The Bouncebackable Guide: How to Survive the F1 Winter Break.

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A new Champion has been crowned, the champagne/rose water has been drunk (and copiously sprayed), the cars have been packed up and the proverbial curtains to the show (or is it circus?) have been closed. 

What now? The (dreaded) Winter Break, that is. *Cue collective gasp* Fear not, just like the previous post The Bouncebackable Guide: How to Survive The F1 Summer Break, I got your back and provided an assortment of distractions to help you through the months of waiting:

Missed a crucial/relevant/controversial/hilarious moment on and off the track? Trawl this blog’s huge selection of F1-related videos HERE and happily lose precious hours of your life.

Embrace your inner F1 Geek and get lost in the ocean of stats and trivia (and some noteworthy articles) by the ever-reliable F1 Statman.

Go a step further and embrace your inner Motorsport Geek and browse the super extensive Driver Database website.

Interested in the technology side of F1 and motorsport? Check out the techie wonderland that is Scarbs F1

Do you want to score an actual job for an F1 team but have no idea how to do it and where to start? Head over to Job in F1  and start plotting your way to the top. Good luck!  

Appreciate F1 and Motorsport in a new way by browsing the works of these massively-talented artists:

*Motorsport art & drawings

http://ecapener.wordpress.com

http://twitter.com/ecapener

*Lisa Statham Illustration

http://lisastathamillustration.bigcartel.com

*Dot art by Nikki Douthwaite

http://nikkidouthwaite.co.uk

https://twitter.com/nikkidouthwaite

*Simon Ward motorsport paintings

http://www.classicformulaone.co.uk/

http://twitter.com/simonward46

 *Jake Davis Illustration

http://jakedaviscreative.com/#/speedyhedz-motorsport/

http://twitter.com/JakeDDCreative

Fancy yourself to be some kind of F1 Genius? Then try your luck at answering “The World’s Hardest F1 Quiz” HERE.

Could you be an F1/McLaren driver in a past life? Take the “Which F1 Driver Are You?” quiz by McLaren HERE.

Prove your F1 Mad Skillz by taking on the Tag Heuer Steering Wheel Challenge HERE.

Fall down the Blackhole of F1 Fandom and search F1 (or the names of your F1 favourite teams and drivers) on http://www.tumblr.com

I promise you, you’ll spend hours and hours and hours browsing and marveling at what the internet can produce. (Hint: f1-gifs.tumblr.com is a good place to start.)

Do you get (irrationally) annoyed when some people jump on the F1 bandwagon but clearly have no idea about the sport? Watch this funny video by Twitter user  on how wrong David Guetta’s F1-themed music video “Dangerous” is.

Still haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet? Then browse this extensive list of gift suggestions for your motorsport loving friends and family members from F1 Fanatic —hey, feel free to buy a thing (or two) for yourself as well!

Wanting, wishing and dreaming of going to your first GP but you have no idea where to start? Check out F1 Destinations and take the first step to getting to the GP you want!

Still aching to watch some similar form of motorsport during the weekends? Try Formula E , the newest electrifying series by the FIA (see what I did there). Hey, there’s loads of ex-F1 drivers in there so at least there will be familiar faces!

From the wow, weird, wacky, wonderful, to simply WTF, this site (nearly) has it all. Head on over to WTF1 and immerse yourself in the crazy world of F1 (& other motorsport)!
Are you hopelessly addicted to Twitter and are in-the-know when it comes to chuckle-/LOL-inducing F1 gifs and photos? Check out the Twitter account F1 Reactions (@f1_reactions) and get contributing! 

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There you have it. The aforementioned, along with the holiday season, should tide you over until at least the Winter Testing starts, yes? And if not, well then use the comments box below to suggest more ways of surviving the break!

Twelve Days of Christmas: F1 Style*!

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*You are now hereby required to sing while reading this post. Don’t be a Scrooge now, I know you can do it!

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On the first day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
A pic of comebacking Kimi!
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On the second day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the third day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the fourth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Four Button Mos
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the fifth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Five Jaime winks!
Four Button Mos
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the sixth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Six Schumis waving
Five Jaime winks!
Four Button Mos
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the seventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Seven Webbers sulking
Six Schumis waving
Five Jaime winks!
Four Button Mos
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the eighth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Eight Nicks a-running
Seven Webbers sulking
Six Schumis waving
Five Jaime winks!
Four Button Mos
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the ninth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Nine Rosbergs preening
Eight Nicks a-running
Seven Webbers sulking
Six Schumis waving
Five Jaime winks!
Four Button Mos
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the tenth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Ten Nandos a-freaking
Nine Rosbergs preening
Eight Nicks a-running
Seven Webbers sulking
Six Schumis waving
Five Jaime winks!
Four Button Mos
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Eleven Lewis’ spinning
Ten Nandos a-freaking
Nine Rosbergs preening
Eight Nicks a-running
Seven Webbers sulking
Six Schumis waving
Five Jaime winks!
Four Button Mos
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Twelve Vettels a-swaggin’
Eleven Lewis’ spinning
Ten Nandos a-freaking
Nine Rosbergs preening
Eight Nicks a-running
Seven Webbers sulking
Six Schumis waving
Five Jaime winks!
Four Button Mos
Three Neweys
Two battling cars, and
A pic of comebacking Kimi!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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P.S. Credit to f1-gifs.tumblr.com for some of the gifs used. If you made/own some of the others, please leave a message so i can credit you. Thanks!

