F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Jenson Button says he would “love to compete in a London Grand Prix”.
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“Also, before I retire, I’d love to compete in a London Grand Prix. Bernie Ecclestone is currently driving the idea forward and [London Mayor] Boris Johnson seems to be in favour of it.”
“The 100m World Record – set by [Usain] Bolt during the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin – stands at a stunning 9.58s; showboating included! Despite being marginally slower out of the blocks however, the E20 will complete the same distance in the blink of an eye; just 4.25s to be precise.”
David Coulthard has been driving the Red Bull showcar in Copenhagen over the last three days. Here are a few pictures:
“While much of F1 in the 1990s was characterised by only a small number of likely winners at any given moment, and often one team dominating, 1997 represented something of a renaissance.”
“The race was spectacular, but not in the way I thought it would be. Amidst the train of cars, the race saw the rise, once again, of the unusual suspects – the racers we know have the potential, but have never really stepped up, overshadowed by the doyens.”
Nice pictures to be signed for the MidOhio fans.. pic.twitter.com/Jmmd3h7H
— Rubens Barrichello (@rubarrichello) August 5, 2012
Comment of the day
Button may like the sound of a London Grand Prix but RBAlonso does not:
Am I the only one who thinks Formula 1 is big enough and strong enough not to have to cash in on the Olympics? Why not use any available funds to improve facilities at Silverstone?
This reminds me of the Las Vegas race in the 1980s. Why promote that type of racing in small street circuits when fantastic new tracks like India and Austin are complementing an already unbelievable season?
I will be in the crowd in Spa and I’m glad there are still great historic tracks left on the calendar.
From the forum
- If you’re going to be joining RBAlonso in the crowd at Spa make sure you participate in the discussion here
- After yesterday’s race in Mid-Ohio the top four in IndyCar are covered by 28 points, equal to a sixth-place finish
- This video shows why you should never stand in the way of a pit crew
Happy birthday to F1antics!
On this day in F1
Victory in the 1967 German Grand Prix went to Denny Hulme, the New Zealander leading home Brabham team mate and car designer Jack Brabham.
Jim Clark led the opening laps around the Nurburgring Nordschleife before retiring. Dan Gurney took over the lead but his Eagle-Weslake broke its driveshaft two laps from home, handing victory to Hulme.
Here’s footage of the start of the race. Look out for the cars getting airborne at Flugplatz at 3’30: