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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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Denny Hulme the F1 New Zealander
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28 December 2009

Denny Hulme the F1 New ZealanderFormula One Racing has seen more than its fair share of legends, many of whom have suffered a horrific fate at roughly 200 miles per hour. Denny Hulme’s legend, although rightfully belonging in the same breath with others of the famous sport, is somewhat of a paradox.

After an impressive F1 career, retiring and subsequently coming back to race, Hulme suffered a heart attack while driving his BMW M3 at the Bathurst 1000, making him the first F1 champion to die at the wheel due to natural causes. This instantly transformed the successful racer into a legend, and in his biography, Memories of the Bear, Hulme’s life is chronicled with the reverence of a deity.

Denis “Denny” Clive Hulme was born in New Zealand on June 18, 1936 on a small tobacco farm. After leaving school, Hulme went on to work in a garage, where his love for automobiles only intensified. Wanting badly to race, Denny saved up enough to purchase an MG TF and entered his pride and joy into hill climbing events, where he would experience enough success to move up in the world of racing with the purchase of a Cooper Climax. He was then chosen for the New Zealand drive to Europe program and worked as one of Jack Brabham’s mechanics while there.

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Legends of Formula 1 - Gilles Villeneuve
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22 December 2009

Legends of Formula 1 - Gilles VilleneuveJoseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve is perhaps one of the more unheralded Formula 1 drivers of his generation. The Canadian-born racer’s career was much shorter than other legends of the sport, but in his 68 career races (67 career starts), Villeneuve won 6 of them, finishing on 13 podiums, amassing over 100 career points and earning 2 poles.

His name isn’t mentioned much in the “winner” discussion due to the fact that Villeneuve never won an F1 Championship, but his 2nd place finish in 1979 alerted the racing world of the presence of a serious contender. Villeneuve’s career wasn’t cut short due to poor performance or a lack of love for the sport. He died after an on-track accident in 1982, making him one of the many tragic causalities of this fast-paced sport.

Gilles Villeneuve was born January 18, 1950 in Berthierville, Quebec, Canada. In his younger years, Gilles raced snowmobiles and was always interested in the sport. Eventually, Gilles found his niche in the single-seat style of formula racing, and he quickly won the US and Canadian Formula Atlantic championships in 1976. Soon after, the McLaren team of Formula One came knocking at his door, and Gilles was suited up and ready to go at the British Grand Prix in 1977.

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Niki Lauda - A Formula 1 legend in his own time
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16 November 2009

Niki Lauda - A Formula 1 legend in his own timeFormula One Racing has more than its fair share of legendary drivers, but very few have dominated as much in their short time on the track as Andreas Nikolaus Lauda. Simply known by his friends, family and many fans as “Niki,” Lauda was born on February 22, 1949 in Vienna, Austria.

In a total of nearly 11 seasons (1971-79, 82-85), Niki started in 171 traces, won 25 of them, stood on the podium 54 times, claimed 24 poles, and took the Championship an impressive 3 times (1975, 77, 84). He was a racing legend before his first retirement, but came back again to prove his talent.

Lauda was born to a very wealthy family who frowned on his decision to start racing. Nevertheless, Niki was determined to be a driver, and he would spend the better part of his youth chasing his need for speed. In 1968, a young Niki would get a chance to prove his worth, but it wasn’t until 1973 that he finally broke through and received a chance to race with Formula 1, via the March team.

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World's Leading Sports Cars - Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
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15 July 2009

World's Leading Sports Cars - Mercedes-Benz SLR McLarenVideogame lovers got their first taste of Mercedes’ sporty venture in the late 1990s with the then mere concept McLaren in the game Need for Speed. It wasn’t long until McLaren Automotive, working with Mercedes, released the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in 2003.

From the start, this supercar turned heads with its impressive outer design and inner powerhouse components. The SLR (Sport, Light, Racing) was built at a rate of 500 per year for the 6 years it was in production. No matter if it’s the newest model off the lines or one of the oldest, this supercar can fly past the competition with ease.

The outside of the McLaren is incredibly futuristic, to say the least. On the inside, with the help of an onboard computer, the car is basically alive - with the ability to adjust its own spoiler height and angle of elevation.

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Biography of Alain Prost, The Professor
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30 September 2008

Biography of Alain Prost, The ProfessorBorn February 24, 1955 in Loire, France, Alain Prost is a former Formula One racecar driver. Prost is a four-time F1 Drivers’ Champion, and held the record for most Grand Prix victories from 1987 until 2001 when Schumacher passed the total of 51 victories. In 1999, Prost received the World Sports Awards of the Century in the category of motor sports.

During his career, Prost competed in 202 Formula One races, starting 199. His four championships dominated the mid-80s and early 90s, winning in 85, 86, 89, and 93. Prost also held pole position 33 times, earned 106 podium finishes, and accomplished all of this in a 13-year career (1980-1993). Like the majority of successful F1 drivers, Prost honed his talent for driving at a very young age.

During a family holiday when Prost was 14-years-old, he discovered karting. Seeming to have a natural talent behind the wheel, Prost created a buzz among his age group, and proceed through the junior ranks of motor sports, winning the European and French Formula Three championships.

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A short bio on Lewis Hamilton
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14 August 2008

A short bio on Lewis Hamilton

Born July 1, 1985, in Great Britain, Lewis Hamilton is electrifying fans of F1 racing with his caution-to-the-wind style, cat-like moves, and freakishly fast speeds. At 23 years of age, this youngster has already scored 8 wins, and looks to do much more damage to the circuit now that he's right at home with team McLaren.

Like many other racers on the circuit, Hamilton started his career with karts in 1995. He took top honors in the Masters at Bercy in 2000, followed by a move to single-seaters in '01. Hamilton took part in the Formula Renault Winter Series that year and finished 5th overall. He would return to Renault the following year and finish 3rd in the championship standings.

His talent quickly rising, Hamilton took the championship in 2003. More wins in the F3 Euroseries before claiming the championship followed in 2005 with ASM. Hamilton's leap to GP2 didn't daunt him at all, as he won the title from Nelson Piquet Jr. with ART Grand Prix. Showcasing his natural racing ability, Hamilton pulled off the pass of the season with his aggressive and daring move from third to first at the Becketts complex at Silverstone.

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