If you’ve not already figured out how to make it to March without going crazy, here are ten more ways to sate your F1 craving this off-season.
31-35 – Watch a classic F1 season
Warm up the winter (assuming it’s winter where you are as well!) with a little F1 nostalgia.
The classic 1976 season was every bit as remarkable as this year. Niki Lauda was running away with the championship for Ferrari until a horrific crash at the Nurburgring. He cheated death, was savagely burned, yet after a few weeks was racing once again. James Hunt seized the opportunity to cut Lauda’s lead, but a series of controversial penalties hindered his progress (some things never change!). The season reached a thrilling conclusion it a tense, rain-hit race in Japan. This DVD is full of contemporary footage that tells the story.
Buy the video: Formula 1 1976 Review
The last three-way title fight until last year. A spectacular battle between fgNigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet at the height of the turbo era. This unforgettable season saw some spectacular action.
Read the review: All over down under (1986 F1 season review video)
Buy the video: Formula 1 Grand Prix Review 1986 – All Over Down Under
The height of the Prost-Senna war. A magnificent hat-trick of wins by Prost in the middle part of the season kept him in contention for the title, but Senna hit back by winning on Ferrari’s home turf. At the penultimate round Senna leapt at the opportunity to ram Prost off the road, sealing the title for himself.
Read the review: 78/71… A clear decision! (1990 F1 season review video)
Buy the video: Formula 1 Grand Prix Review 1990
One of the best season of recent years with memorable races at Melbourne, Interlagos, the Nürburging and Silverstone. Michael Schumacher won his sixth title after a year-long battle with Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Read the review: Michael & co. the dream team (2008 F1 season review DVD)
Buy the video: Formula 1 World Championship 2003
Last year’s season review DVD can be picked up for bargain prices now. While civil war raged at McLaren, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen nipped in to snatch the title at the final round.
The 2008 F1 DVD is coming out soon. See here for more information: 2008 F1 DVD pre-orders open
36-38 – Visit a former F1 track
These three great motor racing venues of the past are in Europe but there are old Grand Prix circuits dotted around other places too.
The huge, banked oval at Brooklands was built in the Edwardian era and used for racing in the decades up to World War II. Fragments of the banking remain and a large Mercedes-Benz dealership has been built on part of the site. Inside a pre-war Mercedes-Benz W194 is on display, along with a couple of more recent McLaren-Mercedes F1 cars and a Sauber C9 sports car.
The 14-mile Nordschleife is mainly used for car testing these days. You can take a ride around the track that held the German Grand Prix until 1976 in one of the ‘Ring Taxis’ or pay a few Euros and drive it yourself. Make sure you check out the advice at this excellent website first though:
The pit boxes at Reims were left to rot after the venue was last used in 1970 (its last Grand Prix was in 1966). It has now been restored to look as it did when the likes of Fangio and Moss raced there in the 1950s and 1960s.
Two books that can help you plan a motor circuit visit:
39 – Start an F1 blog
There is already a great and diverse range of F1 blogs out there – just look how many have entered the Weblog Awards this year. But there always room for fresh ideas and new angles.
Starting a blog is very easy even if you’re not technical. Free setups are available at WordPress.com, Blogger, LiveJournal and others. I use a self-hosted version of WordPress from WordPress.org. Make sure you send me an email and let me know about your blog!
40 – Do something completely different
Switch off from F1 for a bit. I know I’m going to! I’ve a stack of classic film DVDs to watch (from “Mr Smith Goes to Washington” to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”), I’m going to a Premier League football match for the first time, and I might even get around to learning Italian. That one’s been on the back burner for a while though.
What else are you doing between now and March?
Over to you
We’ve had plenty more suggestions for off-season activities. Share your plans below…
40 ways to survive the off-season