Words by Ian Magbanua | Photos by author and Jenna V Genio
Standing less than five meters away from a Lotus Formula 1 car doing donuts in the middle of the Quirino Grandstand stands as one of the Manila Speed Show's most memorable moments. Fine. So it might actually be a Renault R31 from 2010 that the team just repainted to resemble their current grand prix car, but who cares when you feel that 700+ hp V8 engine pummel your chest with its howling revs.
For those who braved the heat to see the first-ever Formula 1 car to actually roll down Philippine asphalt at the hands of Filipino-Swiss driver Marlon Stockinger, may this bring back memories of those glorious moments. And for those who missed out on this historic event last May 4 and 5, 2013, come and see what you missed.
Soichiro Honda was once quoted saying: “If Honda does not race, there is no Honda.” And one of their biggest undertaking was Formula 1.
It started as early as the 60's where they enjoyed success as a full-fledged team. They then returned in the 80's as an engine supplier for McLaren and won the driver's and constructor's championship from '88 to '92 with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Honda even had a short stint as a constructor a few years ago, until the company pulled the plug in 2008 due to limited success.
Sadly, Honda's motorsports program has been dormant for the past few years, which made us wonder wether Honda has lost their way. Well, I'm glad to let everyone know that their dry spell is almost over. That's because Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has just announced their return to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from the 2015 season onwards as an engine supplier for McLaren once again.
This is IT! The Manila Speed Show is set to start in less than 24 hours. Just imagine, for the first time in Philippine history, three, yes three, Lotus Formula 1 cars will be screaming down the roads of Manila. And the main star of the show will be none other than our very own, and current Lotus F1 Junior Team driver, Marlon Stockinger.
Scheduled on May 4 to 5, 2013 at the Quirino Grandstand and SM Mall of Asia, here's everything you need to know to watch the Manila Speed Show. Well, almost everything we could get our hands on at least.
It’s been only two months since we got word that Filipino-Swiss driver Marlon Stockinger was recruited by the newly-formed Lotus F1 Junior team. That means he'll race under the Lotus F1 team in the 2013 World Series by Renault and be trained to become a future Formula 1 driver. This keeps our hopes up that, one day, we'll see the Philippine flag raised on the Formula 1 grid. Thankfully, we don't have to wait months or years to see Marlon in a Formula 1 car. We don't even have to go very far, because from May 4 to 5, 2013, the Lotus F1 Team will bring Formula 1 to Manila.
The aptly named the Manila Speed Show will bring Formula 1 action to our streets, more specifically on the streets at the Quirino Grandstand and SM Mall of Asia (MOA). Although we don't have the complete and final details yet, here's everything you need to know to the ultimate Formula 1 experience in Manila.
Starting this 2013 season, there'll be a new sticker added to Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa's F138 race car. That's because UPS just signed a multi-year contract to be Scuderia Ferrari's new official logistics and shipping sponsor.
As part of the deal, UPS will become fully integrated into Ferrari's daily operations on and off the Formula 1 grid by providing critical delivery and transportation services. In other words, they'll have the full responsibility of shipping all of the team's equipment, tools, and Formula 1 race cars to all 19 races in the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship season.
While we thought that having a Filipino Formula 1 driver one day was but a dream, we just got word that 21-year-old Filipino-Swiss GP3 driver Marlon Stockinger has been selected for the newly-launched Lotus F1 Junior Team.
A total of seven promising international drivers, including Stockinger, will be supported by the team to hone them into future Formula 1 drivers. They'll be trained in terms of driving skill, physical fitness, health and nutrition, social and mental development, business ethics and principals, and PR training. The seven drivers will contest in a variety of motorsport championships from the World Series by Renault to KF category karting.
If you can't make it to Melbourne for the Australian GP, here's the next best thing. Red Rock Travel (RRT), the Philippines' F1 tour authority, is now selling packages for the 2013 Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Starting as low as US$ 1,089 per person, you can now watch 22 screaming Formula 1 cars bang wheels at the Sepang International Circuit from March 22 to 25.
Your US$ 1,089 will get you: a 4 day 3 night hotel stay at the Cititel Express with daily breakfast; roundtrip airfare via Malaysia Airlines, K1 Grandstand tickets, two day round trip transfers, and travel insurance. Not bad right? There are also packages if you want to opt for five-star accommodations. Or maybe you'd want to get a better view of the track and upgrade your race ticket. And since you won't be spending all of your time on track, there's a Kuala Lumpur day tour and Genting tour to keep you busy.
Now that Sebastian Vettel is the 2012 and youngest ever three-time world champion, it's time to set our eyes on the 2013 Formula 1 season. Valencia might be missing in next year's 19-race calendar, but the action once again begins at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix staged at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbournefrom March 14 to 17, 2013. And Red Rock Travel (RRT), the Philippines' F1 tour authority, is now offering packages for as low as AUS$ 918 per person.
The package include 5 days 4 nights accommodations at the Punt Hill Apartments, round trip airport-hotel transfers, and a Myki public transport smart card. Then, just pick the best spot on the grandstand with race tickets beginning at AUS$ 339.
Wanna fly to Abu Dhabi for free and watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix? Now's your chance. Brought to you by Etihad Airways, Red Rock Travel, National Sports Grill, and Ayala Malls, all you have to do is to correctly predict the winners of the next six (6) races in the 2012 Formula 1 calendar.
Watch the races live at Red Rock Travel's Viewing Parties, held at the National Sports Grill in Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center. But before the race begins, you much choose the Top 4 finishers in each Grand Prix and earn points based on the current Formula 1 scoring system: 25 pts. - 1st place; 18 pts. - 2nd place; 15 pts. - 3rd place; and 12 pts. - 4th place. Then, at the end of all six (6) races, whoever has the highest overall points wins a Coral Economy Class ticket to Abu Dhabi from Etihad Airways.
For the first time in Formula One history, the Caterham F1 team (formerly Team Lotus) came in first... to unveil their 2012 contender, that is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t count towards the season’s point tally and means little for their standings in the championship. Still, the Caterham CT-01 is a good preview of what many F1 cars may shape up to be this season.
With new rules imposing a stringent maximum height for the nose and a minimum height for the bodywork behind it, the Caterham’s duck-billed countenance is no surprise. It’s not pretty, but Caterham’s road cars have never been praised for their beauty, anyway. Still, it remains to be seen how competitive this fledgling team will be this year.