Category: Racing

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The History of the AusterlitzRing – Part 1 (1945-1974)

This post is an exercise in creative writing. Everything written in this post is entirely fictional but interwoven with real facts. Not only did this take a lot of research, it took a whole lot of effort in creativity. This is part 1 in a 2-part series. Already read part 1? Go to part 2 by clicking here! It was supposed to be the Dutch version of the infamous Nordschleife. But decades of lawsuits meant the project was delayed until the times caught up to the plan. This is the...

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The AusterlitzRing, the third Dutch circuit

As a kid, I loved drawing fictional race tracks. Sadly, none of those designs have withstood the test of time. They might still be somewhere buried deep within a cardboard box at my parents’ place. However, digging through the many boxes looking for something that might not be there is something I don’t want to put my parents through. A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon the subreddit “/r/racetrackdesigns”, which is a whole subreddit dedicated to people’s fictional designs for race tracks. At some point, I uploaded a design...

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Design: MAX

For the average Dutchman, I’m not that much of a Max Verstappen fan. I am somewhat of an F1 hipster. The people who laughed at me as a teen for watching Formula 1? They have all suddenly devoted their Sunday-afternoons to watching Max do what they previously made fun of: drive in circles. Nevertheless, I respect Max’ driving skills. I certainly hope he will be able to break Mercedes’ hegemony, which has lasted for far too long already. Last week, I posted a design that combined Shepard Fairley’s “Hope” poster...

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Design: SEB

I am a Sebastian Vettel fan. Always have been, always will be. Whether he’s winning races or even championships, or not. As Sebastian “Seb” Vettel grows older, he’s also growing more mature. He was always famous for his work ethic off the track. Especially this year, now that the pressure of being a Ferrari driver is no longer on his shoulders. Seb has become very vocal about the environment. And not just with words, but also in his actions. Whether he’s picking up trash after the British GP, opening a...

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Design: Nyck de Vries, World Champion

The 2020/2021 Formula E season was a blast. Not just because it was one of the closest fights for the championship title, but also because it saw Nyck de Vries clench it in the final race. This means that Nyck de Vries became the first Dutchman to become an official (non-karting) FIA world champion. As a tribute, I made a design commemorating this fact. Before showing you the end result, I will briefly talk about my “relation” to Nyck (i.e., as a spectator and motorsports fan) and show some of...

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Design: Formula E (-lectric) Drift

In February 2020, Formula E announced its intention to introduce the Evo version of its Gen 2 design. This Evo design saw an update to both the front- and rear wings, and a new shark fin was added to the existing design. I thought it looked pretty cool, so I started the groundwork for an illustration based on it. I started with a drawing (pictured below), which I scanned and used as a basis for the eventual design which I would make in Illustrator. Unfortunately for me, a couple of...

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5 new and upcoming sportscars which deserve future GT3 versions

Group GT3 is a set of regulations created by the FIA for converted road cars to be used in various national and international racing series. Such as the SRO GT World Challenge, the ADAC GT Masters, or (as of 2021) DTM. Since its introduction in 2005, group GT3 has seen 52 homologations, while some GT3 spec cars without homologation are allowed to participate in some GT3 series. GT3’s homologation strategy ensures a low development cost for manufacturers, meaning it is an attractive option to many brands to market themselves to...

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Make your own 2022 Formula 1 livery with this free template

On 22 January 2017, I published a post. This post, titled “Make your own 2017 Formula 1 livery with this template“, allowed users to do as much as as the title described: let people use my pre-made template to create custom liveries. I linked this to reddit’s /r/Formula1 subreddit, where it quickly took off. Not only did it receive a lot of short-term popularity, it remains (even now) one of my most visited posts. In the sidebar, where my top 10 viewed posts over a 48-hour period are showcased, it...

Design: Sebastian Vettel's '5'

It’s been a while since I designed something, but sometimes you have a hint, a spark, a slight flash of inspiration resulting in something you think is at least half decent. Well, this design is just that. I think I only saw Sebastian Vettel’s helmet, and knew I wanted to make this logo. The design is inspired by Sebastian Vettel’s ‘5’ logo, which he wears on his helmet. He’s done a lot of different renditions and variations of the logo, like the one in this picture. My design has the...

The F1 ‘Oracle’ – Trying to predict the results for GP #15: Malaysia

In this series of posts I attempt to predict the top 10 of both the qualifying session and the race ahead of qualifying. I will enter these predictions on GuessTheGrid, a website which takes your top 10 predictions and ranks them against other’s. Before I will present my prediction, let us take a look at how my prediction for the Singapore Grand Prix worked out. –   Singapore GP Recap   My qualifying result was decent. I got 9/10 of the drivers right, but for 6/10 I was one place off....