F1 Fanatic’s top guest articles of 2011

Kimi R??ikk??nen, NASCAR truck, Charlotte Superspeedway, 2011
Kimi Raikkonen, NASCAR truck, Charlotte Superspeedway, 2011

F1 Fanatic’s growing community continued to produce terrific content for the site in 2011.

Here is a collection of some of the articles produced by F1 Fanatics this year.

Taking F1 photographs

Jamey Price shared some great advice on how to take pictures at F1 race weekends:

How to take great pictures at F1 races: Part 1
How to take great pictures at F1 races: Part 2
Ben tries Jamey?s F1 photo tips at Silverstone

F1 history

Cari Jones relived some great – and not-so-great – moments in F1 history.

40 years today: Mario Andretti?s first F1 win
25 years ago today: Senna beats Mansell by 0.01s
On this day in 1981: F1′s fiasco at Zolder
60 years ago today: Ferrari?s first F1 win
??He was on it from the word go?? ?ǣ Schumacher?s debut remembered

F1 drivers go NASCAR racing

Two contributors spied F1 drivers sampling America’s most popular form of motor racing:

Kimi Raikkonen?s NASCAR Trucks debut up close
Watching Lewis Hamilton?s maiden NASCAR run

Beyond F1

These F1 Fanatics shared their love of other forms of motor racing:

Why you should watch?? World Rally Championship
Why you should watch… Nurburgring 24 Hours

F1 technology

John Beamer gave his view on developments in F1 car design:

F1 technology in 2011 part 1: Tyres and DRS
F1 technology in 2011 part 2: Diffusers and more

Mid-season technical review part 1
Mid-season technical review part 2

From the stands

Crowd, Monza, 2011
Crowd, Monza, 2011

As ever we had lots of contributions from readers who went to races and other F1 venues of interest:

Steven?s 51 F1 race visits in 25 years
Adam watches an F1 race for the first time at Silverstone
Kevin explores Brooklands: the world?s first racing circuit
Great city, not so great track ?ǣ Steven on Valencia
Tom Hitchings? view of the Hungarian Grand Prix
Watching at the Paddock Club, Parabolica and podium at Monza
In the Paddock Club and in the stands at Spa
Damon meets the F1 Fanatics in Melbourne
??Exploded F1 car? model at Mercedes-Benz World
Kevin explores Brooklands: the world?s first racing circuit

Top tens

Two great top tens contributed by readers:

Top ten?? Curious F1 coincidences
Ten reasons why you don?t want to be an F1 driver

Rate the Race and Driver of the Weekend

A special mention for Ewa Zaborska and Dan Thomas who reviewed your verdict on every race of the year and your picks for Driver of the Weekend at every race.

You can find all their articles from throughout the year here:

Contribute an article of your own

Want to get involved in writing for F1 Fanatic? Find out how here:

2011 F1 season review
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Images ?? Jamey Price, Motioncompany

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Alonso eager for less conservative Ferrari

In the round-up: Fernando Alonso backs Ferrari’s less conservative approach to 2012.

Links

Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Alonso has faith in Ferrari’s new approach (ITV-F1)

“Last spring, we made important changes to the structure of the technical part of the team and now we have adopted a new approach, a less conservative one, in the design of the new car. The philosophy behind the 2012 car is very different from that of 2011, especially in some key areas like suspension and aerodynamics.”

Ferrari hint at Vettel interest (Setanta)

Luca di Montezemolo: “[Sebastian] Vettel is a brilliant driver. He?s young, but seems very intelligent in the way he carries himself. He has a great future, let?s see. I like drivers who use their head more than their right foot.”

India establishes itself as a growing sporting nation with F1 (The Times of India)

“The Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida came in for free-flowing praise from the leading drivers, including the double world champion Sebastian Vettel. The grand spectacle could have been more appealing to the countrymen had Karun Chandhok also raced along with Narain Karthikeyan.”

I just want bacon sarnie for Xmas (The Sun)

Lewis Hamilton: “I’m so strict ? even on Christmas Day I stick to my diet. It’s a protein shake for breakfast, with a few dates and some raisins ? it’s horrible, it really is horrible but I just blend it up into a smoothie.”

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Comment of the day

Thanks to everyone for your festive wishes in yesterday’s round-up! I enjoyed a very relaxing Christmas with my family.

From the forum

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On this day in F1

Moises Solana was born on this day in 1935. Solana is the only F1 driver to have started a race using the number 13. The number is not allocated to F1 cars by the FIA.