The Encore: Formula One The Musical.

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Every great musical performance deserves an encore–and since the off-season is stretching out for what seems like an eternity, here is the much-awaited part 2 of the pinnacle of world’s motorsport as a musical:

THE SOLOS:

Ron Dennis, on his unsurpassed devotion to protege Lewis Hamilton, to the tune of Paparazzi by Lady Gaga:

RD Pap

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Jaime Alguersuari, on his post-2010 Belgian GP penalty that robbed him of a precious point, to the tune of Rock DJ by Robbie Williams:

JA RD

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Nick Heidfeld, on his quest for that ever-elusive first race win in F1, to the tune of Someday My Prince Will Come by Disney’s Snow White:

NH SD

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Felipe Massa, on expressing his desire to be a Champion to Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, to the tune of Mercy by Duffy:

FM Mercy

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Rubens Barrichello, on his own plight of being the current oldest driver in the grid without winning a WDC, to the tune of Mr. Lonely by Bobby Vinton:

RB ML

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Heikki Kovalainen, on his brief turn as a firefighter/track marshall during the 2010 Singaporean GP, to the tune of Fire Burning by Sean Kingston:

HK FB

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Nico Hulkenberg, on losing his Williams drive for 2011, to the tune of Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers:

NH BBL

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Takuma Sato, on his extraordinary skills that made him a cult hero for F1 fans, to the tune of Club Can’t Handle Me by FloRida:

TS CCHM

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Martin Whitmarsh, on his attempt to woo Kimi Raikkonen back to McLaren during the 2009-2010 Silly Season, to the tune of Back for Good by Take That:

MWKR BFG

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THE DUETS/ GROUP PERFORMANCES:

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton, on their heated battle for the 2008 WDC, to the tune of Shut Up and Drive by Rihanna:

FMLH ShutUp

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Mark Webber and Christian Horner, on career aims and the right way to make the Red Bull Racing Team support a driver’s WDC bid, to the tune of Wannabe by Spice Girls:

MWCH Wannabe

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The German drivers, disputing the Finnish drivers’ claim of being the best and insisting they’re the most dominant force in Formula One, to the tune I Should Be So Lucky by Kylie Minogue

GermanDrivers ISBSL

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Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn, on their reunion for Mercedes GP, to the tune of Especially For You by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan:

MSRB EFY

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The Virgin F1 Drivers, on their point-less first season in F1, to the tune of Like A Virgin by Madonna:

TGLD LAV

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Fortunately, there’s no fat lady to sing us out for this one.

Formula One: The Musical.

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The illustrious members of the Formula One community are more than just speedsters, cashcows and pretty faces–they can also belt out wicked tunes if the time and occasion calls for it.

Below are a selection of songs which would be the perfect fit for the F1 (and ex-F1) personalities just in case Broadway or West end comes a-calling:

THE SOLOS:

Kimi Raikkonen, on his famous range of emotions, to the tune of Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice:

KR IceIceBaby

Fernando Alonso, on his tactical prowess and on-track aggression that sometimes gets him into trouble, to the tune of Oops, I did it again by Britney Spears:

FA Oops

Lewis Hamilton, on the reasons other teams should be jealous that he’s not driving for them, to the tune of Don’t Cha by the Pussycat Dolls:

LH DontCha

Mark Webber, on his plight of not being appreciated by his team Red Bull Racing enough, to the tune of What Can I Do by the Corrs:

MW WhatCanIDo

Sebastian Vettel, on staking claim to Red Bull Racing’s #1 Driver status, to the tune of It’s My Life by Bon Jovi:

SV ItsMyLife

Adrian Newey on his general awesomeness as a car designer, to the tune of I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred:

AN ImTooSexy

Michael Schumacher, on resuming his Machiavellian tactics on-track and his infamous off-track fashion sense, to the tune of Bad Romance by Lady Gaga:

MS BadRomance

Pedro Dela Rosa, on his attempt to play Team Hero by sharing Ferrari’s technical data to be used in Fernando Alonso’s McLaren car, to the tune of Do You Want to Know A Secret? by the Beatles:

PDR Secret

Nelson Piquet Jnr, on what he does best on-track, to the tune of Spinning Around by Kylie Minogue

NP SpinningAround

Giancarlo Fisichella introduces himself to the new-generation F1 fans, to the tune of Umbrella by Rihanna:

GF Umbrella

THE DUETS/ GROUP PERFORMANCES:

Kimi Raikkonen and Robert Kubica, on their shared unique talent that makes them an enigma to the press and public alike, to the tune of Poker Face, by Lady Gaga:

KRRK PokerFace

Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen, on what makes Finnish drivers special and a cut above the rest, to the tune of California Gurls by Katy Perry:

HKKR CaliforniaGurls

Felipe Massa and Rob Smedley, on what makes their Driver-Engineer relationship so solid and special, to the tune of Baby by Justin Beiber:

FMRS Baby

The Ferrari crew, on their infamous monumental cock-up during the 2008 Singaporean GP, to the tune of We Are Family by Sister Sledge:

SF WeAreFamily

I can just see Andrew Lloyd Webber quaking in his shoes now and Bernie Ecclestone cackling in joyous monetary anticipation.