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#TJ13 unfortunately not #F1 but rather Paris Dakar adventures. #OffSeason

Since it’s the ‘off season’ I will share a story here to fill the void a bit. It’s not F1 related but you won’t mind. I began this one on the holiday break but was unable to finish it any sooner. I started this one while I was writing a different, bigger,…
Since it’s the ‘off season’ I will share a story here to fill the void a bit. It’s not F1 related but you won’t mind. I began this one on the holiday break but was unable to finish it any sooner. I…
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#F1 #TJ13 - Dream GP in the Balkans

Liberland is a small nation next to the Danube river, in a pocket between Serbia and Croatia, and not far from Hungary. The Judge 13 had a chance to meet up with the country’s president. TJ13: Liberland. It is not a well-known country. VJ: That is quite…
Liberland is a small nation next to the Danube river, in a pocket between Serbia and Croatia, and not far from Hungary. The Judge 13 had a chance to meet up with the country’s president. TJ13…
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#TJ13 #F1 - The European GP

With the looming threat of F1 losing the British GP, fans have looked toward Donington and Brands Hatch as possible takers should the worst happen and the longest running F1 race on the calendar disappears. TJ13 looked at other alternatives yesterday and…
With the looming threat of F1 losing the British GP, fans have looked toward Donington and Brands Hatch as possible takers should the worst happen and the longest running F1 race on the calendar di…
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#TJ13 #F1 - Death of an F1 driver

On this day in F1 – 10th January 1971 Italian driver Ignazio Giunti died competing in the Buenos Aires 1000km race. Unsighted by another car, Giunti’s Ferrari crashed into the back of the Matra of Jean-Piere Beltoise which the driver was trying push along…
On this day in F1 – 10th January 1971 Italian driver Ignazio Giunti died competing in the Buenos Aires 1000km race. Unsighted by another car, Giunti’s Ferrari crashed into the back of t…
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#TJ13 #F1- Manor in manure

The Manor Formula 1 team has officially dropped into administration due to failures in finding a buyer. Widespread reports have claimed that the news was delivered to members of staff at Manor’s Banbury headquarters on this Friday morning. The Banbury…
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#TJ13 - #F1 2016 actually faster than 'the golden age' V10s of 2004

The F1 fans of today have often waxed lyrical about those halcyon days of V10 power and how much better it was. The truth of the matter is really there was very little in the way of racing back then with most passing done in the pit lane. Such was the fan…
The F1 fans of today have often waxed lyrical about those halcyon days of V10 power and how much better it was. The truth of the matter is really there was very little in the way of racing back the…
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#TJ13 #F1 - Red Bull Ring & Austrian GP

Grand Prix History – Austrian GP After hosting a number of sportscar and non championship events between 1958-1963, the bumpy airfield circuit of Zeltweg joined the Formula One calendar to host the Austrian Grand Prix for the first time in 1964, the race…
Grand Prix History – Austrian GP After hosting a number of sportscar and non championship events between 1958-1963, the bumpy airfield circuit of Zeltweg joined the Formula One calendar to ho…
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#TJ13 #F1 - Leaves Ferrari then wins Championship

Brought to you by TJ13 contributor The Grumpy Jackal On this Day in F1 1957 – Argentina celebrates as Fangio wins at home On this day, almost sixty years ago, one of the greatest artisans of Formula One opened his season with victory in his home race. The…
Brought to you by TJ13 contributor The Grumpy Jackal On this Day in F1 1957 – Argentina celebrates as Fangio wins at home On this day, almost sixty years ago, one of the greatest artisans of Formul…
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#TJ13 #F1 - Silverstone finished - #BritishGP returning to...

Dark clouds are gathering over the British Grand Prix after Silverstone Circuit owners, BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club), announced they have strong doubts concerning the financial cost of staging the event. Silverstone has a contract to host the…
Dark clouds are gathering over the British Grand Prix after Silverstone Circuit owners, BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club), announced they have strong doubts concerning the financial cost of stagin…
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#TJ13 #F1 - Hope for Manor Racing

Thursday evening the Manor F1 racing team announced it has entered into administration, eventually following the other ‘new’ F1 teams of HRT and Caterham (was Team Lotus). And yet, the partners of FRP Advisory, joint administrators of Just Racing Services…
Thursday evening the Manor F1 racing team announced it has entered into administration, eventually following the other ‘new’ F1 teams of HRT and Caterham (was Team Lotus). And yet, the …
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#TJ13 #F1 - Ecclestone: Nothing against Italy, but successfully leading a team is not in their DNA

It has been long known that Mr E has had a soft spot for his boy, Sebastian Vettel. And this love of ‘finger boy’ has compelled the octogenarian to speak out against Scuderia Ferrari in the Austrian press yesterday. Speedweek reported today the ‘Italians…
It has been long known that Mr E has had a soft spot for his boy, Sebastian Vettel. And this love of ‘finger boy’ has compelled the octogenarian to speak out against Scuderia Ferrari in…
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#TJ13 #F1 - Liberty changes to F1 aren't enough, what we need is...

La revolucion!! Over the last couple of years F1 has seen domination of a certain team over others. We have seen stints of McLaren, of Williams, of Mercedes and Red Bull. At the beginning of each season the more experienced F1 viewer could already…
La revolucion!! Over the last couple of years F1 has seen domination of a certain team over others. We have seen stints of McLaren, of Williams, of Mercedes and Red Bull. At the beginning of each s…
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Introduction
The day I launched TJ13, was a very sad poignant day namely the death of the F1 gentleman Professor Sid Watkins. Yet it was a day that demonstrates the awesome power of social media. This incredible power is one that communicates to the world, or certainly those connected through social media across the world, news and information within seconds of it happening.
The evidence of this to me was clear when one of the renown F1 journalists tweeted the morning after Sid passed away, “so sad to wake and hear about Sid…”. The first tweet I saw regarding Sid’s death was around 21:00 the night before.
It used to be the case that the public would only hear about breaking news quite some time following the event. So for millions of F1 fans to have known that Sid had passed on to join Ayrton before a number of people closely connected with the F1 circus – would have been an incredible proposition a mere handful of years ago.
I have no grand designs for this blog, no intended structure for regular content like pre and post race analysis features, rate the driver and rate the race polls etc. We’ll just see what people like and try to deliver that.
I am primarily a fan of F1 of over 30 years and over that time I have made a number acquaintances and friends across the F1 spectrum. Most of these people are cogs in their team’s and the F1 machine. A factory engineer, truck driver, a KERS speciaist and others. Yet these are the people who know much and will talk to a friend.
Conversely there are times when people of higher profile in the F1 world want to ‘get something out there’ without putting their names to it. They too have found thejudge13 twitter useful in the past and that opportunity is now there in  for them to do so in greater detail in this blog. There will also be people who comment on the articles via a nom de plume have something to convey.
To be honest this is one of the reasons I was persuaded to set up the site and why the it is anonymous.
Enough of the intrigue; more importantly, as with any journalism or factual writing the skill of a author is in he ‘reading of the tea leaves’ – the piecing together the various bits of information and presenting observations and an opinion.
I will assume anyone reading this blog is more than a passing F1 observer. The technical aspects, strategy, politics, rules and all matters behind the headlines and breaking news will most likely be our focus.
Most of all, I’m excited about the response from those who read the articles and their comments. Please feel free to disagree with my conclusions and post your comments accordingly.
Anyway, we all love F1, and if you’re like me we’d have 30 races a season not 20 – but in the interim it gives us chance to dig around and chew the cud over the players that we admire and follow.

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