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Fisichella move to Ferrari – a boon or a bane for Force India

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Fisi celebrating his 2nd place at Spa

Fisi celebrating his 2nd place at Spa

Force India has lately been going through exciting times! The Kingfisher of good times has suddenly found a sweet spot and largely has it’s lead driver – Giancarlo Fisichella – a Formula 1 veteran, to thank for it when they secured their first podium finish and points of their Grand Prix history.

I have written about Mallya’s brave moves when he, alongwith the Mol family, bought out the Spyker F1 team (the rechristened Midland F1 or the erstwhile Jordan team) in 2007. It’s been a seesaw two seasons for Vijay Mallya. The VJM01 was nowhere close to competitiveness and the VJM02 showed signs of promise with the new regulations but somehow their first points were eluding them. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 6, 2009 at 8:14 am

Posted in Automobiles, F1

Seventymm – India’s answer to NetFlix/Slumdog millionnaire/F1 update

leave a comment » is India’s answer to NetFlix.

I have been using this service for an initial subscription of Rs. 849 unlimited for 1 DVD per day for 3 months and so far, my experience has been very good. The DVD quality has been excellent and their pick-up/drop is a hassle-free experience for us.

We are putting our DVD player to maximum use with an average of 5 movies in 5 days! In just a week we saw the following: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

June 21, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Posted in Automobiles, Bollywood, F1

Brawn GP scores 1/2 in the Australian Grand Prix

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Congratulations to Ross Brawn. The ex-bosses of this team back at Japan must be kicking themselves that they were so near yet so far from their incorrect decision in withdrawing from F1 a tad early after all the hardwork!

But, nothing can be taken away from Ross Brawn and the way he interpreted the rules for the 2009 season and even managed to rope in their first main sponsor, Sir. Richard Branson’s Virgin group!

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March 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Posted in Automobiles, F1, Strategy

Brawn Grand Prix scores 1/2 in Melbourne qualifying!

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Brawn GP 2009 car - BGP001 - Jenson Button

Brawn GP 2009 car - BGP001 - Jenson Button

Isn’t life full of surprises?

This is exactly what Brawn GP pulled off with Jenson Button on pole and Rubens Barrichello on 2nd position followed by Sebastian Vettel (who won a GP last year and I had blogged about him then as well) in the season opening Australian Grand Prix!

The car is just awesome and Ross Brawn at the head offers tremendous promise to what is tipped to be one of the most exciting seasons in recent times!

They got their first sponsor – none other than Virgin group’s – Sir. Richard Branson! Way to go! I have followed Ross Brawn and he was the technical brain behind Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher victories during the late 90’s and the early 2000’s era! The killer combo of Schumacher + John Todt + Ross Brawn was too hot for any team to handle in those days and it is great to see Ross Brawn at his thinking best with a car that truly ‘performs’. Remember this is the erstwhile Honda team that he bought and also remember that these very drivers we are talking of as pole sitters today used to be the first from the back of the grid along with the Force India’s last season! Just goes to show nothing can be taken for granted in this world of competitiveness in every walk of life!

Written by Naveen Athresh

March 28, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Posted in Automobiles, F1

The new F1 2009 season begins tomorrow at Melbourne!

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The Australian Grand Prix begins at Melbourne tomorrow with a whole new set of rules/regulations/car aerodynamics with a much shorter rear wing and broader front wing and the KERS system for cars.

This is one heck of an exciting season with the erstwhile honda F1 (now Brawn GP) showing tremendous promise and McLaren Mercedes Benz for once not having its season opening charge. Ferrari is still somewhere at the top. The field is wide open now for almost 4-6 teams to compete for the top spot.

This is going to be an enthralling season – something tells me so! I have high hopes from Force India – our very own team India of sorts run by the liquor Baron Vijay Mallya (VJM) with the shades of the Indian tricolor on the car and as usual with the KingFisher branding heavy on the car!

