Thought it interesting that a few Formula 1 fans are lamenting on Twitter, wondering how they will survive and fill their time until the Turkish Grand Prix. Regardless of how you are embracing 2011 tyres and technology, you must admit that boredom during F1 races has been eliminated, or at least curtailed for the most part. But what about between races?

So what do you do during the off-weeks? Here are a few ideas to help you get an F1 “fix” and … hey … you might learn some things along the way.

Books. Step away from the computer. Delve back into your own F1 library, your Dad’s stack of motorsport magazines, your friend’s collection. Search your local library for biographies of your favorite drivers. For me, “The Art of The Formula 1 Car” is waiting on my coffee table.

YouTube. Now that you’ve had your book break you can return to the computer. It’s amazing the hours and hours of footage, history and highlights that are out there. You’re not a true F1 fan until you discover F1 then-to-now. Not just the 80s, 90s and early 00s. If any sport ever captured its history on film, F1 has. Go back in time. Clark, Hill, Stewart, Rindt, Schumacher and Senna are all there. Search for your hero and enjoy.

Technical. Yes, many F1 fans just want to watch the race … but aren’t you a little curious? Stretch your mind a bit to read about and understand KERS and DRS, not to mention how F1 has evolved through generations of engines, diffusers, suspensions, nose and wing designs and safety measures. Come Turkey you’ll have a brand-new appreciation of F1. I promise.

Finally, it is OK if there isn’t F1 this weekend. Or next. Breaks are good. I could compare it to the new love “trap” where you want to spend every moment of every day together. But since we’ve all fallen into that trap I’ll spare us the analogy.

After exploring all of these options, remember that there’s always F1B news and opinion plus #F1Chat on Twitter each Monday.

Happy Spring Break … F1 style!

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Robyn
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Robyn

See, those are the things I do when there’s a *normal* interval between races. They sort of fill the void, but not entirely. These longer breaks, though? They’re just painful.

Sam
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Sam

iRacing fills the void very well, in fact I might just go and take the FW-31 for a spin on Spa right now!

Alianora La Canta
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Alianora La Canta

Of course, there are other racing series to enjoy during the break. Next Sunday is already booked as far as I’m concerned due to the 24H Le Mans test… :)

TheVillainF1
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TheVillainF1

I race in the virtual world of Codemaster’s F1 2010 and post my own F1 race edits on youtube about it while I ramble about F1 during the vid. (username Cadmuss on yt in case u want to check it out) I also have quite an extensive video library of ‘old’ GPs dating back to the 70s acquired in various ways off the internet, so I often rewatch previous GPs on the upcoming track. It also appeases my non- petrolhead wife that I don’t get up at ungodly hours to watch races or reserve sunday afternoon slots so an F1… Read more »

The Imperative Voice
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The Imperative Voice

Such a frustrating game. You do 11 laps of a 12 lap race perfect and then spin the car on lap 12 in 1st place trying to hold onto worn tires one too many laps. Hypothetically speaking, ahem…..=)

Williams4Ever
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Williams4Ever

Enjoy while it lasts, the 2011 version will have DRS ;-)

SJ Skid
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SJ Skid

Just so Paul doesn’t feel like I only pick on him with “Counterpoint” pieces, perhaps it’s time to fire up:

Counterpoint: Bored during races? How is that not possible?

fvelasquezm
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fvelasquezm

i recommend using this spare time on building a go kart. What do you think? i’m starting right now. I have a childs-pedals little car, so i’ll buy a motorcycle engine and brake and that’s it!

If you’re interested too, here are some tutorials: http://hubpages.com/hub/Build-Your-Own-Go-Kart—A-Step-by-Step-Guide

http://www.diygokarts.com/

http://www.ehow.com/how_4620718_build-go_kart-lawnmower-engine.html

Cheers!

olderguysrule
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olderguysrule

At least a couple times a year, during the F1 season, I watch the movie Grand Prix. As a reminder of how it “may” have been back in the day. I pick out the real F1 racers in some of the scenes. Hill looks like he has a extreme case of stage fright. :>)))

olderguysrule
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olderguysrule

ps, Where’s Lois. I miss her blogs

SJ Skid
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SJ Skid

This is Lois’s post.

Lois
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Lois

Here I am! Yes it’s me! Thanks everyone for the comments and ideas!

olderguysrule
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olderguysrule

Lois, Don’t wait so long to write. :>)))

Steven
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Steven

Go on Youtube and find the antti kalhola videos, not just the F1 ones, the rally ones are amazing as well. Heres a couple:

This a rally video by the same person:

I believe its a girl, the videos area amazing, theres a few more if you search.

The other thing that keeps me occupied is GIRLS!! LOL

Formulasfera
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Formulasfera

I want to know about STRATEGY, because is key in this new modern F1, so I read about it, for example about war, hard competition, succesfful change and business, like these books:
– The Art of War (Fernando Sun Tzu)
– Only the Paranoid Survive (Sam Michael and Andy Grove)
– Competing for the Future (Sergio Perez, Gary Hamel & C.K. Prahalad)
– Good to Great (Lewis Hamilton and Jim Collins)
– Competitive Strategy (Mark Webber and Michael Porter)

Just kidding!

Jack Flash
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Jack Flash

BBC4 UK produced a great one-hour documentary (as the Beeb often do!) on the tumultuous times in ‘Formula 1 Grand Prix’ racing from the start of the 60’s through to the mid 70’s. A time when the chances of a GP driver surviving thorough his careeer was only ‘one-in-three’. BBC4 Documentary – Grand Prix “The Killer Years” The doco can be found on YouTube, or can be located in FLV or MP4 formats at the torrent: http://btjunkie.org/torrent/Grand-Prix-The-Killer-Years-BBC4-Documentary-Feb-2011/4239664ff1ef4a234a8eaa04fa155dcfefb415f2a64b A good thread on the Doco can also be read at: http://community.redbullracing.com/forums/thread.cfm?threadID=1281&startRow=0 Narrative: Formula 1 has a very ‘dark past’ through the 60’s… Read more »

The Imperative Voice
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The Imperative Voice

Kayak/sail.

brianpmack
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brianpmack

Bored? New Doctor Who is on tonight. Now if only DirecTV would broadcast BBC America in HD…

Sorry. I got off topic. What were we talking about again?

SJ Skid
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SJ Skid

At the risk of having Todd himself flame me, never could get into Doctor Who. But Game of Thrones? Bring it on.