F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Former F1 driver and two-times IndyCar champion Alessandro Zanardi, now a Paralympic competitor having lost his legs, want to compete in the Indianapolis 500.
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“In a perfect world, Chip Ganassi would call me and ask if I wanted to do the Indy 500. That would be cool. Let me do this first and then we will see.”
Bruno Senna: “Qualifying will be important and I’m looking to get into Q3 like I did in the last race and from there hopefully score some good points for the team.”
Eric Boullier: “Yes, it was a risk to [gamble on Raikkonen]. It was a risk to bring Grosjean [who struggled with the Renault team during his first F1 go-round in 2009], but I think we were so convinced with what we wanted to do, we just went for it. I don’t know if it was brave or it was stupid!”
“Vitaly Petrov is a pay driver. A good one, but a pay driver nonetheless and if his friends in Russia do not deliver the cash for him to continue in F1 in 2013 then Caterham will take another driver who can provide what is needed.”
“Our worst fears were completely unfounded. The new Spa demonstrated just what can be done while making the necessary safety improvements but without diluting the track’s essential character.”
“Personally, I hope to see more of the same. The prominence of race strategy and tyre degradation is engaging, the midfield battle is furious and at the top the drivers know it’s anyone’s championship. If this wasn’t enough, the rumour mill is conjuring up a gripping backdrop as speculation builds on the future of Felipe Massa, the man who will take his seat and the expiration of Hamilton’s McLaren contract.”
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— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 29, 2012
Comment of the day
The Swiss Grand Prix 1982 at Dijon is the last race with no Ferrari at the start on Sunday.
From the forum
- An interesting remark from Martin Whitmarsh Hamilton, Button, Mansell and Kovalainen’s contracts
- Heading to Spa for practice tomorrow? Remember to check in on the Going to the Belgian Grand Prix thread
- @Ajokay was at Silverstone last weekend – read his posts on the World Endurance Championship race and that Formula Renault 3.5 crash
- @Porkapie is looking for tips on going to his first NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Happy birthday to MG and galzo33!
On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher scored his first career win in the Belgian Grand Prix 20 years ago today.
Schumacher made a decisive switch to slick tyres after going off the track, falling behind team mate Martin Brundle, and noting the state of the rear tyres on the other Benetton.
Earlier leader Nigel Mansell began chasing Schumacher after he changed to slicks, but a broken exhaust ended his bid for victory and sealed a memorable debut win for Schumacher.
This race weekend also saw the final appearance of the infamously dreadful Andrea Moda team:
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