"[Esteban] Gutiérrez easily would have taken my vote for the young talent of the year, had it not been for the final meeting of the Formula BMW series on Dec. 7, an event in Mexico City with the top drivers from the series around the world taking part in a world final. Gutiérrez took the pole position and won an early heat. But the title went to an American driver, Alexander Rossi, 17, who earlier in the year became the first American to win the Formula BMW America series, with 10 victories and half again as many points as his closest rival."
Yet another 'season in review' article, this one made more amusing by the obviously wrong photograph…
"Lewis Hamilton was robbed of a brilliant victory by the controversial meddling of the FIA. Their questionable dabbling overshadowed one of the best duels of recent times as King Lewey beat Kimi Raikkonen in the rain." I really hope 'King Lewey' doesn't catch on…
New F1 humour blog
"The first five South African Grands Prix between 1962 – 1968 were all held at the end of December and early January. Two of these races were held on January 1st – the season opening GPs in 1965 (East London) and 1968 (Kyalami)."
"Proximity to the airport may prove to be a bigger issue for the circuit than the more easily-predicted planning, transportation or finance."
"A most unlikely guest appeared on Jools Holland’s annual New Year’s Eve television show – none other than McLaren’s very own Ron Dennis."
Bernie Ecclestone has slammed critics over claims he did not want Lewis Hamilton to win the Formula One world championship.
"The best driver is the one who scores the most points. That's what is important. It's nice to see that people can see what you are achieving, it's a good feeling. But it's a much better feeling to win the world championship because that is what counts. It would be better for me to win and have people saying that I have not been such a good driver, than it is to finish fourth and have people saying that I did a good job."
To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, a service is to take place at St. Andrews Church in Farnham on January 25th.
Good to see Davidson's Bahrain drive get a mention but what about Glock at Hungary?
"Red Bull has announced that Eric Silbermann will relinquish his role as Head of Communications at Red Bull Racing, but will remain in charge of the communications at Scuderia Toro Rosso."
"I got a major surprise when reading F1 Fanatic this evening. In the article about F1 Fanatic's arguments of 2008, Keith Collantine wondered why McLaren hadn't employed me on their legal team yet. It's the first time I've received career advice from a web site suggesting I do anything other than be the FIA President… in theory I could be a qualified legal secretary in two-and-a-half years (next academic year, I would need to do the Legal Text Processing Course, followed by the ILEX in 2010/2011). If I really wanted to, I could do a legal conversion course in 2010 to really cement the paper credentials. So I could theoretically be ready to join an F1 legal team (albeit in a junior capacity) in 2011 in readiness for the 2012 season. However, it is very difficult to get a job in F1, so I'd need to be prepared for some tough competition."
"This will be the first year without a North American race since the 1950s. Ecclestone and Mosley need to address this."
"Losing Montreal really hurts," Hamilton said. "I love the historic courses, and that was one of them. I hope that can we return as soon as possible, but I know they have some things to work out." "They didn't pay their bills," Dennis added, visibly disappointed. "Their economic model didn't work for them, so now perhaps they will find one that does and we can go back soon." (Thanks to Gman for the link)
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