Ten ways to survive the August break on F1 Fanatic

2012 F1 season

Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011August is a barren month for F1 Fanatics this year. Not until its final day will we next get to see F1 cars in action.

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.

Season stats

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.

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.

4. Follow some other motor racing

Simon Pagenaud, IndyCar, Iowa, 2012The growing F1 Fanatic community includes groups and forums for fans of all kinds of different forms of motor racing. Join in with them below.

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.

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.

6. Plan your next F1 race trip

Ferrari fans, Hungaroring, 2012The forums are buzzing with F1 Fanatics planning their next race visits.

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.

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.

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:

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55 comments on Ten ways to survive the August break on F1 Fanatic

  1. matt90 (@matt90) said on 1st August 2012, 12:50

    As we pass the halfway point in the 2013 season it’s time to look ahead to the next one.

    Should be 2012.

  2. Rocky (@rocky) said on 1st August 2012, 12:55

    Is the summer break over yet?

  3. JoeToml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 1st August 2012, 13:11

    Re-live the season so far on Sky.. :D

  4. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 1st August 2012, 13:15

    I think there’s some sort of sports tournament going on over the next couple of weeks, which might be worth a look…

  5. Dimitris 1395 (@) said on 1st August 2012, 13:22

    There are the Olympics in progress so the first two weeks are easily survived. After that, though its going to be a hard long wait…

  6. Lateralus (@lateralus) said on 1st August 2012, 13:31

    Keith, are you going on holiday during August? Surely guest writers can keep an eye on things so you can get away from this old ball-and-chain-for a while…

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st August 2012, 14:03

      @lateralus I appreciate the offer! I see I’ve already had a few emails from people offering to become moderators and researchers too. It all helps.

      As it happens I’m not going away in August though, I had a holiday in Italy earlier this year.

  7. SK (@terminator) said on 1st August 2012, 13:37

    As a new reader, this is a perfect oportunity for me to give congratulations to Keith for this amazing site he has built. Keep up the good work man!

  8. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 1st August 2012, 13:41

    I know what I’ll be doing. Creating my own Lotus E20. Wish me luck Keith! :P

  9. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 1st August 2012, 13:54

    11th way to survive summer break: play F1 2010 or 2011.

  10. Enigma (@enigma) said on 1st August 2012, 14:38

    Interesting seeing only 7 drivers have contracts for 2013. I doubt we’ll have much changes but it makes the silly season quite interesting!

    Olympics for two more weeks and then Formula Renault 3.5 a week before Spa – I think this August is survivable :)

  11. TED BELL said on 1st August 2012, 14:59

    I want to have a discussion about “SENNA” the movie. I have issues with the reviews.

  12. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 1st August 2012, 15:04

    Great title for the thread! Generally speaking, any pub works for me! I wish you all the best in your deprivation, but I’ve got it sorted. Cheers, Alexc

  13. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 1st August 2012, 15:07

    Browse highlights from 10,000 F1 Fanatic articles

    Wow! 10,000, that is truly amazing

  14. snowman (@snowman) said on 1st August 2012, 15:45

    Looking at all the stuff on F1fanatic shows what a great job is done so what I am going to say is a suggestion not a criticism!!

    The driver form guide it is misleading on the qualifying stats. It’s nice to have a quick look at what team-mate is performing better over the one lap. But because penalties are applied that have nothing to do with a driver’s quickness in qualifying it isn’t actually a form guide.

    Schumacher & Rosberg and Maldonado & Senna form guides are prime examples. Unless a driver is actually disqualified or punished for something to do with qualifying like Hamilton in Spain surely it would be better to actually count which was quicker in qualifying on a qualifying form guide like the graphs show??

  15. DaveW (@dmw) said on 1st August 2012, 16:00

    I would also recommend following drivers on the Twitter . You hear about their training and events and other stuff.

    If you follow Hamilton you get free music reviews. Useful maybe if you are wavering on the next Drake album.

  16. Spawinte (@spawinte) said on 1st August 2012, 16:24

    Can’t wait for the final 2013 calendar. If Germany and Hungary are back to back again next yeat rI’m gonna do them both. For the break however, I’m actually gonna forget about F1 for a while (aside from planning my trip to Monza) and try and catch up on some other stuff.

  17. vickyy (@vickyy) said on 1st August 2012, 16:36

    Almost done with everything on the list except 7 & 9.
    9 will be good to start with :)
    Also this is the time of the year when key F5 is least effective here :(

  18. JCost (@jcost) said on 1st August 2012, 16:54

    Thanks for the survival kit.

  19. Mariano (@mariano) said on 1st August 2012, 17:28

    It will be difficult to endure the summer break. Thanks Keith for the tips.

  20. joac21 (@joac21) said on 1st August 2012, 17:45

    Indy car Mid-Ohio race should be good, driving that track on iracing is veeery challenging…

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