F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Robert Kubica has another operation on his elbow in Italy.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“The Pole, who continues recovering from the horrific crash he was involved in during a rally at the start of last year, had surgery at the Pederzoli hospital at the end of last month, when parts of his elbow were replaced with two prosthesis.”
“The formation of [the Formula One Promoters Association] comes as the teams are negotiating a new contract with F1′s boss Bernie Ecclestone and its governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile.”
“Sky [Italia] has won exclusive live television rights to the FIA F1 World Championships as of next season.”
“The nearest he came to a Grand Prix win was at Watkins Glen in upstate New York in 1961, when his Cooper’s engine failed as he was closing on Innes Ireland’s Lotus, which went on to win. His greatest success had come two years earlier in winning the 24-hour sports car classic at Le Mans.”
“I have never seen anyone appear so uncomfortable at a press conference. Instead of sitting back in his chair and savouring the moment, as pole position winners do, [Didier] Pironi leaned forward and spoke slowly and earnestly in French. When asked to repeat what he had said in English, Pironi appeared anguished, almost distressed.”
“Sadly, the race was abandoned a few years later when some teams were thought to be taking this too seriously by bringing items that clearly had nothing to do with the running of two race cars (no surprise, really, given the boundless competitive nature of this business). In any case, the pressure of work and pre-race weekend preparation no longer allowed time for such frivolity.”
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Comment of the day
Yobo01 on Sky Italia’s deal to broadcast more than half of next season’s races:
11 of the 20 races in 2013 will be only available on Sky here in Italy. So most of the races won’t be free-to-air, which is a very bad move in my opinion.
I’m quite upset, now I understand what you went through last year. If I think that I have to pay that much to watch races… Yeah, no, it’s better not to think about it.
From the forum
- No live F1 on the BBC this weekend so head over to F1 in Pubs if you need a place to watch
- The British Grand Prix is “nearly sold out”
- Discussion area for readers going to the Canadian Grand Prix
Happy birthday to Owen and Timtoo!
On this day in F1
Ferrari won the 1952 Ulster Trophy at Dundrod, Piero Taruffi triumphing in the non-championship race.
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