Happily, there’s plenty of F1 and motor racing goodness for you to enjoy on F1 Fanatic between now and then.
1. Look ahead to the 2013 season
As we pass the halfway point in the 2012 season it’s time to look ahead to the next one.
The driver market is in full swing for 2013 and the rules are taking shape. It’s been quiet on the calendar front so far as teams negotiate a new deal with Bernie Ecclestone, but expect some provisional dates soon.
The 2013 F1 season pages have started to appear in the main navigation and these will continue to develop over the coming months with all the information on the 64th running of the world championship.
2. Delve into F1 Fanatic’s statistics
We’ve got piles of statistics on the season so far for you to get stuck into.
Here you will find interactive championship points standings and records on everything from who’s scored the most pole positions to which team did the fastest pit stops:
- Championship points – Full points tables and interactive graphs for the drivers and constructors championships.
- Season records – Complete list of race and qualifiyng results, plus which drivers and teams have the most wins, podium finishes, pole positions and fastest laps.
- Race results – Race data including how many laps each driver spent in search position, race finishes and places won and lost on the first lap.
- Qualifying – Gaps between team mates in qualifying, Q1/Q2/Q3 breakdown and grid penalties.
- Retirements and penalties – Reasons for retirement and which drivers received penalties.
- Strategy and pit stops – How many pit stops each driver made, what tyres they used, and which team had the quickest pit stops.
Driver form guides
Compare the performance of every driver on the field with their team mate.
- Sebastian Vettel 2012 form guide
- Mark Webber 2012 form guide
- Jenson Button 2012 form guide
- Lewis Hamilton 2012 form guide
- Fernando Alonso 2012 form guide
- Felipe Massa 2012 form guide
- Michael Schumacher 2012 form guide
- Nico Rosberg 2012 form guide
- Kimi Raikkonen 2012 form guide
- Romain Grosjean 2012 form guide
- Paul di Resta 2012 form guide
- Nico Hulkenberg 2012 form guide
- Kamui Kobayashi 2012 form guide
- Sergio Perez 2012 form guide
- Daniel Ricciardo 2012 form guide
- Jean-Eric Vergne 2012 form guide
- Pastor Maldonado 2012 form guide
- Bruno Senna 2012 form guide
- Heikki Kovalainen 2012 form guide
- Vitaly Petrov 2012 form guide
- Pedro de la Rosa 2012 form guide
- Narain Karthikeyan 2012 form guide
- Timo Glock 2012 form guide
- Charles Pic 2012 form guide
And don’t forget to add your views on how the drivers have fared so far this season for the Driver Rankings article which will appear here soon:
3. Take 20 F1 Fanatic quizzes
Our ever-expanding quizzes section now boasts 20 quizzes and 400 questions. See how good your F1 knowledge is by taking them and don’t forget to check your overall score on the leaderboard.
F1 drivers quizzes
4. Follow some other motor racing
Later this week we’ll have a look at a few of the races worth watching during the four F1-free weekends ahead and details of which ones will be on F1 Fanatic Live.
- The IndyCar series has been revitalised with new cars and more exciting racing.
- Formula Renault 3.5 is increasingly rivalling GP2 as the foremost F1 feeder series.
- Ferrari-backed Raffaele Marcello is leading the revived FIA European Formula Three championship ahead of Daniel Juncadella and Red Bull’s Carlos Sainz Jnr.
- Following the Le Mans 24 Hours the new World Endurance Championship will visit Silverstone with Audi and Toyota doing battle again.
- Sebastien Loeb continues to dominate the World Rally Championship but the action is as spectacular as ever – and don’t forget the Intercontinental Rally Challenge as well.
- Get your tin-top fix with the British Touring Car Championship, DTM, Australian V8 Supercars, NASCAR and the World Touring Car Championship.
- Jorge Lorenzo retains his lead in Moto GP but Casey Stoner won last time out at Laguna Seca and hopes to end his career with another title.
5. Read up on F1 history
Looking for a long read? F1 Fanatic’s growing race archive includes reports on a range of classic, memorable and significant races.
Here are five of the most recent ones and you can explore the rest here.
- 1987 British Grand Prix: Mansell defeats Piquet at Silverstone
- 1962 Belgian Grand Prix: The Clark-Lotus era begins at Spa
- 1982 San Marino Grand Prix: Villeneuve and Pironi?óÔé¼Ôäós fatal feud at Ferrari
- 1992 Mexican Grand Prix: Schumacher?óÔé¼Ôäós first podium and Mexico?óÔé¼Ôäós last race
- 1961 Italian Grand Prix: F1’s worst tragedy at Monza
6. Plan your next F1 race trip
As always there are lots of people heading to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix – that thread already has over 100 posts in it. But there’s also plenty of interest in Monza and Singapore, plus of course the inaugural United Stats Grand Prix.
Whichever race you’re heading to this year, join in the discussion below. And if your next trip isn’t until 2013 we’ve already got threads set up for most of those too – you can find them via the 2012 calendar page.
- Going to the Belgian Grand Prix forum
- Going to the Italian Grand Prix forum
- Going to the Singapore Grand Prix forum
- Going to the Japanese Grand Prix forum
- Going to the Korean Grand Prix forum
- Going to the Indian Grand Prix forum
- Going to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix forum
- Going to the United States Grand Prix forum
- Going to the Brazilian Grand Prix forum
7. Enjoy a spot of summer reading
Heading to the beach? Looking for some F1 literature to occupy you on vacation? Here’s a selection of the best recent releases. You can find all past F1 book reviews here.
- “Poetry in Motion” by Tony Brooks – Tony Brooks long-awaited autobiography is my book of the year so far.
- “Team Lotus: My view from the pit wall” by Peter Warr – The late Peter Warr’s memoirs were sadly unfinished but the first-hand account of one of the great F1 teams at its peak and Warr’s trenchant opinions make for an absorbing read.
- “I Just Made the Tea” by Di Spires – Fantastically entertaining and very funny tales of F1 drivers behaving badly.
- “The Limit: Life and death in Formula 1’s most dangerous era” by Michael Cannell – An account of the 1961 world championship battle between Ferrari drivers Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips, which ended in tragedy.
- “Formula 1: All the races” by Roger Smith – You might not think a book of F1 statistics is the sort of thing you might sit down and read, but the detailed ‘capsule’ information on each race and extensive information on this season means you can do just that.
8. Browse highlights from 10,000 F1 Fanatic articles
F1 Fanatic passed a milestone 10,000 articles in June. Every single one of them – and the 300 or so which have followed since then – are available for everyone to read free of charge.
Here’s my selection of the highlights from the first 10,000:
9. Get involved in F1 Fanatic
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- Research – Want to help produce new and original F1 Fanatic articles? Volunteer to do some research.
- Moderate – Contribute to the community by becoming a forum moderator.
- Write – Want to write an article for F1 Fanatic? Here?óÔé¼Ôäós what you need to know first.
- Develop – Got PHP or CSS coding skills? Want to help make the site better? Here?óÔé¼Ôäós how you can.
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