I’ve had a lot of questions sent in over the couple of weeks. I’ve finally got round to answering some of them covering topics as diverse as F1 tickets, avatars and getting a job in F1:
First up we have a pair of questions on Lewis Hamilton:
I am doing a project at Oakmead College of Technology and I need some background information on because I am trying to find out what it takes to be a Formula One driver. By background information I mean: Where did it all start? How does a driver prepare himself for all of it? What does it require to drive a racing car with such speed, adrenaline and power?
You can find a biography of Hamilton on the site here: Lewis Hamilton biography
For more information there are several books out there on Hamilton but be warned – some of them are real stinkers. I recommend Mark Hughes’ “Lewis Hamilton: The Full Story” or for a lighter read try Andrew van der Burgt’s “Lewis Hamilton: A Portrait of Britain’s New F1 Star”.
Meanwhile Sean wants to hear direct from the man himself:
I’ve just been doing a search on Twitter and I’ve found an account which seems possible that it could be the real Lewis Hamilton. I know there are many fake ones, so I thought I’d let you have a look: http://twitter.com/LewisHamiltonF1
Twitter’s great but unfortunately some people choose to use it to set up fake accounts and post false news on it to mislead people. Figuring out which are the real ones and which are the fakers can be tricky.
I’ve set up the F1 Twitter Directory on this site to keep track of genuine Twitter accounts. I’ve had a look at the LewisHamiltonF1 account and as far as I’m concerned nothing’s been posted that suggests it’s real, and it isn’t linked to from any official Hamilton or McLaren sites.
But Rubens Barrichello got Jenson Button into Twitter while the pair were team mates last year, so maybe Button will do the same with Hamilton.
Action-starved ahmej is looking forward to seeing F1 cars on track again and asks:
Will BBC show pre-season testing 2010 on Red Button (live coverage)?
Jake Humphrey was asked this question recently via his (non-fake) Twitter account. Afraid you’re in for a disappointment with the reply:
I don’t think we’ll have live footage.
F1 car parts
An unusual question, this one:
Do you have any Benetton f1 car parts for sale?
Afraid not Kash but you might be interested in our next question:
I have an original side pod which I believe was used by Jean Alesi. I am considering selling it. It has seen action and it looks like he must of come off as it has some marks and chips on it. It has a build number on it too (not to hand at the moment, so interested in what it is worth or how I would sell it through your site?
There isn’t a ‘buy/sell’ section on F1 Fanatic at the moment, but if this is something a lot of people are interested in I could always look into it. If Kash is interested in buying your sidepod I can put you in touch with each other!
Your emails from which I register for updates come through as a phishing emails. Therefore my computer deletes them. Why is this?
I subscribe to the F1 Fanatic Updates by Email feature myself to make sure they are being sent out correctly. I have no problem receiving them and I haven’t had any similar queries about that so I think the problem might be with your email software.
Some emails clients give you the option to add email addresses to ‘whitelist’ so that emails from them are never treated as spam or phishing, perhaps try that.
Getting a job in F1
I get a lot of enquiries about this:
I would like to enquire about any entry-level job opportunities that F1 Fanatic may offer or if you perhaps know of any other possible opportunities (or people I could contact) within motorsport that I may pursue, I would appreciate your help in this regard. I am basically looking to get my foot in the door (even if this means that I start out as a PA or even sitting filing documents in a dark room – I am willing to do what is takes) and find a job in motorsport and in particular, in the marketing/PR side.
I know that you are very experienced and wise in the ways of motorsport and as such I would really appreciate any advice or help that you could possible give me.
The first thing to say is that F1 Fanatic is not hiring staff at the moment but if we do it will be announced clearly on the site.
As for getting a job in F1, if you’re looking for a basic administrative role it’s best to start by sending your CVs to the teams (find their addresses on their websites) but you may find some of them warn that such roles do not lead to opportunities on the racing side of the business. Good luck!
Avatars (not the film)
Another frequently-asked question:
I have tried every way to add an avatar to my profile without success! Grateful for advice?
Here’s how: Get a picture next to your name
At the moment avatars only appear in the forum, though they will be returned to the site at a later date.
Sepang and Montreal tickets
Here are questions from a couple of fans making their Grand Prix trip plans:
I am lucky enough to be on holiday in the far east over the Sepang f1 weekend. Could you advise on what you think would be the best seating location? Could you comment between Emerald and Sapphire seats in the mall area?
I can’t but I know a few fans who can. Check out these pages:
I am Canadian and have recently become a huge F1 fan.
I am super eager to buy tickets for the Montreal GP, but I am unsure the best way to go about it. There are many 3rd party websites that are advertising tickets for sale, but according to the official F1 site, they are not on sale yet.
Do you have any advice on where the best place to buy tickets would be? Should I wait for the official site?
There’s already a lot of discussion going on between fans heading to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve now they’ve got their race back. You can find out more here:
- 2010 Canadian Grand Prix discussion
- Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal – spectators’ experiences
- Are F1 fans getting ripped off? Cheapest and dearest tickets prices revealed
F1 in the snow
I always like a quirky historical question to end with. Over to Andy:
Has their ever been a F1 race run in the snow, I don’t think there has, has there?
You’re right, there has never been an F1 race run in the snow. The closest thing I could come up with was the fourth round of the inaugural F3000 season in 1985. The race, due to be run at the Nurburgring on April 27th, was cancelled due to snowfall. I managed to find a short video:
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