Heikki Kovalainen, Audi R8 LMS, Race of Champions, November 2010

Kovalainen unhurt after ??major shunt??

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Heikki Kovalainen was knocked unconscious after crashing his Audi R8 LMS into a concrete wall at the Race of Champions.

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Albuquerque celebrates stunning Race of Champions win ?ǣ as Kovalainen crashes into concrete wall (Race of Champions)

??Heikki Kovalainen: ??I am fine luckily, no injuries, and also my girlfriend who was my passenger is fine. It was a major shunt and it started from the touch of the wall just before the finish line. I tried to use every inch of the circuit and I just kissed the wall. Then I was a passenger as I hit the wall at the first corner. It was a decent shunt.???

Kovalainen upbeat after crash (Heikki Kovalainen via Twitter)

??Had an eventful Sunday, hardcore shunt with throttle jammed and rear suspension damaged, got knocked out, now some medical check-ups…??

Di Resta takes title, Paffett wins race (Autosport)

??Gary Paffett won the DTM season finale in Shanghai on Sunday, while Paul di Resta sealed the title with second place.??

USGP Conceptual Design (Friends of Formula 1 Austin Texas on Facebook)

Apparently these are conceptual drawings of the site for 2012 Austin Grand Prix though how these match up to the track map already revealed isn’t clear. Thanks to Rick for the tip.

Montezemolo at Finali Mondiali: ??An amazing 2010 season??(Ferrari)

????Even if there is much to be sad about when you come within a centimetre of taking the title and then lose it, this has still been an amazing season.?

??The Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo is in no doubt that, despite the bitter ending in Abu Dhabi, the 2010 season was still a positive one for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. ??Having been in Formula 1 for such a long time, this was certainly not the first time I have lost a world championship at the final race,? said Montezemolo??

Red Bull drivers go local this weekend (F1Technical.net)

??World Champion Sebastian Vettel was in Berlin on Saturday where he had the unique chance to turn Berlin?s June 17th Street into a temporary race track and drive a Red Bull Racing Formula One car in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The sport?s youngest-ever World Champion then completed a driver?s parade along Yitzhak-Rabin Street, aboard the Red Bull tour bus.

??Meanwhile, Mark Webber and Red Bull Junior driver Daniel Ricciardo were 8,500 miles away in Perth, Australia, taking part in the city?s first ever Festival of Speed.??

Massa denies 2011 is ‘make or break’ (Autosport)

??Felipe Massa has denied that he is under any pressure to restore his reputation in 2011, despite his difficult 2010 season, and pointed out that he had held on to his Ferrari drive for five years despite regular rumours about his future.??

Comment of the day

Christian Klien?s comments yesterday about rookies and Nico Hulkenburg in particular, kicked off a good discussion.

Prisoner Monkeys says:

The point here is that the days of pay drivers like Jean-Denis Deletraz ?ǣ rich playboys who fancy themselves as racing drivers and muscle out the talented, but less financially-secure among the Formula 1 fraternity ?ǣ are gone. Sergio Perez might be a pay driver for Sauber next season, but look at the way he dominated the GP2 field in Abu Dhabi. He?s got a healthy bank balance, but he?s also got a good dose of talent.

If Klien and Pedro de la Rosa and Nick Heidfeld are missing out on racing seats because young aspirants are dangling wads of greenbacks about, I?m not too concerned. They?ve had their chance in Formula 1, and there?s obviously a reason why they haven?t been able to advance through the midfield teams.

Pay drivers are only going to be a problem again when the likes of Hamilton and Alonso struggle to secure racing seats.

This is really just a case of Klien complaining that he might not be on the grid next year. But naturally, the question must be asked: does he even deserve to be there in the first place?
Prisoner Monkeys

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On this day in F1

On this day 35 years ago, Graham Hill and Tony Brise were killed in a light aircraft accident.

The former world champion had announced his retirement earlier in the season, making way for 23-year-old prot??g?? Brise to take his seat within the Embassy Hill team. Brise thanked him by qualifying seventh in his first race for the team in the Belgian Grand Prix, followed by a sixth-place finish in Sweden and seventh in Holland and France.

Hill and Brise were killed when their plane, piloted by Hill, crashed in thick fog at Arkley golf course, near Elstree. They were on their way home from a test at Paul Ricard in France.

Team manager Ray Brimble, mechanics Tony Alcock and Terry Richards, and designer Andy Smallman also died in the accident.