F1 Fanatic round-up: 30/7/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix starts today so look out for the live comments posts during each session and don’t forget to send in your predictions for the race result.

Here’s today’s round-up:


Felipe Massa – Budapest, one year later (Ferrari)

Video interview with Felipe Massa on his crash in Hungary last year.

Comment of the day

Sticking with Massa, why does he say ‘for sure’ all the time? Andr?? C has a theory:

??For sure?? is a literal translation for a very common expression in Portuguese ??com certeza?? which means definitely so is understandable that a native portuguese speaker not so fluent in English uses so much that expression.
Andr?? C

From the forum

Glue asks for thoughts on Heikki Kovalainen’s performance since his move to Lotus.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Cyanide!

On this day in F1

It’s ten years to the day since Rubens Barrichello scored his first Formula 1 win in a memorable race at the Hockenheimring.

Barrichello had qualified 18th after rain on Saturday and ran light on fuel early in the race to move up the field. This required an extra pit stop which cost him time but the disadvantage was wiped away when the safety car came out.

The caution period happened for a truly bizarre reason. A former Mercedes employee, angry at his dismissal, made his way onto the track in a bid to disrupt the Mercedes-powered McLarens’ bid for victory. He certainly helped, as Barrichello was now within range of the front runners.

But an audacious gamble by Barrichello during a late rain shower sealed his maiden victory. While other headed for the pits to change tyres, Barrichello stuck to his dry-weather tyres and as the shower quickly passed he took the lead. Barrichello led home the McLarens of Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard.

Like Barrichello, Jenson Button also stayed out on his dry weather tyres, gambling on the conditions in much the same way he has twice already this year. That netted him fourth place for Williams, the best result of his F1 career which at that point was only 11 races old.

Here’s two videos of the moment which changed the course of the race: