveiled at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix
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27 March 2011

Williams, the British Grand Prix team, have come up with a brand spanking new design for the FW33 which will be unveiled at the Australian Grand Prix this year. The regulations have changed for the 2011 Grand Prix in Australia meaning that many teams in Formula One have had to redesign their cars, but Williams in particular have made hot news with theirs.

The new car has been undergoing testing and has been showing itself as a very competitive new design. Although with the Grand Prix just a month away, the Williams team will have to finish their developments quickly in order to be ready in time.

The new 2011 regulations have included the Kinetic Energy Recovery to be reintroduced, as well as Pierlli tyres, a rear wing that is moveable and the F-duct and double diffuser being taken off. These regulations have forced the design teams to come up with new and innovative ways to get down-force on the cars as well as aerodynamics. Williams have paid a lot of attention to the back end of the new car and a smaller gearbox with new rear driveshafts.

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Will Australian Grand Prix Boost Melbourne and Australia After Recent Issues with FIA?
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27 March 2011

The Australian Grand Prix is just under a month away, with the first practice runs and qualifiers to take place on March 24th. There will be further races on 25th and 26th before the main Grand Prix event which will run on Sunday 27th March. But it looks set to be under fire as many residents seem to complain regularly about the noise levels from the Grand Prix event in Melbourne every year. It has also come under question about how much the Grand Prix is costing.

In 1996 the Australian Grand Prix was only costing the Australian government £1.7 million Australian dollars, but the number of spectators appears to be dropping and the bill has increased to $50 million Australian dollars per year, so it is no longer feasible the local MPs have said.

A spokesperson said that it used to be a god idea when costs were lower, but it has become far too expensive to justify. And to add to the stress of the whole situation, local residents are complaining that the event is just too noisy and it disrupting their lives over the four day weekend event. They have also complained about access to roads around the track being blocked off.

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Can Sebastian Vettel Retain His 2010 Title As We Approach the 2011 Australian Grand Prix?
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27 March 2011

Sebastian Vettel managed to take the title in the Formula One Driver’s Championships held in November 2010, and he will of course be determined to try and take the title as we approach the 2011 Australian Grand Prix. Vettel’s win of the driver’s title in 2010 made him the youngest Formula One driver to do so. His team, Red Bull, also won the Constructor’s Championship last year.

But today’s news confirmed that Mark Webber is hot on his tail for the top spot at the annual Formula One event. Webber did lead the Formula One standings last year but Vettel took the lead in the final race leaving Webber without his win.

Vettel spoke out on Sunday of other drivers that are worrying at the moment too. He confirmed that he not only expects Fernando Alonso as his main rival for the 2011 Grand Prix, but he also said that the thinks that Felipe Massa could cause him some problems too. Although he won against Alonso in Abu Dhabi last year, he spoke out and said that he believes there will be a comeback for Alonso this year.

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What Does the 2011 Grand Prix Have in Store For Us?
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25 March 2011

The 2011 Grand Prix in Australia is set to be just as exciting as always, with plenty of events to keep you entertained.

It all kicks off on Thursday 24th March with the practice races and qualifying races. The first practice is at 11:20 with the V8 Supercars Prizewinners Hot Laps. We’ll then also see the Shannons Histrorics Demonstrations on that day and the Red Bull Practice race, the Lexus Celebrity Practice and the V8 Supercars Albert Park 400 Practice.

After lunch there is the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival, Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, and Ultimate Speed Comparison practices. These should all be good fun to watch to ‘warm up’ the event.

The afternoon then moves onto the qualifying races: first off is the Lexus Celebrity Challenge qualifying, then Porsche Carrera Cup Championship qualifying, Ultimate Speed Demonstration qualifying, followed by the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup qualifying and finally the V8 Supercars Albert Park 400 qualifying to finish off the day.

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A Review Of The 2010 Australian Grand Prix
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31 May 2010

A Review Of The 2010 Australian Grand PrixThe 2010 Australian Grand Prix was the second race of the F1 season and was held on March 28 in Melbourne, Australia at the famed Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Before the Grand Prix became part of the World Championship circuit, drivers still raced courses at different venues throughout Australia. The race became permanent in 1985 and moved to Melbourne in 1996.

The qualifying round was held the day before the race itself and Sebastian Vettel, driving for Red Bull-Renault, won pole position with an impressive lap time of 1:23. Due to wet conditions during the remainder of the weekend, no driver during the race was able to beat this time.

Race day started off slowly. Due to rainy weather, the track was declared “wet” and drivers first had to change their tires before the racing started. With intermediate tires on their fast cars, the F1 drivers were having control problems from the onset. Eventual winner Jenson Button tangled up with Fernando Alonso in the first turn. Schumacher’s car was also damaged in the incident.

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Bio of Ferdinand Porsche - icon of automobile history
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19 January 2010

Bio of Ferdinand Porsche - icon of automobile historyNo matter how you pronounce Porsche, Porsh or Por-sha, the overwhelming consensus is that it’s one of the greatest sports cars to ever surface on the planet. Of course, the car is only considered so great due to the man behind it all, Ferdinand Porsche.

The Austrian automotive genius was born September 3, 1875 in Vratislavice, Austria-Hungary and is responsible for the Volkswagen. Ferdinand’s son Ferry would be the Porsche to create the sports car, but one could have never happened without the other. The origins of Porsche are intertwined with the history of Volkswagen, the design of the former being based on that of the latter, and both car companies have a storied history.

