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’m looking to view the good old F1 races from the 1990′s. Does anyone know where I can view or buy these?

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  5. f1 nut said on 29th January 2011, 14:34

    the best site to see old grand prix is http://www.classicgrandprixclub.com
    and it is free

  6. I’d really like an invite code for racing underground if anyone has one to spare?! – dan @ danlawrence.co.uk

    cheers!!

  7. I found this site called http://www.tf1s.com , its basically a forum but they have 1000′s of races to download from 1950 onwards.

    They use a file share site system for there downloads but its 100% free to join and to download there footage.

    No invite needed , but be quick because i heard they will be closing there registration system soon.

    John

  8. thedoctor46 said on 14th February 2011, 13:27

    I have most F1 available all recorded on VHS and transferred to DVD, I have a record of every race since 1978, as well as lots Pre 1978 as well. Also every qualifying session from about 1990 onwards.
    A list of my collection can be downloaded here,
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HOMVF6B1

    Or for latest version please email me @ flugplaz@gmail.com

    If anyone wants anything please drop me a mail and would be happy to help :)

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  10. F1 Nostalgia said on 13th December 2011, 1:17

    I have huge F1 collection ranging from 1950 – 2011

    Please email me at f1nostalgia@gmail.com and let me know what you have.

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