F1 Fanatic round-up
In today’s round up, Virgin Friday driver Jerome d’Ambrosio is tipped for a race seat with the team in 2011.
“Audi and Mercedes have hailed the safety of the current DTM cars after Alexandre Premat walked away from a horror shunt at Adria.
“The Frenchman’s Audi A4 speared into the wall opposite the pits at the end of the first lap after he was clipped by Maro Engel.
“The car hit the wall hard, and as it spun around after the impact it dug into the ground and rolled several times.
“The crumpled remains of the Audi came to rest up against the wall, and Premat ejected himself from the cockpit just a few seconds later.”
“Jerome d’Ambrosio is set to make his Formula One debut with Virgin next season.”
“Mark Webber has blown his chance of becoming Australia’s first Formula One world champion since Alan Jones back in 1980 according to the country’s most famous driver, Jack Brabham.
“Webber had the destiny of the title in his own hands going into the Korean Grand Prix but the pressure appeared to take its toll as the Red Bull driver crashed out of the race. According to Brabham, the mistake has cost Webber his only chance of lifting the title.
“‘It would mean a lot to me and it would mean a lot to Australia, but unfortunately I think his real opportunity has been blown last weekend,’ Brabham told the AAP news agency. ‘I’m really there behind him in the hope that he gets there but if he doesn’t do it this year, I don’t think he ever will.’”
“Milton Keynes is just the place to go for a modern interpretation of Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare. OK, there are two hares at Red Bull and there have been – comparatively speaking – 22 tortoises in this Formula One season. But the fundamental principle remains and Red Bull just may have taken too many naps to win an enthralling season that they have dominated, at least until chequered-flag time.
“The Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are the class cars. They have won 14 pole positions in 17 rounds and on eight of those occasions they have locked out the front row. Neither are they particularly shy in the matter of winning; no team can match their seven victories. But it has not been enough.”
“For the past few weeks the word inside the F1 paddock has been that a deal for Pastor Maldonado to race for Williams F1 next year is done. There is an assumption that this would be at the expense of Nico Hulkenberg, who is in his first season in F1.
“Williams currently refuse to confirm or deny this, however they did announce this week that Maldonado will take part in the Young Driver test for Williams at Abu Dhabi next month. At 25 he is not exactly a young driver by today’s standards, but he qualifies in terms of his level of F1 experience.”
“Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso will devalue the Formula One championship if he wins it by less than seven points, the governing body’s former president Max Mosley said yesterday.”
Comment of the day
“Senna” – the film documenting the life of Ayrton Senna, due to air in the UK next June – has sparked some great memories among F1 Fanatics.
Alec S. says:
I thought I’d share an unusual privilege I had many years ago. When I was in high school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I dreamed of a racing career and was trying to race karts. I went to see a kart race at the Oscar Galvez track, in 1980 or 1981, and saw Senna race when he went by Ayrton da Silva.
I’ve no idea what the technical specs of karts are these days, but back then they were of the ultimate simplicity, with the aim of keeping costs down and making driver differences count. The karts had 100cc engines, no clutch, and no gears. And it worked, the races were so even that there was constant overtaking, and the lead would typically change every lap.
The race was like a swarm of bees going around trading places. Except for one bee.
Sa Silva had such a ridiculous edge over everyone else that he lapped almost the entire field, and that was a NUMEROUS field. The other drivers included some names that were to go on and become really big at the national level, like Marcos di Palma and Gustavo Der Ohanessian. It was obvious to me as a teenager that I had seen something really special in the works, and I remember telling all my friends at school next day that I’d seen a future world champion of F1. It was that commanding a difference, it left no room for doubt that really huge things were to come.
From the forum
M Sakr has kicked off a thread on the F1 2010 patch – have you downloaded it?
Happy birthday Joe Jones – hope you have a great day!
On this day in F1
Mika Hakkinen won his first world championship on this day in 1998 at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Hakkinen won the drivers’ championship with 100 points, to second place Michael Schumacher’s 86. This gave McLaren their first constructors’ title since 1991.
The Finnish driver retained the title in 1999 but lost his crown in 2000, when he was thwarted by unreliability.
In his 11-year F1 career, Hakkinen spent 10 years as a McLaren driver, scored two championships, 20 wins, 420 points and 161 race starts.