Lotus F1 papercraft racecar - courtesy Lotus F1 TeamEnlarge Photo
With Formula One on hiatus until the first weekend of September, there are some good opportunities for a "fix" when anyone needs one.
Two teams have already offered a way to keep Formula One first and foremost on the mind and to enhance viewing pleasure.
Sauber F1 Team has produced an interactive 360-movie that can be seen during the summer break. Using the team's website, fans can watch a lap on the Circuit de Catalunya with Sergio Perez driving the Sauber C31 Ferrari. While Perez is on the track and when he's in the pits with his mechanics working on the car, users can change the angles from which they view the video by using the mouse or the arrows on their keyboards.
Perez and Kamui Kobayashi enjoyed playing with this new gadget. "This is amazing," Perez said. "I can look over my own shoulder while driving!" Kobayashi recalled, "I had seen things like this before in photographs, but with this one, even as a driver you get to see things at full speed you have never spotted before. Get on board," he advised, "and have fun."
In addition to checking out the 360-Movie on the team's website, fans can watch Perez and Kobayashi playing with the new video on YouTube.
Not to be outdone, Lotus F1 Team wants to reassure fans that there's plenty to keep them occupied during the summer break. The team introduced a papercraft E20, which requires only six sheets of 180-gram paper, some time and patience--rather than a huge Enstone factory and about 500 team members needed to create the real thing.
Fans can download the instructions through the team's Facebook site.
Lotus F1 Team is quick to remind fans that with this download, there are no "resource restrictions or customer chassis preclusions to the papercraft E20, which can be raced by paper people everywhere--subject to local bylaws."
While the Lotus E20 papercraft racecar doesn't come with an engine, the team encourages fans to send their creative methods of motorizing it to the team's official email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For fans of Lotus F1 Team that don't wish to risk paper cuts, the squad's website will continue to crank out news releases during the whole of the summer break, they warned us. "The mice in the press office will keep the presses running over the entirety of the break," they said.