The latest F1 Tracks takeover has landed, as British producer/DJ and F1 super fan Chris Lake curates a playlist of his favourite tunes.
As house music continues to dominate the global electronic scene, Lake has cemented his status as one of the genre’s most compelling and successful artists. A lifelong F1 fan, Chris credits former world champion Nigel Mansell as an inspiration throughout his career.
Lake’s F1 Tracks takeover features tunes guaranteed to bring the party vibes, including the Shallow Child remix of Dua Lipa’s “Hotter Than Hell” and Cloonee’s “Shake”. When asked to suggest a song for the official F1 Tracks playlist, Lake put forward his brand new track “I Remember.” Incendiary and soulful, the track includes a reimagining of the indelible vocal line from the Ralphi Rosario-penned 1987 house classic “You Used to Hold Me.”
Q: What’s the best thing about F1?
A: I’ve always loved technology and engineering and I love the fact that F1 represents those 2 disciplines in a competitive setting that’s so fast and extreme. It’s exciting to watch. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid watching Nigel Mansell in the late 80’s. I loved his story about putting everything on the line to pursue his dream and it inspired me throughout my life.
Q: Any similarities between the buzz of F1 and buzz of live music?
A: Well, I’ll tell you this, both cause me to lose sleep! I always watch every race live on TV and this is quite challenging when I’m finishing a show at 2 or 3am and the race is on at 5 or something like that. It normally means I get a couple of hours sleep and can’t get back to zzz after the race. I’m often grumpy on Sunday evenings. 😊
Q: Favourite driver?
A: I’m torn. Of the current crop, I love Lewis because he’s a Brit and I’m proud of what he’s done representing our country, but I also love Daniel because I’ve got to know him a bit over the last year or so and he’s an absolutely epic human. So both those boys I guess!
Q: Favorite team?
A: I’ve always loved Mclaren personally. Watching Hakkinen, Hamilton, Raikkonen etc for them was epic.
Q: Favourite F1 track?
A: Interlagos, Brazil. I always enjoyed racing that one on the F1 games.
Q: Please suggest a song for our playlist?
A: I’d choose my new single, “I Remember”, it’s a great one for raising the energy of the room!
Q: What are your favourite memories from following formula 1?
A: I have two that stand out. Firstly, Murray Walker telling everyone he had a lump in his throat while Damon Hill crossed the line to win the world championship in San Marino in 1996 (to be fair, Murray Walker just talking is an epic memory in itself). Secondly, that mental finale to the 2008 season when Lewis pipped the championship in Brazil on the final corner. Absolutely mental scenes!
Q: Which F1 driver do you think would make the best music artist and why?
A: Lando Norris – He’s already shown he can hold a tune when he got over the radio and sung my buddy FISHER’s “Stop it” track. He’s got a head start over the others.