Stories about Formula One

20 years ago Ayrton Senna died as a hero, today he lives as a legend!

The scene was the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, the script writer had ordained something no one was predicting. It all went horribly wrong when, at the start of the weekend, Rubens Barrichello crashed horribly in his Jordan 194 and was lucky to survive. The following Saturday was even worse when the Austrian driver, Roland Ratzenberger, went airborne and hit the barriers at frighteningly high speed resulting in Formula One’s first fatality for 12 years. I can still remember the expression on Ayrton Senna’s face whilst watching the events of the crash on the screen. Maybe he knew what was ...

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Gear up and buckle those seat belts, the wait is finally over and Formula 1 is back!

All the wait and speculation is finally over. The new Formula One season started in Melbourne with the biggest technical changes in the last 20 years. And the predictions from the testing have certainly stood their ground. Mercedes won the race with Nico Rosberg leading with almost half a minute. Mercedes won the race with Nico Rosberg. Photo: Reuters In second place was the impressive Danish rookie, Kevin Magnussen, with Britain’s Jenson Button coming in a wise third. Riders celebrate on the podium of the Australian Grand Prix where Nico Rosberg dominated the race. Photo: Reuters Mercedes seemed to have the best power unit out there with ...

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My adventures on a bus!

My first few encounters with a public bus occurred when I started going to an institute to prepare for my entrance test. My father usually used to pick and drop me, but one fine day he wasn’t home and I needed a ride. In that moment of absolute insanity, I made a decision which became the biggest regret of my life. I boldly declared in front of my family that I was old enough to ride the public bus. I thought I knew what I was in for; a long lecture on the dangers of travelling via buses alone concluding with ...

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The coming of age of corporate India

The build-up to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix was marred by several glitches, ranging from a stray dog running on to the track halting the first practice session to the event’s media centre suffering power cuts. However, the fact that the main event went smoothly and India was able to host a major sporting event that had a global audience of 527 million viewers in 2010, and that too without any financial help from its government (despite the fact that the Buddh International Circuit took a whopping $450 million to build), is no small achievement. As a South Asian, and a ...

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Indian GP: A formula lost by the authorities

I’m cynical about the state of Formula One today. Having grown up watching masterful drives by Ayrton Senna, Keke Rosberg overtaking four cars to win in Monaco, and Nigel Mansell hauling in Nelson Piquet lap-by-lap in the 1987 British GP, I had no better way of spending my Sunday afternoon. The frequent crashes and the unreliability of so many of the cars added to the spice. There was bitter rivalry between teammates, huge egos, heavy cars with big turbo-charged engines and blistering horsepower. It was sport on the grandest scale. Fast-forward to 2011, Formula One would seem almost unrecognisable. It has been tweaked, ...

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