We race to win, we all do. In fact, we should all race to win, it’s the fundamental of racing. Thing is, what happens if you know you aren’t going to win? What do you tell yourself when you know that this race isn’t about about you anymore, or rather, when you start the race knowing you’d very likely come in last?
F1 Official Safety Car – AMG SLS
Bernd Maylander – Official F1 Safety Car Driver
Thank you Ju Lynn for the invitation! You rock!
The 2012 Singapore F1 was one of the most exciting Formula One races I’ve witnessed in awhile. Aside from the battle for top 5 positions, what really caught my attention was Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, and how he climbed from last position (24th) to eventually 8th.
For Massa, the race was nothing short of incidents and close shaves. His tires punctured in lap 1, had to pit in immediately, and I watched how he managed to climb steadily but surely, fighting to come back into the race.
During one of the turns, he was challenging driver Bruno Senna side by side for 9th place, when both cars made contact, forcing Massa to the barriers. When I thought I saw Massa’s car tires locking up and almost going into a spin, the veteran immediately brought it back under control again. Everything went from normal to chaotic and back to normal again. In that one-tenth of a second, what seemed to be a series of reckless turning of the wheel left and right, was actually years of professional training combined with an extremely calm and focused mind – Massa was taming the drifting Italian beast, braking and steering the Ferrari back into balance.
Massa finished 8th. (Accumulating 4 points for the team, a total of 19 points, with Alonso claiming 15 at 3rd position.)
Felipe Massa – Scuderia Ferrari Team
Life is like a Formula One race. No matter how well we think we know the track, and how much we’ve prepared ourselves for the race, it’s never easy, nor is it ever smooth sailing.
Besides constant practice, knowledge of the sport, and hands on experience, we will need to learn to work as a team, with the team – It’s never just about the action.
The strategy and planning (eg. when to come in for pitstops, when to go full throttle or take it easy) is as important as every single gear change and turn during the race.
There’s no time to look back and regret the mistakes that we’ve made, it’s how we react to the unexpected that really matters. It’s also during these unique moments and challenges that we usually
leave an impression in our life book, and come out of the turn stronger and ready to go full throttle once more.
We can never always be champion, for there is only space for one. But go deep down, find and recognize the champion within our souls, and tell ourselves to be brave, to face the challenge of
making sure we finish the race. Massa did, and he earned himself a top 8 placing.
Whichever position you are in right now, do not give up, we still have many laps to go, even more turns to battle. Our opponents are cheering us on, get ready to overtake!
I’ve always been a fan of the Formula One Racing sport.
Yesterday I was invited to Malaysia by Johnnie Walker to their “Never Drink And Drive” event.
Met one of my favourite F1 drivers of all time, Mika Hakkinen.
One of the highlights was for Mika to drive me in the AMG SLS, and to autograph my name “JJ” on the race track!
Throughout the 4 day-event, me and Mika spent some time sharing and exchanging ideas.
One very interesting comment he gave when I asked him which his favourite road car was,
“In your music world, imagine you go to a supermarket to buy a microphone, and you bring it home to tweak
your recording to try to make it sound like a recording you made with a professional microphone.
In the car world, a road car is like the one you buy from the supermarket, trying to compare with an F1 car -
前幾天收Johnnie Walker的邀請來到馬來西亞跟得過2次世界冠軍的方程式賽車手 米卡。哈基寧一起
我也很榮幸的能和他在同一台車裡（AMG SLS），讓他載我做高難度的甩尾特技，甚至用車子簽上 “JJ”！
With the 2-time F1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen.
Signing “JJ” with the AMG SLS.
I see three “JJ”s!
Thank you Johnnie Walker for making this possible!
And oh, by the way… NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE!
This year June I travelled to Great Britain with my big brother Eugene. Here’s what went down, at least a really rough summary of it. haha…
Finally, the new Lamborghini Adventador LP700-4 officially revealed in Taipei.
To me, this is the Lambo that breaks all super-car boundaries. 700hp, 1-100km/h in 2.9 secs, and many other enhancements to the already impressive LP640.
親自參加藍寶基尼 LP700-4 台北發表會。
Probably all of Taipei’s Lambo owners in one parking lot.
meet the LP700-4 Adventador.
Brandon looked impressed too
my favourite view.