F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Jaime Alguersuari will make his first appearance as a test driver for Pirelli this week.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Jaime Alguersuari will participate in his first on-track Formula 1 running as a Pirelli test driver as the Italian company runs its 2010 Renault R30 for the first time at Jerez this week.”
“Great shot of Jimmy [Clark]. Sat 28 April 1962 Aintree. I wonder if V Petrov was there http://twitpic.com/9hhmxr”
Changes in HRT’s front wing design over the first four rounds.
“A sporting club has written to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to complain about the state of sporting fields at Albert Park, two months after the event.”
Comment of the day
Baluundertaker on Fernando Alonso’s comments about Felipe Massa:
Past performances doesn’t necessarily indicate present form. Who in their right minds would have thought Schumacher would be beaten by Rosberg few years back?
Massa was one of the best F1 drivers in 2007 or 2008. He is nowhere one of the best F1 drivers in the current F1 grid.
Even assuming Red Bull, Mclaren, Lotus and Mercedes are faster than Ferrari at the moment, the Saubers, Williams and Force India let’s say are about same pace as Ferrari. Is Massa beating Kobayashi, Perez, Di Resta or Senna? So I would easily rate all of them above Massa as of today.
Alonso is good, no doubt, but Hamilton matched him in his first year and Fisichella beat Alonso in about 1/3 races in the two years together and Trulli earlier had matched Alonso in 2004. So yes I believe Alonso can be beaten in races though over a championship it might be difficult. So I don’t get the justification that just because Alonso is Massa’s team mate the latter is being beaten soundly.
From the forum
- What was your favourite race ever?
- A popular home win for Norbert Michelisz at home in Hungary in the WTCC
Happy birthday to Peter Dixon!
On this day in F1
Denny Hulme scored his first F1 victory in the Monaco Grand Prix 45 years ago today.
But the serious injuries suffered by Lorenzo Bandini following a crash at the chicane cast a pall over the race. Bandini died three days later.
Here is a newsreel report of the race:
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