F1 Fanatic round-up
In today’s round-up: Sebastian Vettel takes part in a demo run in front of 30,000 fans in Heppenheim, Germany.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Watch double world champion Sebastian Vettel’s homecoming celebrations as he meets and greets 30,000 fans in Heppenheim, Germany.”
“Here is my video of the day a F1 fan drove Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren F1 car at Silverstone. Djorge Simic works in a bank in Serbia, but for one day he got to taste the shattering performance of a 2008 F1 McLaren, the car in which Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 British Grand Prix.”
“Formula One’s glamorous, high-octane roadshow rolls into India this week as the country prepares to stage its first Grand Prix next Sunday. The multi-millionaire drivers will be accompanied by the usual retinue of models and high-profile extras, who will descend on the Buddh international circuit in Greater Noida, 30 miles outside New Delhi.
“Around £3 million is being spent on next weekend’s entertainment around a race which is being entirely run and funded by India’s private sector. Ticket prices are exorbitant by Indian standards. The cheapest at £30 is the equivalent of a manual workers monthly wage; the £160,000 for an executive box is more than most Indians could earn in several lifetimes. Almost all the boxes are sold out with a capacity 120,000 crowd expected.”
“Chaos reigns daily on the roads of India’s capital. On Friday, it took more than four hours to travel less than 20 miles before our journey to the Buddh motor racing circuit – the venue for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix next Sunday – had to be abandoned.
“Our car was caught up in a gridlock on the highway between the sprawling metropolis, with its landmarks from the colonial past, and the circuit, a £200million symbol of India’s fast-developing economy.”
“In Formula One we do everything possible to secure the safety of the drivers and the spectators. I’m very happy the new circuit in India has been built to conform to our safety requirements.
“We would never have let that race take place in Las Vegas last week. With 34 cars racing on a 1.5 mile oval track, they were heading for disaster.”
“R.I.P Marco… Such an exciting talent lost. My thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone involved in MotoGP. Sometimes Motorsport can be so cruel…”
“Death in name of sport is unacceptable, everyone works so hard to prevent. It’s the nature of motorsport. Three times I cheated death, feel guilty.”
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Comment of the day
There was a link to the Korean Grand Prix video edit in yesterday’s round-up. bosyber said:
Fun, Alonso trying the overtake Massa via radio again – much faster and safer than even via pits, I guess, and interesting how that plays with his last lap “give up” comment. Clearly some “teambuilding” going on there.
More remarkable, in a way, was the way the edit failed to show the nicest bit of the HAM-WEB fight where they went side by side through S2. I did like the HAM: “… much quicker than me” followed by “Lewis, you are doing great, still 16 laps to go”; great fight that was (I just finished re-watching the race).
From the forum
Just a week since Dan Wheldon’s accident, Marco Simoncelli has died of injuries sustained in a crash with Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi at Sepang.
Read more: F1 community pays tribute to Dan Wheldon
On this day in F1
Jo Siffert lost his life in a non-championship race at Brands Hatch 40 years ago today.
The World Championship Victory Race had been arranged to celebrate Jackie Stewart winning the championship for the second time.