The best F1 video website

Mark Webber, Christian Klien, Indianapolis, 2006Everyone is after F1 video.

Internet video behemoth Youtube is straining under the weight of decades of F1 clips. Even F1 monthly magazine F1 Racing recently ran a feature on where to find the best F1 clips on the Internet.

But what F1 fans really want is to be able to watch entire races – past and present – online. And Youtube, with its poxy 10 minute clips, is not up to the task. Nor, of course, are the majority of the clips on there being shared legally.

Those who want to get decent F1 video on the Internet – and are happy to chance their arms with the greyer areas of copyright law – are doing it quite differently. And much better.

Nigel Mansell, CART, Nazareth, 1993Non-championship Grand Prix races from the 1970s, the World Sportscar Championship in the eighties, Nigel Mansell’s year-and-a-bit in Indycars, last year’s GP2 season – Vendors like Duke Video do a fantastic job of selling F1 season reviews videos but you can’t just pop down a shop and buy footage of races like these.

Of course there’s stacks of recorded F1 footage on eBay, but a lot of it isn’t very good quality and there’s always the concern of how long the DVD-Rs much of it is stored on will last.

In a perfect world, Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Administration would take the same approach to Internet video that the Champ Car World Series does – for a modest monthly fee (???2.63) you can have access to Race Director which includes not only all the races during a season via live, multi-camera streams, but also an archive of races going back to 2001.

Alan Jones, Williams-Cosworth, Osterreichring, 1979Think what an amazing service FOA could provide if they allied that kind of thinking with their archive of F1 races dating back to 1979! Yes, please…

But while FOA drag their heels on that and everything else, where can an F1 fan get his historic motorsport fix from in the meantime? Especially in the long, desolate months of the off-season.

BitTorrent.

How does it work? Grab a client such as Azureus or uTorrent. Now all you need to do is find a ‘torrent’ (basically a link) for the race you’re after.

There’s various sites that offer Torrents for all sorts of files but for something as specialised as motor sport it’s best to look for a site that does just racing stuff.

I reckon these guys do the best job – but a word of advice. If you are going to use this kind of site, make sure you share as much material as you take – otherwise sites as good as this may not last very long. And do bear in mind that you are treading into decidedly dubious legal territory if you use these sites to obtain any copyrighted material.

Not that you would ever do anything as heinous as that.

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27 comments on The best F1 video website

  1. I have been using torrents for quite some time but it is not necessary that you will find all the races.I use Torrentspy and it is sometimes tough to get a good download speed and the lack of seeders can prove to be another problem.Another site for vidoes can is the [url=http://www.markwebberblog.com/index.php]Mark Webber Blog[/url] where you can find videos related to Mark Webber(like the on-board view of Raikkonen when Webber overtook him at Imola).But this guy recently put up a ‘Full Race Download’ section.So do give it a look.Now I am going to download Japan 2005.

  2. Great article, it’s a pity FOM don’t put full races up for download, even for a fee, they could make a mint!

    Abhunav has already linked to my site, thanks for that, though I should mention I got most of my videos from RU, or from it’s father F1RW. Still, some people don’t like the torrent system and having to sign up so I try and offer a basic alternative – room enough for both I’m sure!

  3. Idle thought, but isn’t Bernie missing a huge trick here? If he were to make archive races available for download, for a small fee, I’d be more than happy to pay for them.

    Of course, all of the material you refer to is technically illegal – there won’t be any that *isn’t* under copyright, but almost all of it is also not available anywhere, paid for or free, legally. So its hard to see quite whose legitimate business is being hurt in this case. Its not like big TV shows which get sold on as DVD box sets, or films, or music, after all…

  4. Carldec said on 19th June 2007, 19:31

    Easiest thing to do is just use google… I just searched “ITV F1 torrent” and got the indy race.

  5. Blabla said on 27th November 2007, 17:15

    mininova.org or darmeth (google)

  6. MGUK said on 12th April 2009, 17:11

    How do you get an invite code for Racing Underground?

  7. SMcC said on 16th April 2009, 12:51

    I’m also having trouble getting onto racing underground because of the invitation code

  8. I think if Bernie made the downloads available for a small fee that could work. Also what puts me off is the time it takes to fill out payment forms, if it was a simple as a couple of clicks I think more people would pay, most web users are lazy these days.

    Probably not best to be talking about torrents on here.!

  9. scewdriver said on 2nd April 2010, 12:11

    use warez-bb.org

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  11. nimanima said on 11th June 2010, 12:01

    invitation code needed.. I have a torrentleech invite to share

    thenima at gmail

    help!

  12. TPR Conman said on 10th July 2010, 7:01

    Could I possibly get a Racing underground invitation code. I’m an f1 addict and have had no luck recently finding reliable source for the races every weekend. I’ve got invitations to other private trackers and will definitely trade.

  13. Hey, I think your post is great!I found it on Google. Keep up the good work.

  14. Wow, very interesting. I’m really pleased I found this, can you recommend any other sources where I can find more in depth information like this?

  15. I’d like to say – thank you because of this!

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