F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton discusses his run-ins with Felipe Massa in 2011.
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“We often found ourselves close together and [Felipe] Massa is a difficult driver to pass because he never gives you any room. But it’s not something to over-dramatise. I have nothing against him.”
“I am delighted to welcome James Allen to the 5 Live F1 team!”
“There is no reason why a woman can’t race in Formula 1. You have to be incredibly fit but you have to be very fit to race IndyCars. In Formula 1, because they have power steering, the steering weight, in terms of sheer brute strength, is actually fairly light. The IndyCar steering weight is pretty heavy because there is no power steering. When I drove a Formula 1 simulator I was shocked at how light the wheel felt.”
“Sometimes you hear some nonsense and sometimes you hear nice things. The main thing is that coming back is what I wanted and I have a good opportunity with the team so I’m happy.”
“I’m sure Mercedes and I will be successful. We just need another small step and then we can make it to the top.”
“State Bank of India, cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines’ largest creditor, has called the Vijay Mallya-led air carrier a non-performing asset.”
“Concorde permits teams to make preparations for a breakaway series from January 1, although, saliently, they are prohibited from making any public statement to this effect until after the finale of the 2012 world championship, save for responding to direct media enquiries from July 1, 2012 onwards.”
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Comment of the day
He’ll have to be careful he doesn’t end up with a Pedro de la Rosa type of career too if Mark Webber stays or is replaced by someone else.
Part you envies F1 drivers. But then imagine you get to F1, and you find that no matter how hard you try you are always that small percentage off being spectacular.
What do you do? Keep going blindly hoping that you’ll get sponsorship to keep you in F1 or do you resign to the fact that you’ll have to go into some other category.
Or drive like a madman and wait to get lucky in a FW14B.
From the forum
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- It turns out Nico Hulkenberg signed his 2012 race deal three races before the end of the season
- An Ayrton Senna racing game is in development
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Happy birthday to Sparckus and Martin Rasmussen!
On this day in F1
Stirling Moss won the non-championship New Zealand Grand Prix 50 years ago today. It was his first time at the wheel of a Lotus 21, and he won by well over a minute and a half in very wet conditions.
John Surtees was the only other driver to finish on the lead lap, the first of a trio of Coopers including Bruce McLaren and Roy Salvadori.