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?σΤιΌ?τToyota’s Anthony Davidson has broken his back after a horrific crash at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in France.The British driver was in the opening stages of his first stint and was hunting down the leaders when he was hit by Piergiuseppe Perazzini, whilst lapping the Ferrari driver. The contact sent the Sky Sports F1 commentator into the air, and his car spectacularly somersaulted. Fortunately, he landed on his wheels before slamming into the barriers at high speed.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
Anthony Davidson: ?σΤιΌ?τBasically I have two broken vertebrae; T11 and T12. The doctors say the average recovery time is three months, but that?σΤιΌΤδσs an average person not a professional sportsman or athlete. That estimate is to get back to an absolutely healed bone; as strong as it was before. It?σΤιΌΤδσs more like three weeks until the pain subsides and I get my mobility back fully.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
Romain Grosjean: ?σΤιΌ?τThe gap to the win is not that big. We need to qualify better, that is not our strength this season but we are working on it. I think Friday and Saturday were quite difficult for us in Canada but we have been learning a lot about the car so it?σΤιΌΤδσs good that we now have that in our pocket for the next races.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
?σΤιΌ?τThe first of 300 Foxhound trucks, together worth ?ι?ϊ270m, turned up last week. Troops are already training with the vehicle ?σΤιΌΤΗΨ designed with the help of Lewis?σΤιΌΤδσs McLaren team and boffins from BMW and the World Rally Championship. It has a top speed of 70mph and boasts a V-shaped bottom which deflects bomb blasts.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
Jenson Button: ?σΤιΌ?τIt?σΤιΌΤδσs not moaning. People say, ?σΤιΌ?£He ?ι?‘always whinges?σΤιΌΤδσ. You are not whinging. It is about developing a car through the race. It is what drivers do. If you drove round and didn?σΤιΌΤδσt say anything for the whole race, you are doing something wrong.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
?σΤιΌ?τThe excitement is building as Austin’s first Formula 1 race is only months away. Thousands of fans headed over to Austin Convention Center to get an up close and personal look. With 600 million race car fans worldwide, local businesses are looking to cash in.?σΤιΌ?Ψ (with video)
?σΤιΌ?τFormula One has never thrown up more permutations than it has this season and the sport is richer for that diversity. But as the season progresses a more stable pattern should emerge. Or will it? Have all seven winners revealed themselves? Is Schumacher or Raikkonen waiting to add to the quota??σΤιΌ?Ψ
?σΤιΌ?τAudi claimed the first Le Mans 24 Hours victory for a hybrid car as #1 crew Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler repeated their 2011 triumph in the 80th running of the famous event. The trio led a one-two for the new e-tron and topped an all-Audi podium. But while that result might have been widely predicted given the rival Toyota TS030’s lack of preparation mileage and Audi’s enthusiasm for proving the effectiveness of its e-tron concept, the winners certainly did not have it easy.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
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Comment of the day
Should the Interlagos pitlane be moved? AlonsoWDC believes this is one track modification that is long overdue.
This is a track that has seen several nasty incidents and several fatalities in recent years. I have seen over fifteen GPs held at Sao Paulo, and my eyes are always startled at each opening practice when I see someone storm back into the pits or, more likely, someone uses the pit entrance as the flat-out racing line.
It?σΤιΌΤδσs a much needed safety improvement. The changes at Silverstone to move the pit complex to a different part of the circuit changed the lap of course, but failed to take away from the raciness it produces. Moving the pits three corners away to the ?σΤιΌ?£back?σΤιΌΤδσ straight at Sao Paulo, IMO, will do even less to take away from its lap. It?σΤιΌΤδσs just long overdue.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Emerson Fittipaldi won the non-championship Gran Premio Republica Italiana at the Vallelunga circuit 40 years ago today.
The Lotus driver won from pole position ahead of Andrea de Adamich (Surtees) and Nanni Galli (Tecno).