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Spanish Grand Prix F1 Weekend Race Review

The Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix has come and gone, and it played out to be one of the best races this year, if not for a number of years!

This was very much helped by the Mercedes drivers taking each other out at the 4th corner, when an overtaking attempt by Lewis Hamilton went astray after Nico Rosberg shut the door, forcing Hamilont on the grass, and lead to Hamilton losing control of his car, travelling into Rosberg and both cars in to the gravel.

This opened the door for a new victor, and we had it in none other than newly promoted-to-Red-Bull-Racing Max Verstappen!

After a couple of weeks of turmoil, intrigue and suspense, Verstappen showed he was in fact really talented and super quick by holding off a persistent Kimi Raikkonen and taking his first Formula 1 victory after only 24 starts. In 2013 (3 years ago) Verstappen was racing karts!

To commemorate the occasion, and to relive a fantastic grand prix, I decided to develop the Race Review for the Spanish GP.

Click for larger!

Like usual, the Race Review contains all the weekends session information (Free Practice 1/2/3, Qualifying, and Race), as well as some neat infographical stuff, including qualifying gaps, race history/review and tyre strategies. The Race Review also includes my awesome pixel F1 cars!

The front image this week shows Max Verstappen as he goes down the final straight to win. Typically I;d like to feature the official/unofficial driver of the day from eahc GP, so long as there isn’t any special event that happens.

I am hoping to do all 21 Formula 1 races (2 of 5 down!) and release hard copies of them as a sort of coffee table book. Each sheet is the size of a landscape A3 sheet of paper, so big but not huge, good to get a lot of nice looking detail.

The only thing I am thinking of tinkering with is the qualifying percentage graphic – I think using the car graphics makes it a bit messy, especially with the bars showing where each car is, so this is something to work on.

Also, and finally, here is the ‘art piece’ for this Race Review:

Esp GP Art Piece

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Mercedes W07 pixels!

So I know in my last post I mentioned that I was going to some stuff away from the Formula 1 thing, and I am pretty sure that I said the same thing in the post before that. Well…I went back into it, but only really to finish up the Mercedes W07!

Mercedes W07

Realistic Version

Mercedes W07 BLO

Black Outline Version

The Mercedes W07 is the 7th car produced by the Mercedes works team, starting with the W01 in 2010 (which was developed from the Brawn BGP 001). This car is the successor to the very well performing W06, which itself was a successor to the very well performing W05.

The car is Mercedes’ challenger for the 2016 season, and it is proving as much a grid leader as its predecessors. In the hands of Nico Rosberg, the car has won every race so far, and the car has lead almost every single practice and qualifying session this year. Ferrari have come close, and Red Bull are a little but closer as well, however the car seems to be yet again the class leader this year.

The car, remarkably, has developed some very new ideas, including the serrated bargeboard, and the very large engine air intake above the driver’s head, the angle of which is deliberately angled forward. The car also sports some very aggressive sidepod designs at the front (which cannot be seen above), with the side impact structures peeking out of the sidepods.

Close ups of the Mercedes W07. Click to expand.

To ‘pixelise’ this car was one heck of a challenge. Mercedes really like to use airbrush effects on their cars, and the W07 is no exception. They used the effect on the nose cone (where the Petronas teal makes way for the Mercedes silver, with a bit of dark grey thrown in), on the sidepods (with the same Petronas teal and Mercedes silver with dark grey) and on the engine cover (where there is a broad dark grey that fades into the silver surrounding it). Together with the actual shading and highlighting, the car was incredibly hard to get right. All in all though, I think I managed to do a fairly decent job!

Here’s the Mercedes with the rest of the gang:

Ferrari Manor Red Bull Renault Haas Mercedes BLO

6 down and 5 to go! With the Mercedes, I think I will maybe do another Race Review and FINALLY spend some time on some other projects (yeah, I said that last time and the time before that!).


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Haas F1 VF-16 Pixels!

For my next trick, I will pull the Haas VF-16 pixel out of my files and place it in this here blog!

Haas VF-16

Realistic Version

Haas VF-16 BLO

Black Outline Version

The Haas VF-16 is the product from the newest Formula 1 team to enter the sport. The team is headed up by Gene Haas, of Haas Automation fame, a company that designs and develops CNC machines. In order to promote his CNC machines and company, Gene decided to enter into Formula 1 with a new team.

