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Welcome back Kimi, welcome back

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The Iceman is back at Ferrari. Kimi left Lotus for whatever reasons that may be to come back home to the Tifosi and Ferrari. Who would have thought the guy Ferrari paid, essentially, to go away would be welcomed back with open arms. He’s more relaxed now, Ferrari is a bit more relaxed now. Sure Lotus had or has one of the best working environments you could and can ask for. But when paychecks and bonuses aren’t being paid, allegedly, something has to give. As a huge Kimi fan and a huge Ferrari fan, I welcome the ol’ boy back.

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Kimi’s 2013 Monaco Helmet

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He was asked to cover up the the image due to some bullshit. It was stated that the FOM, Formula One Management, has a rule against rear facing text on the helmets of drivers. Bernie Eccelstone stepped in and said “Let him have his way”. Most people agree the attorneys in the FOM group stopped it because they felt it was free advertising for the new movie Rush. Rush entails the 1976 Formula 1 season, where James Hunt and Niki Lauda had a ridiculous season and fight for the championship. Now if this “free advertising” idea was true. Why why hasn’t Kimi worn a James Hunt tribute or Rush inspired helmet all season?

Kimi is a big fan of James Hunt and wore a Hunt styled helmet last year at Monaco. Nice try FOM.

Oh and..

Go see Rush in theatres this September.

See what I did there!?

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McLaren’s Unit 2

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Welcome to McLaren’s Area 51 skunkwerkes facility called Unit 2. A nondescript warehouse in the south of England. A select few of the employees have been taken here to see the history of McLaren. After the merging in 1981, Ron Dennis sorted to never sell McLaren’s race cars, spares, or rather anything from the McLaren Formula 1 team. Everything is stored here, cars, spare cars, wings, wheels, outdated computers for the ECUs, and even tools!

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You can see plenty of everything is stored here, even a nose cone from a testing livery McLaren F1 car. That is probably a nose can used in testing that didn’t carry over to the racing season. It stands out quite nicely against the bright white and day glow red cars of the Marlboro era of the McLaren team.

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What you can see here is the evolution of the McLaren liveries over time. The bright white and day glow red of the Marlboro era to the dull silver and black of the short lived West era and to the present. The almost chrome bright silver and day glow red of the Vodafone era. Ron Dennis has the utmost attention to detail to his cars. It reflects that he loves that silver finish so much he had his private jet painted in that particular finish.

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I can only imagine what kind of stories this warehouse could tell. You have a long history of cars stored in there. Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton, Mika Hakkinen, and Kimi Raikkonen all have cars in here. I don’t think you could spend a week in here in order to take in the provenance this warehouse holds in it’s interior. To see Ayrton’s MP4/6 that he took his first Brazilian GP win in. Or the car Kimi Raikkonen took around Giancarlo Fisichella into turn 1 of Suzuka. Or even get a sight of the MP4/13 and MP4/14. The two cars used by Mika Hakkinen to take the fight to Michael Schumacher who claimed Mika was his greatest foe.

While I am a huge Ferrari and Lotus fan, I applaud McLaren’s efforts to keep a running history of their team in a warehouse like this. A place where days gone by can be revisited. Where the spirits of our past live on quite nicely and are taken care of.

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