Written by Naveen Athresh

March 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Posted in Automobiles, F1

New kid on the block / Sebastian Vettel – the new Michael Schumacher

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He’s a German. He’s as hard as a rock. He’s strategic. He’s fast. He flies. He can turn races around. He can create history.

He is Sebastian Vettel!

He is the youngest F1 driver in the history of the sport to have earned himself a pole position in qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and went on to win the race to create history. Guess what – this is the same car that the Red Bull boss purchased from the erstwhile Minardi! Can you imagine that it is a Minardi soul somewhere in that car that won the race! Fantastic!

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Written by Naveen Athresh

September 14, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Posted in Automobiles, F1, Sports

The Indian Premier League (IPL) – economics

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Today is the final cricket match between the Chennai superkings (led by M S Dhoni) and the Rajasthan Royals (led by Shane Warne)!

Redefining cricket has once again been attempted with great pomp and flourish deacades after the great Kerry Packer ( introduced the world series cricket in Australia (

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Lalit Modi (the scion of the $2billion, Modi enterprise) has done just that with the fusion of India’s icons – the cricketers themselves who are auctioned, the owners of the teams (each IPL cricketing state has been bought out by the bigwigs), the Bollywood actors, the large # of spectators and of course, the television viewers in millions of viewers across over 100 countries.

Its been a success – without doubt, but is this the key to the future of world cricket?

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Written by Naveen Athresh

June 1, 2008 at 8:42 pm

McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen emerges unscathed after a 240 kmph accident!

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It appears every season, Formula 1 just gets more safer. While it is still a very risky sport (given the speeds involved), McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen managed to suffer just a minor headache and a stiff neck after what appears to be a McLaren confirmed 140 kmph impact with the tyre wall. He lost consciousness as soon as he hit as you would expect (given he experienced a 29G – 29 times his own body weight impact). The HANS device also played its part. HANS is acronym for Head and neck support device that became mandatory in 2006 for all F1 cars.

But the carbon fiber monocoque of the F1 car stood true to its testimony as track medical team and marshals quickly and safely removed him from the car, shifted him to the track medical center and to the waiting helicopter as Heikki gave a thumbs up sign to indicate he was ok. It brings grim memories of what we saw on 1st May 1994 during the infamous Ayrton Senna death in a Williams car at Imola, Italy.

The F1 car of 2008 is probably the most safest vehicle to drive on the road with the stringent FIA safety standards laid down. Robert Kubica should know better. He escaped a near fatal crash in 2007 June at Montreal, Canada when hardly anything remained on his BMW.

I salute the safety of the modern F1 car!

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April 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm and its statistics from an year ago

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I was chancing to look upon my blog’s readership and it has skyrocketed in last few months. To give you an idea of how much the readership for has gone up by, Alexa rating has shown a consistent rise in my webpage ranking (it currently stands at 755139 worldwide and its India ranking is better at 58137. Furthermore, my year old blog stats shows my blog to have averaged 9999 hits way in May 2007. The current count stands at 77791.

Above means nothing if people don’t read posts. Simple page views/hits serve no value absolutely. The most important indicator that indicates the health status of a blog is its post:comment ratio. My blog’s average post:comment ratio is at about 1:2. This means, for every post I put up, I get double the # of comments. This ratio was about 2:1 last year at about the same time and it had not even reached breakeven. So, it is a satisfaction that my blog is a success in terms of these critical metrics.

Thank you, all for making this blog readable! Its only my readers who can turnaround this blog and I hope to keep you as repeat readers so the value of this blog is enhanced further!

Keep visiting back – you know where to look for me:!

Blogging guidelines – my two cents

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What are the important factors one needs to consider before one begins to blog:

1. First, get over this obsession of Google adsense. 99/100 bloggers I meet first think of making a quick buck on adsense rather than focus on quality of their blogs and its relevance towards the topic(s) chosen! This is really very disturbing statistics. Read the rest of this entry »