As they are a new team, there is not a lot of history of Haas in Formula 1. Haas’ racing experience comes from his NASCAR experience, where he started Haas CNC Racing in 2002, which eventually became Stewart-Haas Racing.

The car was developed throughout 2015, utilising former Marussia facilities in England as a European base. Haas also has a close collaboration with the Ferrari F1 team, and have utilised a number of Ferrari components that are in line with the allowable parts contained within the technical regulations. The car uses a 2016 Ferrari power plant for 2016, and the car is driven by former Renault and Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean, and former Sauber and Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez.

The car itself is quite simple in colour and logos; currently only Haas, Richard Mille (watches) and Alpinestar (apparel) appear on the car. Haas has stated that sponsorship is not a problem for the team at the moment, possibly concentrating on establishing the car and team or the future.The colour scheme was tweaked after the early season testing, with the current white (or very light grey) originally being a darker grey.

I quite liked developing this car in pixels given the simplicity and ease of development. I think the car looks great, the livery is a bit understated, and it is always nice to have a bit more brighter grid!

Here is the completed gang so far:

Ferrari Manor Red Bull Renault Haas BLO

Last time I think I mentioned that I was going to do some other stuff away from the Formula 1 pixels, and I think I might take this time to do that. I have some ideas on some Disneyland related stuff, but I will likely have 10 more ideas between now and next week anyway, so who knows?


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2016 Australian Grand Prix – My photos

The opening round of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship occurred on the weekend for the Australian Grand Prix held at Albert Park, Melbourne. I of course went for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday proceedings. I took the nice camera, but had never played around with the manual settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO setting, etc.). I had a basic understanding of how changing each differed the type of image you got, but I was really interesting in seeing what the effect was and how I could use the settings to get some cool shots.

The results are below, and given my lack of photography skills (and therefore my naivety), I am pretty happy with the results!


Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas W07, Turn 11


Peter Strauss driving the Brabham BT31 in the historics demonstration, Turn 6.


Esteban Guierrez, Haas F1 Team, Turn 11


Valtteri Bottas, Williams Martini Racing, Turn 11


Ash Samadi in the ASR Raxing Mercedes Benz AMG GTS GT3, Turn 11


Rod Salmon in the Skwrik Racing Audi R8 LMS, Turn 4


Jenson Button, McLaren Honda MP4-31, Turn 11


Pascal Wehrlein in the Manor Racing MRT05, Turn 11


Rullo brothers driving the Lamborghini Gallardo FLII, Turn 11


Joylon Palmer, Renault RS.16, Turn 11


Garth Walden driving in the Porsche Carrera Cup, Turn 4

DSC_0205_smallPorscheĀ Carrera Cup, on approach to Turn 5

Albert Park is very hard for photos, as the entire circuit is covered in catch fencing, so getting photos without it are limited to the official photographers who are right next to the circuit peering out of little holes in the fence. I tried to get that awesome blurry effect but Formula 1 cars are just so dang fast to get absolutely right!

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Manor MRT05 Pixels!

As part of my more regular blog updates, I hereby present the completed Manor MRT05 pixels!

Manor MRT05

The Manor MRT05 was revealed with great anticipation earlier in the year, as a renewed Manor Racing team looked to increase their performance in 2016 following what was essentially a ‘gap’ year in 2015. Largely a transition for the team, the 2015 season did not start amicably, with the team not running at all in the first round in Australia, and only fielding one car in Malaysia. For the rest of the season however, the car was still some 5-6 seconds off the field in terms of raw pace, owing to the fact that the team was bought out shortly before the start of the season, and the car used was essentially an old designed altered to fit the technical regulations without any real design development.

In 2016, the team has fielded a completely new car in the MRT05, and has released this car under a new identity known as Manor Racing. The car features the new Manor Racing colours of orange, blue and white, and while the sponsorship totals are modest, the livery itself is striking and follows the lines of the car very well, garnering the praise of many F1 fans due to its colour and not being another ‘black or dark grey’ car.

Be sure to click on each image above for close ups!

After the completion of the Ferrari SF16-H, I knew this had to be the next car I did. The livery is quite something when placed among the rest of the filed (Renault notwithstanding), and the car has some nice proportions with the long nose. I am really looking forward to seeing this out on circuit!

Over the next couple of days I will be trackside at the first round of the F1 season at Albert Park. I will be taking many a photo so I’ll be sure to post my favourites!

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