F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Alex Zanardi wins the handcycle category of the New York marathon.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Ten years after losing his legs in a terrifying crash at the Lausitzring CART Indy car race, the competitive spirit that fuelled Alex Zanardi’s back-to-back CART titles from 1997-1998 was on display once again as the 45-year-old Italian won his class at the famed New York Marathon.”
“Host country Germany will have two teams in the ROC Nations Cup on December 3 as Timo Glock and Timo Scheider join forces for the event.”
“It was ridiculous – lots of power and pretty mind boggling. But every time I went out in the car I felt happier – I’d edge a little more on the brakes and realise there was more to come.
“Mr Ecclestone, who will be questioned in court on Wednesday, has always denied that he remained in control of the trust; but he could become liable for tax on it if British authorities were to decide that it was a sham.”
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Comment of the day
In my opinion, Kimi became disenchanted with F1 after achieving his goal. He thought another series might suit his personality better, so he dabbled in a little bit of everything (WRC campaign, LMP and NASCAR tests, etc.). He soon realized that the grass most definitely was not greener on the other side of the fence, and came to the conclusion that F1 was where he was supposed to be.
I doubt many will deny that he is still one of the top drivers in the world, and certainly deserves a drive with one of the top F1 teams. Unfortunately there aren’t any openings right now, however that will all change in a couple years with seat opening up at most of the top teams. Kimi probably figures he will get his feet wet again with a midfield team, no pressure to win, take his time getting up to speed with the new regulations and tyres. Once he thoroughly destroy any potential Williams team mate in 2012, he is probably hoping that will be enough to secure a seat with a top team.
Given his existing ties with Red Bull and Mark Webber’s current form, my guess is that he will partner Sebastian Vettel in 2013, or possibly to McLaren depending on whether Hamilton decides to stay put.
From the forum
- There will be a memorial charity kart race in honour of Dan Wheldon in Milton Keynes on December 5th
- Toyota announce Alexander Wurz, Kazuki Nakajima and Nicolas Lapierre will drive their LMP1 car
- WTCC driver Tom Coronel was not very impressed with the new circuit in China
- Much discussion on Kyle Busch crashing into Ron Hornaday in a NASCAR Truck race
- The fabulous Pau street circuit in France returns to the 2012 British Formula Three calendar
On this day in F1
Honda bowed out of F1 with the last victory for its V12 engine on this day in 1992 in the Australian Grand Prix.
It ended a period in which the Japanese car manufacturer won multiple championships with McLaren and Williams using three different engine configurations within six years: 1.5-litre V6 turbo (1986-1988), 3.5-litre normally aspirated V10 (1989-1990) and 3.5-litre normally aspirated V12 (1991).