Thursday, 31 March 2011

Auto moving needs now solved easily

There are many reasons why we need to move today. It can be for work, which is the case most of the times, or we move for short periods of time to get away from our daily routine for a vacation. Whatever the reason is, when we are moving, the things we need to take along with us becomes somewhat of a hassle. Even more worrying is when we have to move our car. Of course if we are going to shift towns for the need of work then we defiantly need to make sure that we shift along with our vehicle. This generally poses a big headache.

 This is because most of the times we hear reports of how auto movers don’t take proper care of the vehicle and how they reach the destination point all damaged and scratched.  Sometimes we hear even shocking stories of how the cars never turn up at the destination point at all. All these stories are very much true and there are many risks that come when we take the topic of auto moving. However, there is always hope.

 Not every car shipping company is bad. There are plenty of auto moving companies out there in the market that do their job perfectly. These companies take special care of your vehicle and make sure that your vehicle reaches you on time at your destination. Apart from this, they offer various anti-theft features that include GPS tracking. Using this you can make sure that you know the location of your car every hour.

 This way you can make sure that your car does not get stolen on the way. There are many auto mover companies that tend to your special needs also. These would include special care for the car in terms of packing if you are very insistent on the condition of your vehicle. Also they offer facilities of storage if you are going to arrive a bit late at your destination. They will hold your car at their garage and take care of it till you reach to claim your vehicle.

These auto movers are not that difficult to find today. The reason is the internet. The most promising auto movers today have a website through which you can easily contact them. The testimonials on the website that would ensure you that you are placing your vehicles on the right hand. You can easily get in touch with them and talk to them about what services you require. They would generally offer you a free quote along with the terms and conditions.  Go through these terms carefully and see to it that they are satisfying to your needs before you enter into any deal with them. Once you are satisfied, go ahead and make your process much easier that it was ever before.

Former Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen to compete in NASCAR

Is it just coincidence or has NASCAR become the exile of choice for former Formula One drivers?

Scott Speed came to NASCAR when his F1 ride with Scuderia Toro Rosso dried up.

Juan Pablo Montoya grew tired of the politics in Formula One and made the jump to stock cars.

Nelson Piquet Jr. became persona non grata in F1 after the Crashgate scandal and found a new home in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Jacques Villeneuve tried to land a full-time NASCAR ride but has settled for occasional stints.

The latest to make the jump is Kimi Raikkonen, aka The Iceman for his stoic demeanor.

Raikkonen is the 2007 Formula One world champion but has been out of the series and driving in the World Rally Championship. According to a newspaper in his native Finland, Raikkonen will drive some time this summer in NASCAR's Truck Series and eventually move to Nationwide and Sprint Cup.

According to the report, he will drive for a new team called ICE1 that will have Foster Gillett as a partner. Gillett, of course, is the son of sports magnate George Gillett and until last year was running Richard Petty Motorsports.

Lewis Hamilton sees fight with Fernando Alonso as new 'Senna v Prost'

Lewis Hamilton, the McLaren driver, believes his Formula One 'nemesis' this season will be clad in the red of Ferrari. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel may be the man most likely to thwart Lewis Hamilton's hopes of a second world championship this season, but as the McLaren driver arrived in the tropical metropolis of Kuala Lumpur it was not the German on his mind but the man he describes as his "nemesis", Fernando Alonso.

"I will always think that my nemesis and my closest rival will always be Fernando," said an unusually reflective Hamilton. "Just because of my history, when I started out. I see him as my Prost, if we were [Alain] Prost and [Aryton] Senna. If you were to say 'choose a driver' [that I would like to be] I would clearly choose Ayrton. And maybe I would put him as Prost."

The rivalry between Senna and Prost, which is brilliantly captured in the new film, Senna, was one of the most bitter in all sport. The difficult relationship between Hamilton and Alonso in 2007, when the Spaniard was unsettled and ultimately driven from McLaren by Hamilton's rookie brilliance, had its moments, too. Hamilton, probably, has never received proper credit for his performances that season, when he missed the championship by a single point.

But is not Vettel his true nemesis now? "I don't think so. If he continues to have a car like he does now then, maybe, but I think when we get equal pace then we will see some serious racing. Maybe he [Vettel] is the new Mansell? Not that I would rate him like I do Mansell." Ouch.

But with the next race, in Malaysia, almost two weeks away Hamilton is less concerned with racing rivals than his relationship with his family. He is close, once more, with his father and former manager Anthony. And this week he will return to England to see his brother Nicolas, who has cerebral palsy, race for the first time.

"I can't miss my brother's first race [at Brands Hatch next weekend]. It's OK. I can sleep on the flight. I can still stay in this time zone. I'll just head back to see his qualifying and race and then pop back out. It's cool. I'll get to watch lots of movies on the plane.

"Me and my brother are close. I mean, everyone has their situations in life, but it has been tough for him. I can understand what he has been through because I am the closest person to him, but even I cannot comprehend what it must have been like to have the difficulties he has had. And now he gets to have the opportunity to live the dream himself. Me and my dad will be there."

