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My first F1 Drive

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The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
AGS F1 School - this is one school where you won't cut class
AGS F1 School - this is one school where you won't cut class
No more than 14 students are allowed at one time
No more than 14 students are allowed at one time
Students will learn the basic theory of driving, like steering, braking and the racing line
Students will learn the basic theory of driving, like steering, braking and the racing line
Our instructor, Patrick Galliard.
Our instructor, Patrick Galliard.
The 2.2 km Circuit Du Var
The 2.2 km Circuit Du Var
After the briefing the pupils are taken out in a mini bus
After the briefing the pupils are taken out in a mini bus
One of the better looking F1 drivers.
One of the better looking F1 drivers.
Carl Cunanan, Editor-in-chief, F1 Racing magazine Philippines
Carl Cunanan, Editor-in-chief, F1 Racing magazine Philippines
There are no strict age limits: The youngest pupil was 18 and the oldest 75. More and more women are taking the course.
There are no strict age limits: The youngest pupil was 18 and the oldest 75. More and more women are taking the course.
Florence, the very charming hostess. Keep your eyes on the road now, fellas.
Florence, the very charming hostess. Keep your eyes on the road now, fellas.
What a garage
What a garage
Preparing for the qualifying round in an F3 car
Preparing for the qualifying round in an F3 car
We need to do ten laps in an F3 to get used to the braking and handling
We need to do ten laps in an F3 to get used to the braking and handling
Line 'em up
Line 'em up
Amarin is a Thai racer, movie star, TV personality and Tag Heuer endorser
Amarin is a Thai racer, movie star, TV personality and Tag Heuer endorser
First three laps are all about braking exercises and handling. No overtaking allowed.
First three laps are all about braking exercises and handling. No overtaking allowed.
Even at just 180 hp, the F3 flies. It uses the same SMG (sequential Manual Gearbox) system as the F1
Even at just 180 hp, the F3 flies. It uses the same SMG (sequential Manual Gearbox) system as the F1
Brakes only require about 40 kg of pressure vs 70 in an F1 car
Brakes only require about 40 kg of pressure vs 70 in an F1 car
Biggest difference between the two, asides from the obvious power, are the brakes. F3 uses steel. F1 uses ceramic & carbon fiber
Biggest difference between the two, asides from the obvious power, are the brakes. F3 uses steel. F1 uses ceramic & carbon fiber
One spin in this will disqualify you from the F1 drive
One spin in this will disqualify you from the F1 drive
Any off track excursions will also ruin your chances of driving the F1 car
Any off track excursions will also ruin your chances of driving the F1 car
Instructors are not looking for speed as much as car control, braking ability and attitude.
Instructors are not looking for speed as much as car control, braking ability and attitude.
On the second half, the faster drivers are allowed to overtake
On the second half, the faster drivers are allowed to overtake
Until 1992 AGS was a regular competitor in Grand Prix racing.
Until 1992 AGS was a regular competitor in Grand Prix racing.
Their roster included drivers like Jarno Trulli
Their roster included drivers like Jarno Trulli
The cars we are going to drive in have been in the championship points
The cars we are going to drive in have been in the championship points
Damn, I shouldn't have had those extra servings at the buffet...
Damn, I shouldn't have had those extra servings at the buffet...
They almost had to rub Vaseline on the inside of the cockpit just so I could squeeze in!
They almost had to rub Vaseline on the inside of the cockpit just so I could squeeze in!
This is what I had to contend with just minutes before going out on track....Eyes on the road now. Eyes on the road...
This is what I had to contend with just minutes before going out on track....Eyes on the road now. Eyes on the road...
Don't give in. Be strong now. Eyes on the road, dammit!
Don't give in. Be strong now. Eyes on the road, dammit!
Did you see that? whats up with that? those things will be the death of me...
Did you see that? whats up with that? those things will be the death of me...
Make sure everything fits snug
Make sure everything fits snug
This is it: No backing out now
This is it: No backing out now
This thing will accelrate to 200km/h in five seconds
This thing will accelrate to 200km/h in five seconds
This is not a car; it is a precision driving instrument
This is not a car; it is a precision driving instrument
Top speed is well over 300km/h but there's not enough road today.
Top speed is well over 300km/h but there's not enough road today.
Carl Cunanan takes the wheel
Carl Cunanan takes the wheel
A daunting sight.
A daunting sight.
Suit up!
Suit up!
This is where it starts getting tricky. Its freaking tight in there
This is where it starts getting tricky. Its freaking tight in there
Every last inch of travel is removed from the safety belts
Every last inch of travel is removed from the safety belts
TV crews document the entire exhilarating experience
TV crews document the entire exhilarating experience
This is the real deal, down to the Carbon fiber chassis.
This is the real deal, down to the Carbon fiber chassis.
The wait is the scariest part
The wait is the scariest part
Last minute instructions. You break it, you bought it. Got it?
Last minute instructions. "You break it, you bought it. Got it?"
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
Thats me in the car now
Thats me in the car now
The testing track is about an hours drive from Nice or 30 minutes from St Tropez
The testing track is about an hours drive from Nice or 30 minutes from St Tropez
AGS is currently building 10 V10 Judd engined 700 HP Formula One cars.
AGS is currently building 10 V10 Judd engined 700 HP Formula One cars.
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
650 horsepower. 600 kilograms . 1insane journalist. Do the math.
650 horsepower. 600 kilograms . 1insane journalist. Do the math.
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
There is a pro photographer that sells pictures of your drive after the event.
There is a pro photographer that sells pictures of your drive after the event.
Me and my trusty 20D
Me and my trusty 20D
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The two seater Jordan will scare the pants of you.
The two seater Jordan will scare the pants of you.
I thought I was pretty good until I was driven around by a real F1 driver
I thought I was pretty good until I was driven around by a real F1 driver
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
The Ultimate F1 Experience
If the car starts taking off from the ground, you're going to fast...
"If the car starts taking off from the ground, you're going to fast..."
Me!
Me!