Wednesday, 26 October 2011 and

That was it. I was so close to break the record of Peter Gethin, who had a record for highest average speed of 246.6 kph in a grand prix. But something unexpected stood in the way of my goal. A super hero with blue outfit came in my way and stopped my car bare handed. With a small shriek and big shock I woke up realising this was all a dream. So, I too am infected with the Ra.1 and F1 fevers which made India go mad from a few months.

Coming to, it is always difficult for a movie with such a huge expectations and stardom in their casting and that was what happened in the case of Even with high range graphics and superstar rajini sir in a guest role, didn't impress me. Of course some of the top ranged reviewers were well impressed with the movie,whatever may be the reason - the stardom of srk or cash gifted by film units. I’m not exactly a fan of SRK, but I have always been an admirer to his acting. Well, not in this case!!

F1: In India, most of the people have known about F1 from a few days only, including me. I used to think is as a normal race which we come across while playing NFS. But it is lot more different and complicated. I’ve collected a few interesting facts about F1 from internet:

Approximate 80,000 components come together to make an F1 car. The cars have to be assembled with cent per cent accuracy. If it were assembled 99.9% correctly, it would go on the track with 80 components wrongly placed.
F1 car engines complete their life in about two hours of racing. Just compare this with normal engines which go on serving us faithfully for decent 20 years.
When an F1 driver puts brakes on his car he experiences huge retardation or deceleration. It could be compared to a regular car driving through a brick wall at the speed of 300kmph.
An F1 engine usually revs up to 18000 rpm. This means that the piston travels up and down 300 times a second. Road car engines rev up to 6000 rpm at max.
The brake discs in an F1 car have to withstand the operating temperature of approximately 1000 degrees Centigrade. They are made of carbon fibre which is much harder than steel and has a higher melting point.
The cars have more than a kilometer of cable linked to about 100 sensors and actuators which monitor and control the car.
An F1 car can accelerate from 0 to 160 kph and decelerate back to 0 in just four seconds.
An F1 car weighs around 550 kg.
Gear cogs or ratios are replaced after each race for they have to resist high degrees of stress.
Gear levers are located on the back of the wheel. The clutch levers are located below the gear paddles.
Most racing cars have their tyres filled with nitrogen. The reason being nitrogen has a more consistent pressure compared to normal air.
Road car tyres can last 60 000 to 100 000 km. On the other hand, racing tyres are designed to last only 90 to 120 km.
The tyres lose weight during the race. In a GP each tyre loses about 0.5kg in weight due to wear.
The cars can be refueled at 12 liters per second. The rig used would take just 4 seconds to fill the tank of an average road car.
Pit stop crews take only 3 seconds to refuel and change tyres.

Being a big fan of cricket and knowing f1 for so little time had made me feel that the best news I’ve heard about F1 this year is of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar who’s going to wave the flag for final race! Wishing that India would make the world proud, Jai ho.

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