From a young age, Ferdinand made it a point to work on various mechanical components, and at 18 years of age, his aptitude for mechanical engineering landing him a job at Bela Egger in Vienna. After five years with the company, Porsche decided to go his own way, entering into the automobile industry by way of Jakob Lohner & Co. Ferdinand joined the company in 1896, and by 1898, his name was already attached to a concept vehicle, the System Lohner-Porsche.

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Jack Brabham - the first F1 driver to use a rear-engine car
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04 December 2009

Jack Brabham - the first F1 driver to use a rear-engine carBorn on April 2, 1926 in Hurtsville, Australia, John Arthur Brabham is a former Formula One racecar driver. With a career that spanned 15 years, “Jack” Brabham managed to keep his name in Formula One racing for a total of 5 decades.

Brabham was always involved with cars, working as a mechanic from a young age, and learning to drive at the age of 12. He left school to work at a local garage at only 15-years-old, while taking courses in mechanical engineering. Throughout his F1 career, Brabham secured 3 Championships, 14 wins, 31 podium finishes, 13 Pole Positions, and 12 fastest laps.

Brabham was always interested in cars due to his family’s involvement, but being a racecar driver wasn’t the only driving force in Jack’s life. Instead, he served in the Air Force during WWII and then opened a small repair business in 1946.

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Biography of Juan Manuel Fangio Formula 1 Driver
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21 July 2009

Biography of Juan Manuel Fangio Formula 1 Driver

Juan Manuel Fangio was born on June 24, 1911 in Balcarce, Argentina. He is perhaps one of Formula 1 Racing's most successful drivers. His 6 years of racing are perhaps the most dominant of any driver to ever sit behind the wheel of a single-seater. His F1 career spanned from 1950 to 1958.

In this short timeframe, Fangio raced with Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes, and Ferrari. He participated in 51 races, winning 24 of them; also securing 35 podium finishes, 29 Pole Positions, and 23 fastest laps. Although Fangio was a racer before the sport was popular in the mainstream, his legend lives on to this day.

Fangio spent time in the military, as did most young men of the era, and opened a small garage after his service was up. He went on to race in small local events, up and down the rough and rugged dirt roads of South America.

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Bernie Ecclestone Biography
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25 September 2008

Bernie Ecclestone BiographyBorn October 28, 1930 in Suffolk, England, Bernard “Bernie” Ecclestone is the president and CEO of Formula One (F1) Management and Formula One Administration. He also owns a healthy stake in Alpha Prema, the parent company of the Formula One Group of companies.

Because of this, Ecclestone is often considered to be the primary authority in F1 racing. The tabloids commonly address him as “F1 Supremo.” Ecclestone also co-owns the Queens Park Rangers Football Club. In his early years, Ecclestone was a racing competitor and manager of drivers Stuart Lewis-Evans and Jochen Rindt.

At the end of WWII, Ecclestone went into business for himself, trading spare parts for motorcycles. He eventually formed the Compton & Ecclestone motorcycle dealership with Fred Compton, and even entered the 500cc Formula 3000 series. He limited himself to few events, but had to give up racing all together after a serious accident in 1951 at the Brands Hatch circuit.

After the accident, Ecclestone began a lucrative career in real estate and loan financing, and managed the Weekend Car Auctions firm. In 1957, Ecclestone returned to racing and managed Lewis-Evans and purchased the F1 Connaught team.

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The legendary Italian racer Riccardo Patrese
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08 September 2008

The legendary Italian racer Riccardo PatreseBorn April 17, 1954 in Padua, Italy, Riccardo Patrese is a former racing driver who raced in Formula One from 1977 to 1993. Patrese became the first Formula One driver to achieve over 200 Grand Prix starts when he made an appearance at the 1990 British Grand Prix, and the first to accomplish 250 starts at the 1993 German Grand Prix.

All together, Patrese entered in 257 F1 World Championship Grand Prix races, and started 256, making him the second most experienced F1 driver, behind Rubens Barrichello.

Patrese made his racing debut in 1977 with the Shadow Racing team at the Monaco Grand Prix. He received the nod after the team was forced to switch drivers in the middle of the season. Later that year, Jackie Oliver took Patrese with him when he left Shadow to form the Arrows team.

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A little bit of Formula 1 Grand Prix history
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07 July 2008

A little bit of Formula 1 Grand Prix history

Formula One is the highest class of open wheeled auto racing defined by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), motorsport world’s governing body. The “formula” in the name refers to a set of rules which all participants and cars must conform.

The F1 world championship season consists of a series of different races, known as Grand Prix, held usually on purpose-built circuits, and even on closed city streets in some cases. The Most famous of these races is the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.

The results of each race are combined to determine two annual World Championships, one for the drivers and one of the constructors.

The cars race at extremely high speeds, travelling up to 225 miles per hour, and are capable of pulling up to 5g (g= g-force which is a measurement of an object’s acceleration. 1g is the force of Earth’s gravity which holds us to the ground) in some corners.

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The dream Grand Prix location of Monaco
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23 June 2008

The dream Grand Prix location of Monaco

The Grand Prix of Monaco has been around in one form or another since 1929 when Prince Louis II sponsored the event through the Automobile Club of Monaco. The first event was organized by Anthony Noghes, son of the founder of the Club, Alexandre Noghes.

The original intent was for the local rally by the ACM to be granted national status. The application, submitted to the international governing body of motorsport was denied since there was no extant major national event held within the principality of Monaco.

In order to gain status as a national event, Noghes urged the creation of a Grand Prix event located completely within the streets of Monte Carlo. The support of Prince Louis II and the top level driver Louis Chiron, a native of Monaco and a well known driver in the European Grand Prix circuit.

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