…the very talented Enrique Scalabroni details the curiously-shaped deflectors on the rear suspension of the 2014 F1 McLaren MP4-29. A four-video series
For those of you who haven’t yet watched our free, weekly, in-depth, on-line F1 chat show, remember that you can enjoy The Racer’s Edge every week on YouTube (Thursday, 7:00pm and thereafter on-demand) or you can download it from iTunes, where we have a high-speed facility for both the audio and video files. Just enter “The Racer’s Edge” in the iTunes search engine and you’ll see a list of all the episodes. (Although we also process the show for iTunes on the Thursday of each week we have no precise control of the actual release date. Usually it is within 24 hours of posting.) Please “subscribe” to our YouTube Channel (as per the widget on the right). This costs nothing but it allows you to receive regular email updates of all the new content we’re producing – and there will be more and more as the year develops. Remember, too, that we often produce video not featured on The Racer’s Edge, ranging from interviews with wonderful racing people from the past (for example Mike Beckwith) to young up-and-comers on the way to Formula One (like Stoffel Vandoorne). I also invite you to leave comments on our YouTube page. We will read them, reply to them where appropriate – and your thoughts will also help to guide the way we move forwards.
If you are a regular viewer – thanks for watching. We had just over 121,000 hits in the month of June – and over 80 per cent of you were watching the 60/65min show for 80 per cent of its length or longer. We were also consistently in the top ten urls on iTunes in all aspects – hits, visits and downloads. Interestingly, I think, about 50 per cent of you were watching from the USA, which just goes to show what I’ve always suspected: the American F1 fan is amongst the best-informed in the business!
This week’s show is bursting with interesting people and comment: as well as chatting away with Rob Wilson in the studio, we talk to Daniel Ricciardo, Sam Bird, Derek Daly and Craig Scarborough. A lot of fun, a lot of laughs – and lots of detail about the sport we love.
In the meantime – again, in case you haven’t seen it – have a look at the episode below. We filmed it on the Wednesday before Silverstone at LotusF1’s headquarters in Oxfordshire with the support of Avanade, the IT systems company. This is a good example, I think, of an F1 partner company using digital media to tell a story that you wouldn’t necessarily see or hear on the conventional platforms. I enjoyed, too, the chat with Alan Permayne. Which reminds me: if you haven’t yet joined the F1 Racing magazine Global Fan Community, then you should do so now. GFC members will be given exclusive opportunities to ask questions of our featured guests – and to be in the running for some great prizes. The winner from this interview was Mr Colin Bowett, from the UK. His question to Alan: “Do you think it’s odd that Kimi doesn’t do a track walk on Thursdays?” Some excellent LotusF1 merchandise will now be coming Colin’s way. You can join the GFC by going to the appropriate link published in the latest edition of F1 Racing.
OK. Enough. Enjoy.
Welcome to The Racer’s Edge – your weekly, live, F1 chat show brought to you in association with F1 Racing magazine. You can watch it either here or on our host YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/peterwindsor); on both locations you will find a countdown to the next live show and on the YT channel you will in addition be able to watch previous episodes on-demand. Here we will be featuring comments and updates from some of the show’s regular guests, including Craig Scarborough, Rob Wilson, Enrique Scalabroni and the journalists at F1 Racing. The show will be based from May onwards at a new studio at Haymarket Publishing in Teddington but we’ll be on-the-road, too, starting Wednesday, March 13, when we’ll be broadcasting to you live (on YouTube) from the offices of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation in Melbourne, Australia. A week later we’ll be live from Malaysia.
Already the season is looking mouthwateringly close. You may like to take a look at the latest edition of F1 Racing for your full guide to the season; it’s a big read, so give it some space. At some point you may come across the preview feature I wrote (before the recent tests started in Jerez and Barcelona). Twelve months ago I opted for Fernando Alonso to win the championship, so, this year – rather than stating the obvious (which is that both Fernando and Sebastian Vettel naturally have great chances to win) – I’ve gone for the new Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton. I know many people are expecting him to be ultra-quick in 2014, when the new engine regulations come into play, but I think he’s also in great shape this year, too. I could be wrong, of course – I was last year, by a point or seven! – but there you are.
My column in F1 Racing this month is about how certain races – the Australian and French Grands Prix, to give but two examples – belong on the F1 calendar – and in the next edition of the magazine I’ll be analysing the driving styles of the 2013 F1 drivers and why some of them – but not all – will be well-placed to take advantage of this year’s Pirelli tyres.
I hope you enjoy the new show. You’ll be able to post live comments on Twitter (#trelive) and send in questions to our Facebook wall (www.facebook.com/theracersedgetv). For now, I hope I make you all envious with a shot I took this morning from Newport Beach, Sydney. Call it “dawn of the new season”.