Mark Webber, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Webber: “In the end you know you’re on your own”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber says “It’s just not easy to have complete friendships” in F1.


We drive in teams but F1 is for lone rangers, says Webber (Sydney Morning Herald)

“It’s just not easy to have complete friendships. I think you have closer friends from outside of your profession. You pick up the odd one or two along the way for sure, but [they’re counted] on the one hand. ‘You think there’s a camaraderie, but in the end you know you’re on your own.” TV-Spot ‘Sunday Driver’ (Youtube)

Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen in a Mercedes advert.

I haven’t seen this advert on television – it was on Mercedes’ F1 website yesterday. Apparently the lady at the end is a model called Zoe Hobbs, but the German version of the ad has Franz Beckenbauer instead.

Showdown in Lapland ?ǣ Nico vs. Keke in a Family Duel (Youtube)

Thanks to Ben for the tip!

RBR denies overspending in 2010 (Autosport)

Christian Horner: “Contrary to speculation, we completely adhered to the RRA within 2010 – and Red Bull Racing had only perhaps the third or fourth-largest budget in Formula 1. We’ve achieved great efficiency in reducing the headcount versus our external spend.”

Comment of the day

I’m always jealous of those who got to see the old greats driving. Here’s a comment from Jeffrey:

I had the great honour of watching Jim Clark in all but Indy Cars. At the time it seemed some magic force was pulling his cars along. Check out his performance in a one of drive of a works Lotus Cortina in the RAC rally.

It is almost impossible to compare drivers from different eras, but knowing how Jackie Stewart thought of Clark – and having watched Jackie’s destruction of other drivers, even his great mate the super quick Jochen Rindt – if Stewart thinks Jimmy was best who are we to differ?
Jeffrey Powell

From the forum

Tom L. asks who is the best driver never to have won a Grand Prix?

Happy birthday!

Two birthdays today so all the best to Romulo Shortback and Del Boy!

On this day in F1

Two years ago Pedro de la Rosa told us all about the Motorland Aragon facility in Spain he’d helped design. The question is, with a track this cool, why are both of Spain’s F1 races at such dull circuits?

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