The relationship between Hamilton and his father has been strained for the past year, since Hamilton decided that he no longer wanted Anthony to manage his affairs. But they have been closer in recent months and were seen together at the Australian Grand Prix. Anthony now manages the latest British FI hope, Paul di Resta.

"This weekend has been great. I don't know whether you saw me and my dad spent a lot of time together. I asked him if he would like to be on the grid with me and he said 'I would love to do that'. It just felt fantastic this weekend.

"I felt the support that my dad gave me – it was the same as he has always given me but without the stress. I said to him 'I know you have to go down the other end of the grid' and he said 'No. Paul understands that I want to be up this end as well.'

"My dad was just there as my dad. He has always given me immense support, but I think it was support mixed with some stress. But this time it was just 'I'm so proud to see you out there' and it was just fantastic. Really, really great. Things are pretty good. Great times and they can only get better."

Then, suddenly, it was back to racing. "Finally I've got something I can fight with, something I can take the fight to the Bulls with," he said, following McLaren's revival in Melbourne and his second place.

"Malaysia is a massive downforce track so you're going to see Red Bull as quick if not quicker. But I have no doubts our car can be competitive as well."

Meanwhile, the McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, said: "We leave here [Melbourne] knowing we had a car capable of taking two places on the podium. It was genuine pace. Both drivers and the team had a difficult winter and it is fantastic to come out of it that strong. We have to dig deep, it's a long championship and we have to improve race by race."

2011 Australian Grand Prix latest news

The Formula 1 season gets under way this weekend with the Australian GP and we will discover what sort of shape the McLaren team are in after a difficult winter which has seen them return back to the old car.

There have also been rumours that Lewis Hamilton might seek pastures new at the end of this season, although the Brit has reinforced his commitment to the team that helped him win the 2008 title.

“I’ve spoken to Martin (Whitmarsh) today because I wanted to reassure him that I am here at McLaren, that I am committed to the team and committed to winning” said Hamilton.

The man that they all have to beat in Melbourne is Sebastian Vettel, the winner of last year’s Drivers’ Championship and the German will be driving a new Red Bull car this time around.

The reigning champion was pleased with the car’s performance during the Friday practice, with Vettel and Mark Webber finishing ahead of the other drivers.

“I think we got a good idea as to where we are compared to our competitors” Vettel said. “All in all I think we can be pleased, it seems we are not too bad, but we have to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso is hoping to land a hat-trick of titles this year after narrowly missing out in his Ferrari in 2010 and the Spaniard has revealed the team don’t have a clear strategy for Sunday’s race.

“We will not have a clear strategy before the race. We will remain very open. We have fuel for the whole race so there is no panic to prepare any lap to stop” he said.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher born 3 January 1969 is a Formula One racing driver currently driving for Mercedes GP. Most famous for his eleven-year spell with Ferrari, Schumacher is a seven-time World Champion and according to the official Formula One website is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen"; he holds many of the formula's driver records including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004. In 2002 he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season.

After beginning with go-karts Schumacher won German drivers' championships in Formula K├Ânig and Formula Three before joining Mercedes in the World Sportscar Championship. After one Mercedes-funded race for the Jordan Formula One team Schumacher signed as a driver for the Benetton Formula One team in 1991. After winning consecutive championships with Benetton in 1994/5, Schumacher moved to Ferrari in 1996 and won another five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000–2004. Schumacher retired from Formula One driving in 2006 staying with Ferrari as an advisor. Schumacher agreed to return for Ferrari part-way through 2009, as cover for the badly injured Felipe Massa, but was prevented by a neck injury. He later signed a 3-year contract to drive for the new Mercedes GP team starting in 2010.

His career has not been without controversy, including being twice involved in collisions in the final race of a season that determined the outcome of the world championship, with Damon Hill in 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez.

Off the track Schumacher is an ambassador for UNESCO and a spokesman for driver safety. He has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his life and donated tens of millions of dollars to charity. Michael and his younger brother Ralf Schumacher are the only brothers to win races in Formula One, and they were the first brothers to finish 1st and 2nd in the same race, in Montreal in 2001, and there again (in switched order) in 2003.

Formula One World Drivers' Champions

Formula One World Drivers' Championship trophy.

Championships was Alberto Ascari, in 1952 and 1953. The current Drivers' Champion is Sebastian Vettel, who won his first World Championship in 2010. He is only the second German to win the title, after Michael Schumacher.

The FIA does not officially declare the Champion until the end of the season, but a driver is said to have "clinched" the Championship after it is no longer possible for another to obtain more points than he has, even if the former driver were to not compete in the remaining races of the season, and the latter to score the maximum number of points possible. The Drivers' Championship has been won in the final race of the season 25 times in the 61 seasons it has been awarded. The earliest in a season that the Drivers' Championship has been clinched was in 2002, when Michael Schumacher secured the title with six races remaining.

Overall, thirty two different drivers have won the Championship, with German Michael Schumacher holding the record for most titles, at seven. Schumacher also holds the record for most consecutive Drivers' Championships, winning five from 2000 to 2004. Great Britain has produced the most World Championship winning drivers with ten; Brazil and Finland are next with three each.