Gotta Watch: Formula One's need for speed
The 2011 Formula One season kicked off Sunday in Melbourne, Australia
March 28th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Formula One's need for speed

It's not enough to call Formula One racing "fast driving." It's more like flying, just really low. The F1 season kicked off Sunday in Melbourne, Australia. Today, we're blowing your hair back with two of the fast and furious: Team Ferrari and Team Lotus. Don't worry, these guys aren't texting while driving, but CNN found out many of the top drivers have a huge following on Twitter.

Vroom! - The "Prancing Horse" rides again. Team Ferrari has 215 Grand Prix wins to celebrate. Will they grab 216? That depends largely on drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.

This year's model - Team Lotus' Mike Gascoyne shows us how even the slightest modification to one of these four-wheeled wonders can cost a driver a "make or break" one-hundredth of a second.

Tweets on the track - If you can't make it to the grandstand during a Formula One race, Twitter may offer the next best thing: tweets from the pit and jokes from the drivers.

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  1. Jimmy

    Ah. Ah. Car racing. That's nice.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

      no more Schumacher-Liuzzi-like accidents or Surtees-like deaths in Formula 1 or IndyCar

      March 29, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. fineart

    Hammilton is the man to beat this year.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. helllo


    March 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Calvin

    George Hammilton died a long time ago. He was a U.S. president.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durrr

      George Hamilton? US president? There was no Hamilton that was ever president. However, there was an Alexander Hamilton, who shot Aaron Burr, that became the first Secretary of the Treasury.

      March 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      George Hamilton is an actor, and as far as I know, he's still alive. However, as any F1 fan knows, the Hamilton mentioned here is British driver Lewis Hamilton.

      March 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      I thought Alexander Hamilton shot Raymond Burr on the last episode of Perry Mason, back in the 1950's; isn't that how Ironside came about?
      Actually I believe Vettle is still the one to beat. Red Bull hasn't even used the KERS and they smoked everyone and Vettle's skills are easily as good as Hamilton's. The Fantasy F1 team would be Vettle/Hamilton, but watch for the Russian.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Durrr, Alexander Hamilton didn't shoot Aaron Burr, actually the opposite happened. There was a duel between Hamilton and Burr and because of his beliefs, Hamilton refused to shoot at Burr. Instead, legend has it that Hamilton shot in the air, and Burr shot Hamilton, who later died of his wounds. This occurred as Hamilton was the Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington, where he implemented his 3-part plan to fix the nation's economy, which consisted of: 1. Implementing a National Bank, 2. Assume state debts to the federal level, and 3. A high protective tariff to protect American manufacturing. And no, I am not replying to show off my skills of history, I am an AP US History student in High school and I thought that this would help me do a mini-review as the AP test draws near.

      March 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      You Fool, they are obviously talking about Lewis Hamilton. If you don't know the game, please stay away from the field.

      March 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • lumps

      yeah....but he had a great tan!

      March 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jones Foyer

    Nice to see F1 on the front page of CNN, but to call Lotus F1 one of the "fastest and most furious" shows how little the author knows about the sport.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Yes, it would be nice if cnn had reporters who actually did their homework, wouldn't it? F1 fans are all aware that Team Lotus is not much more than a pair of rolling chicanes.

      March 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • middlej

      Take a look at the front wing on the Lotus for an explanation – CNN is a corp sponsor of the team.

      March 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jones Foyer

      Good call, middlej. Mystery solved.

      March 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      Agreed, I would have expected some mention of Red Bull or at least McLaren.

      March 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      Oh wait...I stand corrected... I think they mean Renault (Now Lotus-Renault)

      March 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    This season looks to be another Red Bull championship season, if Webber can fall into step with Vettel's quick pace.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. God

    F1 > Nascar (farm machinery)

    March 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DD

    Double »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»D. I just love fast cars

    March 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. F1freak

    Lotus – Most Furious in F1? This writer has no or limited knowledge of F1. For those reading this article, in yesterday's Australian GP – which kicked off the 2011 F1 Season in Melbourne, Lotus team was placed seventh (yes 7TH) of the 11 teams that participated and has not scored any points. So how come they are one of the furious. I saw their race live and they were pathetic.

    However, it's good to see F1 on CNN's homepage – for the first time I guess.

    Start watching F1 and you'll forget NASCAR. NASCAR is no big deal compared to F1.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      F1 Freak – Agree; I just hope F1 doesn't go Hollywood because of the new attention

      March 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      They need to bring attention here in the States to prep a fan base for the upcoming Austin 2012 Grand Prix. Kudos to CNN for the attempt. Now let's get some better reporting on the sport so we don't look like fools.

      March 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • tifoso

      For suspense and entertainment value, yesterday's last lap pass for the win at Fontana was many times better than the F1 parade at Melbourne. F1 is essentially over at the end of qualifying.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. M22

    Since when is Lotus one of the "fastest" and "most furious" teams in F1?

    March 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jones Foyer

      Since CNN started sponsoring the team. Someone pointed out the CNN logo on the front wing of the Lotus.

      March 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andreas Moser

    I think life is too fast already.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Realist

    F1 makes NASCAR look like the Soap Box Derby

    March 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Calvin

    You mean to tell me that from all the bloggers here only Durrr knows his American history? Shame on you. I was just testing you all. Durrr you did great. Appreciate you. A sports fan and a scholar. Excellent sir.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dwayne Alizondo Herbert Mountain Dew Comacho

    George Hamilton is not an actor he was a friggin beetle. This story has nothing to do with presidents or beetles. 😐 geez

    March 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      I'd George's wax statue looks better than him , LOL

      March 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      I'd George's wax statue looks better than him , LOLOL

      March 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dwayne Alizondo Herbert Mountain Dew Comacho

    I know it's George Harrison. Relax blogtards

    March 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
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